Panic! at the Disco give fans ‘High Hopes’ with new track

Panic! at the Disco have returned with yet another new song from their upcoming new studio album, Pray for the Wicked. On Wednesday (May 23), the Las Vegas-founded band unleashed their brand new track, “High Hopes,” following days of teasing and cryptic posts on social media.

Taking to Twitter, frontman Brendon Urie sounded off about the new, anthemic track: “I spent too long not setting my expectations high enough, worried about how it felt to fail. I hit a point when I realized I had to aim high and fail, fail, fail in order to keep growing. This one is for all of you who helped me go for it all. I thank you.” Listen to “High Hopes” above.

“High Hopes” will join previously released tracks “(F*** A) Silver Lining” and lead single “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” on Panic! at the Disco’s forthcoming sixth studio album. Pray for the Wicked is due out on June 22 through the band’s longtime home of Fueled By Ramen. Pre-orders for Pray for the Wicked are available here.

In support of Pray for the Wicked’s release, the group will embark on their massive Pray for the Wicked summer tour beginning July. The tour will kick off July 11 at the Target Center in Minneapolis and conclude a little over a month later on Aug. 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

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Watch Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato escape the patriarchy in ‘Fall in Line’

After dropping the audio version of her latest single and then giving a stellar performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato have returned with the official video for “Fall in Line.” On Wednesday (May 23), the powerhouse duo premiered the music video for their female empowerment anthem. The almost five-minute long clip begins with two little girls, presumably meant to be Aguilera and Lovato, playing in a field.

Out of nowhere, two soldiers — dressed in black from head to toe — appear. Each soldier grabs a little girl, separating them from one another. Flash forward, and we see a makeup-less Aguilera laying on a cot in what looks to be some sort of prison. The viewer watches as two soldiers hold onto Aguilera, manhandling her as if she were some kind of doll while she stands in front of a white screen with cameras pointed at her.

As Aguilera begins to sing the song, the viewer watches as the camera angles shift from the white room to a surveillance room where a woman sits watching the medley of television screens. For a brief second, the viewer see a similarly  makeup-less Lovato on one of the many screens.

During the second verse, the viewer finally gets to see Lovato, who like Aguilera, is posed in front of a white screen in front of a slew of cameras. In a not-so-surprising move, given the content of the lyrics, Aguilera and Lovato manage to escape their captors and return to the real world. Watch the full music video for “Fall in Line” above.

“Fall in Line” will join previously released tracks “Twice” and “Accelerate” on Aguilera’s upcoming release. Liberation is due out June 15 through RCA Records.

In support of the 15-track album, the pop star announced last week plans to hit the North American touring circuit in the fall for her first tour in over ten years. The Liberation tour will kick off on Sept. 25 at the Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida and conclude a month and a half later on Nov. 13 at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Tickets for the upcoming trek are currently available here. Every tour ticket purchased will include a free copy of Aguilera’s new album. The full list of Liberation tour dates can be found here.

Rise Against announce release of ‘The Ghost Note Symphonies Vol.1’

With their massive summer tour about to kick off in a few short months, Rise Against have recently announced some big news. Last week, the Chicago-founded band revealed on social media plans to release a compilation album in late July. Titled The Ghost Note Symphonies Vol.1, the album will contain re-imagined versions of previously released Rise Against songs.

According to their post on Twitter, the songs will be”stripped down, with alternate instrumentation, unique orchestration, and a surprise or two.” The album was recorded at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado with producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

In addition to the compilation’s announcement, the band also unveiled the music video for the first song from the record, “House on Fire.” Watch the video for stripped down version of the Wolves track above.

The Ghost Note Symphonies Vol.1 is due out July 27. The compilation album comes a year after the band released their eighth studio album, Wolves. The album landed at the number nine spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

This summer, the quartet will hit the road for a massive summertime tour. The “Mourning in Amerika” tour will kick off on July 28 at the RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, Ontario and conclude two months later on Sept. 30 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. Anti-Flag and AFI will join Rise Against for the full tour. The “Mourning in Amerika” tour itinerary can be found here.

Forever the Sickest Kids to re-release debut on vinyl

It was the year of super tight skinny jeans, neon-colored clothes, emo fringe, and catchy electro-pop tunes. It was the late 2000s and Forever the Sickest Kids were one of the many bands who managed to make a name for themselves in the scene during that time. Flash forward several years later and the band has been quiet at best, making it hard to believe that it’s been a decade since their debut album, Underdog Alma Mater, graced our (black) iPod classic.

