Moms Rock! The Key’s salute to our six favorite rock n’ roll mothers

Patti Smith, photographed by Annie Liebovitz in 1996 with her son Jackson and daughter Jesse

The awesome job of being a mother is impressive enough. But how about being a mother, and a rock n’ roll icon? An astonishing number of artists have managed the balancing act of family life and public life over the years, perhaps not getting the credit they’re due. Which hopefully will change sooner rather than later. An indie documentary called Rock N Roll Mamas celebrating the trials and triumphs of musical motherhood is making it’s way around the film festival circuit this year. And while it hasn’t yet screened locally, we’re doing our part on The Key on this Mother’s Day by saluting a half-dozen of our favorite rock n’ roll moms. It goes without saying that we’ve missed countless artists with offspring, and please let us know who they are in the comments.

Click here to start the Moms Rock! countdown. 


Tonight’s Concert Pick: Corin Tucker at First Unitarian Church

Corin TuckerLongtime Sleater-Kinney fans who haven’t heard Corin Tucker‘s new 1,000 Years prior to tonight’s show should probably give it a listen. After all, just seeing Tucker on stage without S-K guitarist Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss will be enough of a shock as it is. But when Tucker shows off her significantly more subtle side—as she does throughout 1,000 Years—anyone expecting more fiery guitars and wailing vocals will be in for a big surprise. After spending most of the four years that followed Sleater-Kinney’s breakup taking care of some family business, Tucker has returned with a new album that you could easily call “introspective.” That’s not to say it’s not a welcome development. (Why should Tucker re-visit the same rock territory she did for over a decade with her previous band, anyway?) It’s just a development that might require a little adjustment for some people. Rest assured, however, that once that adjustment is made, 1,000 Years‘ many rewards ring out as loud and clear as any Sleater-Kinney vocal hook, even if Tucker’s voice is much softer this time around. Corin Tucker performs with The Hungry Ghost at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $13.

Also playing: Frightened Rabbit + Plants & Animals, Phantom Band at Starlight Ballroom (8 p.m., all ages, $16-$18); Grace Potter & The Nocturnals + Haciendas at TLA (8 p.m., $20).