5 Seconds of Summer treat fans to ‘Wildflower’

5 Seconds of Summer’s new album is due out in less than 48 hours, but that’s not stopping the guys from giving us one last tune to hold us over until then.

On Wednesday (March 25), the Australian group unleashed one final single before their album’s official drop. Titled “Wildflower,” the almost four-minute track sounds like a departure from all the other tracks they’ve released so far.

But let’s be honest, none of the songs they’ve recently released sound the same.

To coincide with the song’s debut, the foursome has unveiled the lyric video for the track, which features a slew of…you guessed it, wildflowers. Before the video begins, the band gives their followers some insider information about the making of the lyric video.

It took ten straight hours of stop-motion animation, eight hours of editing, 358 different photos, and a grand total of 529 flowers.

Talk about dedication.

Go ahead and show some appreciation for all the hard work by watching the clip one (or 20 times).

“Wildflower” is the fifth single off 5 Seconds of Summer’s upcoming fourth studio album, C.A.L.M.

“Wildflower” joins previously released tracks “Old Me,” “Easier,” “No Shame,” and “Teeth” (our favorite song that has so far been released) featured on the forthcoming 12-track album.

C.A.L.M. is due out this Friday, March 27. Pre-save and pre-order options are still available on the band’s website.

In support of the much-anticipated release, the foursome will hit the North American touring circuit in the late summer. The “No Shame” tour will find the quartet performing at venues across the continent in August and September.

The tour begins on August 12 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City and concludes on September 26 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

With everything that is currently happening in the world, we’re not sure what the status of the tour is. As of now, it looks as if the excursion will go forward, but we’ll keep an eye out if there’s any change.

All Time Low treat fans to ‘Melancholy Kaleidoscope’

We all may be under house arrest for the time being, but All Time Low is giving us another track to add to our “Quarantine 2020” mix.

On Wednesday (March 25), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed another new song from their upcoming new album, Wake Up, Sunshine. This week, the foursome treated fans to a tune called “Melancholy Kaleidoscope.”

Like many of the songs they’ve already unveiled from the forthcoming album, this track sounds like it could find a home on one of their earlier records (Put Up or Shut Up? So Wrong It’s Right? You tell us).

Listen to “Melancholy Kaleidoscope” above.

“Melancholy Kaleidoscope” joins “Getaway Green,” “Sleeping In,” and “Some Kind of Disaster” on All Time Low’s impending eighth studio album. Wake Up, Sunshine is due out April 3 through Fueled By Ramen.

Pre-save and pre-order options are currently available on the band’s website. All pre-orders will include an instant grat download of the album’s singles.

This past weekend, frontman Alex Garskath took to social media to reveal that the band was not pushing the record’s release date. Those who purchased a physical copy of the album from the band’s website will still receive it on the projected release date. For those who bought it on other websites, the expected release date may vary.

Garskath also asked fans to give suggestions on what they would like the band to do to promote the new album since concerts, meet and greets, and signings are currently out of the question.

Last month, All Time Low was confirmed as one of a handful of “emo bands” slated to hit the road for the second annual Sad Summer Music Festival. Joining All Time Low on the road this summer will be The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Yours Truly, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.

With what has been going on, we’re not even sure the tour will go on. But until then, the full list of tour dates can be found here

All Time Low celebrate their fans, live shows in ‘Getaway Green’

All Time Low may have claimed that they don’t negotiate with kidnapping pandas (sorry, Rian), but we guess their tune has changed.

On Tuesday (March 17), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed the third single off their upcoming studio effort, Wake Up, Sunshine. Titled “Getaway Green,” the track sounds like a return to their pop-punk roots, something the group had admitted would be happening on the forthcoming album.

To coincide with the song’s “pressured” debut, the quartet has also unveiled the song’s music video. Instead of taking the theatrical route, like they had done with the previous singles, the band took a simplistic approach by making the three-minute clip all about their fans and the wonder of their live shows.

According to a press statement, the footage for the music video was filmed during the band’s intimate gigs in Boston, New York, Baltimore, Leeds, and London this January.

Watch the music video for “Getaway Green” above.

“Getaway Green” joins “Sleeping In” and “Some Kind of Disaster” on All Time Low’s impending eighth studio album. Wake Up, Sunshine is due out April 3 through Fueled By Ramen.

