Atreyu, Real Friends, Cancer Bats added to Slam Dunk 2019 lineup

Atreyu, Real Friends, and the Cancer Bats are just some of the latest additions to the 2019 edition of the Slam Dunk Festival. On Wednesday (Jan. 16), festival organizers took to social media to announce the addition of ten more acts that will make their way to the United Kingdom for the annual, springtime music festival. Milk Teeth, WSTR, Seaway, Pagan, The Word Alive, The Bronx, and Angel Du$t round out the third wave of band announcements.

“Let me tell you this planet Earth – I’m not gonna even pretend to hide how freakin’ pumped we are to be playing a stage packed with all our best homies all day,” say the Cancer Bats in a press statement.

“This lineup is the sickest Space Jam of a Slam Dunk lineup since Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny teamed up to save the universe.”

The Bronx add: “We are super-stoked to be back on the court for Slam Dunk ’19! Make no mistake we are going to f**k shit up.”

The newest additions will join previously announced acts All Time Low, NOFX, New Found Glory, Waterparks, Story of the Year, Gallows, Mad Caddies, Silverstein, Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, Saves the Day, Glassjaw, Knocked Loose, the Get Up Kids, Turnstiles, Tiny Moving Parts, the Menzingers, I Don’t Know How But They Found Meand Trophy Eyes on the upcoming event’s roster.

Tickets for Slam Dunk Festival 2019 are currently available on the event’s website here.

The weekend-long music festival will take place on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. The first day of the festival will take place at its new Leeds home of Temple Newsam Park while the second day will place at Hatfield Park in Hertfordshire.

SLAM DUNK 2019 THIRD WAVE:

Atreyu
Real Friends
Cancer Bats
Milk Teeth
WSTR
Seaway
Pagan
The Word Alive
The Bronx
Angel Du$t

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Godsmack, Fiver Finger Death Punch, Taking Back Sunday lead INKCARCERATION 2019 lineup

Godsmack, Taking Back Sunday, Five Finger Death Punch, and Shinedown are just some of the acts who will head to Ohio this summer for the second annual INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival. On Tuesday (Jan. 15), festival organizers unveiled the rock-centric roster for this year’s event.

Joining the aforementioned acts on the bill are +LIVE+, Seether, Skillet, I Prevail, Starset, Motionless in White, Red Sun Rising, Fozzy, Buckcherry, POD, Andrew W.K., the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and more. In total, over 30 bands will take over one of two stages throughout the weekend-long festivities.

In addition to the rocking lineup, the music festival will also include over 70 booths of local and regional tattoo artists. The list of tattoo artists who will be attending this year’s event can be found here. For those who are interested in getting a tattoo during the three-day event, all you need to do is select the artist you would like to work with and schedule an appointment. Simple as that.

If music and tattoos weren’t enough to get you excited, organizers also revealed that attendees can experience Escape From Blood Prison, the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the Ohio State Reformatory during the months of September, October, and November. This year, the attraction will give attendees the opportunity to experience the frights and sights in early July.

“It’s an honor to be able to open the doors of Blood Prison a couple of months early and give the guests of INKCARCERATION a few scares in July! The warden, his family and the Blood Prison inmates are all excited to meet the fans at INKCARCERATION,” says Vic Amesquita, manager of Blood Prison.

But music, tattoos, and haunted houses are not the only chilling attractions INKCARCERATION will offer this year. Organizers also revealed that attendees can take part in self-guided tours of the historic Ohio State Reformatory, home of the “Shawshank Prison,” during the music festival. According to the festival’s website, the complete, immersive tour should take roughly an hour and a half, so it may be wise to plan accordingly.

“Building off such a strong inaugural year, we are so stoked to give our fans even more in year two,” begins a press statement from the music festival’s promoters.

“With Billboard chart-topping bands such as Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch leading the way, tattoo artists from around the globe, and the historic backdrop of the haunted Shawshank Prison, INKCARCERATION 2019 will be the don’t miss rock event of the summer in the Midwest!”

INKCARCERATION 2019 will take place at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio during the weekend of July 12-14. Tickets for the music festival are currently available here.

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The Killers drop politically charged song ‘Land of the Free’

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UPDATE – Jan. 14, 2019 (5:15 p.m. ET):

Just a few hours after unleashing the audio for their new, politically-charged song “Land of the Free,” the Killers have unleashed the music video for the new track.

Watch the almost-five-minute, Spike Lee-directed clip below.

ORIGINAL – Jan. 14, 2019 (1:32 p.m. ET):

When you think of politically outspoken bands, your thoughts may go to some famous acts like Rage Against the Machine, Anti-Flag, and Green Day. Well, it looks like you can now officially add the Killers to that list because the four-piece just released a new, politically-inspired song. On Monday (Jan. 14), the Las Vegas-founded group released their first new song in over a year, “Land of the Free.”

