May 22, 2019

Music


Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride –  Columbia

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | May 18, 2019

The follow up to the Weekend’s 2013 set, Modern Vampires of the City, is produced by band founder Ezra Koenig and wraps 18 tracks into an album that shifts the band into a new age (not the music style, thankfully). Now minus member Rostam Batmanglii (who left for other interests) and relocated to L.A., the band’s sound seems to have grown in its vastness since its last collection, from the rambling first ... Read More >>


Bring On the Buttermilk

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | May 18, 2019

More acts have been added to the lineup for the Buttermilk Jamboree 2019, happening June 14–16 at the Circle Pine Center in Delton, Michigan. In addition to previously announced Michigan singer-songwriter May Erlewine and East L.A. band Las Cafeterias, the roster will include performances from nationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, indie singer Samantha Crain, Red Tail Ring, the Last Gasp Collective, Seth Bernard with Jordan Hamilton, Billy Davis, and the Appleseed Collective. ... Read More >>


Daniel Norgren – Wooh Dang – Superpuma

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | May 11, 2019

Recorded entirely on a 16-track analog recorder, Norgren, who brought in some pals to fill in on bass (Anders Grahn), guitar/banjo (Andreas Filipsson), and drums (Erik Berntsson), presents a warm, recognizable sound while still keeping the tunes fresh and intriguing. Mixing his singer-songwriter approach with crafty soundscapes that include elements of folk, psychedelic pop, and country results in highlights like the pleasantly meandering opener, the affirming “The Power,” and the equally positive ... Read More >>


Chris Robinson May Erlewine Set for Hoxeyville

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | May 4, 2019

More Michigan music festival news keeps rolling in, with the latest lineup announcements coming from the 2019 Hoxeyville Festival (Aug.16–18 in Wellston Woods, just west of Cadillac). Headlining the event: Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes) and Railroad Earth, with additional performances from May Erlewine and The Motivations, The Crane Wives, Airborne or Aquatic, The Insiders, The Ragbirds, Gregory Stovetop, and Lindsay Lou. More acts are still expected to be added to the ... Read More >>


Khalid – Free Spirit – RCA

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | May 4, 2019

Seventeen tracks in all make up Khalid’s latest, a set that expands upon his ’80s-influenced 2017 debut album, which established him as a chart-friendly R&B-pop singer who can veer easily into other genres. Sometimes, though, it seems like it would be better if he took a little more care with those wheelhouses he ventures into; for every collaboration with someone like Disclosure (the result being the grooving dance tune “Talk”), there seems ... Read More >>


The Head and the Heart and a Living Mirage

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 27, 2019

The lead single from the upcoming album of Seattle band The Head and the Heart, “Missed Connection,” is out this week. The album, Living Mirage, hits outlets May 17, and the band is set to bring its latest in indie-folk rock to over three dozen cities on a North American tour starting this spring and on into the fall. It’ll make a stop in Grand Rapids at 20 Monroe Live on Sept. ... Read More >>


Molly Tuttle – When You’re Ready – Compass

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | April 27, 2019

While much of Tuttle’s work to date has focused on her guitar skills and bluegrass sensibilities, this album leans more toward her songwriting and alto vocals, both enhanced by the production work of Lumineers/Avett Brothers cohort Ryan Hewitt. This isn’t old-school Nashville but more of a current country-pop effort, best evidenced on tunes like opener “Take the Journey” and closer “Clue,” with its extended notes. The arrangements are a little overwrought at ... Read More >>


Gambino, Pilots, Simon Lead Outside Lands

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 20, 2019

Childish Gambino and Twenty One Pilots will headline the 2019 Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco (taking place in the city’s Golden Gate Park Aug. 9–11.) But it’s a three-day fest, so who’s the third featured performer? None other than Paul Simon, who “retired” last year. Simon stated in a press release that he’ll donate the entire net proceeds from his performance to local environmental nonprofits. Also scheduled to perform are Kygo, ... Read More >>


The Strumbrellas – Rattlesnake – Glassnote

FourScore
By Kristi Kates | April 20, 2019

A bubbly, bouncy stir-up of a set, this collection from The Strumbrellas also proves to be a little illusory; behind those zippy tunes are lyrics that are often far less than happy. It’s interesting seeing how the band balances those two components on tracks like “The Party,” where shuffling drumbeats and a calming acoustic guitar defy a story of romantic heartbreak. “I’ll Wait,” one of the album’s few lyrically uplifting tracks, echoes ... Read More >>


James Blake – Assume Form – Republic

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By Kristi Kates | April 6, 2019

Blake’s been zipping around on a pile of side projects over the past few years, including collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Future (on the Black Panther soundtrack), Chance the Rapper, and Bon Iver. But now he returns with his third album, which both continues his long list of collaborations and returns to some of the more pensive songwriting of his earlier sets. Highlights include the ruminative “Barefoot in the Park” (with Rosalia); ... Read More >>

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