October 14, 2019

Music


Supergrass, The Strange Ones

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 12, 2019

Supergrass fans will be glad to see that the band — following its reunion, after 10 years apart, at Glastonbury’s Pilton Party — has just announced a full reunion tour as well as the release of a career-spanning box set (which includes a great cover of The Police’s “Next to You”). Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994–2008 will feature the band’s six albums on CD and vinyl picture disc, plus posters, a book, ... Read More >>


The Lumineers – III – Dualtone

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 12, 2019

This is quite a switch-up for the Grammy-nominated band.While III includes the sharp vocals and shifting arrangements that you’ve come to expect, everything’s encased in a much darker tone. Not a cheerful album — or an easy listen, lyrically — the album is divided into three chapters, each focused on a singular character/story introduced and told through a variety of tracks — “Life in the City,” “Left for Denver,” and “Leader of ... Read More >>


Iggy Pop Rocks Out with The Roots

Modern Love
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 5, 2019

Detroit vintage punker Iggy Pop collaborated with The Roots, guitarist Noveller, and jazz trumpeter Leron Thomas to perform a track from Pop’s new (18th) solo album, Free, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The musicians played Pop’s tune “James Bond,” an appropriately spy-like track full of dark guitars and a solid, ticking beat (performed on this occasion by Questlove.) Also on Free are additional singles “Sonali” and “We Are the People,” ... Read More >>


Belinda Carlisle – Gold – Demon Records

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 5, 2019

Following her ’80s star turn with The Go-Gos, frontwoman/singer Carlisle embarked on a solo pop career that sold over eight million records, and you’ll hear most of the reasons for that success in this hits collection. Carlisle combined a distinctive voice with the ability to choose catchy tunes, from the bubbly “Heaven is a Place on Earth” to the winding “Circle in the Sand.” The set features nearly five dozen tracks in ... Read More >>


Various Artists – Trip Hop Vibes Vol. 1– Wagram

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 28, 2019

Whether you’ve long wondered what “trip-hop” exactly is — or you’re already a longtime fan of the genre — this is an exceptional overview of it, with some of the mainstays of the sound bringing their best tracks. Moby’s catchy “Natural Blues,” Bjork’s bombastic/melodic “Army of Me,” and Thievery Corporation’s “It Takes a Thief” could be thought of as classics of this type of music; expanding your trip-hop experience even further are ... Read More >>


Dude York — Falling — Hardly Art

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 21, 2019

The Seattle band returns with another set of pop-punk tracks that will bring to mind teenaged late nights on suburban sidewalks, sneaking just one more cigarette before curfew. Vocals alternate between Peter Richards and Claire England, with standouts including the dark ’60s feel of “Doesn’t Matter,” the stacked guitar riffs of “Should’ve,” and the ’90s alternative-rock-dusted “Longest Time.” The most radio-ready track, however, is “Box,” with slick production and an extra-catchy chorus. ... Read More >>


Jawbreaker, Unbroken

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 21, 2019

Post-hardcore/emo band Jawbreaker is the subject of a new documentary you can stream on Amazon Prime or purchase on Google Play or iTunes. The doc, titled Don’t Break Down, follows the band’s road from when it formed in New York City in 1986 and released its debut album Unfun, through its opportunity opening for bands like the Foo Fighters, then breaking down (per the title) and reuniting in 2017. Produced by Dan ... Read More >>


Iggy Pop Chills Out

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 7, 2019

Detroiter Iggy Pop has a new solo album out: Free, which arrived last week on Loma Vista Records. The album’s first single, “James Bond,” is a good indicator of the rest of the album’s direction, a surprisingly jazzy-meets-ambient effort that’s noticeably more low-key and chill that previous Pop releases. The single was written and produced by Leron Thomas, a jazz composer and trumpet player. It’s part of Pop’s effort to collaborate with ... Read More >>


Mike McGear – McGear – Esoteric

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By Kristi Kates | Sept. 7, 2019

Paul McCartney might have the looks and the major fame, but his twin brother, Mike McCartney, who uses the pseudonym McGear professionally, is no slouch. This is a re-release of McGear’s 1974 sophomore solo album, which was produced by his Beatles brother and also featured Linda McCartney and several other members of Wings and The Chieftains. McGear’s acclaimed cover of Roxy Music’s “Sea Breezes” is here, as well as the uber-catchy “Leave ... Read More >>


Citizens Go Global For Charity

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 31, 2019

Music fans who seek a better world, mark your calendars for Sept. 28. That’s the day for this year’s Global Citizen Festival, which will draw attention to a range of charitable causes via a massive music concert in New York’s Central Park, with featured performances from Pharrell Williams, OneRepublic, Alicia Keys, Carole King, Ben Platt (of the hit musical "Dear Evan Hansen"), and Jon Batiste and Stay Human, among others. The event will ... Read More >>

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