July 22, 2019

Lumineers Take on Album Number Three

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | June 29, 2019

The Lumineers is on the way back with its third album, appropriately titled III, and has been out and about promoting it with a variety of appearances, the latest being an outdoor mini-concert staged for the late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band performed several songs from the new album, including “Life in the City,” “Donna,” and “Gloria.” Said to be a concept about one person and her relationship with her family and friends, III will be in outlets this upcoming September …

The Chemical Brothers, recently tapped as one of the headliners for this year’s Glastonbury Music Festival in England, has released a new video and single from its new album, No Geography. The track, “Eve of Destruction,” features a music video directed by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall, which features a Japanese sci-fi ambiance with a large group of superheroes and enemies fighting it out over the Chemical Brothers’ energetic beats. The duo will have just one U.S. concert date this year — Aug. 1 in Queens, New York — as they’ll be busy playing additional summer festivals while also celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1999 album, Surrender
 
Albion-based Americana-soul band The War and Treaty have earned two nominations for the 2019 Americana Music Awards (for Emerging Act of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year). The honor is no doubt influenced by the popularity of the band’s Buddy Miller-produced full-length debut album, Healing Tide, andimpressive live performances.The Americana Music Awards take place Sept. 11 in Nashville, Tennessee, as part of that city’s Americana Fest …

Rapper Kid Cudi and footwear giants Adidas have teamed up to release a new line of footwear and other apparel. The aim: to “provide a platform to share the positive impact that creativity can have in mental wellness through music, art, and design.” A series of posters promoting the collaborating have surfaced throughout New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, with artwork — a feminine profile with a burning moon silhouetted inside — that hints at the designs the footwear and other gear might offer. No specific date has yet been announced for the products’ launch …
 
LINK OF THE WEEK
The Cowpie Music Festival, held just outside of Grand Rapids, has announced the lineup for its August 8–10 event. On the bill are Desmond Jones, Lady Ace Boogie, Stormy Cromer, Elijah Russ and Groove Ground, Mark Lavengood, and many more. Get tickets and all the details at www.cowpiemusicfestival.com
 
THE BUZZ
Two concerts are happening soon at the Reuther Music Pavilion in Canadian Lakes (Mecosta, Michigan). Check out Great Scott on July 7, and the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, featuring Rick Reuther, July 21 …
Kentwood’s Summer Concert Series (on the lawn behind Kentwood City Hall) has two big concert events coming up too: Hannah Rose on July 18, and The Crane Wives on July 25 …
As of June, Grand Rapids band Deep Greens and Blues has stayed number one on the Local Spins Hot Top 5 chart for the third straight month in a row …
Sparta’s own Concerts in the Park will welcome the Denise Anderson Connection on July 10 … 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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