Listen: Christina Aguilera drops Demi Lovato duet

Ever since Christina Aguilera announced the release of her eighth studio album, it seems likes the pop star is ready to have her fans hear all the songs before its official release date. On Wednesday (May 16), the songstress unveiled the lyric video for her duet with Demi Lovato, “Fall in Line.”

The four-minute song features Aguilera and Lovato singing about the every day struggles females around the world go through. Some of the lyrics makes references to being patronized, being told not to have self-confidence, and connecting your self-worth to how the male gaze perceives you. While these every day issues are sung about in the verses, the empowering message comes in during the chorus where Aguilera preaches that women are not meant follow this rhetoric and will not “fall in line.” Listen to “Fall in Line” above.

Aguilera and Lovato will perform “Fall in Line” live during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, May 20.

For Lovato fans, the collaboration did not come as much of surprise. Back in February, the “Cool for the Summer” singer announced that she had worked with an idol of hers on a new song, but could not reveal their identity at the time.

“I did a collaboration with one of my biggest idols. I can’t give away who it is yet, but you’ll find out soon,” Lovato said.

Soon after, Aguilera unveiled the complete track listing for her new album which featured Lovato on track number six.

“We went through a few names of women. I needed a belty singer and she [Lovato] took it to the next level, I almost cried when I frost heard her on the record.”

“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 will go on sale beginning next Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. local time. 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.

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GWAR to trash the U.S. during ‘Blood of Gods’ tour

GWAR Tour - The Blood of Gods tour

Photo credit: Freeman Promotions

After slaughtering their way through Mexico City — not for real, of course — GWAR are ready to do it all over again in a brand new country. On Tuesday (May 15), the Virginia-founded metal band announced plans to destroy their way across the United States during their upcoming summer/fall tour.

Titled the “Blood of Gods” tour, after their recently released record, the excursion will kick off on July 11 at Piere’s in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and conclude a couple of months later on Sept. 14 at Mr. Small’s Theatre in Millvale, Pennsylvania.

Light the Torch have been announced as GWAR’s opening act for most of the July stops. According to the tour itinerary, DevilDriver will only perform at the first stop of the impending trek.

“Foolish Talking Apes! The world is our circus, and you are our monkeys!, begins a statement from lead singer Blothar the Berserker. “Come, swallow my sword and bear witness to the greatest happening in superhuman history! GWAR’s Blood of God’s tour will change your meaningless lives. A true mutated menagerie of malevolence the likes of which have never been seen.”

Guitarist Pustulus Maximus adds: “I can’t wait to pursue my new career in academia and teach the people of America their ABC’s: Anal, Booze and Cocaine.”

Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale beginning this Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. local time.

Like all their other tours, GWAR will offer the “GWAR Lords and Master VIP experience package” which includes general admission and early venue entry, exclusive access to the band’s soundcheck, a photo-op with the band, and the chance to get killed on stage (you need to be 18 or older for this one).

VIP packages are only available here while tickets will be available on GWAR’s website.

The “Blood of Gods” tour will be in support of the band’s recently released record, The Blood of Gods. The album, the group’s 14th, was released in October of 2017. For now, GWAR’s summer/fall itinerary can be seen below.

THE BLOOD OF GODS SUMMER/FALL TOUR DATES:

July 11 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s#
July 12 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest*
July 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection**
July 14 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s**
July 15 – Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon Theatre**
July 16 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note**
July 17 – Springfield, MO – The Complex**
July 20 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel**
Sept. 13 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Sept. 14 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre

# DevilDriver as opening act
* Festival appearance
** Light the Torch as opening act

All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional to live ‘Summer Ever After’

Ready to add another huge tour to your lengthy summertime concert schedule? If not, it’s time to do so. On Monday (May 14) All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional announced plans to hit the road together during the month of August. Titled the “Summer Ever After” tour, the excursion will kick off on Aug. 3 at Myth Live in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending a couple of weeks traveling across the continent, the trek will conclude its first leg on Aug. 26 at the Stone Pony Summerstage in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The tour dates for the second leg of the excursion will reportedly be announced within the next few weeks.

Taking to social media, both bands announced the upcoming co-headlining tour in their own special way.

“This could be the end of an era…or a new beginning…or some kind of endless summer. We haven’t totally figured it out yet, but what we do know is that we ain’t finished rippin’ gigs for you this year!!!” posted All Time Low on their official Twitter account.

As for Dashboard, they took a more direct approach with their announcement: “We’ve been keeping this a secret for far too long…The Summer Ever After tour with All Time Low and support from Gnash.”

