When you think of holiday music, maybe you don’t think Generation X guitars, singles titled “Cemetery” and reunited rockers reawakening the spirit of the 90s.
But the calendar says it’s the Christmas season—and here come Canada’s haunting Headstones, marching its brand of black-draped alt-rock heroism into Niagara Falls’ Rapids Theatre (1711 Main St.) at 9 p.m. Dec. 16.
Introduced to international audiences with the brooding, punk-influenced and sometimes-harmonica-accented rock of grunge-era releases “Picture of Health,” “Teeth and Tissue” and the Juno-nominated “Smile and Wave,” the Kingston, Ont. outfit has long connected with the core of Canada’s guitar-worshipping populace.
Now five years past a 2011 reunion after an almost decade-long hiatus, the Hugh Dillon-led collective is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, releasing its most successful album to date (“Love + Fury”) in 2014, then acoustically reimagining many favorites for “One in the Chamber Music” last year. Plans for recording a new full-length effort this spring are now on the table. But before that session, the band will come to town bearing gifts of sound, offering its amplified thrust, hail and wail to longtime area fans.
USS and Pop Evil will open. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 in advance, $32 day of show (box office, Terrapin Station, Record Theatre, Allentown Music, Airport Music Center, Music Exchange and ticketfly.com).