La, La, La Brunonia: February in music, at a glance

Ah February, the month of love. BlogDH is here to let you know about all the newly released baby-making albums and steamy live shows to take your boo to. Fair warning, by the time it’s too late to make a dinner reservation, tickets are probably sold out.

As far as the 14th goes, you have two options for shows in the area. You could go to Boston’s Brighton Hall and see Phox, or you could stay local and see Michael Franti at the Met. Phox played Newport Folk Fest this summer and they’re basically NPR’s folk darlings. They’ve just wrapped up a tour opening for the Head and the Heart, which stopped in Providence. I had the pleasure of going, and the displeasure of almost constantly being sandwiched between couples in the crowd. Despite the friendly, “They’re like my brothers!” vibe the lead singer gives off, this is not a concert you want to bring your friend to. Bring anyone you want to Michael Franti, though; this song is too catchy for things to ever get awkward.

If you’ve already made plans for that Saturday night, Lupos is hosting three up-and-coming Alternative bands on the 13th. Kongos, Sir Sly, and Colony House are guests of WBRU and are billed together for one night only. Before playing  at Waterplace Park this past summer, Kongos’ accordionist walked laps around the Providence Place Mall in search of the food court. If you’re a big fan of the band, you might want to post up by Popeyes a few hours before the show. If you’re an alt purist and only want to see one band at a time, Bad Suns is playing Brighton Hall on the same night.

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Barefooted Kongos play PVD

Best electronic show of the month: Paper Diamond at Royale Boston on the 5th
Show you are least likely to turn down for: Lil’ Jon at Royale Boston on the 4th
Show most likely to be blow your mind: Kishi Bashi’s String Quartet at the Royale Boston on the 17th. (Good month for Royale Boston, eh?)
Show you will definitely regret if missed: Sleater Kinney at Boston’s House of Blues on the 22nd.

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Providence is the new Portland, probably

If you would rather stay in and listen to music with your significant other, here’s what you can expect for new releases this month. Father John Misty‘s I Love You, Honey Bear comes out the 10th. If the title is any indication, this album will be the perfect romantic compliment to a night on the town or on Tinder. Estelle is making a triumphant resurgence from that Grammy winning song where Kanye raps about pea-coats with True Romance coming out on the 17th.

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Kanyelle > Kimye

For more leading ladies’ vocals, Fifth Harmony comes out with Reflection on the 3rd. Instead of taking shots at Mariah Carey, like Nikki Minaj and Ariana Grande of late, Fifth Harmony chose to pay homage with their track “Like Mariah” ft. Tyga. This is Tyga’s second collaboration of the month. You can expect Fan of a Fan, the brain child of Tyga and Chris Brown, on the 24th.

Finally, be sure to listen while Imagine Dragons try to follow up the success of Night Visions by overcoming the sophomore (album) slump with Smoke and Mirrors, released on the 7th. Alternatively, you could listen to Bob Dylan overcome some serious Senioritis with his 36th album, Shadows in the Night, released on the 3rd.

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Happy February, with much love from Imagine Dragons

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