Slam Dunk 2019 add Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, Saves the Day

Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and Saves the Day are just some of the latest additions to the 2019 Slam Dunk Festival lineup. On Tuesday (Nov. 20) festival organizers took to social media to announce the addition of 11 more acts that will make their way to the United Kingdom for the annual, springtime music festival.

“Being asked to headline Slam Dunk off the back of Gravity is a massive compliment on how diverse our band is, we’re very happy and honored that we get regarded as a headliner for Slam Dunk,” Bullet for My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck told Metal Hammer about the recently announced news.

Mirroring Tuck’s sentiment is Saves the Day frontman Chris Conley: “We are so excited to play Slam Dunk next year! It’s always a blast to come overseas and sing Saves songs with all our fans. See you soon!!”

In addition to Bullet for My Valentine, Simple Plan, and 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 Slam Dunk veterans Trophy Eyes will round out the second wave of performers.

The newest additions will join previously announced acts All Time Low, NOFX, New Found Glory, Waterparks, Story of the Year, Gallows, Mad Caddies, and Silverstein 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.


Bullet for My Valentine
Simple Plan
Saves the Day
Knocked Loose
The Get Up Kids
Tiny Moving Parts
Trophy Eyes
The Menzingers
I Don’t Know How But They Found Me


Set It Off announce new album, early 2019 tour plans

If you’re a fan of Set It Off, then the band has a lot of good news coming your way. On Monday (Nov. 19), the Florida-founded act announced plans to release their brand new studio album in early 2019. Titled Midnight, the record is due out Feb. 1, 2019 via their new record label home of Fearless Records. Pre-orders for Midnight are currently available on the group’s website here.

Midnight is the follow-up to the band’s 2016 release, Upside Down. The record, the act’s fourth studio album, was produced by Mike Green whose resume includes Panic! at the Disco, State Champs, and Neck Deep.

In addition to the new album announcement, the four-piece also unleashed the music video for the record’s latest single, “Lonely Dance.

“Welcome to ‘Lonely Dance,’ the anthem of the introvert, where we can all be content and not feel like a freak for just wanting to stay inside where we feel at home. We’re really excited about this song and the music video accompanied with it,” explains Set It Off frontman Cody Carson.

“It’s honestly my favorite music video of ours to date. As far as the concept, how can you get more isolated than space? It was an unbelievable experience to work on a set so intricate and beautiful as that spaceship and the team behind the camera were just amazing!”

Watch the music video for “Lonely Dance” above.

Back in July, several months before confirming the new album, the quartet released a song titled “Killer in the Mirror.” At the time, fans believed the song was a one-off single, but as it turns out, the track is the album’s opening song.

In support of Midnight’s forthcoming release, Set It Off have also announced plans to hit the road during the months of February and March of 2019. The upcoming excursion will begin on Feb. 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas and conclude over a month later on March 24 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Support for the impending tour has yet to be announced.

For now, the complete track listing for Midnight and the full tour itinerary can be seen below.


  1. “Killer in the Mirror”
  2. “Hourglass”
  3. “Lonely Dance”
  4. “Different Songs”
  5. “For You Forever”
  6. “Dancing with the Devil”
  7. “Go to Bed Angry” [feat. Wayfarers]
  8. “Midnight Thoughts”
  9. “Criminal Minds”
  10. “No Disrespect”
  11. “Stitch Me Up”
  12. “Raise No Fool”
  13. “I Want You (Gone)” [feat. Matt Appleton]
  14. “Unopened Windows”
  15. “Happy All the Time” [feat. Skyler Acord]


Feb. 15 — Las Vegas, NV — Hard Rock Hotel
Feb. 16 — Pomona, CA — The Glass House
Feb. 17 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
Feb. 19 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
Feb. 20 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
Feb. 23 — Salt Lake City, UT — In The Venue
Feb. 24 — Denver, CO — Marquis Theatre
Feb. 26 — Chicago, IL — Metro
Feb. 27 — Pontiac, MI — Crofoot Ballroom
Feb. 28 — New York, NY — Gramercy Theatre
March 2 — Millvale, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
March 3 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
March 5 — Cleveland Heights, OH — Grog Shop
March 6 — Toronto, ON — Mod Club
March 8 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
March 9 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
March 10 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
March 12 — West Columbia, SC — New Brookland Tavern
March 13 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
March 15 — Orlando, FL — The Abbey
March 18 — Dallas, TX — 2513 Deep Ellum
March 19 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
March 20 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
March 22 — Mesa, AZ — The Nile
March 23 — West Hollywood, CA — The Roxy
March 24 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall

Bring Me the Horizon add Thrice to upcoming North American tour

Bring Me the Horizon already announced plans to embark on a massive North American tour in the new year, but now, the group has announced who will be joining them during the month-long trek. On Monday (Nov. 19), the British band confirmed that Thrice will join them, and previously announced the Fever 333, on their forthcoming “First Love” tour.

