What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases
New albums from Springsteen and the Black Eyed Peas, plus concerts you don’t want to miss at the House of Blues and Big Night Live
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music.”
It’s November—the beginning of the season of giving thanks—and we’re thankful that Bruce Springsteen is dropping another album this month. The Boss releases his 21st studio album November 11, a big day for music lovers. The Black Eyed Peas and Fitz and the Tantrums will release new albums that same day. The House of Blues has a great November lineup, with concerts by Alan Walker and Dayglow.
Marcus Mumford, the Mumford and Sons lead singer, released his debut solo album, Self-Titled, in September (featured in our September column). Since then, he’s been touring for the new album and he hits Boston just as his North American tour wraps up. The California native has a distinct and recognizable voice matched by his exceptional skills as a guitarist. He should be incredible in front of the anticipated 3,500 people expected for his Boston appearance.
Smallpools, an LA-based hidden gem of an indie pop band, electrified a crowd of 500 when they performed at Brighton Music Hall last year. Now, they’ll play for a much bigger audience—2,000 people—when they return to Boston for a concert at Big Night Live on November 12. The fast-paced, upbeat band featuring Sean Scanlon (vocals), Mike Kamerman (guitar), and Beau Kuther (drums) has drawn a loyal base of fans with its poppy sound. They are incredible live, so this is one concert you won’t want to miss.
One of the world’s most popular DJs, Alan Walker, best known for his single “Faded” (certified platinum in 14 countries), is coming to the House of Blues. “Faded” is as captivating as any EDM (electronic dance music) song and will have you nodding your head and singing or humming along (catch a video of a live performance of “Faded” on Walker’s Youtube channel, where he has the whole crowd singing and dancing). Look for the British-born Norwegian artist to perform some of his other big hits, like “Alone,” “The Spectre,” and “Sing Me to Sleep,” each with a great bass and a quick, engaging rhythm. Walker has some of the world’s best EDM music, so don’t miss the chance to see him live.
If you’re looking to hit the House of Blues for a concert this month, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, the indie pop band Dayglow may be just your ticket. Last year, the young band entertained a crowd filled with BU students at Paradise Rock Club. Known for spectacular live performances, the band has proven they are ready for a bigger stage and will get that opportunity playing in front of approximately 2,000 people on November 18. Dayglow has a lot of similarities to Smallpools, but their songs are a little slower and have a more chill vibe. The band’s 2019 album, Fuzzybrain, remains their most popular, but their latest, People in Motion, has gained some traction since its release last month. The second song, “Radio,” already has over a million plays on Spotify.
The Louisiana country music star is coming to Big Night Live on November 20 and tickets are selling fast. Dylan Scott’s popularity has soared since he dropped his latest album, Livin My Best Life, in August. On the album are his two biggest hit singles, “New Truck,” about a breakup, and “Can’t Have Mine (Find You a Girl),” about meeting the love of his life. Both reference his love life and both have recognizable melodies and lyrics that are easy to latch on to. At 32, Scott is in the prime of his country music career, and fans should jump at the chance to see him live.
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