On Thursday (Aug. 19), the British musician announced the upcoming release of his fourth studio album. Titled = (Equals), the record is due out Oct. 29 through Atlantic Records. Fans have already gotten a firsthand listen to the new album with the release of its first single “Bad Habits.”
“‘=’ (Equals) is a really personal record and one that means a lot to me,” explains the musician.
“My life changed greatly over the past few years – I got married, became a father, experienced loss, and I reflect on these topics over the course of the album. I see it as my coming-of-age record, and I can’t wait to share this next chapter with you.”
To coincide with the new album announcement, Sheeran has revealed the album’s tracklisting. The 14-song album will include songs about love “The Joker and the Queen,” “First Times,” “2step”), loss (“Visiting Hours”), resilience (“Can’t Stop the Rain”), and fatherhood (“Sandman,” “Leave Your Life”).
As if all of that wasn’t enough, Sheeran has also released the official performance video for the song “Visiting Hours.” The almost four-minute track finds Sheeran coming to terms with the loss of his mentor and friend, Michael Gudinski. The song was reportedly written shortly after his passing and features backing vocals from Gudinski’s close friends, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Barnes.
What happens when the world comes to a screeching halt due to a pandemic?
Well, if you’re a musician, you probably took to the recording studio to make some new music…and that’s precisely what The Killers did.
On Monday (July 19), the Las Vegas-founded band announced plans to release their seventh studio album next month.
Titled Pressure Machine, the forthcoming release is due out Aug. 13 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.
This will mark the group’s second album to be released in a two-year time span. The band released their sixth studio album Imploding the Mirage, last August.
According to the press material that accompanied the announcement, the new set of tunes was inspired by frontman Brandon Flowers’ experience of growing up in the small town of Nephi, Utah.
“We were discussing [Brandon] moving to Nephi as a kid and being stuck in the middle of nowhere,” explains drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. “And during COVID-19, it started to feel like we were all in the middle of nowhere.”
Continues Flowers: “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with, many memories of my time in Nephi are tender. But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged. I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”
To coincide with the new album announcement, the band has released a one-minute trailer for it. The clip features snippets of different people discussing what it’s like to live in an unnamed small town. Check out the trailer above.
Last month, the group joined forces with Bruce Springsteen on a track titled “Dustland.” The track is a re-imagined version of “A Dustland Fairytale” that can be found on 2008’s Day & Age.
In support of Pressure Machine, the Killers have also unveiled their lengthy North American tour itinerary for fall 2022. The trek will include stops in many big market cities, including, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, and (of course) their hometown of Las Vegas.
The almost two-month outing kicks off on Aug. 19, 2022, at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver and concludes on Oct. 8, 2022, at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.
Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday, July 23, at 10 am local time on Ticketmaster.
The entire tour itinerary can be found below.
THE KILLERS 2022 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Aug. 19 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
Aug. 20 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Aug. 21 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Aug. 23 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Aug. 24 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
Aug. 26 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Aug. 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
Aug. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
Aug. 31 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena
Sept. 8 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 9 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Sept. 10 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Sept. 13 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Sept. 14 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sept. 16 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Sept. 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 18 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Sept. 20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 21 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Sept. 23 – Toronto, Ontario – Scotiabank Arena
Sept. 24 – Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
Sept. 25 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Event Center
Sept. 29 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
Sept. 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 3 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Oct. 4 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
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.
Surprise (or maybe not)! Marilyn Manson has a new record heading our way later this year.
On Wednesday (July 29), the shock rocker unveiled that he will be releasing a brand new collection of tunes in the fall.
Titled We are Chaos, the forthcoming release is due out September 11 through Loma Vista Recordings. The 10-track effort was produced by Manson and Shooter Jennings.
In a lengthy press statement, Manson reflects on the album, even giving some insight on his perception of the new tracks and the story behind them.
“When I listen to WE ARE CHAOS now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today,” the musician writes.
He continues: “This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle, and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.
This concept album is the mirror Shooter and I built for the listener—it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes, and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.
Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal,’ but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”
To coincide with the new album announcement, Manson debuted its first single and title track, “We are Chaos.” Watch the Matt Mahurin-directed (photographed and edited) video above.
We are Chaos is the follow-up to 2017’s Heaven Upside Down. Pre-orders are available on Manson’s website.
The complete tracklisting for We are Chaos can be found below.
We are Chaos tracklisting:
01. “Red Black and Blue”
02. “We are Chaos”
03. “Don’t Chase the Dead”
04. “Paint You with My Love”
05. “Half-way & One Step Forward”
06. “Infinite Darkness”
08. “Keep My Head Together”
09. “Solve Coagula”
10. “Broken Needle”
If you thought Katy’ Perry’s new album was going to make you “smile” during these not-so-summery summer days, we have some bad news for you.
On Tuesday (July 28), the pop star announced that her upcoming fifth studio record has been pushed back a few weeks back. Instead of seeing a release date of early August, Smile (also referred to as #KP5) will be released on August 28.