Last last month, the band decided to celebrate the anniversary of their breakout album the only way they knew how to; reissuing the record in vinyl form. As per a message on the band’s official website, Underdog Alma Mater is their only album not to get the vinyl treatment so they decided to rectify that for the occasion.

“In honor of the 10 year anniversary of our first full-length album, Underdog Alma Mater, we are officially announcing the limited edition vinyl! Oddly enough, Underdog Alma Mater is the only Forever the Sickest Kids full-length album so far that never got a vinyl edition, so we are in the process of getting these pressed and ready to ship as fast as possible!”

Fans who would like first dibs on the gold vinyl version of the album are encouraged to sign up on Forever the Sickest Kids’ website here.

Not much as been heard from the band since their last time on the Vans Warped Tour in 2013. In 2015, they advised fans on social media that they were alive and well and taking time to focus on their personal lives. In 2017, vocalist Jonathan Cook said in an interview with Highlight Magazine that “the band isn’t defunct, but dormant” leaving the door open for a reunion or even new music.

Underdog Alma Mater was released on April 29, 2008 through Universal Motown. The record features several of the group’s biggest hits including “Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone),” “She’s a Lady,” and “Hey Brittany.”

Good Charlotte sign deal for new studio album

Good Charlotte fans have been waiting weeks to see what the guys have been hiding up their sleeves, but now, it looks like the cat may have been let out of the bag a little early due to a new business deal. On Tuesday (May 22), Billboard reported that the Baltimore-founded band had signed a worldwide deal with BMG to release their new studio album.

The only problem? The quintet had yet to confirm the news of an upcoming record.

According to the report, the yet-to-be-confirmed project will be Good Charlotte’s second album to be released through their record label imprint, MDDN. The first album they released through the MDDN imprint was their post-hiatus album, 2016’s Youth Authority.

“We feel our partnership with BMG is a natural one, as we’ve been fortunate enough to see firsthand their commitment to the artists they’re in business with,” reads a press statement on behalf of Benji and Joel Madden. “As the momentum for Good Charlotte continues to build in this new chapter of our career, BMG has consistently demonstrated the type of forward thinking, artist friendly, entrepreneurial spirit that we really relate to and is in line with the way we want our business to feel.”

The new deal announcement comes a day after the band released another teaser clip on their Instagram account. Unlike all their previously posted cryptic gifs, this ten second snippet ended with the date May 25, 2018 appearing on the screen.

Prior to that, the group had posted gifs of their old press photos with a steel-blue skull superimposed over their faces. Then, last week, they did the same thing, but on some classic 90s albums including Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind, Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love, The Fugees’ The Score, Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skylines, and Kenny G’s Breathless.

Good Charlotte tease some big for Friday

Is the Good Charlotte wait almost over? If we are to believe the band’s latest social media post, then the answer is yes. On Monday (May 21), the Baltimore-founded group took to Instagram once again to unleashed another teaser. This time, the band posted a ten second clip which features some footage flickering between a black screen and their ever-present steel-blue skull. At the end of the snippet, the numbers “05/25/18” appear on the screen cautioning fans that some answers will be given this Friday, May 25, 2018. Watch the Instagram video here.

The new clip comes after weeks of the five-piece posting random clips on their social media accounts. The teasers began with the band posting old press photos of themselves with the same steel-blue skull from the current video covering their faces. Then, last week, they did the same thing, but on other artists’ album covers. Those albums include Garth Brooks’ Ropin’ the Wind, Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love, The Fugees’ The Score, Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skylines, and Kenny G’s Breathless. Like all of their other similar posts, these did not have any caption or explanation attached.

While we may not get any answers until the end of the week, fans are hoping that this is the band’s way of announcing new music. Good Charlotte officially returned from their hiatus in 2016 with the release of their sixth studio album, Youth Authority. Since the album’s release in July of 2016, the band has been touring behind it on and off for the past two years. In that time, they’ve headlined a slew of tours as well as performed on the inaugural Warped Rewind at Sea last year.

As It Is rekindle the emo era with ‘The Wounded World’ video

It’s barely been a year and a half since As It Is released their sophomore album okay., but now it looks like fans should expect some new tunes before we say good-bye to the dog days of summer. On Thursday (May 17), the British band formally announced the release of their third studio album. Titled The Great Depression, the record is due out Aug. 10 through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the new album are available on As It Is’ website.

