Weezer ‘Face the Music’ in their music video for ‘Beginning of the End’

Ready to get your weekend off to an “excellent” start? Well, Weezer is here to help you out with that.

On Friday (Aug. 14), the California-founded band unleashed their contribution to the upcoming Bill and Ted film. Titled “Beginning of the End,” Weezer not only gave fans the song, but also the accompanying music video.

The four-minute clip begins with the quartet inside of a garage, playing the song like any unknown band with a garage would do.

As the video continues, the viewer not only watches Weezer perform the song (with a wind machine mind you), they also get some new (and previously released) footage from the upcoming Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter-starring flick.

By the end of the four minutes, each member of Weezer is sporting some over-the-top attires that pretty much personify the most significant genres in music when the first Bill and Ted film was released.

Keep an eye out for a special guest appearance.

Watch the music video for “Beginning of the End” above.

“Bill & Ted Face the Music,” and its soundtrack is due out Friday, Aug. 28. The much-anticipated follow-up to the hit franchise will be available both On-Demand and in select theaters.

As for Weezer, their new album Van Weezer has been pushed back until 2021. Their 14th studio album is due out May 2021, right before the group embarks on the massive Hella Mega summer tour with Green Day, Fall Out Boy, and The Interrupters. The rescheduled tour dates can be found here.

The Killers treat fans to their latest single ‘Dying Breed’

With a week left until the release of their Killers’ sixth studio album, the group is back to give fans one final taste before the full-length is in our hands (or music playing device).

On Friday (Aug. 14), the Las Vegas-founded act unleashed another song from Imploding the Mirage. Titled “Dying Breed,” the four-minute track gives us what we have come to expect from the band; a slow and mellow start, which eventually gives way to their stadium-rock sound.

According to frontman Brandon Flowers, “Dying Breed” contains his “most romantic lyrics to date,” and that’s saying a lot since the band’s last studio album was mostly inspired by Flowers’ wife, Tana.

“I like the idea of where me and my wife have gotten to and where we headed,” Flowers tells NME.

“An overriding theme of this record is asking the question, ‘Can two become one?’ I know it’s old-fashioned, but it’s my life. It’s probably the prettiest or most romantic lyric I’ve ever written.”

He continues: “My favorite line on the record is ‘I’ll be there when water’s rising / I’ll be your lifeguard.’ I feel thankful for that. I want her to know that no matter what, I’m going to stay by her side and keep the promise.”

Listen to “Dying Breed” above.

“Dying Breed” will join previously released tracks “Caution,” “Fire in Bone,” and “My Own Soul’s Warning” on the upcoming album.

Imploding the Mirage is due out next Friday, Aug. 21. Pre-orders are still available for purchase on the band’s website.

Miley Cyrus channels 80s synthpop in ‘Midnight Sky’

Are you craving some synth-poppy 80s goodness? Well, we may have a solution for that.

On Friday (Aug. 14), Miley Cyrus released her first new song in a year.

Titled “Midnight Sky,” the track transports you to the days when synth-pop music was all over the radio and television. Full of “nah, nah, nahs,” the almost four-minute tune gives off some serious Blondie vibes.

But that was the plan all along.

According to a press statement on behalf of the musician, the track was inspired by Blondie’s Debbie Harry, Joan Jett, and Stevie Nicks (mostly her song “Edge of Seventeen“).

According to the same press statement, “Midnight Sky” was “inspired by the past year of [Cyrus’s] life,” and that the colorful, self-directed video “takes viewers through Miley’s creative vision which displays her complete control of the narrative often told through the mouths of the media. Miley is at peace with who she is and has nothing to prove.”

“Midnight Sky” was co-written by Andrew Watt, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and Louis Bell.

Check out the music video above.

“Midnight Sky” is Cyrus’ first new song since the release of 2019’s She is Coming EP. According to some reports, her seventh studio album will be titled She is Miley Cyrus, and is due out later this year.

Previously released tracks “Mother’s Daughter” and “Slide Away” will be featured on the studio effort.

Cyrus’ last studio effort was 2017’s Younger Now.

Blink-182 share their true feelings about quarantine in their new high-energy track

Quarantine sucks…we know.

Just like everyone else who has been stuck indoors due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, Blink-182 is letting us know just how they feel.

Spoiler: it’s not good.

On Friday (Aug. 7), the trio released a brand new song titled “Quarantine.” As you can guess, the lyrics are all about how much this quarantine sucks and how they’d rather be doing anything else like being “stuck at the DMV” or doing “press in Germany” than this.

