When: Mon., July 3, 8 p.m. 2017
The band Bush, yet another 1990s alt-rock nostalgia act visiting SA this summer, won its place in the pantheon of rock gods on the strength of its first three albums Sixteen Stone (1992), Razorbalde Suitcase (1994), and The Science of Things (1999). Even though some hardcore fans may bristle at my inclusion of that last album as one of Bush’s defining statements, the band’s third album was the last well-received material it put out. Plus, Science kind of signaled what Bush could have become, but didn’t really: an evolving creative force, learning to use electronic elements alongside the reverb-drenched guitar that had characterized the grunge movement which birthed the band. Instead, Bush dropped one more (tepid as hell) album and took a long hiatus in the aughts. Now, having somehow released three albums since 2011 (including this year’s decent but lackluster Black and White Rainbows), Bush is out on tour. And, while the band’s recent output doesn’t quite live up to what it did in the 1990s, how could you miss a chance to hear classics like “Glycerine,” “Machinehead,” and “The Chemicals between Us” performed live?