Pre-save and pre-order options are currently available on the band’s website. All pre-orders will include an instant grat download of the album’s singles “Sleeping In” and “Some Kind of Disaster” (we guess “Getaway Green” will also be included now).

Last month, All Time Low was confirmed as one of a handful of “emo bands” slated to hit the road for the second annual Sad Summer Music Festival. Joining All Time Low on the road this summer will be The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Yours Truly, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Lin-Manuel Miranda drops previously unheard ‘Hamilton’ track

So what exactly happened after Alexander Hamilton cheated on his wife in Broadway’s hit musical “Hamilton”?

Well, according to the show’s head-honcho, he went to speak with his friend and confidant George Washington about a little situation that we’re going to call the “Maria Reynolds dilemma.”

On Friday (March 13), Miranda decided to bring up the country’s morale by releasing a previously unheard track from his Tony-Award winning show. Titled “I Have This Friend,” the two-and-a-half-minute song follows Hamilton after his ongoing affair with Maria Reynolds.

Throughout the track, we hear the show’s protagonist refer to himself as “this friend” instead of outright admitting what he did. He also reveals that he’s pretty much being blackmailed by several men (a reference to “We Know”) and sets the stage for the big public reveal in “The Reynolds Pamphlet.” Washington also warns Hamilton to be careful of who he hurts, which, we assume, is a call to the track “Burn.”

The track features Miranda taking on both positions as Hamilton and Washington who was played by Christopher Jackson in the original cast.

You will also notice the usage of the line “the world turned upside down,” a direct reference to “Yorktown (World Turned Upside Down)” from the first act of the show as well as the ongoing “wait for it” line that can be found in several of the musical’s tracks.

“Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app,” Miranda tweeted to his legion of followers. “Alas. But I can send you music no one’s heard. Here’s a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called ‘I Have This Friend.’ No one’s heard it, not even Kail.”

“This was my first draft of the song before ‘The Reynolds Pamphlet,'” the singer reveals on Soundcloud.

“With Hamilton & Washington. I don’t think I even showed it to Tommy Kail. It would go where ‘Hurricane is now.’ Stay safe out there. Love you.”

Listen to the track above.

On Wednesday (March 12), it was announced that all Broadway shows would be suspended effective immediately until mid-April due to Coronavirus fears. “Hamilton” performances in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami have been suspended.

The Killers confirm the release date for ‘Imploding the Mirage’ with new single, massive North American tour

Hold on tight to your chairs, guys, because the Killers have a slew of news that just may give you whiplash.

On Thursday (March 12), the Las Vegas-founded band officially confirmed the release date for their sixth studio album. Previously revealed to be titled Imploding the Mirage, the new album is due out May 29 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.

The new set of tunes was produced by the band alongside Foxygen’s Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado.

But that’s not all.

The record will also include guest appearances by k.d. lang, Natalie Mering from Weyes Blood, Adam Granduciel from War on Drugs, Lucius, and former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham who happens to play on the album’s lead single, “Caution.”

Yes. You read that right.

The Killers not only confirmed their new album’s release date but have also dropped its lead single, which features a music legend. Listen to “Caution” above.

To coincide with the song’s release, frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci spoke with Zane Lowe about the inspiration behind the four-and-a-half-minute tune.

“It’s sort of about having the wherewithal to listen to that angel on your shoulder, even if they’re telling you something that you don’t want to hear,” Flowers reveals in the interview.

“And I think for me with this song was a lot about leaving Las Vegas. I was having this sort of hunch or impression that that was something that I was supposed to do for my family. … And so it was tough for me to leave, and I thought I was able to harness that energy, and there was a sort of…a relief when it happened, and you kind of feel that the spirit in ‘Caution,’ I feel like.”

So what is a band to do after confirming a record release date and unveiling its lead single? Well…announce a massive North American tour, of course! So stock up on hand sanitizers and disinfection wipes.

This summer, the Killers will hit the North American touring circuit for their Imploding the Mirage tour. The almost-four-month outing will find the group performing at venues in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (though there’s a quick trip to Australia in between).

Yup. Four months of nonstop shows across the continent.

The Imploding the Mirage North American trek begins on Aug. 18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The tour concludes several months later on Dec. 4 at the Estadio 3 de Marzo in Zapopan, Mexico.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will open for the Killers throughout the forthcoming tour.

