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Cochon 555 Hits Boston On April 6th At Paradise Rock Club

Cochon 555 Hits Boston On April 6th At Paradise Rock Club

1200 pounds of pork. 30 dishes. 5 Rock star chefs. And more. Cochon 555, Boston edition on April 6th.

5 of Boston's best chefs go head to head at Cochon 555 - the annual nose-to-tail National tour. Which one will go on to win the title of King or Queen of Porc?

Mark your calendars on the 6th of April for the Boston stop of Cochon 555, an annual nose-to-tail culinary competition. Now in its 6th year, five of Boston’s leading chefs will go head to head at Paradise Rock Club in the hopes of ultimately going on to compete against the winners from other cities at the Grand Cochon, claiming the rights to the title of King or Queen of Porc.

Guests will enjoy unique and interesting dishes made by each chef as they deftly turn their respective heritage breed of pig into an array of sumptuous dishes and tastings. With previous winners of the Boston chapter being Jaime Bissonnette and Michael Scelfo, this year’s list is looking just as tough:

Returning under his new restaurant, Alden and Harlow – Michael Scelfo
Mary Dumont – Harvest
Louis Dibicarri – Tavern Road
Tim Maslow – Ribelle
Joshua Smith – Moody’s Delicatessen

As usual, this event comes full of other treats and surprises. Take, for instance, Michael Dulock of M.F. Dulock and his live butcher demonstration. Should you find yourself not yet at full porcine capacity, Andrew Li of Mei Mei will be providing an extra pig’s worth of late-night, Asian speakeasy-style snacks just before the dessert course and the award ceremony. A tartar bar by Barry Eldman of Five Corners Tavern as well as an artisan cheese bar provided by Formaggio kitchen will be available for you to cleanse your porc-laden palette.

Beverages will also be flowing in copious amounts – Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey, Crispin Cider and Four Roses Bourbon among other wines, beers and tequilas.

Monica Glass, rock star pastry chef from Clio will be on hand alongside Jenni’s Splendid ice creams with her usual beautiful treats, but with an unusual piggy twist.

With all of these things combined…where else could you possibly be on April 6th than at Paradise Rock Club on Commonwealth Avenue. The event begins at 4 o’clock and runs until 8 p.m. Regular tckets are priced at $125 and VIP are $200. (VIP tickets include early entry and premium access to limited experiences, wine and spirits.) Purchase tickets here.

Motion City Soundtrack’s Justin Pierre on five films about letting go

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“The future freaks me out,” Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre declared in a song that came out nearly 15 years ago. The band’s pop-punk power hasn’t wavered much since, but the future has arrived: a point that the band, which has existed in some form since 1997, doesn’t deny. After breaking up earlier this year, Motion City Soundtrack is making one last ruckus on its “So Long, Farewell Tour,” the second leg of which hits Boston for sold-out shows at Paradise Rock Club on June 12 and 13.

“It’s weird,” Pierre admitted in a phone interview, “I think knowing it’s the end brings some sort of . . . I don’t know, like you can let go a little easier and just kind of enjoy the moment as it’s happening.”

Last year was a big one for him: The band welcomed its sixth album, and Pierre welcomed his first daughter. Touring last fall brought a chance for the band to reflect. “We were having this great tour, and things were good, but we just all felt kind of beat up,” he said. “I think we all kind of looked at each other like, ‘I don’t know if we can do this anymore.’ ”

What’s next is uncertain, but Pierre, who’s excited to put his all into being a dad for a bit, says he’s staying present. “I really want to have this experience, knowing it’s the last one,” he said, “and then I’ll figure out how to process it later.” In light of the crossroads, Pierre named five of his favorite movies about saying goodbye and letting go.

1. John Cassavetes, “A Woman Under the Influence” I think Gena Rowlands kicks total ass in that movie. It’s about a woman with mental health issues, or in the midst of a mental breakdown, and people not knowing how to deal with that or help her. In terms of saying goodbye, I feel like it’s them trying to deal with that mental health issue, and I won’t give anything away but it’s a pretty brutal film. It’s hard to watch, but I love it.

2. Wim Wenders, “Paris, Texas” It’s a great opening of a guy just walking through the desert with an empty milk bottle or water bottle, and he doesn’t talk at all. You think he’s one thing, then from following him through the film you discover something else about him, and it’s a wonderful sort of — it’s just disturbing and depressing. To me, that’s another good “letting go” story.

3. James L. Brooks, “Terms of Endearment” Debra Winger in that movie reminds me so much of my mom when I was growing up — I probably shouldn’t say that — but there’s these wonderful scenes where she’s having this conversation with her husband, and then she turns to the kids and just yells “dinner!” and then she gets back to the conversation. It’s just like that frantic trying to keep a family, taking care of all these kids and keep a family going, but just being pulled in so many different directions.

4. Jim Jarmusch, “Dead Man” It’s so ridiculous, but [Johnny Depp’s character] gets shot early on in the movie, and then, slowly, as he’s nearing eventual death, probably, he just meets these wonderful characters. Neil Young did the score, just one guitar soloing. It’s so good.”

Chase Atlantic announces North American tour including Boston date

Emerging alt-pop trio, Chase Atlantic, have announced a massive headline tour across North America this summer. The 29-date trek launches in Philadelphia on Friday, June 14 and hits Boston, MA on July 22nd at Paradise Rock Club. Lauren Sanderson will also provide direct support on all shows. The fan pre-sale commences on Tuesday, April 9 at 10am local time and will conclude on Thursday, April 11 at 10pm local. More information can be found on the band’s website and social media platforms. The general public on-sale begins on Friday, April 12 at 10am local, with tickets available to purchase HERE. The full touring itinerary can be found below as well.

Chase Atlantic also announced the release date of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Phases, out Friday, June 28 via BMG/MDDN. The record serves as a follow up to their latest EP, DON’T TRY THIS (Jan. 2019), and their self-titled debut effort (2017). “We made this album because we wanted to drastically pivot the angle in which pop culture is viewed and ultimately digested,” says lead vocalist, Mitchel Cave. “Throughout our career so far, Chase Atlantic has always been represented as a ‘go to’ for unique and complex music with high sonic value. We’ve been able to fuse genres and aesthetic together to create a defined nocturnal bliss of our own, blending dreamy melodies with moody progressions, all the while touching on subjects from drug abuse to romantic pieces.”

“This album feels as though it is truly a work of astronomical measures,” he adds. “It’s the first time we were able to honestly and openly hone into something so monumentally special and raw without compromising even an inch of our integrity as artists. We’ve developed a completely new sound within a matter of months that has never been tapped into before. Chase Atlantic is now dwelling within a realm of its own it’s both scarily isolating and blissfully euphoric at the same time. Welcome to a whole new era.”

The official track listing and more details about Chase Atlantic’s forthcoming album will be revealed soon. Stay tuned for more news to come.

Chase Atlantic Headline Tour Dates:
6/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6/15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
6/17 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
6/18 – Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
6/19 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
6/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
6/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
6/24 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
6/25 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
6/27 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
6/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
6/29 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
7/01 – San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
7/02 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
7/03 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
7/05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
7/06 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
7/08 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
7/09 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
7/11 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
7/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
7/15 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
7/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
7/18 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
7/19 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
7/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
7/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
7/23 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
7/25 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

Six places to experience concerts this fall

The school year has officially started here in Boston, and while many are eager to start classes, the fun has just begun. It is no secret that the concerts in Boston are a huge part of the city’s nightlife. Thousands of students attend concerts around the city every weekend. Here are a few concerts coming to Boston this fall that you should definitely check out.


Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars or Imagine Dragons at TD Garden
From his top radio hits such as “Shape of You” and “Thinking Out Loud” to his more low-key songs like “Photograph,” Ed Sheeran has captured the heart of America. Sheeran will be performing at the TD Garden Sept. 22 and 23. While sources claim that the concert is indeed sold out, there is still a possibility to grab some tickets from sellers. You don’t want to miss this!

Bruno Mars will be performing at the TD Garden Oct. 7 and 8 for his 24K Magic World Tour. This tour will definitely be one for the books, as Mars has been at the top of the charts multiple times. You’ll be sure to be dancing on your feet all night long.

The Grammy Award-winning alt-rock band Imagine Dragons is coming to Boston Oct. 29. Since 2012, Imagine Dragons has been creating show stopping numbers, and with current hits such as “Thunder” and “Believer,” it is evident that they still got their groove.

Cirque du Soleil Agganis Arena
If you aren’t that into going to the typical concert, this is for you. Cirque du Soleil is coming to Agganis Arena this week, Sept. 6-10. Come see this famous touring circus perform incredible tricks and acrobatic movements. Tickets start at $52.

Oh Wonder at House of Blues: Boston
Popular Boston concert venue House of Blues next to Fenway Park has multiple concerts coming up in the next few months. On Sept. 22, the London songwriting duo Oh Wonder is performing their wispy tunes. LANY, an alternative pop/soul band, is performing on Oct. 11.

Mondo Cozmo or Aminé at Paradise Rock Club
On Sept. 15, folk-rock singer-songwriter Mondo Cozmo will be performing at Paradise Rock Club, right on Boston University’s campus. A down-to-earth fellow, Mondo Cozmo will be sure to put a huge smile on your face while singing his most popular song, “Shine.” Tickets are only $16 plus fees.

If you are a big rap fan, or even just someone who listens to the hit songs on the radio, this is show you will not want to miss. Popular rap artist Aminé, known for his Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart song “Caroline,” will be making his way to Paradise Rock Club on Oct. 19. Tickets start at $57.

Yoke Lore at The Sinclair
Are you a fan of Walk the Moon? Yoke Lore, formerly of Walk the Moon, has started his own solo project. With an indie pop festival vibe, Yoke Lore has released a few singles, such as “Goodpain” and “Hold Me Down,” that have caught the attention of millions of people. He will be performing at The Sinclair on Oct. 3, with tickets starting at $16.

Overcoats at Brighton Music Hall
Not into the upbeat radio hits or rap? This is the concert for you. Overcoats, an indie pop group that blends folk and jazz with pop, are coming to Brighton Music Hall on Oct. 19. The duo of girls is very into rich harmonies that capture their strong, but delicate, voices. Tickets are $15, and the show is for ages 18 and over.

Solange at the Orpheum Theater
Do you like Beyoncé? You’ll probably love her younger sister even more. With pop-oriented contemporary R&B music, Solange has emerged as her own artist, performing all around the country at music festivals, and now on her own tour. Solange will be performing at the Orpheum Theatre Sept. 28.

Jayhawks soar at Paradise

Mark Olson leads the Jayhawks at the Paradise Rock Club on Tuesday night. . JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE/Globe Freelance

For fans of the Jayhawks, Tuesday night’s show at the Paradise was the answer to a prayer. A reunion of the band’s classic lineup — including the return of cofounder Mark Olson after more than a decade away — played a coolly shimmering 95-minute set that reminded those in the packed house of everything that originally made them fall in love with the Minnesota roots rock outfit.

Here were the gorgeous, fluid solos of Gary Louris, the carefully arranged layers of instrumentation - Olson’s acoustic and Louris’s electric guitar, Karen Grotberg’s rich keyboards, Marc Perlman’s taut bass, Tim O’Reagan’s impeccable time-keeping - and of course the signature Louris/Olson harmonies conveying wistful tunes of hope and heartbreak.

The Jayhawks covered a lot of ground from the pastoral-to-rocking “Closer to Your Side’’ to the scrappy, garage rock strut of “High Water Blues’’ to the jangly, surging “Blue.’’ The dusty ballad “Tampa to Tulsa’’ served as a nice vocal showcase for O’Reagan.

The quintet played a handful of tracks from its new album “Mockingbird Time,’’ several of which compared favorably to their predecessors, especially the jaunty first single “She Walks in So Many Ways.’’

If there were complaints to be lodged they had more to do with the set list than the performance, including the absence of one of the band’s best, and best-known, songs “Waiting for the Sun’’ and the near complete disregard for the music the group made following Olson’s departure.

Perhaps it is a gesture toward Olson, but it’s a disappointing one from the standpoint of a fan of those albums, which not only had some great tracks but spawned a few semi-hits that likely brought new listeners into the Jayhawks’ nest, including “Save It for a Rainy Day’’ and “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.’’

Of course, it’s impossible to fulfill everyone’s fantasy set list, but those omissions felt especially curious given that the band played two covers. While an encore take of the vintage ballad “Love Hurts’’ once again highlighted the sublime intersection of Louris and Olson’s distinctively reedy voices, hearing them intertwine on one of their own songs would’ve been just as, if not more, satisfying.

Upcoming Spring Concerts in Boston

Alicia Keys photo via Asterix611/Flickr

With the recent announcement of what’s sure to be the hottest show of the summer—the surefire pairing of Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake at Fenway on August 10—this upcoming spring concert season looks to be as exciting as ever. With gigantic pop stars invading the town alongside smaller indie acts, Boston finally looks like it’ll be heating up again very soon.

Before jumping into the lineup though, it’s worth mentioning that tickets for Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s Legends of Summer Tour will be available Thursday via Ticketmaster. So get your credit cards ready, ladies. JT and Hova will perform in Boston on August 10 at Fenway Park.

There. Now check out these big concerts coming to Boston this spring, including the lineup (led by Fun. and other big names) for the Boston Calling Music Festival in May, which was just announced today.

Photo via Eva Rinaldi Photography/Flickr

Rihanna at TD Garden, March 10

There’s no denying it: no one in the music industry more consistently releases hit after hit than Rihanna, a Barbadian success story the likes the country has never seen before. Whirling into TD Garden on her “Diamonds” world tour, the “We Found Love” songstress promises a bombastic, nonstop dance festival with pyrotechnics and special effects on the most massive of scales. With a catalogue of hits like “Rude Boy,” “Disturbia,” and “Umbrella,” Rihanna’s party is a can’t-miss. Don’t miss the opener, Harlem-born-and-raised A$AP Rocky, one of rap’s most exciting new talents.

$35+, Sunday, March 10, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050,

Jewel at The Wilbur, March 12

One of country’s leading ladies in her heyday, Jewel has come a long way from the days of worrying about her future while making ends meet living in her car. With smash hits like “Who Will Save Your Soul” and “Foolish Games” in her repertoire, Jewel remains a tasteful and charming artist whose performances are worth revisiting. Though the Wilbur Theatre is known more for its comedic leanings than musical offerings, the storied venue has the perfect acoustics for Jewel’s “Greatest Hits Tour.” In 2007, the “Hands” singer busked her way across town on the T. Is it too much to ask for an encore?

$55+, Tuesday, March 12, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, 617-248-9700,

Dropkick Murphys, March 15-17

A true citywide tradition, Boston’s hometown heroes return for their annual series of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, including stops at the House of Blues, Brighton Music Hall, and of course, TD Garden. The band broke it big with “Shipping Up To Boston” in Martin Scorcese’s The Departed, but Dropkick Murphys has been using the time since to demonstrate some true staying power: this January’s Signed and Sealed in Blood debuted at number 9 on Billboard charts in its first week.

$35+, Friday, March 15, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050,

Price TBA, Saturday, March 16, Time TBA, Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston, 617-779-0140,

$32.50+, Sunday, March 17, 6 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, 888-693-2583,

Emmylou Harris at the Orpheum Theatre, March 23

An icon in the music world, Emmylou Harris has worked alongside the likes of Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Dolly Parton, and Neil Young. She brings her years of singing-songwriting experience to the Orpheum Theatre on March 23 in support of Old Yellow Moon—a collaborative album with country legend Rodney Crowell—a collection that Harris recently told Rolling Stone has been “30 years in the making.” As her show at the Orpheum will prove, the 12-time Grammy Award winner hasn’t aged a bit, her voice still every bit as elegant as it was years ago.

$38+, Saturday, March 23, Orpheum Theater, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, 617-482-0106,

Sigur Ros at Agganis Arena, March 26

If you’re looking for some ambient Icelandic rock to signal the end of one of the seemingly longest winters in Boston’s history, strap on your glockenspiels and get tickets to one of the weirdest concerts to grace the city this year (now that Lady Gaga’s cancelled her spring tour). Though its name might sound like an IKEA product, Sigur Ros has now trimmed itself down to a three-piece outfit following the departure of longtime band member Kjartan Sveinsson. Lead singer Jonsi is still firmly at the helm, however, and the band promises a set as electric and eclectic as ever, complete with falsettos and banjos.

$40+, Tuesday, March 26, Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-358-7000,

P!nk at TD Garden, March 28

Simply put, P!nk is the most engaging, introspective, and exciting live pop performer of this generation. Unwilling to sacrifice vocals for flashy performances, P!nk has become known for knock-’em-dead vocals on top of eloquently executed live shows, including aerial stunts in the vein of a much classier, less French-Canadian Cirque du Soleil. It’s impossible to count the star’s hits on both hands—think: “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “So What,” “Sober,” “Glitter in the Air,”—and those are just the ones from the past few years. P!nk has become one of the most respected artists working today, and her Boston extravaganza will prove why.

$37+, Thursday, March 28, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050,

Alicia Keys at Agganis Arena, April 10

Fresh off a rather lackluster performance at the NBA All-Star Game, America’s “Girl on Fire” returns to Agganis Arena in celebration of her 2012 album of the same name. With massive hit singles like “Fallin’,” “If I Ain’t Got You,” and “No One” under her belt, Keys promises a steady mix of ballads and up-tempo jams. Expect an emphasis on simple but elegant instrumentation, Keys’ forte. Get there when the doors open for opening act Miguel, whose sultry 2012 Kaleidoscope Dream made countless critics’ year-end lists and recently garnered the “Adorn” crooner a Grammy Award.

$45+, Wednesday, April 10, Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-358-7000,

Muse at TD Garden, April 12

Matt Bellamy may be better known as Kate Hudson’s partner these days, but British rockers Muse demonstrated an itch to evolve with The 2nd Law, a modern-day epic filled with arena-ready cuts like the dubstep embracing “Madness.” Though the concert is certain to be packed with tweens hoping for a glance of the band that brought them “Supermassive Black Hole,” the song’s a Twilight staple that manages to hold its own as a dramatic little pop tune. Muse’s live show is all spectacle and flash, however, so be prepared for flashing lights and a little bit of nasally but good-intentioned wailing.

$42+, Friday, April 12, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050,

Fleetwood Mac at TD Garden, April 18

It’s a modern miracle that four of the greatest folk-pop musicians of the past century—that would be Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Christine McVie, for the uninitiated—have all collectively kissed and made up just in time to tour what they claim is “one last time.” With decades of hits that could easily fill up oodles of “Greatest Hits” compilations, Fleetwood Mac is spending a night in Boston. It would be a crime to miss “The Chain”—or any of Rumours for that matter—so don’t squander this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

$47+, Thursday, April 18, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, 617-624-1050,

Ben Harper at the Orpheum Theatre, May 4

Ben Harper is no stranger to the Boston area, having headlined the Life is Good Festival in Canton in the fall of 2010. His bluesy rock songs are at times inspiring and at others simply enchanting, his voice weary but enduring and melodic. Last fall, he released a career-spanning retrospective disc entitled By My Side, a collection of ballads that also include the new single “Crazy Amazing.” Showcasing a more raucous side, the “Better Way” singer brings “An Evening of the Blues” to the Orpheum this May as a reward to longtime fans yearning to hear some of the artist’s more rollicking tunes.

$38+, Saturday, May 4, Orpheum Theater, 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, 617-482-0106,

Alex Clare at Paradise Rock Club, May 9

Will Alex Clare ever be able to shake passersby harassing him with comments like “Hey, you’re the guy from that dumb Windows ad, right?” Regardless, it’s almost certain that Clare will play the chart-topping “Too Close” as his encore song—how else is he going to get people to stay? But arrive early to hear other songs off his debut album The Lateness of the Hour, including “Up All Night,” “Treading Water,” and “Hummingbird.” If nothing else, it’ll be worth the price of admission to observe all the other people who actually bought tickets to see the “Internet Explorer dubstep commercial guy” in concert.

$25, Thursday, May 9, Paradise Rock Club, 969 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-254-2979,

Vampire Weekend at Agganis Arena, May 15

The last time the Columbia University graduates graced our city, they performed to a sold-out crowd at the Bank of America Pavilion in support of their second album Contra. This spring, the band is set to release the oh-so-quirkily-titled Modern Vampires of the City. Lead singer Ezra Koenig has one of the wackiest warbles around, so expect some truly eclectic echoing in BU’s cavernous arena. Be forewarned: Vampire Weekend fans go all out with their hipster concert-going attire, so don’t be the only one caught without a cardigan.

$34+, Wednesday, May 15, Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-358-7000,

Smash’s Megan Hilty at Symphony Hall, May 23-24

Known most recently for her role as the conniving Ivy on NBC’s weak melodrama Smash, Megan Hilty is much more talented than the middling material that her show-runners force upon her. Rising to fame in the role of Glinda in Broadway’s long-running hit Wicked, Hilty will release her debut album on March 12. Called It Happens All The Time, the album extends her reach far beyond the world of theater with some extremely personal songwriting. Here’s hoping that her BSO performance demonstrates just why audiences across the globe have fallen in love with the bombshell entertainer.

$22+, Thursday, May 23 & Friday, May 24, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-266-1492,

Fun. photo via Wikimedia Commons

Boston Calling Music Festival at City Hall Plaza, May 25-26

Finally, Boston will get a music festival within 20 miles of city limits that it can call its own (no offense to the sterling Canton-based Life is Good Festival). Set to take place in City Hall Plaza, the two-day extravaganza promises no overlapping sets, a beer garden, and food trucks for expected crowds of 20,000 eager fans. Massive acts like Fun., the National, Marina and the Diamonds, the Shins, Matt and Kim, and Of Monsters and Men will bring their eclectic mix of indie rock and pop sensibilities to town alongside local bands including Bad Rabbits and Caspian. Up-and-comers MS MR take the stage Saturday evening, and if their recent cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean” is any indication, their set should not be overlooked.

$75+, Saturday, May 25 & Sunday, May 26, City Hall Plaza, Boston,

Fall Out Boy at House of Blues, May 26

It was certainly a shock to music fans when Fall Out Boy dusted off their Hot Topic vests and announced a brand new album with an ensuing tour. With their most recent music video—the succinctly titled “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ’Em Up)” starring 2 Chainz—Fall Out Boy has clearly embraced a whimsical “anything goes” attitude toward its upcoming release. Those looking to ensure a middle school throwback can look forward to classic pop-punk emo hits like “Dance, Dance” and “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs,” spelling errors and all.

$35+, Sunday, May 26, House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, 888-693-2583,

Glee’s Matthew Morrison at Symphony Hall, May 28-29

Morrison arrives at the BSO right in the middle of its “Best of Hollywood Film Music” season, and who better to take on some showtune classics than the star of Fox’s still-thriving musical success Glee. Sure, his character Will Schuester might be a bland, dumbed-down Justin Timberlake with less pizzazz, but Morrison is a classically trained veteran of the theater, and his work in shows like South Pacific demonstrate a skill unparalleled by many on the modern stage. He’ll most likely play a mix of Broadway standards, Glee hits, and cuts from his most recent self-titled solo effort. Here’s hoping he’ll bust out the ukelele for his “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” cover.

Epik High Spends A Sleepless Night in Boston

Smoke rose amid blue lights in the Paradise Rock Club on April 9, flooding the backlit stage with a surreal, oceanic vibe. As the lights darkened, accompanied by the house band’s classical soundtrack, DJ Tukutz of Epik High sauntered onstage. Tukutz cued a slow piano instrumental which crescendoed into a smooth, jazzy beat, and in a heavenly descent amidst streams of white light, rappers Tablo and Mithra Jin joined suit, completing the trio. With all three members shining onstage, Epik High began the night with a sentimental performance of “In Seoul.” As the first song drew to a close, orange and red lights filled the club, signaling the rise of a percussive, up-tempo frenzy, as Tablo and Mithra Jin used their plastic water bottles to splash their fans.

Epik High filled the Paradise Rock Club with mellow and spunky energy, exhibiting a truly “epik” team chemistry. As part of their 2019 North American tour, the trio’s performance featured hit songs from their 2nd EP, “Sleepless in __________,” released in March. The eclectic performance also included several fan-favorite hits including “High Technology,” “Love Love Love,” and “Kill This Love.” Combined with his smooth yet incisive style of rapping, Tablo’s intricate lyrical content and trendy flow superbly complemented Mithra Jin’s deep, huskier undertones, while Tukutz spun around and DJ-ed with ease. Epic High’s charming stage mannerisms and comedic interactions with the audience, coupled with strong doses of fan service, added to the variety of the performance.

Humming out his creative process, Tablo performed an acapella version of “Lovedrunk.” An ensuing full instrumental version, underscored by melancholic piano and strings, coalesced the complicated themes of heartbreak, insomnia, and the alluring comfort of alcohol. Tablo’s smooth falsetto bridge, followed by Jin’s hard, low-toned rap, bestowed atmospheric resonance on the room.

Nostalgia adorned the rest of the performance. In the heart-wrenching song “Eternal Sunshine,” Tablo softly spoke, “Do you get lonely? Sick with anxiety? Can't trust nobody? Well, same here.” Encircled by purple and navy lights, Epik High produced a thick R&B soundscape, which sunk the room in a kind of purifying profundity. For the next song, Tablo encouraged all the audience members to take out their cell-phone flashlights and turn the whole room into a constellation of stars. As the mass of sparkling lights drifted in the sea of darkness, swaying from side to side, Epik High performed their somber single “Home Is Far Away.” Though the song told a story of unfillable dreams, Epik High offered comfort and understanding. “You’re not alone. It’s going to be okay,” Tablo said to the crowd.

Epik High interspersed the heat and intensity of their performances with with sparks of comedic relief. Tablo’s playful banter provided a circus-like element to the show. Tablo poked fun at Tukutz’s white Harvard sweatshirt, quipping that he should take over as a professor of DJ-ing. “He bought that for 60 dollars today. I don’t get it,” Tablo said. To Mithra Jin’s heartfelt comments in Korean about how he much he loved this first visit to Boston, Tablo offered goofy English translations and handed him a plush lobster keychain. Addressing the densely packed crowd, Tablo said with a smile, “It’s a Seoul-ed out show tonight!” The trio then attempted a very disorienting K-pop dance, their unbridled enthusiasm and gleeful personas piercing through the choreographic challenges.

The dynamic concert proved to embody Epik High’s paraconsistent philosophy of “sad fun” hip-hop, showcasing a strange melange of highs and the lows. They touched on sleepless nights driven by the pursuit of dreams and the fluttery excitement of newfound love, but also its nightmarish gravitas. Circling around all dimensions of the mellow and spunky, this evening with Epik High inspired tears, laughter, and healing.

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Thirdstory @ Paradise Rock Club

The first time I heard the airtight harmonies of Thirdstory was in New York City through a friend. The trio, Ben Lusher, Elliot Skinner, and Richard Saunders, gained popularity on Youtube through their refreshing take on pop hits like Taylor Swift’s “Style” and Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One”. Millions of views, and thousands of fans later, the band finally released their debut EP Searching in May after opening for Tori Kelly on her Unbreakable tour earlier this year. With enchanting harmonies, catchy melodies, and a mix of indie soul, their highly anticipated EP did not disappoint.

In the last month, Thirdstory has embarked on their very first headlining tour through the US, and I was lucky enough to attend their show at Paradise Rock Club in Boston. Late (due to the ever-slow green line), I ran into the venue only to be hit with a soulful explosion of a voice that I was instantly curious about. LOLO opened the show with her new album In Loving Memory of When I Gave A Sh*t. The self-confident and sassy title perfectly reflected her lyrics and chemistry on stage. Her songs varied from the soulful and raw “I Don’t Wanna Have To Lie” to the self-aware pop ballad “Shine.” LOLO is definitely on the rise and I can’t wait to hear more from her in the future.

The crowd, myself included, anxiously awaited the arrival of Thirdstory. Ben, Richard, and Elliot’s humble walk onto the stage was met with an uproar of “fangirling” excitement from the audience. They started the set with their original song “Grows Old” off of the Searching EP. Calm waves of haunting harmonies filled the room and grew into a storm of electric echoes, heavy bass, and powerful lyrics. Let’s just say, it was a hell of a way to begin, and the energy level from the first song carried throughout the show.

The trio diversified their set with refreshing covers including Tove Lo’s “Talking Body” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” It was clear that originals such as “Searching For A Feeling” and “G Train” were the audience’s favorites. “Searching For A Feeling” caught my eye back in May for the song’s brutally honest lyrics and beautifully executed euphony. “G Train” has a Motown, funky feel to it with catchy guitar riffs, and it was definitely the crowd pleaser. Elliot even stopped the band at one point to have us belt the lyrics, just to make sure we were feeling the groove.

They also included some new originals, not yet released to the public. One song specifically stayed with me throughout the rest of the show – as if I didn’t have enough of them stuck in my head already – called “Goodbye My Friend.” It began with a heavy beat and developed into an anthem for anyone who has been in a complicated friendship (which is all of us). Every once in awhile, you come across a song that says exactly what you’re feeling and for me, fate pretty much came to me in the form of a melody on a dirty dance floor. I turned my phone off, stopped taking notes, and closed my eyes for the rest of the song.

Thirdstory is special. Elliot, Ben, and Richard all have distinctive voices, but they balance their individual sounds extremely well to create one, fantastic, smooth eargasm when singing together. Their captivating performance shows that they’re not just another boy band, but rather a group of talented musicians taking the industry by storm. The Paradise show was a success to say the least. Now I anxiously await their full length album with the Searching EP on repeat.

Boston Concerts Happening in Spring 2016


Having released a new album in February, the indie rock band Ra Ra Riot is headed on a spring tour—their second stop being Boston on March 3.

March 3, 8 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston,

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage

Both solo instruments and a live symphony orchestra perform music from the popular sci-fi TV and movie series, while iconic scenes are screened in high definition on stage.

March 4, 8 p.m., Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston,

Known for hits like “Collide” and “She Says,” American singer-songwriter Howie Day comes to the Sinclair to perform both new and old songs.

March 5, 8 p.m., The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge,

Willie Nile

This Buffalo, New York, native has toured with the Who and sung with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. His album “The Innocent Ones” was named one of the “Top Ten Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011” by Rolling Stone.

March 5, 9 p.m., Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge,

Vicente Amigo: Flamenco Festival 2016

Vicente Amigo is a Latin Grammy-winning flamenco guitarist said to be at the forefront of today’s new generation of flamenco performers, linking innovation with tradition.

March 5, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Itzhak Perlman: 20th Anniversary of In the Fiddler’s House

Itzhak Perlman comes to Symphony Hall to celebrate the klezmer tradition and to revisit his album In the Fiddler’s House, which was released twenty years ago.

March 6, 7 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

The Pink Floyd Experience

Described as a “full on sensory assault,” the Pink Floyd Experience has been touring for more than ten years and celebrates music from the famous and iconic rock band Pink Floyd.

March 6, 7 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston,

A Great Big World

A Great Big World is made up of Ian Axel and Chad King. The duo may be best known for their song “Say Something,” which they re-recorded in 2013 with Christina Aguilera.

March 6, 7 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston,

The Who is relaunching the North American leg of their international “The Who Hits 50! Tour.” Twenty-eight shows had to be rescheduled when lead singer Roger Daltrey took time off to recover from viral meningitis.

March 7, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston,

Hailing from Houston, Texas, David Cook found fame after winning the seventh season of American Idol.

March 8, 6 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston,

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa was named the Best Jazz Artist of 2015 by the Village Voice. Now he’s bringing his latest project, Bird Calls, to the ICA. The show is a tribute to famed jazz-master Charlie Parker.

March 9, 7:30 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston,

The Music of Harry Potter

The magic of Harry Potter comes to life in this symphonic performance by Berklee musicians. Music from the Harry Potter movie series will be performed by the school’s Harry Potter Soundtrack Orchestra.

March 10, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Beach House

Catch dream pop band Beach House at the House of Blues before they hit the stage at Coachella this spring.

March 11, 8 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,

Rachel Platten at Royale

Growing up outside of Boston, the “Stand by You” and “Fight Song” singer returns to the city for a stop on her the Wildfire Tour.

March 12, 6 p.m., Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston,

Jessie James Decker

Country singer Jessie James Decker brings her talents to Boston. The singer-songwriter is also a reality TV personality, and stars with her pro football player husband Eric Decker in their own show, Eric and Jessie: Game On, on E!.

March 12, 6 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston,

Sybarite5. / Photo by Brian Braun Provided

Stave Sessions

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, this five-day festival features distinctive and emerging musicians such as New York-based band My Brightest Diamond and string quartet Sybarite5.

March 13-19, shows start at 8:30 p.m., 160 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Nick Carter

This Backstreet Boy is back in Boston to perform pieces from his latest solo album, All American, at the House of Blues.

March 13, 7 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,

The Dropkick Murphys

Hardly needing an introduction, the Dropkick Murphys are “Shipping Back to Boston” for what’s sure to be a lively and loud performance at the House of Blues.

March 18, 6 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,

Stevie Wonder helped jumpstart Andra Day’s career, and now the singer’s unique sound, what she calls “retro pop soul,” is making waves in the music industry. She performed at this year’s Grammy awards with Ellie Goulding.

March 20, 8 p.m., The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge,

Hoodie Allen

In January, hip-hop star Hoodie Allen’s newest album, Happy Camper, shot up to number two on iTunes, just under Adele’s 25. This is despite the fact that Hoodie also put the album up for free downloading on his website upon its release.

March 20, 7 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,

Lake Street Drive

Lake Street Dive was founded in Boston in 2004, when the band’s four members met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music.

March 23, 7 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,

International Folk Music Festival

The International Folk Music Festival celebrates Berklee’s international student population, bringing students from around the world together through colorful folk music performances. Grammy-winning folk artist Arto Tuncboyaciyan will make a special appearance.

March 24, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Red Baraat’s Festival of Colors

NPR dubbed Red Baraat “the best party band in years.” Decide for yourself when the Brooklyn-based, eight-piece band performs at the Sinclair.

March 24, 8 p.m., The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge,

We the Kings

Brighton Music Hall welcomes We the Kings, a rock band hailing from Bradenton, Florida, perhaps most popular for their 2007 platinum single “Check Yes Juliet.”

March 25, 6 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston,

Stick Figure

Chill out and rock out with Stick Figure, a reggae band started by Massachusetts native Scott Woodruff.

March 25, 7:30 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston,

Fill your night with Lucius’s catchy pop songs as the Brooklyn-based, five-piece indie band takes over Royale.

March 29, 7 p.m., Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston,


Berklee Global Jazz Summit

This performance is a part of the Signature Series at Berklee and is led by Grammy-award winning pianist Danilo Perez.

April 1, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Parachute drops into Boston for a stop on their Wide Awake tour. The band met in high school, and have toured alongside the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Andy Grammer, and the All-American Rejects.

April 1, 6 p.m., Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston,

Johnny Clegg Band

Get in the Zulu zone as award-winning singer Johnny Clegg mixes South African rhythms with Western rock.

April 2, 8 p.m., Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville,

Nominated for British Breakthrough Act at this year’s Brit Awards, grime band Wolf Alice takes to Boston for a performance at Brighton Music Hall.

April 3, 7 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston,

Woody Woodmansey’s Holy Holy

A David Bowie cover band, Woody Woodmansey’s Holy Holy will perform Bowie songs from 1969 to 1973.

April 5, 7 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,

Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth started his career by posting videos to YouTube, now he’s a rising star having hit the American Music Award stage and earning a 2016 Grammy nomination for “See You Again,” his hit collaboration with Wiz Khalifa.

April 5, 7 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston,

Waka Flocka Flame

In April 2015, Waka Flocka Flame announced his candidacy for President of the United States, but at 28 he didn’t meet the minimum age requirement. Show your support by attending the rapper’s gig at Paradise Rock Club.

April 7, 8 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston,

The Smashing Pumpkins

Alternative-rock band the Smashing Pumpkins is reuniting with original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin for their 19-date North American tour, In Plainsong.

April 9, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston,

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals

Recently reunited, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals take their talents to Boston this spring. The band’s front runner, Ben Harper, has won three Grammy awards throughout the span of his career.

April 9, 5 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,

RiRi is sure to dominate TD Garden this April when the “Work” singer stops by the stadium for her Anti World Tour.

April 10, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston,

Punk rockers Iggy Pop and Josh Homme are touring together in support of their new album Post Pop Depression.

April 11, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston,

Magic Man and the Griswolds

Immerse yourself in the catchy music of two distinctive bands. Magic Man and the Griswolds join forces on their Hotline Spring Tour.

April 12, 6:30 p.m., Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston,

Esperanza Spalding

At 31, jazz superstar Esperanza Spalding has won four Grammy awards, created five solo albums, and has produced seven collaborative albums. What have you done lately?

April 12, 7:30 p.m., Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston,

When Diana Ross comes to the area, you don’t want to miss it. Trek down to Providence for what’s sure to be an unforgettable night.

April 14, 7:30 p.m., Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, Rhode Island,

Brad Mehldau Trio

The New York Times called Brad Mehldau “the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.” In this trio, Larry Grenadier plays bass while Jeff Ballard takes over the drums.

April 15, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

You know all the words to all of her songs, whether you’ll admit it or not, so attending Jewel’s concert at the Wilbur is really a no-brainer.

April 17, 7 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston,

Vocal Jazz Festival

A cool night of jazz awaits at Berklee’s Vocal Jazz Festival, with performances by the Vintage Vocals Ensemble and the Berklee Vocal Jazz Ensembles.

April 19, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Spawned out of Berklee classrooms, this massive prog-metal band has released a long series of epic albums, none more so than the latest they’re touring behind, a 130-minute dystopian rock opera called The Astonishing.

April 19, Orpheum Theatre, 617-482-0106,

Van Morrison

A legend hits the stage at Wang Theatre this spring and that man hardly needs an introduction don’t miss this concert by “Brown Eyed Girl” singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Van Morrison.

April 26-27, 8 p.m., Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston,

Newcomer Tori Kelly has pipes to boot. Despite being eliminated from American Idol in 2010, she worked her way to the top, earning a nomination for Best New Artist at the 58th Grammy Awards.

April 30, 6 p.m., House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston,


Spanish singer Buika blends flamenco, jazz, soul, and blues in order to create her own unique sound. NPR featured her in their series “50 Great Voices,” and she has been nominated for several Latin Grammy awards.

May 1, 7:30 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

A versatile musician with a diverse repertoire, Ben Folds has probably “been there, done that.” His focus now, however, is on his new chamber pop album “So There.”

May 7, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston,

Matt Ward worked with Zooey Deschanel when they produced five LPs as the pop duo She & Him. Now he’s off promoting his ninth solo album, More Rain.

May 7, 6 p.m., Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston,

Juan de Marcos Gonzalez and the Afro-Cubans All Stars

Bandleader Juan de Marcos grew up in Havana, and includes classic 1950s Cuban sound to the songs he and his All Stars produce.

May 8, 7:30 p.m., Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,

Punch Brothers

You can expect a knockout performance from this bluegrass-rock quintet as they play music from their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues.

May 10, 7:30 p.m., Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge,

Justin Bieber

“Baby, baby, baby,” we can already hear the sound of thousands of screaming girls. This serves as a fair warning.

May 10, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston,

Lukas Graham

The Danish are coming! Hailing from Denmark, Lukas Graham arrives stateside with his pop hip-hop tunes during a performance at Brighton Music Hall.

May 12, 7 p.m., Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston,

The Hub becomes an eight-day dance party, as venues on both sides of the river host DJs and EDM artists from around the world.

Photo via Somerville Arts Council

Somerville PorchFest

Musicians from a variety of genres play outside during Somerville’s sixth annual PorchFest music festival. Take a listen as sweet songs fill the city’s sidewalks, lawns, and, well, porches.

Photograph courtesy of Michale Dornbierer

Boston Calling Music Festival

Do you hear that, Boston? This uber successful music festival is back with headliners that include the likes of Sia, Disclosure, and Robyn.

May 27-29, time vary, City Hall Plaza, Congress St., Boston,

The Monkees

Who would have thought that a 1960s television show could produce such a catchy and impactful rock band? The Monkees are still jamming 50 years later, paying tribute to the Battle and the Marx Brothers.

May 27, 8 p.m., The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston,

The Summer Set

Head to Paradise Rock Club to hear this band’s array of feel-good tunes that will make you glad summer is on the horizon.

May 28, 6 p.m., Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston,

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez will be joined by fellow Disney Grad Joe Jonas as his band DNCE opens for her during the Revival Tour.

May 28, 7:30 p.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston,

Boston Pops’ Gospel Night

Now in its 24th year, one of the most popular concerts of the Boston Pops season has been Gospel Night, which features some of the biggest stars in holy soul music. In June, conductor Charles Floyd welcomes a particularly stellar special guest: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love. Read more.

June 11, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.,

And coming up in June…

When T. T. the Bear’s shuttered last year, legendary local DJ Chris Ewen relocated his night of vintage New Wave and goth tunes to the Middle East. Fittingly, he’s now helping that club host the ’80s U.K. band famous for “I Melt with You.” Black togs and eyeliner, please.

June 7, The Middle East, 617-864-3278,

Brian Wilson Performs Pet Sounds

The genius Beach Boy celebrates the 50th anniversary (!) of his masterpiece album by playing it in its entirety. Special guests include former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.

Five for Fighting tour ‘slices’ through fall with new concert dates

Performing under the stage name Five for Fighting, singer-songwriter Ondrasik has dominated the airwaves with hits such as “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” and � Years.” Now the solo artist is heading out on the road to promote his latest album with a fall tour of the U.S. and Canada.

The Acoustic Evening with Five for Fighting Tour kicks off on October 18 at El Mocambo in Toronto, ON, and wraps up with a November 11 gig at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, CA. Fourteen performances have been booked for the trek, which hits markets from coast to coast over the period of a month.

Other dates on the itinerary are October 20 at City Winery in New York, NY October 26 at Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA October 30 at Lakeshore Theater in Chicago, IL and November 10 at Swedish American Hall in San Francisco, CA. The opening night is currently the only Canadian date on the itinerary.

According to Ondrasik’s official Twitter account, he will be accompanied on the tour by session guitarist Greg Suran, who has recorded with artists such as Avril Lavigne, the Goo Goo Dolls and Ryan Cabrera.

Tickets for the fall tour are being sold directly through the host venues, for the most part. Additional ticketing information can be found on Five for Fighting’s official Web site.

Ondrasik is touring behind his fifth album under the Five for Fighting moniker, “Slice,” which is scheduled for release on October 13. Five for Fighting’s previous album, “Two Lights,” debuted in June 2006 and earned Ondrasik his highest ever position on the Billboard 200 with a No. 8 peak.

Five for Fighting itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)