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Local Breakout Greta Van Fleet Making Waves In The Music Scene

Michigan’s own, Greta Van Fleet are making their presence heard through headphones, stereos, and telephone speakers everywhere.

The four piece band hails from the cozy town of Frankenmuth, with a powerful sound that juxtaposes the farmer feel of mid-Michigan.
Greta Van Fleet’s debut EP, “Black Smoke Rising” was released on April 21st, 2017. Their lead single, “Highway Tune” was also featured on the Showtime smash hit show, “Shameless”.

Their music has been present on local new rock alternative radio station, 89X, and the band will be making an appearance at 101.1 the WRIF‘s RIFF Fest on September 29th.
GVF will be joining headliners at WRIF Fest such as Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, and Halestorm.

The band will also be touring throughout the US and the UK into October.

Check them out at a venue near you!

 

 

Full tour dates below:

09/26: The Black Heart – London, UK
09/27: Boston Music Room – London, UK
09/29: WRIF RIFF Fest – Detroit, MI
09/30: WJJO – Sonic Boom Festival – Janesville, WI
10/01: Louder Than Life – Louisville, KY
10/03: Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
10/05: Funhouse at Mr. Smalls – Pittsburg, PA
10/06: Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY
10/07: Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ
10/10: O’Connors Irish Pub – Clarksville, TN
10/11: SideTracks Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
10/12: One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
10/15: 97.1 The Eagle Freakers Ball – Frand Prairie, TX
10/19: The Troudbadour – Los Angeles, CA
10/20: Moroccan Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
10/21: Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA
10/23: Hawthore Theatre – Portland, OR
10/24: Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
10/29: The Troubadour – Los Angeles
10/30: The Troubadour – Los Angeles
11/01: The Realto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
11/30: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
12/02: Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE
12/05: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/06: Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
12/12: Capone’s – Johnson City, TN
12/14: Delmar Hall – St. Louis, MO
12/15: Granada Theatre – Lawrence, KS
12/16: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
12/18: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
12/19: Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN

 

 

 

Words by: Tiffany Cuthrell, photos courtesy of Ford Fairchild (featured) and Chris M. Junior (live)

Surprise Asteroid Re-Enter Music Scene With Great New Single

If you haven’t yet heard of Surprise Asteroid, keep your ear to the ground, and your eyes open.

 

The Indiana natives have released a tremendous new song entitled, “Break Your Curse”.

A Rage-worthy beat drives the song along. The band captures some shades of Weezer and Pixies on their best days, but despite any comparisons, create a memorable sound all their own.
Endearing lyrics tie the song together with charming prose such as “Take a look into my eyes, you won’t find any disguise” and “I wanna show you everything, I wanna be the first…If share this secret, will it break your curse?”

The single has also been a long time coming, and is a result of incredible persistence, and passion to make great music.

 

 

Two gentleman from Warsaw, Indiana met 12 years back, and started a musical alliance together. Joby and Grant floated around in different projects, and breathed light into a new idea, Surprise Asteroid, in 2010.

Based both in creativity and fluidity, the two lads adapted a method that would allow their music to stay fresh, as well as solve any problematic travel woes a tour might bring about. Similar to the structure of FUN, SA recorded their first album as a collaborative with different musicians, which would remain true on the road.

SA was faced with a series of setbacks when one of the two stationary members, Joby, was called away to serve in the military overseas. Any tour and further musical releases were put on hold.

After some stops and starts, the band hassled hard with Nashville producer, John Mark Painter to assemble a brand new collection of songs.

Their first presentation is the terrific aforementioned track, “Break Your Curse”.

With endless possibilities on the horizon, Surprise Asteroid is hoping to release an EP in the near future to display both their music, and to share their songs with all who will enjoy.

 

 

Review by: Tiffany Cuthrell, photos courtesy of Surprise Asteroid

Kesha Displays All Of Her Bright Colors On New Album

Kesha is back on the musical scene with a long-awaited new album!

