July 17, 2019

Music


Summer Rockin’ in the Porkies

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 Crane Wives, May Erlewine and the Motivations, The Paperboys, and Finnish reggae band Conga Se Menne. The event has been stretching out its roster to bring in a more diverse lineup and making way for ... Read More >>


Madonna – Madame X – Interscope

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By Kristi Kates | 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, among other things — autotunes her way through. The album doesn’t make a whole lot of tempo changes, so the beats get a little repetitious, but it’ll keep you dancing ... Read More >>


Keeping Up with the Wu-Tang Clan

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 album, Enter the Wu-Tang. It released a Showtime four-part series of its musical work, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, which was accompanied by an EP soundtrack to the show. And ... Read More >>


An Horse – Modern Air – Lame-O Records

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By Kristi Kates | 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 the wry grit of “This is a Song” to the ’90s-inspired “Get Out Somehow,” and even the on-trend loops of “Bob Ross (Be the Water).” ... Read More >>


Lumineers Take on Album Number Three

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 band performed several songs from the new album, including “Life in the City,” “Donna,” and “Gloria.” Said to be a concept about one person and her relationship with her ... Read More >>


Miss Jackson’s Metamorphosis

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 additional shows — Aug. 14, 16, and 17 — with ticket presales allotted to members of her fan club. The show includes Jackson’s music from her earliest hits onward, plus energetic choreography, ... Read More >>


Flying Lotus – Flamagra – Warp

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By Kristi Kates | 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” and “Post Requisite” quickly unfold to reveal collaborations with George Clinton (“Burning Down the House”), Shabazz Palaces (“Actually Virtual”), pop-diva Solange, and ... Read More >>


Greta Van Fleet Calls Up Its Army

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 Army, as well as several new tracks. Supporting the band on all dates will be garage-punkers Shannon and the Clams. Sadly, you can catch the show nearly everywhere ... Read More >>


Sting – My Songs – A&M

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By Kristi Kates | 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 little more experimental than that. Happily, the experiment works well. “Brand New Day” deletes the lengthy intro/outro and adds synths and an energetic harmonica; classic ... Read More >>


Nick Lowe – Love Starvation – Yep Roc

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By Kristi Kates | 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,” “Trombone” (which does, as you may have guessed, include trombones, but played in a pure pop style) and “Blue on Blue” — are included here, alongside Lowe’s unique and quirky cover ... Read More >>

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