What’s Hot in Music This Month: New Albums, Local Concerts
Peter Gabriel releases his first record since 2002; Aqua comes to House of Blues
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column, What’s Hot in Music This Month.
We’re entering the semester’s home stretch and happily, there’s a ton of great music arriving in December to rock out to while studying for finals. Looking for a way to unwind? Catch one of the amazing concerts coming to Boston this month. You can ring in the holiday season with Mariah Carey’s holiday tour or witness a tour-de-force by country sensation Ashley McBryde. Superstar Nicki Minaj returns with a new album and Gen Z pop princess Tate McRae drops her sophomore album. With so much to look forward to, let’s get right to it.
This Danish-Norwegian band is best known in the United States for its 1997 hit “Barbie Girl,” which is featured on the soundtrack for the 2023 box office smash Barbie, nabbing Aqua’s first Grammy nomination. But these musicians are no one-hit wonders, with multiple singles topping the UK charts and decades of performing under their belts. Now, they are bringing their dance-pop music and hot pink daydream to the House of Blues stage. A live Aqua show, for the uninitiated, is a high-energy, bubbly good time. Warm up your voice to scream the words to “Barbie Girl” during what promises to be a night of unforgettable pop music.
Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde is no stranger to the music scene. She’s been releasing critically lauded hit albums since her eponymously titled debut in 2006. Since then, she’s proven a powerhouse songwriter and stellar entertainer. You can catch her live when she brings her The Devil I Know tour to the Orpheum Theatre on December 9.
The Japanese House
Fresh off the release of her sophomore album, In the End It Always Does, The Japanese House (the stage name of English singer-songwriter Amber Bain) will take the stage at Roadrunner later this month, performing from her new album. The musician has the indie pop genre down to a science, expertly crafting emotional songs drenched in synthesizers and keyboards. Don’t miss a chance to catch this rising electronic folk star live.
Mariah Carey is a superstar in every sense of the word. From the release of her debut album in 1990, she has attracted legions of fans across the globe, drawn to her soaring voice. She makes extensive use of her whistle register, the highest register of the human voice, a feat few musicians accomplish with her dexterity. Carey has released a slew of best-selling seasonal hits, including 1994’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” and now Bostonians can catch the Queen of Christmas in person when she brings the holidays to the TD Garden stage. Who doesn’t want to hear her sing live “All I Want For Christmas Is You”?
Hailed as a “modern house superstar” by Billboard, Sam Feldt is the real deal. His electronic house music, with pumping bass and irresistible hooks, never fails to get a crowd dancing. The Dutch DJ is bringing his exceptional talents to The Grand on December 15 for an unforgettable night you won’t want to miss. His live performances are never lacking in energy, and there’s no better time to let loose than right before finals week.
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