“Rainbow” hits record store shelves and airwaves today.

The Nashville resident, who was embattled with former producer, Dr. Luke over a sexual assault allegation, was contractually prohibited from releasing music that was not with the producer.
Fortunately, Kesha’s nightmares are subsiding enough to allow “Rainbow” to shine so bright.

The songstress has been extremely open about the personal new music, describing the title as a metaphor for hope, and a prominent symbol for the LGBTQ community (one that Kesha has always been a vocal supporter of).
The album includes several notable collabortaions with the likes of her musician mom, superstar Dolly Parton, Eagles Of Death Metal, and The Dap-Kings horn players.

The talented songwriter has penned every track on her 4th LP.

“Praying”, the album’s first single, is an exceptional ballad of strength, empathy, and hope for those who have done wrong to find peace (can I also mention “THAT high note”??).

The singer’s 14 track presentation showcases not only her vocal range and musical abilities, but a forthright honesty that is more prevalent than anything we have seen from her yet.
The album marks a beautiful sonic evolution for the “Tik Tok” gal, showcasing her talents in a more raw way than ever before. Her voice is powerful, the music is profound, the lyrics are astounding.
The album feels like not only a rebirth, but a lifetime in the making, as though this is the record Kesha has always intended to make – both fun, and full of statements of standing alone, music for kids who don’t quite fit right in.
“Rainbow” is chock full of messages of light, perseverance, transformation, empathy, and even a track inspired from spotting UFOs.

Kesha has emerged an absolute champion on the other side of pain, and will embark this September on her first solo tour in 4 years throughout the US and Canada.

 

Tracklist:

1. Bastards
2. Let ’em Talk – (Featuring Eagles Of Death Metal)
3. Woman – (Featuring The Dap-Kings Horns)
4. Hymn
5. Praying
6. Learn To Let Go
7. Finding You
8. Rainbow
9. Hunt You Down
10. Boogie Feet – (Featuring Eagles Of Death Metal)
11. Boots
12. Old Flames (Can’t Hold A Candle To You) – (Featuring Dolly Parton)
13. Godzilla
14. Spaceship

 

 

 

 

Review by Tiffany Cuthrell, photos courtesy of RCA Records

Gorillaz Announce First North American Tour In Seven Years

Gorillaz (AKA the most successful virtual band ever) have announced their first North American tour in seven years.

The announcement comes after the news of the band’s 5th LP, “Humanz“, which is due out later this month. The album is also Gorillaz first LP since 2010, with their latest effort entitled “Plastic Beach”.

Gorillaz have been going strong since 1998, making epic music and an artistic world unlike any other. The two musical superstars that comprise Gorillaz – Damon Albarn (of Blur rockstar fame), and talented illustrator Jamie Hewlett (cue the distinctive look of “Tank Girl“) have made a career out of creating their own world that burrows deep into rock ‘n’ roll, art, an distinguished electronic prose.
Despite their dormancy as a unit, the pair are still pushing the boundaries of technology and music.

The tour will make a stop at Detroit’s Fox Theater, as well as several other locations across the US and Canada.

Be sure to pick up “Humanz”, which hits shelves on April 28th. The album is available for pre-order now as a basic compact disc, as well as several varying deluxe versions.

 

 

Check out the list of full “Humanz” tour dates below…

 

06/10: Demon Dayz Festival – Margate, UK
07/08: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL
07/10: Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON (CA)
07/12: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA
07/13: Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia, PA
07/15: Quebec City, QC – Quebec City Summer Festival (CA)
07/17: Merriwearher Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
08/11-13: Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival – San Francisco, CA
09/15-17: The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – New York, NY
09/18: Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI
09/20: Roy Wilkins Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN
09/22: Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
09/24: Life is Beautiful Festival – Las Vegas, NV
09/26: Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
09/30: KeyArena at Seattle Center – Seattle, WA
10/05: The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
10/11: Infinite Energy Center – Atlanta, GA
10/13-15: III Points Festival – Miami, FL

 

 

Spirit House

 

 

Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photos by J.C. Hewlett

DETROIT by DETROIT VII Coming To The Loving Touch

In 2011, twelve Detroit bands were given the opportunity to cover twelve other Detroit acts in the inaugural DETROIT by DETROIT showcase. Six years later, this local music round-robin has transformed into one of the most highly-anticipated events within the local music community, shining a spotlight on the incredible talent we have here.

