May 26, 2018

Music


Oakenfold, Ahmed, Voorn, Remix Paul Simon Tunes

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | May 19, 2018

Eleven EDM/DJ and dance music artists are teaming up to revamp songs from Paul Simon’s classic Graceland album for a new remix album simply called Graceland: The Remixes. The album, which will be out June 1 on Legacy Recordings/Sony Music, will include new versions of Simon’s songs by Paul Oakenfold (“Crazy Love, Vol. II”), Richy Ahmed (“The Boy in the Bubble”), Thievery Corporation (“Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”), and MK ... Read More >>


Lord Huron – Vide Noir – Republic

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | May 19, 2018

Taking its usual indie-folk sound and chucking in two healthy doses of grungy garage rock and ’70s cosmic-rock, Lord Huron’s latest is quite a departure for the group, although it’s tough to best the reputation for audio experimentation that it already has. The isolated feel of “Emerald Star” with its throwback sound and bleak choruses nicely contrasts the many-faceted “Moonbeam” and the more Vegas, showboat sounds of “The Balancer’s Eye.” All together, ... Read More >>


Mipso – Edges Run – Antifragile

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | May 12, 2018

Tightrope-walking the edges of college rock (from its home base of Chapel Hill) and country-influenced Americana, Mipso, now on its fifth album, carefully balance the line between well-communicated emotions and overwrought metaphors. “Didn’t Know Love” veers toward the latter, with sad lyrical images of lonely bars, but the more understated, thoughtful tracks like the propellant “Servant To It” and the dual-meanings of “Oceans” are this album’s real appeal. ** ½ Hawk Nelson ... Read More >>


Devo Gets Unmasked

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | May 5, 2018

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale are releasing two new books about Devo the band that will showcase the band’s growth over the years. The two volumes, titled "Devo: The Brand" and "Devo: Unmasked," will hit stores on July 13 (they’re both available for preorder now at your local bookstore) and will include plenty of photographs and entertainment industry anecdotes. "The Brand" will focus on the band’s visuals and press for a ... Read More >>


Old Crow Medicine Show – Volunteer – Sony Nashville

By Kristi Kates | May 5, 2018

Galloping through its trademark hoedown-sound with a wealth of stringed instruments, country-fried vocals, and energetic percussion, the Medicine Show, with Dave Cobb on board for production duties, is in a rowdy mood on this set. The too-short “Shout Mountain Music” holds fast to the band’s fast-pickin’ sensibilities, with “Dixie Avenue” offering a similar lively approach; the slower-paced side of the set’s offerings includes the Eagles-reminiscent “Whirlwind” and “Look Away,” both ballads that ... Read More >>


Five Albums Every Northerner Should Own

By Craig Manning | April 21, 2018

Northern Michigan might not rival Nashville or Austin as a hub of live music or a destination for artists hoping to hit it big. Still, there is a lot of talent up here, from the music rooms of local high schools to the stages of area bars and wineries. Consider this five-album collection your primer for the local scene: five terrific records from artists whose roots run deep beneath the dirt and ... Read More >>


Mo Pop Is Pop-Rockin’ Into Detroit

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 21, 2018

Step right up and get your tickets (on sale now at $99 for the whole weekend, or $75 for one day) for this year’s Mo Pop Festival, arguably the most commercial pop-rock fest in Michigan, at which you’ll find a huge slate of your favorite radio-friendly acts. The Detroit event, which will take place July 28­–29 at West RiverFront Park, has amped up its roster with two dozen acts, including headliners Bon ... Read More >>


Various Artists – Dancehall Dreamin’: A Tribute to Pat Green – Greenhouse Records

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | April 21, 2018

    Various Artists – Dancehall Dreamin’: A Tribute to Pat Green – Greenhouse Records Following Pat Green along the ol’ dirt road are a plethora of his fans — who also happen to be his musical peers — and they’ve contributed their versions of his songs on this eclectic tribute album. A total of 20 tracks are included here. Ten of them are music, by the likes of John Baumann (“Nightmare”), ... Read More >>


Lollapalloza Revs Up for Summer

Modren Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 14, 2018

Lollapalooza, one of the biggest (and oldest) U.S. music festivals, is getting all prepped for its 2018 edition, which will be happening August 2–5 in Chicago’s Grant Park. This summer’s headliners have already been named, and will feature The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, and Detroit’s own ex-White Stripe Jack White. Additional stages will feature live sets from the likes of Odesza, Logic, Khalid, Chvrches, Walk the Moon, The National, Vampire Weekend, ... Read More >>


The Sword – Used Future – Razor and Tie

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By Kristi Kates | April 14, 2018

The Sword’s latest — its sixth — is a bizarre juxtaposition of futuristic art rock and ’70s hippie-rock, with both genres not quite able to communicate with the other. While tracks like “Intermezzo” and “Nocturne” show a glimpse of intriguing instrumental promise, the band shows those tunes the door quickly, leaving too abruptly in order to make room for the more average rockers like “Deadly Nightshade” and the overly-serious behemoth that is ... Read More >>

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