February 19, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


American Authors – Seasons – Island

Feb. 16, 2019

Far from the bright, spry tones of its first big hit single, “Best Day of My Life,” the Authors returns with a much heavier outlook on the world, and the music steps up the band’s instrumental game to match. The Brooklyn, New York, outfit digs into more earthy blues, Ame... Read More >>

James Blake is Back — with Help from Andre 3000

Feb. 16, 2019

Singer-songwriter James Blake is newly back on record store shelves and media outlet sites with his fourth album, Assume Form, which he released via Republic Records. The 12-track followup to his 2016 set, The Colour in Anything, includes singles “... Read More >>

Jinjer – Micro – N Records

Feb. 9, 2019

The Ukranian rock outfit kick off its latest (third) album with first single “Ape” — a rollicking, groove-filled tune that surges through its melody with urgency — and then carries that determined, headstrong feel throughout the rest of this short set. The producti... Read More >>

Mix It Up With Some ’80s Babies

Feb. 9, 2019

A massive 53-city schedule has been announced for The Mixtape Tour, an ambitious retro-music tour set to launch a little later this year. The tour will focus on ’80s music via headliners New Kids on the Block, who will share the trek with Salt-N-PepaRead More >>

The Ataris – Blue Skies, Broken Hearts, Next 12 Exits–Kung Fu

Feb. 2, 2019

Also in the revamp department this week is this limited-edition blue vinyl release of the Ataris’ landmark sophomore album. The Indiana punkers, who initially conquered the charts with their hit cover of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer,” remind fans what their best is... Read More >>

LCD Soundsystem Meet the Electric Lady

Feb. 2, 2019

 
 
MODERN ROCK
by Kristi Kates

LCD Soundsystem Meet the Electric Lady

 

Dance-rockersJames Murphyand LCD Soundsystemare heading your way this week with a live in-studio album titledElectric Lady Sessions, named after the sessions them... Read More >>

Tom Holkenborg – Mortal Engines Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Jan. 26, 2019

With its modernized, cutting-edge feel, Holkenborg’s tracks for Mortal Engines click right into place alongside the film itself, a futuristic romp in which cities literally roll around the globe and battle each other. Holkenborg — whom you might also know as Junkie XL — ... Read More >>

Are You Ready For Some Maroon 5?

Jan. 26, 2019

Adam Levine and his Maroon 5 bandmates have officially been confirmed as the headliners for this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl LIII halftime show, with special guest musicians for the big event including rapper Big Boi and Travis Scott. Maroon 5 will follow in the halftime show footsteps ... Read More >>

Balsam Range – Aeonic – MH Music

Jan. 19, 2019

A half-dozen albums in, and Balsam Range has yet to fully reach the range of its skills, but offers a decent listen nonethless. Primarily a bluegrass-pop outfit, the five musicians kick things off with up-tempo standout “The Girl Who Invented the Wheel,” full of careening banj... Read More >>

Ed Sheeran Wins the Touring Game

Jan. 19, 2019

The numbers are in, and not only did Ed Sheeran win 2018 in the tour department, he’s also technically the “winner” of the past 30 years of touring, according to Pollstar’s box office research. Sheeran performed mostly solo on tour (with a few gues... Read More >>

Profile: Musician Jake Allen

Jan. 12, 2019

Jake Allen started experimenting with mixing boards when he was just six years old, in his dad’s home recording studio in Grayling. With parents who both played music, it might have seemed inevitable that he would gravitate toward the same pursuit. It was. By the time he’d pic... Read More >>

Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made – Merge

Jan. 12, 2019

 

The Scottish alternative rock outfit wound up 2018 by releasing this special edition vinyl pressing right before the year ended, with a dual press effort on both the band’s own EU PeMa label and Merge in America. The trio recorded this set in Chicago with John McEntir... Read More >>

Lamar, Gaga, Drake, Lead Grammys Pack

Jan. 12, 2019

The complete list of 2019 Grammy Award nominees has been revealed, showing Kendrick Lamar at the top of the list, with eight nods, most due to his work on Black Panther: The Album. Right behind him is Lady Gaga, with eight nominations, prima... Read More >>

  Walk the Moon– What If Nothing– RCA

Jan. 5, 2019

Right from the album’s first track (the aptly named, earnest “Press Restart”), Walk the Moon immediately stakes its claim to the third of their album releases by throwing down some unswerving hooks on tunes like first single, “One Foot,” and the impudent &ldq... Read More >>

Arctic Monkeys Go Warp Speed

Jan. 5, 2019

Arctic Monkeys have released a brand new short rockumentary called Warp Speed Chic. Directed by Ben Chappell, the doc features a mini selection of live performances from the band’s recent tour dates, plus some studio and behind-the-scenes c... Read More >>

The Hold Steady – Stay Positive (Deluxe Edition) – Vagrant

Dec. 29, 2018

If you’re a vinyl collector and a Hold Steady fan, make this your next purchase. This 10th anniversary reissue of the band’s standout Stay Positive set is jampacked with, well … loads of jams, broken down into three LPs that bring together the original album, t... Read More >>

Tune-Yards Release “Mango” and More

Dec. 29, 2018

Tune-Yards, currently wrapping up its tour with David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and U.S. Girls, has been busy in the studio as of late, releasing not only its new single, “Mango” (a collaboration with Lakeith S... Read More >>

Gwen Stefani – You Make it Feel Like Christmas – Interscope

Dec. 15, 2018

Stefani ups the ante on the holiday by releasing a special deluxe edition of this set that includes five new tracks, including two original holiday tunes penned by Stefani (the winsome “Secret Santa” and “Cheer for the Elves,” a nod to Santa’s little helpers)... Read More >>

Santa Kaskade Is Back With Holiday Tunes

Dec. 15, 2018

DJ extraordinairre Kaskade presented his first holiday collection of tracks last year, and now he’s returned with another set for this December, simply titled Kaskade Christmas 2018. Kaskade puts some excellent new spins on many of your favorite familiar ho... Read More >>

Backstreet Boys – DNA – RCA

Dec. 8, 2018

They’re not quite boys any more, but the Backstreet … er, men … are keeping a tight hold on the harmony vocals and danceable rhythms that brought them worldwide acclaim. Their latest set is poised to generate a resurgence of interest in the group once it hits outlets i... Read More >>