December 13, 2018

Music


Backstreet Boys – DNA – RCA

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By Kristi Kates | Dec. 8, 2018

They’re not quite boys any more, but the Backstreet … er, men … are keeping a tight hold on the harmony vocals and danceable rhythms that brought them worldwide acclaim. Their latest set is poised to generate a resurgence of interest in the group once it hits outlets in a few weeks, from its initial buzzy single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” to the sharp, studio-polished attack of “Chances,” as co-written by ... Read More >>


Charli XCX Pops Into a Rockumentary

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Dec. 1, 2018

Charlotte Aitchison, aka Charli XCX, is the latest singer featured in a new radio rock documentary from the BBC. The doc follows Charli on both her own recent tour, Pop 2, and went along with her as she served as opening act for Taylor Swift’s Reputation stadium tour. The BBC’s Kate Mossman conducts the majority of the interviews with Charli, discussing her recording and performance processes, as well as some of the ... Read More >>


Mumford and Sons – Delta – Glassnote

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By Kristi Kates | Dec. 1, 2018

Of course critics are going to be stomping around about Mumford and crew’s latest: How dare an established, successful band attempt to evolve? But thankfully, the band deftly does its own thing here, combining its earlier acoustic sensibilities and third album’s pop turn for an appealing, if more serious, melange of both styles. Standout “Forever” manages to capture the distinction of the Mumford sound while retaining freshness; additional tunes like “Picture You” ... Read More >>


Avril Lavigne Returns

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Nov. 24, 2018

After five years away from the music scene while she struggled with Lyme disease, Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne is back with the first single from her upcoming sixth album (title TBA). The track “Head Above Water” is an emotional and personal power ballad about exactly what it sounds like — trying to hang in there. Lavigne’s vocals are in full force over a solid, accelerating instrumental, in a strong showing for her ... Read More >>


Ben Poole – Anytime You Need Me – Manhaton

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By Kristi Kates | Nov. 24, 2018

  Poole’s latest is a somewhat short effort, with only eight songs, but the tracks themselves have enough depth that you’ll find this worth repeated listens. “Take It No More” is a tune that’s actually over a year old, and while good, it also shows how far the bluesman has evolved since then. More impressive are the balanced grooves of “You Could Say,” the Lindsey Buckingham tones of “Further On Down the ... Read More >>


Macy Gray – Ruby– Artistry

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By Kristi Kates | Nov. 17, 2018

Gray, best known for her '90s hit “I Try,” a slice of unhurried soulful blues-pop imbued with regret and a catchy refrain, is back with more on her latest set. Album opener “Buddha,” featuring attentive guitar work from Gary Clark Jr., shows off Gray’s abilities with a gospel hook as well, while “Witness” adds in reggae, showing off the singer’s vast genre range. Standouts include the Southern trap feel of “Tell Me” ... Read More >>


Petoskey Native Stevens Teams Up With Gallant

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Nov. 10, 2018

He might be a Brooklyn, NY kinda guy now, but indie-rock multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Sufjan Stevens has roots in Petoskey, even though he departed for bigger locales to kick-start his music career. Currently, Stevens has teamed up with Grammy-nominated musician Gallantto release a brand new tune called “TOOGOODTOBETRUE,” an ambient number that features vocals underscored by humming, ukulele and synths; the collaboration is the fourth single release from Gallant this year, ... Read More >>


DG - Elbow - Ben Howard - Capital Cities

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By Kristi Kates | Nov. 10, 2018

Bad Moves–Tell No One – DGWashington, D.C. outfit Bad Moves puts plenty of secrets into this power-pop outing – their debut full-length – and one that well shows off the interplay between the bandmates. By turns just punky enough to stay in the cool underground, yet radio-friendly enough that one of these tracks could just catch on, the setlist cranks through energetic singles like opener “Change Your Mind” with its vigorously chanting ... Read More >>


Richard Reed Parry – Quiet River of Dust – Anti/Epitaph

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By Kristi Kates | Nov. 3, 2018

Parry’s spent plenty of time working with his main musical project, the Canadian Grammy-winning indie-rock outfit Arcade Fire. But on his solo work, he’s more ’60s avant-garde than current-day dance-tronica. On his own, he shows an even deeper passion for layered harmonies and alternatively styled melody lines on concept pop tracks like “On the Ground” and “I Was in the World (Was the World in Me?)”; guests Yuka Honda, Aaron Dessner, and ... Read More >>


Muse Is Back With a Brand New Theory

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Nov. 3, 2018

British modern rock band Muse is returning with its eighth studio album, Simulation Theory, produced in collaboration with Rich Costey, Shellback, Mike Elizondo, and Timbaland. Several singles have already been pre-released for the new set, including “Dig Down,” “Thought Contagion,” and “The Dark Side.” The album will be available in several different formats, including a super deluxe edition with 21 tracks (the regular version has 11); album purchasers will also get early ... Read More >>

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