April 22, 2018

Lollapalloza Revs Up for Summer

Modren Rock
By Kristi Kates | April 14, 2018

Lollapalooza, one of the biggest (and oldest) U.S. music festivals, is getting all prepped for its 2018 edition, which will be happening August 2–5 in Chicago’s Grant Park. This summer’s headliners have already been named, and will feature The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Arctic Monkeys, and Detroit’s own ex-White Stripe Jack White. Additional stages will feature live sets from the likes of Odesza, Logic, Khalid, Chvrches, Walk the Moon, The National, Vampire Weekend, Tyler the Creator, Post Malone, and more; all tickets (from one-day to four-day weekend passes) are on sale now at lollapalooza.com …

The 2018 Record Store Day is coming up April 21, and a pile of artists are preparing special releases for the event, which celebrates and promotes independent record stores worldwide. This year’s Record Store Day official ambassador, Run the Jewels, will release exclusive tracks of their own, alongside the likes of U2 (a limited-edition Record Store Day picture disc featuring two tunes), Taylor Swift (re-releases of three of her albums on special colored vinyl), vintage New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen (a reissue of his 1995 greatest hits collection on red vinyl), and many more. Get all the details at recordstoreday.com

Neko Case is edging her way back with her first solo album since 2013. Hell-On finds Case partnering up with Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) to record the collection of tunes, which they did in a studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The first single (also called “Hell-On”) showcases a mix of Case’s alt-country sound with dark drums and a bit of a gallop toward the end as the track shifts gears, much like the album itself, which showcases a variety of influences. Case will hit the road for a North American tour in support of the new album starting later this spring, with Ray LaMontagne as opening act …

If you like space shows, don’t miss the NatGeo original series Mars, the Ben Young Mason/Justin Wilkes drama that features a cast trying to figure out how to thrive on the red planet. Musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis scored the first season of Mars. Season two of the show will premier later this year (still on NatGeo) with a brand new set of cast members and a plot that jumps several years into the future. Season two will be scored by Brian Reitzell, also known for his musical contributions to the likes of 30 Days of Night, Friday Night Lights, and American Gods …

LINK OF THE WEEK
Former One Direction singer-turned-solo artist Niall Horan is back with a new single (“On the Loose”) and a brand new music video to go with it. The vid is a desert-themed clip with faintly psychedelic edits that bring to mind the ’70ss. Check it out at https://tinyurl.com/niall-on-the-loose 

THE BUZZ
Jay-Z
and Beyonce’s joint Road II Tour is heading our way this summer. They’ll play one show at Detroit’s Ford Field on Aug. 13, with additional Midwestern dates in Minneapolis (Aug. 8), Chicago (Aug. 10 and 11), and Columbus (Aug. 16) …

Jack White rocked the house at Brooklyn’s Warsaw Club last week, live-streaming the gig in promotion of his new album, Boarding House Reach

Paramore will make a stop in Detroit on June 29 as part of their 2018 North American After Laughter summer tour (with Foster the People as openers) …

And so will Panic! at the Disco, who will hit the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on July 14 … 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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