Marina to release ‘LOVE+FEAR’ in the spring, embark on North American tour

A week after sharing her first new song in four years, Marina Diamandis has returned with a slew of good news for her fans. On Thursday (Feb. 14), the Welsh singer —now going by Marina— announced the upcoming release of her fourth studio album.

Dubbed LOVE+FEAR, the forthcoming studio effort is due out April 26 through Atlantic Records. LOVE+FEAR is the follow-up to 2015’s FROOT. Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.

According to a statement on behalf of the musician, LOVE+FEAR is split into two eight-song collections. The LOVE portion of the collection is described as “filled with a longing to enjoy life and a desire to unite and empower” while the FEAR collection “delve[s] into matters of purpose and insecurity, also touching on conversations surrounding gender inequality and more broadly, the abuse of power.”

The impending album found Marina recording the 16 tracks over the course of two years in places such as Sweden, London, and Los Angeles.

In support of LOVE+FEAR, Marina also unveiled a slew of tour dates for 2019. The first tour will find the singer performing across the United Kingdom throughout the months of April and May. After taking some time off, she will make her way across the pond for the North American leg of the LOVE+FEAR tour.

The U.K. leg of the LOVE+FEAR tour begins on April 29 at the O2 Academy in Newcastle and concludes a couple of weeks later on May 10 at the Manchester Apollo in Manchester.

Following a few months off the road, Marina will travel to North America for her United States and Canadian-centric jaunt. That portion of the tour begins on Sept. 10 at Rebel Toronto and concludes a month later on Oct. 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Monday, Feb. 18, at noon local time. General ticket sales begin next Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. local time. The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.

MARINA LOVE+FEAR 2019 TOUR DATES:

April 29 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Academy
April 30 – Glasgow, UK – Academy Glasgow
May 03 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
May 07 – Bournemouth, UK – Academy Bournemouth
May 09 – Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Academy
May 10 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Apollo

Sept. 10 – Toronto, ON – Rebel Toronto
Sept. 11 – Montréal, QC – MTelus Montréal
Sept. 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
Sept. 16 – New York City, NY – Central Park Summerstage
Sept. 18 – Washington DC – The Anthem
Sept. 20 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Sept. 21 – Atlanta, GA – Coca–Cola Roxy
Sept. 23 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Sept. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 26 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Sept. 27 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Sept. 28 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Oct. 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
Oct. 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Oct. 5 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Oct. 7 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Hall
Oct. 8 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Oct. 9 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre

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From First to Last to reunite at Emo Nite New Orleans in March

Has it really been two years since the members of From First to Last reunited? Well, it has and now it looks like the foursome is ready to get the band back together. On Thursday (Feb. 14), the group announced plans to reunite in late March as part of Emo Nite LA’s plans to bring emo music from the 2000s back from the dead.

The quartet will headline Emo Nite New Orleans on March 22 at the Republic. The Emo Nite New Orleans event is one of the main afterparties for this year’s BUKU Music and Arts Festival set to take place during that weekend. Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday, Feb. 15, at noon CT.

According to the Republic’s Twitter post about the upcoming show, the lineup will include “Derek, Matt, Sonny, and Travis.”

Since the band’s reunion with former-not former frontman Sonny Moore, things on the From First to Last front have been stop-and-go. The group released “Make War,” their first new song with Moore, in early 2017 and followed it up with “Surrender” in the summer of 2018.

The latter made its live debut during Emo Nite Los Angeles in December 2017, so it only makes sense that the group would reunite once more at an Emo Nite event.

The Emo Nite show confirmation comes a couple of weeks after the band posted a cryptic message on Twitter. The post featured a screenshot from Facebook saying “Your offer for a $10 credit expires soon. Claim it to boost a post from From First to Last.” Jokingly, the band added “Should we claim it?” as the image’s caption.

As of now, it looks like this is the only show From First to Last has scheduled, but like with most things, especially their reunions, this may just be the beginning of something bigger. Fans just have to sit and wait. Well, wait more than they already have.

Watch: Katy Perry and Zedd embark on an AI relationship in ‘365’

Can robots feel love?

That’s the question Katy Perry and Zedd pose in the music video for their brand new joint track. On Thursday (Feb. 14), the singer and the DJ released their new song “365” mere hours after confirming its existence on social media. The four-and-a-half-minute video finds Perry taking on the role of a robot created in a sterilized laboratory.

Zedd, on the other hand, plays the role of a human who is being used for an experiment by the same scientists that created the Perry-bot. The viewer watches as Perry is first introduced to a life-size teddy bear as an experiment to see if she can truly interact with other beings. Once it seems that Perry-bot can interact successfully with other beings, the scientists pair her with Zedd for the real test.