The track comes a day after the quartet took to social media to announce plans to release “something new” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show on Monday.

While speaking with listeners, frontman Brandon Flowers explains what inspired the band’s new surprise song.

“I think it’s a very important time right now and enough was enough is basically where it comes from,” Flowers begins.

“It started in my mind around when Sandy Hook happened and as a father how that affected me. And then it just started stacking up. It was things like Eric Garner. Trayvon Martin. Things like what’s happening at the wall. You know, this stuff just didn’t seem to be in harmony with the values I believe my country was founded on.

He continues: “I would start the song and then put it away and say ‘I’m not the guy to do this.’ You know, ‘I feel inadequate.’ You know, waiting for somebody to write this song. And then, it just piled up and I finally just…Las Vegas…Orlando…Parkland it just kept coming, it was like ‘I have to get this out.'”

Listen to “Land of the Free” here.

“Land of the Free” was recorded at the band’s Battle Born Studios and was produced by Jacknife Lee with additional gospel vocals by (vocal co-arranger) Lynn Mabry, Dorian Holley, Will Wheaton, Sherree Patrice Brown, Akasha Mabry and the Killers’ touring vocalists Amanda Brown, Danielle René Withers, and Erica Canales.

“Land of the Free” is a standalone single, but it does not mean that the band is not working on new music. In the same interview, Flowers revealed that the group may release some new music as early as late-2019/early-2020.

“In a perfect world, I could see the end of the year having something, but it’s probably more likely that it would be early 2020.”

The Killers’ last studio album was 2017’s Wonderful, Wonderful.

Watch: Florence and the Machine play new song live

Are Florence and the Machine working on some new music? Fans may not know for sure, but it does look like the group may have a new song floating around. Over the weekend, the Welsh band took the stage at the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia where they debuted a brand new song live in front of an unsuspecting audience.

According to a report from NME, halfway through the set, the band launched into a song they had never played before. Some fans, being the best detectives out there, managed to find out via a setlist that the new song’s title is “Moderation.” Considering that frontwoman Florence Welch sings the word moderation several times throughout the three-minute jam, it makes a lot of sense.

Check out the blurry, fan shot video above.

“Moderation” is the first new song from Florence and the Machine since the release of their fourth studio album, High As Hope. The record was released in June of 2018 through Republic Records. The album received mostly positive reviews and peaked at the number two spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Currently, the band is in the middle of their Australian / New Zealand tour which will wrap up at the end of January.

Last week, they were confirmed as one of the headliners for this year’s Governors Ball. The act will headline Saturday, June 1, alongside Major Lazer and the 1975. Governors Ball 2019 will return to its longtime home of Randall’s Islands Park during the weekend of May 31 – June 2. Tickets for the festival are currently available on its website.

Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, Shinedown to headline Rocklahoma 2019

Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, and Shinedown are just some of the acts that will make their way to Oklahoma during Memorial weekend later this year for the 2019 incarnation of Rocklahoma. On Monday (Jan, 14), festival organizers unveiled the complete lineup for the 13th annual mid-western music festival.

Joining the aforementioned acts on this year’s roster are Bush, Seether, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Jackyl, Asking Alexandria, Tech N9NE, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, Beartooth, Sevendust, Black Stone Cherry, Avatar, Fever 333, Lita Ford, Palaye Royale, Ace Frehley, Wheeler Walker Jr, New Years Day, and more.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing everyone at this year’s Rocklahoma our 100% A-GAME!!! Get Up and Get Ready,” says Brent Smith of Shinedown in a press statement.

“Believe it or not, I’ve been doing shows in Oklahoma since 1971, so I know that they have some of the best audiences in the world there,” says Ozzy Osbourne.

“Rocklahoma festival IS pride, culture and community,” Rocklahoma producer Mike DuCharme of AEG Presents says.

“Our fans grew up coming here and now their kids are following suit. We share their same enthusiasm and vision and worked hard to make sure there was something for everyone. We are excited to have the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, surrounded by several fan favorites returning like Shinedown, Disturbed and Bush, plus a few that helped build the history of this event like Jackyl, Lita Ford and Ace Frehley.”

In addition to the rocking lineup, Rocklahoma will offer several new experiences including The Roadhouse which will feature local Oklahoma favorites, top tribute acts, and national legends; Burgers, Brews, & Barbecue where attendees can enjoy local food from burger and barbecue joints from around the southwest; and The ROCK 66 Market where fans can connect with friends, shop for unique one-of-a-kind items, charge their phones, and more.

Early bird weekend passes and VIP packages go on sale beginning this Thursday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. CT. Early bird pricing will last a week, ending on Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon CT. Like many other music festivals, Rocklahoma will offer a payment plan option which will allow festival goers to split the cost into four monthly payments.

