Watch: Weird Al Yankovic channels Weezer frontman in ‘Africa’

If you couldn’t escape Weezer’s cover of Toto’s “Africa” this summer, then you weren’t alone. Since its debut earlier this year, the song has managed to infiltrate not only rock radio stations across the country, but also the music charts (it currently hold the number five spot on Billboard‘s Rock Song chart). The one thing quartet never released was an official music video for the tune, but that’s all changed. On Monday (Sept. 24), the California-founded band finally gave us the music video for the track following months of only having the studio and live versions of the cover.

If you were expecting to see any member of Weezer in the clip, then we have some bad news for you. Instead, the group enlisted some stand-ins to take their place while “Weird Al” Yankovic takes on the role of frontman Rivers Cuomo. Decked out in a button down shirt, tie, cardigan, and Cuomo’s iconic geeky glasses, Yankovic’s interpretation of the singer is a major throwback to the group’s video for “Buddy Holly.”

The comedian plays his role so well that it’s quite surprising that it’s not actually Cuomo behind the microphone.

The four-minute video features the band just playing the song on a sound stage in front of a blue backdrop that is similar in shade to the background used for the cover over their Blue album.

Watch the Brendan Walter and Jade Ehlers-directed clip above.

Last week, Weezer released their first original new song in almost a year; a track titled “California Snow.” The song is featured on soundtrack for the upcoming film, Spell. The score for the film was composed by Fall Out Boy frontman, Patrick Stump.

It was also announced by the band that Cuomo has a special cameo in the film, playing the role of the protagonist’s therapist. Spell made its debut this past weekend at the LA Film Festival.

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Say Anything announce release date, track listing for final album

It’s been over a month since Say Anything frontman Max Bemis broke the news to fans that the band would no longer be his main focus. In his lengthy, ten-page letter, he explains his reason for putting the group on the back burner while also revealing that they will receive one final album before the disbandment becomes somewhat permanent. On Monday (Sept. 24), the California-founded act gave fans a little more information about that upcoming final record.

Previously confirmed to be titled Oliver Appropriate, the album is due out Jan. 25, 2019 via Dine Alone Records. Pre-orders for Oliver Appropriate are currently available on the band’s website. According to Bemis, the act’s eighth studio album is the proper sequel to their sophomore album, 2004’s …Is a Real Boy.

“This record is the story of what would happen to the ‘Real Boy’ many people thought I was. His band did well but then fell off hard,” Bemis writes. “He’d be my age, of course, but he’d still be living in Brooklyn, struggling with financial woes, single and strung out.”

While the official details for the forthcoming record have just been released, the group already treated fans to two songs from the upcoming album; “Daze” and “Pink Snot.” “Daze” can be streamed above while “Pink Snot” can be streamed here.

For fans hoping the band would embark on one final tour before calling it a day, those wishes were dashed after skimming Bemis’ letter.

“There will be no full U.S. tour to support the record or in the near future. I am done being a touring musician as my main profession.”

Bemis’ “Say Anything: A Goodbye Summation” letter can be found here while the official track listing for Oliver Appropriate can be found below.

OLIVER APPROPRIATE TRACK LISTING:

01. “The Band Fuel”
02. “Daze”
03. “Pink Snot”
04. “Greased”
05. “Ew Jersey”
06. “Mouthbreather”
07. “When I’m Acid”
08. “Captive Audience”
09. “Your Father”
10. “Send You Off”
11. “Fired”
12. “It’s a Process”
13. “The Hardest”
14. “Sediment”

Memphis May Fire announce ‘Broken,’ drop new single

With a couple of months left before they hit the North American touring circuit, Memphis May Fire have just confirmed that fans will have some new tunes to jam to during those gigs. On Friday (Sept. 21), the Texas-founded band announced plans to release their sixth studio album in the fall. Titled Broken, the new record is due out Nov. 16 through Rise Records. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on the band’s website.

Broken is the follow-up to the group’s 2016 release, This Light I Hold.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band released the record’s lead single; the hard-hitting “The Old Me.”

In a press statement, frontman Matty Mullins describes the inspiration behind the new track. As it turns out, the song was primarily inspired by the singer’s struggle with anxiety and depression and how he wishes to one day return to the person he used to be before his symptoms began to manifest.

