As soon as school starts I find myself hanging with my best friends, Associated Press Stylebook and MLA Style Manual, appreciating the beautiful leaves falling and also acknowledging that my social life is dying at a faster rate than the foliage. Unfortunately for fellow stressed students and me, the best concerts always happen at this time. Both the winter and spring’s concert selections, however, aren’t looking too shabby either. (more)
With July coming to a close and the most bittersweet, scorching month of the year right around the corner, the only thing hotter than the temperature is the concert lineup. Kindling the blaze is Arcade Fire, touring as part of their first American tour in three years. This tour is complemented by their upcoming studio album release The Suburbs debuting August 3rd. The band, fronted by husband and wife duo Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, is highly recognized for their multi-instrumentalist band members and their uplifting, larger-than-life musical arrangements. The tour in its entirety consists of just seven US dates scheduled after their five Canadian dates. Following two headlining shows at Madison Square Garden, Arcade Fire will be playing the Bank of America Pavilion on August 1st.
Boston’s Mix 104.1 will also be hosting their annual Mixfest at the Pavilion, this year will a killer lineup. Headlined by the Goo Goo Dolls, best known for their late ‘90s hits “Iris” and “Slide” and currently working on an upcoming album for the end of August, the festival will also include Switchfoot (with the hit “Dare You to Move”), last year’s American Idol winner Kris Allen, Steven Page (founding member and ex-front man of Barenaked Ladies) and the alternative band Spill Canvas. The Mixfest has been a collection of exciting artists that come together to put on a show packed with favorite Mix 104.1 hits. With five acts playing this year, it’s bound to make for the perfect summer day on August 2nd. (more)
The Bank of American Pavilion, Boston’s favorite outdoor amphitheater, is hosting at least 30 of the summer’s hottest rock acts, ranging from original classic bands like Meatloaf and the Doobie Brothers to alternative’s newer additions, Vampire Weekend and MGMT. While the month of July is set to host the original rock bands that dominated the charts in the ‘60s, ‘70s and the ‘80s: kicking off the month with Ringo Starr and his All Starr band, the Doobie Brothers and Chicago, Squeeze and Cheap Trick, Chris Isaak, Band Company and Heart.
July finishes off with the Black Keys, a band that puts a modern spin on a classic bluesy sound, with heavily distorted vocals and raw, seductive guitar solos. Reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, the Keys’ lyrics are accessible and vintage. Their music can easily take listeners to another era, one that screams Woodstock. The Black Key’s 2010 release, Brothers, remains consistent with this antiquated sound. Wrapping up July’s concert calendar, the Black Key’s will hit the stage at the Bank of America Pavilion with the Morning Benders on July 31st.
Arcade Fire kicks off the month of August on the 1st by playing a sold out show as part of their first headlining US tour in three years. Fronted by Canadian husband and wife duo Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, Arcade Fire recently revealed the title of their highly anticipated upcoming album, named The Suburbs, due out August 3rd. They also leaked two tracks, “We Used to Wait” and “Ready to Start” which incorporate the band’s distinguished use of amplified organs with the lessening of all other elements for a more comprehensible outcome. The band is highly recognized for their multi-instrumentalist band members and uplifting, larger-than-life musical arrangements.
Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, fronted by husband and wife duo Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, just recently scheduled their first headlining American concerts in three years with seven US dates scheduled to follow five Canadian dates. The tour is projected to kick off at Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion August 1st and will wrap up in Atlanta on August 11th. The string of shows will also include a trip to New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Arcade Fire announced the title and release date of their highly anticipated upcoming album, named The Suburbs and due out August 3rd. They are soon expected early to release two singles for the album called “The Suburbs” and “Month of May”. The band is highly recognized for their multi-instrumentalist band members and their uplifting, larger-than-life musical arrangements. The first full length album Funeral was released in 2004, an album with somber overtones of life and death, was received very well by music critics and snagged best album and best single titles for “Rebellion (Lies)”. The track “Wake Up” was the band’s opening song while playing with U2 and was also featured in commercials for Where the Wild Things Are.
Arcade Fire’s follow up album, Neon Bible’s (2007) sound was just as impactful as the debut, with tracks like “Intervention”, evoking spirituality and inspiration through a booming cathedral-like organ. The band toured in promotion of Neon Bible for a year, playing 122 shows in 75 cities around the world. The Suburbs has high expectations to live up to but there’s no doubt that after 15 months of recording, Arcade Fire’s got something special up their sleeve. Tickets are available now!
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