5 Seconds of Summer treat fans to ‘Wildflower’

5 Seconds of Summer’s new album is due out in less than 48 hours, but that’s not stopping the guys from giving us one last tune to hold us over until then.

On Wednesday (March 25), the Australian group unleashed one final single before their album’s official drop. Titled “Wildflower,” the almost four-minute track sounds like a departure from all the other tracks they’ve released so far.

But let’s be honest, none of the songs they’ve recently released sound the same.

To coincide with the song’s debut, the foursome has unveiled the lyric video for the track, which features a slew of…you guessed it, wildflowers. Before the video begins, the band gives their followers some insider information about the making of the lyric video.

It took ten straight hours of stop-motion animation, eight hours of editing, 358 different photos, and a grand total of 529 flowers.

Talk about dedication.

Go ahead and show some appreciation for all the hard work by watching the clip one (or 20 times).

“Wildflower” is the fifth single off 5 Seconds of Summer’s upcoming fourth studio album, C.A.L.M.

“Wildflower” joins previously released tracks “Old Me,” “Easier,” “No Shame,” and “Teeth” (our favorite song that has so far been released) featured on the forthcoming 12-track album.

C.A.L.M. is due out this Friday, March 27. Pre-save and pre-order options are still available on the band’s website.

In support of the much-anticipated release, the foursome will hit the North American touring circuit in the late summer. The “No Shame” tour will find the quartet performing at venues across the continent in August and September.

The tour begins on August 12 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City and concludes on September 26 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

With everything that is currently happening in the world, we’re not sure what the status of the tour is. As of now, it looks as if the excursion will go forward, but we’ll keep an eye out if there’s any change.

All Time Low treat fans to ‘Melancholy Kaleidoscope’

We all may be under house arrest for the time being, but All Time Low is giving us another track to add to our “Quarantine 2020” mix.

On Wednesday (March 25), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed another new song from their upcoming new album, Wake Up, Sunshine. This week, the foursome treated fans to a tune called “Melancholy Kaleidoscope.”

Like many of the songs they’ve already unveiled from the forthcoming album, this track sounds like it could find a home on one of their earlier records (Put Up or Shut Up? So Wrong It’s Right? You tell us).

Listen to “Melancholy Kaleidoscope” above.

“Melancholy Kaleidoscope” joins “Getaway Green,” “Sleeping In,” and “Some Kind of Disaster” on All Time Low’s impending eighth studio album. Wake Up, Sunshine is due out April 3 through Fueled By Ramen.

Pre-save and pre-order options are currently available on the band’s website. All pre-orders will include an instant grat download of the album’s singles.

This past weekend, frontman Alex Garskath took to social media to reveal that the band was not pushing the record’s release date. Those who purchased a physical copy of the album from the band’s website will still receive it on the projected release date. For those who bought it on other websites, the expected release date may vary.

Garskath also asked fans to give suggestions on what they would like the band to do to promote the new album since concerts, meet and greets, and signings are currently out of the question.

Last month, All Time Low was confirmed as one of a handful of “emo bands” slated to hit the road for the second annual Sad Summer Music Festival. Joining All Time Low on the road this summer will be The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Yours Truly, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.

With what has been going on, we’re not even sure the tour will go on. But until then, the full list of tour dates can be found here

Lin-Manuel Miranda drops previously unheard ‘Hamilton’ track

So what exactly happened after Alexander Hamilton cheated on his wife in Broadway’s hit musical “Hamilton”?

Well, according to the show’s head-honcho, he went to speak with his friend and confidant George Washington about a little situation that we’re going to call the “Maria Reynolds dilemma.”

On Friday (March 13), Miranda decided to bring up the country’s morale by releasing a previously unheard track from his Tony-Award winning show. Titled “I Have This Friend,” the two-and-a-half-minute song follows Hamilton after his ongoing affair with Maria Reynolds.

Throughout the track, we hear the show’s protagonist refer to himself as “this friend” instead of outright admitting what he did. He also reveals that he’s pretty much being blackmailed by several men (a reference to “We Know”) and sets the stage for the big public reveal in “The Reynolds Pamphlet.” Washington also warns Hamilton to be careful of who he hurts, which, we assume, is a call to the track “Burn.”

The track features Miranda taking on both positions as Hamilton and Washington who was played by Christopher Jackson in the original cast.

You will also notice the usage of the line “the world turned upside down,” a direct reference to “Yorktown (World Turned Upside Down)” from the first act of the show as well as the ongoing “wait for it” line that can be found in several of the musical’s tracks.

“Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app,” Miranda tweeted to his legion of followers. “Alas. But I can send you music no one’s heard. Here’s a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called ‘I Have This Friend.’ No one’s heard it, not even Kail.”

“This was my first draft of the song before ‘The Reynolds Pamphlet,'” the singer reveals on Soundcloud.

“With Hamilton & Washington. I don’t think I even showed it to Tommy Kail. It would go where ‘Hurricane is now.’ Stay safe out there. Love you.”

Listen to the track above.

