With summer coming to end it can seem like there isn’t much to look forward to, but live music events will keep your fall from turning into the Pumpkin Spice Latte basic blend. From chilled alt-pop beats, Afro trap, French electronic-synth, and stylish R&B; musicians from around the globe are coming to Boston’s stages this fall. So check your schedule, text your friends, and book your tickets to these 10 live music events you won’t want to miss.
MHD | Brighton Music Hall | Wednesday, September 13
MHD, a rapper from Paris, has pioneered a new genre of hip-hop called Afro Trap, inspired by Atlanta’s trap music. His signature style, which has become an online phenomenon with over half a billion views, is driven by the Afropop of his Senegalese and Guinean heritage along with heavy drums, layered synthesizers, and choreographed dance moves.
Oh Wonder: The Ultralife Tour | House Of Blues | Friday, September 22
What is so delightfully refreshing about this London duo is the utter effortlessness of their music. Oh Wonder’s brand of alt-pop is modern, beautifully crafted and often catchy as hell, but the radio-savvy hooks are delivered with little fanfare, and the songwriting seems to take its own seamlessness for granted.
Solange: Orion’s Rise | Orpheum Theatre | Thursday, September 28
After pulling out of this year’s Boston Calling, Songwriter, recording artist and visual art luminary Solange returns to Boston to support her critically acclaimed album, A Seat at the Table with Orion’s Rise. All proceeds from the Boston date of Orion’s Rise will go to Hurricane Harvey relief funds.
Tash Sultana | Paradise Rock Club | Saturday, September 30
Tash Sultana is a self-contained, one-woman band. She generates every sound in every performance, and she does it live, solo, and in real time. Getting her start as a street performer in downtown Melbourne, Australia, Sultana’s EP Notion blends genres between reggae and ska to more modern feels like hip-hop and trance.
Zola Jesus | The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston | October 1
For over a decade, Nika Roza Danilova has been recording music as Zola Jesus. With her new album Okovi, Zola Jesus has written music with pure catharsis, and as a result, the sonics are heavy, dark, and exploratory.
Kesha: The Rainbow Tour | House of Blues | Wednesday, October 6
Outgrowing the wild-hearted club anthems that defined her ascent and after a grueling legal battle, Kesha is rebound with her latest album Rainbow, a triumphant and commanding a set of sonically broad, heartfelt pop featuring a range of collaborators from The Dap-Kings to Dolly Parton.
Yelle | Great Scott | Thursday, October 5
If you don’t speak French, Yelle (the last “e” is silent) is a combination of Lily Allen’s snark meets M.I.A.’s wardrobe meets Nelly Furtado’s flirt factor. Even without every releasing an LP in the United States, this electro hip-pop tart’s has got the blogosphere appropriately atwitter over her spazzy live performances, aerobics-inspired videos and intentionally low-budget (think cable-access) ’80s steez.
RISE: Alice Smith featuring Cedric Jackson II | Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum | Thursday, October 12
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Alice Smith will take the stage at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as part of the third season of RISE, the Gardner’s increasingly popular pop, rock, and hip-hop music series that features emerging talent and young artists. Her musical style has been compared to Alicia Keys and Norah Jones. Rolling Stone magazine listed Smith as one of the rising 10 artists to watch. The following year, she was nominated in the urban/alternative category for a Grammy Award.
Daley: The Undeniable Tour | Brighton Music Hall | Monday, October 16
Hailing from London, by way of Manchester, Daley has emerged on the music scene with a sultry falsetto that is primed to leave a lasting impression on soul music. With his latest effort The Spectrum, a collection of soft soul and wispy funk drizzled with Daley’s striking, androgynous falsetto adds to a fine tradition of reverent, emotionally distressed, misty male R&B
Mashrou’ Lelia | The Sinclair | Sunday, October 22
The five man indie band Mashrou’ Leila (whose name roughly translates to Overnight Project) from Beirut is coming to Boston, bringing their electro-pop anthems about political freedoms, LGBT rights, race, religion and modern Arabic identity, challenging the status quo of the Middle-Eastern pop industry. The band has won fans worldwide and were the first Middle-Eastern artists on the cover of Rolling Stone.