Three Must-See Acts This Week: Chiiild, Burna Boy, and MUNA

Chiiild at Regency Ballroom on Thursday, Burna Boy at The Fillmore on Friday and Muna at Great American Music Hall on Tuesday

Psychedelic R&B

Chiiild

(with Emotional Oranges) 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at Regency Ballroom. $25; theregencyballroom.com

Marked by a woozy atmosphere and a pop-driven structure, Chiiild’s newest single “Back to Life” is another bold endeavor from the Montreal duo in advance of their highly-anticipated debut EP. Equally inspired by D’Angelo and Tame Impala, Chiiild is best described as psychedelic R&B, with the duo’s whispery falsettos mixed within a haze of operatic strings and spacey guitars. Already having collaborated with Skrillex and Diplo’s Jack U and Usher, the secretive duo have steadily built buzz since forming behind closed doors. Chiiild’s debut single, “Count Me Out,” is a great example of their capabilities, introducing listeners to the duo’s groovy yet melancholic vibe, similar to Channel Orange-era Frank Ocean. Chiiild’s dreamy and colorful sound makes for highly-potent psychedelic soul that is sure to win over scores of new fans when they release their debut EP later this year. 

Afro-fusion

Burna Boy

8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, at The Fillmore. $35; thefillmore.com

Taking elements from West African music and blending them with modern flourishes of dancehall and hip-hop, Burna Boy is at the forefront of afro-fusion, a subgenre the Nigerian musician helped bring to the international stage. Born Damini Ogulu, the singer-songwriter used old FruityLoops software as a child, developing his lifelong passion for music production. After college, Ogulu returned to music production, taking equal inspiration from his father’s reggae and Fela Kuti records along with American hip-hop artists to create a singular sound that became an instant hit within Nigeria’s music scene. Burna Boy’s 2013 debut album L.I.F.E. highlighted the musician’s ability to masterfully blend diverse sonic influences to create a cohesive sound with some surprises along the way. After gaining buzz internationally along with a Fall Out Boy collaboration, Burna Boy would sign with Atlantic Records to release 2018’s Outside, a thematic and self-reflective album that hears a vulnerable Ogulu bring the listener into his world with vivid storytelling. Burna Boy’s newest album, African Giant, continues where Outside left off with diverse sonic elements blending in perfect harmony, and hears a defiant Ogulu lyrically explore Nigeria’s political turmoil and violence.

Pop

MUNA

8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Great American Music Hall. $25; slimspresents.com

Uplifting and avant-minded pop with classic new wave influences, MUNA’s brand of hook-heavy electropop is irresistible, and their newest album Saves The World expands the trio’s creative possibilities. The group started in 2013 when all three members were studying at USC, bonding over their love of ’80s synth-pop and ’90s R&B, the creative foundation of their 2014 debut EP, More Perfect. The trio would then sign with RCA records in advance of their 2017 studio album, About U, an emotive and confident burst of anthemic and vocal-driven pop similar to synth-heavy Wilson Phillips. This month saw the release of MUNA’s sophomore album Saves The World, which hears the trio build off the empowering nature of About U, namely with album standout “Number One Fan,” an ode to self-love and confidence. The album also hears the trio evolve their synth-laden sound with improved, celestial production and powerful vocal performances. e

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