Listen to AFI’s new single ‘Aurelia’

AFI surprise fans last month when they announced plans to release a brand new record at the beginning of the new year. At the time, the four-piece had confirmed the name of the album, its release date, and even gave fans not one, but two songs from the record. On Wednesday (Nov. 30), frontman Davey Havok headed over to BBC Radio 1’s the Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter to premiere “Aurelia” from AFI (The Blood Album).

While premiering the song, the DJ asked Havok about “Aurelia” and how it came to be. As it turns out, the track was one of the last songs to be composed which included 45 to 50 songs in total. Not only was it one of the last songs, it also turned out to be the quickest to come together and happened to be one of Havok’s favorites.

“It had very simple beginnings and it had very immediate results,” Havok begins. “Jade just started playing the rifts. I started singing the top line and I actually began singing some of the lyrics that I pulled out of string on consciousness and it was clear that it was something that was worth pursuing. It came together really quickly and it grew into what it is now.”

“Aurelia” and Havok’s interview can be streamed here.

“Aurelia” will join lead singles “Snow Cats” and “White Offerings” on AFI (The Blood Album) which is set to be released on Jan. 20, 2017. The album is the follow-up to groups’ 2013 release, Burials.

As it Is prove there’s ‘No Way Out’ with new song

The second half of 2016 has been a busy one for the guys in As It Is. In September, the five-piece announced the impending release of their sophomore album and then a few weeks later, embarked on one of the year’s most anticipated tours (Sum 41’s “Don’t Call it a Sum-Back” tour). Now, with a little over a month left until the release of their sophomore recordthe group is giving fans the change to hear another new song from Okay. On Thursday (Dec. 1), the United Kingdom-founded band released a third track from the album, “No Way Out.” Listen to the new track below.

“No Way Out” will join recent single “Pretty Little Distance” and title track, “Okay” on the upcoming sophomore effort. Okay. is set to hit stores on Jan. 20, 2017 through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website. Those who pre-order the album will get instant downloads of both “Okay” and “Pretty Little Distance.” The complete track listing for the new album is available here.

Back in September, vocalist Patty Walters revealed that these new songs are some of the “most personal and honest song” the group has ever written. “These are by far the most personal and honest songs we’ve ever written,” the singer admits. “We made a conscious effort to truly push ourselves musically and lyrically, to create something that didn’t feel entirely safe or calculated. We wrote songs about our families, our personal lives, and our struggles more vulnerable than ever before, hoping to encapsulate sincere moments in our lives.”

Okay. is the follow-up to the group’s debut record, Never Happy, Ever After.

Falling in Reverse announces tour with Motionless in White, Issues for 2017

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Following a couple of head scratching cryptic messages on social media, Falling in Reverse has finally confirmed what they’ve had up their sleeves. On Wednesday (Nov. 30), the Las Vegas-founded band announced plans to hit the road as soon as the new year begins. The tour, which has been named the “The End is Here” tour will feature Falling in Reverse sharing a stage with Motionless in White and Issues.

The tour will kick off on Jan. 13 at the Marquee in Tempe, AZ and will wrap up a month later on Feb. 13 at the House of Blues in San Diego. Danger Kids and Dead Girls Academy will reportedly open for the two bands during the month-long excursion. General admission and VIP tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday, Dec. 2 on the tour’s official website here.

The tour announcement comes a couple of weeks after the band took to social media and began to hint at something. In an effort to garner attention, the guys from Falling in Reverse cleared all their social media accounts, unfollowed everyone, and then left several cryptic messages (which are now gone). For now, the complete list of tour dates for “The End is Here” tour can be seen below.

THE END IS HERE TOUR 2017 DATES:

Jan. 13 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

Jan. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

Jan. 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

Jan. 17 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall

Jan. 18 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

Jan. 19 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!

Jan. 21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

Jan. 22 – Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium

Jan. 24 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

Jan. 26 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Jan. 27 – New York City, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Jan. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

Jan. 29 – Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore

Jan. 31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Feb. 1 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

Feb. 2 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

Feb. 3 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Feb. 5 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore

Feb. 6 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

Feb. 8 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox SoDo

Feb. 9 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

Feb. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

Feb. 12 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues

Imagine Dragons ‘Levitate’ with new song

It’s been a while since Imagine Dragons made headlines, let alone release any new music. On Monday (Nov. 28), things changed when the Las Vegas-founded band announced the release of a brand new song on Twitter. In a message to fans, they unveiled that the new song would be titled “Levitate” and was a track to tide fans over as they work on their third studio album. The song was specifically written for the upcoming Jennifer Lawrence-Chris Pratt-starring outer space drama, Passengers.

The song is currently available for purchase on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, and Spotify.  A one-minute snippet of the song is featured on the latest trailer for the film which can be seen below.

Passengers stars Lawrence and Pratt as two passengers on a spaceship transporting them to a new life on a new planet. For some unknown and mysterious reason, the pods the two were travelling in open, 90 years before they were due to reach their final destination. Like many films which finds two people stuck in a secluded, isolated area, the two start to fall for each other as they try to figure just why the pods opened ahead of time as the ship begins to collapse. Passengers is set to hit theaters on Dec. 21.

