The Foo Fighters release surprise live EP for ‘Area 51 Day’

Whether you’re “Naruto” running your way to Area 51 or watching the dumpster fire that is ‘Storm Area 51’ from the comfort of your computer screen, everyone is doing something.

Cue the Foo Fighters who decided to get in on the non-holiday by giving us some jams.

On Friday (Sept. 20), the Washington-founded act unleashed their 00050525 Live in Roswell live EP to celebrate the Facebook-created event.

Surprisingly, the concert where this show was recorded did not take place recently; it actually took place on June 18, 2005, at the now-defunct Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico.

Now, you may be wondering what does the Foo Fighters’ show in Rosewell and Area 51 (which is in Nevada) have to do with one another? Well, all we can say is:

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But we digress.

The seven-song record features several, if not all, of their biggest hits such as “Learn to Fly,” “My Hero,” “Monkey Wrench,” “Everlong,” “Best of You,” and more.

Because the Foo Fighters are everyone’s favorite dads, they also uploaded a poster on Facebook with the proper way to act when invading Area 51/greeting your new “foreign” friends.

But in all seriousness, the Foo Fighters reveal on their website that the Roswell show was a special one for them; it was a one-of-a-kind tenth-anniversary gig.

“This was a special 10th-anniversary show held at a disused Air Force base close to the site of the supposed Roswell UFO incident in 1947,” the band posted online.

“The event was sponsored by Real Media with the company running a competition and flying winners to the airbase from across the United States to watch the show.”

To purchase the newly released EP, all you need to do is head on over to the Foo Fighters’ website.

For those who have been sleeping on the outrageous Area 51 invasion, it all started as a joke on Facebook, like almost anything nowadays.

Since jokes tend to get out of hand quickly, millions of people RSVP’d to the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” event which prompted the Air Force to get involved. They even warned attendees that they “always stand ready to protect America and its assets.”

All we have to say is:

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R.E.M. share previously unreleased track to benefit Hurricane Dorian victims

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While everyone is doing their part to help the Bahamas with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, R.E.M. has jumped on board to help the struggling chain of islands with the power of music.

On Thursday (Sept. 12), the Georgia-founded band unleashed a previously unreleased song titled “Fascinating.” Proceeds from the track, which is available on Bandcamp, will be donated to the Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

“We first became aware of Mercy Corps around the time of Hurricane Katrina, and we supported their efforts to help in that situation,” bassist/vocalist Mike Mills told Bandcamp Daily.

He continues: “I spend a lot of time every year in the Abaco Islands, which was literally ground zero for this disaster. I know a lot of people who lost everything—their homes, their businesses, literally everything they own is gone.

“I approached [R.E.M. manager] Bertis [Downs], and said, ‘I want to do something as a band to help out however we can.’ He suggested Mercy Corps, and I said, ‘That’s great—they’re a great organization.”

He adds: “I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there. It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian.”

According to a press statement from the band, “Fascinating” was initially set to appear on 2001’s Reveal. Ultimately, the group decided to cut the track from the list at the last minute. The song didn’t stay on the cutting room floor very long. In 2004, they re-recorded the song at Compass Point Studios (now closed) in Nassau with the goal of including it on their 13th studio album, Around the Sun.

Once again, it was omitted from the album because “the lush ballad ultimately didn’t jibe with that spare, atmospheric album.”

But now it looks like the song will be seeing the light of day (officially) and for an excellent cause.

See the band’s full announcement here.

If you would like to help out those affected by Hurricane Dorian, there are a slew of organizations, fundraisers, and charities where you can start. All you really need to do is find one near your location or head on over the Bahamas’ official tourism page where a medley of donates links are available.

We’ve personally donated to the Bahamas Humane Society and Baark! Bahamas so the sky really is the limit.

Lana Del Rey covers Ariana Grande during recent live show

Lana Del Rey’s love of covers knows no bounds.

On Monday (Sept. 9), the New York-born songstress headed over to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge to perform not one, but two different covers during her stint. The first was her current radio single and Sublime cover of “Doin’ Time.” The second was her take on Ariana Grande’s “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored.”

On social media, a fan pointed out that Del Rey was giving the thank u, next track a spin and Grande chimed in, showing support for the reworked tune.

“Oh my god Lana Del Rey I love u so very very much,” the “7 rings” singer tweeted.

This isn’t the first time the collaborators —Grande, Del Rey, and Miley Cyrus worked on a song for the upcoming “Charlie’s Angels” film— praised one another.

In an interview with the New York Times, Del Rey explained to the publication how she and Grande connected and her love for Grande’s fifth studio album.

“I had been listening to Dangerous Woman a lot. I got her number at some point and we would chat. And then thank u, next came out and I freaking loved that record. Every song, I was like, how did she write that?”

Currently, there is no solo audio of both covers and if you’re not in the United Kingdom you can’t watch the live performances. But you can stream the whole show here. Here’s a tip, Del Rey’s interview starts at the 2:00:00 point and both live performance soon follow. So fast-forward to that point and listen in.

