New Music October 2022: Local Boston Concerts, New Album Releases

New albums from Taylor Swift and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus a charity country music concert at the House of Blues

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What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases

New albums from Taylor Swift and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus a charity country music concert at the House of Blues

October 6, 2022
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Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music.”

This October, the Red Sox won’t be playing playoff baseball, but there will still be a lot going on across the street from Fenway, with big-time concerts at the House of Blues and MGM Music Hall at Fenway. There’s also no shortage of new music this month, with Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated new album Midnights at the top of our list of new releases.

New Releases:

Album cover shows dream-like illustration featuring dropping and surreal depictions of planes, eyes in the sky, and a large dragon. Melting words int he middle of the image read "Red Hot Chili Peppers". Clouds writing underneath that reads "Return of the red canteen".
Album cover courtesy of Warner Records

Return of the Dream Canteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are releasing their second studio album of the year on October 14, and if the two songs already out are any indication, this album is great. The band released the first single, “Tippa My Tongue,” alongside a music video, on August 19. The Chili Peppers also released a second song from the album, “Eddie,” which they say was inspired by rock and roll legend Eddie Van Halen. They started working on it in 2020, the day after Van Halen died. The track’s lyrics don’t explicitly mention Van Halen, but references his life and legacy. The opening lines, “I sail in the sunset’s trail / I’m a bit of a king” are a reference to Van Halen’s early days on the Sunset strip.

The group wrote and recorded this album during the same sessions as Unlimited Love, this year’s other studio album. The sessions marked the return of the band’s guitarist, John Frusciante, after a 10-year absence. Frusciante’s exceptional guitar playing has defined the Chili Peppers’ best songs, including “Snow (Hey Oh),” “Californication,” and “Can’t Stop.” His return has revitalized the band and catapulted expectations for this album.

Image of Taylor Swift wearing an old school red tank top. She sits with black, corded phone in hand looking somber in a darker room.
Album cover courtesy of Republic Records

Midnights, Taylor Swift

This album is likely the most anticipated on our list, and rightfully so. Taylor Swift has one of the largest followings in music, and she knows how to keep her fans (aka the Swifties) in suspense. The 11-time Grammy winner announced the release of the new album at the end of the MTV Video Music Awards on August 28. Since then, her fan base has eagerly awaited the October 21 release of Midnights. Swift has been announcing the name of each track on her TikTok. Other than the track titles, we don’t know much about this album, but knowing Taylor Swift and her track record, it’s fair to say that the album will live up to the hype.

Album Cover shows photo of Meghan Trainor posing in a black floral dress in a bright, neon-themed room of pinks and yellows. Text reads "M-Train".
Album cover courtesy of Republic Records

Takin’ It Back, Meghan Trainor

The October 21 release of Swift’s Midnights might take some attention away from Meghan Trainor’s new album, but Takin’ It Back, set to come out on the same day, is exciting in its own right. Trainor says that while this album will have the same doo-wop feel as songs from the beginning of her career: “This is from the new Meghan who is a wife and mom with a baby.”

Takin’ It Back is Trainor’s fifth studio album, and she has already released 2 of the its 15 songs. One of those songs, “Bad For Me,” she released with Teddy Swims. Trainor shows vulnerability when she sings in the chorus, “Please don’t make promises that you can’t keep. Your best intentions end up hurting me.” She also released an incredibly well done music video for the song, depicting a strong and independent Trainor. The album is the debut of the new Meghan, and she is on a roll.

Album Cover shows Lainey Wilson standing and posing in a beige room. She wears olive green bell bottoms pants, a red, large brimmed velvet hat, and a navy jacket. Text reads "Bell Bottom Country".
Album cover courtesy of BBR Music Group/Broken Bow Records

Bell Bottom Country, Lainey Wilson

Lainey Wilson is one of the brightest stars in country music, and she’s coming out with her fourth studio album at the end of October. Wilson showcases her distinctiveness in this album. “Bell Bottom Country to me has always been about the flare and what makes someone unique—I have really embraced mine, and I hope y’all can hear that across this project,” she said in an interview on Taste of Country’s website.

