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).

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.

Blink-182 return to their punk roots with ‘Generational Divide’

And just like that, the music gods have blessed Blink-182 fans with a brand new, albeit short, song.

On Friday (June 21), the California-founded pop-punkers unleashed the long-awaited follow-up to “Blame it on My Youth.” Dubbed, “Generational Divide,” the 50-second song finds the band returning to their punk roots with the aggressive and fast-paced track.

Watch the music video for “Generational Divide” above.

On Wednesday, the group took to social media to announce the release of the new song. They kept it simple with a mock poster of a punk rock show (alla CBGB) with a skeleton decked out in a spikey leather jacket and mohawk, a cigarette in its mouth, and its middle finger prominently featured on the flyer.

“Generational Divide” is the follow-up to their lukewarmly received track “Blame it on My Youth.” The track was released in May and signaled the beginning of their new “more aggressive” sound, though the song wasn’t exactly aggressive.

While fans have not been given a title or official release time frame for the forthcoming record, fans have begun to speculate that it may be sometime this summer.

The yet-to-be-confirmed record will be the follow-up to 2016’s California.

“Generational Divide” comes a week before the trio is due to hit the North American touring circuit with Lil’ Wayne and Neck Deep. The summertime excursion begins next Thursday, June 27, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Earlier this month, the three-piece revealed that they would be paying homage to their third studio album, Enema of the State, by performing it in full during the upcoming run.

“To celebrate 20 years, we’re playing Enema of the State in its entirety all summer long!” the band tweeted.

Enema of the State was released in June 1999 through MCA. The record produced several of the group’s biggest hits including “All the Small Things,” “Adam’s Song,” and “What’s My Age Again?”

Foster the People slow things down on ‘Imagination’

Foster the People are back and ready to give fans another new song.

On Friday (June 21), the California-founded band shared their new track, “Imagination.” The over-four-minute tune finds the group toning down the electronics of past and channeling heartbreak with its lyrics. Listen to “Imagination” above.

“Imagination” comes days after the group announced plans to release a new song by week’s end. They took to social media to share a snippet of the song with the words “Just you in my imagination,” a lyric from the track.

To coincide with the new song’s release, the band launched their “Imagination” contest, where fans were encouraged to send in designs inspired by the song’s lyrics.

“We’ll pick some of our favorites to be featured as part of the artwork on Spotify, and one design will be used as a limited edition merch piece (where the designer will get a share of the profit),” the group tweeted.

“Imagination” is Foster the People’s third non-album track to be released. In March they dropped “Style,” and at the tail end of 2018, the group shared their chart-topping single “Worst Nites.” While the act has yet to announce a new album, we’re sure that all three tracks will find a home on the act’s fourth studio effort.

Foster the People’s last studio album was 2017’s Sacred Hearts Club. Though the 12-track studio effort was met with mostly mixed reviews, it peaked at the number 47 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number eight spot on the Billboard Top Alternative albums chart.

Sacred Heart Club features two alternative radio hits, “Sit Next to Me” and “Doing it for the Money.”

Simple Creatures return with ‘Special’ ahead of Download Festival gig

Simple Creatures wanted to give fans something “special” and that they did. On Thursday (June 13), the Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth-led act released their first new single since the release of their debut EP this past spring. Titled “Special,” the new song finds the band sticking to their self-proclaimed trash-pop sounds.

Listen to the three-minute track above.

The new track’s release comes sometime after the co-singers began teasing fans on social media. They first posted an image of themselves as the grumpy old men from the Muppets (You know the ones based on Sikel and Ebert?). They captioned the post with “Who’s about ready for some new Creatures then? 👍👎 Coming soon.”

Then, they cleared their Instagram account of everything and posted a cryptic photo with the caption June 13 and what looks to be lyrics to the new jam.

“Special” is Simple Creatures’ first new song since their debut EP’s release. The record includes “Adrenaline,” “Drug,” and the album’s title track “Strange Love.” No confirmation has been given on whether “Special” will be featured on Simple Creatures’ upcoming EP, but it may be safe to assume so.

Earlier this year, while promoting Strange Love, the duo revealed that they already had plans to release its follow-up. The band allegedly unveiled the upcoming EP’s title during a show, but there was no proof to corroborate these claims. Shortly after, the group confirmed that their second EP would be titled Everything Opposite and is due out later this summer.

Simple Creatures will make their Download Festival debut this weekend. Hoppus, Gaskarth, and company will perform on the Avalanche stage on Saturday, June 15.

Pixies return with ‘On Graveyard Hill,’ announce their seventh studio album

You know how the Pixies have been randomly touring nonstop throughout the last couple of years? Well, now we see what they’ve been planning. On Monday (June 3), the Massachusetts-founded band confirmed the upcoming release of their seventh studio album. Titled Beneath the Eyrie, the forthcoming record is due out Sept. 13 via Infectious/BMG.

