Simple Plan Stream New EP

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It’s been quite sometime since we have heard any news from one of our favorite bands from Canada, Simple Plan.

After much talk that they would be putting out a new EP in the future, the day has finally arrived. Today, the band have given fans the chance to listen to their brand new EP, Get Your Heart On – The Second Coming!, which is the continuation of their fourth album, 2011’s Get Your Heart On.

The band released the following statement for fans about the early release:

“We’re really excited to release our first EP and share some new music with our fans all over the world. “Get Your Heart On – The Second Coming!” is a collection of songs we wrote during the songwriting sessions for our last album. We came up with over 75 songs for “Get Your Heart On!” and it was a very tough process to narrow them down to the 11 that made the final cut for the album.

As we are starting to work on our upcoming 5th album and closing the “GYHO!” chapter after 2 years of amazing shows all over the world, we thought it would be very cool to give our fans some new songs to get excited about. We love these songs and had a great time recording them over the last few months. We can’t wait to hear what our fans will think of the new music and are even more stoked to be writing a brand new album for them!”

– Pierre, Chuck, Sebastien, Jeff and David

The seven-track album will officially be released on December 3 through the band’s longtime record label, Atlantic Records, digitally. If physical copies are your bread and butter, copies of that are available for pre-sale over at their website.

Check out the full EP below and let us know if it brings you back tot he good ol’ days of middle school or high school.

Sonny Moore Not Returning to From First to Last (Yet?)

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Yesterday, when news surfaced that From First to Last would be reuniting and kicking off a $25k fundraiser on Kickstarter to help record their new album, fans were excited. The best part was that there was a chance that former frontman, Sonny Moore might decide to come back and do some vocals on the new music.

Sadly, things might not be looking as optimistic as we had originally hoped for. During an interview with Alternative Press, Matt Good revealed that they had tried to contact Moore, but so far, no word from him.

You can check out a snippet of the interview with the magazine below where Good talks about Moore below and the full interview here.

When exactly did you decide that you wanted to make FFTL music again? Walk me through the process of putting the band back together.
I’m working with this band right now, and they’re huge fans of Ross Robinson. I showed them these videos we made with Ross when we were in the studio recording Heroine. I hadn’t seen them in years, and when I watched them, I started getting that reminiscent, emotional thing going on. [Laughs.] I got a little watery-eyed, and I was like, “Man, that was a really cool experience.”

To this day, [recording Heroine with Robinson] was probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done, and when I saw it, it just brought back all of these feelings—like, super-hard. So, I started thinking about that, and it kind of didn’t leave me. I was just hanging out, my iTunes was on shuffle, and one of the songs from Heroine came on. I saw some people online talking about FFTL, and I was talking to Travis. I was just like, “Man, I think I wanna do a new EP.” And he was like, “Yeah! I think that’s a great idea!” [Laughs.] That’s kind of how it started.

Then I talked to Matt Manning, and he was like, “Yeah, we should do that!” And then I talked to Derek [Bloom], and he was like, “Yeah dude, I’m down.” That’s like the basic member lineup right now.

I have reached out to Sonny; I actually hit him up this morning, so we’ll see what happens. Obviously there’s all this debate about the band with Sonny and the band without Sonny, and it’s really unfortunate because it kind of pulls fans away from what the music’s all about. We all loved having Sonny in the band, and he was an awesome singer. If he would do a song with us on the EP, it would be absolutely awesome, and it would make a ton of people happy. But if he doesn’t, I still want to make a great record and show people that we’re a band, and we just like making music.

Stream Fall Out Boy’s New EP

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Twice in one year?

Fall Out Boy are definitely on a roll with new music this year.

A few weeks back, it was revealed that the foursome would be coming back with some new tracks for a new EP titled, Pax Am Days. While hanging out in Los Angeles at Ryan Adam’s studio for a  few days, the band and the musician got together and made an EP which will be coming out next week, officially.

The songs, they told fans, would be completely different from anything on their recently released album, Save Rock and Roll. they said that the tracks would be a lot more hardcore and punk and now they are letting everyone listen to it a week in advance.

Instead of going on about the new songs and how different the tracks are than the preceding ones, just have a listen for yourselves below.

Pixies Announce North American Tour Dates

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The Pixies might have lost Kim Deal a few months ago, but that hasn’t stopped them from going forward with their plans of new music and a new tour. Over the last few months, the band have been in the music news especially when Deal announced that she was leaving the band, but also when they announced that they were releasing a new EP, EP-1, the same day that it was scheduled to be released.

Today, the band have gone ahead and announced that they will be heading out on a tour in support of the new album and that they will make their trek around North American in the process. The tour which begins in early 2014, will begin in Toronto and go all the way until March 3 where it will end in Austin. The supporting acts for the two month tour will include Best Coast, Cults and Fidlar.

The full tour dates can be seen below.

