September 22, 2020

Khalid, Migos, Parquet Courts Head to Chicago

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 16, 2017

Chicago is set to be the spot for the month-long musical extravaganza Red Bull Sound Select, where a full slate of indie rock, R&B, and hip-hop performers are prepping to take the stage(s) around town, with concerts happening almost daily for the 30-day period. The event kicks off with Young Thug at the Metro on Nov. 1, with additional shows including Parquet Courts (at The Empty Bottle, Nov. 15); newly awarded MTV VMAs Best New Artist, Khalid (pictured above; at the Aragon Ballroom, Nov. 29); and Migos with Lil Yachty at the Riviera on Nov. 30. Tickets for the Sound Select events will generally run $15 or less, which gives you a great opportunity to see a pile of music before the month’s out …

About a year ago rumors started circulating that The Palace of Auburn Hills, concert host to such modern rockers as U2, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Dave Matthews, and Metro Detroit’s own Madonna, would be closing down; as fall arrives, those rumors have become official news. The Palace will close after a concert by classic rocker and hometown boy Bob Seger on Sept. 23. The fate of the property itself is yet to be determined, but it’s likely to be sold and redeveloped — sad news for many northern Michiganians who have memories of road tripping down to Detroit for major-label concerts at The Palace …

Nashville’s The First Tennessee Park hosts minor league baseball team The Nashville Sounds, but has yet to host a big musical event — until now. The stadium is going to welcome Nashville-founded Kings of Leon for a date on the band’s current Walls Tour; KOL will play First Tennessee on Sept. 28 to help usher in a new era of live music at the stadium …

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney and singer-songwriter Michelle Branch (who also happen to be a couple these days) have teamed up to record a cover of America’s 1971 hit single “A Horse with No Name” for the soundtrack of the just-returned season four of the (admittedly weird) Netflix original animated series Bojack Horseman. The show also features a theme song by Carney, alongside other soundtrack tunes from Oberhofer, Grouplove, Jesse Novak, and Nina Simone

Classic rock fans, rejoice: The Rolling Stones just won’t quit and have unveiled a brand new psychedelic music video for its tune “200 Light Years from Home” as part of the promo for the band’s upcoming 50th anniversary box set. The video is an eye-bending collage of everything from typeset lyrics to flowers, monks, cityscapes, and can-can dancers; check it out at

JP from the HP — aka hip-hop artist John Panich of Hazel Park, Michigan — is returning shortly with a brand new album called John Panich is Alive, on which he collaborates with several of his Detroit hip-hop peers …

Heavy rockers Mastodon will arrive for a show at 20 Monroe in Grand Rapids on Oct. 11 …

Solo artist Ben Folds is also set to appear at 20 Monroe on Oct. 29. Tickets for that show are on sale now …

Grand Rapids' The Zannies has just released its brand new album, Espejos Mexicanos (Mexican Mirrors) …

If you were planning to attend the Cold Creek Campout Music Festival in Mears, Michigan, start unpacking; the fest, which was supposed to run October 13–14 with sets from Mark Lavengood, Fauxgrass, Bigfoot Buffalo, and more, has been canceled. It is, however, scheduled to return in 2018 … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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