“We are excited to announce that we will be heading out on tour with Bring Me the Horizon this January-February,” Thrice posted on their official Twitter account while Bring Me the Horizon simply uploaded an updated version of their tour flyer to include the California rockers.

The “First Love” tour is in support of Bring Me the Horizon’s forthcoming new album, Amo. Originally set for a Jan. 11 release date, the record will now see a release date of Jan. 25 via Sony Music/ RCA Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website.

Like Bring Me the Horizon, the upcoming tour will be in support of Thrice’s new album, Palms. The group released the record, their tenth studio effort, in September. The album peaked at the number two spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and peaked at the top spot on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Independent Albums chart.

In conjunction with the tour news, the band premiered the music video for their latest single, “Only Us.” Watch it here.

As for the Fever 333, the trio will release their debut album in early 2019. Titled Strength in Numb333rs, the record is due out Jan. 18, 2019 through Roadrunner Records. Watch the video for the album’s lead single “Burn It” here.

For now, the complete itinerary for the “First Love” North American tour can be found below.


Jan. 23, 2019 — Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
Jan. 25, 2019 — Orlando, FL – CFE Arena
Jan. 26, 2019 — Atlanta, GA – Coca-cola Roxy
Jan. 28, 2019 — Fairfax, VA – Eaglebank Arena
Jan. 29, 2019 — Manhattan, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Feb. 01, 2019 — Boston, MA – Tsongas Center
Feb. 02, 2019 — Montreal, QC – Place Bell
Feb. 04, 2019 — Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
Feb. 05, 2019 — Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Feb. 06, 2019 — Minneapolis, MN – Armory
Feb. 08, 2019 — Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
Feb. 09, 2019 — Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Feb. 11, 2019 — Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium
Feb. 13, 2019 — Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Feb. 15, 2019 — Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 16, 2019 — Las Vegas, NV – The Joint

Listen: Pale Waves get into the holiday spirit with Wham! cover

The holiday season is quickly upon us which means every single radio station is about to play the same obnoxious, holiday-themed tune for the next month and a half. If you feel like you need a different take on one of those overly played tracks, you don’t need to look any further than Pale Waves’ latest release. On Monday (Nov. 19), the Manchester-founded group unleashed their version of Wham!’s “Last Christmas.”

Instead of the late George Michaels’ solemn voice blasting through the speakers, the four-piece combine the sadness of the lyrics with their signature gothic, synth-pop sound. The holiday cover is part of Spotify’s Singles series and was recorded at Metropolis Studios in London.

Listen to Pales Waves’ take on “Last Christmas” above.

The “Last Christmas” cover is the band’s first new material since the release of their debut album earlier this fall. My Mind Makes Noises was released in September and features hit singles “Eighteen,” “There’s a Honey,” “Television Romance,” “Kiss,” and “Noises.”

In support of their debut album’s release, the group is currently in the middle of their headlining North American tour. The fall time jaunt will conclude on Dec. 6 at the Fonda in Los Angeles.

After a short time off, the quartet will hit the touring circuit once again, this time opening for fellow Dirty Hits label mates, the 1975. Joining Pale Waves and the 1975 on the forthcoming tour will be No Rome who happens to also be part of the Dirty Hits family. The complete list of tour dates can be found here.

Emarosa channel 80s pop with ‘Givin’ Up,’ announce new album

When Emarosa began welcoming fans to the Peach Club in October, some were confused while others were quick to claim that it would be the name of the band’s new studio album. As it turns out, those who said it would be their new album’s title were in fact correct. On Friday (Nov. 16), the Kentucky-founded four-piece confirmed the name and release date for their impending record. Titled Peach Club, the forthcoming fifth studio effort is due out Feb. 8, 2019 via Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website where they are offering a slew of bundles. Peach Club is the follow-up to the quartet’s 2016 release, 131.

Speculations of an upcoming new album began in October when frontman Bradley Walden declared that the band’s post-hardcore sound was a thing of the past.

“Post hardcore Emarosa is dead,” the singer wrote on Twitter.

While that’s a massive claim that a lot of musicians tend to make when they go in a different direction, sonically, for Emarosa that statement doesn’t become any more apparent than in their first single, “Givin’ Up.”

Influenced by pop icons of the 80s like Paula Abdul, Prince, and Michael Jackson, the band’s lead single makes it evident that this is definitely a new chapter in their book.