Pre-orders for the new record are currently available for purcahse on the band’s website. Beneath the Eyrie not only marks the long-awaited follow-up to 2016’s Head Carrier, but also the band’s second album to feature their current lineup of Black Francis (vocals/guitars), Joey Santiago (guitars), David Lovering (drums), and Paz Lenchantin (bass).

In addition to the latest announcement, the group also treated fans to the first single off the impending album. Listen to “On Graveyard Hill” above.

The new music revelation comes days after the band began teasing something big on their social media accounts. The posts featured images and nonsensical lines (one of which can be confirmed as a lyric from “On Graveyard Hill”), building up towards this big reveal.

In support of the release of Beneath the Eyrie, the group previously announced plans to embark on an extensive European tour this fall. Before crossing the pond in early September, the Pixies will headline the Cure’s inaugural Pasadena Daydream Festival on Aug. 31 in Pasadena, California.

Earlier this spring, the Pixies joined forces with Weezer once again for a huge North American co-headlining tour. The trek wrapped up in April.

The Pixies full European itinerary can be found below.

PIXIES FALL 2019 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

Aug. 31 – Pasadena, CA – Daydream Festival
Sept. 13 – Cardiff, England – Motorpoint Arena
Sept. 14 – Plymouth, England – Pavilions
Sept. 16 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy
Sept. 17 – Leeds, England – O2 Academy
Sept. 18 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
Sept. 20 – London, England – Alexandra Palace
Sept. 21 – Newcastle, England – O2 Academy
Sept. 22 – Glasgow, Scotland – O2 Academy
Sept. 23 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Usher Hall
Sept. 25 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Ulster Hall
Sept. 26 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
Sept. 29 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
Sept. 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Cirkus
Oct. 1 – Denmark, Copenhagen – KB Hallen
Oct. 3 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVredenburg
Oct. 4 – Tilburg, Netherlands – O13 Poppodium
Oct. 5 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
Oct. 7 – Cologne, Germany – Palladium
Oct. 8 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lucerna Music Hall
Oct. 9 – Vienna, Austria – Gasometer
Oct. 11 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon
Oct. 12 – Turin, Italy – Todays at OGR
Oct. 13 – Zurich, Switzerland – X-Tra
Oct. 15 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
Oct. 16 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
Oct. 17 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Luxexpo
Oct. 19 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
Oct. 20 – Lyon, France – Le Radiant
Oct. 21 – Rennes, France – Le Liberte
Oct. 23 – Barcelona, Spain – Sant Jordi Club
Oct. 24 – Madrid, Spain – Riviera
Oct. 25 – Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno
Oct. 26 – Galicia, Spain – Coliseum

 

Cardi B incinerates the ‘Press’ in her new song

Cardi B is back and ready to take aim at the press. On Friday (May 31), the New York-born MC unleashed her new track “Press.” The song comes days after the musician began teasing fans about it online. The song finds Cardi boasting about her riches, but also taking aim at the press, specifically those bloggers who publish false stories about her “for the clicks.”

With lyrics like “Press, press, press, press, press / Cardi don’t need more press” and “Kill ’em all, put them hoes to rest / Walk in, bulletproof vest / Please tell me who she goin’ check? / Murder scene, Cardi made a mess,” it’s evident that Cardi has had enough with all the lies making headlines.

Listen to “Press” above.

“Press” is currently available for purchase on all streaming services. The track was produced by Slade Da Monsta with additional production by Key Wane For the Win.

The new tune comes days after the rapper revealed plans to release a new track before the week’s end. “Press” is the follow-up to her platinum-certified track “Please Me,” her second collaboration with label mate Bruno Mars.

No word on whether the tracks are standalone singles or part of the high-anticipated follow-up to 2018’s Invasion of Privacy. Cardi previously revealed that she has plans to release a new album in spring 2019, but the projected release date has since passed.

“Of course it’s gonna be an album in 2019,” she said. “Hopefully, I could get my album done around the same time that Invasion of Privacy came out, but I don’t know how possible that’s gonna be because I feel like I’m going to be extremely, extremely busy.”

Earlier this month, Cardi earned a total of six Billboard Music Awards at the annual event. The rapper was nominated for 21 awards, missing the record-breaking total of 22 set by the Chainsmokers and Drake in 2017.

Lana Del Rey goes California cool in her cover of Sublime’s ‘Doin’ Time’

It’s almost summertime, so we should expect Lana Del Rey to finally release her new studio album any day now. While we still don’t have an official  release date, Del Rey has given us a new summer jam to blast through our car speakers; her take on Sublime’s “Doin’ Time.”

