Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National to headline Shaky Knees 2018

Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and the National are just some of the big names heading to Georgia in the springtime for the 2018 incarnation of Shaky Knees Music Festival. On Monday (Jan. 8), the Atlanta-based music festival unveiled its lengthy, rock-driven lineup for its sixth-annual event. Like the previously announced lineup for Boston Calling 2018, Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, and the National top the bill for this year’s event.

The lineup also includes acts like All Time Low, Circa Survive, Tenacious D, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, The Voidz, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World, Manchester Orchestra, Vance Joy, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Cake, Matt & Kim, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Menzingers, and more.

Also appearing on the three-day music festival’s bill will be the Distillers. Their appearance at Shaky Knees marks their first performance in 12 years. Last week, the band made headlines when they posted a teaser video which included a clip of what appeared to be new music. The band has yet to confirmed speculations that this is just the beginning of good news for their longtime fans like maybe a new album or a tour in the near future.

Shaky Knees is set to take place during the weekend of May 4 – 6 at Central Park in Atlanta. General ticket sale as well as VIP passes will go on sale beginning this Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. EST. For more information about Shaky Knees, head on over to its website here.

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Justin Timberlake announces ‘Man of the Woods’ tour

Several days after confirming the release of his fifth studio album, Justin Timberlake has returned to let fans know that a massive tour is on the horizon. On Monday (Jan. 8), the singer announced plans to hit the road in the spring in support of his latest record, Man of the Woods. Titled the “Man of the Woods” tour, the trek will kick off on March 13 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. After being on the road for about two and a half months, the excursion will conclude in Timberlake’s hometown of Memphis on May 30 at the FedEx Forum.

General ticket sales for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning next Tuesday, Jan. 16. For those interested in pre-sale options, head on over to Timberlake’s website here.

In conjunction with the tour announcement, Timberlake released a one-minute clip formally announcing the upcoming trek. In the short video, Timberlake explains that his new album was inspired by the outdoors, so the tour design will make the concertgoers feel like the outdoors is being brought into a venue. The clip also features behind-the-scenes footage including Timberlake exercising, rehearsing with his team, playing the keyboard, and eventually hitting the stage. Watch the promotional video for the “Man of the Woods” tour above.

Man of the Woods is set to be released on Feb. 2 and marks Timberlake’s first new album since 2013’s massive hit, The 20/20 Experience. In 2016, the singer contributed the song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls soundtrack.

For now, the full tour itinerary for the “Man of the Woods” tour can be seen below.

MAN OF THE WOODS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

March 13 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
March 18 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
March 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
March 25 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
March 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
March 31 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
April 2 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
April 4 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
April 8 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
April 14 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
April 24 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
April 28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
May 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
May 5 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
May 7 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
May 9 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
May 11 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
May 14 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
May 15 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
May 18 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
May 19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
May 23 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 27 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
May 30 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum

 

Tonight Alive drops new song featuring Lynn Gunn

With a week left until the release of their impending new album, Tonight Alive has released yet another new song from the record. On Thursday (Jan. 4), the Australian band made their way to Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show to debut “Disappear.” The new song features guest vocals by PVRIS’ Lynn Gunn. A short time after unleashing the song on the radio, Tonight Alive unveiled the official music video for the new tune.

The clip finds Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall with earbuds in her ears as she walks and rides a subway around a town aimlessly. As she walks around the city, she begins to run into the same three people repeatedly. Eventually, she decides to run away with one of her followers only for the woman to disappear, leaving her in the middle of a street wondering what happened. Watch the music video for “Disappear” above.

“‘Disappear’ is a song about the escapist inside all of us. As you can expect from Tonight Alive, the lyrics discuss freedom, but this time with a flavor of anonymity and detachment,” begins McDougall. “‘Disappear’ was written with the intention of sounding neither like PVRIS or Tonight Alive, and aimed to capture the sonic imagery of a long straight highway out of your comfort zone.”

“Disappear” will join previously released tracks “Crack My Heart” and “Temple” on the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, Underworld. Underworld is set to be released on Jan. 12 through Hopeless Records. Underworld will mark the group’s first album to be released through Hopeless Records as opposed to their longtime home of Fearless Records.

