Summer has officially arrived and a host of artists are releasing much anticipated albums this month, as well as some surprise drops and a couple of exciting sophomore releases. And July’s local concert scene is jam-packed, including performances by pop megastar the Weeknd and throwback boy band the Backstreet Boys.
Classic rock band “with horns” Chicago produced a litany of Grammy-winning hits in the ’70s and ’80s, songs that have gone on to be featured in movies, TV shows, and even the repertoire of marching bands. Brian Wilson is one of the founders of the legendary 1960s Beach Boys, whose music continues to influence artists today. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are touring the United States together this summer alongside former Beach Boys members Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin. The legendary pairing performs in Mansfield July 10 in a show that promises waves of nostalgia, and yes, plenty of good vibrations.
There have been plenty of boy bands before, during, and after the Backstreet Boys reigned in the 1990s, but few have had quite the same grip on youth culture. The group came to a widely publicized end in 2006 and split off into solo careers, but they’ve come back together for a few reunions since then. Now, nearly 30 years after they first began performing, the band is once again touring the country, and to the delight of local fans, one of the stops is the XFINITY Center in Mansfield.
Since the pandemic began, few artists have been as busy as the Weeknd. He dropped his fourth studio album, After Hours, in March 2020 to widespread critical and fan acclaim, with Blinding Lights becoming the longest single ever on the Billboard Hot 100. He performed at the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show, putting together an iconic montage of his decade-long career. He dropped another album, Dawn FM, at the beginning of 2022, which continues to take his music in a more synth-inspired direction. Now, the Weeknd is going on tour to promote both albums, and fans can catch him at Gillette Stadium July 21.
Country music may be an iconic American genre, but one of its biggest stars is Australian singer Keith Urban. Over a career that’s spanned more than three decades, he’s released 11 studio albums, racked up 4 Grammy Awards and 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, and charted 18 number-one songs on the Billboard Country charts. Not to mention his time influencing the next generation of artists on American Idol. Urban released his latest album, The Speed of Now Part 1, in 2020 and is bringing his tour to the XFINITY Center July 22.
Australian singer Tones and I’s catchy hit “Dance Monkey,” about her experience as a street busker, took the world by storm in 2019. The song reached number one in over 30 countries and catapulted the self-made singer to new heights. Her debut full-length album, Welcome to the Madhouse, was released last year. And you can catch her performing songs from that album and more when she stops by the House of Blues in the Fenway this month.