Top 5 Concerts
The Classic East: Citi Field│Flushing, NY│July 29th
The Classic East is the sister festival to The Classic West that occurred at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium a few weekends ago. The goal of the festival is to bring together some of the best oldies bands that can still tour for a two-day festival unlike any other. Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers, and Steely Dan are just some of the bands that will play at The Classic East. The Classic East will take place at the New York Mets’ Citi Field.
Lollapalooza: Hutchinson Field Grant Park│Chicago, IL│August 3rd
Lollapalooza is a festival that takes place annually in Chicago during the summertime in addition to its international festival locations. A four-day music festival, Lollapalooza has been around for many years. It dates back to the early ’90s. European and South American locations create a widespread, international fan base for the festival. Chicago’s Lollapalooza 2017 features Chicago-native Chance The Rapper, Lorde, The Killers, Arcade Fire, Big Sean, Muse, and more.
Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold & Gojira: Rose Bowl – Pasadena│Pasadena, CA│July 29th
Metallica is wrapping up their “WorldWired World Tour” in mid-August. This show is the last July show for the band. Avenged Sevenfold, a consistent opening act for the tour, is opening as well as the newer opener Gojira replacing Volbeat from earlier in the tour.
Coldplay: MetLife Stadium│East Rutherford, NJ│August 1st
Coldplay begins their 2017 leg of “A Head Full of Dreams Tour” at New York Giants’ MetLife Stadium. Coldplay’s iconic arena tour in 2016 impressed audiences with its light effects and brightly-colored energy. Coldplay released their 2017 EP Kaleidoscope earlier this year.
Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, Nelly & Chris Lane: Target Field│Minneapolis, MN│July 29th
Florida Georgia Line continues their summer tour with Nelly, Chris Lane, and special guest the Backstreet Boys. The Backstreet Boys are performing at limited baseball stadium tour stops, as the boy band has collaborated with FGL in the past for “God, Your Mama, and Me.”
What’s In Tune: New Music
Arcade Fire│Everything Now│B-
Everything Now is an exploration of modern-day human connection, loneliness, loss, and love. The title track begs the questions about the internet era. Information overload and the constant desire for connection are up for discussion in “Everything Now.” However, something notable about the album is it leans farther into the pop realm than even it predecessor, demonstrating Arcade Fire’s blunt lean into upbeat pop sounds and synthesized sounds from producers expert in that area.
Furthermore, suicidal thoughts are another large issue that Arcade Fire tackles in the album. In “Creature Comfort,” the lyrics “She told me she came so close / filled up a bathtub and put on our first record” creates an eeriness to the closeness and relativity of one’s downfall to another. In an era of technological obsession and a clinging to pure human interaction, Arcade Fire attempts to make a record about these social critiques. Though there are some refreshing bits, Everything Now as a whole drawls on the same issues that are stamped into many other records in the past decades.
Arcade Fire inevitably falls into the trap of forcing it. By wanting to produce something worthwhile while still clinging to the progressive pop-synth sounds, the band falls into the hole of heard-that. It is exactly what they were trying to avoid.
Everything Now Tracklist:
2. “Everything Now”
3. “Signs Of Life”
4. “Creature Comfort”
5. “Peter Pan”
7. “Infinite Content”
9. “Electric Blue”
10. “Good God Damn”
11. “Put Your Money On Me”
12. “We Don’t Deserve Love”
13. “Everything Now (continued)”
Aminé│Good For You│B
Aminé announced that he will release the newspaper featured on the cover of his debut album Good For You. If that tidbit doesn’t give you a glimpse into Aminé’s eccentricity and style, the album cover itself will. A member of the XXL Freshman Class of 2017, Aminé bounded onto the mainstream hip-hop scene in 2016 with his hit “Caroline.” A funky, grinning song, “Caroline” stood out on the radio. The Portland rapper, whose real name is Adam Daniel, began rapping in high school and released a few mixtapes before “Caroline” paved the way for his career.
“REDMERCEDES” and “Turf” are two singles that followed with music videos that spiraled into popularity after “Caroline”‘s goofy car-setting video. “REDMERCEDES” takes a jab at racial stereotyping while the video vibes are goofy plays and pastel colors. “Turf” is a little more serious, as it is a reflection of his upbringing and the people who shaped him.
