Surprise! Skrillex drops two new songs

Surprise! We have some new Skrillex tunes to jumpstart the weekend.

On Friday (July 19), the musician surprised fans by releasing not one, but two new tracks. Titled “Mumbai Power” (featuring Beam) and “Fuji Opener” (featuring Alvin Risk), both tracks are featured on the DJ’s surprise new EP, Show Tracks

Listen to “Mumbai Power (feat. Beam)” above while “Fuji Opener (feat. Alvin Risk)” can be found here.

For fans who have attended any of Skrillex’s recent shows, the songs may sound a little familiar. The DJ has been incorporating the new songs into his setlist during some gigs. These two new tracks are the first pair of new tunes from the producer in quite some time.

While it’s been a while since Skrillex has released any new songs, it doesn’t mean he has not been busy. Earlier this year, he joined forces with Boys Noize and their supergroup, Dog Blood, to release “Turn Off the Lights.”

He also remixed “Due West” from Kelsey Lu’s album Blood, produced Lykke Li’s “Two Nights” Pt. 2 with Ty Dolla Sign, and even had time to create the theme song for the highly-anticipated video game Kingdom Hearts III with Japanese superstar Hikaru Utada.

No wonder we haven’t gotten any new music from him (or From First to Last).

Blink-182 confirms the release date for their ‘California’ follow-up

Mark it down, guys. Blink-182’s new album is heading our way this fall. On Friday (July 19), the California-founded band appeared on “Good Morning America” to perform their current radio single “Blame it on My Youth.”

Following the live performance, frontman Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker participated in a short interview where the host revealed the duo had some big news concerning new music.

Turns out, the big announcement was the official release date for the group’s long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s California.

“New music right now. September 20th is the release date of the album,” Hoppus said to an excited audience. Watch the clip here.

Blink-182 is currently on the road with Lil Wayne and Neck Deep on their co-headlining summer tour. Tonight, the band does not have a show, but the tour will continue tomorrow (July 20) at the Veterans United Home Loans Ampitheatre in Virginia Beach. The full list of upcoming tour stops can be found here.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of their third studio effort, blink-182 previously announced that they will perform Enema of the State, in full, during the current excursion.

Last week, the tour made headlines after tour mate Lil Wayne told an unsuspecting audience in Bristow, Virginia that he may be exiting the assignment well before the trek’s last day.

“I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to do this tour but make some noise for blink-182 for including me anyway. This might be my last night, though, let’s go.”

Hours after the fan-shot video went viral, the rapper responded on Twitter saying that everything was okay and that he had no plans on leaving the tour.

“Yesterday was krazy! But I want all my fans to know I won’t be quitting this tour!” the rapper posted on Twitter.

He continues: “I’m having too much fun with my bros blink-182. Bangor, ME See you tomorrow!”

Hayley Kiyoko releases ‘The Craft’-inspired music video for ‘I Wish’

Hayley Kiyoko is back and casting a spell on her fans.

On Thursday (July 18), the multi-talented artist unleashed her first new song in over a year. Titled “I Wish,” the song finds the musician yearning for a failed relationship. Playing close to the song’s subject matter, the music video features a group of girlfriends gathering to help one of them (Kiyoko) overcome her failed relationship.

Like close friends do, they try to help her out by giving her a special potion and cast a spell to help her forget her former significant other. After the spell is cast and Kiyoko drinks the tonic, the girls break out into some serious dance moves.

In the end, it appears like the potion and spell did their job when the image of Kiyoko’s ex starts to fade.

Watch the bewitching music video, which was directed by Kiyoko, above.

In a press statement, Kiyoko explains where her inspiration for the new track came from.

“It’s really hard when you love someone who doesn’t feel the same way,” the singer writes.

“In this video, I wanted to bring to life the support group we all need when our love for someone isn’t being reciprocated. Having a strong support system of friends is so important to remind us we are loved and we are not alone.”

“I Wish” marks Kiyoko’s first release since her breakthrough debut record, Expectations. The album was released in March of 2018, earning a lot of praise from fans and critics alike.

