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.
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.
As for concerts, if all that talk about Charli XCX inspired fandom, you can see her when she performs at Royale Boston on the 4th. If the thought of Jackson Browne made you nostalgic for your parents’ music, go see Neil Young on the 5th at the CitiCenter or Fleetwood Mac on the 10th at TD Garden.
Pros to seeing Fleetwood Mac: This is their first tour in 15 years with singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, and you might actually get to hear what Lindsay Buckingham has to say. Cons: the tour boasts the most expensive tickets since One Directions’ “Take Me Home” tour last year.
In case you are in dire need of some Spring Weekend, Chance the Rapper will be playing at URI on the 19th and Cloud Nothings play The Sinclair in Cambridge on the 8th. After Chance surprised Lollapalooza by bringing R. Kelly on stage during his set this summer, we can only hope his tour features similarly bizarre and awesome guest appearances.
If you’re trying to stay within RIPTA radius, at Lupo’s this month are Method Man & Redman and The Glitch Mob. French Montana will also be playing Lupo’s, but no word yet as to whether or not he will bring his Kardashian girlfriend. Of course, with Parents’ Weekend starting on the 24th, just about every student group will be having a performance in October, so you could always stick around on campus for talent, too.