Death Cab for Cutie to release ‘The Blue EP’ in the fall

Death Cab for Cutie is returning with a new, albeit short, album late this year.

On Tuesday (July 30), the Washington-founded band announced plans to unleash a five-track album in the fall. Titled The Blue EP, the somewhat follow-up to 2018’s Thank You for Today is due out Sept. 6 through Atlantic Records.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.

While the album only features five songs, the tracks were worked on by three different producers.

Peter Katis, whose resume includes The National, Interpol, and Kurt Vile, produced “Kids in ‘99″ and “Blue Bloods.” Rich Costey —who previously worked with Death Cab on Thank You for Today— produced “To the Ground” and “Before the Bombs.” As for the final track on the album, “Man in Blue,” Death Cab for Cutie took over the producing duties.

To coincide with the new release announcement, Death Cab for Cutie has released its first single. Titled “Kids in ’99,” the song was “written as a tribute to three children who lost their lives in the 1999 Bellingham Olympic Pipeline explosion in Seattle.”

“The Olympic Pipeline explosion in 1999 was a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham,” frontman Ben Gibbard says in a press statement.

“After all these years, I felt it was worthy of its own folk song.”

Listen to “Kids in ’99” above.

Last week, the group surprised fans when it was confirmed they had worked on a song with Chance the Rapper. Titled “Do You Remember,” the song is featured on the rapper’s new album The Big Day.

Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, the Strokes lead Lollapalooza 2019 lineup

Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, and the Strokes are just some of the big-name acts heading to Illinois this summer for Lollapalooza 2019. On Wednesday (March 20), festival organizers unveiled their genre-diverse and lengthy lineup for this year’s festivities.

Joining Twenty One Pilots, Ariana Grande, and the Strokes on this year’s roster are: Childish Gambino, Janelle Monáe, Tame Impala, Kacey Musgraves, Lil’ Wayne, 21 Savage, Tenacious D, Death Cab For Cutie, Gary Clark Jr., The Chainsmokers, Fitz and the Tantrums, Bring Me the Horizon, Bishop Briggs, AJR, Chevelle, Hayley Kiyoko, The Revivalists, Meek Mill, Rüfüs Du Sol, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Flume, J. Balvin, Hozier, and many more.

According to Billboard, a total of 170 acts will perform on one of eight stages during the weekend-long event.

Four-day general admission and VIP passes for Lollapalooza are currently available on the music festival’s website. Like many major music festivals, Lollapalooza will be offering layaway options for those who may be a little strapped for cash at the moment but still want to experience the insanity.

Single-day passes are currently not available, but according to Lollapalooza’s website, they are “coming soon.”

Lollapalooza will return to its longtime home of Grant Park in Chicago. The four-day event will take place during the weekend of Aug. 1 – 4.

Last year’s Lollapalooza included performances by Vampire Weekend the Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Travis Scott, and more. For now, the full lineup can be found below.

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Death Cab for Cutie extend 2019 tour itinerary

Death Cab for Cutie may have previously announced plans to embark on a massive springtime North American tour, but now it looks like the group is ready to extend it into the summer months. On Friday (Jan. 18), the Washington state-founded band announced the latest addition to their 2019 tour itinerary. Set to take place during the months of June, July, and August, the 16-stop tour will find the group performing in cities such as Portland, New Haven, Queens, Detroit, Toronto, Colorado (Morrison), Louisville, and St. Louis.

The summertime tour dates will begin on June 7 at Stage AE in Pittsburgh and conclude two months later on Aug. 11 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Jenny Lewis, MITSKI, Car Seat Headrest, and LaLa LaLa will open on selected dates. Pre-sale tickets for the newly announced dates will go on sale beginning Tuesday, Jan. 22. General ticket sales will then go on sale a few days later on Friday, Jan. 25.