THE PIXIES TOUR DATES

01/15  Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
01/16  Montreal, QC – Metropolis
01/18  Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
01/19  Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
01/21  Newark, NJ – New Jersey Performing Arts Center
01/22  New Haven, CT – Shubert Theatre
01/24  Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
01/25  Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Music Hall
01/26  Washington, DC – Strathmore
01/29  Richmond, VA – National Theatre
01/31  Durham, NC – Durham PAC
02/01  Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
02/03  Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
02/04  Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
02/06  St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
02/07  Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion
02/08  Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
02/09  Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
02/11  Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
02/13  Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
02/14  Aspen, CO – Belly Up Tavern
02/15  Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Salt Air
02/17  Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
02/18  Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
02/19  Portland, OR – Schnitzer Auditorium
02/21  Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
02/22  San Jose, CA – The Joint
02/24  Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
02/25  Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium
02/27  Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
02/28  Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
03/01  Austin, TX – Austin Music Hall

The Pixies’ last performance was at Chicago’s Riot Fest last September.

The Pixies Release New Song and EP

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Earlier this Summer, the Pixies first surprised us when they announced that bassist, Kim Deal had decided to leave the band after being with them for 25 years. About three months later, the reason behind her departure was still she “departed the band.”

After that, it was shortly announced that they released their first new single, “Bagboy.” Today, the band released the song “Indie Cindy” but that wasn’t the only bit of news from their camp that they were hiding; no, they also announced that they would be releasing a new EP titled, EP-1, today!

Talk about being secretive.

EP-1 is part of series of mini-releases the band will release over the next 15 months. For those interested, the album will be released both digitally and on vinyl, but only a lucky 5,000 will be able to score one of the vinyls.

“It’s all about self-doubt,” frontman Charles Thompson, aka Black Francis, told the Times about the song. “It says to the audience, I don’t know if this romance has still got what it needs to happen again. I don’t know if you’ll accept me; I don’t know if I accept you. But we have this memory. Can we do it again?”

Check out the tracklist for the EP as well as the video for the song below.

EP-1 TRACKLIST:

1-Andro Queen
2-Another Toe In The Ocean
3-Indie Cindy
4-What Goes Boom

The Used Release New EP

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The Used are currently on this year’s installment of the Vans Warped Tour, but that hasn’t stopped the band from releasing a brand new album, titled The Ocean Of The Sky.

The band have decided to release the album digitally for now while hard copies of the EP can be bought at Warped Tour stops. While the album does seem to be coming from thin air, the band have been promoting it through several media outlets for the last couple of weeks.

The band will be playing the 18th annual touring music festival until July 31. Until you can get the hard copy of the EP on Warped, you can listen to the current stream courtesy of Spotify.

Jay-Z to Release New EP

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Last night, everyone who was watching the Heat vs Spurs game was surprised by the three minute commercial that hit their screens featuring Jay-Z at half-time. At first, it would seem like it was setting up to be some kind of a documentary for the rapper, but then it turned to be  commercial for the rapper’s upcoming EP that nobody knew existed.

The EP which will be called, Magna Carta Holy Grail is scheduled to be released on July 4th, but for those who own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, they have a chance to get the album almost 72 hours before the general public. On June 24, the rapper will be releasing an app and the first one million to download the app, will be able to get the album for free on its release date (12:01 a.m. on July 4th to be exact).

In the video that can be seen below the rapper says about his 12th album: “The album is about, like this duality of how do you navigate through this whole thing—through success, through failures, through all this—and remain yourself,”

He also includes his collaborators for the album which will feature Timbaland, Pharrell Williams and Swizz Beatz.

Andrew McMahon Drops Another New Song

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Yesterday afternoon, Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin frontman, Andrew McMahon dropped a brand new song, “After the Fire” from his upcoming solo EP, The Pop Underground.

Today, the singer released another new track from the four-song EP due out on April 30th. The song, “Learn to Dance” has been a staple during his recent tour, but only the live version has been heard. The newly released track is a studio version of the song which will be featured on.

McMahon said the following about the song:

““I had just finished a really inspiring two-day writing session for another artist and went out to celebrate with some friends,” he says. “We ended up watching the sun come up despite the fact I was scheduled to meet a young producer in the morning to begin work on some of my own material. I spent the first half of the day hungover, hitting dead ends, working on a song I had written prior.”

With a different mindset, Andrew found the inspiration to write the track, which reflects the lessons he’s learned from the past.

“Mark, the producer I’d just met, finally said, ‘I think we should write something brand new.’ He put up a beat, and it brought me out of my fog,” Andrew says. “I laid down the simple piano line you hear in the intro and this boozy, regretful lyric. It quickly turned into flashbacks from my childhood and glimpses into the future. In a lot of ways it’s about finding forgiveness and learning how to acknowledge the past in a way that lets you live in the present.”

The song can be heard here, at AOL Music’s page.