Rocklahoma will take place during the weekend of May 24 – 26. The multi-day festival will return to its home of the Catch the Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma.

For more details about the lineup, tickets, or general inquiries, head on over to Rocklahoma’s website.

The full lineup for Rocklahoma 2019 can be found below.

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Watch: Lana Del Rey teases another new song from upcoming record

Another day, another new song snippet courtesy of Lana Del Rey. On Friday (Jan. 11), just a few days after releasing her sixth song from her upcoming new album, the New York-born songstress took to Instagram to debut a snippet of another new tune. Reportedly titled “Happiness is a Butterfly,” the posted clip looks like it may be a short teaser of the song’s music video.

As per the caption that accompanies the post, the video features not only Del Rey, but also her bandmates/dancers Ashley Rodriguez and Alexandria Kaye. Also listed in the caption is Del Rey’s younger sister and the director of the “Mariners Apartment Complex” music video, Chuck Grant. If the clip posted on Instagram is in fact the song’s music video, then it looks like Grant may be back in the director’s chair for this song’s music video.

Watch the short teaser of “Happiness is a Butterfly” below.

If “Happiness is a Butterfly” is in fact another new song to be featured on Del Rey’s forthcoming new album that would bring the grand total of released songs to seven.

“Happiness is a Butterfly” will join “How to Disappear,” “Venice Bitch,” “Hey Blue Baby,” “I Must Be Stupid for Feeling So Happy,” “Mariners Apartment Complex,” and “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it” on Norman Fucking Rockwell.

Norman Fucking Rockwell is the follow-up to 2017’s Lust for Life. No specific release date has been given, but Del Rey did tell fans last week that the album was complete, so we should probably expect the album sometime this year.

Listen: Walk the Moon get in the groove with ‘Timebomb’

Walk the Moon will be returning to the road later this month, but before they do, they just gave fans a brand new song to hold them over until then. On Friday (Jan. 11), the Ohio-founded band unleashed their first new song in over a year. Titled “Timebomb,” the new tune finds the four-piece honing in on the type of dancey-rock music that has become synonymous with their name.

Listen to “Timebomb” above.

“Timebomb” comes more than a year after the release of their fourth studio album, What If Nothing. The album produced a total of five singles including “One Foot,” “Headphones,” “Surrender,” “Kamikaze,” and “Tiger Teeth” which was given the music video treatment back in October.

Around the same time, the quartet announced plans to embark on massive North American tour during the first couple of months of 2019. Walk the Moon’s upcoming excursion will begin with a two-night engagement (Jan. 23 and 24) at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville. After being on the road for about a month, the trek will conclude on Feb. 17 at the Mill & Mine in Knoxville.

In addition to their headlining tour, the group will open for Muse during two of their Simulation Theory tour stops; April 8 at Madison Square Gardens in New York and April 12 at the United Center in Chicago. Following those shows, Walk the Moon will appear at two summertime music festivals; Alabama’s Hangout Festival during the weekend of May 17-19 and Bonnaroo on June 16.

Walk the Moon’s full tour itinerary can found here.

While taking a little bit of a break during the holiday season, the guys began recording a series of covers. Dubbed the “What If Covers,” the guys have given their own spin to songs such as “Time to Pretend” by MGMT, “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, and “Tubthumpin” by Chumbawumba. All their covers can be found on their Instagram account.

Earlier this week frontman Nick Petricca joined musician morgxn on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where the duo performed their collaboration, “home.”

Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, Travis Scott lead Boston Calling 2019 lineup

Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, and Travis Scott are just some of the artists who will make their way to Boston during Memorial Day weekend for the 2019 edition of Boston Calling. On Thursday (Jan. 10), festival organizers unveiled the complete lineup for the music festival’s ten-year anniversary set to take place later this spring.

Joining the aforementioned acts on this year’s roster are ODESZA, Logic, Greta Van Fleet, Anderson .Paak, Hozier, Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Lord Huron, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Christine and the Queens, Guster, Pale Waves, and more.

In total, over 50 musicians will take over one of three stages during the weekend-long festivities.

In addition to all the musical acts, Boston Calling will also feature a comedy and entertainment lineup. This year, current and former “Saturday Night Live” cast members such Michael Che, Fred Armisen, and Boston native Jenny Slate will perform at the festival. There will also be some non-comedy performances by the Boston Ballet and a spoken word performance by Imogen Heap.

Boston Calling will take over the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts during the weekend of May 24-26.

Three-day general admission, VIP, and Platinum passes are currently available on the music festival’s website with a special “Announce Day” pricing. This offer is only valid for the next 24 hours. After that, prices for passes will gradually increase. Like many music festivals as of late, Boston Calling is also offering payment plans.

