January 27, 2020

Kristi Kates | Author


Miles Davis – The Lost Quintet – SNR

Jan. 25, 2020

Davis’ “lost quintet” was quite a quintet: Davis, along with Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, and Wayne Shorter. While the five musicians never got into an actual recording studio together, two recordings from their late ’60s European tour were captured ... Read More >>

Tame Impala Sending You a Valentine

Jan. 25, 2020

Tame Impala has just announced the upcoming release date for its newest album, Slow Rush. The set will hit outlets on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, and includes the band’s previously released singles “Borderline” and “It Might Be Time.&r... Read More >>

Original Broadway Cast – Jagged Little Pill – Atlantic

Jan. 18, 2020

Unexpected but true: A Broadway show has been adapted from Alanis Morrisette’s top-sellingJagged Little Pill album. This is the cast recording from that show (now running on Broadway), and it includes all of the songs from the original album, plus some additional Alanis tunes perfor... Read More >>

Styles Walks a Fine Line

Jan. 18, 2020

Harry Styles has released his sophomore album, Fine Line, which departs thematically from his 2017 debut album. The 2017 set, simply called Harry Styles, dug deep into ’70s rock and folk-inspired music; the new collection of tunes leans more into i... Read More >>

Still Searching

Jan. 18, 2020

We are now surrounded by the evidence.   
 
The most significant and consistent temperature increases in the last 2,000 years have occurred in just the last century. The 10 hottest years globally have all occurred since 2005, and the five hottest were the la... Read More >>

Eilish and White Team Up for Live Record

Jan. 11, 2020

Singer-songwriter and acid-green-haired diva Billie Eilish recently hung out with former Detroiter Jack White, at White’s own Third Man Records Nashville outpost. Eilish performed a short live show in the Blue Room, and the set, like most performanc... Read More >>

The Milk Carton Kids – The Only Ones – MCK Records

Jan. 11, 2020

Mixing up folk/bluegrass/Americana with a hint of pop, The Milk Carton Kids have snagged Grammy nominations and plenty of critical acclaim for their twisty-turny musicianship and powerful harmonies. While they dallied with a full band setup last album, here the... Read More >>

Motown Founder Finally Retires

Jan. 4, 2020

As 2019 wound to a close, so did Motown mogul Berry Gordy’s career; the always-busy Detroit native, who founded and grew Motown Records (and launched the careers of such acts as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Th... Read More >>

James Blunt – Once Upon a Mind – Atlantic

Jan. 4, 2020

Still fighting his meme-worthy “You’re Beautiful” reputation, Blunt has spent the past several years continuing his growth as a songwriter, and with this album, at last, it’s clear he deserves another listen. He tried some electronica components on his last album, ... Read More >>

Get Festive with Kacey and Friends

Dec. 21, 2019

Singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves is the latest musical celeb to get her own holiday special, and it’s streaming now on Amazon Prime. Narrated by Dan Levy, the show will feature performances of classic seasonal tunes by Musgraves and her friends, in... Read More >>

Wham! – Last Christmas: The Soundtrack – Legacy

Dec. 21, 2019

A movie inspired by … ’80s dance-pop outfit Wham!? That’s Last Christmas, a new romantic holiday comedy co-written by Emma Thompson and featuring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Henry Golding. The soundtrack’s are mostly fun, in a nostalgic s... Read More >>

Last-minute Stocking Stuffers

Dec. 21, 2019

Need a lil’ something to stuff in somebody’s Christmas stocking? Don’t waste time waiting for Amazon to deliver. Simply shop the old-fashioned way: Stroll into a shop in your town and buy something special. Here’s a few ideas we’re hoping to find in our stock... Read More >>

How to Resist Leaving Your Kids in a Snowbank Over Winter Break

Dec. 21, 2019

You’ve baked all the cookies, visited with all the relatives, unwrapped all the gifts, watched all the movies, and played all the games ... and there’s still a week of winter break left to go. Now what? If you and your kids are starting to come down with a hot case cabin fever... Read More >>

Winter Festival Madness!

Dec. 14, 2019

The best way to prevent cabin fever in the coming months? Plan to hit up some of the North’s weird, wild, or just plain wonderful winter fests. We’ve assembled a few of our favorites — and a singular must-see event at each. All you’ve got to do is pencil in the dat... Read More >>

Merlefest Brings Back the Folk and More

Dec. 14, 2019

Enjoy Americana, bluegrass, folk, roots, and country music? Then get yourself ready for a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina next spring, when the 28th annual Merlefest rolls around April 23–26. Founded in 1988 by guitarist Doc Watson, the must-visit music fest for f... Read More >>

Blake Shelton – Fully Loaded: God’s Country – Warner Bros. Nashville

Dec. 7, 2019

Shelton is an interesting mix of traditional good ol’ country boy and kindly coach (with bonus dad jokes) of aspiring talent on NBC’s “The Voice.” A settled relationship with pop star Gwen Stefani has also shifted Shelton’s sound to a more mainstream tone. Fi... Read More >>

Pharrell Finds Something in the Water

Nov. 30, 2019

Pharrell Williams’ multi-day music and culture festival, Something in the Water, which Williams debuted last April in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is set to return for 2020. The tentative dates: April 24–26. The fest will be divided into two portions: culture (wit... Read More >>

Hovvdy – Heavy Lifting – Double Double Whammy

Nov. 30, 2019

Sketching out an audio picture of life as a teen in the ’burbs, Hovvdy’s third album of faintly naïve indie pop circles around first relationships and the breakup of same. Whether the duo, Will Taylor and Charlie Martin, are looking for the keys to long-lasting love (&ldq... Read More >>

Pharrell Finds Something in the Water

Nov. 30, 2019

Pharrell Williams’ multi-day music and culture festival, Something in the Water, which Williams debuted last April in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is set to return for 2020. The tentative dates: April 24–26. The fest will be divided into two portions: culture (wit... Read More >>

Downstate Destination: Enter Peppa’s World

Nov. 16, 2019

Peppa and George, Mummy and Daddy, Grandpa and Granny Pig — the entire Peppa Pig family would love Great Lakes Crossing’s newest attraction. As a matter of fact, they’d feel right at home.

Peppa Pig, as anyone with a preschooler probably already knows, is a Briti... Read More >>