In honor of the new song, Kiyoko will be hosting an exclusive “I Wish” The Experience pop up this upcoming weekend. The event will take place on Friday (July 19) and Saturday (July 20) at The Row in Downtown Los Angeles.

The pop-up event will include a station where fans can request special wishes, a potions bar, limited-edition merchandise, and more.

Fresh off an exciting and jam-packed 2018, the musician is showing no signs of stopping. This summer Kiyoko will perform at a handful of high-profile music festivals including Lollapalooza (Aug. 1), Osheaga (Aug. 4), and Reading and Leeds (Aug. 23-24).

Charli XCX joins forces with Christine and the Queens for ‘Gone’

Charli XCX is back with another new song from her much-anticipated third studio album. On Thursday (July 18), the musician released the music video for her latest single, “Gone.” The track features musician Christine and the Queens.

Watch the Colin Solal Cardo-directed music video above.

“Gone” joins previously released tracks “1999” and “Blame it on Your Love” on Charli. Charli is due out Sept. 13 through Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the album are available here.

Christine and the Queens join several other prominent special guests on the forthcoming studio effort. HAIM, Troye Sivan, Sky Ferreira, Kim Petras, and many more round out the 15-track album.

Charli is the follow-up to 2014’s Sucker.

Charli will sit down with Christine and the Queens for a one-on-one chat about their collaboration on Monday, July 22 at 1 p.m. EST. The conversation will stream live on her Beats 1 show The Candy Shop.

Last month, Charli announced a slew of tour dates for later this year. The Charli LIVE World Tour will invade North America throughout September and October.

As the time of publication, a handful of shows have been classified as sold out. Those gigs include Showbox Market in Seattle on Oct. 4, the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. on Oct. 18, Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Oct. 19, and her final tour stop at Terminal 5 in New York on Oct. 22.

Tommy Genesis, Brooke Candy, Dorian Electra, and Allie X will support Charli on select dates.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.

Sleater-Kinney return with ‘The Center Won’t Hold’

Sleater-Kinney keeps blessing us with new songs. On Wednesday (July 17), the Washington-founded act released the third single off their upcoming new album. Titled “The Center Won’t Hold,” the track is the impending release’s title track.

Watch the lyric video for “The Center Won’t Hold” above.

“The Center Won’t Hold” will join previously released tunes “Hurry on Home” and “The Future is Here” on the band’s forthcoming, ninth studio album. The Center Won’t Hold is due out Aug. 16 through Mom + Pop Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase here.

The new song comes several weeks after longtime drummer Janet Weiss announced her departure from the group. Since Weiss’ formal departure, the remaining members have been relatively quiet about her exit. Of course, some fans have taken issue with this, constantly probing the band to speak out about it.

In a recent post on Instagram, Carrie Brownstein addressed those inquiries head-on.

“What am I supposed to say? She left. We asked her to stay. We tried. It’s hard and sad,” Brownstein responded to a fan on the social media platform.

“She’s left us with a job to do, a job we also expected and wanted her to be a part of. Her playing on this record is amazing, and she’s raved about this album to us and to Annie. But we have to keep looking to the future. Things change, even when those changes are hard and unexpected. Four amazing women worked on this record, and we are going to honor that work.”

Weiss announced her departure at the beginning of the month on Twitter.

“The band is heading in a new direction, and it is time for me to move on,” she wrote.

Even with one missing member, Sleater-Kinney will hit the road later this fall. In support of The Center Won’t Hold, the act will play gigs across the continent throughout October and November.

The excursion begins on Oct. 9 at the Fox Theatre in Spokane and concludes a month and a half later on Nov. 23 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

The All-American Rejects return with their three-song EP, share its lead single

After what has felt like an eternity, the All-Amerian Rejects are finally back! On Tuesday (July 16), the Oklahoma-founded group returned with a slew of goodies for their patient (but long-suffering) fan base. Two years after releasing their last set of new tunes (“Sweat” and “Close Your Eyes”), the four-piece confirmed the immediate release of their digital EP.

