Top 5 Concerts
The Classic West: Dodger Stadium│Los Angeles, CA│July 15th
The Classic West is an epic event, preceding its sister event The Classic East, that occurs this weekend. It’s a two-day festival that brings together some of the most iconic oldies bands that are still able to play together. For anyone who is a fan of rock music in particular, The Classic West will be an event of a lifetime. Headliners include Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers, and the Eagles. However, July 15th (Saturday) seems to be the more popular of two The Classic West days with the Eagles, Steely Dan, and the Doobie Brothers as headliners. The Classic West festival takes place at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Bruno Mars: T-Mobile Arena│Las Vegas, NV│July 15th
Bruno Mars begins his “24K Magic World Tour” this Saturday at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Mars dropped his funky album 24K Magic last year, and he is now officially touring in support of his new music. Mars is known for his ’80s-throwback dance moves and tunes. Therefore, his tour will be full of fun choreography.
Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold & Volbeat: Rogers Centre│Toronto, ON│July 16th
Metallica plugs forward on their summer tour into Canada with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.
Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood: Chesapeake Energy Arena│Oklahoma City, OK│July 15th
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, though the end of the tour might now be in sight, are still charging forward on the epic “Garth Brooks World Tour” that started in 2014. Their July 15th show is one of two that day, and it’s the second of the two days left performing at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: DTE Energy Music Theatre│Clarkston, MI│July 18th
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers continue their “40th Anniversary Tour” mid-next week. This precedes two nights in Boston.
What’s In Tune: New Music
Coldplay extended their “A Head Full of Dreams Tour” that began in 2016 after they dropped their album A Head Full of Dreams in 2015. In order to push the momentum of the extended tour, Coldplay dropped an EP Kaleidoscope today that is a hodgepodge of already-released 2017 songs and a few new ones. “Something Just Like This” set the radio on fire earlier this year, as the DJ duo The Chainsmokers sit at the helm.
“All I Can Think About Is You” also preceded the EP release, but it takes a completely different side of Coldplay to the forefront. Sounding like it’s from underwater, “All I Can Think About Is You, ” is a melancholy, eerie track that delves into emotional baggage that is completely ignored in the hard-plastic hit of “Something Just Like This.” “Hypnotised” and “A L I E N S” were also released before the official drop, as well. The remaining track “Miracles 2” is a mystery, though there isn’t much left to uncover off of the five-track EP. If anything, this is merely an avenue to gain momentum before the tour begins in August and not a focused-attempt to better Coldplay’s sound.
Kaleidoscope EP Tracklist:
1. “All I Can Think About Is You”
2. “Something Just Like This” feat. The Chainsmokers
3. “Miracles 2”
4. “A L I E N S”
French Montana│Jungle Rules
French Montana, besides his many features, dropped his eye-catching track “Bring Dem Things” featuring producer Pharrell Williams the week prior to Jungle Rules. The album itself was only announced a few weeks before its release with the cover art and intriguing tracklist close behind. Notable tracks to listen for are “A Lie” featuring The Weeknd and Max B, “Black Out” featuring Young Thug, and a handful of tracks without any features. It’s always exciting when a rapper has the whole track space to commit their talent through the speakers. Features tend to be overdone in hip-hop, so it’ll be exciting to see French Montana break the mold with featured songs as well as solo work.
Jungle Rules Tracklist:
1. “Whiskey Eyes” feat. Chinx
2. “Unforgettable” feat. Swae Lee
4. “A Lie” feat. The Weeknd & Max B
5. “Jump” feat. Travis Scott
6. “Hotel Bathroom”
7. “Bring Dem Things” feat. Pharrell
8. “Bag” feat. Ziico Niico
9. “Migo Montana” feat. Quavo
10. “No Pressure” feat. Future
11. “Push Up”
12. “Stop It” feat. T.I.
13. “Black Out” feat. Young Thug
14. “She Workin” feat. Marc E. Bassy
15. “Formula” feat. Alkaline
17. “Too Much”
18. “White Dress”
What’s In Tune: Television Appearances
Portugal. The Man dropped their new album Woodstock a few weeks ago that met with decent reviews. They are touring from the summer into October.
Harry Styles and the Who│The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon│July 19th
Harry Styles dropped his debut album a few months ago and is set to start touring this fall. The Who are also busy, as their tour began a few days prior and runs into August.
X Ambassadors│Late Night with Seth Meyers│July 20th
X Ambassadors will be with Seth Meyers to promote their new music. Though there’s no official album announcement, the band has dropped a few singles in 2017 already.
50 Cent has recently kickstarted his career after going through an unsuccessful period a few years prior. This includes a slot on the liberal Comedy Central show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
Steve Aoki does not have any tour dates scheduled besides Ubahn Fest, but he has appeared on a handful of tracks as of recent. This includes One Direction Louis Tomlinson’s debut solo track “Just Hold On.” However, his new album Kolony is set to be released next week, so new music from Aoki is right around the corner.