In conjunction with the new album’s announcement, the band released the music video for its first single, “The Wounded World” which introduces their longtime followers to a brand new era for the quartet. Watch the music video for “The Wounded World” above.

For some, the new darker image may or may not come as a surprise. At the end of April, photos of frontman Patty Walters sporting black hair, the emo fringe, massive eyeliner, and black nail polish surfaced on social media. While this elated some, it kind of confused others. The new look though, has a direct connection with the band’s goal with this album; to shine a light on mental illness.

“This record started…as an exploration of the question ‘Do we as a society have a fetish for mental illness?” begins Walters’ explanation behind the impending release.

“Do we romanticize or glorify a sickness? It was important for me to do some soul-searching around that question. Are we part of a scene that actually does more damage than good in terms of the way we talk about these issues?”

Guitarist/vocalist Benjamin Langford-Biss reveals that there was one major event in  the last year that helped shape the band’s new melancholy sound; the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. “What happened with Chester really shaped the direction of the story.”

Walters adds: “[The album] took a different turn when Chester Bennington took his own life.”

The Great Depression will be the follow-up to 2017’s sophomore effort okay.

Watch Broadside celebrate their fans in ‘Summer Stained’

Just as they are about to kick off another tour, Broadside are back to give fans a little something. On Thursday (May 17), the Virginia-founded band released an emotional music video for their latest single “Summer Stained.” The almost-four-minute clip begins with a short snippet of footage from what looks to be the Vans Warped Tour. The seconds long clip is then rewound and the viewer finds themselves in a darkly lit room with frontman Ollie Baxxter sitting on a bed while guitarist Dorian Cooke sits nearby in a chair.

Behind both guys is a wall covered from top to bottom with photographs sent in by fans. The music video also features fan-shot footage of the band interacting with their fans and performing on stage. All in all, the video feels like a thank you from the band to their fans.

“With the progression of social media and everybody having a camera in their pocket, a lot of moments are captured but unseen,” begins a message from Baxxter about the music video.

“We always meet so many people on tour and being able to relive those encounters again without the fear of ‘I hope I’m more than just a photograph’ was really inspirational. The fact that thousands of photos poured in shows that people really care about us (as we do them). The love is more than appreciated.”

“‘Summer Stained’ is a reflection on the loneliness of giving all of yourself away in your music in hopes that you will fill the hole that is in your heart.” Watch the complete video for “Summer Stained” above.

“Summer Stained” is featured on Broadside’s sophomore album, Paradise. The record was released in June of 2017 and earned the number 17 spot on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Album chart and the number 47 spot on Billboard‘s Independent Album chart.

Broadside just began their springtime European tour with a show at Dynamo in Zürich. The European tour will feature stops in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The U.K. portion will also include the group’s appearance at all three days of the Slam Dunk Festival. After a month away from the road, Broadside will join the final Vans Warped Tour excursion in early July, riding it out until the traveling music festival’s final stop at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West palm Beach, Florida.

Broadside’s upcoming tour schedule can be found here.

Listen: Nine Inch Nails drop ‘God Break Down the Door’

A week after finally confirming the release of the final installment of their current trilogy, Nine Inch Nails have returned with the record’s first single. On Thursday (May 17), the Ohio-founded band headed over to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show for Apple Music to premiere “God Break Down the Door.” Listen to “God Break Down the Door” above.

During the premiere of the song, frontman Trent Reznor spoke (transcript provided by Nine Inch Nails’ management) to Lowe about how the song’s sound came to be.

“From the sound of the drums to the kind of frantic drumbeat. To looking around the studio and seeing the untouched baritone tenor and alto sax that are sitting there. They’re there because they remind me that I can’t play them as well as I used to be able to. For 20 years, I’ve been saying I’m going [to] really get my technique back because it would be fun to do. And there they sit, taunting me in the corner.

We pulled them out and we just started fucking around really, led with Atticus arranging. I was just kind of going. An hour performance kind of turned into this thing that felt like we hadn’t been there before and that started to reveal a whole different character. The space changed and then we felt motivated. When it came time to sing, I was really just trying things out just to see. I never had the courage to sing like that, I didn’t know I could sing.”

In the same sit down, Reznor also gave some insight on each of the trilogy’s album. He unveiled how the story evolved from Not the Actual Events and what Bad Witch’s place is among the three records.

