January 27, 2021


Sufjan is Back

Stuff We Love
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 16, 2021

Petoskey-born and raised musician Sufjan Stevens released his eighth studio album, The Ascension, last September, but for those of you who (like us) can’t get enough of his poetic lyrics and ethereal sound, you can enjoy a bit of both on a new tune, “Song of Trouble,” which dropped last week Wednesday. The first single from the first solo album trumpeter CJ Camerieri released under his CARM moniker, the song was co-written ... Read More >>

Hey, Watch It

Saved by the Bell
By Meg Weichman | Dec. 5, 2020

“I’m so excited” to report that the ultimate ’90s teen sitcom, Saved by the Bell, is back! And before you roll your eyes at yet another TV revival, reunion, reboot, or what have you, we promise you that this continuation of the beloved show not only will delight its grown fans but also happens to be one of the best new sitcoms this year. With serious comedy chops behind it (think 30 Rock writers), the ... Read More >>

Stream It: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

A Celtic Family Christmas At Home
By Lynda Wheatley | Dec. 5, 2020

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things about pandemic life is the opportunity to peek inside the personal spaces of newscasters and celebrities taping their shows from homes. This month, you’ve got an opportunity to peek internationally, with Celtic hubs-wife fiddle-playing masters Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy taking the “stage” from their home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The pair are longtime favorites of City Opera House audiences, ... Read More >>

The Killers Exercise Caution

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 11, 2020

The Killers have a new song on deck called “Caution,” their first release since leaving their hometown of Las Vegas. Citing the likes of Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Bruce Springsteen as influences on “Caution,” which comes from the band’s upcoming full-length album, Imploding the Mirage (Island Records), the single also features former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, with additional appearances throughout the album by Blake Mills, Lucius, and War on Drugs’ ... Read More >>

Don’t Worry About Ellie Goulding

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 4, 2020

Ellie Goulding has just produced a new music video in collaboration with musician and music producer Matthew Tyler Musto, aka blackbear, for her single “Worry About Me.” blackbear actually appears in the video as a set of twins, cavorting with Goulding in the woods alongside some Middle America scenery and a flock of chickens. The song is an “independently minded” single about Goulding rejecting a guy who only wanted to date her ... Read More >>

Moore Returns with New Album

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | March 28, 2020

Singer and actress Mandy Moore (of TV show This is Us) has released her first album since her 2009 release, Amanda Leigh. The new set, called Silver Landings, was produced alongside her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes, and producer Mike Viola. Moore promoted the set with a stop at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, where she performed the set’s first retro-inflected, nostalgic single “When I Wasn’t Watching” …Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher’s MTV Unplugged session is being released as a separate album; until now, tracks from the ... Read More >>

Eilish. Billie Eilish.

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | March 7, 2020

Grammy-winner Billie Eilish (along with her writer-producer brother Finneas, who’s a solo artist in his own right) will be the featured artist for the theme song to the next James Bond movie, No Time to Die. The movie and song will hit theatres and outlets on April 10 in the U.S. (it’ll arrive in the U.K. on April 2); the song was co-written by Eilish and her brother. Both musicians say they’re ... Read More >>

Electric Forest Goes Back to the Future

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 29, 2020

Electric Forest Festival organizers are thinking backward for this year’s 10th anniversary festival performance roster, bringing back a shortlist of artists who were featured in the first Electric Forest Festival and its precursor, Rothbury. Among the returning acts slated for the June 28–28 event in Rothbury, Michigan: The String Cheese Incident (performing three nights), Bassnectar, Lotus, and Keller Williams. Additional performers this year will include Michigan rock band Michigander, Grand Rapids DJ ... Read More >>

Swift, Vincent, Go-Go’s On the Big Screen

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 22, 2020

Three female-focused rockumentaries are making their way to various outlets. The first, Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana, is already streaming on Netflix. The Lana Wilson-directed doc, which was co-produced by the team behind 20 Feet From Stardom, the Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, follows Swift during a transitional period in her life while giving sneak peeks into her touring and studio work. The second doc, which was recently screened at Sundance, is Annie ... Read More >>

Maroon and Meghan Hit the Road

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 15, 2020

Maroon 5 will be careening around the U.S. on tour this spring and summer, with some of the biggest shows in the band’s career to date. The mix of stadium and arena shows kicks off May 30 in Chula Vista, California, with opening acts Meghan Trainor and Leon Bridges in tow. Additional stops include Chicago (June 13), Toronto (June 28), and Milwaukee (Aug. 30), and Cincinnati (Sept. 1). The band’s one Michigan ... Read More >>

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