If there was one good thing about this summer, it was the music. I’ve compiled a playlist of songs released the past few months that I was into. A varied mix of genres, I hope you discover something new! If there’s an artist repeated on the playlist that basically means you just need to listen to their full album. Thank me later.
Now it wouldn’t be right if I just left it as a playlist. I attended a bunch of shows this summer as well and here are just a few highlights!
Travis Scott | Portsmouth Pavilion | 5.4.17
When I tell you this show wore me out, I really mean it. So the day of the show I wasn’t feeling the best and post show I felt awful. Less than 24 hours later, I was in the ER. Very exciting times. Don’t go to shows when you’re sick kids. I went to Coachella this year and saw part of Travis’ set during weekend 2. However, I got to the set a bit late and didn’t have the best spot (not to mention the VIP section wasn’t as lit as it should’ve been). When I got pit tickets to see him in Portsmouth I was hype I’d have a much better view and would enjoy the set more. It’s been a minute since I’ve been in the pit for a show and once Travis came on I was reminded of why I’m not usually in the pit anymore (haha). Finally seeing La Flame perform was a good way to kick off the start of summer.
Glass Animals | The NorVa | 6.14.17
Glass Animals is one of those bands I constantly tell my friends about because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. They instill a lot of infectious beats in their music that just gives off this energy and when you hear their songs live… I’m convinced it’s hard not to like them. Round 4 of seeing Glass Animals did not disappoint at all!
SZA | The National | 8.21.17
It is no surprise at all that CTRL has been on repeat for me this entire summer. It had ya girl in her feels and when SZA dropped these tour dates I was even more emotional. Composure was lost immediately when she opened with “Supermodel” (a personal fave) and the whole set I was teary eyed screaming lyrics. It’s been a few years since I last saw SZA perform and I’m glad I got to hear some older songs from the Z era.
A. Chal | Songbyrd Music House | 9.3.17
Being introduced to A. Chal’s music last year, I instantly loved his vibe. When I saw he was coming to D.C. on Labor Day weekend, I instantly made a quick weekend trip out of it. With the release of his album, On Gaz, earlier this summer, I knew catching A. Chal perform at such a small venue like Songbyrd would be worth it. I always love going to a small show (especially sold out ones) because you really get to see whose a fan of the music. Songbyrd is a hybrid music venue and record cafe (how cool?) and has a capacity of 200 people. The intimate space made the show that much better when everyone knew the lyrics. I hung out after the show and got the chance to meet him. Shoutout to our gold chains.
Foster The People | The NorVa | 9.15.17
I’ve adored this band for years. Yes, ever since the “Pumped Up Kicks” days and when their debut album, Torches, was released in 2011…I’ve been hooked. A lot of memories come to me when listening to their music and I get this nostalgic feeling every time. Of course I was emotional, dancing, screeching lyrics next to my twin, Nicole; I needed a night like that to end the summer.
There’s so many good tours coming this fall, catch me at a show sometime!