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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 another called “Woodcutters from Fiery Ships”…

Also out now is Jim James’ (My Morning Jacket) new album Uniform Clarity, a direct follow-up to his critically lauded, complex solo album from earlier this year, Uniform Distortion.The new album — equally eclectic and diverse in tone, even in its pared-down state — includes acoustic takes on songs from the first 2018 album, plus two new tracks, and was recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Shawn Everett. The album is available at all the usual outlets via ATO Records …

You can catch Fleetwood Mac this week at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit (Oct. 30), where the band will perform one of its first shows without longtime guitarist Lindsay Buckingham. He’s left the band to pursue his solo work; most of his guitar parts will be taken over by new member Mike Campbell.The Detroit stop is only one of 52 dates on Fleetwood’s current North American tour, which also includes stops in Cleveland, Milwaukee, Chicago, and Tulsa …

If you’d rather head out to sea, check out the 2019 edition of Scottish band Belle and Sebastian’s curated music festival, The Boaty Weekender, which mixes up a giant stack of indie and alternative rock and pop acts and plops them all on a boat for you to enjoy during a four-day cruise through the Mediterranean Sea. Each band will play multiple sets on the cruise’s five stages, in addition to Q&A sessions, panels, theme parties, merch and food, and of course plenty of dancing. The lineup for the 2019 floating fest will include Camera Obscura, Django Django, Nilufer Yanya, Mogwai, and, of course, B&S. Nab tickets and info at
Shakira has just ended her lengthy El Dorado tour, which took the Colombian singer through the U.S., Europe, and Canada, and she took the time to post a two-minute video to thank her fans for all of their support throughout the trek. Check out her thoughtful message at her official website,

Loads of concerts on the schedule this week: Jermaine Dupri, Bone Crusher, Da Brat, Anthony Hamilton, and XScape are all taking the big stage at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for a massive concert experience on Oct. 31 …
Good Charlotte will rock The Fillmore, also in Detroit, Nov. 1…
Mayday Parade, with special guests William Ryan Key and This Wild Life, will play the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, on Nov. 2 …
The Magic Stick on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue will be rockin’ with the alt-rock/emo sounds of Saves the Day (and opening act, An Horse) Nov. 4 … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
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