August 7, 2020

Shut Up, Dance, and Walk the Moon

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Oct. 14, 2017

You’ll probably best recognize ’80s-inspired Cincinnati synth band Walk the Moon from its massive hit “Shut Up and Dance,” but that isn’t the only move this quartet has. It’s returning with a brand new album, What If Nothing, on Nov. 10 and will kick off a North American tour in Washington D.C. on Jan. 12. The band worked with Dr. Dre collaborator Mike Elizondo and The 1975 producer Mike Crossey to add rock and hip-hop elements to the new set’s dancefloor mix. The album’s first single, “One Foot,” is on radio and streaming services now …

Yeah Yeah Yeahs is back, too, to release a deluxe edition of its much-lauded debut album Fever to Tell. The special versions will hit outlets on Oct. 20, with one edition arriving on vinyl as a single album release, and another as a limited-edition deluxe box set that will be autographed and limited to 2,000 copies. The box set also will include posters, a USB drive with all the tracks in digital format, and a bonus disc of demos and rarities. Yeah Yeah Yeahs will play two big shows in support of the release: one in L.A. on Oct. 25, and another in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 7 …

TIDAL music service has announced a massive new benefit concert, TIDAL X: Brooklyn, which will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 17. Angie Martinez will host the event, a charity effort to help benefit the victims of recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Performers will include Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Kaskade, Iggy Azalea, Joey BadA$$, Fifth Harmony, Fat Joe, and Mack Wilds. Current TIDAL subscribers will get first dibs on tickets …

Ed Sheeran — whose hit track “Shape of You” recently notched a victory as the most-streamed Spotify song to date, with 1,318,420,396 streams — has announced the dates for his first ever North American stadium tour, but there will be a long wait for Sheeran fans. The trek will kick off in the summer of 2018 in Pasadena, California, on Aug. 18, with additional shows in Toronto (Aug. 30), Philly (Sept. 27), Minneapolis (Oct. 20), New Orleans (Oct. 31), and Atlanta (Nov 10.) Sheeran has partnered with Ticketmaster to use the #VerifiedFan system for ticket sales; presales will only run through Oct. 19, 2017, so buy ’em while you can … 

Katy Perry fans will get a gigantic sneak behind the scenes of both Perry’s professional efforts and her personal life with the YouTube Red documentary special, which brings fans into the depths of Perry’s 96-hour live-streaming event, Witness World Wide, which originally aired in June. In it, you’ll see Perry with her pals, celebs, and dog while she opens up about a wide range of (sometimes NSFW) topics. Check out the trailer at

Imagine Dragons
will rock out at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Oct. 19 …

Fall Out Boy will be at Caesars, too, but not until Oct. 24 …

Eminem is taking a unique track to promoting his music: He’s putting his entire catalog of tunes onto the investment market as a public offering, so people can buy stock in his hits …

Lansing Dollar General “singing cashier” Lucas Holliday, who performed on stage with Maxwell during his recent Detroit show, made it through the first round of NBC TV’s The Voice, singing “This Woman’s Work” for the four Voice coaches …

The Crofoot Ballroom will welcome Wolf Parade for a live concert on Oct. 25 … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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