Good For You carries the hit “Caroline” as well as “Turf.” In addition, the collaboration with Kehlani (“Heebiejeebies”) makes its way into the bonus track spot. However, there are a lot of new songs to appear and very few features. That’s rare nowadays with the extreme collab and production process in hip-hop, and it’s admirable for one’s debut. Aminé is proving that the backlash of the Freshman Class list is not to be taken seriously. He’s showing up to demonstrate his depth, and he doesn’t need the feature to get your attention. The album cover art will do that just fine.
Good For You Tracklist:
1. “Veggies” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
2. “Yellow” feat. Nelly
5. “Spice Girl”
7. “Wedding Crashers” feat. Offset
11. “Dakota” feat. Charlie Wilson
14. “Beach Boy”
15. “Heebiejeebies” feat. Kehlani (Bonus)
Vic Mensa│The Autobiography│A-
Vic Mensa is typically associated with Chance The Rapper. The two Chicago natives met as younger kids in the Windy City, both fighting for careers in hip-hop. However, Mensa’s The Autobiography As Told By Vic Mensa demonstrates he can no longer tolerate the weak Chance association as his only title. Mensa and Chance rifted after Mensa signed to JAY-Z’s Roc Nation label. Mensa grew recognition originally through his work with Kanye West, especially on his song “Wolves.” No I.D., the producer of JAY-Z’s recent 4:44, is the producer of The Autobiography. The jazzy-infused beats contrast with heavy lyrics. A trend that many major hip-hop stars have found recent success in.
This is what Mensa accomplishes on the album. What pours into the void is the “come up” story from Chicago, though Mensa isn’t asking for your pity or applause. Instead, he reflects on his youth doing drugs and leaning towards the chance of overdose. Now clean, Mensa digs into these darker times and what led him there (“Memories on 47th St,” “Wings”). The album handles the deaths of friends at the hands of gang violence (“Heaven On Earth”). In addition, there is a lean towards his romantic troubles, astray from the social issues on the album, that delves into the aftermath of the first big heartbreak (“Coffee & Cigarettes”). Through a moment of severe introspection, Mensa alludes to a greater issue in modern-day romance where people take out their past relationships’ insecurities and issues on the next partner.
For a finale-like push for progression, Ty Dolla $ign features on “We Could Be Free.” The chorus states, “That we could be free / If we only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other.” The Autobiography contains songs more lyrical finesse than “Sometimes I wake up, and I look up at the sky / Asking why I’m alive when the realest n***** died.” Yet, Mensa’s punch at Lemonade “Freedom” still is worth noting.
The album also contains its moments of grittier rap, as in “Down 4 Some Ignorance,” “OMG,” and “Rollin’ Like A Stoner,” the 4:44 flavor of jazzy flare settles well next to Mensa’s story-and-lesson style on the other tracks.
The Autobiography Tracklist:
1. “Didn’t I (Say I Didn’t)”
2. “Memories on 47th St.”
3. “Rollin’ Like A Stoner”
4. “Homewrecker” feat. Weezer
5. “Gorgeous” feat. Syd
6. “Heaven on Earth” feat. The-Dream
7. “Card Cracker (Skit)”
8. “Down 4 Some Ignorance (Ghetto Lullaby)” feat. Chief Keef & Joey Purp
9. “Coffee & Cigarettes”
10.”Wings” feat. Pharrell Williams & Saul Williams
11.”Heaven on Earth (Reprise)”
12.”The Fire Next Time”
13.”We Could Be Free” feat. Ty Dolla $ign
14.”Rage (Bonus Track)”
15.”OMG” feat. Pusha T (Bonus Track)
What’s In Tune: Television Appearances
Bleachers, stage name for mega-producer Jack Antonoff, is performing on Seth Meyers after dropping their new album Gone Now. Antonoff has produced albums for popstars Lorde and Taylor Swift.
Brad Paisley│Late Night with Seth Meyers│August 2nd
Brad Paisley dropped his 2017 album Love and War in April.
French Montana featuring Swae Lee│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│August 1st
French Montana dropped his new album Jungle Rules a few weeks ago. He will perform his single “Unforgettable” with Swae Lee.
George Ezra│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│August 2nd
George Ezra is gearing up for the release of his new album after dropping his single “Don’t Matter Now” in June.
Maggie Rogers is the “Pharrell Girl.” Her performance during her class at NYU brought guest Pharrell Williams to tears. Rogers quickly signed to a major label and is touring in support of her EP Now That the Light Is Fading. Hear “Alaska” and more.
Arcade Fire│The Late Show with Stephen Colbert│August 3rd
Arcade Fire dropped their new album Everything Now today, so they will most likely play music off of the new album.