The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes to headline Shaky Knees 2020

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It’s starting to look a lot like music festival season!

On Wednesday (Nov. 20), Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival unveiled its lineup for the 2020 incarnation of the annual event.

Headlining the three-day gig will be The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, and The Strokes.

Joining the already-stacked lineup will be the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Portugal. The Man, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Of Monster and Men, Liam Gallagher (hopefully not throwing shade at this brother for once), Angels and Airwaves, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes fame, The Front Bottoms, The Darkness, and a slew more.

If you thought that was enough, then you would be wrong. According to the official poster for the event, more acts will be announced at a later date.

“I am really excited to bring our fans a lineup that continues to celebrate both up, and coming acts and established powerhouses like the return of headliner The Strokes and first-time headliners The Black Keys and The Smashing Pumpkins,” Shaky Knees founder Tim Sweetwood said in a press statement.

“To be able to produce a world-class festival in my hometown of Atlanta, year after year, is truly special.”

At the time of publication, it was rumored that over 65 artists will take over one of the four stages during the weekend-long show.

Shaky Knees will return to its home of Central Park in downtown Atlanta during the weekend of May 1-3. Tickets are currently on sale on the music festival’s website. There are several packages to pick from, which is good for people who may be strapped for cash cause you know, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are around the corner.

Check out the full lineup below.

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We Came As Romans plot ‘To Plant a Seed’ ten-year anniversary tour

The good news.

We Came as Romans are hitting the road next spring to celebrate their debut album’s tenth anniversary.

The bad news.

This will be the last time you will see any of those tracks on their setlists.

On Tuesday (Nov. 19), the Michigan-founded band announced plans to embark on an anniversary tour to celebrate the decade since they unleashed their debut album, To Plant a Seed. Dubbed the To Plant a Seed 10-Year Anniversary tour, the group will perform at venues across the continent throughout March and April 2020.

The newly announced gigs will include stops in St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Toronto, Montreal, Brooklyn, Baltimore, Atlanta, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and more. The over-a-month-long trek will kick off on March 5 at the House of Blues in Chicago and conclude on April 11 at Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan.

In a post about the forthcoming outing, guitarist Joshua Moore announced that this will be the last time that any track from To Plant a Seed would grace their setlists.

“Over the course of 10 years, we’ve released four other albums, and we’re even working on a fifth! With that being said, we are going to be throwing these songs into the vault of old WCAR — and retiring them from all future setlists after this tour.”

The Devil Wears Prada, Gideon, and Dayseeker will join We Came as Romans during the springtime outing.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. local time.

Things have been relatively quiet for We Came as Roman since the untimely death of co-vocalist Kyle Pavone in 2018. Earlier this fall, the group unleashed two new songs, “Carry the Weight” and “From the First Note.”

Their last studio effort was 2017’s Cold Like War.

Metallica, Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more to play Epicenter 2020

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We may be suffering from a severe case of the winter blues, but that’s not stopping us from daydreaming about the warm weather and all the music festivals that come with it.

On Tuesday (Nov. 19), the masterminds behind some of the best rock-centric music festivals in the United States announced the lineup for the 2020 incarnation of North Carolina’s Epicenter. Let’s just say, it’s going to be EPIC (yes, we did use a pun).

As previously announced, Metallica will headline not one, but two of the three days (Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3). According to Metallica, they will perform two different setlists, so no, you won’t hear “Enter Sandman” on both nights.

“We’re headlining in Charlotte, NC with 2 different sets,” the band tweeted.

Metallica’s appearance at Epicenter is part of an exclusive deal with Danny Wimmer Presents. The joint venture, which was announced last month, will find the iconic metal act headlining all five of the promoters’ hard rock festivals in 2020.

“Metallica isn’t just another headliner. When Metallica takes the stage, it’s an event. It’s an experience. That’s the same standard we’ve set for every DWP festival – from the first band to the last band, and everything that happens in between. I can’t wait to bring the biggest band in the world to the biggest rock festivals in America,” says Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.

“Metallica paved this road that we travel. How many artists on the bill at these five festivals first picked up an instrument, or first started a band, because of Metallica?”

The massive lineup will also feature an exclusive 2020 North Carolina performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Disturbed, Deftones, Godsmack, Volbeat, Staind, Papa Roach, David Lee Roth, Gojira, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Royal Blood, Anthrax, Dropkick Murphys, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, and many more round out the next year’s roster.

