Hayley Williams announces the release of her solo debut, unleashes its first single

Sorry Paramore fans, but it looks like frontwoman Hayley Williams will be taking a step back from the band for a bit. But there’s some good news; Williams will be releasing her debut solo album later this year!

On Wednesday (Jan. 22), the musician finally confirmed what all the teasers on social media have been about. Taking to the same platform, the songstress revealed plans to unleash her debut studio album in May. Titled Petals for Armor (like all her teasers had stated), the album is due out May 8 through Atlantic Records.

“I’m so ready and so incredibly humbled to get to share this project,” the musician writes in a press statement.

“Making it was a scary, empowering experience. Some of my proudest moments as a lyricist happened while writing PETALS FOR ARMOR. And I was able to get my hands a little dirtier than usual when it came to instrumentation.

She continues: “I’m in a band with my favorite musicians, so I never really feel the need to step into a role as a player when it comes to Paramore records. This project, however, benefited from a little bit of musical naïveté and rawness and so I experimented quite a bit more. I made this with some of the closest people to me. Their respective talents really shine bright throughout the record. I like to think we all make each other better, and the result is something that sounds and FEELS exactly as I’d hoped it would.

Now that it’s time to put it all out there, I can finally exhale. I’m excited to let people in to experience a different side of myself that I’ve only very recently become familiar with.”

To coincide with the new album announcement, Williams released the first single from the album, a track titled “Simmer.” Instead of collaborating with new partners on the original tune, Williams kept things in the “family” by enlisting Paramore bandmate Taylor York to produce “Simmer.”

Because both the new song and studio effort weren’t enough, Williams has also unveiled the music video for “Simmer.”

Watch the Warren Fu-directed clip above.

“Simmer” is Williams’ first new track since the release of Paramore’s last studio album, 2017’s After Laughter.

This isn’t Williams’ first time releasing solo music.  She contributed a song titled “Teenagers” to the “Jennifer’s Body” soundtrack and covered Tegan and Sara’s “Nineteen” for the sisters’ Tegan and Sara present The Con X: Covers album.

Listen: Pearl Jam return with ‘Dance of the Clairvoyants’

Pearl Jam’s long-awaited return with new music just keeps getting better.

On Wednesday (Jan. 22), the iconic rock band finally unleashed the first single off their upcoming 11th studio album. Titled “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” the new tune’s runtime comes in at a little over four minutes.

Listen to “Dance of the Clairvoyants” above.

“‘Dance’ was a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration,” bassist Jeff Ament tweeted from the band’s official social media page. “We’ve opened some new doors creatively, and that’s exciting.”

“Dance of the Clairvoyants” is the first single off Pearl Jam’s upcoming new album Gigaton. The impending release is due out March 27 through Monkeywrench/Republic Records. Pre-orders for the new album are available for purchase here.

Josh Evans and Pearl Jam produced the album.

Gigaton is the follow-up to 2013’s Grammy-Award winning Lightning Bolt.

The new song isn’t the only new-album-related thing to be released. Earlier this week, they unleashed the forthcoming studio effort’s tracklisting. The album will feature 12 new tracks, including “Dance of the Clairvoyants.”

Surprisingly, 2018’s “Can’t Deny Me” is not on the tracklist.

A day after announcing the new album’s title, the band tweeted a little “FYI” to fans about what a gigaton is.

“A gigaton is what scientists use to measure the loss of ice from Earth’s largest ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. This weight is equivalent to over 100 million elephants or 6 million blue whales.”

Insightful.

To coincide with the new album’s release, Pearl Jam previously announced a slew of tour dates for the springtime. The 16-stop North American trek will find the group performing at venues across the continent throughout March and April to promote the album.

