May 20, 2024

On the Radar: New Foo Fighters Video, Misfits Reunite, NERD + More

Pharrell Williams

This week On the Radar, a new Foo Fighters video, reunion shows from The Misfits and NERD, Chicago’s Kid Breeze and more.

Original Misfits announce a new reunion show

After reuniting for the first time in 33 years at Chicago’s Riot Fest in 2016, the Misfits are ready to play together one more time. The original lineup of the legendary punk band will play what is being billed as their only “2017 performance in the world…or any world” in Los Angeles at the Forum Dec. 30. Not only will the show feature the full lineup of Glen Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, some special guests will also join them – they’ll be announced at a later date. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Danzig released a new album this year. Black Laden Crown, Danzig’s first LP of new material in seven years. The band will be touring behind the release as well. Danzig will make an appearance at this year’s Riot Fest on September September 16.

Foo Fighters drop trippy new video “The Sky is a Neighborhood”

Everyone’s favorite rock band the Foo Fighters have given us another taste of their upcoming album Concrete and Gold. The band dropped the new single “The Sky is a Neighborhood” last week along with a trippy video. Directed by Mr. Dave Grohl himself, the clip features kaleidoscope like colors, creepy glowing eyes, and levitating children for a weird, yet satisfying video. The kids in the clip are actually Grohl’s real life daughters – he’s gotta be one proud papa!

And just in case you needed to be reminded of how cool the Foos are, check out the video where they RickRolled an entire audience with the one and only Rick Astley.

Concrete and Gold drops September 15.

NERD will reunite at 2017 ComplexCon

Pharrell has been such a busy man what with making hits for others and providing hits for movie soundtracks, that it’s easy to forget about his group NERD. Now, they’re set to reunite later this year at the 2017 ComplexCon in Southern California. This marks the group’s first performance since they took the stage at Tyler, the Creator’s 2017 edition of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival.

Though the group recorded “Squeeze Me” for 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soundtrack, they haven’t released a full-length album since 2010’s Nothing. Pharrell did promise fans new music would be coming from NERD at last year’s ComplexCon, by saying “Yes…when it’s time.”

Catch ComplexCon November 5 – 7 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Other performers include MIA, Young Thung, Gucci Mane, ASAP Ferg, DRAM, and more.

Upcoming Shows

Chicago Festival
North Coast Festival 2017

The iconic Depeche Mode hits up Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park for their Global Spirit Tour August 30. You can still grab tickets here.

North Coast Music Festival returns for its eighth year in Chicago’s Union Park September 1 – 3. Say goodbye to summer and grab tickets while you still can.

If NCMF isn’t enough or you can’t make it out there, there are plenty of aftershows that got you covered. EOTO, Gucci Mane, STS9, Destructo, and Manic Focus are just some of the artists playing NCMF Afters this year. Check out the entire list and pick up tickets here.

Don’t miss John Mayer and his The Search for Everything World Tour at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on September 12.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Kid Breeze

With mainstream rap being taken over by autotuned, trap music, and mumble rap it seems good new rap music is getting harder to find. Luckily, Kid Breeze is here to give you what you need. Similar to other great rappers before him, Kid Breeze brings a socially conscious message to his songs. He’s not just talking about partying on the weekend and chilling with his girl. He addresses police brutality, violence, and other matters plaguing the world lately.

All this can be heard on his debut album, The Valley, which was released earlier this month. Here, Kid Breeze unleashes his tight flow to talk about his life after college and turning to drug dealing to help to make day after day. It’s a thoughtful, smooth, and grooving experience through Kid Breeze’s life. Make sure to check it out along with Breeze’s 2016 EP Are You Afraid of the Dark?