Longtime stars in their native Canada, the Tragically Hip have never made the leap beyond large rock clubs here in the States, despite repeated efforts. With their aptly titled 13th album, Now for Plan A, the veteran quintet clearly aren't worried about pleasing anyone but themselves anymore. While prior latter-day Hip albums occasionally suffered for their stabs at adult-contemporary pop-rock, Now for Plan A plays to the band's strengths. No pandering to American radio formats here, just plenty of blasts of muscular mid-tempo rock punctuated by the frantic theatrical vocals of Gordon Downie, still reeling off cryptic yet compelling lyrics 29 years into the Hip's career. If past local shows are any indication, expect plenty of well lubricated and highly impassioned road-tripping Canadians to help pack the club. 18+.
Fri., Nov. 30, 8 p.m., 2012