In addition to the massive lineup, Danny Wimmer Presents also revealed that Epicenter will move to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. According to a statement, the relocation was one of the biggest requests from fans.

“We’re pleased to announce that Epicenter is moving to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds,” says Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes.

“The new location offers plenty of nearby lodging, increased camping, and convenient travel options. The number one request we received from the fans was to move the festival to Charlotte, …and we listened.”

Epicenter 2020 will take place during the weekend of May 1-3 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tickets for the weekend-long event are currently on sale.

The full lineup can be found below.

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Emarosa are ‘Ready to Love’ on their latest standalone single

Emarosa is back to tell you they’re ready for love.

On Monday (Nov. 18), the Kentucky-founded band unleashed a brand new song, the first since the February release of their current album, Peach Club.

During a quick sit-down with Billboard, frontman Bradley Walden unveiled the inspiration behind the new track, and let’s just say, it’s very mature.

“‘Ready to Love’ is that bite that’s too hot. You know it’ll hurt, you know it’s not ready, but it takes that pain to learn your lesson,” the vocalist tells the publication.

“The older you get, the more self-aware you become about what you want for yourself and what you want in a partner. A lot of time can be wasted being with people out of loneliness. This song is a reflection of moving past that and knowing what you want, knowing your worth, and knowing what you are/are not ready for.”

Listen to “Ready to Love” above.

“Ready to Love” is the group’s first new track since the release of their fifth studio album, Peach Club. The studio effort not only marked their first release through their new home of Hopeless Records, but it also found the band shifting from their old screamy sound to new, 80s-inspired music.

Since its early 2019 release, Peach Club has produced several singles, including “Givin’ Up,” “Cautious,” “Don’t Cry,” and Walden’s tribute to his mother, “Get Back Up.”

In support of the album, Emarosa announced plans to embark on one last tour before the year ends. The new Peach Club tour dates include shows in Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, and more.

The 18-stop jaunt begins on Nov. 29 at Holy Drive in Sacramento and concludes in mid-December with a two-night engagement (Dec. 21 and 22) at the Moroccan in Los Angeles. At the time of publication, 15 out of the 18 shows have been classified as sold out.

“We’re performing Peach Club front to back,” Walden said in a press statement in July. “We’ve never done anything like this. It’ll be special.”

The full list of tour stops can be found here.

The Killers to return with ‘Imploding the Mirage’ in 2020

The Killers’ 2020 is going to be (don’t hate us for this) killer.

On Friday (Nov. 15), the Las Vegas-founded band formally announced the release of their new studio effort. Titled Imploding the Mirage, the group’s sixth studio effort will reportedly see a release time frame of spring 2020.

Taking to social media, the four-piece made the formal announcement.

Things began to unravel during the early morning hours when the band posted a message which read “People of Earth.” Considering one of their massive hits is called “Spaceman,” it was a bit of a headscratcher at first.

Several hours after that post, the Killers returned to reveal not only the album’s title but a United Kingdom / Ireland-centric tour for spring 2020.

Fans who pre-order the album by Nov. 19 (at 4 p.m.) will have early access to pre-sale tickets.

Not a bad deal if you live in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

Because all the new album information and tour details weren’t enough, the band left one last set of breadcrumbs for their followers.

“Future musical teasing imminent,” the quartet posted.

Leave it to the Killers to get formal with their new music teasing.

The confirmation of a new record isn’t that much of a surprise. Back in October, the band had posted a list of potential song titles on Instagram. Working titles included “Blowback,” “Party People,” “Spirit of Mystery,” and more.

Imploding the Mirage is the follow-up to 2017’s Wonderful Wonderful.

Earlier this year, the group unleashed their politically charged song “Land of the Free.”

Next weekend, the Killers will take over Fort Lauderdale Beach for the 2019 incarnation of 104.3 the Shark’s Riptide Music Festival. The Killers join The 1975, The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, Judah & the Lion, Catfish and the Bottleman, and more on the bill.

Neon Trees make their comeback with new single

Hello, and welcome back to the music world, Neon Trees!

On Thursday (Nov. 14), the Utah-founded band unleashed their much-anticipated comeback song “Used to Like.” The song’s premiere comes a week after the group had taken to social media to tease fans about the at-the-time-still-a-secret new tune.

