Concert Knowledge: 8 Things I Learned at Fleetwood Mac

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A magical thing happened on Wednesday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but I swear, it was magic.

Fleetwood Mac stopped in Providence as a part of the second string of their “On With The Show” tour, the first time the ~core five~ members of the band have batted for the same team since Christine McVie, the band’s vocalist, keyboardist and accordionist, left in 1998. So it was a pretty big fucking deal.

Realizing that this may be the first and last opportunity I will ever have in my lifetime to get the full Fleetwood Mac experience, I bought tickets on StubHub and forgot about my 100 pages of creative nonfiction reading in order to do some creative nonfiction living. Ha.

Here are the eight things I learned and loved at Fleetwood Mac:

1. They just get it.

The first six songs of the setlist, in order:

The Chain
You Make Loving Fun
Dreams
Second Hand News
Rhiannon (during which I decided I might name my child Rhiannon)
Everywhere

Fleetwood Mac came to fool nobody. They gave their loyal audience what is wanted. They played no games, like that time I saw John Mayer at Madison Square Garden and he only played, like, three songs that everyone knew. They didn’t leave anything out, either, including “Seven Wonders,” “Big Love,” “Landslide,” “Never Going Back Again,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Go Your Own Way,” “World Turning,” “Don’t Stop,” “Silver Springs,” and “Songbird.”

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

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.

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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.

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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 see Fitz 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

Alt- J 11/18 @ The Orpheum

and BOB DYLAN 11/14 @ The Orpheum

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

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 goes back to school in her "Break the Rules" music video

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.

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BlogDH Gig Guide: A live music round-up for November

It can be way too easy sometimes to get trapped in the College Hill bubble. A fun trip off campus every now and then can be a good break from all the goings on at Brown. I say, go see live music!

When it comes to bands on tour, Providence may not have the big-city draw of say New York, Philly, or Boston, but between Providence and Pawtucket we still have a decent number of concerts coming up. Already this fall, we’ve had, among others, Deer Tick, Das Racist, Tiesto and Girl Talk play shows nearby. For all you live music fans out there, I’ve scoured the interwebs and compiled a list of some of the upcoming concerts close to campus and others in the surrounding area. Boston’s only an hour train ride away. The latest train back to Providence is usually 11:10 pm though, which sucks. If you want to make sure you see the whole show, you should probably figure out somewhere to stay for the night.

Providence and Pawtucket:

Neon Indian and Kreayshawn
Thursday November 3 – Peterson Recreation Center, Providence College – free or $5 ???
“Chillwave” band and that girl walking around campus with a baggie full of Adderalls.

Shwayze and Cisco Adler
Friday November 4 – Lupo’s – $15 advance, $20 day of
They had the world buzzin’ in 2008. They even had a show on MTV.

Josh Groban
Wednesday November 9 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI – $21.50
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