New merchandise tease end of Brand New

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The Brand New news keeps on trickling in little by little. Last week, the band’s record label, Procrastinate! Music Traitors, all but confirmed the official release of the band’s highly-anticipated new album. That post from the label came a week after the band unleashed their latest single, “I Am a Nightmare” to an unsuspecting public. Now, it looks like the “inevitable breakup” that frontman Jesse Lacey spoke about in 2015 has gotten a time frame.

On Thursday (June 2), the band sneakily uploaded several new shirts onto their website. The new shirts all contain the band’s name as well as “2000-2018.” For fans of the band, seeing the 2000 is common sense since it’s the year the Long Island-based band was formed. The 2018, on the other hand, is probably the year that they did not want to come; the year the band call it a day. But while it seems heartbreaking and earth-shattering to longtime fans of the band, it’s a good time to point out that we are only halfway through 2016, meaning there is still a total of 18 months until then. Check out one of the new shirts below while the rest can be seen on their website here.

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While there does seem to be an expiration dates for Brand New, everyone should just enjoy the fact that there is a new album in the near future while their summer tour with Modest Mouse which will officially kick off on Saturday, June 4, at Union Hall in Edmonton, AB. Tonight, Brand New will perform at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

Anberlin to Release Special Items in 2015

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It’s been a month since Anberlin officially ended their final tour and their career as a band, but now, just in time for the holidays, they have announced that there are major plans brewing for them, though it has nothing to do with new music or a reunion.

Taking to Instagram a few days ago, they posted a black and white photo from one of their final shows with the following message:

“Some very exciting projects we have in the works for 2015; cannot wait to share with you guys (merch, projects, live records, vinyl box set, etc).”

As of now, no other information has been given about the merchandise including price and release dates, but we do know we’re going to have to stay glued to their Instagram since that’s where they seem to be making all these announcements.

Check out the actual post from the band below.

Urban Outfitters: Ruler of the Vinyl Sales

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We know that the rise in vinyl popularity has slowly been gaining steam, but would you ever imagine that a hipster paradise clothing chain would lead the pack?

Last night, Urban Outfitter’s chief administrative officer, Calvin Hollinger announced that Urban Outfitters is leading the pack in selling the most vinyls in the last year.

Most would assume that the resurgence in vinyl sales could be attributed to things like Record Store Day or bands rediscovering this form of music release, but no. The store that has recently made headlines for releasing that offending Kent sweater with “not” blood splatter on it and stupid knick-knacks made for frat boys, has managed to outsell Amazon, Insound, or any record store for that matter in the vinyl department.

“Music is very, very important to the Urban customer. In fact, we are the world’s number one vinyl seller,” Hollinger said.

The CAO explains that the key to their “success” is simple. Instead of having thousands of vinyls available online, the company has a system that allows them to offer inventory from around 100 vendor without actually owning any of the merchandise.

In other words, they act like your local consignment store, but instead of having funking clothes, they have an online store full of a slew of vinyls. Kind of ingenious.

Last years, vinyl sales reportedly hit 6.1 million while 2014 is on its way to smash those numbers.

Check Out the Unofficial “Official” Morrissey Tour Cancellation Shirt

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With all the drama surrounding former Smiths frontman Morrissey’s tours, it’s great to know that some people have a sense of humor about the repeated cancellations.

Up until now, Moz has not been able to follow through an entire tour schedule.

At this point, the tour (or tours) have been “rescheduled” numerous times because of many reasons including the singer falling ill. Then, his mother fell ill, forcing him to put the tour on the backburner while he went back home to take care of her. Then, he and his crew got ill, again, which led to the dismissal of their opening act and instead of permanently rescheduling the show, it all just ended up being cancelled.

Thank to some genius on Reddit, they created a very fitting “official” tour shirt in honor of Morrissey’s string of cancelled tour stops. The tee features a picture of the singer (the younger years) with the words “Official Morrissey Tour Cancellation T-Shirt.” Really funny and extremely fitting considering all the tour stops that have been cancelled.

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While the shirt isn’t on sale, officially, we believe it should be. We’re sure that Morrissey will have something (negative) to say about it soon enough on his blog, so now we just sit back and wait for the damning to begin.

Or maybe he’ll like the idea and start selling some of his own and show that he has a sense of humor about all the misfortune that has befallen on him as he tries to make his way across the United States to promote his new record.

Who are we kidding.

Metallica Sell Glastonbury Diss Quote T-Shirt at Festival

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Remember how a few weeks ago, there was a petition started by attendees at the annual Glastonbury Festival who were trying to get Metallica kicked off of the festival line-up? Well, like it was assumed, the petition went nowhere which led to drummer Lars Ulrich laughing in all their faces and telling them to “bring it on” during an interview.

Fast forward to this weekend, which is the weekend which Glastonbury is taking place (and probably as you are reading this there are bands on the stage performing) and it looks like the guys in Metallica decided to take all the bad publicity that their headlining reveal had garnered and turned it into a profitable opportunity.

According to Gigwise, the band have taken all the negative quotes about the festival organizers’ decision to have the metal icons headline and put them on a t-shirt which is currently on sale at the festival.

Quotes such as, “Metallica at Glastonbury, whoopee-fucking-doo” from The Guardian, “I’m not sure it adds up…could you have Metallica in this hippy nucleus” by The Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner, “Metallica aren’t in the spirit of peace-loving Glastonbury” by Lisa B., and a couple of more quotes.

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Metallica are set to hit the stage tonight at Glastonbury and we can pretty much assume that the place will have a lot of people in the audience. Sorry, hippie, “peace-loving” people, you lost this round and showed your real colors which apparently aren’t all that peace and loving, after all.