“I like that our single is called ‘Used to Like,'” frontman Tyler Glenn said in a press statement.

“We’ve been gone for a minute, so we’re reminding our fans of what they liked about us. There’s something very pure about Neon Trees right now. I hope listeners hear the sincerity.”

And we do.

The almost three-and-a-half-minute track finds the foursome giving their electro-pop sound a little bit of an adult edge in the form of the lyrics which, after being a band for over a decade, maybe a hard thing to do.

Listen to “Used to Like” above.

“Used to Like” comes four years after the group decided to take a break from the music world and do their own thing. Even though the quartet was on a hiatus, they did manage to release two non-album singles, “Songs I Can’t Listen To” in 2015 and “Feel Good” in 2017.

During their time off, Glenn went out on his own and released his debut solo album, Excommunication. After that, the musician was given the opportunity to appear on Broadway in the now-closed production of “Kinky Boots.”

Neon Trees’ last studio album was 2014’s Pop Psychology, but it looks like we should expect some new tunes from the band in 2020.

Harry Styles schedules massive ‘Love on Tour’ outing for 2020

Harry Styles is taking the love (and his super wide-legged pants collection) on the road next year.

On Wednesday (Nov. 13), the British singer announced plans to embark on a massive tour throughout 2020. Dubbed “Love on Tour,” the outing will find the musician performing across several continents throughout the spring, summer, and fall months.

The European leg of the tour begins on April 15 at the Arena Birmingham in Birmingham and concludes two months later on June 3 at the Megasport in Russia. The North American leg will kick off a few weeks later on June 26 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia and wraps up on Oct. 3 at the Foro Sol on Mexico City.

King Princess will play the role of supporting act during the European leg of the tour while Jenny Lewis will join Styles for the United States and Canadian stops, and Koffee will open the show during the three Mexican gigs.

Since the vast majority of his last solo tour sold out, it’s only natural that this tour will do the same. Preregistration for the U.S. and Canadian stops of “Love on Tour” are now available through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Details on how to enroll in the verified fan program can be found on Styles’ website.

General ticket sales begin next Friday, Nov. 22.

The newly announced 2020 tour dates will be in support of Styles’ forthcoming sophomore album. Titled Fine Line, the new studio effort is due out Dec. 13. Last month, Styles released the lead single from the upcoming LP, “Lights Up.”

To coincide with the album’s release, the singer recently announced a special release show at the Forum on the same day the record is due out.

This Saturday, Styles will take over “Saturday Night Live” as both its host and musical guest.

HARRY STYLES NORTH AMERICAN ‘LOVE ON TOUR’ 2020 DATES:

June 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
June 28 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
July 7 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
July 8 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
July 10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
July 12 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 14 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
July 15 – Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
July 17 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
July 19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
July 24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 28 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
July 29 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
Aug. 1 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
Aug. 3 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Aug. 6 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Aug. 10 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Aug. 11 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Aug. 13 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Aug. 15 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Aug. 18 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Aug. 21 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Aug. 25 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Aug. 27 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Aug. 29 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
Aug. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Pechanga Arena
Sept. 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Sept. 3 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
Sept. 5 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

Coldplay share snippet of new song ‘Guns’

Coldplay is ready to get serious about gun control on their latest single.

On Wednesday (Nov. 6), the British band released a 30-second teaser from their upcoming new single “Guns.” Getting in touch with their inner Millennials and Gen Z-ers, the group took to Instagram to give fans a sneak peek at the new track.

Unlike its predecessors, “Guns” finds the foursome going in a folkier direction, a departure from the bubbly-fun sound of their previously released songs.

Listen to the 30-second snippet above.

“Guns” will join “Orphans,” “Arabesque,” and title track “Everyday Life” on Coldplay’s eighth studio album, Everyday Life. The upcoming release will be divided into two parts; Sunrise and Sunset.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams. Since then, Coldplay has released several EPs, including Kaleidoscope, Live in Buenos Aires, and Global Citizen-EP 1.

Everyday Life is due out Nov. 22 through Parlophone/Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase and include several bundles to pick from, including CDs, vinyls, cassettes, and digital formats. The double record will reportedly have a runtime of 53 minutes.