On Wednesday (March 12), it was announced that all Broadway shows would be suspended effective immediately until mid-April due to Coronavirus fears. “Hamilton” performances in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami have been suspended.

The Killers confirm the release date for ‘Imploding the Mirage’ with new single, massive North American tour

Hold on tight to your chairs, guys, because the Killers have a slew of news that just may give you whiplash.

On Thursday (March 12), the Las Vegas-founded band officially confirmed the release date for their sixth studio album. Previously revealed to be titled Imploding the Mirage, the new album is due out May 29 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.

The new set of tunes was produced by the band alongside Foxygen’s Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado.

But that’s not all.

The record will also include guest appearances by k.d. lang, Natalie Mering from Weyes Blood, Adam Granduciel from War on Drugs, Lucius, and former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham who happens to play on the album’s lead single, “Caution.”

Yes. You read that right.

The Killers not only confirmed their new album’s release date but have also dropped its lead single, which features a music legend. Listen to “Caution” above.

To coincide with the song’s release, frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci spoke with Zane Lowe about the inspiration behind the four-and-a-half-minute tune.

“It’s sort of about having the wherewithal to listen to that angel on your shoulder, even if they’re telling you something that you don’t want to hear,” Flowers reveals in the interview.

“And I think for me with this song was a lot about leaving Las Vegas. I was having this sort of hunch or impression that that was something that I was supposed to do for my family. … And so it was tough for me to leave, and I thought I was able to harness that energy, and there was a sort of…a relief when it happened, and you kind of feel that the spirit in ‘Caution,’ I feel like.”

So what is a band to do after confirming a record release date and unveiling its lead single? Well…announce a massive North American tour, of course! So stock up on hand sanitizers and disinfection wipes.

This summer, the Killers will hit the North American touring circuit for their Imploding the Mirage tour. The almost-four-month outing will find the group performing at venues in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (though there’s a quick trip to Australia in between).

Yup. Four months of nonstop shows across the continent.

The Imploding the Mirage North American trek begins on Aug. 18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The tour concludes several months later on Dec. 4 at the Estadio 3 de Marzo in Zapopan, Mexico.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will open for the Killers throughout the forthcoming tour.

IMPLODING THE MIRAGE 2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

8/18/20 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/19/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
8/21/20 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
8/22/20 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
8/23/20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
8/25/20 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
8/26/20 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
8/28/20 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/29/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
8/30/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
9/10/20 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/11/20 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
9/12/20 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
9/15/20 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/16/20 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
9/18/20 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
9/19/20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
9/20/20 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
9/22/20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
9/23/20 – Chicago, IL – United Center
9/25/20 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
9/26/20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9/27/20 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Event Center
9/29/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10/1/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/2/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/3/20 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
10/5/20 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
10/6/20 – University Park, PA – Petersen Events Center
10/9/20 – Cleveland, OH – rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
10/10/20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

12/1/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/2/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/4/20 – Zapopan, MX – Estadio 3 de Marzo

The Sounds return with ‘Things We Do for Love’

It’s been seven years since the Sounds released their last studio album, but now, the group is looking to change that.

On Friday (Feb. 28), the Swedish band announced the impending release of their brand new studio album. Titled Things We Do for Love, the forthcoming release is due out May 1 through Arnioki Records.

“Write as many good songs as possible and enjoy it while you’re on a roll. We had a great time writing this one! No pressure just having fun,” explains vocalist Maja Ivarsson about the new album.

“It’s always been about being in the moment and trying to catch a good melody, chord progression, or lyrics when it comes to you.”

Things We Do for Love is the follow-up to the group’s 2013 release, Weekend.

To coincide with the new album announcement, the five-piece debuted the album’s lead single and title track of the record, “Things We Do For Love.” Listen to the dancey, indie-pop goodness here.

As if confirming that a new record was on the horizon and then giving a teaser of the new album wasn’t enough, the Sounds have also unveiled plans to embark on a United states-centric tour. Set to take place during April and May, the quintet’s upcoming intimate venue tour will include gigs in Durham, Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and more.

The month-long excursion begins on April 28 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn and concludes on May 16 at the Backstage Bar in Las Vegas. Starbenders will join the Sounds throughout the 15-stop tour. The trek will also include an appearance at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival in early May.

Once their United States-centric tour comes to an end, the band will head overseas for a summer of major headlining shows and festival appearances.

The Sounds’ complete spring 2020 United States-centric tour itinerary can be seen below.

THE SOUNDS SPRING 2020

April 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
April 29 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
April 30 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 1 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
May 2 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
May 4 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
May 5 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
May 6 – St Louis, MO – The Ready Room
May 8 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theatre
May 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
May 13 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
May 14 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy + Harriets
May 15 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar

Listen: Billie Eilish drops her ‘James Bond’ theme

Billie Eilish’s long-awaited James Bond theme song is officially here!

On Friday (Feb. 14), the multi-Grammy Award winner finally unveiled her theme song for the upcoming action film. Coming in at four minutes, the track is a haunting ballad that we’re sure will be very fitting, considering this will be current James Bond Daniel Craig’s last outing as the iconic agent.

