Heading into the holiday, Drop the Mic is bringing you what’s hot during this week of festivity. It is a quieter week in the music industry due to the time of year, but nonetheless, there is always new developments to talk about. Between the Trans-Siberian Orchestra takeover and Nine Inch Nails’ last-minute EP release, here’s what you need to know before Santa comes to town:
Top 5 Concerts
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Toyota Center│Houston, TX│December 23rd
It’s that time of year for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra takeover. Back with their “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” tour from 2015, the rock group is causing explosive energy wherever they go. The reviews are pretty spectacular. Their unique combination of hard rock with storytelling and insane special effects make the show constantly entertaining. The tour is going until New Year’s Eve, ending in Seattle. Every venue is one of the hugest available in each city, demonstrating the popularity for this group. Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s last album dropped in 2015 titled Letters from the Labyrinth. Though they have not produced anything recently, the great reaction to last winter’s “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” Tour sparked its return for 2016. The progressive rock band owns the chart in regards to the most popular upcoming events.
Bruno Mars: The Theater at MGM National Harbor│Oxon Hill, MD│December 27th
Bruno Mars brought all his flashy, 80’s-throwback sizzle back for his new album that dropped this year. 24k Magic did not stray too far from Mars’ comfort zone, but that didn’t make it a total flop, either. Mars did what he does best and married performance with artistic method, crafting an album that will entertain tour crowds for a whole show. Though there isn’t much depth to his new work, a few songs are certainly catchy, and that makes his upcoming tour worth a ticket. What Mars executes well is an embodiment of a performer from the funky dance moves to the oddball attire. You’ll never be bored at Bruno show, and though his new music doesn’t wow, it certainly doesn’t fall to the bottom of the list, either. Get ready to boogie all night and put your pinkie rings up to the… MOON!
Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano: Caesars Palace – Colosseum│Las Vegas, NV│December 28th
Elton John is one of those iconic musicians who will continue to perform until he’s six feet under. His residency in Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace Colosseum confirms the continuous high demand to see Elton John live. His residency goes from December 2016 to February 2017 before he hits the road for an international tour through July. Elton John’s “Behind the Piano” Tour follows the release of his 2016 album Wonderful Crazy Night. More than 30 albums later, the singer and pianist does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Hear hits like “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie & The Jets,” and more love at his Vegas show and tour.
Big Show at the Joe: Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Lil’ Yachty, Young M.A.: Joe Louis Arena│Detroit, MI│December 28th
Many of hip-hop and R&B’s big names are performing for the Big Show at the Joe. Trey Songz and Chris Brown are known for their smooth, silky R&B vocals. Lil’ Yachty and Young M.A. are newer stars to the mainstream hip-hop scene, blowing up the charts with big records. Therefore, it’s a great mix of strong talent from both genres. Lil’ Yachty’s biggest recent hit is “Broccoli” with D.R.A.M.; a unique, fun rap that made its way through mainstream hip-hip radio. Young M.A. is known most for her recent hit single, “OOOUUU.” She’s the one that everyone has eyes on at the moment, paving a road where none have gone: a lesbian with a masculine vocal tone looking to grind her way to the top and not be held back because of stupidity from fame’s distractions. She’s no joke. The lineup is certainly a great package deal for any big fan of the genres.
Straight No Chaser: Davies Symphony Hall│San Francisco, CA│December 29th
Straight No Chaser is on tour through January 2017. Their “I’ll Have Another… 20th Anniversary World Tour” is running throughout the end of 2016, and they’re looking to be finishing it up within a month. The band is known for their Christmas music albums, so the timing heading into the holidays is perfect. What makes this group unique is that they’re an a cappella group like Penatonix – one of the few to breakout into mainstream success. They were founded in the late 90’s. Straight No Chaser’s most recent album, coincidentally Christmas, is I’ll Have Another… Christmas Album dropped in October 2016 that inspired the tour. The group currently includes ten members. After a break in the earlier 2000’s, the group has been going strong since 2008.
What’s In Tune
Nine Inch Nails│Not the Actual Events EP
2. “Dear World,”
3. “She’s Gone Away”
4. “The Idea of You”
5. “Burning Bright (Field on Fire)”
The group’s new EP will be self-released via the NIN website, announced last minute as their final punch in 2016. In a press release, Trent Reznor stated, “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make… It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.” It is the first release since Reznor’s Hesitation Marks in 2013, before making Atticus Ross an official band member. The last album did only satisfactory, and the group’s focus changed to other projects in those past three years. This list includes scoring for Gone Girl and now Patriot’s Day, the upcoming film about the events of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Stevie Wonder│The Late Show with Stephen Colbert│December 23rd
Stevie Wonder is one of the greats, as his musical talent and blind disability combine to produce an excelled version of raw artistic ability. He will be on with Stephen Colbert just before Christmas as one of their last musical guests of 2016.
Michael Bublé│Live with Kelly & Michael│December 23rd
Michael Bublé has gone through a lot this year. With the cancer diagnosis of his child, it will be interesting to see how co-hosting tho shows goes, and what questions the duo has for him.
What You Can’t Miss (in Music) from 2016:
Going into the holiday and wrapping up (presents) and 2016, there’s a focus on pause and reflection over the events of the past year. Here are five big music moments in 2016 that, if you missed, they’re worth catching before 2017: