Tour Buzz: John Legend, the Sounds and Citizen Cope



I’m mad as hell at John Legend, but not because he’s talented, good-looking and successful. I’m not even miffed that he stole Chrissy Teigen away from me, because Legend is clearly the better man. No, I’m angry with Mr. John Q. Legend because he had to go and write the sweet song “All of Me” and dedicate it to his wife, which means any nice thing I do for women (flowers, chocolates, a fancy dinner) is going to pale by comparison. John Legend plays The Smith Center on March 27 ($29-$110), and I fully intend to have a word with him after the show.

Pretty Swede, if You Ask Me

Swedish indie rockers the Sounds have been making music for more than 15 years, and they sound better than ever. Their fifth album, Weekend, dropped in October, and if you haven’t thought much about the band since continuously playing “Tony the Beat” back in 2006, it’s time to refocus your attention. Keyboardist Jesper Anderberg calls it a “back to basics album” on the band’s website, and songs such as “Shake Shake Shake” and “Great Day” capture the energy of the group’s live shows. The Sounds play House of Blues on March 28 ($22), and at some point in the show, frontwoman Maja Ivarsson will implore you to change your way and shake shake shake with somebody like me. When that invitation comes, you better get to shaking.

On Sale Now

Citizen Cope kicks off his all-acoustic mini-tour with an intimate show at Vinyl on April 18 ($26-$36). I’m a sucker for older tunes “Let the Drummer Kick” and “Bullet and a Target,” but new songs such as “One Lovely Day” and “Something to Believe In” are just as bluesy and soulful as anything he’s ever recorded.