What’s Hot in Music This Month: New Albums, Local Concerts
September brings a new record from Olivia Rodrigo, performances from Tove Lo and Lil Yachty, and more
Welcome back, Terriers, to our monthly column “What’s Hot in Music This Month.”
We’re excited to see you all back on campus as another school year begins. September has some super exciting releases and local concerts in store. Olivia Rodrigo drops her highly anticipated sophomore album, GUTS, and Ed Sheeran has a brand-new album to get us into the autumnal spirit. Plus, Greta Van Fleet is coming to rock TD Garden and Lil Yachty is bringing the party to Citizens House of Blues Boston. There’s lots to look forward to, so let’s jump in.
You may remember Tove Lo from her 2014 pop culture reign with hits like “Habits” and “Talking Body.” On September 12, the Swedish star, known for her progressive and eclectic indie pop sound, is bringing her newest album, Dirt Femme, to life on the Roadrunner stage. The album’s opening track, “No One Dies from Love,” is a perfect example of her distinct style: a catchy melody, layered harmonies, and synth-heavy production. Tove Lo always delivers fun and high-energy performances, so strap in and get ready for an incredible night.
The 26-year-old singer-songwriter skyrocketed to fame by “dancing in the mirror and singing in the shower” in her 2014 pop hit “Shower,” and this month she’ll be hitting the stage at Roadrunner. The multiplatinum Latin pop singer has earned two Latin Grammy Awards and multiple nominations, including Best Urban Song for her 2022 global smash “MAMIII,” featuring popular Colombian musician Karol G. And it’s easy to see why Becky G has seen such immense success: her infectious melodies and deft ability to flit between genres make her a bona fide superstar. Her show on September 14 is definitely one you won’t want to miss.
Greta Van Fleet
With their 2023 album Starcatcher, Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet proved they know where they come from and where they’re going. The anthemic album is firmly rooted in the rock sounds of the ’60s and ’70s, yet with the progressive, new-age spin the band is known for. They’re making a stop at TD Garden on their Starcatcher Tour. With soaring vocals from lead singer Josh Kiszka, Greta Van Fleet knows how to fill an arena. Even though they’ve only released three albums, these musicians are exceptionally seasoned performers—and they’re coming to show, yet again, why they’re the ones to watch.
The incredible indie rock band Mt. Joy debuted back in 2016 and has had a somewhat unexpected rise to popularity. Frontman Matt Quinn told Billboard that he hadn’t intended to pursue music. He was writing and recording what would become the band’s debut single, “Astrovan,” while working full-time and taking law classes at night. After the song started to blow up, Quinn dropped out of school to pursue music with the rest of the band—and alternative music changed forever. Now, seven years later, the band is touring the world, and you have not one, but two chances to see these electrifying performers later this month.
It’s hard to hear a Lil Yachty song and not start dancing. The Grammy-nominated rapper has released a steady stream of hits in his signature “bubblegum trap” style and cultivated a dedicated fanbase. With collaborations from music royalty like Drake, Mike WiLL Made-It, Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa, and more, Lil Yachty has proven himself to be a once-in-a-generation musical talent. His 2023 album Let’s Start Here is an incredible blend of his classic sound mixed with psychedelic rock influences. His Field Trip Tour is sure to be a night to remember, so get your tickets now.