The tour kicks off on March 18 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and concludes a month later with a two-night engagement (April 18 and 19) at the Oakland Arena in Oakland. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

GIGATON TRACKLIST:

01. “Who Ever Said”
02. “Superblood Wolfmoon”
03. “Dance of the Clairvoyants”
04. “Quick Escape”
05. “Alright”
06. “Seven O’Clock”
07. “Never Destination”
08. “Take The Long Way”
09. “Buckle Up”
10. “Come Then Goes”
11. “Retrograde”
12. “River Cross”

The Strokes, Robyn, Wu-Tang Clan to headline III Points 2020

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Come for the sun and sand and stay for the….eclectic music festival?

Well, when Will Smith said, “Welcome to Miami,” he was definitely onto something.

On Tuesday (Jan. 21), the lineup for the 2020 incarnation of Miami’s III Points Music Festival was unleashed, and to say that the headliners are surprising would be an understatement.

Headlining this year’s event will be the Strokes (they know South Florida exists?), Robyn, Wu-Tang Clan, and Disclosure.

Both the Strokes and Robyn will make their III Points debut this year. For The Strokes, this is their long-awaited return to the Magic City; the group’s last appearance was in 2002.

Joining the Strokes, Robyn, Wu-Tang Clan, and Disclosure will be Kaytranada, Caribou, Amon Tobin Presents Two Fingers, Chris Lake, Stereolab, Tycho and Green Velvet, and more.

Bringing in some local Miami flavor to the otherwise “worldly” lineup will be Jaialai, Donzii, Thunderpony, Las Nubes, Haute Tension, Butterfly Snapple, Ghostflower and Palomino Blond.

At the end of the two-day event, over 90 performers would have taken over the music festival’s many stages/locations.

III Points will return to its longtime home of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District during the weekend of May 1-2. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. ET. Two-day passes start at $99, while VIP admission will run you $249 for both days.

Usually thrown in February, this year’s event was postponed a couple of months due to Super Bowl LIV taking over South Florida during that time frame. Let’s just say, Miamians like to party, but Super Bowl LIV + III Points may have been a little too much.

For more information about III Points, visit III Points’ website.

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All Time Low are back to prove they’re ‘Some Kind of Disaster’

Hold onto your side-swept bangs kids, ’cause we have a brand new song from All Time Low.

On Tuesday (Jan. 21), the Baltimore-founded band finally unleashed their first new song in almost three years. Titled “Some Kind of Disaster,” the new tune seems to find the band leaning more into their newer, grown-up sound as opposed to reverting to their earlier pop-punk-centric melody (which, we’ve gotta admit, we miss).

Like with all their other eras, the four-piece has confirmed that the “Young Renegades are no more” and that “your favorite disasters” are back.

“The Young Renegades are no more… Reintroducing your favorite disaster, All Time Low,” the band posted on social media.

“We took a step away for a minute- did some growing, did some soul searching, some healing… Now we’re back and ready to be all yours again, our battle scars worn proudly, and our hair looking better than ever. (It’s best if you just agree).”

They continue: “We’ve missed you all so much, and we’re so excited for what comes next. Feels like we’ve been keeping secrets from you for way too long… Been hard to keep our mouths shut, honestly. It’s a song and dance we’ve done a thousand times before, but this one feels extra-good. Besides, it’s never the same dance twice. Hope you dig this new song as much as we do… After all, it’s all for you.”

To coincide with the new song’s release, the group also unveiled its accompanying music video.

The four-minute clip finds the gang in an AA-style meeting with everyone’s issue clearly displayed on their name tag. We have a “liar,” a “critic,” and a “cynic,” you know adjectives taken directly from the song’s lyrics (and many All Time Low songs honestly).

During the meeting, we watch the guys, as well as other people, perform the typical exercises that you expect from these kinds of gatherings like talking, trust fall, breathing, and something that really looks like choreographed dancing. Yeah, we’re confused as well.

Watch the Lewis Carter-directed clip above.

“Some Kind of Disaster” is the first new song from All Time Low since 2017’s Last Young Renegades. The album was met with mixed reviews, but we’ve got to admit that we enjoyed grown-up All Time Low.

