So many reviews, so little time! This week we’ve compiled write-ups of concerts from Metallica in Baltimore; Justin Bieber in Mumbia, India; Father John Misty in Brooklyn, N.Y.; PJ Harvey in San Francisco; Future in Atlanta; and Tears For Fears and Hall & Oates in Tulsa, Okla.
Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP – Metallica
James Hetfield, left, and Kirk Hammett of the band Metallica perform in concert during their “WorldWired Tour” at M&T Bank Stadium on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Baltimore.
Metallica @ M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md., May 10 – “Some bands use stage effects when they can’t bring the goods musically, but not Metallica. Messrs. Hammett and Trujillo proved this with an amazing display of musicianship on ‘Halo on Fire.’” – Erica Bruce / The Washington Times
Justin Bieber @ DY Patil Stadium in Mumbia, India, May 10 – “He is a brilliant singer, there is no doubt about that. And I saw that he is a superb performer as well. He kept the crowd on a constant high and full of energy and excitement.” – Kunal Onkar / The Quint
Jim Rassol / South Florida Sun-sentinel via AP – Father John Misty
Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, R.I.
Father John Misty @ Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 10 – “You genuinely never know what he’s going to do next, whether he’ll break down the barrier between artist and audience and plunge into the crowd (which we’ve also seen him do, but not tonight), collapse into a heap, or cue the band to bring it down and pick up his Martin.” – Jem Aswad / Variety
P.J. Harvey @ The Masonic in San Francisco, Calif., May 9 – “Harvey was all business all night, pausing to deliver a simple ‘thank you’ to the crowd and then introduce the band members, but there was no real chit-chat. Her vocals, however, were amazingly expressive, especially on the softer offerings like ‘Dollar, Dollar,’ which closed with a mighty tenor sax solo.” – Jim Harrington / San Jose Mercury News
Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP – Future
“MTV Video Music Awards,” Madison Square Garden Arena, New York City
Future @ Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Ga., May 5 – “Future showed that he has the stage presence to match the fact that he is one of the most prolific rappers to come out of this city.” – Jewel Wicker / AJC.com
Tears For Fears/Hall & Oates @ BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., May 4 – “Whether you’re a casual Hall & Oates listener or a Tears for Fears fanatic, the two groups have come together to craft one of the most surprisingly engrossing tours of the year.” – Keaton Bell / Red Dirt Report