January 24, 2019

Music


Ed Sheeran Wins the Touring Game

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Jan. 19, 2019

The numbers are in, and not only did Ed Sheeran win 2018 in the tour department, he’s also technically the “winner” of the past 30 years of touring, according to Pollstar’s box office research. Sheeran performed mostly solo on tour (with a few guest appearances from the likes of Elton John), selling nearly 5 million tickets to his 2018 shows for an all-time record gross of $432 million — well ahead of ... Read More >>


Balsam Range – Aeonic – MH Music

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By Kristi Kates | Jan. 19, 2019

A half-dozen albums in, and Balsam Range has yet to fully reach the range of its skills, but offers a decent listen nonethless. Primarily a bluegrass-pop outfit, the five musicians kick things off with up-tempo standout “The Girl Who Invented the Wheel,” full of careening banjo riffs and playful lyrics, and similar to its album-mate “Get Me Gone,” another foot-stomper. Balsam Range tackles slower numbers nicely, as well, most notably “The Rambler,” ... Read More >>


Lamar, Gaga, Drake, Lead Grammys Pack

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Jan. 12, 2019

The complete list of 2019 Grammy Award nominees has been revealed, showing Kendrick Lamar at the top of the list, with eight nods, most due to his work on Black Panther: The Album. Right behind him is Lady Gaga, with eight nominations, primarily for her work in the movie A Star is Born. Following next are Drake, Boi-1da (producer), Cardi B, Zedd, and Shawn Mendes, with the best new artist category listing Luke ... Read More >>


Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made – Merge

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By Kristi Kates | Jan. 12, 2019

  The Scottish alternative rock outfit wound up 2018 by releasing this special edition vinyl pressing right before the year ended, with a dual press effort on both the band’s own EU PeMa label and Merge in America. The trio recorded this set in Chicago with John McEntire, adding a different kind of urban edge to the liveliness of the city itself via myriad clicking synths roiling underneath each track. Each bandmate ... Read More >>


Arctic Monkeys Go Warp Speed

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Jan. 5, 2019

Arctic Monkeys have released a brand new short rockumentary called Warp Speed Chic. Directed by Ben Chappell, the doc features a mini selection of live performances from the band’s recent tour dates, plus some studio and behind-the-scenes clips. The film closely follows the band’s latest single, “Always,” which serves as a B-side from the vinyl pressing of yet another single, “Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino,” the title track from the band’s latest ... Read More >>


  Walk the Moon– What If Nothing– RCA

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By Kristi Kates | Jan. 5, 2019

Right from the album’s first track (the aptly named, earnest “Press Restart”), Walk the Moon immediately stakes its claim to the third of their album releases by throwing down some unswerving hooks on tunes like first single, “One Foot,” and the impudent “Headphones.” Elsewhere, “Sound of Awakening” takes more of a shoegaze approach, showcasing Walk the Moon’s slowly growing versatility. With each album it seems the band gets more confident, which is ... Read More >>


The Hold Steady – Stay Positive (Deluxe Edition) – Vagrant

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By Kristi Kates | Dec. 29, 2018

If you’re a vinyl collector and a Hold Steady fan, make this your next purchase. This 10th anniversary reissue of the band’s standout Stay Positive set is jampacked with, well … loads of jams, broken down into three LPs that bring together the original album, three never-before-released tunes (the best of the bunch being the affecting “Ballad of the Midnight Hauler”), and a mini collection of rarities that are uber-tough to find ... Read More >>


Tune-Yards Release “Mango” and More

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Dec. 29, 2018

Tune-Yards, currently wrapping up its tour with David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and U.S. Girls, has been busy in the studio as of late, releasing not only its new single, “Mango” (a collaboration with Lakeith Stanfield), but also having its own tracks remixed by the likes ET.PATXKEISHH, Suzi Analogue, Sylvan Esso, and the aforementioned Girls. The resulting remix EP, …Creep…Remixes, will be rolled out gradually, with new tracks arriving every other week ... Read More >>


Santa Kaskade Is Back With Holiday Tunes

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Dec. 15, 2018

DJ extraordinairre Kaskade presented his first holiday collection of tracks last year, and now he’s returned with another set for this December, simply titled Kaskade Christmas 2018. Kaskade puts some excellent new spins on many of your favorite familiar holiday tunes — think house, future-dance, and trip-hop on classics like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Santa Baby.” It’s a funky-fresh way to bring classic holiday music into today … ... Read More >>


Gwen Stefani – You Make it Feel Like Christmas – Interscope

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By Kristi Kates | Dec. 15, 2018

Stefani ups the ante on the holiday by releasing a special deluxe edition of this set that includes five new tracks, including two original holiday tunes penned by Stefani (the winsome “Secret Santa” and “Cheer for the Elves,” a nod to Santa’s little helpers). Her covers of Christmas classics are also nicely on point, with both “Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” adding in buoyant horns; her duets with ... Read More >>

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