Titled Send Her to Heaven, the record features three new tracks; “Gen Why? (DGAF),” “Demons,” and the album’s title track and lead single “Send Her to Heaven.”

Watch the four-minute, theatrical music video for “Send Her to Heaven” above.

Send Her to Heaven is currently available for purchase here. This EP marks the band’s first release through their new home of Epitaph Records.

When asked about the decision to release these three songs together on the album, guitarist Nick Wheeler revealed that it had to do with each of the song’s connection to one another.

“’Send Her to Heaven’ and ‘Demons’ just went together thematically,” Wheeler reveals to Alternative Press in a recent interview.

“‘Send Her to Heaven’ is about a debaucherous person, and ‘Demons’ is the redemption and the self-realization at the end of it. We had listened to the songs together and thought, ‘Hey, this makes sense. Let’s put them all out there.’”

Now that there’s new music out there don’t expect this to be a precursor to a brand new album. The group does not have any plans to release the long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s Kids in the Street any time soon.

“There’s not a plan to do that [an album] anytime soon, but we’re naturally coming into the space where we are creating when we feel like it,” Wheeler reveals.

“When the opportunity for us to make music on a greater scale happens, we’re going to take that opportunity and run with it. Hopefully [this EP] will take us naturally into our next chapter, whatever that is.”

Fitz and the Tantrums return with ‘I Just Wanna Shine’

If Fitz and the Tantrums keep treating fans to new songs before their new album drops in September, then there won’t be any songs left. On Monday (July 15), the Los Angeles-founded band unleashed another new track from their upcoming fourth studio album. Titled “I Just Wanna Shine,” the electro-pop act not only unveiled the new tune but also shared its corresponding music video.

The music video follows a teenager as she goes about her daily routine, though it seems to mirror “Groundhog Day” as we witness the same thing over and over again. We watch as she wakes up in the morning, gets ready for the day ahead of her, feeds her younger sibling, checks on her absentee guardian, and skateboards around town.

Every single day, she sets up shop in front of different storefronts to practice her breakdancing but gets kicked out of each of the locations. Not one to be deterred, she persists.

As the video gets close to the end, we watch as she discovers an abandoned building with an open door. She’s finally able to break the mundane cycle and practice without interruptions on the building’s rooftop, overlooking the city.

Watch the music video for “I Just Wanna Shine” above.

Fitz and the Tantrums recently announced that “I Just Wanna Shine” will be featured in Walmart’s official back-to-school campaign, so expect to hear the song everywhere from now through September.

“I Just Wanna Shine” joins “All the Feels,” “I Need Help!,” “Don’t Ever Let Em,” and current radio hit “123456″ on All the Feels. All the Feels is due out Sept. 20 through Elektra Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase on the band’s website.

All the Feels is the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Fitz and the Tantrums.

In support of the new album, Fitz and the Tantrums are currently on the road with Young the Giant on their massive co-headlining summer tour.

COIN and Alice Merton will open for the bands during the excursion. COIN will play the role of supporting act during the July shows while Alice Merton will play the role of supporting act during the August shows.

The tour will invade the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Tuesday (July 16). The full list of tour dates can be found here.

The Menzingers announce their sixth studio album, share ‘Anna’

Get ready because the Menzingers are releasing a brand new album later this year. On Monday (July 15), the Pennsylvania-founded act announced the upcoming release of their sixth studio effort. Dubbed Hello Exile, the album is due out Oct. 4 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the record are currently available for purchase on the band’s website.

Hello Exile is the follow-up to 2017’s highly successful (and much-loved) After the Party.

For this album, the Menzingers reconnected with previous collaborator Will Yip. Yip previously worked with the group on After the Party. According to a press statement, the four-piece spent a month working with Yip on the 12-track LP.

“This is the longest amount of time we’ve ever worked with [producer] Will [Yip]. We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.”

To coincide with the new album announcement, the group decided to treat fans to a small taste of the album by releasing its lead single. Listen to “Anna” above.

In a statement, frontman Greg Barnett reveals what led to the band selecting “Anna” as the record’s first single.

