Cage the Elephant forced to cancel upcoming international tour dates due to injury

If you were planning on seeing Cage the Elephant later this month when the group was slated to take over several United Kingdom and European venues, then you may be waiting a little longer. On Wednesday (June 12), the Tennessee-founded band made the disappointing news that they would no longer be able to make it across the pond for the impending performances.

The reason? An onstage accident at this past weekend’s PINKPOP festival in the Netherlands. What exactly happened is unknown, but guitarist Nick Bockrath did sustain a leg injury which will require him to sit out a slew of shows.

“We regret to inform the fans that Cage the Elephant will be cancelling the upcoming European tour dates from 12 June to 20 June,” the band said in the statement.

“Sadly, our guitarist Nick Bockrath had an accident onstage at ‘PINKPOP’ and injured his leg badly (ruptured PCL, torn ACL, fractured tibia, damaged meniscus). He tried to play through two shows, but he now requires immediate surgery and is currently getting the medical attention he needs.”

As per the press statement, ticket refunds for all the United Kingdom and European shows (except for England’s Isle of Wight Festival) are available at the original point of purchase.

While it seems like Cage the Elephants international shows may be off the table, for the time being, it does not appear like they will be forced to cancel their joint “Night Running” North America tour with Beck.

The North American outing begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Both the cancelled tour dates and the upcoming shows are in support of Cage the Elephant’s recently released record, Social Cues.

Beck announces ‘Hyperspace,’ shares Pharrell-produced new track

Surprise! Beck has a brand new album coming out later this year. On Monday (April 15), the musician unveiled plans to release his 14th studio effort. Titled Hyperspace, the new record will be released through Capitol Records, but there’s one catch; the release date is a secret.

According to a press statement, the record will be out “at an as yet undetermined point in the space time continuum.” With a name like “Hyperspace,” the musician’s statement makes sense.

Hyperspace is the follow-up to Beck’s 2017, Grammy Award-winning album, Colors.

While the release date is a mystery, it may be safe to assume that it will see a summertime release date. Last month, Beck announced plans to embark on a co-headlining summer tour with Cage the Elephant, so what better time than then to release some new tunes.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the musician also released the album’s lead single, “Saw Lightning.” The new track finds Beck teaming up with Pharrell Williams for the funky new cut. Williams co-wrote, co-produced, and contributed “drums, keyboards, and mumbles” for the new song.

Listen to “Saw Lightning” above.

Beck has been quite stealthy this year when it comes to new music. Earlier this year, he released “Tarantula” from the Music Inspired by the Film ROMA album, “Super Cool” with Robyn and the Lonely Island which was featured on The Lego Movie 2 soundtrack, and most recently his collaboration with soon-to-be tour mates Cage the Elephant for “Night Running.”

In support of Hyperspace, Beck will hit the road with Cage the Elephant for their joint summer tour. The “Night Running” tour begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Cage the Elephant say ‘Goodbye’ on their somber new track

Cage the Elephant are back with another new song from their upcoming record. If you’re expecting something upbeat and dancey like “Night Running,” then you may be in for a bit of a surprise. On Monday (April 8), the Kentucky-founded band unleashed their fourth single off Social Cues.

Titled “Goodbye,” the four-minute song begins with the sound of a piano flooding through the audio before frontman Matt Schultz’s vocals begin. Throughout the track, not once does the melancholy feeling of farewell relent giving the listener the feeling that it may be the end for Schultz and whoever he’s singing the song to.

While premiering the song on Zane Lowe’s Apple Beats 1 radio show, the singer and the host discussed the new track. According to Schultz, he was in a dark period in his life when he wrote the track, but still managed to find some light during that time.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the saying, but, a bright sadness. And hope. Hope can’t be alive without the presence of grief, and within grief, there’s most certainly hope. At some times we don’t see that and we don’t have that perspective and that’s when it’s really unfortunate,” Schultz tells Lowe.

He continues: “But there was a lot of hope in it for myself. There was a big letting go of things. I’m just trying to think of how to completely put it into words because I think that there’s the temptation, when you’re going through a tough time, to get stuck in the melodrama of things, and be like, ‘Oh I’m gonna write a sad song and it’s gonna just explain exactly where I’m at.’ And you miss out on all the notes, other notes and colors of life that are so important. I actually see it as a very uplifting song.”

Listen to “Goodbye” above.

“Goodbye” joins previously released tracks “Night Running,” “House of Glass,” and “Ready to Let Go” on the band’s new album. Social Cues, the act’s fourth studio effort, is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the upcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

In support of the album, Cage the Elephant announced a co-headlining tour with Beck in February. The 30-date jaunt includes stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, Columbia, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more.

The summertime outing begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Cage the Elephant go ‘Night Running’ with Beck on new single

Cage the Elephant and Beck’s “Night Running” tour isn’t set to begin for a few more months, but fans are finally getting the chance to hear the song that inspired the impending outing. On Thursday (March 28), the Kentucky-founded group unleashed their latest single, “Night Running.” Listen to the three-and-a-half-minute, reggae-influenced jam above.

