South Florida’s The Shark announces Sharkwrecked at the Riptide Music Festival

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If you were an alternative music lover growing up in South Florida in the 2000s, then you experienced the struggle of trying to find a radio station that would meet your musical needs. Between the constant loop of Top 20 hits, rap and hip-hop, and indie college stations, if you liked “alternative” music, then you were glued to your CD or mp3 player (or the iPod later on). To fill the much-complained about void, radio station 104.3 The Shark was launched in 2015, much to the delight of those people. Since then, the station has done a great job of bringing artist who would normally pass over the lower part of the Sunshine State in favor of other locations.

On Monday (Sept. 26), The Shark once again proved why they earned the title of “Best Radio Station” earlier this year during the Miami New Times‘ yearly “The Best Of” poll. During the broadcast of their daily show, “The Big Mistake” DJs Ashley O. and Toast announced the first annual Sharkwrecked at the Riptide Music Festival. The event, which will take place on Saturday Dec. 3 in Ft. Lauderdale, will feature performances by a slew of artists such as Good Charlotte, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Struts, Silversun Pickups, Saint Motel and many more. While unveiling the news, the station’s mass emails to the Chum Club (the name for their email subscribers) also announced that there will be “more to be announced.”

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the event will be exclusively sold on the Riptide Music Festival’s website here. For a limited-time (and while supplies last), tickets for Sharkwrecked will be $35. For more information about the event or to subscribe to the Chum Club, head on over to The Shark’s website here. Earlier this year, the radio station launched their successful first mini music festival, Undertow Jam. The show included performances by Young the Giant, The Stumbellas, Bearhands, Joywave, JR JR , Finish Ticket, and Sharkwrecked artist, The Struts.

Green Day prove they’re ‘Still Breathing’ on new track

A couple of days after being forced to cancel several tour stops, Green Day has returned to give those fans some good news. On Friday (Sept. 23), the California punks released a third song from their upcoming record, Revolution Radio. The new track is titled “Still Breathing” and unlike their previously released tracks, it seems to be more mellow in sound, but not in lyrics. Listen to “Still Breathing” below.

“Still Breathing” will join lead single “Bang Bang” and title track “Revolution Radio” on the group’s forthcoming album. In a recently track-by-track analysis courtesy of Rolling Stone, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong explained how the song was a little “heavy” for him and that usually when songs get like that, he either runs from it or dives in. In this instance, it seems like he went head first into the new track.

“That was a very heavy song. Sometimes I run away from being too heavy,” Armstrong begins. “[But] Sometimes it just comes out that way. The chorus, ‘I’m still breathing on my own’ alludes to the fact that ‘at some point, we’re all going to have to be on life support.’ As time goes on, your thoughts get darker.”

In a separate interview with Rolling Stone, the frontman was asked if he thought that fans would assume that “Still Breathing” was about his addiction problems from a few years ago.

“I’d rather write something where my eyes are forward, not so much internal,” the musician explained to Rolling Stone in the separate interview. “I hope it makes people happy and creates a difference in some way, just by people recognizing themselves in the song.”

“Still Breathing” will join previously released tracks “Bang Bang” and “Revolution Radio” on the band’s 12th studio album. Revolution Radio is set to be on Oct. 7 through Reprise Records with pre-orders currently available on Green Day’s website. As for their tour in support of Revolution Radio, the tour will officially kick off on Sept. 26 at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, OH. The complete list of tour dates can be seen here.

As It Is to release sophomore album in early 2017

With a handful of weeks left until the beginning of their tour with Sum 41 and Senses Fail, As It Is has announced plans to release a new album in the new year. On Thursday (Sept. 22), the United Kingdom-founded band announced that their new record will be coming out in early 2017. The group’s sophomore effort will be titled okay. and is set to hit stores on Jan. 20 through Fearless Records.

“These are by far the most personal and honest songs we’ve ever written,” vocalist Patty Walters unveils in a press statement. “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.”

He adds: “We feel a huge sense of pride having created this record, and we’re immensely excited to share it with the world. We love and cherish you all for supporting us and giving us this opportunity.”

