September 21, 2020

Fall Out Boy Champions Its Own New Album

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | July 29, 2017

Fall Out Boy has returned with a brand new track, “Champion,” that’s half arena rocker, half motivational chant with its refrain, “I can do anything.”  The tune is baffling fans to some degree as it’s very different stylistically to the track the band released two months ago, which referenced Britney Spears and took much more of an electronic/EDM approach. But both songs are most definitely sharing the same space on Fall Out Boy’s new album, M A N I A, which will hit outlets son Sept. 15 on Island/DCD2 Records. The album is the follow-up to their tepidly received 2015 effort, American Beauty/American Psycho …

Public Enemy has already released its new album, Nothing is Quick in the Desert, a 13-track effort that features guest appearances from a long list of collaborators, among them Sammy Vegas, Ice-T, Easy Mo Bee, EMPD’s Parrish Smith, and Solé. The title stems from a saying that the band’s Chuck D uses in reference to the slow advancements of today’s record industry. The set is the bands 14th full-length album and coincides with its 30th anniversary …

Time for a road trip! The 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival is ramping up for its big bash at the Jones Beach Theater, just outside of New York City later this summer. Tickets have just been released for the event, which will take place Aug. 19 and 20, and will include performances from Big Sean, Demi Lovato, Zedd, Marshmello, Ben Alessi, Echosmith, Major Lazer, Ty Dolla Sign, Citizen Four, and Capital Cities, among others. Prices start at $60, and you can get more information at

Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for the Luc Besson-directed Dane DeHaan/Cara Delevingne fantasy-adventure movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is out this week (along with the movie itself, in theaters now), featuring Desplat’s original score. Previous films he’s worked on have included Godzilla, The Queen, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Also on the album are several original pop songs, “A Million on My Soul” by Alexiane, “Bubble Dance” by Julien Rey/DJ Mustard, and the movie’s opening credits song, David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”…

Oasis’ Liam Gallagher has returned with some new solo material, having appeared on the UK’s Radio 1 recently to premiere his single, “Wall of Glass,” the first track from his upcoming solo album, As You Were, which hits outlets this October. This is Gallagher’s first music project since dissolving his post-Oasis band, Beady Eye. Check out what he’s up to now at his official website,

DJ Martin Garrix has dropped another new tune from his Area21 side project. The track, “We Did It,” mixes futuristic bass and hip-hop, and includes an appearance from Detroit rapper/singer/producer Maejor

Heading to the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit this fall are shows from Janet Jackson on Oct. 29, and The Weeknd on Nov. 1 …

Detroit prog-rocker Earth Engine just wrapped work on its debut album, Looking Down for Dollars, at Royal Oak’s Rust Belt Studios …

Across the Detroit River in Toronto, buzz band Romes has just released a new single and music video for its track “Summer Sound” …

LCD Soundsystem has added a second show to their Masonic Temple stop in Detroit. The band now will play concerts on Nov. 3 and 4 … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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