November 18, 2018

Music


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 >>


Deep Thoughts With Lynch and Badalamenti

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 27, 2018

Fresh from the “unexpected bands” category: a team-up of Twin Peaks’ co-creator David Lynch and composer Angelo Badalamenti, which resulted in a little known musical duo named Thought Gang. Turns out, that duo recorded an album together in the early ’90s. Now that album, simply called Thought Gang, is set to be released Nov. 2 on Sacred Bones Records. Its 12 tracks will include one that features bass player Reggie Hamilton, and ... Read More >>


Silversun Pickups– Swoon – Dangerbird

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By Kristi Kates | Oct. 27, 2018

At times you might think you’ve stumbled across some long-hidden Billy Corgan/Smashing Pumpkins track — but it’s just Silversun Pickups bringing that grungy, distorted-guitars ’90s sound into the modern age. With Dave Cooley again behind the boards, opener “There’s No Secrets This Year” upscales the band’s propellant sound (arguably better than first official single “Panic Switch”), while other highlights include the edgy “Sort Of” and the college-trend throwback-pop sounds of “Surrounded.” *** ... Read More >>


Who Knew Ben Stiller Had a Band?

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 20, 2018

You may or may not have heard of the post-punk band Capital Punishment — but chances are you’ve heard of its drummer: actor and stealth musician Ben Stiller. Stiller' first album with the band, Roadkill, was recorded waaaay back in 1982, and up until now has only been available on limited-release vinyl pressings from back in the day. Now, Roadkill is available to stream via Captured Tracks Records on Apple Music and ... Read More >>


Hawkwind – Road to Utopia – Cherry Red

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By Kristi Kates | Oct. 20, 2018

Dave Brock, Mr. Dibs, Haz Wheaton, Magnus Martin, and Richard Chadwick make up the current incarnation of Hawkwind, now (remarkably) on its 31st album. The band brought along conductor and writer Mike Batt to add some orchestral elements to reboots of a selection of their tracks; it’s a little weird, but you can at least appreciate the band’s nods to prog-rock on tracks like “Psychic Power” and the newly bossa-nova “Quark, Strangeness ... Read More >>


R.E.M. Get All Boxed Up

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 13, 2018

The ’80s/’90s musical icons from Athens, Georgia, will release a big box set this week called R.E.M. at the BBC. Eight CDs and one DVD, the set will include a variety of live sessions that the band recorded for the BBC, plus a short stack of live concerts that the band performed in the UK, and the band’s documentary Accelerating Backwards. Abbreviated two-CD and two vinyl record versions of the set will ... Read More >>

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