To coincide with the album’s release, Coldplay previously announced that they will join forces with YouTube Originals for two exclusive performances. Titled “Coldplay: Everyday Life – Live in Jordan,” the event will stream live from Jordan on Nov. 22, the day of the album’s release.

The quartet’s performance will be divided into two; the Sunrise and Sunset. The Sunrise album will be performed at 4am GMT, while Sunset will take at 2pm GMT.

For fans who would like to be part of the broadcast, Coldplay just revealed how you can do that. All you need to do is watch this video and follow the direction.

See. Simple.

Lana Del Rey covers Death Cab for Cutie on recent tour stop

Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell tour is bringing in all the guests!

On Monday night (Nov. 4), the songstress took over the Bellco Theater in Denver as part of her current Norman Fucking Rockwell fall tour.

Like with past gigs, Del Rey brought up two special guests to perform alongside her.

Australian musician Julia Jacklin joined the “Summertime Sadness” crooner on stage for a collaborative version of the former’s song “Don’t Know How To Keep Loving You.” The song can be found on Jacklin’s recently released album, Crushing.

The second guest of the evening was Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. Gibbard’s appearance wasn’t a total shock since he actually played a solo set before Del Rey took over the stage. Instead of taking a page out of Del Rey’s discography, the duo settled on one of Death Cab’s biggest hits; “I Will Follow You into the Dark.”

Check out the fan-shot video here.

Guest appearances are quickly becoming the norm on this outing. To date, Del Rey has been joined by Chris Issak at the Hollywood Bowl, Joan Baez at the Greek Theatre, and Sean Lennon.

The Norman Fucking Rockwell tour is in support of Del Rey’s recently released album by the same name. The excursion will conclude on Nov. 19 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

Soon after wrapping up the cross-country trip, the self-proclaimed “Venice Bitch” will appear on Kacey Musgraves’ Christmas Special on Amazon Prime. The special airs on Nov. 29.

Killswitch Engage and August Burns Red to embark on 2020 tour

Get ready to add another rocking tour to your “Must Go To” concert list.

On Tuesday (Nov. 5), Killswitch Engage announced plans to embark on a spring 2020 outing. Dubbed the “Atonement Tour,” the excursion will find the iconic metal group performing at venues across the continent throughout March and April 2020.

The month-long trek will include stops in Grand Rapids, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Portland, and more. The tour kicks off on March 10 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland and concludes a few weeks later on April 12 at the House of Blues in Boston.

August Burns Red will join Killswitch Engage for the full trip. Additional supporting acts will reportedly be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday, Nov. 8, at 10 a.m. local time.

The forthcoming tour will be in support of Killswitch Engage’s recently released record, Atonement.

Released in August of this year, the album was warmly received by critics and fans alike. The record, their eighth studio effort, went on to peak at the number 13 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

During the making of the album, the group had to cancel a slew of tour dates as vocalist Jesse Leach underwent surgery on his vocal cords.

As for August Burns Red, things have been quick over at their camp. Their last studio effort was 2017’s Phantom Anthem, which earned them a Grammy nomination for the track “Invisible Enemy.”

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE ATONEMENT TOUR 2020:

March 10 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theatre
March 11 — Grand Rapids, MI — 20 Monroe Live
March 13 — Philadelphia, PA — Franklin Music Hall
March 14 — Silver Spring, MD — Fillmore
March 15 — Raleigh, NC — Ritz
March 17 — Atlanta, GA — Tabernacle
March 18 — Orlando, FL — House of Blues
March 20 — Dallas, TX — Southside Ballroom
March 21 — Houston, TX — House of Blues
March 21 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes
March 23 — Tempe, AZ — The Marquee
March 24 — Los Angeles — The Wiltern
March 25 — Riverside, CA — Municipal Auditorium
March 26 — San Francisco, CA — Warfield
March 28 — Seattle, WA — Showbox Sodo
March 29 — Boise, ID — Revolution
March 31 — Salt Lake City, UT — Complex
April 1 — Denver, CO — Fillmore
April 3 — Minneapolis, MN — Fillmore
April 4 — Chicago, IL — Radius
April 5 — Detroit, MI — Fillmore
April 6 — Toronto, ON — Rebel
April 8 — Montreal, QC — MTelus
April 10 — Portland, ME — State Theatre
April 11 — New York, NY — Terminal 5
April 12 — Boston, MA — House of Blues