March 20, 2019

Music


Jenny Lewis’ Album is On the Line

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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.” The first single features none other than guest drummer Beatle Ringo Starr. Lewis is also packing up for a short series of headlining concert dates that will kick off this spring; her ... Read More >>


Vandoliers – Forever – Bloodshot Records

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By Kristi Kates | 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; “Sixteen Years,” which in certain sections sounds fleetingly like a Mexican celebration heard from a distance; and the more serious, even remorseful slow trot through “Tumbleweed,” with its more formal arrangement and pensive lyrics. ** ½ ... Read More >>


Massive Attack Gets Deconstructed

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 will appear on stage during shows said to “deconstruct” Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album with original songs and samples performed live. Few details have been released about the new visual effects, ... Read More >>


Jon Fratelli – Bright Night Flowers – Cooking Vinyl

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By Kristi Kates | 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 songwriter) offers up a set of piano-penned tracks that bring together the best of his witty, poetic lyricism with slower, more sensitive tempos that allow the tunes to unfold nicely, ... Read More >>


Kannberg Steps Up the Spiral Stairs

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 artists Kannberg said he “somehow missed” as a young adult, such as Van Morrison, Nick Lowe, Bryan Ferry, and Jim Ford. The set is a mix of indie-rock, classic rock, and soulful country. Hyp-No-Tized ... Read More >>


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Said the Whale – Cascadia – Arts and Crafts
By Kristi Kates | 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 melodramatic themes that almost veer into ambient music at times (“Love Don’t Ask,” “Gambier Island Green”). The more ’80s sounds (and synths) of the band’s earlier days are not in evidence, but this new tone ... Read More >>


Band of Horses– Acoustic at the Ryman– Brown Records

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By Kristi Kates | 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” quality to the set. It’s also very interesting — likely more so for dedicated fans of the band — to hear these tunes stripped of their usual ... Read More >>


The Raconteurs Make a Rockin’ Return

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 new songs “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone,” is the first from The Raconteurs in nearly 10 years, following up the band’s last full-length album, Consolers of the Lonely, in 2008. White also confirmed that the band is set ... Read More >>


American Authors – Seasons – Island

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By Kristi Kates | 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, Americana-rock, and gospel sounds for this set, as evidenced on the album’s first single, “Deep Water,” with its bubbling-under bassline. “Say Amen” (feat. ... Read More >>


James Blake is Back — with Help from Andre 3000

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | 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 “Don’t Miss It” and “If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead.” The album also features guest contributions from Rosalia and Moses Sumney, and was produced in part by Outkast’s Andre 3000. Blake will ... Read More >>

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