With March brings a new month of music, hopefully with less snow. Here are the album releases and local live shows to look forward to tide us until spring break.
New release round-up
3/2: For all the ‘Drag Race’ fans, RuPaul will be releasing Realness. This is the drag queen/model/actor/author/recording artist’s 8th studio album. Checkout Billboard’s interview and coverage here.
3/3: Canadian electronic duo, Purity Ring, are releasing their sophomore album. If you can’t wait the two days, Another Eternity can be streamed early on NPR’s First Listen.
3/10: Madonna’s latest album, Rebel Heart, will be for sale on the tenth. Unfortunately for Madge, the albums already been leaked, without all the flash and benefit of a surprise release.
Will Butler, frontman of Arcade Fire, is also debuting his first solo album. Here’s Policy‘s homemade promo video.
3/16: The single of Modest Mouse’s new album, Strangers To Ourselves, has already hit number 1 on Alt Nation. I’m convinced it belongs on the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack, but maybe that’s just me. Listen for yourself and see how much of a Tim Burton vibe you get.
3/24: New York hip-hop artist, Action Bronson, will be releasing Mr. Wonderful. British-folk singer, Laura Marling, has Short Movie. Finally, Smallpools are releasing indie-pop album, LOVETAP!.
3/31: Some of the best albums this month have been saved for last. Death Cab for Cutie’s much anticipated Kintsugi will be premiering. Chris Walla, lead guitarist and producer for the band, left Death Cab while they were making this album. To cope, the band hired an outside producer for the first time. They snagged Rich Costley, of Muse, Foster the People, and Sanitgold fame. Aptly named for the situation, the album takes its title from, “Kintsugi,” an art form of repairing what’s broken.
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 basicallyNPR’sfolkdarlings. 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.
Can you believe it’s already November? Hopefully your midterms are (at least almost) over, and you’re set to coast until Thanksgiving. BlogDH is back with your monthly dose of new and live music this month that can serve as your soundtrack.
Here’s the Concert Round-up:
In Providence this month are Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, and Desert Noises, all playing a show together on the 16th at Fete. Desert Noises played at Lollapalooza this year, and despite being billed on one of the smallest stages, they drew a huge crowd. Not to mention, if there was a “Guy Who Looks Like Blake From Workaholics” contest, their drummer would hands down win.
We’ve all pretended to know what Shaggy is actually saying when he raps, but since he’s playing at The Met on the 8th, you can actually find out!
If you are too indie to be into alternative, The Singles are playing a show at AS220 on the 11th. If you’re not indie enough to know what AS220 is, listen here for the gist of the mission statement given by the founder.
Also happening on the 11th, FKA Twigs will be playing at Brighton Hall in Boston. The show starts at 6 pm, which is pretty early, especially considering her vampire boyfriend, Robert Patinson, doesn’t do well with sunlight.
Another notable show in Boston this month: American Authors & The Mowglis are at the Paradise Rock Club on the 4th. And if you think the Mowgli’s have too much incense and not enough rock, at the same venue on the 5th is Circa Survive.
When the Mowgli’s played Providence last year
Junior Prom, Kimbra, and Rubblebucket are all playing separate shows around various venues in Boston on the 9th, or you could seeFitz and the Tantrums and Big Data team up for one show on the 16th at the House of Blues.
But most importantly, the top three Boston shows you shouldn’t miss this November:
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz 11/26 @ House of Blues
So you are officially back to school. Your schedule is completely figured out, you’ve tried a couple new things, and now you’re realizing exactly how busy you are. Between studying for midterms and celebrating Brown’s birthday, Blog knows you hardly have time to find new music and we’re here to help. This column will give you a preview of all the releases and shows you can look forward to in the following month. We’ll feature up-and-coming albums, concerts, and artists so you don’t miss anything going on in the area. If there’s a show we don’t know about, share the info and we’ll throw it in! For starters, here are the new releases you can expect for October:
In keeping with her success in winter-themed things, Idina Menzel will be jumping the gun by releasing Holiday Wishes on the 14th. Also releasing albums on the 14th are Jessie J with Sweet Talker, produced by Diplo, and Andrew McMahon with In The Wilderness. If McMahon’s name sounds at all familiar or brings back memories of taking yourself too seriously in middle school, that’s because you might know him as the lead singer of Jack’s Mannequin. Charli XCX is releasing her sophomore album on the 21st of October. You know Iggy Azalea ’s “Fancy”? Written by Charli XCX. Icona Pop’s “I Love It”? Written by Charli XCX. That one song you had stuck in your head for a week? Probably still Charli XCX.
Charli XCX is back to school too!
If these artists aren’t doing it for you, then there’s always the new T.I. album, Paperwork: The Motion Picture, or Lil’ Wayne’s The Carter V, released on the 21st and 28th respectively. If you’re feeling retro, Weezer’s first album in four years is debuting on the 7th, and not to be outdone in the retro category, Jackson Browne’s new album comes out the same day.