“‘The Old Me’ is about my struggle with anxiety and depression,” Mullins’ letter begins.

“What feels like a war between good and evil, loathing the person I become mentally when it consumes me, and trying to remember what life was like before I lived with the symptoms. Ultimately hoping to one day become that person —’The Old Me’— again.”

Listen to “The Old Me” above.

In support of the ten-track album’s November release, Memphis May Fire were previously confirmed as one of Atreyu’s supporting acts during the California band’s fall tour. The upcoming trek will begin on Nov. 9 at the Van Buren in Phoenix and conclude over a month later on Dec. 13 at the House of Blues in Anaheim. the full list of upcoming dates can be found here while the complete track listing for Broken can be seen below.

BROKEN TRACK LIST:

01. “The Old Me”
02. “Watch Out”
03. “Sell My Soul”
04. “Who I Am”
05. “Heavy is the Weight”
06. “Over It”
07. “Fool”
08. “Mark My Words”
09. “You and Me”
10. “Live Another Day”

Listen: Disturbed give fans ‘A Reason to Fight’ with new single

With the rise of addiction becoming a borderline epidemic, Disturbed have returned to tell fans who are struggling that things will get better. On Friday (Sept. 21), the Illinois-founded band unleashed “A Reason to Fight”; the second single off their upcoming new album. In a press statement, frontman David Draiman and guitarist Dan Donegan explain that the acoustic ballad is about fighting your inner demons no matter what those demons may be.

“The message behind ‘A Reason to Fight’ is a personal one,” begins Draiman. “We’ve all seen people that we care about fall victim to addiction. Dan [Donegan] sent me a rough idea for the song and it hit home particularly hard.”

“I know people who’ve battled addiction and have seen it in their face — the shame they have — feeling they’ve let themselves and others down,” adds Donegan. “We wanted to write a song with a positive message for people in that situation to stay hopeful and not give up the fight, as challenging as it may be. It’s an everyday struggle, but there can also be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

The music video for the new song was directed by Matt Mahurin whose resume includes U2, Metallica, and Disturbed’s music video for their cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” Watch the music video for “A Reason to Fight” above.

“A Reason to Fight” will join “Are You Ready” on Disturbed’s upcoming seventh studio album Evolution. Evolution is due out Oct. 19 through Reprise Records. All pre-orders of the forthcoming record will include instant downloads of the two single.

Evolution is the follow-up to 2015’s Immortalized.

Watch: Ice Nine Kills channel ‘The Crow’ in ‘A Grave Mistake’

Several days after unleashing the third single off their upcoming fifth studio album, Ice Nine Kills have returned with yet another horror film-inspired music video. On Thursday (Sept. 20), the Massachusetts-founded band unleashed the eight-and-a-half-minute clip for their new song “A Grave Mistake.”

Like with the past two videos, the clip begins with frontman Spencer Charnas’ psychiatrist convinced that the singer is in fact a serial killer. Instead of taking place inside the doctor’s office, this video finds the shrink sitting inside of his car stalking Charnas as he goes about his life. While the doctor lurks in the dark, audio of his sessions with Charnas are heard in the background.

Like during the previous session, Charnas is heard explaining that his dreams have once again changed. This time, his late-night delusions revolve around him and his fiancée getting murdered the night before their wedding; a direct reference to 1994’s cult classic “The Crow.”

Following a confrontation with Charnas, the doctor does not relent trailing the singer to a local bar. While the doctor thinks he’s succeeding in going undercover, Charnas is onto him. At the bar, the singer meets up with a guy who trades him the some drugs in exchange for the pinched prescription scripts from the “Thank God It’s Friday” music video.

In order to lure the psychiatrist away and slip him the drugs, Charnas makes a call pretending to be the editor of a major medical magazine. As the shrink goes outside to take the call, it gives Charnas ample time to drug his drink.

When the doctor returns, he takes a sip of his drink, completely unaware of what was just added to it. As the drug begins to take an effect, the doctor begins to have a lucid dream that turns him into the viewer watching Ice Nine Kills’ version of ‘The Crow.”

As with the previous clips, Charnas takes the role of the film’s protagonist which in this case is Brandon Lee’s Eric Draven. The viewer watches as he recreates some of the iconic scenes from the film including crawling out of the grave, beating up the bad guys to save an endangered woman, and of course the face painting scene.