Pre-orders for okay. are set to begin on Friday, Oct. 14 on the band’s website. In addition to the new album information as well as their busy fall schedule, the band has also released the lead single and title track from the record, “Okay.” Listen to the song below and check out the album art and track list for the record below that.

okay. Track List:

01. “Pretty Little Distance”
02. “Okay”
03. “Hey Rachel”
04. “Patchwork Love”
05. “Curtains Close”
06. “No Way Out”
07. “Soap”
08. “Austen”
09. “Until I Return”
10. “The Coast Is Where Home Is”
11. “Still Remembering”

okay. will be the follow-up to As It Is’ debut record, Never Happy, Ever After. As for their upcoming trek on Sum 41’s “Don’t Call it a Sum-Back” tour, those dates can be found here.

Panic! at the Disco announces ‘Death of a Bachelor’ tour with new music video

Photo by Erica Dominguez

Photo by Erica Dominguez

After spending the last couple of days teasing fans with short clips and cryptic messages on social media, Panic! at the Disco has finally unveiled what it all meant. On Thursday (Sept. 22), the Las Vegas-founded band unveiled the music video for their latest single, “L.A. Devotee.” The clip begins with a girl wandering a corn field by herself. Suddenly, it appears that someone knocks her out as the camera zooms in on her hand. As the camera zooms out, we see a person, dressed in a bright red clock pick up the girl and walk into the corn field. As the camera zooms out, the viewer sees Panic! at the Disco’s current logo in the corn field like a crop circle.

The clip goes black momentarily and then the viewers find themselves inside of a dark room with random items displayed around. Instead of the girl, we now see a boy (Noah Schnapp of Stranger Things fame) being strapped into an electric chair. As the song plays, Schnapp is forced to watch random clips edited together as he is being record by an old-school camera. At the end of it all, it looks like frontman Brendon Urie has officially admitted, after all these music videos, that he’s Satan. Watch the music video for “L.A. Devotee” below.

In addition to releasing the music video for their new single, Panic! at the Disco has also announced a massive arena tour for 2017. The “Death of a Bachelor” tour is set to 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.

Pre-sales for the “Death of a Bachelor” tour will go on sale beginning Monday, Sept. 26 at 10 a.m., local time. Those who are subscribed to the band’s mailing list will be given a special password to purchase tickets ahead of time. As per the band, those who subscribe to the mailing list by Saturday night will be sent the password on Sunday morning. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

DEATH OF A BACHELOR 2017 TOUR DATES:

2/24/17 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
2/25/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
2/26/17 – Portland, ME @ Cross Insurance Arena
2/28/17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
3/2/17 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
3/4/17 – Worcester, MA @ DCU Center
3/7/17 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
3/8/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University
3/10/17 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
3/11/17 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
3/12/17 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
3/14/17 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
3/15/17 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
3/17/17 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
3/18/17 – Orem, UT @ UCCU Center
3/19/17 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
3/21/17 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
3/22/17 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center*
3/24/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center*
3/25/17 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
3/26/17 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
3/28/17 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
3/29/17 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
3/31/17 – Allen, TX @ Allen Event Center
4/1/17 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
4/2/17 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
4/4/17 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
4/5/17 – Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
4/7/17 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
4/8/17 – Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
4/9/17 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
4/11/17 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex
4/12/17 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
4/14/17 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
4/15/17 – Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center*

*Panic! at the Disco and MisterWives ONLY

The “Death of a Bachelor” tour is in support of Panic! at the Disco’s recently released record, Death of a Bachelor. This 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.

Listen to Set It Off’s new song ‘Upside Down’

With a handful of weeks left before the release of their third studio album, Set It Off has unveiled another new song from the upcoming record. On Monday (Sept. 19), the Florida-founded band posted their fourth song of off their upcoming record, Upside Down. The new tune is the title track from the impending release and can currently be streamed below.

“Upside Down” will join previously released tunes “Uncontainable,” “Something New,” and “Life Afraid” on Upside Down. Upside Down is set to be released on Oct. 7 through Equal Vision Records. Pre-orders for the upcoming release are currently available on the band’s website here. For those who pre-order the album ahead of its early-October release will be given instant download of all four previously released songs.

In support of the album’s release, Set It Off will hit the road for a short tour in early October to coincide with the record’s release. The short tour will kick off on Oct. 6 at the State Theater in St. Petersburg, FL and wrap up less than two weeks later on Oct. 16 at The Club at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA. The complete list of tour date can be seen below.