“Welp. I hate to throw this bad news at you like a pie in the face…but if there’s anything 2020 taught me, it’s to not get too attached to plans and be malleable,” Perry writes in a letter to fans.
“Due to unavoidable production delays, my album SMILE will now be released two weeks later on August 28 ☹”
But there’s good news. While Katycats will have to wait two full weeks for new music, Perry has unveiled plans to stay connected with her fans (until her Babycat is born) by way of Smile Sundays.
According to the singer, every Sunday, she will go live via social media for half an hour to discuss all things Smile. These Smile Sundays will include snippets of new tunes, new merchandise, and behind-the-scenes information about the record, and who knows, maybe her actor fiance may stop along for the ride.
Smile is the long-awaited follow-up to Perry’s lukewarmly received 2017 release Witness. Previously released tracks “Daisies,” “Harleys in Hawaii,” “Never Really Over,” and current single “Smile” are all featured on the forthcoming release.
It’s been seven years since the Sounds released their last studio album, but now, the group is looking to change that.
On Friday (Feb. 28), the Swedish band announced the impending release of their brand new studio album. Titled Things We Do for Love, the forthcoming release is due out May 1 through Arnioki Records.
“Write as many good songs as possible and enjoy it while you’re on a roll. We had a great time writing this one! No pressure just having fun,” explains vocalist Maja Ivarsson about the new album.
“It’s always been about being in the moment and trying to catch a good melody, chord progression, or lyrics when it comes to you.”
Things We Do for Love is the follow-up to the group’s 2013 release, Weekend.
To coincide with the new album announcement, the five-piece debuted the album’s lead single and title track of the record, “Things We Do For Love.” Listen to the dancey, indie-pop goodness here.
As if confirming that a new record was on the horizon and then giving a teaser of the new album wasn’t enough, the Sounds have also unveiled plans to embark on a United states-centric tour. Set to take place during April and May, the quintet’s upcoming intimate venue tour will include gigs in Durham, Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and more.
The month-long excursion begins on April 28 at Rough Trade in Brooklyn and concludes on May 16 at the Backstage Bar in Las Vegas. Starbenders will join the Sounds throughout the 15-stop tour. The trek will also include an appearance at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival in early May.
Once their United States-centric tour comes to an end, the band will head overseas for a summer of major headlining shows and festival appearances.
The Sounds’ complete spring 2020 United States-centric tour itinerary can be seen below.
THE SOUNDS SPRING 2020
April 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
April 29 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
April 30 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
May 1 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
May 2 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
May 4 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
May 5 – Chicago, IL – Cobra Lounge
May 6 – St Louis, MO – The Ready Room
May 8 – Denver, CO – The Oriental Theatre
May 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
May 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
May 13 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
May 14 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy + Harriets
May 15 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
May 16 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar
It’s time to wake up, sunshine because we have some big news coming from Camp All Time Low!
On Monday (Feb. 17), the Baltimore-founded band announced plans to unleash their eighth studio album later this spring. Titled Wake Up, Sunshine, the new record is due out April 3 through Fueled By Ramen. Pre-save and pre-order options are currently available on the band’s website. All pre-orders will include an instant grat download of the album’s lead single “Some Kind of Disaster.”
Wake Up, Sunshine is the follow-up to 2017’s Last Young Renegade.
According to a press statement, the foursome periodically met up throughout 2019 to work on the forthcoming studio effort. The quartet reportedly worked on the new record at drummer Rian Dawson’s studio in Nashville as well as at a Palm Springs rental house.
“We got back to how we started,” frontman Alex Gaskarth reveals.
“It had been a long time since the four of us made a record under one roof. That became a central theme. We’ve been a band for 17 years. Everybody brought something to the table. A lot of what you’re hearing came from those magic moments together.”
Guitarist Jack Barakat adds, “I think we accomplished something special. By putting our four heads together, we were able to make a classic All Time Low album.”
As per the band, Wake Up, Sunshine will include collaborations from blackbear (“Monsters”) and The Band Camino (“Favorite Place”).
This Thursday (Feb. 20), All Time Low will treat fans to another song off the new album. Titled “Sleeping In,” the track will make its debut on Scott Mills’ BBC Radio 1 show. For those who want to set an alarm, so they don’t miss it, the show begins at 2 p.m. GMT (9 a.m. EST).
The song’s debut will coincide with two recently announced shows in the United Kingdom; a gig at London’s The Garage on Feb. 21 and a show at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club on Feb. 24.
For now, you can check out the tracklisting for Wake Up, Sunshine, below.