As confirmed by Dashboard, singer-songwriter Gnash will be the groups’ direct supporting act. Tickets for the “Summer Ever After” tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. local time.

Fan club and Citi pre-sales will begin this Tuesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. local time and conclude on Thursday. All other pre-sales will begin on Thursday, May 17. For more details about the upcoming tour, you can head on over to either All Time Low‘s or Dashboard Confessional‘s websites.

The upcoming tour will be in support of All Time Low’s recently released record, Last Young Renegade. The band’s seventh studio album was released back in June of 2017 and quickly landed at the number nine spot on Billboard’s 200 chart. This album also marked the group’s first with their new record label, Fueled By Ramen.

Prior to embarking on the “Summer Ever After” tour, All Time Low will play three California dates on the final Vans Warped Tour. After that, they will head out to Chicago to perform at this year’s Lollapalooza.

Much like All Time Low, the upcoming tour will be in support of Dashboard Confessional’s recently released record, Crooked Shadow. Their seventh studio album also marks their first record to be released via their new home of Fueled By Ramen.

For now, the “Summer Ever After” tour dates can be found below.

SUMMER EVER AFTER TOUR DATES (LEG ONE):

Aug. 3 – St. Paul, Minnesota – Myth Live

Aug. 4 – Kansas City, Missouri – Uptown Theater

Aug. 5 – Indianapolis, Indiana – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

Aug. 7 – Detroit, Michigan – Masonic Temple Theatre

Aug. 9 – Columbus, Ohio – Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre

Aug. 10 – Cleveland, Ohio – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Aug, 11 – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – Musikfest

Aug. 12 – Lewiston, New York – Artpark Amphitheater

Aug, 14 – Toronto, Ontario – Echo Beach

Aug. 15 – Wallingford, Connecticut – Toyota Presents Oakdale

Aug. 17 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Aug. 18 – Baltimore, Maryland – MECU Pavilion

Aug. 19 – New York, New York – Pier 17 at South Street Seaport

Aug. 21 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Stage AE – Outdoors

Aug. 24 – Portland, Maine – Maine State Pier

Aug. 25 – Boston, Massachusetts – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Aug. 26 – Asbury Park, New Jersey – Stone Pony Summerstage

Listen: Against the Current drop new set of songs

It’s new music Friday, so that means a lot of artists are getting their fans pumped for the weekend by releasing new music. One of those acts treating fans to new tunes are New York-founded trio, Against the Current. Instead of releasing just one new song, the band decided to treat fans to a double dose of new tunes.

The first track is titled “Almost Forgot” and can be streamed above while the second new song is titled “Strangers Again” which can be streamed here. Though no official confirmation has been given, fans are speculating that the new songs will be featured on the band’s upcoming sophomore album.

Prior to the major reveal, the group had been teasing fans about something big happening at midnight. First, they posted a message on Twitter that simply read “…in with the new. Midnight.”

Shortly after, each member of the band posted a photograph of themselves lit up by icy blue lights on their personal Twitter accounts. Accompanying each of the photos was a short caption making reference to something happening at midnight.

As if that wasn’t enough, a few hours after the individual posts, the band’s Twitter was updated with a new post reading “new day. new sounds.”

While fans wait around for Against the Current to confirm their sophomore album’s release, the group will head out on the road once again this fall. The three-piece will embark on their 2018 European tour beginning Sept. 15 at the Academy in Dublin. The trek will conclude a couple of weeks later on Oct. 11 at the Yoyo in Paris.

Prior to making the trek across the pond, Against the Current will once join forces with Fall Out Boy for their MANIA North American tour. Instead of opening for the band during their North American stops like they did in Europe, Against the Current will only play three shows with Fall Out Boy (Aug. 29 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; Aug. 31 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena; and Sept. 01 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Stadium).

For more information about their upcoming tour dates, head on over to Against the Current’s website here.

 

Christina Aguilera drops new song ‘Twice’

It’s almost hard to believe it was just a week ago when Christina Aguilera announced the release of her eighth studio album. With a new album, a massive tour, a previously scheduled live television performance, and a bumping single, what is a pop star to do? Release another new song, apparently.

On Friday (May 11), the “Beautiful” singer debuted “Twice,” her second official single off Liberation. Listen to the brand new, four-minute ballad above.

“Twice” will join Aguilera’s Kanye West-produced first single “Accelerate” on her forthcoming album. Liberation is due out June 15 via her longtime home of RCA Records. Pre-orders for Liberation are currently available on Aguilera’s website.

In support of the 15-track album, the pop star announced earlier this 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 will go on sale beginning next Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. local time. 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.