So far, Wilson has released two songs from the album, “Heart Like a Truck” and “Watermelon Moonshine.” “Heart Like a Truck” is based on a metaphor comparing the speaker’s heartache to the wear and tear a truck sustains. In the chorus, she sings: “I got a heart like a truck / It’s been drug through the mud / Runs on dreams and gasoline / And that ole highway holds the key / It’s got a lead foot down when it’s leaving / Lord knows it’s taken a hell of a beating.” Wilson has not looked back since she introduced herself to the country music world with her 2019 hit single “Things a Man Oughta Know.” With this new album, she shows no signs of slowing down.

Album Cover shows black and white photo of the Foo Fighters walking down an empty road on a foggy day. Words on top in black read "The Essential" and in red "Foo Fighters"
Album cover courtesy of Legacy Recordings

The Essential Foo Fighters [Legacy], Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters are going old-school, releasing this 21-song greatest hits album only in physical copies (find a playlist on Spotify here). It’s the Foo Fighters’ first release since the death of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins, last March. The tracklist contains 21 songs, including “Everlong” and “Times Like These.” Going back and listening to these songs, it’s only natural to pay more attention to the drumming. Hawkins left a legacy that will last forever. The Foo Fighters are one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time, and this collection is a trip down memory lane for the band’s fans. The album is available for preorder on Amazon.

Upcoming concerts

Colbie Caillat

Colbie Calliat is coming to the Boch Center Shubert Theater on October 15. The venue has just 1,600 seats, a small capacity for someone as well-known as Caillat. She rose to fame in 2007 through the social networking website MySpace. Now, she has over seven million monthly listeners on Spotify and has sold more than six million albums worldwide. Her biggest hits include “Lucky” with Jason Mraz, “Bubbly,” and “Brighter Than the Sun.” Calliat has a beautiful voice, and she is an incredibly talented acoustic guitar player, so take advantage of this opportunity to see her perform live in Boston’s bustling Theater District.


Want to “be like the cool kids?” Walk on over to Paradise Rock Club on October 21 to see Echosmith. This band had some hits in the 2010s that make it tempting to see them live. “Cool Kids” is their most famous song. The vocals, guitar, and drums harmonize well, and the song’s chorus is catchy and recognizable. The band’s next biggest hit, “Bright,” is a feel-good song that transports the listener to a beautiful night where “heaven and earth have finally aligned.” The song has an acoustic guitar riff that’s fun to listen to around a campfire on a summer night—but it would be even more enjoyable to hear it live in concert. Tickets for this concert start at just $13, so they are selling fast. Get them while you can.


If you are more of a country music fan, there is another concert option on October 21, with Cole Swindell highlighting the 2022 CoreyFest at the House of Blues, featuring Swindell, Ashley Cooke, and rising country music star Dylan Marlowe. Swindell is a talented lyricist and he’s on a roll right now—his latest single, “She Had Me at Heads Carolina,” is simply phenomenal. The song is about falling in love with a girl who sang Jo Dee Messina’s “Heads Carolina, Tails California” at a karaoke bar. There might not be a karaoke bar at the House of Blues on October 21, but there will be plenty of singing along with the three country stars. The concert benefits the Corey C. Griffin Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of Boston-area children through partnerships with the city’s leading educational and healthcare institutions. This concert is an excellent opportunity to see three big country stars together live while supporting a worthwhile cause.

Noah Kahan

Noah Kahan played at the Paradise Rock Club in 2019, and the 25-year-old up-and-comer will be back in BU’s backyard when he performs at the glamorous new MGM Music Hall at Fenway on October 22. His popularity has grown significantly since he made his television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2018. Kahan’s diehard fans call themselves Busyheads, a nod to his debut full-length studio album Busyhead. He is an incredible live performer with great energy who connects with the crowd well. He will put on a strong show, and MGM Music Hall is the perfect venue for him because it seats about 4,000 more people than the Paradise, but it is still not too big. His two hit singles from 2022, “Stick Season” and “Northern Attitude,” will highlight this you-won’t-want-to-miss show.


“All my life, I’ve been waiting for”…the chance to see reggae star Matisyahu live. Now that opportunity is here with Matisyahu scheduled to perform at Big Night Live on October 28. He is best known for his single “One Day,” which expresses hope for a world without violence and war. It has global popularity and the chorus is highly recognizable. “One Day” is excellent live because audiences can’t help but sing along. With a few other popular songs, including “Sunshine” and “King Without a Crown,” Matisyahu is one of the more recognizable voices in reggae today, and the opportunity to see him in Boston is too good to pass up.

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