“Doin’ Time” is featured on Del Rey’s much-anticipated and recently released record Norman Fucking Rockwell while their joint track “Don’t Call Me Angel” is due out this Friday, Sept. 13.

Charli XCX shares her Yaeji and Clairo collaboration ‘February 2017’

If you don’t think Charli XCX is one of the hardest working musicians in pop music, then you have not been paying attention.

On Friday (Sept. 6), the singer unleashed another new song from her upcoming new album. Titled February 2017,” the latest track features Clairo and Yaeji.

“Collaborating with Yaeji and Clairo was really fun and unique,” the pop star said in a press statement.

“We are all very different artists, but coming together on this song felt so special and right. Clairo and I made a load of songs together in my studio in LA one afternoon at the beginning of the year. None of them were this song but it was so easy to write with her that the second I came up with this idea separately I sent it over to her and she came back with loads of ideas.”

She continues: “We sent over this idea to Yaeji too and she did a really beautiful verse. It sounds so intimate. It’s one of the most intimate moments on the album.”

“February 2017” is featured on Charli’s forthcoming third studio album Charli. Her self-titled is due out next Friday, Sept. 13, through Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the 15-track record are currently available here.

“February 2017” joins previously released singles “Gone” with Christine and the Queens, “1999” with Troye Sivan, “Warm” with HAIM, “Blame It on Your Love” with Lizzo, and “Cross You Out” with Sky Ferreira.

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

Earlier this week, Charli joined forces with Christine and the Queens to perform their joint track “Gone” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. During their set, they even gave the 1975’s catchy tune “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” their own spin. Listen to the performance here.

In support of the impending release, Charli previously announced plans to embark on a massive fall tour. The Charli LIVE North American outing begins Sept. 20 at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta and concludes a month later on Oct. 22 at Terminal 5 in New York.

At the time of publication, a handful of shows were classified as sold out. Those gigs include Emo’s in Austin on Sept. 24, Showbox Market in Seattle on Oct. 4, the House of Blues in Chicago on Oct. 12, 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.

Blink-182 take the melancholy route for ‘I Really Wish I Hated You’

If blink-182 keep releasing new songs from their forthcoming full-length, there aren’t going to be any left to surprise fans.

On Friday (Sept. 6), the California-founded act unleashed the fifth song from their upcoming new studio album. Like with “Darkside,” the group posted about the new track’s release on Instagram. The post featured the song’s title in red neon lights against a black background, giving some kind of sense of how the song would sound.

The caption accompanying the images read “text us for a sneak peek (323) 831-0182.”

The almost three-and-a-half-minute tune finds the band getting darker with lines like “I hate the way that you’re better off / I numb the pain, but it never stops” and “Save me from myself the way you used to / Because I don’t really like myself without you / I really wish I hated you.” This plays into what Mark Hoppus said earlier this year when he revealed the new blink album would be darker and more aggressive.

Listen to “I Really Wish I Hated You” above.

“I Really Wish I Hated You” joins previously released single “Darkside,” “Blame It on My Youth,” “Happy Days,” and “Generational Divide” on blink’s upcoming new album. Titled NINE, the record is due out Sept. 20.

Pre-orders are available on the band’s website.

Blink-182 are currently in the final stages of their massive summertime tour with Lil’ Wayne and Neck Deep. Tonight, they’ll take over the Hartman Arena in Wichita, Kansas. As per the tour itinerary, Lil’ Wayne will not appear at tonight’s show nor tomorrow’s gig at Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The remaining tour stops can be found here.

Simple Creatures continue their trash-pop takeover with ‘Thanks I Hate It’

If you’re ready for some new trash-pop, then Simple Creatures is here to help satisfy your craving.

On Friday (Aug. 30), the Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth-led act released their first new track in several months. Titled “Thanks, I Hate It,” the tune finds the duo doing what they do best; combining catchy/dancy beats, loads of synth, and some thought-provoking lyrics.

Listen to “Thanks, I Hate It” above.

“Thanks, I Hate It” will be featured on Simple Creatures’ new EP, Everything Opposite. The six-song record was initially scheduled for a summertime release, but as fans have noticed, it did not happen.

Instead, the duo revealed that the EP will now see a fall-time release date. Everything Opposite is due out Oct. 11 with pre-orders currently available for purchase.

When asked about the reason behind the change in release date, Gaskarth responded the only way he knows how to; sarcastically.

“Had to push back out release date because Skynet leaked the wrong artwork or some such,” the singer tweeted.

According to a press release, the upcoming EP will feature “Thanks, I Hate It,” previously released track “Special,” “One Little Lie,” “Need Me,” “The Wolf” and “NVM.”

While Simple Creatures did perform at some big-name music festivals earlier this summer, their shows have tapered. We can safely assume it had to do with Hoppus’ prior commitment to Blink-182 and their monstrous summer tour with Lil Wayne and Neck Deep.

