September 19, 2020

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Heads Into the Woods

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Aug. 26, 2017

Former Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic has a new band called Giants in the Trees, and the newbie quartet has just dropped a lo-fi music video for its debut tune, “Sasquatch.” In the video, the bandmates clamber around on old tree trunks as the song — alternative rock with a hint of blues and a dash of harmonica — careens through lyrics about sneaky eyes watching the band in the forest. The band formed last year when the four musicians met up at a local environmental event in their home state of Washington …

Sept. 23 is the date set for this year’s Global Citizen Festival, the annual free (and massive) event that takes place on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City. Attendees can take virtual “Action Journeys” through the official Global Citizen app, which helps bring awareness to such issues as food security, health care, education, poverty, and more. While fans are getting global, they’ll also be treated to music performances from a long list of big names. This year’s headliners include Stevie Wonder, The Killers, The Chainsmokers, The Lumineers, Pharrell Williams, and Detroit’s own Big Sean. If you can’t make it to NYC, you can watch the concert live on MSNBC’s cable channel, and at msnbc.com

Pop-rock quintet Misterwives is packing now for its upcoming Connect the Dots tour, which begins on Sept. 21 in Nashville. The tour will be the band’s biggest to date and will serve to promote its new single, “Coloring Outside the Lines,” which hit radio and streaming outlets on July 28 … 

Miley Cyrus is set to release her sixth full-length album, Younger Now, on Sept. 29, with her recent left-field single “Malibu” likely to be included in the tracklist. The set likely will be a whole lot of left-fielding for Cyrus, who has said in interviews that her new collection is a vast change from her recent work: her 2013 hip-hop effort, Bangerz, and her quirky (OK, weird) collaboration in 2015 with the Flaming Lips. A little bit of country music — part of Cyrus’ roots with her dad, country performer Billy Ray Cyrus — will be part of Younger Now’s tunes …

LINK OF THE WEEK
The brand new Detroit A Go Go Festival will kick off in Detroit on Oct. 18 with a five-day slate of DJs, meetups, chats, and performers like The Dramatics, The Capitols, Melvin Davis, The Contours, Kim Weston, and more in this homage to classic Detroit soul and Motown. Check out facebook.com/motorcitysoulclub for more details …

THE BUZZ
The Roots and Bilal have teamed up for the new track “It Ain’t Fair,” which appears on the soundtrack for the equally new Kathryn Bigelow movie, Detroit, about the 1960s riots in the Motor City …

Take a short drive west to catch Big Boi at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago on Sept. 2, as it’ll be the one near-Michigan stop on his current tour …

The Electric Six is now set to perform at Saint Andrew’s Hall in Detroit on Sept. 23 …

Also heading for Detroit is LCD Soundsystem, who will take over the stage at the Masonic Temple Theater on Nov. 4 …

Eminem’s Rochester Hills house is on the market. The rapper reportedly wants $2 million for the property … 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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