Top 5 Concerts
The Rocky Mountain Way Induction Concert: Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre│Englewood, CO│August 13th
The Rocky Mountain Way Induction Concert features headliner Garth Brooks. The induction concert is for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, Nelly & Chris Lane: Wrigley Field│Chicago, IL│August 12th
Lady Gaga: AT&T Park│San Francisco, CA│August 13th
Lady Gaga is performing at many ballparks during the beginning of her “Joanne World Tour.” One of them is AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
Ed Sheeran: Pepsi Center – Denver│Denver, CO│August 15th
Ed Sheeran continues his huge indoor arena tour in Denver before continuing the tour in the Southern U.S.
James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt: Fenway Park│Boston, MA│August 11th
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt hit Taylor’s home city of Boston for his Fenway Park tour stop. This is not only a consistently popular Taylor tour stop, but Raitt’s appearances makes it that much more appealing.
What’s In Tune: New Music
Kesha is making her comeback. After five years since her last tour and album (Warrior in 2012), Kesha’s life has flipped from glitter-crusted party girl to the focal point of a very expensive, very public legal battle. Kesha accused Dr. Luke of verbally, sexually, and emotionally assaulting her during the beginning of her career at Sony. This is during her “Tik Tok” hour when Kesha’s persona was a fun, hot mess of a girl who encapsulated the Paris Hilton generation of pop music.
After coming forward about the sexual assault, Dr. Luke responded with a defamation battle mere hours after. The war had begun. A New York judge inevitably did not allow Kesha out of her contract, but by then, the entire music world caught fire with the drama surrounding Kesha, Dr. Luke, and the widely-discussed social issue of sexual assault. Lady Gaga was the next female to step forward with her Academy Award performance of “‘Till It Happens To You.” With shows such as Thirteen Reasons Why, modern day society is forcing a lens on the topic. Whether or not the strategy is always flawless, the conversation is booming.
Kesha finally stepped back into the spotlight in her music career in 2017. After dropping her lead single “Praying,” fans knew that they would experience a different side of Kesha. The “bottle of Jack,” messy-hair party would quiet, as Kesha’s internal growth and deep-rooted struggles would rise to the lyrics. According to The Guardian, she wrote the title track while in rehab for her eating disorder, an effect of the abusive relationship with Dr. Luke.
In a press playback at a London club, the singer remarked, “This is truly from the inside of my guts.” From the assault to her depression to her eating disorder, Kesha spent the last five years pushing through a lot to make it to where she is now. From the empowering “Woman” featuring the twanky Dap-Kings Horns to the sentimental “Learn to Let Go,” all of Kesha’s recovery is forced into the album in an emotional whirlwind.
I worry that positive encouragement for her growth will distract from whether or not Rainbow produces actual good music. Either way, Kesha’s voice sounds more determined and more technically accurate. There’s something about her tone that always sticks me back to “Your Love Is My Drug” nasally. Maybe that counterargument is that I bring my opinions to the table too soon. No matter the reason, hearing Rainbow in full will certainly be a journey, and I commend Kesha for staring her demons in the eyes.
2. “Let ‘Em Talk” feat. Eagles of Death Metal
3. “Woman” feat. The Dap-Kings Horns
6. “Learn To Let Go”
7. “Finding You”
9. “Hunt You Down”
10. “Boogie Feet” feat. Eagles of Death Metal
12. “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You)” feat. Dolly Parton
What’s In Tune: Television Appearances
Portugal. The Man dropped their new album Woodstock earlier this year, and they are touring in support of the album.