by Danica Burt
Music snobs will tell you that live is the best way to listen to music, and might even refuse to acknowledge a band unless they can do live shows well. I hate to agree with these hypothetical highbrow folk, but they’re right. Live music is some of the best around. How do I get in on this cultured branch of the music industry, you ask? Here’s a rundown of concerts to see in Boston this season.
Lupe Fiasco at House of Blues (9/12)
Lupe Fiasco is bringing some hip-hop to Boston this September. Lupe has collaborated with such artists as Trey-Songz, Snoop Dogg and even Jay-Z. His most recent hit, “The Show Goes On,” samples the guitar riff from Modest Mouse’s “Float On,” creating an always-fun blend of rock and hip-hop.
Track to listen for: The aforementioned “The Show Goes On”
Motion City Soundtrack at Paradise Rock Club (9/13-14)
If you missed Motion City Soundtrack lead singer Justin Pierre’s surprise acoustic performance on the Common a couple years ago—well, that’s unfortunate. What is fortunate, though, is that the boys of MCS are back in Boston this Fall with not one but two shows! Providing such quality lyrics as, “Let’s get wrecked on Pop-Tarts and sex and see the Taj Mahal,” the band never fails to entertain.
Track to listen for: “Disappear”
Foster the People at House of Blues (9/29)
Foster the People were honored with a nomination for Best New Artist at their year’s MTV VMAs. Though they lost to Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator, the band still managed to further promote their breakout single, “Pumped Up Kicks,” off their debut album, Torches. You know the song—the one you hear on the radio that you can’t make out any of the lyrics to.
Track to listen for: “Waste”
Hanson at House of Blues (10/9)
Yes, that Hanson. Though the days of “MMMBop” may be over, the blond-haired brothers of pop offer their latest album, Shout It Out, to get you through. Did you spot Hanson in Katy Perry’s video for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”? It’s okay if you didn’t. They were clearly overshadowed by Kenny G. Speaking of cameos, be on the look out for Weird Al in Hanson’s latest video.
Track to listen for: “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’”
Smashing Pumpkins at the Orpheum Theatre (10/21)
If Hanson isn’t the nostalgia you’re looking for, have no fear. Smashing Pumpkins are here! Or they will be in October. Though the band hasn’t released a new album in a few years, let’s just be happy Zwan isn’t touring again.
Track to listen for: “1979” (a classic)
NeverShoutNever at House of Blues (10/25)
Ever thought about dropping out of high school, living in your car, and making it as a musician? Christofer Drew, a.k.a. NeverShoutNever, is living proof that this is a realistic career plan. Featuring soft vocals, complete with Missouri accent, and sweet acoustic sound, NSN manages to create uplifting music, despite the often depressing subject matter. The new album Time Travel Lithograph is on sale starting September 20th.
Track to listen for: “Like Getaway”
Other concerts to consider spending your hard-earned money on:
TV on the Radio at Bank of America Pavilion (9/6)
Dropkick Murphys at Fenway Park (9/8) – See you there!
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Paradise Rock Club (9/19)
Mogwai at House of Blues (10/1)
Portugal. The Man at Paradise Rock Club (10/22)
New Found Glory at House of Blues (10/27)
Let us know what concerts you are looking forward to by commenting below.