“We’re at that point where we’ve realized that there’s no consequences for making whatever record we want to make,” Walden said in a press statement about the band’s new sound.

“We started writing, and it felt like the book was being thrown out the window. There are no rules.”

Watch the dance-centric music video for “Givin’ Up” above.

Emarosa are currently on the road with Hands Like Houses for their final tour of 2018. Tonight, both bands will hit the stage at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. The tour will conclude on Dec. 11 at the Rock House Bar & Grill in El Paso. The upcoming tour itinerary as well as the track listing for Peach Club can be found below.


1. “Givin’ Up”
2. “Don’t Cry”
3. “Cautious”
4. “Get Back Up”
5. “So Bad”
6. “Help You Out”
7. “XO”
8. “Hell of It”
9. “Comfortable”
10. “Iw2dwy”
11. “Wait, Stay”


Nov. 16 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge *
Nov. 17 – St Louis, MO – Fubar
Nov. 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theater
Nov. 19 – Louisville, KY – Trixie’s Entertainment Complex*
Nov. 20 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick*
Nov. 21 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner*
Nov. 23 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
Nov. 24 – New York, NY– Gramercy Theatre*
Nov. 25 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia*
Nov. 27 – Baltimore, MA – Sound Stage
Nov. 28 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov. 29 – Nashville, TN – Rocketown White Building
Nov. 30 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade*
Dec. 1 – Orlando, FL – Sound Bar*
Dec. 3 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall*
Dec. 4 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill*
Dec. 5 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo
Dec. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*
Dec. 8 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic*
Dec. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom*
Dec. 11 – El Paso, TX – RockHouse Bar & Grill

* with Hands Like Houses

Listen: Gerard Way gets down with the ‘Germs’ on new song

After surprising fans with a new spooky song just in time for Halloween, Gerard Way has returned with yet another new track for his loyal followers. On Friday (Nov. 16), the former My Chemical Romance frontman unleashed the lyrics video for his second new tune in a month. Titled “Getting Down the Germs,” the track features Way’s former band mate Ray Toro on drums and guitar while flutist Sara Andon also contributes to the new song.

As with all his other solo releases including his debut album Hesitant Alien, Way enlisted producer Doug McKean to take over production duties.

“I had really been wanting a song that featured the flute prominently for quite some time,” Way explains in a statement about the surprise addition of a flute on the new song.

He continues: “It sits in there perfectly, like it was made to pay the song a visit.”

Listen to “Getting Down the Germs” above.

“Getting Down the Germs” comes several weeks after Way released his first new song in four years, “Baby, You’re a Haunted House.” Way released his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, in September of 2014.

In a post on Facebook earlier this year, Way revealed that he had plans to work on new music every Friday. If the debut of these two new songs is any indication, then fans should anticipate some more new jams before 2018 comes to a close.

Recently, Way’s music has taken a backseat to his comic book series, “The Umbrella Academy.” The hit series will be making its transition from the pages of a book to the small screen in 2019.

During a panel at New York Comic Con in October, it was confirmed that the show will make its long-awaited debut on Netflix in February of 2019.

Watch: Dashboard Confessional prepare for an apocalypse in ‘Just What to Say’

Dashboard Confessional are back with a brand new music video. On Thursday (Nov. 15), the Florida-founded band unleashed the three-and-half-minute clip for their latest single, “Just What to Say.”

The Ryan Hamblin-directed video begins with frontman Chris Carrabba sitting on a bed in what appears to be his bedroom as he strums away at his guitar. Visually getting frustrated by his lack of inspiration, the singer leaves the room and heads to what looks to be the kitchen area. Taking a seat, he places the guitar on the ground and puts on his record player.

After putting the needle to the record, he rises from the chair and heads over to a table where liquid-filled glasses and crumbled pieces of paper litter the top. He spends the rest of the clip walking from room to room, at several points even grabbing the receiver of a telephone as if he was working up the courage to make a very important phone call.

As he turns to face the window, he notices how the sky had changed to a deep red. The television behind him flashes several warnings, declaring that it’s “the end of the world.” In a panic that the word is in fact ending, he decides to make the call, realizing he knows ‘just what to say.’

Watch the music video for “Just What to Say” above.

“Just What to Say” (featuring Against the Current’s Chrissy Costanza) is the closing track on Dashboard Confessional recently released record, Crooked Shadows. The album, the group’s seventh studio effort, was released in February through Fueled By Ramen. The album also includes lead singles “Heart Beat Here” and “We Fight.”

