What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases
Recent albums from Imagine Dragons and Jon Pardi, plus live music at Boston’s brand-new MGM Music Hall
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music.”
This month, make the long walks across campus a little better with some new music: try Two Door Cinema Club’s Keep on Smiling or Imagine Dragons’ expanded edition of their hit album Night Visions. Celebrate the start of the school year by buying tickets to see Lil Nas X at Boston’s newly christened MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park, or Carly Rae Jepsen at Roadrunner. No matter what type of music you are interested in, this September has it.
Florence & The Machine
The British indie rock band is coming to Boston on Wednesday, September 14, for their only trip to New England in 2022. There’s no doubt TD Garden will be packed with people eager to see the band, which has been steadily gaining popularity since it formed in 2007. It is well worth the $50 ticket price to see this legendary band and hear some of their big hits live. Two of the most popular, “Dog Days Are Over” and “Shake It Out,” have great melodies that will have you humming, if not singing, along. Lead singer Florence Welch has a distinct and recognizable voice and her range is incredible. Florence & The Machine doesn’t perform in the New England area often, but this concert will leave fans wanting more.
The Xfinity Center, one of New England’s well-known outdoor music venues, welcomes country megastar Jason Aldean on Saturday, September 17. Aldean started writing and recording songs in 1998, and now, 24 years later, he is one of the industry’s most recognizable voices. He’s also still churning out hits: 27 of Aldean’s 38 singles have reached number 1 on either the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts from Billboard magazine, and several of his big hits are perfect sing-along songs. What better way to spend a Saturday night than belting out the lyrics to “Dirt Road Anthem” with 19,000 other country music fans on a late summer night in New England? If you like country music, don’t miss this concert.
Lil Nas X
Boston’s newest music venue, the MGM Music Hall at Fenway, opened August 29, right next door to Fenway Park, an excellent addition to the area’s vibrant nighttime scene. The 23-year-old Lil Nas X has been no stranger to the big stage ever since his country rap song “Old Town Road” went viral in 2019. He is scheduled to perform at MGM Music Hall on September 18. Lil Nas X knows how to get a party going, and fans can expect to be on their feet singing and dancing to his hits, many of which have a great bass that will significantly enhance the already electric atmosphere at MGM. Lil Nas X will bring the house down at this exciting new venue.
Carly Rae Jepsen
For anyone looking to spice up their week, why not start with some Carly Rae Jepsen? The pop star is coming to town on September 26, and she’ll be playing at another one of Boston’s most attractive new music spots. Roadrunner is in the Allston-Brighton area, only a 10-minute drive or a 25-minute trolley ride from BU. The 36-year-old Jepsen has some top-rated songs, with her biggest hit the 2012 single “Call Me Maybe,” which starts with a catchy melody that has you humming along even if you don’t know the words. Then the song builds before Jepsen tees up the chorus when she sings, “Where you think you’re going, baby?” What follows is one of the most recognizable choruses of the 2010s, which should make everyone in the building want to get up and sing along. It’s fair to say “Call Me Maybe” makes this a show you won’t want to miss.
Last, but certainly not least, is an opportunity to catch a concert right in BU’s backyard. Actor and musician Ben Platt is coming to Agganis Arena on September 29, with $30 tickets for all BU students (you must show your BU ID at the Agganis box office for a $30 ticket). Ben Platt is best known for starring in the 2015 Broadway coming-of-age musical Dear Evan Hansen. He has released some popular new songs in the past few years, including singles “Imagine” and “Grow As We Go.” In 2022, Platt released another version of “Grow As We Go,” with singer Sara Bareilles jumping on the vocals with him. At 28 years old, Platt should continue to earn acclaim as he releases more songs. The opportunity to see him live for just $30 is too good to pass up.
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