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
Preview by Tiffany Cuthrell, photos by J.C. Hewlett
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.
(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.
Wolf and the Crane, 2016
Messenger Birds. 2016
Release courtesy of Oh Snap PR, photos by Erick Buckholz
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.
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
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)
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…
“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.
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
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 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!
“Cold Blue Rain”
Words by Tiffany Cuthrell, featured photo by Jonas Holthaus
“Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine.”
From the first line, Patti Smith‘s debut album has transfixed the music world and never let go.
The legendary godmother of punk will be making a tour stop on March 11th at the Royal Oak Music Theatre to celebrate “Horses” and perform it in its entirety. The album was recorded in 1975 (then with the Patti Smith Group) in New York City, and released via Arista Records. Two of the group’s original members – guitarist Lenny Kaye and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty – will join her onstage.
Over 40 years after her powerful album’s release, it has continued to resonate with countless fellow musicians and fans across the world, as well as landing on many all-time best album lists.
Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Wednesday December 28th to eligible folks, and December 30th (which is also Smith’s 70th birthday) for the general public.
The celebratory tour will take the Hall Of Fame inductee poet to several stops in the US, as well as abroad.
Photo by: Robert Mapplethorpe
Words by: Tiffany Cuthrell
Industrial rock giants, Nine Inch Nails are back on the music scene with the announcement of a new EP.
According to the band’s official website, the new 5 song EP entitled “Not The Actual Events” will be released on Friday December 23rd, while being available for preorder presently. The self-released album will be available through digital release, as well as a one-sided vinyl, and digital/physical copy component.
Of course, Nine Inch Nails fans the world over are no doubt rejoicing the fact that Trent Reznor has made good on his late 2015 promise to release new music before 2016’s end.
Nine Inch Nails are also welcoming the addition of Reznor’s longtime collaborative partner, Atticus Ross.
The two have teamed up to score such films as “The Social Network”, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “Gone Girl”, and most recently, “Before The Flood”.
Admittedly, “Not The Actual Events” is a deviation from Ross and Reznor’s current film work, as well as a “left turn” from Nine Inch Nails last release of “Hesitation Marks” in 2013.
Reznor has stated, “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.”
The band has also announced the release of a new version of their 1999 album, “The Fragile“. Teaming with Ross (who was not affiliated with the original release), Nine Inch Nails are presenting a four disc limited edition vinyl that houses 37 instrumental, alternative, and unreleased tracks. The preorder is expected to ship in the Spring.
In addition, NIN are releasing “definitive” editions of their entire catalog on vinyl, with emphasis on the tangible quality of a physical format. The first three out of the gate are “The Downward Spiral”, “Broken”, and “The Fragile”.
“Not The Actual Events” Tracklist:
2. “Dear World,”
3. “She’s Gone Away”
4. “The Idea of You”
5. “Burning Bright (Field on Fire)”
Rock giants, Coheed and Cambria are here with a holiday surprise!
The band released a video for their killer track, “Colors” earlier this week, which is a self-proclaimed tribute to their die-hard fans, and a closing to this album cycle. The video portrays the band’s tour life – on the road, backstage, warming up, moments with their families, performing electric sets for excited fans, and everything in between.
The four rockstars have been riding high this year, touring on the wave of their eighth and latest album’s deconstructed release, “The Color Before the Sun“. The 30 track “Deconstructed Deluxe” edition of the album has offered fans a personal glimpse into the band’s life on tour, as well as their creative process, with demos of several tracks.
With gracious messages on their social media to close out the year, it’s clear Coheed and Cambria care about their fans, are keen to offer up kind surprises, and personal musical windows.
Check out their new video for “Colors” below!
Words by: Tiffany Cuthrell