What’s Hot in Music This Month: Local Concerts, New Releases
Taylor Swift releases her new re-recording, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), and Barenaked Ladies are set to rock Leader Bank Pavilion
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music This Month.”
Summer is in full swing. We hope you’re enjoying the sun and taking some time to relax and unwind. July is stacked with lots of exciting music releases and some notable local concerts. Global superstar Taylor Swift drops Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), British singer-songwriter Mahalia releases her second studio album, IRL, and Louis Tomlinson is performing at MGM Music Hall. So get out your earbuds and order your tickets, because July promises to be an exciting month.
Grammy award–winning artist Erykah Badu—the “Godmother of Soul—performs at TD Garden July 7. The singer/songwriter/ producer/actor has had a remarkably successful career since the release of her first album, Baduizm, in 1997. Today she is one of the country’s leading R&B and neo-soul voices. Reuniting with fellow Soulquarian member Yasiin Bey—commonly known by his stage name, Mos Def—Badu is bringing her Unfollow Me tour to one of the biggest venues in Boston for a concert that promises to be full of surprises.
Since her debut album, 2001’s Songs in A Minor, Grammy award–winning superstar Alicia Keys has been creating popular, soulful R&B music. Who doesn’t know all the words to her 2012 smash hit “Girl on Fire”? Keys’ career is a masterclass in staying true to yourself and your musical vision. This singular artist is even better live, so don’t miss a chance to see her when she takes the stage at TD Garden on July 9.
After making a name for themselves, first in their native Canada and then in the United States, as an alt-rock band with a quirky style and wit, Barenaked Ladies is coming to Boston with their Last Summer on Earth tour. The band broke into the American mainstream with their 1998 album Stunt and has seen widespread success, selling more than 15 million albums and earning two Grammy nominations. With supporting acts Five for Fighting and Del Amitri, Barenaked Ladies are gearing up for a show-stopping performance you won’t want to miss at Leader Bank Pavilion on July 9.
Since his debut in 2004, this multitalented rapper, producer, and singer-songwriter has proven a force to be reckoned with. T-Pain forged his own unique style, popularizing the use of Auto-Tune, a pitch-correcting audio processor technology that alters and measures pitch in vocal and instrumental recordings. The two-time Grammy winner will be taking the MGM Music Hall stage on July 12 in support of his Escape from WISCANSIN tour. You don’t want to miss this once-in-a-generation artist for what is sure to be a fun night.
The former One Direction member is bringing his Faith in the Future World Tour to MGM Music Hall at Fenway on July 25. His recent album went number one in the UK and has been praised for showcasing a more assured and confident sound from the singer. Tomlinson is a seasoned performer, having gotten his start on the British version of The X Factor in 2010 before forming One Direction with four other contestants a year later. The band, as everyone knows, went on to become one of the most popular boy bands in history. Tomlinson’s most recent solo album, Faith in the Future, released last November, debuted at number four in the UK and number five in the United States. Get ready to cry and dance at the same time.
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