April 8, 2020

Eilish. Billie Eilish.

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | March 7, 2020

Grammy-winner Billie Eilish (along with her writer-producer brother Finneas, who’s a solo artist in his own right) will be the featured artist for the theme song to the next James Bond movie, No Time to Die. The movie and song will hit theatres and outlets on April 10 in the U.S. (it’ll arrive in the U.K. on April 2); the song was co-written by Eilish and her brother. Both musicians say they’re still “in shock” over being chosen to contribute the theme track...

The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, a popular destination for northern Michigan music fans, is now set for June 11-14 this year in Manchester, Tennessee, and most of the lineup has been confirmed. Topping the bill are Tame Impala, the Grand Ole Opry featuring special guests, and Tool. Additional performers include The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Run the Jewels, Bassnectar, Flume, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Subtronics, Dermot Kennedy, Lana Del Rey and more. Tickets for Bonnaroo 2020 are on sale now at bonnaroo.com

Coachella’s prepping their 2020 event, too, which will run over two weekends this year – April 10-12 and April 17-19. The rumored headliners have proved accurate: Travis Scott, Rage Against the Machine, and Frank Ocean. A full bill of performers will round out the weekends, with additional sets from Calvin Harris, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Run the Jewels, Disclosure, Fatboy Slim, Lana Del Rey, Rex Orange County, and Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman, who’s primarily been working as a film composer and promises both music from his prior band and his movie work. Get tickets and all the info at coachella.com

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees for their class of 2020. Among them are Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and music industry notables Jon Landau and Irvin Azoff. Ceremonies to induct the new artists will be held at Cleveland’s Public Hall on May 2 and will air on SiriusXM’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio station. You’ll also be able to watch the proceedings live on HBO…

LINK OF THE WEEK
Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has released an unexpected EP called Acoustic Sessions, and with it a one-shot video featuring French soccer athlete turned actor Eric Cantona. The video, for Gallagher’s new song “Once,” is available now at https://youtu.be/MDhiQfekdxo

THE BUZZ
Squirrel Nut Zippers will bring their energetic jazz-pop blend to The Magic Bag in Detroit on March 12…
Protomartyr will be performing at Bell’s Eccentric Pub in Grand Rapids on March 13…
Michigan singer/guitarist Bob Rowe’s music has just been featured in a February compilation radio release from Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour of Lexington, Kentucky…
Little Big Town will be doing a very big concert at the Fox Theater in Detroit on March 12… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Comments, questions, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.

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