Top 5 Concerts
Paul McCartney: Carrier Dome│Syracuse, NY│September 23rd
Paul McCartney continues to take over the state of New York with a show in Syracuse, western New York. He finishes his New York run with two shows in Uniondale early next week. McCartney’s talents are still strong even at the age of 75. His voice to his entertainment skills make him a legendary concert that’s worth seeing. McCartney covers everything from the beginning of his career to the Beatles to his recent solo career music.
Bruno Mars: Madison Square Garden│New York, NY│September 23rd
Bruno Mars is performing two nights at Madison Square Garden. September 23rd is the second of the two shows. His choreography and showmanship qualities are what makes Mars one of the best live performers in the industry. His band the Hooligans compliment each performance. They play instruments and boogie with Mars in a revival of funk music.
Mars is all about the enjoyment and entertainment of his fans from opinions on his album to encouragement to put down your phone at his concerts. Expect a “live in the moment” vibe from any stop on his tour. Mars’ Madison Square Garden stops are some of the biggest events at The Garden all year long.
U2 & Beck: Qualcomm Stadium│San Diego, CA│September 22nd
U2 is continuing their summer tour with a fall leg, and Beck is opening for them. Beck is set to release his new album Colors this fall. U2 is still one of the biggest bands still together. Their epic ’80s fame made their songs timeless. From “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” to “With or Without You,” The Joshua Tree alone has enough hits to last for decades of touring.
U2 toured this summer as anniversary tour of The Joshua Tree. Their tour carried into the fall with an added leg. The summer’s openers included The Lumineers, OneRepublic, and Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds. September 22nd is U2’s last U.S. tour date with Beck. They then tour solo in South America in October, the last scheduled dates of 2017.
Ed Sheeran: TD Garden│Boston, MA│September 22nd
Ed Sheeran continues with his 2017 indoor tour leg at Boston’s biggest indoor venue: TD Garden. He is performing two nights, and September 22nd is his Friday show, the first of second. Sheeran’s tour will potentially include a 2018 leg next year, but specifics of this are unknown.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Palace of Auburn Hills│Auburn Hills, MI│September 23rd
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band are on tour until November, and Auburn Hills’ show brings Nancy Wilson as their opener. This is their last Michigan show for the entire tour.
What’s In Tune: New Music
Jhene Aiko surprised fans with a new album after releasing the short film Trip. It is the first solo project since 2014’s Souled Out. It has a whopping 22 tracks and includes features from boyfriend Big Sean in addition to Swae Lee and more. Her autobiographical short film Trip is an ode to her late brother Miyagi and her late grandfather Teddy. It follows Penny, a poet, who ditches her plans to follow a stranger in search of spontaneous fun. However, the scenes to come delve into searching for one’s true self and mourning the loss of loved ones. In the process, Penny (played by Aiko) challenges her true emotions and faces her demons.
On her interview with The Breakfast Club earlier this year, she explained, “[The album is] inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic. I’m at a point where I put it all in the music. It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.” The journey follows her divorce and then new relationship with current boyfriend Big Sean in addition to the losses, such as her brother, she’s had to cope with and grow from in her past.
In her mission statement released Thursday, Aiko opened up, “My brother and I were very close. We were only two years apart. I never thought of him as a separate person, but an extension of myself. He was my reflection. In his presence, I was confident and always so sure.” In addition, she revealed her “MAP” mission yesterday (Movie, Album, Poetry book) for 2017. Her poetry book 2Fish is coming out soon.
3. “While We’re Young”
4. “Moments” feat. Big Sean
5. “OLLA (Only Lovers Left Alive)” feat. TWENTY88
6. “When We Love”
7. “Sativa” feat. Swae Lee
9. “Newer Balance – Freestyle”
10. “You Are Here”
11. “Never Call Me” feat Kurupt
14. “Bad Trip – Interlude”
15. “Oblivion (Creation)” feat. Dr. Chill
16. “Psilcybin (Love In Full Effect)” feat. Dr. Chill
17. “Mystic Journey – Freestyle”
18. “Picture Perfect – Freestyle”
19. “Sing To Me” feat. Namiko Love
22. “Trip” feat. Mali Music
With Ryan Lewis
Macklemore returns to music without his faithful producer Ryan Lewis. It is a new front for Macklemore, always the frontman for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, to leave his counterpart to experience what else his music can do. Macklemore is known for his social-issues heavy raps that focus on presenting a viewpoint or promoting inclusitivity. His other artistic side is goofy, full of quirky rhymes and even odder beats. These two flowed well together for The Heist.
However, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made wasn’t as much of a success. “Downtown” was a huge lead single off of the album that hit radiowaves with impact. Yet the critics ripped at his attempt to tackle white privilege in “White Privilege II,” and listeners also were puzzled as just how funny-guy he was trying to go with songs like “Brad Pitt’s Cousin.” It wasn’t the follow-up to The Heist that Lewis and Macklemore aimed for.