Simple Creatures will return to the stage later this year at the Good Things Festival in Australia.

Who knows…maybe they’ll turn up at a venue near you.

Angels and Airwaves channel the Beach Boys with ‘Kiss and Tell’

Surprise!

Angels and Airwaves have released a brand new song.

On Thursday (Aug. 29), the Tom DeLonge-fronted band unleashed heir second new song of the year. Titled “Kiss and Tell,” the latest track comes a day after the band kicked off their much-anticipated comeback tour. According to DeLonge, the song was inspired by the Beach Boys.

“The beginning of the song is really an ode to the Beach Boys,” the musician reveals.

“It opens with three-part harmonies to create an introduction with multi-dimensionality. We wanted to create a sound that had electronic elements right alongside classic rock and pop-punk melodic structures.  Lyrically, this song is specifically about balancing on the edge of a razor blade. Doing something you’re not supposed to be doing, and although you might die while doing it, it’s still very much keeping you feeling alive.”

Listen to “Kiss and Tell” above.

While the act has been mum about a new studio album, fans are hopeful that both “Kiss and Tell” and previously-released “Rebel Girl” will find a home on the group’s sixth studio album. Angel and Airwaves last full-length record was 2014’s The Dream Walker, and in 2017, they released We Don’t Need to Whisper Acoustic – EP.

Last night, the four-piece made their triumphant return to the stage after seven years. Taking the stage at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, their 22-song setlist included classic AVA songs, some blink-182 (“I Miss You,” “Aliens Exist”) and Boxcar Racer (“There Is”) covers as well as the live debut of six new tracks.

Angels and Airwaves full tour itinerary can be found here.

Death Cab for Cutie to release ‘The Blue EP’ in the fall

Death Cab for Cutie is returning with a new, albeit short, album late this year.

On Tuesday (July 30), the Washington-founded band announced plans to unleash a five-track album in the fall. Titled The Blue EP, the somewhat follow-up to 2018’s Thank You for Today is due out Sept. 6 through Atlantic Records.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.

While the album only features five songs, the tracks were worked on by three different producers.

Peter Katis, whose resume includes The National, Interpol, and Kurt Vile, produced “Kids in ‘99″ and “Blue Bloods.” Rich Costey —who previously worked with Death Cab on Thank You for Today— produced “To the Ground” and “Before the Bombs.” As for the final track on the album, “Man in Blue,” Death Cab for Cutie took over the producing duties.

To coincide with the new release announcement, Death Cab for Cutie has released its first single. Titled “Kids in ’99,” the song was “written as a tribute to three children who lost their lives in the 1999 Bellingham Olympic Pipeline explosion in Seattle.”

“The Olympic Pipeline explosion in 1999 was a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham,” frontman Ben Gibbard says in a press statement.

“After all these years, I felt it was worthy of its own folk song.”

Listen to “Kids in ’99” above.

Last week, the group surprised fans when it was confirmed they had worked on a song with Chance the Rapper. Titled “Do You Remember,” the song is featured on the rapper’s new album The Big Day.

Blink-182 head to the ‘Darkside’ on their new track

Happy Friday, pop-punkers! Blink-182 just dropped another new song.

On Friday (July 26), the California-founded act released the fourth single off their upcoming new studio album. Titled “Darkside,” the song sounds a lot like a poppier version of Alkaline Trio, securing Matt Skiba’s position within the longtime band’s updated lineup.

Listen to “Darkside” above.

Earlier this week, the band posted an image on Instagram featuring a blue painted background and the word “Darkside” in neon lights.

The caption read “Friday” and a phone number. Fans were urged to text the number to hear a sneak peek of the new track.

“Darkside” joins previously released singles “Blame It on My Youth,” “Happy Days,” and “Generational Divide” on blink’s upcoming new album. Officially titled NINE, the record is due out Sept. 20. In a confusing twist, the album appears to be blink’s eighth studio effort, though frontman Mark Hoppus has clarified that debate.

NINE. This is our ninth studio album, as decided by me and Travis,” the musician writes on Reddit.

“Some count Buddha, some not. Some count The Mark, Tom and Travis Show. Some count Dogs Eating Dogs. I’m counting Buddha, Cheshire Cat, Dude Ranch, Enema of the State, Toypaj, Untitled, Neighborhoods, California, and now NINE.”

I guess that put an end to that argument.

Blink-182 are currently on the road on their summertime outing with Lil Wayne and Neck Deep. Earlier this month, the tour made headlines when the rapper revealed to an unsuspecting audience that he may exit the excursion well before its final show.

Taking to social media soon after, Lil Wayne refuted the claim. “Yesterday was krazy! But I want all my fans to know I won’t be quitting this tour!” the rapper posted on Twitter.

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

Tonight, the tour will take over the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Ampitheatre in Tampa. The remaining tour dates can be found here.

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).