DETROIT by DETROIT VII features more bands than you can count on two hands, switching between two stages. It’s a musical thrill ride, with each year bringing new surprises. What started as an “April Fools” show has now become an annual tradition in celebrating Detroit music! Join us on April 22nd – all ages are welcome, with $10 donation at the door.

 

Featuring:
(Headlining Main Stage) THE MESSENGER BIRDS (AND FRIENDS) as Andrew W.K.
(Side Stage) HELLO HUMAN as The Raconteurs
(Main Stage) TWO CHEERS as The Supremes
(Side Stage) ZANDER MICHIGAN as Smokey Robinson
(Main Stage) THE SOCIAL BANDITS as Vulfpeck
(Side Stage) FOSTER MULDOON as John Lee Hooker
(Main Stage) JERRY DREAMS as Bob Seger
(Side Stage) MIKE GALBRAITH as The Four Tops
(Main Stage) WOLF AND THE CRANE as Rare Earth
(Side Stage) CHRISSY MORGAN as Brendan Benson
(Main Stage) A YEAR IN NEW YORK as Mike Posner
(Side Stage) THE BRUISED REED as Citizen Smile
(Main Stage) SIX AND THE SEVENS as The Romantics
(Side Stage) KUBAT & FINLAY as Blair
(Opening Main Stage) SCHOOL OF ROCK as Parliament Funkadelic

 

Participating bands were given the opportunity to cover the Detroit artist of their choice, with each act performing three songs they’ve learned especially for this showcase. Covered acts are ranging from the nationally-acclaimed Andrew W.K. and Smokey Robinson, to local favorites like Citizen Smile. For the sixth year in a row, proceeds will fund a special scholarship at School of Rock for a future Detroit rock and roll-er.

 

Be sure to check out the event on Saturday April 22nd at Ferndale’s Loving Touch, as well as the event’s official website! Doors will open at 8 PM.

 

http://DETxDET.com

 

Wolf and the Crane, 2016

 

 

Messenger Birds. 2016

 

 

 

 

Release courtesy of Oh Snap PR, photos by Erick Buckholz

Paul Simon Announces Earth-Friendly Tour

Music legend Paul Simon has announced a June tour less in the name of self-promotion, and more in the name of conservation.

The 75 year old music man, who is still going strong after all these years, released his 13th studio album last year entitled “Stranger To Stranger”.

Simon announced the news after participating in a Durham, North Carolina biodiversity conference, sponsored by the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

The tour announcement comes as no surprise, as Simon has been vocal about his conservation awareness. In December, he penned a poignant essay in the New York Times, revering E.O. Wilson’s recent book, “Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight For Life”. The book puts forth the idea that humans must devote half the surface of the Earth to nature to ensure the planet’s health.

Proceeds from the 17-city June tour will be donated to assist the author’s biodiversity foundation.

Despite this, Simon has made it clear the actual concert itself will be all about the music. He told conservation news website Mongabay that fans won’t come thinking they’ll be lectured to, but that he won’t mind having Wilson’s book and Half-Earth caps available.

