Although I'll be attending the Portugal. The Man concert in the same building tonight
(in the Cambridge Room), those looking for a more earnest style of indie rock might want to check out State Radio
, who will be playing this evening in the big room at the House of Blues.
The trio hailing out of Beantown has been playing its politically charged blend of roots-reggae, ska and punk since 2005. Although often lumped into the jam-band category (mostly because Chad Urmston and crew don't mind lengthening out a song), the band's left-leaning politics distinguishes them from many in the stoner brigade.
State Radio's most recent release, Let It Go
, may well be the band's high water mark. Featuring anthemic rockers such as "Held Up by the Wires" and "Still and Silent," the record doesn't deviate from the political finger-pointing of past efforts. Consistency would appear to be State Radio's biggest virtue as accusatory verbiage and rock steady, reggae grooves carry the day. Not that regularity is a bad thing at all. When you excel at your mode of expression as well as State Radio does, there's really not much reason to change things up--even when the band is singing about changing things up.
Plus, the band's above video for Let It Go
's "Knights of Bostonia" is pretty awesome.