Last Month in Music: August 2017 Recap

Last Month in Music: August 2017 Recap
Depeche Mode by Tim Mosenfelder

Emerging R&B signer, SZA kicked off her “Ctrl Tour” in Rhode Island, giving fans an evening full of live debuts. While promoting her new album Ctrl, otherwise acclaimed as the No.2 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album on Billboard earlier in April, the New Jersey native put on a one for the books, sold out show with openers Smino and Ravyn Lenae.

CTRL by Gilbert Carrasquillo

Most of her set included live debuts from her new album, including fan favorites like “Supermodel”, “Anything” and “Doves in the Wind”. There was no doubt that she left her fans surprised and wanting more as she beautifully moved through the set.

Across the country, Electronic Rock band Depeche Mode began their North American “Spirit Tour”, entering the stage to the powerful Beatles track “Revolution”. They diversified their setlist with a soulful David Bowie cover of “Heroes” and an acoustic version of their 31-year old hit “A Question of Lust”. With crowd enthusing favorites like “Enjoy the Silence” and “Wrong”, the English band ended the night on a nostalgic note with their 1989 classic hit “Personal Jesus”.

Last weekend definitely started off on a high note for festival goers during the Fashion Meets Music Festival, showcasing artists like Third Eye Blind, DNCE, Tegan and Sara and more. In the midst of their “Summer Gods Tour”, Third Eye Blind performed a variety of hits from their 24-year career including “Company of Strangers”, “Wounded”, and “I Want You”.

In the Big Apple, fans of chart-topping artists experienced an unforgettable weekend at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, singing alongside favorites like Big Sean, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, and DJ Khaled.

On day two, T-Pain proved to be a highlight, rapping original hits like “Buy You a Drank” and “Up Down” but also managed to include featured hits like Kanye West’s “Good Life” and Flo Rida’s “Get Low”. He even told the crowd, “I checked. I’m the n—a with the most No. 1s at this whole festival.” Clearly, the Hot 100 artists owned up to their name and gave their fans what they expected and more.

T-Pain by Arik McArthur

Niall Horan kicked off his Flicker Tour in Dublin, Ireland on August 29th with a little surprise for One Direction fans. Starting his show with hits like “The Tide” and chart-topping “This Town”, Irish singer included a One Direction hit in his encore, the Niall-heavy “Fool’s Gold” from the album Four. Admitting his nervousness prior to the show, 23-year-old singer made this night a beautiful beginning of an intimate yet memorable tour for both Niall and his fans.

After four years, Queens of the Stone Age released their seventh album Villains, full of new sounds that their day-one fans found exciting. With songs lasting five to six minutes and telling different stories from their previous albums, such as “Villains of Circumstance” reflecting a long-distance relationship, the rock band demonstrates a perfect spectrum of sardonic beats with fun, rock ballads.

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