Music Forecast: Mumford & Sons, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Pentatonix

Mumford & Sons

If you’ve been avoiding Mumford & Sons’ latest album, Wilder Mind, know that you’re missing out on a sound the band surely hoped would give it an edge. Gone are the suspenders and banjos, replaced by leather jackets and electric guitars. Mumfy is no longer the outfit of full-hearted folk troubadours it was in 2010, when it debuted with Sigh No More. Wilder Mind has charted well, despite its decidedly arena-rock attitude. Thematically and structurally, its songs carry all of the Mumford hallmarks: huge, uplifting crescendos, carefully wielded energy and an inspiring message. Monday at the Sprint Center, let’s hope the English band has grown into its new clothes.

Monday, April 18

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand

Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Tedeschi Trucks Band has the look of a small rebel army. Its 12 members, helmed by husband-wife team Derek Trucks (guitarist) and Susan Tedeschi (lead singer), are a rough and ready group of musicians who take the blues as seriously as a conqueror raising the flag. On the Grammy-winning group’s latest album, Let Me Get By, the band charges through one rambling, riffing blues track after another. Tedeschi remains a charming frontwoman with a voice one suspects could do much more — though she does plenty on Let Me Get By.

Wednesday, April 20

The Midland, 1228 Main


Pentatonix performs the kind of a cappella numbers that put your shower singing to shame. The Texas five-piece has been performing rearranged pop songs since 2011, and if you haven’t seen a clip of the group covering, say, Lorde’s “Royals” or Meghan Trainor’s “No,” you should make amends on that account soon. And while Tuesday’s show is sure to attract a horde of Glee and Pitch Perfect fans, rest assured that Pentatonix would be as successful without those franchises. Indeed, this might be one of the only Sprint Center shows where special effects and light shows won’t be necessary — you’ll have quite enough to look at when you’re watching five mouths move in perfect synchronicity.

Tuesday, April 19

Sprint Center, 1407 Grand

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