In support of Underworld’s release, Tonight Alive will hit the road alongside Silverstein later this month. “The Get Free Tour” will kick off on Jan. 19 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio and wrap up about a month-and-a-half later on March 1 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To see the complete itinerary for the “Get Free Tour,” head on over here.

The Killers, Jack White, Eminem to headline Boston Calling 2018

The Killers, Jack White, and Eminem are just some of the big names that will make their way to Boston in May for the ninth annual Boston Calling Festival. On Thursday (Jan. 4), Boston Calling joined Coachella and the Governors Ball by unveiling their lineup for the 2018 edition of the music festival. Joining the aforementioned musicians on the lineup will be Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Tyler, The Creator, Khalid, Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Manchester Orchestra, The Menzingers, Citizen, and more.

Also on the bill will be “feminist protest punk rock” band Pussy Riot. The Russian group’s appearance at Boston Calling will mark their second-ever performance at a United States music festival. Back in December, the group made their U.S. debut when they performed at Houston’s Day for Night Festival. As with the previous years, The National’s Aaron Dessner will once again curate the event.

In addition to long list of musical acts, festival organizers also announced a slew of non-music-centric events. Comedians like Jenny Slate, Cameron Esposito, Max Silvestri, Tony Hinchliffe, and others will appear at the weekend-long event while podcasts such as
Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It will tape live at the festival.

During last year’s event, Natalie Portman was supposed to launch a film festival, but this year, it looks like the Academy Award winner will return with “a series of special programming” even though no specific details were given about what that special programming would be.

Currently, early bird tickets are available on Boston Calling’s website here. Once all the early bird tickets sell out, the ticket prices will increase to its normal prices.

Boston Calling will take place during the weekend of May 25 – 27 at its relatively new home at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Last year, the music festival moved from its longtime home of City Hall Plaza in Boston to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts.

New Years Day announces ‘Diary of a Creep’

New Years Day may have warned fans that they are in the middle of working on their fourth studio album, but it looks like the band is giving their followers a little something to hold them over until that new record is complete. On Wednesday (Jan. 3), the California-founded band announced plans to release a six-song record at the end of January. Titled Diary of a Creep, the EP will feature a total of six songs; five covers and one new song.

The impending album will feature a brand new song titled “Disgust Me” as well as covers of Linkin Park’s “Crawling,” No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile,” New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” and Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains” featuring Halestorm’s Lizzy Hale as the special guest.

“I want to start by saying; it was incredibly difficult to narrow this down to the five songs I wanted to cover the most. Narrowing it down to 20 songs was hard! Let alone just five,” begins frontwoman Ash Costello. “It felt very important to me to not only pay tribute to the artists that shaped who I am today, but to share it with all of you. It’s easy to dismiss where an artist has come from if you have no clue who they worshiped when they were just kids in school, dreaming of being a real musician someday.”

Diary of a Creep is set to be released on Jan. 26 through Red Music / Century Media. Currently, the band is working on new material. Even though there hasn’t been much information revealed about their impending fourth studio album, it looks like the band has tentative plans for a fall 2018 release. The yet-to-be titled record will be the follow-up to 2015’s Malevolence.

As previously announced, New Years Day will hit the road later this month with In This Moment, P.O.D, and DED. “The Witching Hour” tour, named after In This Moment’s song by the same name, will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. After being on the road for a month, the tour will conclude on Feb. 18 at The Palace in St. Paul, Minnesota. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Eminem, Jack White, Yeah Yeah Yeahs to headline Governors Ball 2018

Eminem, Jack White, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are just a handful of artists who will be heading to New York this summer for the eighth annual Governors Ball Music Festival. On Wednesday (Jan. 3), the full lineup for the 2018 incarnation of the annual summertime festival was announced. Like previous years, this year’s lineup boosts a mix of artists from different genres making sure to satisfy everyone’s music taste.