SET IT OFF FALL 2016 TOUR DATES:

Oct. 6 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State theater
Oct. 7 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Oct. 8 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
Oct. 9 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
Oct. 11 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Oct. 13 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
Oct. 14 – Lancaster, PA @ Lizard Lounge
Oct. 15 – Howell, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
Oct. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Club at Stage AE

Upside Down is the follow-up to Set It Off’s 2014 release, Duality.

Manchester Orchestra keyboardist departs band

After ten years in Manchester Orchestra, longtime keyboardist Chris Freeman has announced his departure from the Georgia-founded band. On Tuesday (Sept. 20), the musician took to the band’s Facebook page to announce he was leaving the band. In his letter, he reveals that his decision to leave the group he had been a part of for a decade came when he realized that he was in a place “in my career where I’ve decided to go down a new path and pursue my own projects. Freeman’s complete post to fans can be read below.

“After much consideration, I would like to announce that my time with Manchester Orchestra has come to an end.

Although I wouldn’t trade the last 10 years for anything, I’ve come to a place in my career where I’ve decided to go down a new path and pursue my own projects. While it’s difficult to say goodbye, I’m equally as excited about the road ahead and the opportunities in front of me. I will miss all of the love that I have felt from our fans, and I want to thank every person that has shared in this journey with me and supported me along the way. I’ll never stop creating art. Thank you guys for always inspiring me.

Much Love,
Christopher Michael Cheese Lightning Freeman”

Fans and the rest of the members of Manchester Orchestra seem to be supportive of Freeman’s decision to exit the band. soon after Freeman made his post, the band took to Facebook, wishing Freeman nothing “but love and all the best in his new horizons.” The band’s short statement about Freeman’s decision to leave can be read below.

“We would like to thank our friend Chris Freeman for his dedication and devotion over the last 10 years as a member of Manchester Orchestra. We wish him nothing but love and all the best in his new horizons.

– Manchester Orchestra”

Freeman’s departure comes two years after Manchester Orchestra released their acoustic album, Hope. While not an official studio record, the album featured the band performing acoustic version of the songs featured on their fourth studio album, Cope.

Green Day cancel upcoming shows due to illness

Green Day was set to begin an extensive tour schedule this week, but it looks like things aren’t going as planned. On Sunday (Sept. 18), two days before their intimate North American tour was set to kick off, the punk band announced that the first four stops have been cancelled. In a letter released to fans, they explain that the cancellation was “due to illness affecting several members of the band and its crew.” Three of the four cancelled stops will reportedly be rescheduled while the remaining stop has been cancelled indefinitely.

The three dates that will be rescheduled include: St. Louis, MO (Sept. 20) at The Pageant; Chicago, IL (Sept. 21) at the Aragon Ballroom; and Detroit, MI (Sept. 24) at the Fillmore. The only show from those cancelled that will not be rescheduled will be the group’s appearance at the World Cup of Hockey Fan Village on Sept. 23 in Toronto. Read the band’s full statement about the cancellation below.

“Green Day regretfully must postpone three of the first four dates of their upcoming tour and must cancel the Toronto appearance, all due to illness affecting several members of the band and its crew. The postponed dates are: St. Louis, MO on 9/20, Chicago, IL on 9/21; and Detroit, MI on 9/24. The show in Toronto, ONT on 9/23, where they were due to appear at the World Cup of Hockey Fan Village will be canceled. Schedule permitting, Green Day will make up all dates but Toronto, and tickets will be honored at the new dates.

‘We’re so sad to announce we have to postpone three shows and cancel Toronto,’ said the band. ‘Many of us have been battling this infection for days on end to be ready, and it just got the best of us.’ Fans who would like to obtain a refund can do so from their original point of purchase. Stay tuned to www.Greenday.com for more info on the new tour dates.”

The cancelled shows were the first batch of tour stops for Green Day’s massive excursions in support of their 12th studio album, Revolution Radio. Revolution Radio is set to be released on Oct. 7 through Reprise Records. For more information and updates about the upcoming tour, keep an eye on Green Day’s social media accounts and website.