“Let me drop some cryptic information on you. The idea of this three EP thing was all to find truth in us; figuring out who we are now and how we fit into the world. The first EP — Not the Actual Events — was meant to be a personal angry, self-destructive reflection on that question and defining how I feel in a world. I feel stranger. Part of that’s aging. Part of that’s because the world is getting weirder…finding your place in a world that looks different every day…little bit changes and reacting to that in the first EP through anger and self-destruction and sitting alone setting a match to your life.

The second EP — Add Violence — was meant to

the same question, but looking for answers externally. Maybe it’s because of this and there’s comfort in that. Maybe there’s a reason things feel kind of crazy and it’s not that I’m insane [but] that I’m in a situation that’s insane.

There was the third EP, which has grown into an LP [Bad Witch]. It was coming [from] one final look at that question from rejecting what the number two says that it wasn’t an easy answer. It’s not..it’s not…we…I can’t point at that as a formula and that’s what it was. And that the entire system has a much more bleak and pessimistic outlook and I[ don’t] want to say too much because it gives away kind of the what the thing is. But it wasn’t necessarily what we thought it was going to be when we started. I thought it was going to go more science fiction. I don’t really want to overwhelm you with cleverness and deep diving and part of that felt like an arms race and it also felt like a cop-out.”

“God Break Down the Door” will be featured on Bad Witch. The third installment of the band’s current trilogy is due out June 22. Bad Witch follows the release of 2016’s Not the Actual Event and 2017’s Add Violence.

In support of Bad Witch’s release, Nine Inch Nails announced plans last week to hit the road during the months September, October, November, and December. The “Cold and Black and Infinite” North American tour will kick off on Sept. 13 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and conclude three months later on Dec. 12 at the Palladium in Los Angeles. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

The Jesus and Mary Chain will join Nine Inch Nails for the full tour run. Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning this Saturday, May 19, at each of the venue’s box office.

Watch I Prevail overrun an arcade in ‘Rise’

I Prevail are back to close the book on their Lifelines era with one last music video. On Tuesday (May 15), the Michigan-founded band unleashed the music video for their fan-favorite track, “Rise.” The three-and-a-half minute clip begins with a zoomed out shot of a white van parked in the middle of a deserted parking lot. The shot switches to the four guys sitting inside of the van as they are about to put on some ultra-cheesy clown masks. Even though someone decides they don’t want to participate, they go forward with their still-unknown plan.

At first, it appears like they are about to rob a bank or some sort of store, but it turns out that they are making their way towards a grimy, desolate building. Once they enter the building, they hand over some cash and make their way into an old-school arcade.

Surrounded by children, the guys don’t care as they start to wreak havoc. They take the kids’ tickets, push them out of games, try to steal the prizes, and even cheat at Skeetball (in their defense, it is a hard game). That’s about the time when the kids decide to join forces for a full mutiny.

“We knew we wanted to create a video for ‘Rise’ very early on in the making of Lifelines,” lead/guitarist Steve Menoian explains.

“The song is an anthem about the competition and dedication that comes with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. During our first year of touring, we spent almost every day off at Dave & Busters. This was partly because we couldn’t afford hotels or fancy restaurants, but mostly because we found ourselves having to compete with each other at every turn, no matter how petty or small the stakes.

It’s just part of who we are. This video will give you a front row seat to our over competitiveness and a window into our darker sense of humor. The entire process of making this video allowed us to travel back in time and remember how much we love what we do and how we wouldn’t want to be doing this without each other and our fans.”

Watch the music video for “Rise” above.

“Rise” is featured on I Prevail’s debut album Lifelines. The record was released back in 2016. In support of the album’s release, the band has been touring nonstop for the past two years. Currently, they are in the middle of wrapping up a mid-western tour which will find them performing at select venues and several music festivals including WIXO Spring Fling in Illinois, Rock on the Range in Ohio, and Rocklahoma in Oklahoma. I Prevail’s current tour schedule can be seen below.

I PREVAIL TOUR DATES:

May 18 – WIXO Spring Fling – Peoria, IL
May 19 – Lafayette Theater – Lafayette, IN
May 20 – Rock On The Range– Columbus, OH
May 25 – Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 26 – Dos Equis Pavillion – Dallas, TX
June 01 – The Apollo Theatre – Genoa, IL
June 02 – Rockfest –Kansas City, KS
June 03 –Pop’s – Sauget, IL