 

Tour dates:

6/1:  St. Augustine Ampitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
6/2:  Chastain Park Ampitheatre -Atlanta, GA
6/4:  Heritage Park Ampitheatre – Simpsonville, SC
6/6:  Metro Credit Union Ampitheatre – Charlotte, NC
6 /7:  Koka Booth Ampitheatre at Regency Park – Cary, NC
6/10: PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, OH
6/11: Toledo Zoo Ampitheater – Toledo, OH
6/13:  Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
6/14: Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL
6/16-17: Eaux Claires Festival – Eau Claire, WI
6/18: Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD
6/20: MetraPark Arena – Billings, MT
6/21: Ogren Park at Allegiance Field – Missoula, MT
6/23: Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA
6/24: Les Schwab Ampitheatre – Bend, OR
6/25: Havey’s Outdoor Arena – Lake Tahoe, NV
6/28: Red Rocks Ampitheatre – Denver, CO

 

 

Preview and photo by: Tiffany Cuthrell

Sam Patch: Waterfall Jumper and Arcade Fire Side Project

While present Arcade Fire pre-album dormancy ensues, bassist/guitarist Tim Kinsbury is busy presenting his new album to the world.

 

Under the side project moniker of Sam Patch, the debut solo album “Yeah You, and I” was released via Dep Records on February 17th of this year.

 

Sonically speaking, it’s clear that Sam Patch’s genesis comes from the same vein as Arcade Fire. The 8 track LP is mapped with an electronic backdrop, acoustic and electric guitar bits, as well as lovely harmonies.

Despite Arcade Fire ties, Tim Kingbury has created a music world all his own.

The album is home to contributions from Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara, and musicians Basia Bulat (known for her work with an autoharp, as well as many other instruments) and John McEntire (of Tortoise and other bands).

The record takes listeners on a beautiful, layered journey, with high and low tempo jams. On the higher end, songs like “100 Decibels” and “Never Meant To Harm” tell catchy stories, and at the lower end, the more mellow folk-feel “Up All Night” wraps up the album.

 

“Yeah You, and I” is packed with interesting vocal effects, and carrying synth notes. Songs seamlessly transition from one to the next, at times, seeming to form into one another.
In spots, the album has a Paul Simon “Graceland” type of feel, with an evident 80’s era influence that cause Vampire Weekend, and shades of Mountain Goats to come to mind.
True and true, Sam Patch has clearly melded many styles, periods of influence, and instruments to bring “Yeah You, and I” to fruition.

 

Sam Patch will make a stop at Detroit’s El Club this coming Friday March 17th.

 

 

 

 

Review by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo by Nathalie Shatula (Cult MTL)

Portugal. The Man Announce Spring Tour, Release Catchy New Single

With an array of Evil Friends, and good intentions for fans, Portugal. The Man are hitting the road with an early Spring tour.

The band is also making waves with their latest single.

“Noise Pollution” is certainly a departure from the jam – yet psychedelic vibe that the band’s sound had been used to.
Less guitar-driven, the single depicts a more electronic vibe (with a still trippy video). The song also features P.TM member Zoe Manville (who was absent on the band’s last LP), as well as Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

An album in the works has been churning the indie scene Gloomin’ and Doomin’ rumor mills for quite some time now. Whether a new album announcement is soon to follow remains to be seen.

The band will be dotting the US with stops across the country this Spring and Summer, and more locally here for Detroiters, on March 23rd at the Masonic Temple.

See Portugal. The Man’s new video, and full tour dates below…

 

Video description:
“It’s been a rough month y’all.

Not to be dramatic and shit, but there’s a flood of noise right now that feels like it might drown us all. And it’s harder and harder to tell what’s fact, what’s opinion, and what’s just straight up bullshit.

We’re not able to make sense of it, much less tell you how to make sense of it. Thank God there’s music for that. We’ve been working on a new record with your boy Michael Diamond for awhile, but we made a quick stop in Alaska with filmmaker Michael Ragen to shoot this video. Seemed like the right time to show it to you.

We’re in this together.

