May 30, 2020

Fall Out Boy Falling Into Tour

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Feb. 8, 2020

Fall Out Boy is now in outlets with its second greatest hits collection for Island Records, dubbed Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die – Volume Two. This collection was just released and serves as promo for the band’s upcoming global tour, which will kick off on June 13 in Paris, France. In addition to the plethora of FOB hits on the set, fans will also hear “Dear Future Self (Hands Up),” a surf-rock-meets-reggae track that the band recorded with Wyclef Jean, of whom FOB members say they’ve always been fans. Fall Out Boy’s last studio album was August 2018’s Lake Effect Kid EP. No word yet on when they’ll be back in the studio again …

OneRepublic has returned, too, with a new single co-penned by Brent Kutzle, Casey Smith, Zach Skelton, Tyler Spry, and hitmaker Ryan Tedder. The track, called “Wanted,” was also released with an official music video as directed by Christian Lamb of Black Dog Films. This is the band’s second new single from their latest album, Rescue Me; the other recent release you’ll be hearing from them is “Start Again,” a single featuring Logic that’s been included on the soundtrack for the Netflix drama 13 Reasons. OneRepublic will be spending much of the spring on tour in Europe, beginning in March …

If you’re a fan of musical artists like YBN Nahmir, Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples, and Lil Yachty, then you’ll be glad to see this new joint venture between mega label Warner Records and Masked Records, the latter being a new boutique label founded by hip-hop entrepreneur Roger Gengo (founder of the Masked Gorilla website and Unmasked concert series.) Warner is reportedly planning to expand its roster in part by tapping into Gengo’s abilities to help break out artists like 2KBaby and Denzel Curry, and help performers’ careers grow. The deal also marks the 10th anniversary of Masked Gorilla, which Gengo founded when he was a teenager …

The legendary Elton John will be honored with a set of Royal Mail stamps in the U.K. to mark the performer’s 50 years in the music business. John is the second solo musician to get stamps in his likeness following David Bowie’s stamps in 2017. The primary sheet of Elton John stamps feature images of a selection of his album covers, including Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Songs from the West Coast, and Honky Chateau; a secondary “miniature stamps” sheet will showcase images taken at John’s live performances …

LINK OF THE WEEK
Post Malone has expanded his current "Runaway" tour further into the year, adding more dates in February and March across North America – including a stop in Michigan – with Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh as opening acts. Shows include Grand Rapids, Michigan (Feb. 12), Toronto (Feb. 14), Philadelphia (Feb. 21), and Las Vegas (March 14); get the full schedule and ticket info at www.postmalone.com
 
THE BUZZ
Mavis Staples will be performing on Feb. 15 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor …

Grand Rapids Southern-rock influenced roots band Paradise Outlaw has released its album Shadows, with lead singles “Steel Drivin’ Man” and “Voodoo Cadillac” …

Grand Rapids roots band Jack Droppers and the Best Intentions have just released their latest single, “Found My Way” …

Fellow Michigan outfit Boy From School have also released a new album – called White Hot Light, the set focuses on synthesizer riffs and '80s-inspired pop-rock tunes… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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

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