February 23, 2019

TV on the Radio Reboots Old Album

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 8, 2018

It doesn’t seem like 10 years since TV on the Radio released its third hit indie rock album, Dear Science, but it has indeed been a decade. (Their latest album was 2014’s Seeds.) To celebrate that fan-beloved release, the band is staging a special concert devoted to performing that album in its entirety. Expect TV on the Radio to whoop it up on stage at The Knockdown Center in New York City on Sept. 20 …

If you like your rock country-style, check out the upcoming AmericanaFest Big Velvet Revue music showcase at the Basement East in Nashville, Tennesee, on Wednesday, Sept. 12, when Paul Cauthen and house band, Whiskey Wolves of the Westwill, back up each of the revue’s performers. Featured will be Daniel Donato, Erin Rae, Kashena Sampson, Tennessee Jet, Kirby Brown, Wade Sapp, andSam Morrow. Cauthen himself will close out the evening with a full-band set promoting his own new EP, Have Mercy, which hit outlets in June …

On a similar genre note, musical icon Loretta Lynn will release her new studio album, Wouldn’t It Be Great, on Friday, Sept. 28. The album was co-produced by John Carter Cash, and Lynn’s daughter, Patsy Lynn Russell, and includes tracks “I’m Dying for Someone to Live For,” “The Big Man,” and an updated version of Lynn’s longtime classic tune “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” The title track has been tapped as the album’s first single and is available now at all outlets …

And with a completely different sound, funk-soulsters Tank and the Bangas have teamed up with rap pioneer Big Freedia for a co-headlining north American tour that just kicked off a week or so ago, on which you’ll be sure to hear the Bangas’ breakout track “Quick,” which was featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk program; the tour will also feature opening act Naughty Professor. Nearby tour stops include Oct. 25 in Toronto, Ontario (at Danforth Music Hall); Oct. 26 in Chicago (at Concord Music Hall); and Oct. 28 in Minneapolis (at First Avenue) …
The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers took a nostalgic step back last week on Seth Meyers’ late night show, performing a song from the band’s Sam’s Town album (2006). Check out Flowers’ impressively spare acoustic performance of “When You Were Young” at youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7zVmi8gT4

Detroiter Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange, just released two singles, “Charcoal Baby” and “Jewelry,” from his upcoming new album …
Fellow Detroit rapper Lakeith Stanfield has teamed up with indie-rockers Tune-Yards to release the edgy hip-hop track “Mango,” out now on Stanfield’s own label, Haven Sounds …
Bruno Mars (with opening act Cardi B)is making his way to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit for two shows: Sept. 15 and 16 …
Michigan-born band FINKEL — aka Jane and Brian Spencer— might reside in Los Angeles now, but they’re heading back to the Mitten for a series of downstate shows in the Grand Rapids area this month … 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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