The video continues with the duo going through the beginning stages of a relationship like awkward first conversations, dinner, dancing, and even sleeping together. Perry’s robot seems to be trying her hardest to make it work out, but it appears like Zedd isn’t ready for that giant step yet. This becomes evident as he runs away during a house tour, chooses to sleep on the couch rather in the bed, and even falls asleep during a movie.

As the Perry-bot begins to shed tears, the scientists are thrown into a frenzy because can robots really feel emotions?

Watch the music video for “365” above.

“365” is Perry’s first new song since her Christmastime single “Cozy Little Christmas.” Her last studio album was 2017’s lukewarmly received fifth studio album, Witness. As for Zedd, the DJ recently gave Shawn Mendes’  “Lost in Japan” the remix treatment and was even nominated for several Grammys for his smash collaboration with Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle.”

OneRepublic, Bebe Rexha, Tears for Fears lead SunFest 2019 lineup

The lineup for SunFest 2019 is officially out and it looks like this year is going to follow in the footsteps of past years by showcasing artists from all different musical genres. On Tuesday (Feb. 12), the official lineup for the 2019 incarnation of the annual South Florida music festival was unveiled. Keith Urban, OneRepublic, G-Eazy, Diplo, Tears for Fears, Earth, Wind & Fire, Papa Roach, and Grammy-nominated Bebe Rexha are just some of the acts who will headline this year’s festivities.

As with past years, this year’s roster does have a little bit for every particular music taste as well as those who are interested in stepping out of their comfort zone. For the older fans in the crowd, the music festival was able to secure legendary acts like Earth, Wind & Fire, The B-52s, and Tears for Fears.

For those who are more into the mainstream, top 20 acts, performers such as G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, OneRepublic, and Diplo will perform on select days. For those who are more into the rock-centric genres, acts like Garbage, Hawthorne Heights, Papa Roach, and Flogging Molly will hit one of the many stages.

SunFest 2019 will return to its longtime home of downtown West Palm Beach from May 2 to May 5. The multi-stage event will return to its home on Flagler Drive right on the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach. Early bird tickets are currently available on the festival’s website here. Early bird tickets cost $41-$83 with prices increasing on Feb. 23.

The complete artist roster for SunFest 2019 can be seen below while the daily schedule/performance times can be found on SunFest’s website.

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Watch: Weezer channel A-Ha for ‘Take on Me’ cover

A few weeks after releasing their surprise covers album, Weezer has returned with the music video for one of the songs on the album. On Tuesday (Feb. 12), the California-founded band unleashed their version of A-Ha’s one-hit wonder, “Take on Me.”

The music video begins with young Rivers Cuomo (played by “Stranger Things” star and Calpurina frontman Finn Wolfhard) drawing in his room when his mom announces that his friends are downstairs. Being a teenager, he’s indifferent about their arrival as his mother tells him that she will be leaving for the day.

As young Rivers arrives in the living room, he tells his friends that they can finally do whatever they want (taking out his dad’s Mercedes may not be a good idea) which includes blasting their music as loud as they want. That’s when the music video truly begins.

In between the shots of the band performing the song in the living room are shots that are a direct reference to A-Ha’s video for the song. Watch the music video for Weezer’s version of “Take on Me” above.

The “Take on Me” cover joins Weezer’s version of Toto’s “Africa” and TLC’s “No Scrubs” on the group’s recently released covers record, Weezer (aka The Teal Album).

The Teal Album was a surprise gift from the band to their fans as they wait for the band’s much-anticipated 12th studio album, The Black Album. The forthcoming album is due out March 1 through Crush / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are available here.

The Black Album is the follow-up to the group’s surprise album, 2017’s Pacific Daydream.

To date, Weezer has given fans two tracks from the upcoming album, “Zombie Bastards” and current alternative radio staple “Can’t Knock the Hustle.”

In support of both The Teal Album and The Black Album, Weezer previously announced plans to embark on a massive North American arena tour. The trek will find the quartet touring across the continent alongside previous tour mates the Pixies.

The tour will begin on March 8 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville and conclude a month later on April 12 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Basement will open for both bands throughout the full excursion while TV on the Radio will only play at the tour’s New York City stop. The full itinerary can be found here.

5 Seconds of Summer, the Chainsmokers announce ‘World War Joy’ fall tour dates

Fresh off releasing their collaboration, it looks like 5 Seconds of Summer and the Chainsmokers are ready to take the track on the road. On Tuesday (Feb. 12), the Australian band and the New York-founded act announced plan to embark on a massive North American tour during the final months of 2019.

