I am 26 years old. Not that old in the grand scheme of things, but not a kid, either. Regardless, I have been under the impression for some time that, generally speaking, it’s children that get ear infections. Two-year-olds. Not 26-year-old women with busy schedules and things to do. I do not have time to be sick. In the words of Hall & Oates, I can’t go for that. No can do.
So, as I sit on my couch, feeling like I have a large, painful wad of wet paper towels stuffed inside my ear canal, I am rather humbled. My immune system is not the lean, mean, germ-killing machine that I believe it to be. And while if you call me to ask me to go do something I probably won’t answer, seeing as I am effectively rendered deaf, I’m also just going to have to deal with the fact that I’m sick. Sick with something that preschoolers tend to get, but hey — at least I have an excuse to get out of shoveling.
And one thing’s for sure: I had better be back to 100 percent before any of these shows roll around. Rock ‘n’ roll waits for nothing — be it snowstorms or ear infections.
The Station, Portland (www.myspace.com/thestationlive)
Metal rocks this Port City venue tonight, Jan. 30, with Unearth, Born of Osiris, Emmure and Impending Doom taking the stage. Modern rockers Saliva play on Feb. 4, and on Feb. 7, indie pop is in order with Secondhand Serenade and Meg & Dia. Emo band This Providence takes the stage on Feb. 14, and hardcore rules with Bleeding Through and the Acacia Strain on March 9. Finally, the Street Dogs, featuring former Dropkick Murphys singer Mike McColgan, play with the Swingin’ Udders on March 10.
103 Ultra Lounge, Orono (www.myspace.com/103ultralounge)
A bit closer to home, Saliva plays another Maine gig here on Feb. 5, followed a few weeks later by Boston rockers Diecast on Feb. 22. Nu-metal (yes, nu-metal) rockers Nonpoint play on Feb. 26, while on ’90s alternative band Seven Mary Three, who I was not aware were still in existence, play on March 6 with Sidecar Radio and Sponge.
Port City Music Hall, Portland (www.portcitymusichall.com)
This venue opened just the other weekend, in the location of the old Stadium nightclub. They’re coming strong right out of the gates, with a couple months of great shows set for the winter and spring. On Feb. 6, check out the Derek Trucks Band; Feb. 13 brings legendary Johnny Winters, followed by jam band extraordinaire the Disco Biscuits on Feb. 25. On March 12, Duncan Sheik performs, and on March 13 the band Longwave and OK Go, they of the hilarious choreographed viral music videos, play a double bill. Irish rockers the Saw Doctors play March 19, the Assembly of Dust on March 20, and finally jazz guitar master John Scofield on April 2.
The Strand Theatre, Rockland (www.rocklandstrand.com)
Bluegrass kings the Del McCoury Band are set for Feb. 6, while singer-songwriter Dar Williams will play March 6.
The Asylum, Portland (www.asylumportland.com)
Scratch DJs the X-ecutioners will play here on Feb. 14, while Clutch and Red Fang are set for Feb. 26. Then, um, David Allen Coe? Yeah. He’s here on March 26.
The Skowhegan Opera House (www.skowhegan.org)
Johnny Winter plays here on Feb. 14, and songwriter Keller Williams will play on March 21. The heavenly harmonies of the Blind Boys of Alabama will take the stage here on March 24.
Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield (www.stonemountainartscenter.com)
The always-satisfying Greg Brown will perform in this lovely western Maine venue on Feb. 22. Mystery man and master interpreter of songs Leon Redbone will perform on Feb. 28, and Los Lobos bring their Tejano-flavored rock on March 15.
Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland (www.theciviccenter.com)
If I close my eyes real tight, for one week in March it will be as if I am 7 years old again. Motley Crue plays at the Civic Center with Hinder and Theory of a Deadman, and the recently reformed New Kids on the Block play on March 25. Who was your favorite New Kid? Mine was Donnie. He was the bad boy. And who was your favorite Crue member? Pssh. Nikki Sixx. Duh.