September 21, 2018

Music


Teenage Fanclub Loses the Love

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 15, 2018

Teenage Fanclub has announced that its longtime bassist and vocalist Gerard Love will leave this fall, following the band’s Nov. 15 show at London’s Electric Ballroom. The band plans to carry on without Love for the rest of the tour, on which former bandmates Paul Quinn and Brendan O’Hare will return in an attempt to fill the musical gap left by Love. The reason for Love’s departure was termed as a “sadly unresolvable ... Read More >>


Troye Sivan – Bloom – Capitol

FourScore
By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 15, 2018

Doubling up his efforts by producing half of the effort with collaborators Allie X, Leland, and Bran Inscore, and then wrangling in good ol’ Max Martin (famed Swedish songwriter/producer) and his team, Sivan’s latest infers a wide range of influences from the ’80s on upward — disco, pop, and rap notwithstanding. The result is this audio potpourri of danceable tracks (including an aptly-named duet with Ariana Grande on “Dance to This”), the ... Read More >>


TV on the Radio Reboots Old Album

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 8, 2018

It doesn’t seem like 10 years since TV on the Radio released its third hit indie rock album, Dear Science, but it has indeed been a decade. (Their latest album was 2014’s Seeds.) To celebrate that fan-beloved release, the band is staging a special concert devoted to performing that album in its entirety. Expect TV on the Radio to whoop it up on stage at The Knockdown Center in New York City ... Read More >>


Traps PS – New Chants – Innovative Leisure

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By Kristi Kates | Sept. 8, 2018

Short tunes, directly to the point, charging in and crashing right back out again. That’s the modus operandi of Traps PS, which purposefully keeps its tracks abbreviated, not wasting a single note or beat that isn’t meant to be there. But these songs, tightly wound and laser-focused, are only more effective in the shorter span they have to grab your ears, from the fast-moving “Waking Hour” to the (slightly) more paced “Tradition” ... Read More >>


Anne-Marie Goes Back to 2002

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 1, 2018

Breakthrough artist and BRIT Award-nominated artist Anne-Mariecontinues (pictured) to throw out great pop singles and collaborations, her latest being the track “2002,” which she co-wrote with fellow singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. An acoustic performance of the song has already hit 12 million plays on Spotify, even though the tune has barely surfaced on audio media; Anne-Marie’s previous single, “Friends” with Marshmello, has already been certified gold. Anne-Marie is currently on tour with Sheeran ... Read More >>


Amanda Shires –To The Sunset –SK Records

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By Kristi Kates | Sept. 1, 2018

Opening track “Parking Lot Pirouette,” sets the tone here; it’s an affecting number about not being able to leave the one you’re with, and that push-pull of relationships is a continuing theme. On “Eve’s Daughter,” the man in question is a military visitor who catches the girl’s eye at an inopportune time. “Break Out the Champagne,” champions a female friend who’s on the lookout for a better man than the one she ... Read More >>


Hanson Bros. Study Up on String Theory  

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 25, 2018

If you remember the ’90s, then you probably remember Hanson, the long-haired, three-brother pop trio that cranked out several radio hits in that era. Well, they’re on their way back, having collaborated with David Campbell to craft a new album and a special tour featuring orchestral arrangements of their pop songs. The album, String Theory, will hit outlets this fall; the tour is getting rolling now. The former will include new tunes, ... Read More >>


Bear McCreary– God of War: Playstation Soundtrack– Sony Classical

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By Kristi Kates | Aug. 25, 2018

McCreary, who’s contributed music to such dramatic, different shows as the reboot of Battlestar Galactica, shows off his abilities to score quirky, fantasy situations once again on this PS-exclusive soundtrack. The seasoned composer actually puts some of his best work into this videogame-accompanying music, which embeds itself so firmly into the game itself they’re pretty much indivisible. Two to listen for: the uncertainty of “The Signal” and the sweeping tones of “The ... Read More >>


Ice Cube Taking Over Detroit

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 11, 2018

A big night for hip-hop is set to take place at The Takeover in Detroit on Sat., Sept. 29: Ice Cube is coming, and bringing him performers Too $hort and Spice 1. Ice Cube hasn’t been to Detroit since 2016, but with his 10th album, Everythang’s Corrupt, heading out way this year, he’s hot on the promotional road. The 97.9 WJLB event will be hosted by Detroit Goon Squad founder and hip-hop ... Read More >>


77:78 – Jellies – Pias America

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By Kristi Kates | Aug. 11, 2018

Sprung out of the musical outfit The Bees is this side effort from Tim Parkin and Aaron Fletcher, on which they play with different retro-fied sounds and overdubs, assembling puzzles of audio. While a couple of the tracks are a bit overwhelming to listen to due to sheer component overload (see “Pour It Out”), for the most part, these are snappy compositions that merge psychedelic folk with West Coast pop, best executed ... Read More >>

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