Best Bets

Best Bets

Music: in concert, CDs

April 10, 2003|By Rashod D. Ollison | Rashod D. Ollison,SUN STAFF

Sister Hazel /Recher Theatre

Sister Hazel continues in the same rhythm as Dishwalla, Matchbox 20 and Blues Traveler with its acoustic, jangle pop. Based in Gainesville, Fla., Sister Hazel shot up the adult alternative charts in the summer of '97 with "All for You" from its gold album Somewhere More Familiar. Although the followup, Fortress, didn't make as big a splash, the album still snagged the group more fans. And now Sister Hazel has a strong cult following. Lead by the charismatic Andrew Copeland, the band released Chasing Daylight in February.

Sister Hazel plays the Recher Theatre in Towson (512 York Road, 410-337-7178) Wednesday night. Show starts at 7, and tickets are $15.

The Vines / 9:30 Club

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the Vines exploded onto the post-grunge scene in late 2001 and comparisons to Nirvana abounded. But the band has held its own as displayed on the well-received Highly Evolved. The five members met in high school while working for a neighborhood McDonald's. After establishing themselves in the United Kingdom, the Vines hooked up with producer Rob Schnapf in Los Angeles, and the rest is grungy history.

The Vines play Washington's 9:30 Club (815 V St. N.W., 202-393-0930) Tuesday night. Show starts at 7:30, and tickets are $20.

Rosanne Cash / Rams Head

Rosanne Cash's new album is Rules of Travel. On it, she's in full bloom as a mature artist and confident songwriter. The heavy country tones of her past (she is, after all, Johnny's daughter) are translucent, and a strong folksy rock vein runs through the record. It's not much of a departure for Cash. Her fans will surely feel her on Rules of Travel, where she's more focused.

She will be performing cuts from it at Rams Head (33 West St., Annapolis) Monday night at 8:30 (tickets are $60.50) and at the Birchmere (3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.) Tuesday night at 7:30 (tickets are $25).

Def Leppard / 1st Mariner

If you were around during the hair band movement of the '80s, then you surely remember Def Leppard. The British quintet didn't rock as hard as, say, Aerosmith. But the group certainly crystallized the spirit of the times with its Queen-meets-Led Zeppelin sound. The band, sans the big, teased hair, released X last year.

Def Leppard plays the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore (201 W. Baltimore St., 410-347-2020) Tuesday night. Show starts at 7:30, and tickets are $35-$45.

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