Lines like “Quarantine. Fuck this disease” and “I thought things were fucked up in 2019” definitely illustrate the current mentality of all those who have been isolated, and continue to be isolated, due to the virus.

In other words, this song is a dig at all the incompetency that has been going on since March when the Coronavirus started its attack (check out the last verse of the song for a severe burn).

Listen to the punk rock-inspired track above.

“Quarantine” is currently available for purchase on Blink-182’s website.

“Quarantine” is Blink-182’s first new song since the release of 2019’s Nine.

Watch Lzzy Hale and Amy Lee rework ‘Break In’

What happens when two of rock’s biggest female singers join forces to rework one of their previously released tracks?

You get this gem.

On Friday (Aug. 7), Halestorm released a live version of their 2012 song, “Break In.” This time, the track not only features frontwoman Lzzy Hale singing the lyrics but also Evanescence’s Amy Lee.

The almost-five-minute clip features both Hale and Lee in the studio recording the track. But before you think the two musicians are violating any current regulations about distance due to the pandemic, this video was actually shot before we were all sent into lockdown.

“We recorded this duet pre-COVID-19, together in the same room, live, as a full performance from beginning to end,” Hale explains to Rolling Stone.

“Amy brought new meaning to this song, turning what was once just a love song into a statement of unity and support for each other.”

Watch the live music video for “Break In” above.

This duet version of “Break In” will be featured on Halestorm’s upcoming EP, Halestorm Reimagined.

The six-song record will feature reworked versions of some of the band’s tracks, including “I Get Off” and “I am the Fire,” as well as a cover of Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Halestorm Reimagined is due out Aug. 14 through Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase on Halestorm’s website.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion join forces for ‘WAP’

Bardi Gang, the wait is now over.

On Friday (Aug. 7), Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion unleashed their raucous new single “WAP.”

The much-anticipated new track had been teased on social media for days not only because it’s a new Cardi track, but because it’s the first time the two chart-topping MCs collaborated.

The over-four-minute track was produced by Ayo and Keyz. As for its colorful and over-the-top music video, it features a full female cast, including Normani, Kylie Jenner, Rosalía, Mulatto, Rubi Rose, and Sukihana.

Watch the music video for “WAP” above.

“WAP” marks Cardi B’s first new song since the release of 2019’s certified platinum track “Press.”

According to a post on Instagram from earlier this year, the rapper is currently in the middle of working on her sophomore effort, the follow-up to her debut Invasion of Privacy.

To coincide with the new song’s much-anticipated release, Cardi is due to appear on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 New Music Daily Radio show. During the chat, the MC will participate in an exclusive roundtable conversation between the music video’s guest stars.

And if we know anything about Cardi, we can assume that that chat will be anything but boring.

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me to release their debut album in the fall, share ‘Leave Me Alone’

Are you ready to put on your dancing shoes and rock to some 1980s synth-pop goodness?

Well, if you’re not ready to do so, let the guys from I Don’t Know How But They Found Me change your mind for you.

On Wednesday (Aug. 5), the Utah-founded act announced plans to release their debut album later this year. Titled Razzmatazz, the debut effort is due out on Oct. 16 through Fearless Records.

Pre-orders for the forthcoming effort are currently available for purchase on iDKHOW’s website.

Razzmatazz is the duo’s first official studio album and the follow-up to their debut EP, 1981 Extended Play.

Last Christmas, they gifted their fans a Christmas EP titled Christmas Drag, which included a cover of Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everybody.”

To coincide with the debut album announcement, the two-piece unveiled the record’s lead single, a bop-worthy track titled “Leave Me Alone.”

The almost-four-minute track sounds like a song that somehow made it through times and space from the 80s and landed in our laps in 2020.

But that’s the whole point of the group according to head honcho Dallon Weekes.

“The original concept for presenting iDKHOW publicly was that it was a band from 30-plus years ago that never really got their chance, and was just forgotten about over time,” Weekes explains.

“I never want to do the exact same thing twice. But rather than just throw that initial idea away, I thought it would be more fun to twist it and instead pull back the curtain a little more.”

He adds: “The idea now [is] that the timeline from this forgotten band doesn’t really add up when you look closely and that something more sinister is going on. Which is almost certainly true with any given band or pop star you may be a fan of. You see the story they give you. It may not necessarily be the truth, but it’s something shiny to look at and listen to while they take your money. That good old-fashioned razzmatazz.”

Well, don’t just take our word (or Weekes’) for it. Listen to “Leave Me Alone” above.

Hayley Williams treats fans to ‘Pure Love’ music video

Hayley Williams is back with a brand new fan-centric music video.