Watch the music video for “A Grave Mistake” above.

“A Grave Mistake” will join previously released tracks “Thank God It’s Friday” (inspired by “Friday the 13th”) and “The American Nightmare” (inspired by “A Nightmare on Elm Street”) on the group’s forthcoming album, The Silver Scream. The impending release is due out Oct. 5 through Fearless Records. In support of the album’s release, the group previously announced plans to embark on a short, album release tour. The short excursion will begin on Oct. 1 in Pasadena at Michael Myers’ House (where else?) and conclude on Oct. 27 in Santa Rose at the house from “Scream.” Those tour dates and tickets can be found here.

After wrapping up the short album release tour, Ice Nine Kills will join Atreyu on their own fall tour. That excursion will begin on Nov. 9 at the Van Buren in Phoenix and conclude over a month later on Dec. 13 at the House of Blues in Anaheim. Those tour stops can be found here.

Listen: Weezer release new song from Patrick Stump-composed soundtrack

Weezer may have spent most of the summer playing their epic cover of Toto’s “Africa” around the country, but now the group is giving fans something new and original for the fall months. On Thursday (Sept. 20), the California-founded band unleashed a new, synth-pop tinged song titled “California Snow.” Though the new track may seem like a nice surprise single from the group who just recently took the stage at Riot Fest, the track was actually put together for an upcoming new film.

“California Snow” will reportedly be featured on the soundtrack for Spell, a thriller released by Crush Pictures, a division of the band’s management firm. The score for the forthcoming record was written and composed by Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump. As if having a song on the soundtrack wasn’t enough, it looks like Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo will even have a cameo in the film.

According to a post on the band’s official Twitter account, Cuomo will play a therapist who’s “ready to help you solve all your thorny problems.”

“[Rivers] lends his voice as the therapist & he’s ready to help you solve all your thorny problems. Clearly the only prescription to make anyone better is a new song,” the band’s post reads.

Listen to “California Snow” above.

Spell follows Benny (Barak Hardley), a troubled 30-something American on a surreal journey through the Icelandic wilderness following the sudden death of his fiancée.

Spell will debut on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the LA Film Festival.

Last week, Weezer made headlines when Riot Fest organizers announced that they were one of three acts slate to replace Blink-182 at the annual music festival (Taking Back Sunday and Run the Jewels were also confirmed). During their set, the quartet paid homage to Blink by performing their own version of “All the Small Things.” Watch the performance here.

Watch: New Doctor Who season 11 trailer shows us who’s in charge

“What do we do?”

“Why you asking her?”

“‘Cause she’s in charge, bro.”

“Says who?”

“Says us!”

If that’s not a killer way to introduce the first female Doctor to the public, then we don’t know what is.

Watch the new official trailer for season 11 of the iconic sci-fi show above.

The new season of Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Watch: Disney Rick Rolls fans in final ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ trailer

With a few months left until the release of the highly-anticipated sequel to Wreck-It Ralph, Disney is giving fans one more trailer before things go quiet until November. On Thursday (Sept. 20), the House of Mouse unleashed the final trailer for the Wreck-It Ralph follow-up, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Until now, the film’s plot remained unknown with the trailers focusing more on Ralph and Vanellope’s out-of-water experience in the world of the interwebs and Vanellope interacting with Disney’s slew of princesses.

The two-and-a-half minute trailer begins with a voiceover from Vanellope as she recounts how she was having the time of her life until her arcade game’s steering wheel breaks. Due to the broken controller, the arcade owner has to pull the plug on Sugar Rush, leaving all the game’s characters in a panic. Ralph’s solution to the problem is simple; go into the world of the internet and get a new steering wheel.

Throughout the trailer, the viewer watches similar scenes that were featured in the previously released clips, but are given some new material as they witness the darker version of Sugar Rush; Slaughter Race. While trying out Slaughter Race, Vanellope not only meets the game’s most popular racer Shank (voiced by Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot), but also realizes that she might like the world of the internet better than her life in the arcade.

“I don’t think I could ever tell Ralph,” Vanellope admits to Shank as a holographic version of Ralph looks at the duo from afar.

“There’s no law saying best friends have to have the same dreams,” Shank responds.

Watch the full trailer above.

Ralph Breaks the Internet infiltrates theaters on Nov. 21.