Aguilera was recently confirmed as one of the many performances set to take the stage during this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Demi Lovato will join Aguilera on stage for the live debut of their song “Fall in Line.” The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 20, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The complete event will air live on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

William Ryan Key announces release of debut solo EP

William Ryan Key by Ryan Mendez

WILLIAM RYAN KEY Photo credit: Ryan Mendez

When Yellowcard officially called it quits a year ago, former vocalist William Ryan Key made it known that he wasn’t about to let the breakup keep him from making new music. Since the band’s final show in March of 2017, the musician has been busy putting together his debut album and now it looks like fans should expect it before the month is over.

On Thursday (May 10), Key confirmed the release of his debut, solo album. Titled THIRTEEN, the five-song EP is set to be released on May 25 via The Lone Tree Recordings. The record was co-produced by Arun Bali of Saves the Day at his studio, The Lone Tree Recordings. Pre-orders for THIRTEEN are currently available on Key’s website here.

The record’s first single, “Vultures,” is due out next Friday, May 18. According to Key, it was the first song he wrote for the album and the one he thinks will bridge the sound fans have come to expect from Yellowcard and the sound he is trying to achieve on his solo material.

 

“‘Vultures’ was the first song written and recorded for Thirteen,” he explains in a press release. “I feel like it is the right song to help fans across the bridge from old to new, as well as introduce people who are new to my music to the sound.”

In support of THIRTEEN’s release, Key will hit the road alongside New Found Glory for their Sick Tour 2018. The tour will officially begin on May 17 at the House of Blue in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and conclude a little over a month later on June 22 at the House of Blues in Dallas. Not only will Key perform his new material, he will also play guitar during New Found Glory’s sets.

“It’s such an amazing opportunity to be able to share my first work as a solo artist with fans on a tour of this magnitude,” Key said about the upcoming tour. “It’s also super special for me that it happens to be with some of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing throughout my musical journey.”

Prior to the tour’s kick off, Key and New Found Glory will join fellow Florida-founded act Dashboard Confessional for the “#ParklandStrong: A Concert Benefiting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School” benefit concert. The show will take place on May 16 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre in Pompano Beach, Florida. Both Dashboard Confessional and Key will perform “intimate acoustic sets” while it New Found Glory will perform a normal, full set.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found here while the track listing for THIRTEEN can be found below.

THIRTEEN TRACK LIST:

1. “Old Friends”
2. “Vultures”
3. “Form and Figure”
4. “Thirty Days”
5. “Great Unknown”

Nine Inch Nails announce ‘Bad Witch’ album, massive fall tour

Just when Nine Inch Nails fans thought they would have to shell out a lot of cold, hard cash to see their favorite band in Las Vegas during their residency, the group has put those worries aside. On Thursday (May 10), the Ohio-founded band announced plans to return to the United States for a massive fall tour.

Titled the “Cold and Black and Infinite” North American tour, the trek will find the band travelling/performing across the United States during the months of September, October, November, and December. The 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. Unlike most tours, Nine Inch Nails will have multiple night engagements at many of their stops including New York’s Radio City Music Hall), Boston’s Boch Center, Detroit’s Fox Theater, New Orleans’ Saenger Theatre, and Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom.

Hitting the road alongside Nine Inch Nails for the full run will be the Jesus and Mary Chain.

In an effort to combat scalpers, tickets for the tour will be sold in person at each of the venue’s box offices on Saturday, May 19. If your closest venue is the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., pre-sale tickets will be available at the Denver Coliseum Box Office on Sunday, May 20.

Show tickets will not be available online before or on the dates mentioned above and will be on a “first come, first serve” basis. If you’re planning on camping out the night before, it will also not happen. No one will be allowed to line up before 8 a.m. on the day tickets are to be sold.

“The promise of a world made better by computers and online connectivity has failed us in many, many ways, particularly when it comes to ticketing,” begins a post made by frontman Trent Reznor on the band’s website. “Everything about the process sucks and everyone loses except the reseller. We’ve decided to try something different that will also likely suck, but in a different way. We’re hoping many of you will be happy with the results, while some may do what they always do and bitch about it.”

According to the band, only a limited amount of tickets will be released online at a later date.

The “Cold and Black and Infinite” North American tour will be in support of the group’s finally confirmed third and final installment of their current trilogy series. The final installment will be titled Bad Witch and is due out June 22.

Bad Witch will join 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence.

Check out Nine Inch Nails’ complete tour itinerary for the rest of the year which includes their previously announced music festival appearances, their Las Vegas residency, and the newly announced tour dates.