On Tuesday (Aug. 4), the Paramore frontwoman released the music video for “Pure Love.”

Since making music videos has become a little bit challenging due to the current pandemic, Williams decided to get some help from the people she appreciates the most; her fans.

“Hello friends,” the singer begins in a lengthy letter to her followers.

“The biggest and most wonderful love of my life, lasting over half my life at this point is Paramore. It was a strange source of healthy tension to step out of my musical home to explore new terrain and give voice to parts of me that, prior to Petals for Armor, I had yet to acknowledge.”

She continues: “The year I had planned would’ve seen many of us gather together to celebrate a discovery of new worlds within ourselves and I couldn’t wait to unleash myself on stage, once again. What’s that saying about God laughing at our plans?

With the pandemic leaving many of us stranded and disconnected from one another, I thought of a way to celebrate some times we have already shared. It also gives me another way to celebrate the big love I feel for Paramore. Thank you for participating in this video compilation. To the good ol’ days and the future ones too.”

The new music video features footage of Williams in the recording studio as well as fan-submitted clips of Paramore performing during their “comeback” tour for their fifth studio album, After Laughter.

Watch the music video for “Pure Love” above.

In addition to the new clip, Williams also released two behind-the-scenes lyric videos, one for “Taken” and one for “Crystal Clear.”

Petals for Armor was released earlier this year. The record debuted at the number one spot on the Alternative Albums chart, number one on the Rock Albums chart, and number three on the US Album Sales chart.

KISS, System of a Down, A Day to Remember lead Download Fest 2021 lineup

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Download Festival is ready to return and rock your socks off!

On Monday (Aug. 3), the United Kingdom-based music festival announced its first wave of performers for the 2021 incarnation of the event.

KISS, System of a Down, Biffy Clyro, A Day to Remember, Korn, Deftones, Black Veil Brides, the Pretty Reckless, Killswitch Engage, The Darkness, and a slew more are set to take over four different stages during the first weekend of June 2021.

At the end of the weekend-long festivities, over 70 bands would have descended and performed at the annual event.

Like every other music festival, Download had to cancel this year’s show due to the worldwide pandemic. This year’s event would have included performances from Iron Maiden, System of a Down, and KISS.

Thankfully, the festival was able to once again secure KISS and System of a Down as headliners for next year’s gig.

“2020 has been a tough year for us all, and we were beyond gutted not to be able to experience Download Festival with you all,” Download Festival’s Andy Copping said in a press statement.

“We gave you Download TV to reflect on memories of the past, and what the festival means to all of us.

Download 2021 is going to be something special and go down in the history books as when the Download family reunited. We’re going to be working hard behind the scenes to make Download 2021 an unforgettable experience and a celebration of the festival we all love.”

“We’re disappointed we weren’t able to make it over this year, but we’re looking forward to next,” System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian said.

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Mostly, we all just want to make sure everyone is provided with a safe and secure environment, so we were prepared to wait as long as we needed to.”

Download Festival will return to its home of Donington Park during the weekend of June 4-6, 2021. General tickets for the three-day show will go on sale this Friday, Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. on the festival’s website.

The first wave of performers can be found below.

Billie Eilish returns with her new track ‘My Future’

Billie Eilish is back and already giving us all the “feels.”

On Friday (July 31), the pop star released her brand new song, “My Future.” In true Billie fashion, the almost-four-minute tune begins somber and moody, but about two minutes in, it takes a turn for the upbeat.

According to Eilish, she and her brother/frequent collaborator Finneas wrote and recorded the track in two days.

“This was such a satisfying process. It was so, so satisfying. We wrote the song in like two days,” she reveals to Zane Lowe on his New Music Daily show on Apple Music.

But the quick turnaround time wasn’t the only thing that Eilish was proud of. In an email to fans, she explains how the track is a reflection of how she felt when the neverending quarantine first began.

“We wrote this at the very beginning of quarantine. It’s a song that’s really, really personal and special to me. When we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at — hopeful, excited, and a crazy amount of self-reflection and self-growth,” Eilish wrote.

“But recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world now. I hope you can all find meaning in it for yourselves.”

She continues: “The future feels uncertain and crazy right now. But I think we need to be ready to put the work in, and if we do that, we should be hopeful and excited for our future.”

Watch the animated music video, which was directed by Andrew Onorato, above.

“My Future” is Eilish’s first new song since the release of “No Time to Die,” the theme song she provided for the upcoming James Bond film.

Yesterday, Eilish was nominated for a total of six MTV Video Music Awards. She will compete in the “Video of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” “Video for Good,” and other categories. The full list of nominations for the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards can be found here.