May 26, 2020

Moore Returns with New Album

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | March 28, 2020

Singer and actress Mandy Moore (of TV show This is Us) has released her first album since her 2009 release, Amanda Leigh. The new set, called Silver Landings, was produced alongside her husband, Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes, and producer Mike Viola. Moore promoted the set with a stop at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, where she performed the set’s first retro-inflected, nostalgic single “When I Wasn’t Watching” …

Former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher’s MTV Unplugged session is being released as a separate album; until now, tracks from the session  were available only on Gallagher’s Acoustic SessionsEP. Now, 10 tracks from his MTV appearance, including Oasis classics “Champagne Supernova” and “Some Might Say,” as well as Gallagher solo tracks “Gone” and “Wall of Glass” can be found on Liam Gallagher: MTV Unplugged Live at Hull City Hall. The album, out April 24, is available for preorder, in a variety of formats, online …

With Broadway theaters shuttered and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton on hiatus, Miranda took to Twitter to cheer up fans with a previously unreleased song from the musical. The tune, “I Have This Friend,” was shared by Miranda as the first draft of the song before “The Reynolds Pamphlet.” It features Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and Christopher Jackson as George Washington during the scene where Hamilton goes to President Washington for advice. The song was cut from the final production of Hamilton. 

The full soundtrack for the Harrison Ford/Karen Gillan/Dan Stevens adventure movie Call of the Wild (from the Jack London book of the same name) has been released, with original music written by Academy Award-nominated composer John Powell, who also worked on music for movies like X-Men: The Last Stand, Shrek, and The Bourne Identity. Included on the track list, and befitting the movie’s setting in the wilds of the Alaska Yukon during the 1890s gold rush, are tunes “Train North,” “Skagway, Alaska,” “Ice Rescue,” “Buck Takes the Lead,” and “Newfangled Telegram”…

LINK OF THE WEEK
5 Seconds of Summer 
has joined forces with director Hannah Lux Davis for a new music video for its latest single, “Old Me.” Filmed in Sydney, Australia, the video includes retrospective clips from the band’s career to date. Check it out at https://youtu.be/i0jZJtE1KhU

THE BUZZ
Following the release of The Jonas Brothers’ latest single, “What a Man Gotta Do,” comes the announcement that a new album from the trio is on the way soon. The band’s last album, Happiness Begins, was released in mid-2019 …

A new iPhone app called Jadu allows users to “dance” alongside the digital/hologram images of popular musicians like Palaye Royale, Sir Chloe, and rapper Vic Mensa 

Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, founding members of the Black Crowes, now performing as Brothers of a Feather, played a gig at this year’s Love Rocks NYC benefit show, which will likely be their last live show for some time …

Grand Rapids band Pink Sky has just released its first remix album, Meditations Reworked, which features a half-dozen fellow Michigan musicians and six diverse styles of electronic music … 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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