The track was written by Eilish and her brother/producer Finneas. Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley provided the orchestral arrangements, according to a press release.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor,” Eilish said in a statement.

“James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock.”

Listen to “No Time to Die” above.

Eilish joins a long list of pop artists who have left their musical mark on the James Bond franchise. Adele, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Jack White, Alicia Keys, and Sam Smith have all provided songs from the films.

No Time to Die hits theaters on April 10.

Listen: Iggy Pop joins Cage the Elephant for ‘Broken Boy’

How do you make a stellar song even better? You enlist an iconic singer, that’s how.

On Thursday (Jan. 23), Cage the Elephant re-released their song “Broken Boy.” Now, you may be asking what exactly makes this version different from the one on the group’s 2019 release Social Cues? Well, the Kentucky-founded act was able to get rock icon Iggy Pop to contribute vocals to the track.

“Cage is a super high energy outfit, living the rock dream, so for a couple of fun minutes, I was one of the boys. Sounds pretty wicked to me.” Pop said in a press statement about the collaboration.

It sounds pretty wicked to us too.

“He’s such a pioneer in so many fields: lyrically, culturally, poetically, visually, musically, and stylistically,” Cage the Elephant vocalist Matt Shultz said.

“Only a couple times in your life do you have the opportunity to share a moment with a visionary and beautiful human as he is. I’m grateful and blown away to have experienced and witnessed, not just his creativity, but also his kindness, humility, and humanness first hand. Such a testimony to the power of love.”

Check out the new version of “Broken Boy” above.

The original version of “Broken Boy” is featured on Cage the Elephant’s fifth studio effort Social Cues. The record was released in the spring of last year to critical acclaim from both critics and fans.

The 13-track record is nominated for Best Rock Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, going head-to-head against Bring Me the Horizon (amo), The Cranberries (In the End), I Prevail (Trauma), and Rival Sons (Feral Roots).

As for Iggy Pop, the Stooges frontman will be the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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”

Silverstein join forces with Aaron Gillespie for ‘Infinite,’ confirm their tenth studio album

How does a band that’s been in the music game celebrate its 20th anniversary?

Announce a massive anniversary tour? Check.

Sign to a new record label? Check.

Announce a new album to coincide with said tour? Double check.

On Wednesday (Jan. 8), Silverstein revealed plans to unleash their tenth studio album later this year. Titled A Beautiful Place to Drown, the new set of tunes is due out on March 6 through independent record label UNFD. Pre-orders for the record are currently available for purchase here.

Taking to social media (like everyone does nowadays), the Canadian group made the official announcement.

“We are proud to announce our new album, ‘A Beautiful Place to Drown’ available on March 6 via UNFD (you can pre-order now),” the band posted.

The post continues: “We poured every ounce of energy and emotion into this body of work and truly believe it’s our best yet.”

To coincide with the new album announcement, the quintet also debuted the album’s lead single, “Infinite.” The barely three-minute track features Underoath/the Almost’s Aaron Gillespie.

Check out the new song above.

Silverstein’s last studio album was 2017’s Dead Reflection. Last February, the five-piece released a retrospective album titled Redux: The First Ten Years. The compilation featured newly-recorded versions of select songs from their first four studio albums (When Broken is Easily Fixed, Discovering the Waterfront, Arrivals & Departures, and A Shipwreck in the Sand).

Silverstein also surprised fans by releasing a single titled “Burn it Down” last summer featuring Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo.

Later this year, the group will embark on their massive 20th-anniversary tour. The 33-stop outing begins on Feb. 28 at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario, and concludes a month and a half later on April 11 at the Danforth in Toronto.

The full tour itinerary can be found here.

A Day to Remember return with ‘Resentment’

We may not have A Day to Remember’s new studio album in our hands yet, but they’re giving us a little something to hold us until then.

On Friday (Nov. 22), the Florida-founded band unleashed another new song from their forthcoming record. Titled “Resentment,” the track finds the band channeling their old sound with its poppy verses and screaming chorus.

You know, the same sound that took them from performing in small venues to headlining massive music festivals.

Listen to “Resentment” above.

“Resentment” will join previously received (and lukewarmly received) single “Degenerates” on the group’s seventh studio record, You’re Welcome.

Initially set for a Nov. 15 release date through their new home of Fueled By Ramen, the album will now see an early 2020 release time frame. The band made the disheartening announcement in early November.

“A couple months back we announced we’d be releasing our album Nov 15th,” wrote the band in their public statement.

“It’s taken a little longer than expected, and we just aren’t done with it yet. So we are moving this to early 2020. Rest assured, there’s a lot of new music coming out very soon, and we can’t wait to share it with you.”

The five-piece is currently at the tail-end of their “Degenerates” North American tour with newly Grammy-nominated I Prevail and Beartooth.

Tonight, all three acts will play the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, and tomorrow, the final show of the outing will take place at the Crown Theater in Fayetteville, North Carolina.