September 25, 2023

On the Radar: Cardi B reveals debut album, Gorillaz New Music, Artist Feat and Concerts

Miss out on the latest news because of Easter? Catch up on the hottest music stories and see which concerts are headed to town this week on the latest edition of On the Radar.

Cardi B announces debut album Invasion of Privacy

Looks like we won’t have to wait for new music from one of 2018’s hottest rappers. Cardi B announced her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, last week. The best part is, it comes out soon as in April 6 – just a day before her Saturday Night Live debut. She shared the news on Instagram posting the album’s cover featuring her decked out in a futuristic outfit.

Previously, Cardi B released the Gangsta Bitch Music mixtapes in 2016 and 2017. She gained massive notoriety for her chart-topping hit “Bodak Yellow” and for her unforgettable collaborations with Migos (“MotorSport”) and Bruno Mars (“Finesse Remix).” Cardi B will join Mars on the final leg of his 24K Magic tour starting in September.

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda announces new album Post Traumatic

Last week, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park announced his debut solo album Post Traumatic, out June 15. The album features 16 songs, including three that were previously released on the Post Traumatic EP in January. Along with the news, Shinoda shared music videos for two songs: “Crossing a Line” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore.” Pre-order your copy here.

In a statement about the upcoming release, Shinoda said “It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness. Ultimately, Post Traumatic is an album about healing. The songs, though specific about Shinoda’s experience with loss, manage to be universally relatable, thanks to their honesty and heart. ‘If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone,’ he says. ‘If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.”

Shinoda also has several live dates booked for the summer, including a headline appearance at IDENTITY LA: A Celebration & Concert for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Gorillaz debut new song “Hollywood” in Chile

According to Gorillaz collaborator, Jamie Hewlett the band’s next album will come out this year. And maybe he’s right. During a performance in Santiago, Chile, the band played a new song called “Hollywood.” The track was first mentioned by frontman Damon Albarn last year in an interview with Billboard.

Apparently, the song features a verse from a special guest who wasn’t at the show. Albarn asked fans to “see if you can work out who it is.”  It’s possible he’s referring to Snoop Dogg, but this hasn’t been confirmed. Albarn continued to tease fans by saying the new album would be out “very soon.” He told the crowd “If you go and tell anyone that we’re putting a new album out very soon then I’ll deny it because I didn’t say that, alright?”

Let’s hope we get new music from Gorillaz soon or at least the Chicago version of Demon Dayz festival the band mentioned last year.

Upcoming Shows

ASAP Ferg brings his Mad Man tour to Chicago’s House of Blues April 3. The trek features Denzel Curry and IDK, so you don’t want to miss this one. Get tickets here.

Cut Copy plays the Riviera Theatre with Kauf Thursday, April 5. Treat yourself and buy tickets here.

UK breakout band Pale Waves hits up Chicago on their headline tour. They’ll play Lincoln Hall Saturday, April 7 with Inheaven. You still have a chance to get tickets.

Catch LA duo Coast Modern with Bad Bad Hats and Reyna at the Bottom Lounge April 7. Grab tickets here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Stay Asleep

Photo from Chicago Reader

Local metal band Stay Asleep is on the cusp of releasing their debut album, Mourner, and they’ve already got heads turning. Founded in 2013, the band features Dave Collis (drummer), Nick Wakim (vocals/bassist), and Kiel Arneson (guitarist). Wanting to do something different from their respective bands – My Dad, CSTVT, Slow Mass, and Noumenon – they teamed up and started playing together.

They’ve been working on their debut since 2016 and it’ll finally be ready for the masses when it drops April 13 on their own label Spirit & Discipline. To give us a taste, they’ve shared “Misanthrope” and “Decision Rule” from the upcoming release. Check out Stay Asleep’s music on their Bandcamp page. You can also check them out on their spring tour. Dates kick off April 18 in Kalamazoo, MI. They’ll be playing a hometown record release show April 27 at Margaritaville.