Boston Fall Concert Preview

Do you love concerts? Do you hate researching things and need everything in a tidy list right in front of you? Do you feel like Atlas under the crushing weight of FOMO? Are you trying to find a concert to distract yourself from the fact that it’s the second week of classes and you’re already behind on your reading? We’re here to help with suggestions you might not have heard of and that probably won’t break the bank.

One Direction

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Date: Sept. 12

Location: Gillette Stadium

Cheapest Tickets: $50

If you decide to go, ew, but if that’s your cup of tea, why not indulge yourself and go. Just know that some people (definitely not us) will be judging you. They're nothing without Zayn anyways...

 

Panic! At The Disco

Date: Sept. 17

Location: Boston City Hall Plaza

Cheapest Tickets: Free!

It’s free! That should be enough of a reason to go, but if you need another reason, their first album is surprisingly underrated and all of their songs are catchy enough to forget about your responsibilities for an hour or so.

 

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MixFest 2015

Date: Sept. 19

Location: Hatch Shell

Cheapest Tickets: Free!

The lineup includes Third Eye Blind, Vance Joy, and Andy Grammer. And it’s free! There’s no reason not to attend this concert.

 

Ed Sheeran

Date: Sept. 25

Location: Gillette Stadium

Cheapest Tickets: $30

If you don’t want to commit to Boston Calling but still want to distract yourself from the fact that your parents aren’t coming to Parents' Weekend, why not Uber to the Ed Sheeran concert? One of my friends actually burst out into tears when she saw him—maybe you will too!

 

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Talib Kweli

Date: Oct. 3

Location: The Middle East

Cheapest Tickets: $30

Jay Z once rapped, “truth be told, if skills sold, I’d probably be lyrically Talib Kweli,” and Kanye West (#Yeezus himself) cites Kweli as an early mentor. Pretty impressive for a rapper you probably have never heard of. The show is worth the price of admission, especially at this intimate venue.

 

Glass Animals

Date: Oct. 17

Location: House of Blues

Cheapest Tickets: $30

Think of Glass Animals like an Alt-J lite. If that type of somewhat-esoteric indie stuff is your forte, then this is a pretty sweet value. Besides, what else do you have to do in the middle of October?

 

Chance the Rapper

Date: Oct. 27

Location: House of Blues

Cheapest Tickets: Hope the tickets get cheaper before the concert

The cheapest tickets, as currently priced, are $100. That’s obscene, but if they go down, it’ll be well worth it. Chance is fantastic and also pretty weird. It should be quite the experience to see live.

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Gary Clark Jr.

Date: Oct. 31

Location: House of Blues

Cheapest Tickets: $45

He’s a guitar maestro, super bluesy, and just recently toured with Foo Fighters. It’s something a little different, but he’s awesome.

 

James Bay

Date: Nov. 16

Location: House of Blues

Cheapest Tickets: $35

He sings really well and the tickets are relatively cheap. Might as well go.

 

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The Mowgli’s

Date: Nov. 21

Location: Paradise Rock Club

Cheapest Tickets: $33

You probably haven’t heard of them! With a scant 80,000 likes on Facebook, the California-based band is pretty unknown. Similar to Fun. but more California-y. How else are you going to spend the weekend before thanksgiving?

 

Deerhunter

Date: Dec. 10

Location: Royale Theater

Cheapest Tickets: $25

You probably haven’t heard of them either! They are, in fairness, pretty esoteric; the southern band is like a catchier My Bloody Valentine, who you probably haven’t heard of either. But they’re really good, the people watching should be hilarious, and you might as well spend the last study day not studying.

 

Mac Miller

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Date: Dec. 17

Location: House of Blues

Cheapest Tickets: $40

If you’re one of the unfortunate souls still on campus this late into finals week, this could be a good way to distract yourself from that fact. He’s a popular rapper and the show sounds like a blast.

 

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