July 23, 2019

Greta Van Fleet Calls Up Its Army

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | June 15, 2019

Frankenmuth, Michigan, band turned national rock act Greta Van Fleet has added a stack of shows to the fall leg of its March of the Peaceful Army tour through North America. Attendees can expect tunes from their debut full-length album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, as well as several new tracks. Supporting the band on all dates will be garage-punkers Shannon and the Clams. Sadly, you can catch the show nearly everywhere … but Michigan: The band will hit Kansas City (Sept. 21), San Diego (Sept. 29), Sugar Land, Texas (Oct. 9), Nashville (Oct. 13), and Philly (Oct. 15) …

A new documentary is debuting this summer about Trey Anastasio, best known as the frontman/singer for the noodle-dancing jam-band Phish. Called Between Me and My Mind, the movie recently made its own debut at the Tribeca Film Festival and was picked up by Trafalgar Releasing for national showings at selected theaters on July 17 only. Directed by Steven Cantor, the film is a deep dive into Anastasio’s work with Phish, his additional musical projects, his concert prep, and his writing process. It also introduces fans to one of his newest endeavors, a side project that will feature some more introspective songs from the musician …

In other documentary news, there’s one about music producer Rick Rubin on the way, too. The Rubin doc will take the form of a Showtime series called Shangri-La (named after Rubin’s recording studio in California) and will dig into his creative methods producing such big-name acts as U2, Kanye West, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’s directed by Morgan Neville, who also worked on the Mr. Rogers movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and the documentary about back-up singers, 20 Feet From Stardom 

Logic’s newest album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, features a host of guest appearances from the likes of Will Smith, Wiz Khalifa, Gucci Mane, and YBM Cordae, among others. In support of the album, his fifth, Logic will kick off a fall trek in Vancouver, Canada, on Oct. 5. The tour will include a stop in Michigan (Nov. 10 at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in Ypsilanti), plus shows in Toronto (Nov.13), Chicago (Nov.15), and Madison, Wisconsin (Nov. 16) …
 
LINK OF THE WEEK
Flying Lotus and Anderson .Paak have collaborated on an animated music video to go with their new tune “More” (from Flying Lotus’ new Flamagra album). Check out the sci-fi-psychedelia clip, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop), featuring Lotus as a spaceman and .Paak as a DJ robot: youtu.be/ylqBPksn36A …
 
THE BUZZ
If you’re ever at Detroit Metro Airport, and you spot a plane that says Air Drake on the side — well, that’s rapper Drake’s actual plane, a Boeing 767 that he reportedly purchased for $185 million …

Grand Rapids duo Lighting Matches (Matt Plessner and Rachel White) are releasing their new album, Against the Flame, this week …

Grand Rapids’ all-volunteer wind and percussion band The Calder City Concert Band will perform at Concerts in the Park in East Grand Rapids on June 24 …

Concerts in the Park in Sparta, Michigan, will welcome The Swift Brothers on June 26… 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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