According to an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Brad Shultz admits that “Night Running” was one of the songs on the new album that was in limbo for a long time. The cause? His brother and Cage the Elephant lead vocalist, Matt Shultz.

“Matt was leaving early every day, and I got super-pissed and told him he wasn’t trying,” Shultz admits.

“We feel like we’ve pushed ourselves, and that’s all we can ask for. We became better friends. It doesn’t mean that we got along the whole time, but in the end, adversity brings you closer.”

The band also decided to send Beck the track and see if he would like to contribute. A day later, the group received their answer when the musician sent them back two rap verses.

“Night Running” joins previously released tracks “House of Glass” and lead single “Ready to Let Go” on the band’s forthcoming studio album. Social Cues, the act’s fourth studio effort, is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the upcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

In support of the album, Cage the Elephant announced a co-headlining tour with Beck in February. The 30-date jaunt includes stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, Columbia, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more.

The summertime outing begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Cage the Elephant, Beck announce massive ‘Night Running’ summer tour

It looks like Cage the Elephant and Beck’s collaboration on one of the former’s new songs was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship. On Monday (Feb. 11), the Kentucky-founded band and the California-based musician announced plans to embark on a massive tour throughout the summer months.

Dubbed the “Night Running” North American tour (after their upcoming collaboration), the trek will find the tour mates performing across the continent throughout the months of July and August. The 30-date jaunt includes stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, Columbia, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more.

The “Night Running” North American tour begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Spoon will join Cage the Elephant and Beck on the forthcoming outing as their main supporting act while Starcrawler, Wild Belle, and Sunflower Bean will appear on select dates.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. local time. According to a statement, one dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to a local food security initiative in the respective city they’re playing in.

The upcoming tour is mainly in support of Cage the Elephant’s upcoming fifth studio album, Social Cues. Earlier this month, the band announced the record’s release as well as debuted its lead single, “Ready to Let Go.” Social Cues is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the forthcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

As for Beck, the musician’s last studio album was 2017’s Colors. During Sunday’s Grammy Awards, the ten-track album won awards in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical categories.

While Beck hasn’t released a new album since 2017, he has worked on several one-off tracks including “Tarantula” —a song inspired by the Oscar-nominated film “ROMA”— and “Super Cool” featuring the Lonely Island and Robyn.

THE NIGHT RUNNING 2019 TOUR DATES:

July 11 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *^
July 13 – George, WA – The Gorge *^
July 16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater *^
July 17 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater *^
July 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater *^
July 20 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
July 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion *^
July 23 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater *^
July 26 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater *#
July 27 – Dallas, TX – The Dos Equis Pavilion *#
July 28 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *#
July 30 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *#
July 31 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *#
Aug. 2 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center *#
Aug. 3 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater *#
Aug. 4 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *#
Aug. 11 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage *&
Aug. 12 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center *&
Aug. 13 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater *&
Aug. 15 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center *&
Aug. 16 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire *&
Aug. 17 – New York, NY –  Forest Hill Stadium *
Aug. 20 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center *&
Aug. 21 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion *&
Aug. 22 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *&
Aug. 24 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park *&
Aug. 25 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion *&
Aug. 27 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre *&
Aug. 29 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre *&
Aug. 30 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre *&

* = w/ Spoon
^ = w/ Starcrawler
# = w/ Wild Belle
& = w/ Sunflower Bean

Incubus, Cage the Elephant, Beck to headline Shaky Knees 2019

Incubus, Cage the Elephant, and Beck are just some of the musicians who will be making their way to Atlanta in early May for the 2019 incarnation of the Shaky Knees music festival. On Wednesday (Nov. 14), festival organizers unveiled the lineup for the upcoming springtime event. Staying true to its main music genres, the lineup boosts artists from the alternative, mainstream rock, folk, and indie worlds.

Joining Incubus, Cage the Elephant, and Beck on the three-day music festival’s roster will be Tame Impala, Tears for Fears, Interpol, Foals, The Strusts, Grouplove, Father John Misty, Dashboard Confessional, Sharon Van Etten, Tash Sultana, Deerhunter, Liz Phair, and Phosphorsecent

Also featured on the bill are Mark Lanegan, the Dandy Warhols, Black Lips, Japanese Breakfast, Oh Sees, Calpurnia, Pedro the Lion, Natalie Prass, Soccer Mommy, The Joy Formidable, Lucy Dacus, Foxing, Low Cut Connie, Rayland Baxter, and Welshly Arms. The official poster for the forthcoming festival can be seen below.

Shaky Knees will return to its home of Central Park in Atlanta during the weekend of May 3-5. General admission and VIP passes are currently available for purchase. For more information about the lineup, tickets, and any additional questions you may have, head on over to the festival’s website here.

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Governors Ball 2016 Announces Daily Lineup

It’s been a little over a month since New York-based music festival, the Governors Ball, unveiled their 2016 lineup. Now, fans who have been waiting patiently for the daily lineup to be unveiled have gotten their long-awaited wish granted. On Thursday (Feb. 11), festival organizers unveiled the daily lineup for the weekend long festival.