For Eminem, Governors Ball will mark the rapper’s second major 2018 music festival appearance. On Tuesday, Jan. 2, Eminem was confirmed as one of the three main headliners for Coachella 2018. The two music festival engagements will be in support of the rapper’s luke warmly-received ninth studio album, Revival.

For Jack White, his appearance at Governors Ball just adds to the speculation that he will be releasing a new album sometime in the new year. Though White previously teased fans with a weird video, no official title or release date has been given for the new album. White’s last studio album was 2014’s Lazaretto.

For the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Governors Ball marks the band’s first major show in a long time. Back in October, the group performed their first concert in four years when they took the stage to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of their debut album, Fever to Tell.

In addition to Eminem, Jack White, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, this year’s Governors Ball lineup also includes acts like N.E.R.D, Silk City (Diplo and Mark Ronson), the Gaslight Anthem, Halsey, CVRCHES, Cut Copy, Galantis, Japandroids, Third Eye Blind, Vic Mensa, LANY, The Menzingers, Wolf Alice, The Struts, and Sir Sly.

Governors Ball will mark N.E.R.D’s first show in New York since 2010. The Pharrell Williams-led act recently released their critically acclaimed fifth studio album, No_One Every Really Dies.

For The Gaslight Anthem, 2018 will mark the ten-year anniversary of the release of their sophomore, and much beloved album, The ’59 Sound. To celebrate the record’s anniversary, the band will perform the album in full during their time slot at the music festival. The album went on to be named eMusic’s “Best Album of 2008.”

Three-day general admission tickets, as well as VIP passes, are currently available at a special “announce day” price. Regular ticket prices will resume at midnight on Jan. 4. The 2018 edition of Governors Ball Music Festival will take place during the weekend of June 1 – 3 at Randall’s Island in New York City. For more information about Governors Ball, head on over to the music festival’s website here.

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A Perfect Circle welcomes the new year with new song

This past weekend, A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan teased fans on social media by telling them to have their “headphones ready Tuesday morning” because there could be a possibility of a “New Year’s treat.” On Tuesday (Jan. 2), as promised, the California-founded supergroup unleashed a brand new song titled “Disillusioned.” Listen to the new, almost-six-minute song above.

“Disillusioned” will join previously released single “The Doomed” on A Perfect Circle’s much-anticipated fourth album. Back in October of 2017, the five-piece officially unveiled “The Doomed”; their first new song in almost four years. Shortly after unveiling the audio for the new song, the band returned with its black-and-white video.

The upcoming new album, which has yet to formally get a release date or a title, will be the group’s first new record in 14 years. Even though the record has yet to be given an official release date, speculations have begun that the album will see a tentative release time frame of the second quarter of 2018. A Perfect Circle’s last studio album was 2004’s eMOTIVe.

In support of the still-not-titled new album, the group will hit the road beginning this spring. The upcoming tour engagements will kick off with the band’s appearance at the inaugural Los Rageous Music Festival in Las Vegas. A Perfect Circle’s complete tour itinerary, which includes a slew of music festival appearances, can be found below.

A PERFECT CIRCLE 2018 TOUR DATES:

April 20 – April 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Los Rageous Music Festival
May 12 – May 13 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
May 18 – May 20 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
May 25 – May 27 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
June 1 – Nürburgring, DE – Rock Am Ring
June 2 – Nuremberg, DE – Rock Im Park
June 5 – Stockholm, SE – Fryshuset
June 6 – Oslo, NO – Spektrum
June 8 – Aarhus, DK – NorthSide Festival
June 9 – Helsinki, FL – Sideways Festival
June 12 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
June 13 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
June 14 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
June 17 – Berlin, DE – Zitadelle
June 20 – Zurich, CH – Halle 622
June 23 – Esch-Sur-Aizette, LU – Rockhal
June 26 – Paris, FR – Olympia
June 28 – Madrid, ES – Download Festival Madrid
June 29 – Barcelona, ES – Be Prog! My Friend Festival
July 1 – Verona, IT – Rock The Castle

Panic! at the Disco bassist exits band

Just a few days before the new year is set to begin, Panic! at the Disco has revealed that they will be down a member in 2018. On Wednesday (Dec. 27) longtime bassist Dallon Weekes formally announced his departure from the Las Vegas-founded act. Taking to Instagram, the musician announced his exit from the band after eight years.