After being away for such a long time (not really), it looks like the band is ready to get right back on the horse (metaphorically because this is All Time Low).

The foursome recently announced three intimate shows due to take place next week. Dubbed “All Time low Live for $5,” the appearances include Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Jan. 28, Bowery Ballroom in New York on Jan. 30, and the Ottobar in Baltimore on Jan. 31. Tickets for those shows go on sale today at 3 p.m. ET.

This is no joke: Charlotte Lawrence drops her ‘Birds of Prey’ soundtrack contribution

The joke is definitely going to be on the Joker when Harley Quinn has her way with the Clown Prince of Gotham in “Birds of Prey”…and we’re all for it.

On Friday (Jan. 17), Atlantic Records unleashed the second single from the Birds of Prey soundtrack. This week, the record label debuted Charlotte Lawrence’s pop meets soul contribution “Joke’s on You.”

To coincide with the audio’s release, the lyric video for the three-minute tune was also unleashed. The lyric video is simple, taking inspiration from the film’s color scheme of neon colors superimposed on a black background.

Give “Joke’s on You” a listen above.

“Joke’s on You” is the second track to be released from Birds of Prey: The Album. Last week, “Diamonds” by Megan Thee Stallion and Normani was unveiled. Since its debut last Friday, the track has amassed a total of 10 million streams.

According to Atlantic Records, they will celebrate the soundtrack’s early February release “with a massive rollout leading up to the soundtrack and film’s arrival on February 7th, including exclusive new singles and mind-blowing music videos.”

Birds of Prey: The Album will feature a “badass girl gang” of musicians including Halsey, Sofi Tukker, Summer Walker, Lauren Jauregui, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell who portrays Black Canary in the film.

Birds of Prey: The Album was executive produced by Harley Quinn herself Margot Robbie, the film’s director Cathy Yan, Sue Kroll, and Bryan Unkeless. Pre-orders for the record are currently available for purchase here, while the full tracklisting can be found below.

BIRDS OF PREY: THE ALBUM TRACKLISTING:

  1. “Boss Bitch” – Doja Cat
  2. “So Thick” – WHIPPED CREAM (feat. Baby Goth)
  3. “Diamonds” – Megan Thee Stallion & Normani
  4. “Sway With Me” – Saweetie & GALXARA
  5. ” Joke’s On You” – Charlotte Lawrence
  6. “Smile” – Maisie Peters
  7. “Lonely Gun” – CYN
  8. “Experiment On Me” – Halsey
  9. “Danger” – Jucee Froot
  10. “Bad Memory” – Flay
  11. “Feeling Good” – Sofi Tukker
  12. “Invisible Chains” – Lauren Jauregui
  13. “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” – Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell)
  14. ” I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby” – Summer Walker
  15. “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – ADONA

The 1975 delay ‘Notes on a Conditional Form’ release date, unveil new single and upcoming tour itinerary

Warning!

We finally have some new music from the 1975…and it only took a couple of months.

On Thursday (Jan. 16), the British band appeared on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 Show to debut their latest single “Me & You Together Song.”

The upbeat tune matches the lyrics which finds our narrator (Matty?) talking about falling in love with a girl who just so happens to be his best friends. Throughout the track, we hear him sing about it being okay that she doesn’t want to ruin their friendship but how he has had dreams of a future together with this unknown woman.

And yes, he even makes reference to how people think he’s gay and also apologizes for acting queer (dude, you do you).

As some fans have pointed out, “Me & You Together Song” sounds like it could have easily found a home in a 2000s coming-of-age teenage film (not that we’re complaining).

Listen to “Me & You Together Song” above.

“Me & You Together Song” is the fourth single off Notes on a Conditional Form.  It joins their traditional “The 1975” track, “People,” and “Frail State of Mind” on the forthcoming studio effort.

Earlier this week during an Instagram Live session, Healy revealed that the album’s release date was once again pushed back.

