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But she has rebounded strongly with her new album, “Head Above Water,” and its title track gave Lavigne her first gold record in six years. She remains an influence on a generation of new acts, most obviously hit new singer Billie Eilish.
8 p.m. Friday, with Jagwar Twin, Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem. Sold Out, but resale tickets available, www.parxcasino.com, 888-LUV-PARX. In recent years, country music has been infested — er, infused — with “brocountry,” the movement that added hip-hop, hard rock and electronica.
Thank goodness for Eric Church, whose style is the antithesis to that: a throwback to the outlaw country of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. Which do fans and critic prefer? Well, whose four albums have topped the charts (the latest, last year’s “Desperate Man,” debuted at No. 1) and produced more than 20 gold and platinum hits? Who had 22 Academy of Country Music Award, 25 Country Music Award and seven Grammy Award nominations?
And who is playing two unique shows on consecutive nights at Wells Fargo Center in Philly?
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets: $34.90-$175.75 (some sections sold out), www.wellsfragocenter.com, 800-298-4200. The knock against Greta Van Fleet is that its music is so reminiscent of Led Zeppelin to be almost a copy. But there are plenty of holes in that argument. First, virtually all rock bands stand on the shoulders of those who have come before. Second, Led Zeppelin’s music was some of the greatest rock ever, and no one is doing it these days — not even Led Zeppelin. Finally, Zeppelin’s music was so diverse, there are plenty of styles to pursue.
Like the best bands, Greta Van Fleet uses Zep as inspiration, not to copy. Listen to the new Top 5 Rock Chart single “Always There” from the upcoming (Dec. 6 release) film “A Million Little Pieces.” It’s an amalgamation of Zep hooks, Robert Plant-esque vocals and Jimmy Page guitar riffs. But it’s great.
8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, with Shannon and the Clams, The Met Philadelphia, 858 N. Broad St.,, Philadelphia. Tickets: Tuesday sold out, but resale tickets available. Wednesday $39.50-$105 (some sections sold out), www.themetphilly.com, 800-745-300.
Avril Lavigne plays Parx Casino in Bensalem on Friday.