For more information about the music festival, tickets, or the lineup, head on over to Boston Calling’s website here. The full lineup for the festival’s ten-year celebration can be seen below.

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Listen: Lana Del Rey drops Sylvia Plath-inspired single

For Lana Del Rey, everything surrounding her new studio album has been nothing short of a surprise. Instead of dropping new singles the typical way, the songstress has taken to debuting them either live in concert or by announcing its upcoming release via Instagram. Keeping up with the trend, Del Rey announced last week plans to release a new song and now, she’s come through.

On Wednesday (Jan. 9), the New York-born musician released her new song “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it.” In typical Del Rey fashion, the new song is moody and mellow, but for those who pay close attention to the lyrics, there may be an Easter egg around the 50-second mark.

In the line, Del Rey compares herself to noted poet Sylvia Plath by singing: “I’ve been tearing around in my f***ing nightgown. 24/7 Sylvia Plath, writing in blood on the walls.”

Last October, Del Rey posted (and deleted) a clip for a song titled “Sylvia Plath.” At the time, it was believed that “Sylvia Plath” would be the title of one of her new tracks, but apparently it was just a working title.

Listen to “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it” above.

“hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it” is the latest track Del Rey has released from her forthcoming new album, Norman Fucking Rockwell.

To date, Del Rey has treated fans to a total of six songs from the upcoming release; “How to Disappear,” “Venice Bitch,” “Hey Blue Baby,” “I Must Be Stupid for Feeling So Happy,” lead single “Mariners Apartment Complex,” and now “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me…but I have it.”

Norman Fucking Rockwell is the follow-up to 2017’s Lust for Life. No specific release date has been given, but Del Rey did tell fans last week that the album was complete.

Listen: Emarosa drop new track ‘Don’t Cry’

Emarosa have returned with another new song from their upcoming new album. On Wednesday (Jan. 9), the Kentucky-founded band unleashed the audio for the second single off their forthcoming album, Peach Club. Titled “Don’t Cry,” the new tune follows in the footsteps of lead single “Givin’ Up” by confirming to longtime listeners that “post hardcore Emarosa is dead.

Unlike “Givin’ Up” which drew a lot inspiration from dance-centric tracks from the 80s, “Don’t Cry” goes in a mellower, ballad-like direction which still could find a home in the 80s.

“‘Don’t Cry’ was the first track written with producer Courtney Ballard,” frontman Bradley Walden tells Loudwire, where the new track made its exclusive debut.

“I remember my roommate saying, ‘This is the best thing you’ve ever done,’ and I felt that too. This song is a lesson learned, you can’t cry over spilt milk. You’ll probably spill it again.”

Listen to “Don’t Cry” above.

“Don’t Cry” will join “Givin’ Up” on Emarosa’s new album, Peach Club. The 11-track record is due out Feb. 8 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for the upcoming studio effort are currently available on the band’s website where they are offering a slew of bundles. Peach Club is the follow-up to quartet’s 2016 release, 131.

In support of the new album, the band hit the North American road during the last couple of months of 2018. They will once again hit the touring circuit for their European-centric tour. The trek will kick off tonight at the Craufurd Arms in Wolverton, United Kingdom and conclude a few weeks later on Jan. 29 at the TivoliVrendenburg in the Netherlands.

After concluding the European excursion, the group will return to the United States for a handful of album release shows in Philadelphia, Dallas, Mesa, Los Angeles, and Honolulu.

Emarosa’s upcoming tour itinerary can be found below.

EMAROSA’s EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:

Jan. 9 – Wolverton, UK – Craufurd Arms
Jan. 10 – Southampton, UK – The Joiners
Jan. 11 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Jan. 12 – Hockley, UK – Asylum
Jan. 13 – Leeds, UK – The Key Club
Jan. 14 – Glasgow, UK – The Garage Attic
Jan. 15 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Jan. 16 – Manchester, UK – Satan’s Hollow
Jan. 17 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City Basement
Jan. 18 – Norwich, UK – The Waterfront
Jan. 19 – London, UK – Borderline
Jan. 21 – Vienna, Austria – Flex
Jan. 22 – Warsaw, Poland – Proxima
Jan. 24 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
Jan. 25 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom Frankfurt
Jan. 26 – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
Jan. 27 – Koln, Germany – Club Volta
Jan. 29 – Utrecht, Netherlands – TivoliVrendenburg

PEACH CLUB ALBUM RELEASE SHOWS:

Feb. 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
Feb. 5 – Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar
Feb. 7 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Feb. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hi Hat
Feb. 14 – Honolulu, HI – Anna O’Briens

JAPANASE TOUR DATES:

Feb. 22 – Osaka, Japan – Clapper
Feb. 23 – Tokyo, Japan – Loft
Feb. 24 – Aichi, Japan – Imaike Grow
Feb. 25 – Tokyo, Japan – Garrett