P.TM”

 

Tour dates:

03/09: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
03/10: South Shore Room At Harrah’s Lake Tahoe – Stateline, NV
03/11: Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
03/13: The Independent – San Francisco, CA
03/14: Club Bahia – Los Angeles, CA
03/16: The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
03/17: Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
03/18: Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
03/19: Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO
03/21: Slowdown – Omaha, NE
03/22: First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
03/23: Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
03/24: Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
03/25: Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
03/27: Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA
03/28: College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
03/30: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
03/31: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
04/01: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
04/04: The National – Richmond, VA
04/06: Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
04/07: The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
04/08: Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
04/10: Culture Room – Ft Lauderdale, FL
04/11: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
04/13: Joy Theatre – New Orleans, LA
04/14: Austin City Limits Live At Moody Theater – Austin, TX
04/15: The Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX
05/12: Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GA
05/13: Shaky Knees Music Festival — Atlanta, GA
05/14: Shaky Knees Music Festival – Atlanta, GA
06/06: Terminal 5 – New York, NY
06/08: Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
06/09: Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
06/10: Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
06/11: Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
06/17: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
06/18: Red Rocks Ampihtheatre – Morrison, CO
07/21: Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
07/22: Edgefield – Portland, OR
07/28: Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
07/29: Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA

 

Words by: Tiffany Cuthrell, photo courtesy of Portugal. The Man

Radiohead Announce US Tour

Creative giants, Radiohead, are hitting the road for nine US tour dates, as well as a headlining stop at Coachella this April.

The tour will take Radiohead to Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Kansas City, up to Portland and Seattle, as well as five nights in California.
The announcement is welcome news for fans, after an extensive US tour leg was missing from the band’s roster after their new LP was released last year.
The band’s ninth studio album, “A Moon Shaped Pool” debuted on streaming services last May, and garnered Radiohead two Grammy nominations for best rock song, and best alternative album.

After dotting the US, Radiohead will head overseas for mostly festival dates through July.

 

US Tour Dates:

03/30: American Airlines Arena – Miami, FL
04/01: Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA
04/03: Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, LA
04/05: Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO
04/08: Key Arena – Seattle, WA
04/09: Moda Center – Portland, OR
04/11: Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
04/14: Coachella – Indio, CA
04/17: Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
04/18: Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
04/21: Coachella – Indio, CA

 

Words by: Tiffany , featured photo by Alex Lake

Milky Chance Announce New Album and Celebratory Tour

Milky Chance have emerged from their cocoon with terrific new single, and announcement of a new album.

“Cocoon” is the German rockers’ first single since their 2013 debut LP, “Sadnecessary”, which garnished the duo success with singles such as “Sweet Sun” and more infamously, “Stolen Dance”.
The band has announced (through press release) that “Cocoon” is representative of their own growth. Lead singer Clemens Rehbein stated inspiration as “trying to find a place where you can be yourself and not be distracted; to slow down and reflect on yourself.”

The duo blends a number of musical styles (folk, electronic, and reggae, to name a few) that create a modern sound entirely unique.

The band’s new album, “Blossom” is due for release on March 17th.
Milky Chance will be touring a number of intimate shows throughout Europe, the USA, and Canada before “Blossom”‘s release.

 

“Before Blossom” Tour Dates:
02/15: Botanique – Brussels, Belgium
02/17: Les Etoiles Theatre – Paris, France
02/20: Musik & Frieden – Berlin, Germany
02/21: Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
02/22: Debaser – Stockholm, Sweden
02/24: Chata Fuera – Vienna, Austria
02/27: Plaza – Zurcih, Switzerland
02/28: Tunnel Club – Milan, Italy
03/02: Circulo de Bellas Artes – Madrid, Spain
03/08: Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA (US)
03/10: The Independent – San Francisco, CA (US)
03/15: TBA – Chicago, IL (US)
03/17: Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY (US)
03/18: Lee’s Place – Toronto, ON (Canada)

 

Check out catchy “Cocoon”‘s open for interpretation video below!

 

 

“Blossom” tracklist:

“Ego”
“Firebird”
“Doing Good”
“Clouds”
“Cold Blue Rain”
“Stay”
“Bad Things”
“Cocoon”
“Losing You”
“Peripeteia”
“Alive”
“Piano Song”
“Heartless”

 

 

Words by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo by Jonas Holthaus