“Levitate” isn’t the first song the guys from Imagine Dragons have released for film soundtracks. Back in 2013, they released “Who We Are” for another Jennifer Lawrence-starring flick, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. In 2014, they released “Battle Cry” for Transformers: Age of Extinction and another song titled “Warrior” for the battle arena video game, League of Legends.

Imagine Dragon’s last studio album was 2015’s Smoke + Mirrors.

Rock on the Range announces 2017 lineup

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With just a couple of weeks left before 2016 comes to an end, the people behind May’s Loudest Month have unveiled the rocking lineup for their biggest event; Rock on the Range. On Tuesday (Nov. 29), music festival production company Danny Wimmer Presents, announced their  lengthy lineup of Ohio’s Rock on the Range 2017. Headlining the weekend-long event will be Metallica, Korn, and Soundgarden with each iconic band headlining one of the nights of the festival.

In addition to Metallica, Korn, and Soundgarden headlining, the lineup also unveiled the identities of the other 50+ bands who will head to Ohio at the end of May 2017. The Offspring, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Pierce the Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Escape the Fate,Motionless in White, and Every Time I Die are just some of the names of the artists confirmed for Rock on the Range.

“Rock on the Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!” teases Korn frontman Johnathan Davis about the group’s set.

“Great lineup at Rock on the Range this year. The Offspring can’t wait to finally be part of it all,” Dexter Holland of The Offspring echos.

“After our record-breaking ten-year anniversary, it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have Metallica and Soundgarden at Rock on the Range! But why stop there? To have bands such as Korn, Volbeat, Primus, Papa Roach, The Offspring, and so many more truly makes this year’s ROTR our best one yet!” says Gary Spivack, Rock on the Range co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents.

Rock on the Range 2017 will once again return to the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH during the weekend of May 19-21 for the rock-centric music festival’s 11th incarnation. Pre-sale and layaway tickets, as well as a limited amount of Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier packages are currently on sale on the music festival’s website.

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Pierce the Veil ‘Dive In’ in new music video

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Over the past few months, Pierce the Veil has been a little on the quiet side. With a massive tour that found the four-piece endlessly performing for their die-hard fan base across the world, it’s understandable that the news from their camp has been at a minimal. On Tuesday (Nov. 22), things changed just a little when the California-based band released the music video for their latest single, “Dive In.” The almost five-minute-long clip features normal live music video staples like footage of the fans, the band on stage performing, the crew setting up the venue(s) for the show(s), and of course all the crazy hi-jinx that goes on behind-the-scenes (softball? ping-pong? a trip to the aquarium?). Check out the music video for “Dive In” below.

“Dive In” is featured on Pierce the Veil’s recently released record, Misadventures. The record, the band’s fourth, is the much-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Collide with the Sky. Currently, the band is in the middle of the European leg of the “Misadventures” tour. Earlier this year, during the first leg of the tour, the band announced that they would play the full new album, which was a first for the band.

“We wanted to celebrate our new album by putting on a once in a lifetime performance for our fans and offer them something that we’ve never done in the past,” said frontman Vic Fuentes back in May. “Playing an album live in its entirety is a rare and unique experience. It’s special because it usually only happens once, and then it’s gone forever. We look forward to sharing these new songs and seeing everyone at the shows.”

Once the European leg of the tour wraps, the band will return to the United States for a couple of shows before the holidays. Tonight, the Pierce the Veil will perform at the Substage in Karlsruhe, Germany. For more information about the upcoming shows, go to the band’s website here.

Watch Panic! at the Disco cover the Weeknd, Rihanna

Photo by Erica Dominguez

Photo by Erica Dominguez

The guys of Panic! at the Disco are not exactly strangers to covering other artists’ songs. One of their most famous cover, one that they perform every show, ended up being used for the Suicide Squad soundtrack. On Monday (Nov. 21), the group stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge where they covered The Weeknd and Daft Punk’s recent collaboration, “Starboy.” As if covering the infectious Top 20 hit wasn’t enough, the Las Vegas-founded group decided to cover another artist; Rihanna. Check out the “Starboy” cover below while the Rihanna cover can be seen here.

Panic! at the Disco is currently wrapping up the remaining dates of the European leg of the “Death of a Bachelor” tour. Following a couple of shows in Australia and New Zealand in the new year, the band will return to North America for the North American leg of the tour. The trek will kick off on Feb. 24, 2017 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT and wrap up almost two months later on April 15, 2017 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. Saint Motel and MisterWives will open for Panic! at the Disco during the excursion. The complete list of North American stops for the “Death of a Bachelor” tour can be found here.

The “Death of a Bachelor” tour is in support of Panic! at the Disco’s recently released record, Death of a Bachelor. This past summer, the group, alongside Weezer and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, invaded the North American tour circuit for their massive summer. Check out our recap/review from the Miami stop here.