Dubbed the World War Joy tour, the trek will find the band and the DJs performing across the continent throughout the months of September, October, November, and December. The 41-stop jaunt will include shows in major cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Miami, Brooklyn, Houston, Los Angeles, and more.

The forthcoming outing begins on Sept. 25 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati and concludes two and a half months later on Dec. 6 at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Joining 5 Seconds of Summer and the Chainsmokers on the upcoming tour is country act Lennon Stella.

Pre-sales begin this Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. local time. General ticket sales begin this Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. local time.

Last week, 5 Seconds of Summer and the Chainsmokers unveiled their surprise collaboration, “Who Do You Love.

“Who Do You Love” appears to be a one-off single for the Chainsmokers as the track is not featured on their recently released sophomore effort, Sick Boy. The album consists of ten tracks that were released throughout 2018 prior to the record’s release date.

As for 5 Seconds of Summer, the band recently unveiled the acoustic version of their latest single, “Lie to Me.” The acoustic version of the song came a few weeks after the group unleashed the official music video for the original version of the song. “Lie to Me” is featured on the foursome’s recently released record, Youngblood.

As evident by all the changes the band members have made to their social media pages, it appears that the Youngblood era has officially come to an end, not even a year after the album was released.

WORLD WAR JOY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2019:

Sept. 25 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
Sept. 27 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sept. 28 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 29 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
Oct. 3 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Oct. 4 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Oct. 5 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 8 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Oct. 9 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Oct. 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 12 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Oct. 13 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Oct. 15 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
Oct. 17 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Oct. 20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 22 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Oct. 24 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Oct. 25 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Oct. 26 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Oct. 29 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Oct. 31 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Nov. 1 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Nov. 2 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Nov. 6 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Nov. 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Nov. 8 – St. Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
Nov. 9 – Madison, WI – Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
Nov. 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
Nov. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Nov. 15 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Nov. 16 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
Nov. 19 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Nov. 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Nov. 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 24 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena
Nov. 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Nov. 29 – San Francisco, CA – TBA
Dec. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Dec. 3 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Dec. 5 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Dec. 6 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Cage the Elephant, Beck announce massive ‘Night Running’ summer tour

It looks like Cage the Elephant and Beck’s collaboration on one of the former’s new songs was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship. On Monday (Feb. 11), the Kentucky-founded band and the California-based musician announced plans to embark on a massive tour throughout the summer months.

Dubbed the “Night Running” North American tour (after their upcoming collaboration), the trek will find the tour mates performing across the continent throughout the months of July and August. The 30-date jaunt includes stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, Columbia, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more.

The “Night Running” North American tour begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Spoon will join Cage the Elephant and Beck on the forthcoming outing as their main supporting act while Starcrawler, Wild Belle, and Sunflower Bean will appear on select dates.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. local time. According to a statement, one dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to a local food security initiative in the respective city they’re playing in.

The upcoming tour is mainly in support of Cage the Elephant’s upcoming fifth studio album, Social Cues. Earlier this month, the band announced the record’s release as well as debuted its lead single, “Ready to Let Go.” Social Cues is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the forthcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

As for Beck, the musician’s last studio album was 2017’s Colors. During Sunday’s Grammy Awards, the ten-track album won awards in the Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical categories.

While Beck hasn’t released a new album since 2017, he has worked on several one-off tracks including “Tarantula” —a song inspired by the Oscar-nominated film “ROMA”— and “Super Cool” featuring the Lonely Island and Robyn.

THE NIGHT RUNNING 2019 TOUR DATES:

July 11 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *^
July 13 – George, WA – The Gorge *^
July 16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater *^
July 17 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater *^
July 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater *^
July 20 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *^
July 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion *^
July 23 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater *^
July 26 – Austin, TX – Austin 360 Amphitheater *#
July 27 – Dallas, TX – The Dos Equis Pavilion *#
July 28 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *#
July 30 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *#
July 31 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *#
Aug. 2 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center *#
Aug. 3 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater *#
Aug. 4 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center *#
Aug. 11 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage *&
Aug. 12 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center *&
Aug. 13 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater *&
Aug. 15 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center *&
Aug. 16 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire *&
Aug. 17 – New York, NY –  Forest Hill Stadium *
Aug. 20 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center *&
Aug. 21 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion *&
Aug. 22 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion *&
Aug. 24 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park *&
Aug. 25 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion *&
Aug. 27 – Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre *&
Aug. 29 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre *&
Aug. 30 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre *&

* = w/ Spoon
^ = w/ Starcrawler
# = w/ Wild Belle
& = w/ Sunflower Bean

Ben Platt announces short ‘Sing to Me Instead’ North American tour for May

Didn’t get the chance to see Ben Platt as Evan Hansen in the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen? Well, there’s no need to be sad about that anymore because the actor-musician just announced plans to embark on a short tour in the spring. On Monday (Feb. 11), Platt unveiled a tour itinerary in support of his upcoming solo debut album.

