Tour Buzz: Styx, William Shatner and London Grammar

London Grammar

London Grammar

WHATEVER BOUNCES OFF ME STYX TO YOU: Sure, Styx is primarily a nostalgia act, performing hits from the late ’70s and early ’80s (“Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” “Blue Collar Man”) but you’re fooling yourself if you think these veteran rockers don’t take their job seriously. Lead vocalist/keyboard player Lawrence Gowan replaced original singer Dennis DeYoung back in 1999 and is known for delighting fans by climbing on top of his keyboard during live sets. Longtime band members Tommy Shaw and James Young are equally enthusiastic about bringing crowds to their feet, strutting around like rockers half their age. Styx headline Pearl Concert Theater on January 19 ($50-$80).

BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY: William Shatner brings his one-man show Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It to The Smith Center on January 20 ($29-$150), which just might be the closest you can get to the man without dressing up like a Klingon. True, Shatner is no musician—anyone who’s heard Shatner’s The Transformed Man (1968) can attest to that. Even Has Been, his 2004 collaboration with Ben Folds, was more talking than singing. Still, Shatner is a consummate showman and world-class raconteur, which makes an evening with him so fun.

ON SALE NOW: There’s just no getting over Hannah Reid’s voice. Reid, the lead singer of London Grammar, has the kind of haunting, ethereal pipes that invite favorable comparisons to Beth Orton, Florence Welch, Lana Del Rey, and Julee Cruise. “Help Me Lose My Mind” (featuring London Grammar) was one of the standout tracks from Disclosure’s Settle album, and London Grammar’s own debut, If You Wait, is full of emotionally-charged songs (“Hey Now,” “Strong,” “Wasting My Young Years”). They also do a killer version of “Wrecking Ball.”  London Grammar play Vinyl on March 22 ($15).