The new summer-centric tour dates come months after the band announced plans to embark on a springtime tour. That trek will commence on March 29 at the Joint in Las Vegas and conclude with a two-night stint on April 15 and 16 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Like the springtime tour, the summertime excursion will be in support of Death Cab for Cutie’s recent record, Thank You for Today. The record, the band’s ninth studio effort, peaked at the number 13 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The album was met with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike.

The record produced several hit singles including “Gold Rush,” “Autumn Love,” and “I Dreamt We Spoke Again.”

Thank You for Today is the follow-up quintet’s 2015 Grammy-nominated album, Kintsugi.

As if the newly added tour dates weren’t enough, the five-piece is set to perform on NPR’s Live from Here with Chris Thile show on Saturday, Jan. 19, and NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday, Jan. 21.

Death Cab for Cutie’s newly added summer tour dates can be found below.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE SUMMER 2019 TOUR DATES:
June 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE ~
June 8 — Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival
June 11 — Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point #
June 12 — South Burlington, VT – The Green at Shelburne #
June 14 — New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall #
June 15 — Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium #
June 18 — Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre #
June 20 — Toronto, ON – TD Echo Beach #
June 21 — Cooperstown, NY – Brewery Ommegang #
June 22 — Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
June 25 — Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ support from Mitski)
July 7 — Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater ~
July 8 — St Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre ~
July 9 — Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheater ~
July 13 — Edmonton, AB – Edmonton EXPO Centre
Aug. 11 — Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (w/ support from Car Seat Headrest)#

#support from Jenny Lewis
~ support from Lala Lala

Listen: Death Cab for Cutie drop new song ‘Autumn Love’

With a few weeks left until the release of their ninth studio album, Death Cab for Cutie have returned with another new song from the upcoming record. On Wednesday (Aug. 1), the Washington-founded band released the third single off Thank You for Today; a track titled “Autumn Love.” Watch the lyric video for the brand new tune above.

“Autumn Love” will join “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” and “Gold Rush” on Death Cab’s forthcoming album. Thank You for Today is due out Aug. 17 through Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website. Those who pre-order the record will receive instant downloads of all three tracks.

Prior to the album’s release, Death Cab for Cutie are scheduled to appear on several high-profile, late night shows including ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, Aug. 16.

In support of Thank You for Today‘s release, Death Cab for Cutie previously announced plans to embark on a massive, but intimate North American tour during the months of September and October. The fall time excursion will begin on Sept. 24 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon and conclude a month later on Oct. 23 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando.

While announcing their upcoming tour plans, the group also revealed that one dollar from each concert ticket purchased through their website will be donated to the Aurora Commons. For more information about the Aurora Commons, head on over to their website here.

As for the complete list of upcoming tour dates, that itinerary can be found here.

Thank You for Today is the follow-up to Death Cab for Cutie’s 2015 release, Kintsugi.

Death Cab for Cutie announce new album, stream new single

Death Cab for Cutie will have a new set of tunes to play when they hit the road later this year. On Wednesday (June 13), the Washington-founded band formally announced the release their ninth studio album. Titled Thank You for Today, the new album is due out Aug. 17 through Atlantic Records.

The forthcoming record was produced by Rich Costey who produced Death Cab’s previous studio album, KINTSUGI. Thank You for Today marks the band’s first record to feature newly added members Dave Depper and Zac Rae; both Depper and Rae have been part of the group’s touring band since 2015.

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also debuted the album’s lead single, “Gold Rush.”

Heading over to NPR to discuss the new song, frontman Ben Gibbard explains that the song is not about complaining and yearning for the good old days, but rather an observation on how things have changed.

“The song is not a complaint about how things were better [back then] or anything like that. It’s an observation,” Gibbard explains. “[But] more about coming to terms with the passage of time and losing the people and the moments in my life all over again as I walk down a street that is now so unfamiliar.”

Watch the Alex Southam-directed music video for “Gold Rush” above.

Pre-orders for Thank You for Today are currently available here. Those who pre-order the new album will receive an instant download of “Gold Rush.”

Later this month, Death Cab for Cutie will debut the new song live on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The band will take over the stage on Thursday, June 21.