The Strokes, Beck, Robyn, Of Monster and Men, Matt and Kim, the newly revamped Bloc Party, and more will kick off the weekend-long festivities on Friday, June 3. The Killers, Against Me!, Miguel, HAIM, M83, and others will headline on Saturday, June 4. On Sunday, June 5, Kanye West, Death Cab for Cutie, CHVRCHES, Two Door Cinema Club, Cold War Kids, Eagles of Death Metal, and more will hit the stage closing out the 2016 edition of the yearly event.

In addition to the daily lineup, single-day passes are now available for purchase for the general public. For more information about the Governors Ball, head on over to the festival’s website. the complete list of daily lineup can be seen below. As a warning, just because the artists are listed in a specific order doesn’t necessarily mean that it how they will perform on said days.

The Governors Ball will once again return to its home turf of Randall’s Island for its sixth year during the weekend of June 3-5.

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Governors Ball 2016 Lineup Unveiled

The Governors Ball just revealed the complete lineup for the 2016 incarnation of the annual event. On Friday morning (Jan. 8),the New York-based music festival unveiled the complete lineup for the three-day festival. Upon looking at the lineup, it would appear that two Governors Ball veteran performers will be returning to Randall’s Island in June.

The first veteran performer confirmed was Kanye West. The rapper’s last appearance at the festival was three years ago. West’s top-line billing comes hot on the heels of him releasing two new songs, “Real Friends” and “No More Parties” on Friday. The two new tracks will apparently be part of his G.O.O.D Fridays campaign which he recently relaunched.

Much like the rapper, New York’s own The Strokes will also return to the Governors Ball stage this year. The band have reportedly been working on a new album, the follow-up to 2013’s lukewarm-received album, Comedown Machine. The Strokes last played Gov Ball two years.

In a crazy, or maybe a major PR stunt, Beck will also headline the event. As most of us remember from last year’s Grammy’s, West’s encounter with Beck was not exactly a love affair, even if the rapper did apologize for his stunt. We assume all the backlash he received help that apology come materialize. Hopefully, the stunt will remain in 2015, like many other things.

Also slated to make the journey to New York that weekend will be The Killers, who are in the early stages of writing new material; M83, who will return after a two-year performance hiatus; Death Cab for Cutie; CHVRCHES; Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram); De La Soul; Against Me!; and many more. The official poster with all the artists can be seen below.

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Governors Ball will celebrate its sixth year during the weekend of June 3-5. The three-day festival will once again return to its home of Randall’s Island Park. Three-day general admission and VIP passes are currently available on the festival’s website.

Garbage Frontwoman Calls Out Kanye West’s Grammy “Disrespect”

Kanye West’s attempt to re-do his “Imma let you finish” from the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards was at first believed to be a joke, but the rapper soon made people realize that he doesn’t have a single funny bone in his body and did it just to spite the true winner of “Album of the Year.” Because, you know, if Kanye doesn’t like it, everyone else doesn’t like it either.

Do we need anymore proof that he’s “America’s Biggest Douchebag”?

For the most part, the vast majority of people have taken a stance against West and his immature antics, but artists and musicians a like have been rather mum about the attack on artistry and the fact that a man who plays a lot of instruments, sings, and writes his own music is not an artist (as opposed to a guy who just press play and auto-tunes everything).

One musician who definitely went on the defensive, not allowing people to just claim “it’s Kanye just being Kanye,” is Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson.

Manson, who with her group have earned seven Grammy nominations, took to Facebook to publish and open letter directed at West and his lack of a conscience and ego the size of the planet.

“Dear Kanye West,

It is YOU who is so busy disrespecting artistry. You disrespect your own remarkable talents and most importantly you disrespect the talent, hard work and tenacity of all artists when you go so rudely and savagely after such an accomplished and humble artist like BECK.

You make yourself look small and petty and spoilt.

In attempting to reduce the importance of one great talent over another, you make a mockery of all musicians and music from every genre, including your own.

Grow up and stop throwing your toys around. You are making yourself look like a complete twat.

PS I’m pretty certain Beyoncé doesn’t need you fighting any battles on her account. Seems like she’s got everything covered perfectly well on her own.”

And we agree.

Boston Calling Announce Spring 2015 Line-Up

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While everyone was sucked in by the cool unveil of the Bonnaroo line-up and every possible social media account around, another festival decided to unveil their own line-up as well.

Boston Calling will be holding its first of two annual music festivals during the weekend of May 22-24 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston with many names that seem to be making 2015 the year of their festival appearances.

Headlining the yearly event will be Beck, My Morning Jacket, and the Pixies while sub-headliners will include Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, and Tenacious D.

Other acts confirmed for the weekend long event include: Gerard Way, Marina and the Diamonds, Vance Joy, Run the Jewels, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminal, Chet Faker, Jungle, The Lone Bellow, and current radio darling, Tove Lo.

Check out the festival’s video announcement below which, for some reason, reminds us of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” video. Maybe it’s the fake mustaches?

General admission tickets go on sale today (Wednesday, Jan. 14) beginning at noon on the festival’s website. Early Bird 3-day passes are $160, while those interested in 3-day VIP tickets will be put back $300.

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