On Friday (May 17), the New York-born singer unveiled the full cover of the 1996 reggae-infused tune. The full version of the track comes a week after she dropped a warped version of the audio on Instagram. The caption at the time read “coming soon.”

Del Rey’s version of “Doin’ Time” will appear in Sublime’s upcoming documentary “Sublime” which “outlines the history of the iconic California band.”

“Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to at least one Sublime song,” Del Rey said in a statement.

“They epitomized the SoCal vibe and made a genre and sound totally their own.”

Sublime’s Bud Gaugh adds: “We are so excited to be collaborating with Lana on this. The smoky, sexy, and iconic sound of her voice breathes new life into one of our favorite singles.”

Troy Dendekker, late singer Bradley Nowell’s widow, noted, “Lana’s cover of ‘Doin’ Time’ is magical and haunting. What an honor to have her talent complement the Sublime legacy.”

Listen to Del Rey’s cover of “Doin’ Time” above.

“Sublime” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April to mixed reviews from critics. Directed by Bill Guttentag and produced by Interscope Films, the film follows the group’s rise to mainstream success and their subsequent fall following the death of Nowell in 1996.

As for Del Rey, her new studio album Norman Fucking Rockwell still does not have a release date. To date, she’s released a total of six singles; “How to Disappear,” “Venice Bitch,” “Hey Blue Baby,” “I Must Be Stupid for Feeling So Happy,” “Mariners Apartment Complex,” and “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it.”  In January, she also treated fans to a snippet of another new song titled “Happiness is a Butterfly.”

Charli XCX and Lizzo join forces for ‘Blame it on Your Love’

What happens when two of pop’s biggest stars get together for a collaboration? You get a tune that you will definitely be blasting from your car’s stereo all summer long.

On Wednesday (May 15), Charli XCX and Lizzo finally unleashed their much-publicized joint track. Titled “Blame it on Your Love,” the new record finds Charli XCX proving that she’s one of pop music’s biggest powerhouses while Lizzo kills it with her rapping during the last minute of the tune.

“I hope this becomes your new party anthem,” Charli XCX writes about the new jam.

“This song has been in my life for around three years now, and I’m so happy to be releasing it. I love you all. Let the new era begin.”

The song was written in Los Angeles and produced by Stargate, with additional production by A. G. Cook and Finn Keane.

For those keeping a close ear to the song, they may notice a little Easter egg courtesy of Charli XCX. The main song sampled on the new track is from “Track 10” off the musician’s album Pop 2.

Listen to “Blame it on Your Love” above. The track is available for purchase here.

The joint song is just the beginning for the two artists.

Charli XCX is going to have a busy summer this year with a slew of performances already scheduled. The musician will perform at New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival (June 2), co-headline Los Angeles’ Go West Fest with Troye Sivan (June 6), and hit the stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago (July 21). After that, she’ll head across the pond for Radio 1 Big Weekend in Newcastle and Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

As for Lizzo, the singer is showing no signs of stopping. The singer’s recently announced North American “Cuz I Love You” tour is completely sold out. Due to the high demand, additional dates have been added including a second night at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, a third night at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, and an additional night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Lizzo’s debut album Cuz I Love You debuted at the number six spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also earned the number one spot on the Pop Album, Digital Album, and New Release Debut Album charts while also earning the number two spot on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

Passion Pit and Galantis join forces for ‘I FOUND U’

Hello and welcome back Passion Pit!

On Wednesday (May 15), the Massachusetts-founded band unleashed their first new song in two years. Titled “I FOUND U,” the latest track features electo-pop outfit Galantis. Listen to the almost three-and-a-half-minute track above.

“I FOUND U” is Passion Pit’s first new song since the release of their fourth studio album 2017’s Tremendous Sea of Love. Shortly after the record’s release, frontman Michael Angelakos announced that the band would be taking some time off.

While the group did tour in 2018, Angelakos has been open about his mental illness and even revealed that the real motive for the group’s touring stemmed from the need to make money to cover his medical costs.

“I need money to be able to afford my treatments, to be able to afford the myriad costs of living with my disorder that have nearly ruined me,” Angelakos said in an interview with the Independent in early 2018.

Things seem to be a little better, and the group is back on the road celebrating a momentous occasion; the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Manners. Tonight, the act will perform at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. The tour concludes in a couple of weeks on May 25 in Washington D.C. at the Anthem.

Manners was released in May 2009 and catapulted the band to one of the indie world’s biggest darlings. Manners included several hit songs for the group including “The Reeling,” “Sleepyhead,” and “Little Secrets.”

Upon its release, the album earned mostly favorable reviews and peaked at the number 51 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number eight spot on the US Independent Albums chart.