In support of the new album’s release, Death Cab for Cutie previously announced plans to hit the road for an intimate venue fall tour. The upcoming tour will begin on Sept. 24 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon and conclude a month later on Oct. 23 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen here.

Death Cab for Cutie announce fall tour, tease new music

Time to add another major show to your already packed fall concert itinerary. On Tuesday (May 1), Death Cab for Cutie announced plans to hit the road in the fall in support of their much-anticipated, but yet-to-be-announced ninth studio album. The upcoming tour will find the band performing at intimate venues and theaters across North America during the months of September and October.

The fall time excursion will kick off on Sept. 24 at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon and conclude a month later on Oct. 23 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, May 2, at 10 a.m. local time. General tickets sale will then go on sale beginning Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. local time. According to the band, one dollar from each ticket purchased through their website will be donated to The Aurora Commons.

The Aurora Commons is a Seattle-based non-profit organization which offers a safe space for unhoused neighbors to rest, prepare a meal, connect to resources, and collectively create a healthy and vibrant community.

The news of the upcoming tour comes just as the band finished recording their new album. In conjunction with the tour announcement, the group posted a teaser clip of one of their new tunes. The new song snippet can be heard above.

While Death Cab for Cutie have yet to formally give a name or specific release date for the impending release, fans can at least appreciate the fact that the new album will be out in August. This record will also mark the first release to feature the group’s newest band members, Dave Depper and Zac Rae. Depper and Rae have both been part of Death Cab’s touring band since 2015.

The yet-to-be-titled record will be the follow-up to 2015’s KINTSUGI. The record debuted at the number one spot on Billboard‘s Top Alternative Albums charts and Top Rock Albums chart. The album peaked at the number eight spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

For now, the complete list of Death Cab for Cutie’s North American fall tour can be seen below.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE FALL 2018 TOUR DATES:

Sept. 24 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts
Sept. 25 – Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
Sept. 27 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre Berkeley
Sept. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
Oct. 1 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Oct. 2 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Oct. 3 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
Oct. 5 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
Oct. 7 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
Oct. 9 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
Oct. 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
Oct. 14 – Boston, MA – Boch Wang Theatre
Oct. 17 – Washington D.C. – Anthem
Oct. 18 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion
Oct. 19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy
Oct. 20 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Oct. 22 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach
Oct. 23 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live

Ben Gibbard to release Teenage Fanclub covers album

Ben Gibbard is giving Teenage Fanclub’s 1991 album, Bandwagonesque, a special spin as part of a special new project. On Friday (July 12), it was announced that the Death Cab for Cutie frontman will be taking part in a special project called “SOUNDS DELICIOUS” all made possible by Turntable Kitchen. Turntable Kitchen’s “SOUNDS DELICIOUS” is a vinyl subscription club which offers subscribers exclusive full-length artist-chosen cover albums on a limited-edition vinyl.

For Gibbard, the musician chose Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque because, according to him, it’s his favorite record from his favorite band.

“Turntable Kitchen approached me last summer about being part of their Sounds Delicious Vinyl series and I was excited about the idea of covering an album in its entirety,” Gibbard said in a press release.

He continues: “Bandwagonesque is my favorite record by my favorite band of all time. It came along at a pivotal time in my musical life and I’ve loved it for over 25 years. It’s been such a blast taking these songs apart to see how they work and then putting them back together again.”

“I was thrilled and extremely flattered when I heard that Ben Gibbard had decided to cover Bandwagonesque in its entirety,” said Teenage Fanclub vocalist/guitarist Norman Blake. “Needless to say that the re-imagining of the album by this very talented fella is both inventive and deftly executed. Thanks Ben.”

For more information about “SOUNDS DELICIOUS” head on over to their website here while the animated video for the first track off the album,”The Concept,” can be seen above. Ben Gibbard’s Bandwagonesque is set to be released on July 28 through Canvasback Music/Turntable Kitchen.