The bad news: The album is due out in late April.

The good news: They will drop a new song a month until the album is out.

Notes on a Conditional Form will no longer be released on Feb. 21; it will now see an April 24 release date (if we’re lucky).

Because having to wait an extra couple of months for an album that was due out last year sucks, the 1975 have also unleashed a slew of tour dates for April, May, and June.

The cross-continent excursion begins on April 27 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston. It concludes a month-and-a-half later on June 11 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. local time. If you want to get ahead of the game, you can pre-order Notes on a Conditional Form to gain first dibs on tickets.

Phoebe Bridges and beabadoobee will open for the 1975 throughout the excursion.

Because seeing the 1975 wasn’t enough, the group has also revealed that they will plant a tree for every single ticket sold.

Talk about doing some good for the world.

Check out the full list of tour dates below.

THE 1975 SPRING 2020 TOUR DATES:

April 27 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
April 29 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
May 02 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
May 03 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
May 05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena
May 07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
May 08 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
May 11 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
May 13 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
May 14 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
May 16 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
May 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
May 19 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
May 21 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
May 23 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
May 26 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
May 29 – Hanover, MD @ The Hall At Live! Casino And Hotel
June 02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
June 03 – Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
June 05 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
June 06 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
June 08 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
June 09 – Miami, FL Bayfront @ Park Amphitheater
June 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center

Missy Elliot, Vampire Weekend, and Stevie Nicks to headlines Governors Bal 2020

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When we tell you that music festival organizers are taking the request for more genre (and general) diversity to heart, we weren’t kidding.

On Thursday (Jan. 16), the people behind New York’s Governors Ball announced the lineup for the 2020 incarnation of the annual event. Headlining this year’s festivities are Missy Elliot, Stevie Nicks, Vampire Weekend, Miley Cyrus, Tame Impala, Flume, and a slew more.

According to Billboard, Governors Ball 2020 will be Missy Elliot’s first major headlining gig in New York in over a decade (we should also point out she released her critically acclaimed EP ICONOLOGY last year).

Joining the previously mentioned acts on this year’s bill are Solange, Ellie Goulding, H.E.R., Portugal. The Man, Rüfüs Du Sol, Summer Walker, Foals, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maren Morris, Bleachers, Danny Brown, Of Monsters and Men, Alessia Cara, A R I Z O N A, Oliver Tree, Banks, PUP, Alec Benjamin, and many more.

At the end of the three-day event, a total of over 70 acts would have performed on one of the four stages. Insane, right?

In addition to all the music-centric goodness, Governors Ball has also revealed that this year’s event will include food that “highlights the city’s best eats,” visual artists from New York City (and around the world), tons of alcohol (because what’s a music festival without alcohol?), art installations including murals, statues, and flying inflatables, and yet-to-be-announced pop-up performances.

Not a bad way to celebrate your tenth anniversary.

Governors Ball 2020 returns to its home of Randall’s Island Park in New York City during the weekend of June 5-7.

Three-day general admission and VIP tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 17, at noon ET.

For more information about Governors Ball, head on over to the festival’s official website here.

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‘Everyone’s a star’ in Green Day’s music video for ‘Oh Yeah!’

Can you believe it’s been four months since Green Day announced a new studio album, a massive tour, and gave us a few new songs to jam out to?

Yeah, neither can we.

Now, the iconic pop-punkers are back to give us another new track from their impending record.

On Thursday (Jan. 16), the California rockers finally unleashed the music video for their latest single “Oh Yeah!” Clocking in at a little over three minutes, the clip primarily features people who are obsessed with their cell phone whether it’s driving and texting (frontman Billie Joe Armstrong becomes a victim of that), being on your phone while the television plays in the background (we’re guilty of that), or being in a bathroom and recording yourself, we can relate to some of these people on some level.

