We’re big advocates of live music. You’re already heard from us about our festival must-haves and how to hunt for music like an instructor, so now we want to let the experts speak. According to some very smart scientists out of Deakin University in Australia, live music actually makes us happier. Their research found that regular concert-goers tend to feel happier about their overall lives, and that particularly, the idea of enjoying music with others lead to “subject wellbeing” and satisfaction.


That said, we want to get the B/SPOKE family out and accessing more concerts than ever before. Each month this Fall, we’re be listing off the top concerts in Boston we think you should check out. Albums are dropping and tour dates are popping up everywhere. We truly haven’t seen lineups like this since Fall 2014. So stay tuned to the Journal for monthly updates on where you should spend your weekend (…or weekday) nights out.


Gallant @ The Sinclair

Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.


We’ve seen Gallant before and we’re definitely seeing him again. Best known for his soul-based R&B single Weight in Gold, after his premier at Coachella this year and a standout first album, you know we’ll be extending our Labor Day Weekend a bit long. (Tickets, $16)


NAO @ Brighton Music Hall
Thursday, Sept. 15 @ 8 p.m.

Start your weekend a little early with the vocal powerstorm that is NAO (pronounced nay-oh by the way). NAO found herself featured on tracks with Mura Masa and Disclosure, but the real talent is seen in her new 18-track premier album that blew us (and the critics) away. Plus she tends to dance on stage quite a bit. (Tickets, $15)


Charles Mazzola, Shahin and Michael Todd @ B/SPOKE Life Festival

Saturday, Sept. 17


Yep, a little self promotion here. We gathered a few of our favorite local DJs for a festival that celebrates everything B/SPOKE. We aren’t releasing too many details yet, but be on the lookout for ticket sales starting on Monday, Sept. 5. Where is it? It’s not at the studio, but plan to find us along that river that runs through the city. (Tickets, www.bspokestudios.com)


The Growlers @ Paradise Rock Club

Wednesday, Sept. 28 @ 8 p.m.


Hailing from Orange County, California, The Growlers embody everything that is surf rock. It’s a little different from our usual shows, but these guys always leave the crowd wanting more. There’s no better way to bid farewell to summer by wishing you could turn the clock back about 3 months. (Tickets, $20)


Chance the Rapper @ Blue Hills Pavilion

Thursday, Sept. 29 @ 8 p.m.


When you can book Coachella and Lollapalooza after dropping nothing more than a mixed tape, you’re pretty great. When you can go on to drop a record label-free album that debuts at #8 on the Billboard 200 features Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Future, you’re practically a legend. Chance is on his way to creating music history, and a show in our own backyard should not go overlooked. Take a listen to his album Coloring Book, and buy a ticket ASAP. (Tickets, starting at $35)


Glass Animals @ Blue Hills Pavilion

Friday, Sept. 30 @ 8 p.m.


Blue Hills is admittedly not our favorite venue in Boston, but boy are they making us love them lately. Glass Animals, one of our favorite synth-pop electronic groups, teased us up to their release of their sophomore album, How To Be A Human Being. Now that it’s out, we can’t get enough, and hope you get there to experience it with us. (Tickets, starting at $25)



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