February 28, 2020

Music


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 >>


Gabrielle Aplin – Dear Happy – Never Fade Records

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 15, 2020

Pop singer Aplin returns with her third album, which stays pretty much in her usual modus operandi: strong vocals and a common melodic tone throughout. This is a very produced, calculated set, where you can almost see the plotting of “how to make a hit single” — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Aplin invests lyrical thoughtfulness into poetic tracks like “Until the Sun Comes Up,” “Strange,” and the inescapable danciness ... Read More >>


Fall Out Boy Falling Into Tour

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 8, 2020

Fall Out Boy is now in outlets with its second greatest hits collection for Island Records, dubbed Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two. This collection was just released and serves as promo for the band’s upcoming global tour, which will kick off on June 13 in Paris, France. In addition to the plethora of FOB hits on the set, fans will also hear “Dear Future Self (Hands Up),” a surf-rock-meets-reggae ... Read More >>


Lawson Rollins – True North – Infinata

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 8, 2020

Lawson Rollins – True North – InfinataWith the title alone sure to appeal to northern Michigan fans, Rollins offers up a dozen new original contemporary jazz-pop/experimental guitar compositions showcasing his writing skills as well as the strength of his improv abilities, with which he takes plenty of risks. Rollins plays nylon string, electric and slide guitars on the set (additional musicians fill in the other instruments); standouts include “With the Wind” with its electronic burbles ... Read More >>


Blossom's New Bloom

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 1, 2020

English indie-popsters Blossom recently spoke to the press about the long-awaited follow-up to their 2018 album, Cool Like You, and it’s been confirmed that the recording process is complete, and the album is already at the mastering stages. The first sample tune, “Your Girlfriend,” has been released to some radio stations and showcases a new-wave ’80s influence reminiscent of the Talking Heads, as well as lots of ’70s-groove beats. The band spent ... Read More >>


Chuck Daar – Ovr Dou (Remastered) – 5th World

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 1, 2020

This impressive reissue of multi-instrumentalist Daar’s album (which also includes the equally worthy remix album Dou Ovr and two smaller EPs) pulls you directly in to his swirling genre-blend of SoCal-meets-Texas sounds, recorded back in the early 2010s under the aliases Nova Spies and ECD. Highlights include the skittering opener, “Central Processing,” the expected swirls of “Phase Transition,” and the very unexpected push-pull of “Kirtan,” which somehow lodges in your ears despite ... Read More >>


Tame Impala Sending You a Valentine

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Jan. 25, 2020

Tame Impala has just announced the upcoming release date for its newest album, Slow Rush. The set will hit outlets on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, and includes the band’s previously released singles “Borderline” and “It Might Be Time.” The set was recorded in two locations: frontman Kevin Parker’s hometown of Fremantle, Australia, and Los Angeles. A heavy ’70s influence can be heard on the album’s tracks, which also feature more of Parker’s ... Read More >>


Miles Davis – The Lost Quintet – SNR

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By Kristi Kates | Jan. 25, 2020

Davis’ “lost quintet” was quite a quintet: Davis, along with Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, and Wayne Shorter. While the five musicians never got into an actual recording studio together, two recordings from their late ’60s European tour were captured via a radio performance in Rotterdam (read: bootleg), and this is one of them, recently discovered and remastered after being lost for years. On it, the quintet performs alternate versions of ... Read More >>


Styles Walks a Fine Line

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Jan. 18, 2020

Harry Styles has released his sophomore album, Fine Line, which departs thematically from his 2017 debut album. The 2017 set, simply called Harry Styles, dug deep into ’70s rock and folk-inspired music; the new collection of tunes leans more into indie-pop and includes contributions from producers Tyler Johnson and Jeff Bhasker and writer-producer Kid Harpoon, as well as several of Styles’ touring musicians, drummer Sarah Jones and guitarist Mitch Rowland among them. ... Read More >>

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