July 17, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


Madonna – Madame X – Interscope

July 13, 2019

Madonna has brought in a shortlist of collaborators (Maluma, Swae Lee, Quavo) to help bring her focus back into dance music. Fans will especially appreciate “Batuka” and “Medellin,” as Madge — by turns a secret agent, dancer, head of state, and housekeeper, a... Read More >>

Summer Rockin’ in the Porkies

July 13, 2019

Up and coming Detroit band The War and Treaty are set to headline the upcoming 15th Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’ll join fellow headliners Dustbowl Revival, as well as regional acts like The Cran... Read More >>

Small-town Summer Festival Guide

June 29, 2019

Summer has arrived, and along with it, one of our favorite outdoor pastimes: hitting the unique local festivals that make a weekend Up North absolutely unforgettable. Whether you’re looking to honor an old tradition or start a new one with your crew, here some of the best only-Up-No... Read More >>

An Horse – Modern Air – Lame-O Records

June 29, 2019

After a several-year break from touring and recording, An Horse is back with this set, which amplifies its guitar-based pop-rock into something far more complex than before. Corkscrewing around itself from song to song, each tune seems to lead into the others yet back onto itself, from th... Read More >>

Lumineers Take on Album Number Three

June 29, 2019

The Lumineers is on the way back with its third album, appropriately titled III, and has been out and about promoting it with a variety of appearances, the latest being an outdoor mini-concert staged for the late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. The... Read More >>

Keeping Up with the Wu-Tang Clan

June 29, 2019

Wu-Tang Clan has been rolling steady lately — it just played Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, a landmark move that put hip-hop onto the historic venue’s stage for the very first time. The group is also commemorating the 25th anniversary of its breakout albu... Read More >>

Flying Lotus – Flamagra – Warp

June 22, 2019

Dumping the last decade or so of Flying Lotus’ work into one album effort is no small feat, but Lotus does a great job of collecting the best together to craft this new set of tracks. His partners in audio crime are nothing to sneer at, either — openers “Heroes” an... Read More >>

Miss Jackson’s Metamorphosis

June 22, 2019

Soulful R&B/dance diva Janet Jackson just launched her much-anticipated Metamorphosis residency at Las Vegas’ Park MGM Resort, but the shows have been so popular that her stay there has already been extended. Jackson will stick around the Park for three addition... Read More >>

Sting – My Songs – A&M

June 15, 2019

Simple yet confident, the title tells you most of what you need to know about this collection of some of Sting’s most celebrated tracks, each of which have been reworked and remixed into different versions of themselves. It’d almost be a greatest hits set, but it’s a lit... Read More >>

Greta Van Fleet Calls Up Its Army

June 15, 2019

Frankenmuth, Michigan, band turned national rock act Greta Van Fleet has added a stack of shows to the fall leg of its March of the Peaceful Army tour through North America. Attendees can expect tunes from their debut full-length album, Anthem of the Peaceful ArmyRead More >>

Nick Lowe – Love Starvation – Yep Roc

June 8, 2019

Over five decades in to his music career, whip-sharp singer and lyricist Lowe hasn’t lost a beat, as evidenced by this new EP, which also includes the musicianship of his backing band, Los Straitjackets. Three distinctive Lower songs — “Love Starvation,” “Tro... Read More >>

The Hot Sardines – Welcome Home, Bon Voyage – Eleven Records

June 1, 2019

Playing a hot mix of traditional jazz, showy swing, and a hint of pop, The Hot Sardines recorded this impressive live collection of tracks in two sessions, one at Joe’s Pub in New York City, and the other at Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. But these aren’t laid-back lounge-y ... Read More >>

Catching Up with Josh Groban

June 1, 2019

Has it really been eight months since Josh Groban’s latest album,Bridges,hit outlets? That time’s flown by even for Groban himself, although, for fans, it was a long wait for those new tunes.
        
“I did have the Br... Read More >>

Bruuuuuuce is Back

June 1, 2019

The legendary classic New Jersey rocker — and subject of the howling greeting in our title this week (heard being bellowed from the crowd at pretty much every Bruce Springsteen concert ever) — is making a surprise return with his first studio album in nearly a... Read More >>

Cage and Beck Team Up for Tunes

June 1, 2019

Hip ’90s hitmaker Beck is back, having teamed up with band Cage the Elephant for a collaborative single tune called “Night Running,” which can be found on the band’s current album, Social Cues. Directed by Jennifer... Read More >>

Emma Bunton – My Happy Place – BMG

May 25, 2019

Thought of as the “cheerful one” (aka Baby Spice) of ’90s girl group The Spice Girls, Bunton was the first to break out of the band, so to speak, with three well-reviewed solo albums of neo-soul tracks. Now, 13 years after her last effort, she returns with this set, eigh... Read More >>

Craig Finn Needs a New War

May 25, 2019

Singer-songwriter (and The Hold Steady frontman) Craig Finn, fresh from an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers and an interview on CBS This Morning, has a new solo album out. The new set, I Need a New War, is a follow... Read More >>

Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride –  Columbia

May 18, 2019

The follow up to the Weekend’s 2013 set, Modern Vampires of the City, is produced by band founder Ezra Koenig and wraps 18 tracks into an album that shifts the band into a new age (not the music style, thankfully). Now minus member Rostam Batmanglii (who left for other inte... Read More >>

Bring On the Buttermilk

May 18, 2019

More acts have been added to the lineup for the Buttermilk Jamboree 2019, happening June 14–16 at the Circle Pine Center in Delton, Michigan. In addition to previously announced Michigan singer-songwriter May Erlewine and East L.A. band Las ... Read More >>

Daniel Norgren – Wooh Dang – Superpuma

May 11, 2019

Recorded entirely on a 16-track analog recorder, Norgren, who brought in some pals to fill in on bass (Anders Grahn), guitar/banjo (Andreas Filipsson), and drums (Erik Berntsson), presents a warm, recognizable sound while still keeping the tunes fresh and intriguing. Mixing his singer-son... Read More >>