But the video is not just a social commentary on this obsession. We also see some other things happen like a guy cheating on his girlfriend via text, a couple getting their kink on, a bodybuilder oiling himself up, and the band playing different characters (Billie Joe is just a dude, Mike Dirnt is the worst security guard ever, and Tré Cool is Ron Burgundy).

Yeah, we’re just going to say that it’s a weird music video, but at this rate, do we really expect anything less from Green Day?

Check out the music video for “Oh Yeah!” above.

“Oh Yeah!” is the third single off the band’s (lucky) 13th studio effort. Father of All… has already produced two previous singles “Fire, Ready, Aim” and the album’s title track “Father of All…” The forthcoming release is due out Feb. 7 via the band’s longtime home of Reprise Warner.

Back in September, Green Day announced a massive summer 2020 tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer. Fittingly named the “Hella Mega Tour,” the lengthy outing will include shows in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Canada during the summer months of 2020.

The multi-country excursion kicks off on June 13 at La Defense Arena in Paris and concludes on Aug. 29 at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The full tour itinerary can be found here.

Grouplove confirm the release of ‘Healer,’ plot a North American spring tour

A week after starting the new year with a new song, Grouplove has confirmed that they officially have a new album coming out later this year.

On Wednesday (Jan. 15), the Los Angeles-founded band announced the forthcoming release of their fourth studio album. Titled Healer, the record is due out March 13 through Canvasback Music and Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available for purchase here.

Healer is the follow-up to 2017’s Big Mess.

To promote the new album, the band will hit the road for a cross-country trek. Dubbed the Healer tour, the excursion will include stops in major markets such as San Diego, Sacramento, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, New Haven, Baltimore, Charlotte, and more.

The tour kicks off on March 18 at the Meow Wolf in Santa Fe and concludes two months later on May 21 at Iron City in Birmingham. Le Shiv will open for Grouplove during the March and April stops of the tour while Jealous of the Birds will open during the May shows.

Additional dates will be added to the newly announced itinerary at a later time.

Grouplove is teaming up with the Ally Coalition for the Healer tour. The Ally Coalition will work with the band to bring organizations that support at-risk LGBTQ youth to each show. They will also be joined on the road by HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that promotes participation in democracy through music, culture, and digital media.

Artist and Songkick pre-sales begin this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. local time. General ticket sales for the springtime outing go on sale this Friday, Jan. 17.

The full list of tour dates can be seen below.

GROUPLOVE HEALER TOUR 2020:

March 18 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
March 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
March 23 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
March 24 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
March 25 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
March 27 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
March 28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
March 31 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall

April 1 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
April 3 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
April 4 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 5 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre
April 9 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
April 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
April 11 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
April 13 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
April 15 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom

May 7 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
May 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
May 9 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
May 12 – Providence, RI – The Strand
May 13 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
May 15 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
May 16 – Richmond, VA – The National
May 17 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
May 20 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
May 21 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Ladies, gents, and music lovers of all ages, it’s time to welcome the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2020!

On Wednesday (Jan. 15), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame formally announced this year’s inductees, and it’s definitely a diverse list.

In a surprising twist, a slew of first-time nominees earned positions in the hall of fame, including the Doobie Brothers, the Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Whitney Houston.

For Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, third time’s the charm as they also join the list of inductees for the 35th annual event.

The Dave Matthews Band won the fan ballot but sadly did not make the final cut once again confirming just because the fans like it, doesn’t mean the industry insiders do.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2020 nominees in October with several return nominees. This year marked the sixth time Kraftwerk had been nominated, the fifth time for MC5, the fourth for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and the second for Judas Priest and Todd Rundgren.

Jon Landau (longtime industry manager who helped guide Bruce Springsteen’s career) and Irving Azoff (the Eagles’ personal manger) will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award at this year’s event.

The Ahmet Ertegun Award “honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists, and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock and roll.”

For an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony will take place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2. The show will broadcast live on HBO at 8 p.m. ET.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on Feb. 27. Performances and special guests will be announced at a later date.