Dirty Heads, The Struts, and lovelytheband each killed it during their time on stage at House of Blues Boston for Miracle On Lansdowne Street.
"Boston feels like home for us. I wish every show could be like Boston," said Jared Watson of Dirty Heads. The genre-bending SoCal reggae group packs the Pavilion every summer as an unofficial annual tradition. So Dirty Heads at House of Blues is an intimate experience by comparison. They thrilled fans with explosive hip hop-inflected tracks like "Medusa", "Franco Eyed", and "Hipster". And their earlier reggae-rock singles like "Spread Too Thin" and "Lay Me Down" later earned the loudest crowd reaction of the night.
Dirty Heads really had to be at the top of their game to capably follow The Struts. Singer Luke Spiller laid down the gauntlet, "If you aren't ready to dance or ready to sing with The Struts you may as well f--k off through the exit right now!" Between a set front-loaded with singles, Adam Slack's big riffs and Luke's powerful stage presence proved declarations of rock n' roll's demise to be both premature and greatly exaggerated.
Speaking of rock, Miracle On Lansdowne Street was my first time seeing lovelytheband. The L.A. pop trio took the stage as a four-piece. Seeing a live drummer and three guys slinging guitars took me pleasantly by surprise. lovelytheband sold out The Sinclair a few months ago. Frontman Mitchy Collins polled who made both shows and observed, "I guess this is like a big first date for a lot of us," before covering Ginuwine's "Pony".
Also, between the approaching holidays and the mental health theme of lovelytheband's biggest hit, Mitchy prefaced "Broken" with reassuring words. "It's perfectly okay to not be okay. If you need the help asking for it isn't weak. Asking for it is the strongest thing you can possibly do."
Thank you, and thank the bands, for starting your holidays at Alt 92.9's Miracle On Lansdowne Street.