WAKE UP, SUNSHINE TRACKLIST:
01. “Some Kind of Disaster”
02. “Sleeping In”
03. “Getaway Green”
04. “Melancholy Kaleidoscope”
05. “Trouble Is”
06. “Wake Up, Sunshine”
07. “Monsters” feat. blackbear
08. “Pretty Venom (Interlude)”
09. “Favorite Place” feat. The Band CAMINO
11.” January Gloom (Seasons pt. 1)”
13. “Glitter & Crimson”
14. “Summer Daze (Seasons pt. 2)”
15. “Basement Noise”
A week after starting the new year with a new song, Grouplove has confirmed that they officially have a new album coming out later this year.
On Wednesday (Jan. 15), the Los Angeles-founded band announced the forthcoming release of their fourth studio album. Titled Healer, the record is due out March 13 through Canvasback Music and Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available for purchase here.
Healer is the follow-up to 2017’s Big Mess.
To promote the new album, the band will hit the road for a cross-country trek. Dubbed the Healer tour, the excursion will include stops in major markets such as San Diego, Sacramento, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Louisville, Pittsburgh, New Haven, Baltimore, Charlotte, and more.
The tour kicks off on March 18 at the Meow Wolf in Santa Fe and concludes two months later on May 21 at Iron City in Birmingham. Le Shiv will open for Grouplove during the March and April stops of the tour while Jealous of the Birds will open during the May shows.
Additional dates will be added to the newly announced itinerary at a later time.
Grouplove is teaming up with the Ally Coalition for the Healer tour. The Ally Coalition will work with the band to bring organizations that support at-risk LGBTQ youth to each show. They will also be joined on the road by HeadCount, a non-partisan organization that promotes participation in democracy through music, culture, and digital media.
Artist and Songkick pre-sales begin this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. local time. General ticket sales for the springtime outing go on sale this Friday, Jan. 17.
The full list of tour dates can be seen below.
GROUPLOVE HEALER TOUR 2020:
March 18 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
March 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
March 23 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
March 24 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
March 25 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
March 27 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
March 28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
March 31 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall
April 1 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
April 3 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
April 4 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 5 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre
April 9 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
April 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
April 11 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
April 13 – Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
April 15 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
May 7 – Columbus, OH – Express Live!
May 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
May 9 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
May 12 – Providence, RI – The Strand
May 13 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
May 15 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
May 16 – Richmond, VA – The National
May 17 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
May 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
May 20 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
May 21 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City
Grouplove’s new album may not have an official title or release date, but what we do have is a little teaser of what to expect.
On Wednesday (Jan. 8), the Los Angeles-based band unleashed their first new song in three years. Titled “Deleter,” the new track is the official first single from their newly-announced fourth studio album.
According to a press statement, “Deleter” is about vocalist/guitarist Christian Zucconi “questioning everything around him: faith systems, his sense of belonging, communities, [and] his own psyche.” Quite serious subject matters for a group that’s breakout hits are about being tongue-tied around someone they like and having “a ways to go.”
“Deleter” was recorded at El Paso’s famed Sonic Ranch with producer Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Weezer).
To coincide with the new song’s release, the group also unveiled its music video. The four-minute clip finds the band dressed up in a variety of jumpsuits running around Los Angeles and performing on a soundstage with a revolving door of art surrounding them (and yes, a duet and some cuddling between Zucconi and bandmate/wife, Hannah Hopper).
While Grouplove’s long-awaited fourth studio album does not have a title or release date yet, the group has confirmed that it will see a 2020 release date. The new year just started, so we’re just going to keep an eye out for that.
Grouplove’s last studio album was 2017’s Big Mess.
How does a band that’s been in the music game celebrate its 20th anniversary?
Announce a massive anniversary tour? Check.
Sign to a new record label? Check.
Announce a new album to coincide with said tour? Double check.
On Wednesday (Jan. 8), Silverstein revealed plans to unleash their tenth studio album later this year. Titled A Beautiful Place to Drown, the new set of tunes is due out on March 6 through independent record label UNFD. Pre-orders for the record are currently available for purchase here.
Taking to social media (like everyone does nowadays), the Canadian group made the official announcement.
“We are proud to announce our new album, ‘A Beautiful Place to Drown’ available on March 6 via UNFD (you can pre-order now),” the band posted.
The post continues: “We poured every ounce of energy and emotion into this body of work and truly believe it’s our best yet.”
To coincide with the new album announcement, the quintet also debuted the album’s lead single, “Infinite.” The barely three-minute track features Underoath/the Almost’s Aaron Gillespie.
Check out the new song above.
Silverstein’s last studio album was 2017’s Dead Reflection. Last February, the five-piece released a retrospective album titled Redux: The First Ten Years. The compilation featured newly-recorded versions of select songs from their first four studio albums (When Broken is Easily Fixed, Discovering the Waterfront, Arrivals & Departures, and A Shipwreck in the Sand).
Silverstein also surprised fans by releasing a single titled “Burn it Down” last summer featuring Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo.
Later this year, the group will embark on their massive 20th-anniversary tour. The 33-stop outing begins on Feb. 28 at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario, and concludes a month and a half later on April 11 at the Danforth in Toronto.