December 9, 2018

Muse Is Back With a Brand New Theory

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Nov. 3, 2018

British modern rock band Muse is returning with its eighth studio album, Simulation Theory, produced in collaboration with Rich Costey, Shellback, Mike Elizondo, and Timbaland. Several singles have already been pre-released for the new set, including “Dig Down,” “Thought Contagion,” and “The Dark Side.” The album will be available in several different formats, including a super deluxe edition with 21 tracks (the regular version has 11); album purchasers will also get early buying access to tickets for Muse’s upcoming 2019 tour …

Already out this week is the latest from Parcels, whose eponymous album is available now from Kitsune/Because Music, complete with its first single and music video “Lightenup.” The new track, which blends electro-pop, funk, and disco a la Daft Punk lite, is only one of 12 new tunes that the band members wrote in their adopted hometown of Berlin, Germany, to which they relocated from their homeland, Australia, a couple years ago ...

Speaking of tours, tickets are now on sale for Scottish alt-rock band Teenage Fanclub's 2019 North American tour. This tour which will be its first without founding member Gerard Love, who ended his run with the band a couple of months ago. While Teenage Fanclub has mostly been focusing on revamping and reissuing five of its previous albums, members have hinted that some new music might be on the way soon. In the meantime, make plans to catch the band at one of its 2019 stops: Chicago (March 6), Detroit (March 7), or Toronto (March 8) …

Anderson .Paak is currently promoting two big projects that are just hitting outlets, the first being his much-anticipated Oxnard album, and the second being his upcoming collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, which is still somewhat shrouded in mystery. The Oxnard set has just wrapped up on mixing, with none other than Dr. Dre behind the boards .Paak has said that this is the album that’s most leaned on the music he listened to while in high school and dreaming of becoming a professional musician …

LINK OF THE WEEK
Danger Mouse and James Mercer have been pretty busy lately, with DM producing the new Parquet Courts set, and Mercer working on The Shins’ albums. But they’ve recently been hinting — via some online posts featuring photos of them together and with mics and guitars — that more music from their collaborative music project, Broken Bells, is on the way. Following those images, they posted a short teaser video, so you can judge for yourself how far along their new music process is. Check it out at www.instagram.com/brokenbells … 

THE BUZZ
Josh Groban and Idina Menzel will bring their respective smooth sounds to a big show at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 7 …

Thievery Corporation will be electro-rocking The Fillmore, also in Detroit, on Nov. 9…

Motown classics The Temptations will croon its way through the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren, Michigan, on Nov. 11 …

And Detroiter-turned-Nashville mogul Jack White’s (The White Stripes) new concert film, Kneeling at the Anthem D.C., is out  now on Amazon Prime Video … 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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