5 Fall Concerts You Should Buy Tickets for Now
Bastille, Modest Mouse, Phoenix and more hit bands are coming to Providence this fall.
Providence isn’t Boston, so when big-name bands come ’round the town, it attracts people like fly strips attract flies (minus the dying part).
And there are some great big-name bands coming to town. You’ll want to jump on these bad boys ASAP, before they are sold out and you’re left sitting at home listening to them on Spotify instead.
SEPT. 9: OF MONTREAL
About the Band: “Nihilists with good imaginations” is the first line from the band’s song “Gronlandic Edit.” If that’ doesn’t make you chuckle darkly, we don’t know what will. Formed in ’97, Of Montreal’s sound changes from album to album, sometimes laden with heavy synth, other times inspired by flashy ’70s glitter rock.
Why you should see them: Their concerts are wacky and awesome, with the group donning alter ego attire (like this awesome image of them in funky drag). You won’t know what to expect, and you’ll be all the better for it.
The Deets:Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets in advance $20, at the door $22. The Met, 1005 Main St., Pawtucket, themetri.com.
SEPT. 12: COLD WAR KIDS
About the Band: Cold War Kids has been playing the circuit for some time now, and are a bit of what you could call a modern classic (my parents will roll their eyes at the idea of a band started in 2004 being called a classic, but hey, its a generational thing). Their sound is a mix of influences (Bob Dylan in an indie rock band anyone?) that defies being put into a concrete category. Their most recent hit single, “Love Is Mystical,” even sounds a bit like Fitz and the Tantrums.
Why you should see them: We have a confession to make. Not only should you buy tickets to this concert because Cold War Kids are a huge name, but also because they are being opened for by K.Flay (her single “Blood in the Cut” is super catchy) and Joywave, two new-ish artists who are definitely worth a listen. Buy your tickets soon, this is one concert that will be gone before you can say “let’s go!”
The Deets: Show at 9 p.m. Tickets in advance $25, at the door $30. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence, lupos.com.
SEPT. 13: BASTILLE
About the Band: The British breakthrough band released their hit single “Pompeii” in 2013 to raucous applause. To follow up with their success, they released their sophomore album Wild World last year which provided current radio darling “Blame.” Bastille combines ’80s synth pop with lyrics that flow off the tongue smoothly, making for catchy tunes that everyone will be singing.
Why you should see them: It’s Bastille, why are you even asking why you should see them? They’re from the UK, and one can never be sure when an international band will visit this close to home again.
The Deets: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets $39.50. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence, lupos.com.
OCT. 8: PHOENIX
About the Band: The French wunderband that blasted the airwaves with “Lizstomania” in 2009 recently released their latest album, Ti Amo, that includes songs in their native tongue as well as Spanish and Italian. The album mixes disco beats with soft, glossy, sweet sounds that prompted Pitchfork to say, “Ti Amo feels like a sugary treat.”
Why you should see them: If you like sweets, seeing Phoenix perform their new music will give you a sugar high similar to being a kid in a candy shop. The band comes to Providence to perform their music in a “tv-show format.” What that means exactly is rather unclear, but we’re sure it will be glossy and sensual.
The Deets: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets $38.50. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence, lupos.com.
OCT.10: MODEST MOUSE
About the Band: You know how I said Cold War Kids is a modern classic? Well, Modest Mouse is even more so. You’ve definitely heard “Float On,” even if it was playing faintly in the background of some Chipotle you stopped at during a road trip.
Why you should see them: Like fine wine, this is a band who’s music has aged well. Seeing them live should be a real treat.
The Deets: Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets $42.50 in advance, $45 day-of. Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, 79 Washington St., Providence, lupos.com.