After a few years and having a child, Macklemore is back with GEMINI. The singles flirt with the line between pop and hip-hop, making them socially-relevant while also upbeat. “Glorious” featuring Skylar Grey was the first single fans could hear off of the album. It dropped in June and is about overcoming obstacles to embrace the best version of oneself. The second single “Marmalade” featuring Lil Yachty followed near the end of the summer. It is a fresh, fun, windows-rolled-down tune that is simply about enjoying a drive in a nice car. The positivity continues to flow through his second single.
Fans got the note that Macklemore seems to be aiming for a more subtle socially-critical on GEMINI. While the intention is certainly still upbeat and inclusive, the fun aspect of “Thrift Shop” resonates in the singles moreso than in recent years. Macklemore’s third single is “Good Old Days” featuring Kesha. The collaboration is powerful. “Good Old Days” is about reflection and nostalgia for younger days. It is also Macklemore candidly speaking about his alcoholism that stemmed from decisions he made when he was younger. A classic “youth is wasted on the young” spin, but instead of being bitter, Macklemore and Kesha’s song is more content. Looking back brings back memories, good and bad. It is more about reflecting on the then and now than hating the now altogether.
1. “Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight” feat. Eric Nally
2. “Glorious” feat. Skylar Grey
3. “Marmalade” feat. Lil Yachty
4. “Willy Wonka” feat. Offset
5. “Intentions” feat. Dan Caplen
6. “Good Old Days” feat. Kesha
7. “Levitate” feat. Otieno Terry
8. “Firebreather” feat. Reignwolf
9. “How to Play the Flute” feat. King Draino
10. “Ten Million”
11. “Over It” feat. Donna Missal
12. “Zara” feat. Abir
13. “Corner Store” feat. Dave B & Travis Thompson
14. “Miracle” feat. Dan Caplen
15. “Church” feat. Xperience
16. “Excavate” feat. Saint Claire
The Killers│Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers return with their first album in five years. Wonderful Wonderful is released today. Three singles preceded The Killers’ album. “The Man” began the album promo with a message critiquing stereotypical masculinity. A hot topic in a feminist era, The Killers made an interesting start to the Wonderful Wonderful rollout with “The Man.” The second single to follow was “Run For Cover.” “Run For Cover” is more pop than previous hits by The Killers. It makes a more radio-friendly single from The Killers’ album and is an easy listen. The third single “Some Kind of Love” dropped a week before the album release. It is inspired by lead singer Brandon Flowers’ wife’s PTSD, and the song was created to lift her mood.
Wonderful Wonderful is pegged as The Killers’ most introspective album. As The Killers get older, the music begins to lean towards messages for the longer term. This is not a step before retirement but rather a progression of aging as a band. Some of The Killers members announced that they will not be touring in support of the album. It all accumulates to aging and the dynamics as The Killers grow.
Wonderful Wonderful Tracklist:
1. “Wonderful Wonderful”
2. “The Man”
4. “Life to Come”
5. “Run For Cover”
6. “Tyson vs. Douglas”
7. “Some Kind of Love”
8. “Out Of My Mind”
9. “The Calling”
10. “Have All the Songs Been Written?”
What’s In Tune: Television Appearances
Camila Cabello is dropping her debut solo album The Hurting. The Healing. The Loving. Cabello preceded the album with singles “Havana,” “OMG,” “Crying in the Club,” and “I Have Questions.” This will be an important solo performance for the rising star.
G-Eazy featuring Cardi B│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│September 26th
Chance The Rapper is on The Late Show this coming week. Though it’s been awhile since he released an album, he’s featured on tracks and toured for a large chunk of 2017.
Steve Martin│The Late Show with Stephen Colbert│September 28th
Steve Martin is first known for his extensive comedian and acting career, but he is actually a talented musician, as well. Martin is performing with Martin Short throughout October after dropping The Long-Awaited Album in late September.
Macklemore│The Late Late Show with James Corden│September 27th
Macklemore drops his first major album without Ryan Lewis titled GEMINI today. He will be on The Late Late Show promoting his album.
Little Big Town dropped their 2017 album Breakers earlier this year and finished up touring in support the album.
Chris Janson has spent 2017 opening for many country tours including Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30 Tour.” Janson is known for his single “Buy Me A Boat,” and his country album Everybody will drop in late October.
Kesha dropped her album Rainbow earlier this year. She will perform on The Ellen Show, and her “Rainbow Tour” begins this fall.
Macklemore and Kesha│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│September 25th
Macklemore and Kesha will perform together on The Ellen Show early next week. On Macklemore’s new album, Kesha features on the song “Good Old Days,” and the two will perform the track together.
Bleachers│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│September 26th
Bleachers, fronted by producer Jack Antonoff, will perform on The Ellen Show after dropping their new album Gone Now in June.
Kelsea Ballerini│The Ellen DeGeneres Show│September 27th
Kelsea Ballerini, one of country pop’s reigning princesses, will perform on The Ellen Show. Her sophomore album Unapologetically will drop in early November. She recently celebrated her bachelorette party, as she is marrying Australian country singer Morgan Evans.