The Playlist: 5 Albums For August
Summer may be winding down, but there are still plenty of great tunes to groove to. Here are five musical acts to check out in August.
1. For a Lil’ Bit of Soul
Give the People What They Want by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
An apt album title if ever there was one. Jones has a reputation for audience satisfaction-here, she blasts through another scorching set of taut funk and R&B.
2. For a Bit of Style
Perpetual Surrender by Diana
On its hotly anticipated debut, the young, stylish Toronto quartet makes breezy synth-pop tunes that would be equally at home on a fashion runway or playing over the closing credits of a John Hughes movie. Aug. 20
3. For a Spring in Your Step
Hero Brother by Sarah Neufeld
Arcade Fire’s hyper-talented violinist veers away from the band’s sprawling indie rock toward labyrinthine instrumentals sure to get you dancing. Aug. 20
4. For You Beatles Fans
Paul McCartney In Concert
It’s hard to maintain your status as “the cute Beatle” at 71, but when McCartney leads with his trademark head bobbing, jaunty vocals and stadium-sized charisma, he’s still the man who made legions of teenyboppers faint. Aug. 12. Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, paulmccartney.com
5. For a Beautiful Duet
“#Beautiful” – Mariah Carey feat. Miguel
Ignore the absurd hashtag. More than two months-and innumerable listens-after its release, this doo-wop-tinged duet is still as sweet as a love letter.