Bandwagonesque was released in November of 1991 and marked Teenage Fanclub’s major label debut and their most acclaimed record at that time. Tracks like “Star Sign,” “What You Do to Me,” and “The Concept” all managed to reach spots in the top 20 at alternative radio stations across the country. As if the record being highly rated by music reviewers wasn’t enough, Bandwagonesque was also featured in Universe Publishing 2005 book, “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.”

Not too bad for a bunch of Scottish dudes.

Death Cab for Cutie bassist addresses viral video

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Last week, footage of Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard storming off stage during a set in Charleston, SC went viral. The frontman was seen ripping off his earpiece, knocking down his microphone stand, and leaving the stage before finishing “Soul Meets Body”; their last song of the evening. The rest of the band followed the singer off stage, but returned to finish their set.

As with anything, speculations began as to what led to Gibbard storming off the stage. As it turns out, the musician leaving the stage was “a non-story” which was attributed to a lot of things going wrong at the same time. Over the weekend, the band performed at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE with bassist Nick Harmer sitting down with Billboard for an interview. During the interview, Harmer explained that equipment failure and a fight breaking out at the front of the crowd were just some of the contributing factors to the viral video.

“It’s kind of a non-story really,” begins Harmer. “It got spun as [if] we left the stage mid-set. It was the last 20 seconds of the last song and all of Ben’s equipment failed at the exact kind of unrelated moment there was a giant fight in front of us. We would’ve finished the song but we’re all feeling a little skittish after Orlando and things were just — we weren’t sure what was happening.”

“Suddenly, there was this moment in the crowd where we don’t see this kind of energy happen in front of us,” Harmer continues. “It’s kind of scary, so we stop as a band thinking somebody’s hurt or something’s happening, but that also just happened to coincide with the same other thing that was happening with Ben and all of his gear problems.”

And there you have it; a non-story. Death Cab for Cutie are currently in the middle of a summer tour, performing at a slew of summertime music festivals for the next coupe of weeks.

South Florida’s SunFest Announces 2016 Lineup

South Florida’s SunFest has just announced its 2016 lineup. After teasing longtime festival goers for the past couple of weeks, the longtime Florida music festival has unveiled the lineup for the 2016 edition. On Monday (Feb. 22), festival organizers revealed a lineup that will feature a little bit of everything to satisfy every music taste. On the bill for this year’s event will be Duran Duran, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Walk the Moon, ZZ Top, Flogging Molly, Fitz and the Tantrums, the newly revived Evanescence, as well as a couple of recent Grammy winners like Alabama Shakes and Meghan Trainor.

“We are very excited about this year’s lineup,” SunFest Executive Director Paul Jamieson said in a statement. “We have a great mix of acts, featuring today’s hottest acts alongside legendary performers. The music festival marketplace has been growing over the past few years, but we know as do our fans know, there is no better place to enjoy music than along the waterfront in West Palm Beach.”

The 34th annual SunFest will take place from Wednesday, April 27 to Sunday, May 1 in downtown West Palm Beach. One-day tickets are $35 while two-day passes are $55. Ticket for the full five days will set you back $75. But keep in mind, these prices will remain until March 11; after that, ticket prices will increase.

For more information about the music festival or the lineup, head on over to SunFest’s website. Check out the list below in print and in the official flyer for the event.

SunFest 2016 Lineup: Duran Duran, Alabama Shakes, Meghan Trainor, Train, Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki, Death Cab for Cutie, G-Eazy, Slightly Stoopid, ZZ Top, Bastille, Walk the Moon, The Roots, Fitz and The Tantrums, Capital Cities, Evanescence, Flogging Molly, Andy Grammer, Rick Springfield, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Salt N Pepa, Goldfinger, Shovels & Rope, Lukas Graham, Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band, The Joy Formidable, Coleman Hell, Judah & The Lion, The Babys, LunchMoney Lewis, Watch the Duck, Saint Asonia, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, The Bright Light Social Hour, Devon Baldwin, Jesse Royal, Dylan LeBlanc, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Secret Weapons, and Ria Mae.

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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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