What’s Hot in Music This Month: New Releases, Local Concerts
A new album from Hozier, plus an all-star performance from Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire at TD Garden
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music This Month.”
We hope you’re enjoying your last few weeks of summer. Even though the city is quieter than usual, with many residents on vacation and most students gone for the summer, the month of August is packed with exciting shows headlined by boldface names. Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire are coming for a star-studded performance at TD Garden, Sam Smith is bringing the pop bangers you love to the stage, and Reneé Rapp is releasing her debut album. And did we mention the new albums dropping from Hozier and Jon Batiste?
Without further ado, here are the new releases and local concerts you need to know about.
Global superstar Sam Smith is bringing their top-10 album Gloria to life at TD Garden with Sam Smith: Gloria the Tour. From their meteoric rise to fame in 2014 with massive hits like “Stay with Me,” “Latch,” and “I’m Not the Only One,” Smith has quickly earned a reputation as a mainstay of pop music. And for good reason. Their discography is full of instant earworms, like the number-one smash—and winner of the 2023 Grammy award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance—“Unholy,” featuring Kim Petras. With a slew of catchy pop records under their belt, Smith is sure to bring the party with Gloria the Tour.
R&B has a new princess. After breaking into the mainstream with the Disney Channel’s 2012 movie Let It Shine, Coco Jones has made a name for herself through her gorgeous vocals and authentic lyrics. Just listen to “ICU” off her 2022 album What I Didn’t Tell You, a confessional ballad highlighting her soaring vocals and exceptional melodic construction. With a voice like hers, I’d listen to Jones singing the dictionary—she’s just that good. She’ll be at Paradise Rock Club on August 8. You don’t want to miss this.
Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind & Fire
This concert has an all-star lineup featuring two legendary acts who have joined up for their “Sing A Song All Night Long” tour, a performance packed with the classics you love, plus the deep cuts you need to hear. Lionel Richie has been a household name since his days with the Commodores, and Earth, Wind & Fire has been producing hit after hit since 1971. From Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)” to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland,” you’ll be singing and dancing the night away at TD Garden on August 11.
5 Seconds of Summer
Modern boy band royalty 5 Seconds of Summer (commonly known as 5SOS) is coming to tear the roof off MGM Music Hall at Fenway. 5SOS has perfected the edgy boy band aesthetic, and their exceptional catalog of hits lives up to their reputation. “She Looks So Perfect” and “Youngblood” never fail to get a room full of people dancing and singing along, so their two nights in Boston are sure to be a weekend full of fun.
Guns N’ Roses
From their chart-topping 1988 hit “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses has become one of the world’s most legendary acts. The hard-rock band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, has a look and sound distinctly their own. Their recent three-hour, 30-song performance at Bellahouston Park in Glastonbury, UK, proved they’re still at the top of their game. With iconic members Axl Rose and top-hat-wearing guitarist Slash, Guns N’ Roses is one of the best-selling musical acts of all time, and they’re taking over Fenway Park for an incredible show.
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