“For the last eight years, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to perform in Panic! at the Disco,” Weekes wrote in an Instagram post. “While I’m sad to announce that my time with Panic! has come to an end, I’m excited to continue making music with my new project, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me.”

Weekes joined Panic! at the Disco as a touring member in 2009 and in 2010 officially became a full-time member. Weekes went on to perform on Panic! at the Disco’s fourth studio album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! before returning to a touring musician position in 2015. To read Weekes’ full departure announcement, head on over to his Instagram profile here.

A few months ago, Weekes launched a side project named I Don’t Know How But They Found Me with former Falling in Reverse drummer Ryan Seaman. As said in his departure post, it looks like Weekes’ main focus will now be on I Don’t Know How But They Found Me. For now, you can stream IDKHBTFM’s first single “Choke” here.

As for Panic! at the Disco, the band released a new Christmas song titled “Feels Like Christmas” just in time for the holiday. The week before that, the group released their second live album, All My Friends We’re Glorious.

Watch Dashboard Confessional’s artistic video for ‘We Fight’

Several weeks after unleashing the first single off their upcoming seventh studio album, Dashboard Confessional has returned with the official music video for the new tune. On Wednesday (Dec. 20), the Florida-founded band unveiled an art-centric music video for their new song, “We Fight.” The almost four-minute-long clip begins simply with pair of hands holding a paint brush and spelling out “we fight” and “Dashboard Confessional” in navy watercolor on white paper. Throughout the clip, the illustrations shift between line drawings of different people going through different walks of life and a watercolor version of Dashboard frontman Chris Carrabba.

During the clip, the viewer watches as those line-drawn people eventually come into their own and begin to stand up for what they believe as they raise their fists in the air. As if the image of everyday people standing up for what they believe in isn’t a big enough message, the viewer also gets a special treat when drawings of historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, Muhammad Ali, and Mother Teresa appear on the screen around the two-and-a-half minute mark. Watch the music video for “We Fight” above.

“We Fight” will join recently released single, “Belong” on Dashboard Confessional’s upcoming new album, Crooked Shadows. Crooked Shadows is set to be released on Feb. 19 through Fueled By Ramen. Pre-orders  for the new album are currently available on the band’s website here. Crooked Shadows is the long-awaited follow-up to Dashboard Confessional’s 2009 release, Alter the Ending.

In support of the new album’s release, Dashboard will hit the road in the spring with Beach Slang for the “We Fight” tour. The “We Fight” tour will kick off on March 20 at the House of Blues in Houston and conclude a month later on April 21 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Panic! at the Disco celebrate the holidays with new song

With a handful of days left before Christmas officially arrives, Panic! at the Disco is giving their loyal fan base an early gift. On Wednesday (Dec. 20), the Las Vegas-founded band unleashed a brand new, standalone Christmas jam named “Feels Like Christmas.” The barely three-minute-long song takes cues from a lot of Christmas tunes which at this point in the holiday season we either completely love or hate it to the point that our radio may be finding its way out the window. Listen to “Feels Like Christmas” above.

In a post on Instagram, the frontman Brendon Urie wrote a letter to fans, thanking them for all the support and love they have continuously showed the group throughout 2017.

“Thank you all for making this year my favorite so far,” begins the singer’s Instagram post. “Through the hard times and the beautiful moments, I’m glad we’re always there to lift each other up. I’m so excited for the new year and what’s to come. So to end this year right, here’s a little holiday jam I wrote for you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.”

“Feels Like Christmas” is a standalone, holiday single/gift to fans and will not be featured on any upcoming Panic! at the Disco album. A free download of the new tune can be found on Fueled By Ramen’s website here.

Last week, Panic! at the Disco released All My Friends We’re Glorious; their second live album (their first was 2008’s …Live in Chicago). The 21-track album was recorded during the band’s “Death of a Bachelor” tour which found the group touring North American from February of 2017 to April of 2017.