Hot New Music March 2022: local concerts, news | UB today
Mars kicks off with Luna Li and Charlie XCX albums, and brings concerts with Aminé and Epik High
Welcome back Terriers, to our monthly column, “What’s Hot in Music”
This month, we want you to hear about the next project of up-and-coming Black Country band New Road, hear up-and-coming low-key shoegaze artist Parannoul, and rock with Aminé at House of Blues.
The Senior Terriers may remember the 802.1x concert held in the spring of 2018, headlined by rapper and songwriter Aminé. The artist had gained notoriety with his first single, “Caroline”, whom the singer calls a modern-day “Billie Jean”. The track became the lead single from her 2017 debut album, Good for you, with features from Kehlani, Offset and Nelly, who debuted at 31 on Billboard’s 200 chart. The rapper continued his success with albums ONEPOINTFIVE and LIMBO, both of which have received critical acclaim from review moguls Pitchfork. Find the rapper on tour this week for his latest album, TWOPOINTFIVE, at the House of Blues.
The members of indie rock band Hippo Campus met in high school, and the band has come a long way since 2013. In 2017, they released their debut studio album. Landmark, which landed at No. 140 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on the Independent Albums Chart. Their second album of 2018, Bambi, peaked at 39 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Airplay chart. Find the band on tour for their latest project, LP3 at the House of Blues this week.
Kevin Parker, known by his stage name Tame Impala, began his music career in 2007 by posting his self-produced work on MySpace, which led to label deals. His 2020 album, The slow race, peaked at number two on the Billboard Top Selling Albums chart, number three on the Billboard 200, and took number one on the Top Rock Albums chart. While Parker is generally completely independent in his musical process, on tour “Tame Impala” consists of Dominic Simper on guitar/synthesizer, Jay Watson on guitar/vocals, Cam Avery on bass, Julien Barbagallo on drums and l man himself on guitar/vocals. Catch the act on tour for The slow race next week at TD Garden.
Everyone loves a good underdog story. Veterans Epik High, an alternative hip-hop trio from Seoul consisting of frontman Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz, have more than two decades of experience under their belts. The three began their career in 2001 in the Korean underground hip hop scene and released their first album Map of the human soul two years later, despite criticism that there was virtually no market for music with complex lyrics in an era defined by the rise of first-generation K-pop. Today, the group boasts a discography of 11 studio albums, as well as the commendable achievement of being the first Korean group to perform at Coachella. Catch up with Epik High on their Epik High Is Here Tour, at the House of Blues.
Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra, née Shahrzad Fooladi, sings with a dexterity that makes you think she was almost born to make music. And maybe she was. The artist started writing his own music at just nine years old and signed his first contract at thirteen, an artist development deal with Sony Music Sweden. His second album, Ugh, those feelings again, found huge success, with its single “I Want You Around” topping the top spot on the Billboard Adult R&B Chart and staying there for 48 weeks. His latest project Temporary highs in the purple sky cemented Aalegra’s absolute strength in the world of R&B, claiming #3 on the Top R&B Albums chart upon release. The North American leg of her tour begins this month and you can see her at the Orpheum Theater on March 27.
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