IMPLODING THE MIRAGE 2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

8/18/20 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/19/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
8/21/20 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
8/22/20 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
8/23/20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
8/25/20 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
8/26/20 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
8/28/20 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/29/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
8/30/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
9/10/20 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/11/20 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
9/12/20 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
9/15/20 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/16/20 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
9/18/20 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
9/19/20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
9/20/20 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
9/22/20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
9/23/20 – Chicago, IL – United Center
9/25/20 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
9/26/20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9/27/20 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Event Center
9/29/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10/1/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/2/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/3/20 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
10/5/20 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
10/6/20 – University Park, PA – Petersen Events Center
10/9/20 – Cleveland, OH – rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
10/10/20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

12/1/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/2/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/4/20 – Zapopan, MX – Estadio 3 de Marzo

Coldplay channel ‘Animal Farm’ for their new music video

Political season is officially here, and many artists are speaking out about some of the significant issues that are plaguing the country.

While Coldplay may not be from the United States, they do live here, so they do have an opinion on what’s going on. In their latest music video, the band took inspiration from a classic piece of literature to show their reaction to some of the racial problems we’re witnessing in 2020.

On Thursday (March 12), the United Kingdom-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Trouble in Town.” The clip was inspired by George Orwell’s 1945 book “Animal Farm” (and maybe a sprinkle of Disney and Pixar’s “Zootopia”).

The viewer witnesses a dystopian world populated by animals, including politician pigs figuratively rolling in the mud as they debate, street-hustling foxes, and an overzealous snow leopard cop.

The six-minute music video was directed by Aoife McCardle.

Watch the full clip for “Trouble in Town” above.

“Trouble in Town” is featured on Coldplay’s recently released record, Everyday Life.

According to the band, all proceeds from the song and the music video will be split between two different organizations; the Innocence Project and the African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS).

The Innocence Project works to overturn wrongful convictions in the US while the ACFS is a charity for vulnerable children in South Africa.

Last month, the group released a surprise acoustic EP/short film titled Coldplay Reimagined. The compilation includes Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland performing stripped-down versions of “Cry Cry Cry,” “BrokEn,” and “Champion of the World.”

5 Seconds of Summer take it back to the beginning with ‘Old Me’

5 Seconds of Summer are taking all their fans back to the band’s inception, even if it is for a few minutes.

On Tuesday (March 10), the Australian band returned with the music video for their latest single, “Old Me.” Initially released late last month, the song is an ode to the band’s past selves who worked hard to get them where they currently are.

Sticking to the message of the song, the foursome released a four-minute clip to mirror that. The premise of the video is simple. The guys are riding in a desolate train as footage and photos of their younger selves (not really them until a certain point in the video) are inter-cut with the present versions of themselves.

Towards the end of the clip, real footage from the guys during their early and teen years are shown (footage you can probably find on YouTube). When the train finally arrives at the group’s final destination, it opens to reveal a festival stage with a massive audience all there to see 5 Seconds of Summer. That’s one way to celebrate your past.

Also, shout out to drummer Ashton Irwin, who just HAD to take off his shirt during the final seconds of the clip.

Watch “Old Me” above.

“Old Me” is the fourth single off 5 Seconds of Summer’s upcoming fourth studio effort, C.A.L.M. Previously released singles “Easier,” “No Shame,” and our personal favorite “Teeth” are also featured on the forthcoming 12-track album.

C.A.L.M. is due out March 27. Pre-save and pre-order options are currently live on the band’s website.

In support of the much-anticipated release, the foursome will hit the North American touring circuit in the late summer. The “No Shame” tour will find the quartet performing at venues across the continent in August and September.

The tour begins on August 12 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City and concludes on September 26 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Jimmy Eat World to embark on the ‘Criminal Energy’ tour in the late summer

Jimmy Eat World promised fans some good news this week, and they have definitely kept their word.

On Monday (March 9), the Arizona-founded band announced plans to embark on a short, North American tour in the summer. Dubbed the “Criminal Energy” (after a track on their new album) tour, the group will be joined by the Front Bottoms throughout most of the outing.

The cross-continent trek will include stops in major cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Baltimore, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, and more.

The 20-stop outing begins on August 6 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta and concludes a month later on September 5 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix.

Pre-sales begin this Tuesday, March 10, at 10 a.m. local time. For those who miss out on pre-sales, don’t worry. General ticket sales for the “Criminal Energy” tour go on sale this Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. local time.

