Slacker rock? Yacht rock? Blue wave? Whatever you call Mac DeMarco’s unique brand of indie rock, the multi-instrumentalist will be bringing it to a much bigger venue than anyone expected, thanks to ticket sales blasting him out of the Pabst and into the Riverside. On albums like 2014’s Salad Days and new release Another One, DeMarco has proved he’s got chops, and his live show should be the nail in the coffin to anyone writing him off as just another 20-something singer-songwriter. Alex Calder and The Courtneys open.
Andrew McMahon (of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin fame) and New Politics don’t objectively sound that much alike. But this music veteran gone solo and group of Danish newcomers share one important trait: They’re infusing their respective pop and rock genres with a healthy dose of electronic instrumentation. That’ll make them a perfect duo for the dance-friendly Rave. Australian band The Griswolds and soulful singer-songwriter Lolo will amp up the crowd as opening acts.
The MSO will put a Milwaukee twist on Scandinavia Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, with the help of guest pianist Jon Kimura Parker and guest conductor Lawrence Renes.
King of rock and roll Elvis Presley topped the British album charts for a second week with his 12th UK Number 1.
The last time pop artist JoJo was a household name — thanks to hits like “Baby It’s You” and “Leave (Get Out) — the music industry was a lot different. But the now-24-year-old star is more than ready to embrace the changes in distribution and marketing brought on in the digital age.
“Storyteller” is Carrie Underwood’s first album in three years — and her first since becoming a mother. That life-changing event rises most overtly on the touching “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted,” a beautiful song that delves into the life-altering changes new parents undergo.
When it comes rock ’n’ roll journalism, few writers boast a greater pedigree than Greil Marcus — many argue the veteran Rolling Stone contributor invented the genre.
The origin story of Brooklyn-based alternative pop band MisterWives reads almost like a fairy tale. The band came together near the end of 2012 when solo singer Mandy Lee went looking for a group to provide backing onstage. She met drummer Etienne Bowler and bass player Will Hehir.
The fifth studio album from Disney pop graduate Demi Lovato kicks off with two of the most bracing, upbeat pop singles of the year: effervescent “Cool For the Summer,” a late summer radio hit, and the title track, a stomping empowerment anthem. But they are a misleading kickoff for a more intense, moody and emotional album. Lovato’s almost overpoweringly bombastic voice is ever-present on Confident and at times it is a little too much. Two of the best songs come near the end: “Yes” and the wrenching gospel-inflected tribute “Father.” Consider purchasing the deluxe version of Confident for the fun and poppy bonuses “Stars” and “Mr. Hughes.”