August 20, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


School of Language – 45 – Memphis

Aug. 17, 2019

You might have heard of School of Language — aka David Brewis — before; he’s best known for Field Music, his duo with his brother Peter. But Brewis teams up with some very, er … different album partners on this set, namely soul music and politics. These tracks pul... Read More >>

MTV VMAs Nominating Swift, Jonas Bros, Eilish

Aug. 17, 2019

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are coming up fast. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with 10 each, followed up by Billie Eilish, who has nine. Nominees for the big Video of the Year award are SwiftRead More >>

We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls – FC Records

Aug. 10, 2019

WWPJ fans will find a lot to like about this set, a special expanded anniversary edition of the band’s debut album, which is celebrating 10 years this year. The new version includes all of the original material, plus eight previously released tunes, one of which is the rarely heard ... Read More >>

Dylan Returns to The Canyon

Aug. 10, 2019

Singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan, son of the legendary Bob Dylan and best known for his work as frontman of the ‘90s band The Wallflowers, is host of a new documentary film on the music scene of Laurel Canyon, California, in the ’60s. The film, <... Read More >>

Yuna – Rogue – Verve

Aug. 3, 2019

Blending the ’80s tones of Sade (“Soldier of Love”) with a more earthy-voiced Sia (“Chandelier”), Yuna’s unique R&B sound on this set finds her collaborating with a long list of peers, from Jay Park and Masego to Little Simz, as well as trying out s... Read More >>

Sigrid Misses Her Own Video Shoot

Aug. 3, 2019

Musicians often know how to improvise well — and sometimes, that particular skill or ability extends even beyond the music itself. When Norwegian pop singer-songwriter Sigrid wasn’t able to make it to her music video shoot with director Max Siedentopf<... Read More >>

Various Artists – For the Throne – Columbia

July 27, 2019

While most of the definitive music from HBO's Game of Thrones series has been of the instrumental/orchestral variety (most notably, the show’s main title theme by Ramin Djawadi), there are plenty of music celebrities among GoT’s massive fan base, so it’s a worth... Read More >>

Sheeran is Back with a Stack of Friends

July 27, 2019

Ed Sheeran’s latest album, No. 6 Collaborations Project, finds the English singer-songwriter bringing in a host of friends and musical colleagues for a 15-track set of team-ups with nearly two dozen musicians. The album was released last week and includes f... Read More >>

The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger

July 20, 2019

The Raconteurs — White Stripes frontman Jack White, along with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler — haven’t released any studio music in a decade, but it feels like the band never really left the scene, such is its skillful hold on current soundscapes. Mix... Read More >>

Clark Gets Psychedelic

July 20, 2019

Singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has borrowed the likenesses of a shortlist of well-known cultural icons — including John Lennon, Nelson Mandela, Bruce Lee, James Brown, Bob Marley, ... Read More >>

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 >>