Listen: Katy Perry gets into the holiday spirit with ‘Cozy Little Christmas’

Katy Perry / Capitol Records / Amazon

Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas single album art

The holiday season is clearly upon us which means a batch of new holidays songs are about to flood our favorite music streaming services. On Thursday (Nov. 15), Katy Perry released her new Christmas song just in time for the “kick-off to Christmas” time of the year.

Titled “Cozy Little Christmas,” the three-minute song finds the American Idol judge sticking to what she does best; giving fans super-catchy, ultra-bubbly tunes.

Taking to social media, the “Teenage Dream” singer expressed her excitement for her first new original song since the release of her 2017 studio album, Witness.

“For all my friends secretly buying their tree already… SURPRISE! Christmas comes early!” Perry tweeted.

“Cozy Little Christmas” is an Amazon exclusive, so make sure you log in to give it a listen here. If not, you can get a little taste here.

“Cozy Little Christmas” is Perry’s first new song since the release of her fifth studio album, Witness. The album was released in June of 2017 and though it did peak at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart, it was met with mixed reactions by critics and fans alike.

Earlier this month, Perry announced she had contributed to the deluxe re-issue of the Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording). The pop star was given the opportunity to take on the Broadway musical’s signature song, “Waving Through a Window.”

Incubus, Cage the Elephant, Beck to headline Shaky Knees 2019

Incubus, Cage the Elephant, and Beck are just some of the musicians who will be making their way to Atlanta in early May for the 2019 incarnation of the Shaky Knees music festival. On Wednesday (Nov. 14), festival organizers unveiled the lineup for the upcoming springtime event. Staying true to its main music genres, the lineup boosts artists from the alternative, mainstream rock, folk, and indie worlds.

Joining Incubus, Cage the Elephant, and Beck on the three-day music festival’s roster will be Tame Impala, Tears for Fears, Interpol, Foals, The Strusts, Grouplove, Father John Misty, Dashboard Confessional, Sharon Van Etten, Tash Sultana, Deerhunter, Liz Phair, and Phosphorsecent

Also featured on the bill are Mark Lanegan, the Dandy Warhols, Black Lips, Japanese Breakfast, Oh Sees, Calpurnia, Pedro the Lion, Natalie Prass, Soccer Mommy, The Joy Formidable, Lucy Dacus, Foxing, Low Cut Connie, Rayland Baxter, and Welshly Arms. The official poster for the forthcoming festival can be seen below.

Shaky Knees will return to its home of Central Park in Atlanta during the weekend of May 3-5. General admission and VIP passes are currently available for purchase. For more information about the lineup, tickets, and any additional questions you may have, head on over to the festival’s website here.


Coheed and Cambria announce North American trek for early 2019

Coheed and Cambria are ready to take their new album on the road next year! On Tuesday (Nov. 13), the New York-founded band announced plans to hit the touring circuit in early 2019. The headlining, United States-centric excursion will take place during the month of February with stops in Columbia, Charleston, Tallahassee, Houston, Knoxville, and more.

The trek will begin on Feb. 5 at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia and conclude a couple of weeks later on Feb. 28 at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, New York. Joining the band on the forthcoming tour will be Foxing and Maps & Atlases. Foxing will play the role of supporting act for Coheed from Feb. 5 to Feb. 20 while Maps & Atlases will replace them from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28.

VIP and pre-sale tickets are currently available while general ticket sales begin this Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. local time.

In addition to the newly announced tour dates, the four-piece also released the live music video for their song, “The Dark Sentencer.” Watch the clip above.

“The Dark Sentencer” is featured on Coheed’s recently released record, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures. The album, the group’s ninth studio effort, was released in October, peaking at the number 14 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The tour announcement comes a week after frontman Claudio Sanchez had fans in a frenzy thanks to a photo he uploaded online. Sanchez, who is well-known for his mound of crazy hair, posted an image on social media sans his iconic ‘fro. Fans were confused, taken aback, and a little freaked out, but it turned out to be a joke. Sanchez took to social media the following day to post another imagine showing that his iconic hair was still intact.


Feb. 05 – Norfolk, VA – Norva +
Feb. 06 – Richmond, VA – The National +
Feb. 08 – Columbia, SC – The Senate +
Feb. 09 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm +
Feb. 10 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon – +
Feb. 12 – Destin, FL – Club LA – +
Feb. 13 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre +
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues +
Feb. 16 – Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive +
Feb. 18 – New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore +
Feb. 19 – Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen +
Feb. 20 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine +
Feb. 22 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *
Feb. 23 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s *
Feb. 24 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre *
Feb. 26 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre *
Feb. 27 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre *
Feb. 28 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *

+ = with Foxing
* = with Maps & Atlases