Turnover and Joyce Manor will join Jimmy Eat World and the Front Bottoms on the upcoming excursion. Turnover will play the first half of the shows (Aug. 6 – 22), while Joyce Manor will take over during the second half (August 26- September 5).

Jimmy Eat World released their tenth studio album, Surviving, last fall. The record was met with a lot of praise from fans and critics alike.

The summer tour will be in support of the record’s release. Before hitting the North American touring circuit, Jilly Eat World already has several shows lined up. They will open for My Chemical Romance and hit the stage at a handful of music festivals, including Chain Fest and Bottlerock in California.

CRIMINAL ENERGY SUMMER 2020 TOUR DATES:

August 6 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy (The Front Bottoms are not performing)^
August 7 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre^
August 8 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater^
August 9 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion^
August 11 – New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17)^
August 14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage)^
August 15 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia)^
August 16 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion)^
August 18 – Toronto, ON – Rebel^
August 20 – Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River State Park^
August 21 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit^
August 22 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion^
August 26 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory#
August 27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave#
August 28 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom#
August 29 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland#
August 31 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium#
September 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex#
September 4 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU#
September 5 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre#

^ – w/ Turnover
# – w/ Joyce Manor

Watch Demi Lovato welcome the new her in ‘I Love Me’

Demi Lovato is making 2020 her year (and her bitch for that matter).

If you don’t believe us, just watch her performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIV back in February or her fantastic and in-depth interview with Ashley Graham on the model’s Pretty Big Deal YouTube series.

See. We told you. And now, we can add new music to that list.

On Friday (March 6), the singer returned with a surprise new single. Titled “I Love Me,” the three-and-a-half-minute tune is an ode to Lovato and all her past struggles that sadly all played out in the public eye. From her health concerns and fly-by-night relationships to all her self-deprecating tendencies and breakdowns, the track’s lyrics reference it all.

With lines such as “cause I’m a black belt when I’m beating up on myself” and “I’m my own worst critic,” we see how she’s the first to admit that she’s a hot mess, but even when things seem bleak, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. She pretty much confirms that when she proclaims, “I’m a ten out of ten even when I forget,” because aren’t we all?

To coincide with the song’s release, the singer-actress also released its accompanying music video.

Throughout the clip, we watch Lovato drop lots of Easter eggs from her past. We see a trio of guys that look like the Jonas Brothers, a pop star in a bodysuit that may or may not be her, a bride and groom that could be a reference to a newly engaged ex of hers, and a woman on a gurney being placed in an ambulance.

Watch the music video for “I Love Me” above and see if you can spot any more Easter eggs.

“I Love Me” is the second standalone single (that we know of) Lovato has released this year. Back in January, she unveiled her chilling ballad, “Anyone,” which was later performed at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Mayday Parade return with ‘It Is What It Is’

Turn up your speakers because Mayday Parade is back with a brand new song!

On Friday (March 6), the Florida-founded band unleashed their first new track in two years. Dubbed “It Is What It Is,” the title of the track basically described the inspiration behind the lyrics; just because things are bad now doesn’t mean that it will always be like that. It is what it is.

“It’s just about anything in life that ends badly and how it always hurts, but you eventually get over it,” drummer Jake Bundrick reveals about the new song.

Frontman Derek Sanders adds, “If there are people out there dealing with hard times, we hope our music can help them work through that, and come away feeling a little better about everything.”

Listen to “It Is What It Is” above.

It Is What It Is” is Mayday Parade’s first new song since the release of their sixth studio album, Sunnyland. The record was released in 2018 through Rise Records.

Now the real question is, “Is this song a standalone single or the first single off their seventh studio effort?” We shall see.

Earlier this week, the five-piece announced plans to embark on a springtime North American tour. The excursion will find the group performing at venues in cities such as Pensacola, New Orleans, Tucson, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Calgary, Louisville, and more.

The month-long outing begins on April 9 at High Dive in Gainesville and concludes on May 2 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati. Grayscale and Point North will join Mayday Parade on the upcoming trek.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.

IT IS WHAT IT IS SPRING 2020 TOUR DTAES:

April 9 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
April 10 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
April 11 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
April 14 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
April 15 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
April 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
April 20 – Tacoma, WA – McMenamins Elks Temple
April 21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
April 23 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
April 24 – Edmonton, AB – Midway
April 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
April 28 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 29 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club
May 1 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
May 2 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s