November 20, 2018

Hanson Bros. Study Up on String Theory  

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 25, 2018

If you remember the ’90s, then you probably remember Hanson, the long-haired, three-brother pop trio that cranked out several radio hits in that era. Well, they’re on their way back, having collaborated with David Campbell to craft a new album and a special tour featuring orchestral arrangements of their pop songs. The album, String Theory, will hit outlets this fall; the tour is getting rolling now. The former will include new tunes, plus several previous hits rearranged to include that orchestration, while the latter will include stops in Minneapolis (Nov. 4 at the State Theater) and Chicago (Nov. 5 at Chicago Theater) …

Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album, Sweetener, has just hit outlets, and Grande has confirmed that she’ll also release a documentary series based on her 2017 Dangerous Womantour. The singer has already released several clips from the tour on her social media accounts, but it’s being reported that the upcoming rockumentary will arrive in several different episodes …

Latin singer Marc Anthony has announced the dates for his upcoming Legacytour, which will kick off at Agganis Arena in Boston in October and will conclude in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in December. This trek is part of the $160 million tour agreement that Anthony signed with a major talent agency that will be the singer’s exclusive promoter in the U.S., South America, the Caribbean, and Central America for a number of tour runs. Anthony’s North America stops include Madison Square Garden in New York (Oct. 29), the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas (Nov. 9), the American Airlines Arena in Miami (Nov. 16), and closest to Michigan, Chicago’s Allstate Arena (Nov. 30) …
Detroit-turned-national electro-clash duo ADULT.(aka Adam Lee Millerand Nicola Kuperus) are releasing their upcoming new album soon, and will be marking the occasion with via a concert in an airplane hangar at Coleman A. Young International Airport, aka the Detroit City Airport. The event, happening Sept. 8, will be sponsored by UFO Factory and EL Club, and will also feature music and a performance from Universal Eyes (a collaborative band with members of Wolf Eyes and Universal Indians), who are also releasing a new set of tunes this fall …

The 39th Hamtramck Labor Day Festival (Sept. 1-3 in Hamtramck, Michigan) has announced its music lineup, which this year will include The Muggs, Wasabi Dream, Krillin, Detroit MC Awesome Dre, and Motown legends Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. Get the entire lineup and all the details at

Royal Oak’sArts Beats and Eatsis returning to the city Aug. 31–Sept. 3, with performances from Gin Blossoms, Everclear, country singer Chris Janson, and Ben Folds
Detroiter Tunde Olaniranhas teamed up with fellow Motor City artist Ellen Rutt to craft a brightly zany music video for his track “I’m Here”…
Guitarist and Fauxgrassmember Hayes Griffinis taking over as station manager for Grand Rapids community radio station WYCE-FM(88.1) …
And fellow Grand Rapidians The Skinny Limbs are a new band on the local scene writing songs about Lake Michigan in the style of Mac DeMarco and Dick Dale … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
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