September 20, 2019

Music


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

FourScore
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 >>


Mini Mansions – Guy Walks Into a Bar – Spinefarm

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 31, 2019

Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age, plus longtime pals Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford blend their rock heritage together to form Mini Mansions, a rollicking old-school rock project that careens through its tunes like a teenager on Jolt Cola skateboarding down a hill. The problem is that the mentality of the music doesn’t get much farther than that; this is all pretty shallow stuff, from the cliched “Forgot Your Name” ... Read More >>


Hydro – Lateral Thinking – Utopia Music

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 24, 2019

It takes an inimitable talent to take dance music and craft it in a way that works outside of the club, too, but that’s exactly what Hydro does with his first full-length debut album. The DJ has been releasing standalone tracks and other projects for years, but now he’s bringing his own sonics to this set, which also features engineer War. Opening track “Above the Waves” crashes in with several top-notch breaks ... Read More >>


School of Language – 45 – Memphis

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 17, 2019

You might have heard of School of Language — aka David Brewis — before; he’s best known for Field Music, his duo with his brother Peter. But Brewis teams up with some very, er … different album partners on this set, namely soul music and politics. These tracks pull no punches; it’s very clear which “side” Brewis is on, and he expresses his opinions in a Funkadelic/Gap Band-inspired way. The concept album ... Read More >>


MTV VMAs Nominating Swift, Jonas Bros, Eilish

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 17, 2019

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are coming up fast. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande lead the nominations with 10 each, followed up by Billie Eilish, who has nine. Nominees for the big Video of the Year award are Swift (“You Need to Calm Down”), Jonas Brothers (“Sucker”), Ariana Grande (“Thank U, Next”), Billie Eilish (“Bad Guy”), 21 Savage (“A Lot”) and Lil Nas (“Old Town Road (Remix) feat. Billy Ray Cyrus”). Vote at mtv.com/vma/vote and ... Read More >>


We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls – FC Records

By Kristi Kates | Aug. 10, 2019

WWPJ fans will find a lot to like about this set, a special expanded anniversary edition of the band’s debut album, which is celebrating 10 years this year. The new version includes all of the original material, plus eight previously released tunes, one of which is the rarely heard demo version of the band’s first real hit, “Quiet Little Voices.” Vinyl fans can snag the album in an equally special double-LP gatefold ... Read More >>


Dylan Returns to The Canyon

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 10, 2019

Singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan, son of the legendary Bob Dylan and best known for his work as frontman of the ‘90s band The Wallflowers, is host of a new documentary film on the music scene of Laurel Canyon, California, in the ’60s. The film, Echo in the Canyon, interviews Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, and many more artists, drawing out conversations about the history and traditions ... Read More >>


Sigrid Misses Her Own Video Shoot

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 3, 2019

Musicians often know how to improvise well — and sometimes, that particular skill or ability extends even beyond the music itself. When Norwegian pop singer-songwriter Sigrid wasn’t able to make it to her music video shoot with director Max Siedentopf because of delayed flights, Sigrid and Siedentopf devised a plan that made the video as watch-worthy as if Sigrid had made it to the location. The solution? Siedentopf stepped in for Sigrid, ... Read More >>

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