NINE INCH NAILS SUMMER 2018 TOUR DATES:

June 13 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
June 22 – London, UK – Meltdown Festival
June 24 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
June 25 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia
June 27 – Amsterdam, NL – AFAS Live
June 29 – St. Gallen, CH – Open Air St. Gallen
June 30 – Prague, CZ – Aerodrome Festival
July 02 – Berlin, DE – Zitadelle
July 04 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
July 06 – Belfort, FR – Les Eurockeennes
July 08 – Werchter, BE – Rock Werchter
July 12 – Lisbon, PT – NOS Alive Festival
July 14 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
Aug. 17 – Tokyo, JP – Sonic Mania
Aug. 19 – Osaka, JP – Summer Sonic Festival

COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

Sept. 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre ^
Sept. 14 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre ^
Sept. 18 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
Sept. 19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
Sept. 22 – San Antonio, TX – River City Rock Fest
Sept. 24 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater ^
Sept. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ^
Sept. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ^
Sept. 29 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater ^
Oct. 09 – Washington, DC – The Anthem ^
Oct. 13 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall ^
Oct. 14 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall ^
Oct. 19 – Boston, MA – Boch Center ^
Oct. 20 – Boston, MA – Boch Center ^
Oct. 22 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater ^
Oct. 23 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater ^
Oct. 25 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom ^
Oct. 26 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom ^
Nov. 23 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre ^
Nov. 24 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre ^
Nov. 27 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
Nov. 28 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^
Dec. 03 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium ^
Dec. 07 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^
Dec. 08 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^
Dec. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Palladium ^

* = w/ Black Moth Super Rainbow
^ = w/ The Jesus and Mary Chain

Christina Aguilera to take ‘Liberation’ on the road in the fall

Christina Aguilera may have just let the world know that her new album will see a release date of June 15, but don’t expect the pop star to slow down any time soon. On Wednesday (May 9), the songstress confirmed plans to hit the road in support of the new record in the fall. Titled the Liberation tour, the upcoming excursion will be her first in more than a decade. The tour will find the “Beautiful” singer performing at venues across North America during the months of September, October, and November.

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. The 24-stop tour will also include stops in major cities including Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas. Though the vast majority of the tour will take place in the United States, there will be one stop in Canada at the Casino Rama in Orilla, Ontario.

Tickets for the Liberation tour will go on sale beginning next Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. local time. Every tour ticket purchased will include a free copy of Aguilera’s new album.

Last week, Aguilera formally announced the release of her eighth studio album, Liberation. In conjunction with the new album’s announcement, she released the official music video for the record’s lead single “Accelerate.” The track was produced by Kanye West and features rappers Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz. Watch the music video above.

Earlier this week, Aguilera was confirmed as one of the many performances to take the stage during this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Demi Lovato will join Aguilera on stage for the live debut of “Fall in Line.” The 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place on May 20, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The complete event will air live on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

For now, the complete list of tour dates for Aguilera’s Liberation tour can be seen below.

LIBERATION NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES 2018:

Sept. 25 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live
Sept. 28 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sept. 30 – Washington, DC – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Oct. 3 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 4 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
Oct. 6 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 8 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
Oct. 11 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama Resort
Oct. 13 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre Detroit
Oct. 16 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
Oct. 19 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct. 22 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
Oct. 24 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Oct. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Oct. 27 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Oct. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Nov. 1 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
Nov. 3 – Thackerville, OK – WinStar World Casino and Resort
Nov. 4 – Tulsa, OK – Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort
Nov. 6 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
Nov. 9 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
Nov. 11 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre Atlanta
Nov. 13 – St. Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey Theatre

Watch Panic! at the Disco bring their ‘Say Amen’ music video to life on ‘Ellen’

If Brendon Urie ever wants to play the role of a secret agent/super-spy in the near future, he may already have an audition tape on hand. On Tuesday (May 8), Panic! at the Disco headed over to the Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform their current single, “Say Amen (Saturday Night).” Instead of going the typical route with just a plain performance, the group decided to take thing up another notch.

Taking inspiration from the official music video for the tune, the live performance follows Urie as he makes his way from the green room to the main studio, all while being attacked by ninjas dressed like normal production crew members and/or audience members.

Oh yeah, did we also mention that Urie is singing live while he’s being attacked by the undercover ninjas, bottles, and vases? Watch the complete performance for “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” above.

“Say Amen (Saturday Night)” will join previously released track “(F*** A) Silver Lining” 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 Las Vegas-founded band will embark on their massive Pray for the Wicked summer tour in 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.