“You know, it was kind of a tough decision, but we just thought that it was a great summertime song.”

He continues: “It’s super-hooky and super-catchy. We went back and forth with some of the songs, but at the end of the day we’re just really excited about ‘Anna.’ This is a very storytelling album, and I think Anna is a pretty good representation of the rest of it.”

Because a new album and single weren’t enough, the Menzingers have also unveiled tour dates for later this year. Their upcoming North American fall tour will find the foursome performing at venues across the continent.

The 33-stop trek includes shows in Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Toronto, and more. The fall tour begins on Oct. 25 at the Athenaeum in Columbus and concludes a month and a half later on Dec. 7 at the House of Blues in Boston.

Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse will join the Menzingers on select dates.

Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday, July 19.

The complete list of tour dates can be found below.

THE MENZINGERS FALL 2019 TOUR DATES:
Oct. 25 – Columbus, OH – Athenaeum ^
Oct. 27 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick^
Oct. 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater^
Oct. 30 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater^
Oct. 31 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall^
Nov. 1 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater^
Nov. 2 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown^
Nov. 3 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre^
Nov. 5 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon^
Nov. 6 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre^
Nov. 8 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s^
Nov. 9 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s^
Nov. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent^
Nov. 12 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse^
Nov. 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red^
Nov. 15 – Dallas, TX – Trees^
Nov. 16 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger^
Nov. 17 – Austin, TX – Mohawk^
Nov. 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade^
Nov. 20 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground^
Nov. 22 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum%
Nov. 23 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham%
Nov. 24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room%
Nov. 26 – Nashville, TN – Basement East^
Nov. 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall^
Nov. 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater^
Dec. 1 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix^
Dec. 3 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry^
Dec. 4 – Washington, DC – The Black Cat^
Dec. 5 – New York, NY – Warsaw^
Dec. 6 – New York, NY – Warsaw^
Dec. 7 – Boston, MA – House of Blues^

^ w/ Tigers Jaw & Culture Abuse
% w/ Culture Abuse (no Tigers Jaw)

Lil Wayne threatens to leave current blink-182 tour during his set

UPDATE (July 12, 2:09 p.m. EST):

Lil Wayne has responded to all the head-scratching questions surrounding his “speech” at last night’s stop of his co-headlining tour with blink-182.

“Yesterday was krazy! But I want all my fans to know I won’t be quitting this tour!” the rapper posted on Twitter.

He continues: “I’m having too much fun with my bros blink-182. Bangor, ME See you tomorrow!”

We guess that kind of answers one of the zillions of questions we still have.

ORIGINAL POST (July 12, 1:03 p.m. EST):

Well, it looks like Lil Wayne isn’t feeling blink-182’s current tour or their fanbase.

On Friday (July 12), a video from the Bristow, Virginia stop of the tour surfaced online with the rapper stopping midway through his set to speak with the audience. Instead of it being a form of banter or some kind of interaction with those in the crowd, the rapper all but threatens to leave the tour.

In a fan-shot video (which can be seen above), Lil Wayne asks for forgiveness before telling the crowd that it’s just not his “swag.” He continues by saying he doesn’t know how much longer he’ll last on tour and ends it by saying that it might be his final show on the outing.

“Please forgive me, but I am so not used to performing to a crowd, and there’s not too many, you know like still, that’s not my swag,” Lil Wayne can be heard saying in the video.

He continues: “I’m not sure how long I’m going to be able to do this tour but make some noise for blink-182 for including me anyway. This might be my last night, though, let’s go.”

At the time of publication, neither camp has released an official statement on the matter. For those following the summertime excursion, the co-headlining tour just kicked off at the end of June.

While there is no show tonight, the tour is supposed to take over the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine tomorrow night with a month-and-a-half of shows still on the itinerary. We guess we just have to sit back and see what happens.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

It doesn’t seem like many fans would be upset if Lil Wayne was to leave the tour; the initial reactions to the lineup we not exactly welcoming to the rapper’s addition to the pop-punk-centric lineup.