Dubbed the Sing to Me Instead tour (after his debut album), the trek will find the singer performing at venues across the continent throughout the month of May. The outing includes stops in Detroit, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and more. The Sing to Me Tour begins on May 3 at the Chicago Theatre and concludes a few weeks later on May 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wrabel and Ben Abraham will hit the road alongside Platt as his direct supporting acts.

Those who pre-order Platt’s album will receive first access to tickets. Pre-sales begin this Friday, Feb. 15, while general ticket sales begin next Friday, Feb. 22.

Sing to Me Instead is due out March 29 through Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the album are available here. Platt has already treated fans to two songs from the forthcoming release; “Ease My Mind” and Bad Habit.”

Later this month, Platt will perform “Bad Habit” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The song will make its television debut next Thursday, Feb. 21.

Sing to Me Instead marks Platt’s first recorded outpost since his collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda in early 2018 on “Found/Tonight.” The mashup of “The Story of Tonight” from Hamilton and “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen debuted at the number one spot on Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart.

SING TO ME INSTEAD SPRING 2019 TOUR DATES:

May 3 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
May 4 – Detroit, MI – Fisher Theater
May 6 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the PA
May 8 – Boston, MA – Wang Theatre
May 11 – Washington, D.C. – The Anthem
May 12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
May 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
May 16 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy PAC
May 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
May 19 – Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
May 22 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Dolby Theatre

Listen: Gerard Way and Ray Toro join forces for ‘Happy Together’ cover

My Chemical Romance may or may not get back together one day, but until that time, fans have been a given a little treat for their jet black hearts. On Friday (Feb. 8) former bandmates Gerard Way and Ray Toro reunited for their second covers collaboration. This time around, the duo gave their own spin to the Turtles’ 1967 track, “Happy Together.” Listen to the collaboration above.

The “Happy Together” cover is the second song Way and Toro have collaborated on in the past month. Back in January, they surprised fans by recording their version of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 track, “A Hazy Shade of Winter” (can be seen above). The Simon and Garfunkel cover is predominately featured in the first full trailer for Netflix and Way’s upcoming series “The Umbrella Academy.”

As per the description that accompanies the songs, both tracks will be featured in the upcoming series which is set to premiere next Friday, Feb. 15, on the streaming giant.

The series will star Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”), Tom Hopper (“Game of Thrones”), Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Aidan Gallagher, and Mary J. Blige.

Fans of Way’s music have had to wait some time for the musician to head back into the recording studio as he has been a little preoccupied with “The Umbrella Academy.” Late last year, Way promised fans new music and he delivered.

In October he released “Baby You’re a Haunted House” followed by “Getting Down the Germs” in November. In December, he paid homage to Christmas and one of Santa’s lesser-known reindeers with “Dasher.”

Listen: Marianas Trench share new track ‘Echoes of You’

A week after unleashing “Only the Lonely Survive,” Marianas Trench have returned with another new song from their upcoming album. On Friday (Feb. 8), the Vancouver-founded band premiered the lyrics video for “Echoes of You.” Unlike “Only the Lonely Survive,” which was a straight-up pessimistic take on a relationship, this one seems to shed the ultra-negative outlook with its poppy sound and less dark lyrics.

Also, if you pay close attention to the chorus, the band makes a slight Easter egg reference to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.

Watch the lyrics video for “Echoes of You” above.

“Echoes of You” joins previously released songs “Only the Lonely Survive” and lead single “I Knew You When” on the act’s upcoming album PhantomsPhantoms — the foursome’s fifth studio effort— is due out March 1 via 604 Records. Pre-orders are available here.

Phantoms is the follow-up to the quartet’s 2015 release, Astoria.

Back in December, Marianas Trench announced plans to embark on a United States-centric tour in support of the new record’s release. Dubbed the Suspending Gravity tour, the forthcoming outing will find the band performing at venues across the country throughout the months of May and June.

The Suspending Gravity tour begins on May 1 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia and concludes a little over a month later on June 5 at the House of Blues in Anaheim.

The full list of dates can be found here.