August 26, 2019

Kristi Kates | Author


The Chainsmokers Get Their Own Beach House

March 30, 2019

The Chainsmokers has a brand new song that pays homage (well, kind of) to one of its fellow indie bands, dream-popsters Beach House. The Chainsmokers’ new single, “Beach House,” sings about the protagonist waking up while listening to &m... Read More >>

The Zombies – Complete Studio Recordings – Varese Sarabande

March 23, 2019

Having inspired everyone from Paul Weller (The Jam) to the cast of Glee, the legendary British classic-rock band finally brings together its most essential tracks (from two original U.S. albums, U.K. releases, and a rare single) to create this 61-track collection. And it’s ... Read More >>

The Go-Go’s Hit Showtime

March 23, 2019

Belinda Carlisle and her The Go-Go’s bandmates will be featured in a full-length music rockumentary about the band (titled simply, The Go-Gos) that will premiere on Showtime later this year. Directed by Alison Ellwood,the movie features ful... Read More >>

Vandoliers – Forever – Bloodshot Records

March 16, 2019

Mixing Texan-Americana music, south-of-the-border rhythms, and ’70s-inspired cowpunk, this 10-tune set from the Dallas band pulls together twangy guitars with strings and horns for an intriguing fusion on tracks like “Troublemaker,” with its low, rumbling undertones; &ld... Read More >>

Jenny Lewis’ Album is On the Line

March 16, 2019

Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis is about to have a busy spring, starting with the arrival/release of her fourth full-length solo album, On the Line, which hits outlets March 22 on Warner Bros. Records, complete with lead single “Red Bull and Hennessy.” ... Read More >>

Jon Fratelli – Bright Night Flowers – Cooking Vinyl

March 9, 2019

You might recognize that last name from the punky-pop outfit The Fratellis (the Scottish band that brought you the catchy 2006 single “Chelsea Dagger”), but this album steps right on out of that band’s footprints. Instead, the solo Fratelli (The Fratellis’ lead son... Read More >>

Massive Attack Gets Deconstructed

March 9, 2019

English trip-hop outfit Massive Attack is returning to the U.S. for a 10-date North American tour and will stop at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theater on March 22. The band has teamed up with filmmaker Adam Curtis for some big-time audio visuals that w... Read More >>

FourScore

March 2, 2019

The Vancouver, Canada, indie band returns for its sixth effort on the ambitious Cascadia, a well-mapped audio journey that steers carefully between sanguine California pop-rock and folk-pop (“Old Soul, Young Heart,” “UnAmerican”) with hints of darker, more... Read More >>

Kannberg Steps Up the Spiral Stairs

March 2, 2019

Former Pavement bandmate Scott Kannberg has struck out on his own again and has announced the details of his upcoming Spiral Stairs album, Hyp-No-Tized, out March 22 on Nine Mile Records. The album is inspired by bands and artist... Read More >>

Band of Horses– Acoustic at the Ryman– Brown Records

Feb. 23, 2019

Captured at a two-night stand of acoustic performances at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, this mini best-of from Band of Horses uses specialized gear from direct stream audio, so you can hear every note and every rattle (or small mistake); this adds a very “you were there”... Read More >>

The Raconteurs Make a Rockin’ Return

Feb. 23, 2019

Jack White, one of the Motor City’s favorite sons (now a Nashville export), has revived his side-project band, The Raconteurs, and released the band’s latest on his own Third Man Records label. The record, with ... Read More >>

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 >>