On the Radar: 30 Seconds to Mars, Nicki Minaj and Future Tour, Drake Goes Back to Degrassi + More

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30 Seconds to Mars guitarist quits the band

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Tomo Miličević, guitarist for 30 Seconds to Mars, has quit the band. He revealed the news last week with a tweet saying “I am no longer in 30 Seconds to Mars. I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band.”

He continued by saying: “The years that I have been privileged enough to spend with all of you live inside of my heart and mind as some of the most amazing memories I’ll ever have. Even though this is incredibly painful because of my attachment to, and love for everyone involved, I know that this pain will be fleeting for myself, and anyone who’s feeling the same because I know that it is the right thing.” Read his statement here.

So far, the band hasn’t released a statement regarding Miličević’s departure. They did release their new music video, “Rescue Me,” which you can check out above.

Nicki Minaj and Future team up for the NICKIHNDRXX tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpFY4AzYYVw

Last week, Nicki Minaj not only revealed the artwork for her upcoming album, Queen, she also revealed a new tour with Future. Dubbed the NICKIHNDRXX Tour, the two rappers will play over 50 cities in North America and Europe. The trek begins September 21 in Baltimore, MD and stretches into 2019. The duo will play Chicago’s United Center September 28. Tickets are on sale now. Check out all the dates here.

Minaj also shared her collaboration with Lil’ Wayne titled “Rich Sex.” Listen to the track above. Later in the week, she revealed another new track, “Bed” featuring Ariana Grande. Queen was supposed to be released this month, but it was delayed until August 10.

Drake release new Degrassi inspired video for ‘I’m Upset;’ drops album release date

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIhx2wZ8jnA

After burying the hatchet with Pusha T, Drake released a new video for “I’m Upset.” The clip finds him returning to Degrassi for a school reunion and it is every fan’s dream. The video features cameo appearances by Degrassi alums like Lauren Collins (Paige Brooks), Shane Kippel (Spinner Mason), Nina Dobrev (Mia Jones), Stefan Brogren (Snake Simpson), and Ephriam Ellis (Rick Murray). There’s even a special appearance by Jay and Silent Bob, who played a bit part in season 4.

“I’m Upset” comes from Drake’s upcoming album, Scorpion, out June 29. Previously, he shared the singles “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What.”

Upcoming Shows

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Catch Night Riots at Subterranean with Courtship and Silent Rival Friday, June 22. You can still get tickets here.

Kick off summer with the B96 Summer Bash featuring Halsey, Alessia Cara, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Why Don’t We, and Bozzi. It all goes down at the United Center June 23. Pick up your tickets here.

You don’t want to miss The Horrors when they play the Bottom Lounge on June 21. Get your tickets here.

Ghost Note hits up Reggies with Snarky Puppy’s Shaun Martin and Elz the DJ on Tuesday, June 19. Get tickets here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Ganser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOE2CrPQt9Q

Ganser’s makes music that harkens to the days of Kim Gordon and Sonic Youth, but still sounds fresh and exhilarating. This post-punk band mixes poppy hooks with dark brooding soundscapes. It’s a match that works better than you think. The band, featuring Alice Gaines (vocals/bass), Nadia Garofalo (vocals/keyboard), Brian Cundiff (drums), and Charlie Landsman (guitar) formed in 2014 when Nadia and were attending school at the Art Institute. It started as a project and eventually blossomed into a full-length band.

Though they’ve been kicking around the city’s DIY scene for years, they only released their debut LP, Odd Talk, in April. Singles like “Satsuma,” “PSY OPS,” and “Avoidance” show off the band’s lush sound, vibrant music, and their haunting vibe. If you’re into band’s like Joy Division and The Jesus and Mary Chain then check out Ganser. You can catch them live at their upcoming show at The Empty Bottle June 26. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and grab a copy of Odd Talk here.

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on Examiner, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, Kitty Whipp, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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