March 19, 2019

Tune-Yards Release “Mango” and More

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Dec. 29, 2018

Tune-Yards, currently wrapping up its tour with David Byrne (of Talking Heads) and U.S. Girls, has been busy in the studio as of late, releasing not only its new single, “Mango” (a collaboration with Lakeith Stanfield), but also having its own tracks remixed by the likes ET.PATXKEISHH, Suzi Analogue, Sylvan Esso, and the aforementioned Girls. The resulting remix EP, …Creep…Remixes, will be rolled out gradually, with new tracks arriving every other week from Tune-Yards’ label, 4AD Records …

Major-league video-gamer Ninja has teamed up with Astralwerks Records to release his own curated Ninjawerks album, a collection of electronica tunes that dips into Ninja’s own fondness for gaming music. Three tracks from the compilation will be released as singles, including Alesso’s “Tilted Towers” (an ode to Fortnite), Tycho’s bubbly “Jetty,” and 3Lau’s “Game Time,” on which Ninja himself makes an audio appearance. Ninjawerks Volume 1 hit outlets last week …

Mixmaster and producer Illenium took part of his set at EDC Orlando to pay homage to Halsey’s latest power-anthem single, “Without Me,” building a remix of his own to capitalize on all of those emotional swells and guitar riffs in the song. “Without Me,” currently sitting on the Billboard Hot 100, is already being boosted even more by the remix, which Illenium said he did simply because he’s a “huge fan” of Halsey …

The Decemberists, which released its most recent album, I’ll Be Your Girl, this past spring, spent the majority of the summer and fall on the road but are winding down 2018 with an unexpected EP release called Traveling On, a collection of outtakes from the band's …Girl recording sessions. Five songs will be included on the EP, including “Tripping Along,” “Midlist Author,” “I Will Not Say Your Name,” and the title track. Traveling On will arrive in outlets Dec. 14 …
Less than a day’s drive from northern Michigan you’ll find Gulf Shores, Alabama, the location for the 2019 Hangout Music Festival,which has confirmed its dates (May 17-19) and many of the performers on its bill: The 1975, Khalid, The Lumineers, Travis Scott, and Diplo, among others. Get your tickets and all the information at

Taylor Swift’s show at Detroit’s Ford Field on Aug. 28, 2018, was just one of the many that contributed to her breaking the record for the highest-grossing U.S. tour since 1990 …

Frankenmuth rock band Greta Van Fleet is making some big strides on the national music scene, notching several secondary category nominations in the upcoming Grammy Awards … 

Grand Rapids old-school musicians Hank Mowery and guitarist Junior Valentine have teamed up for the track “Sugar Coated Love”…

Local boy-turned-Nashville breakout musician Billy Strings just wrapped up a couple of Michigan shows in a brief return to his home state … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
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