Watch Green Day bring color to a drab world in ‘Back in the USA’

Last month, Green Day announced plans to unleash a brand new greatest hits album and now that the album is here, so is the music video for the record’s only new track. On Friday (Nov. 17), the iconic California-based band unleashed their politically charged music video for “Back in the USA.” The video begins with the trio living their lives in a very oblivious, “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle.

About 15 seconds into the clip, the narrator is heard foreshadowing what is about to happen in the music video. “They don’t know it yet, but their lives will soon change forever because they’re about to see the truth.”

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is sitting at home with this “wife” and “son” when there is a knock on the door. A salesperson is at the door selling some glasses. When Armstrong puts the glasses on, he sees color and the truth as opposed to the gray-scale and lies he is accustom to. Not being able to keep his discovery a secret, he calls over bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool to show off the glasses. As Cool and Dirnt try on the glasses, posters that cover the room begin to read things like “conform” and “consume” while the television showcases the headline “President to Lie to Nation Tomorrow Night!”

The next day, the guys concoct a plan to break into the news station where the president’s address will take place to show the public the truth and bring back color into their otherwise gray world. As they sneak in dressed as Secret Service agents, the guys put the truth glasses on the camera revealing a gross, zombified, liar of a president at the podium. As the band takes over the stage and the zombie president is rushed off by the real agents, color begins to seep back and the public’s eyes are opened once again to the truth.

Watch the music video for “Back in the USA” above.

“Back in the USA” is featured on Green Day’s latest greatest hits album, God’s Favorite Band. The record includes a slew of the band’s biggest hits as well as the new version of “Ordinary World” featuring country music superstar Miranda Lambert.

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Sleeping with Sirens to unleash holiday-themed single

‘Tis the season to be jolly and Sleeping with Sirens is making sure their fans are super jolly this season. On Monday (Nov. 13), the Florida-founded band announced plans to release a brand new, holiday-themed song. According to the band, the new track will be titled “Christmas on the Road” and will debut this Friday, Nov. 17.

Taking to their official Twitter page, the band wrote: “We’re ringing in the holidays with new music! ‘Christmas on the Road’ is coming Friday, November 17.”

“Christmas on the Road” will be the band’s first new song since the release of their fifth studio album earlier this year. Back in September, the five-piece released their new studio album, Gossip. Gossip marked the band’s first studio album to be released through their new record label Warner Bros Records; the band was previously signed to Epitaph Records. The album went on to reach the number 38 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

Around the same time Sleeping with Sirens announced the release of Gossip, they had also revealed that the album’s lead single, “Legends,” would be used as Team USA’s official anthem for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

In support of Gossip‘s release, the band has been on the road touring behind the new tunes. Currently, the band is in the middle of their European tour. Once that excursion wraps up in late November, the group will return to the United States for a short tour in December. The complete list of tour stops for the group’s upcoming December trek can be seen below.

SLEEPING WITH SIRENS TOUR DATES:

Dec. 05 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Dec. 06 – Dallas, TX @ The Door
Dec. 07 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Dec. 08 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom
Dec. 10 – Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Dec. 11 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
Dec. 14 – Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock
Dec. 15 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Listen to Walk the Moon’s mellow new tune ‘Kamikaze’

With a couple of days left before the release of their new studio album, Walk the Moon has released yet another new song from it. On Monday (Nov. 6), the Ohio-founded band unleashed another new song from their upcoming third studio album, What If Nothing. The new song is titled “Kamikaze” and can be streamed above.

“Kamikaze” will join previously released songs “Surrender,” “Headphone,” and lead single “One Foot” on Walk the Moon’s upcoming release What If Nothing. What If Nothing is set to be released this Friday, Nov. 10 through RCA Records.  Pre-orders for the new album are still available on the band’s website here. Those who pre-order the new album ahead of its release will receive instant downloads of all four previously released songs.

What If Nothing is the follow-up to the group’s breakthrough sophomore album, 2014’s Talking is Hard.

 

In support of What If Nothing‘s release, Walk the Moon announced a massive tour that will begin at the end of 2017 and got into early 2018. The “Press Restart” tour will kick off on Nov. 19 at the Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina and wrap up over fourth months later on Feb. 24 at the Palace Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The complete itinerary for the “Press Restart’ tour can be seen below.

PRESS RESTART TOUR DATES:

2017

Nov. 19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
Nov. 20 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Nov. 21 – Richmond, VA – The National
Dec. 6 – Tulsa, OK – The Brady Theater

2018

Jan. 12 – Washington, DC – Anthem
Jan. 13 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Jan. 14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Jan. 16 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Jan. 17 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
Jan. 20 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino
Jan. 21 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
Jan. 23 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Jan. 24 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
Jan. 26 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Jan. 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian at Old National Centre
Jan. 28 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman
Jan. 30 – Atlanta, GA – Roxy Theatre
Feb. 1 – Austin, TX – Moody Theater
Feb. 2 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 3 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Feb. 7 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
Feb. 8 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Feb. 9 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
Feb. 10 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Feb. 12 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Feb. 13 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Feb. 15 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Feb. 16 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Feb. 17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Feb. 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Feb. 20 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb. 23 – Madison, WI – Orpheum
Feb. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Palace Theatre

Franz Ferdinand confirms release of fifth studio album with new song

Earlier this week, Franz Ferdinand took to social media to tease that something big would be announced before the end of the week. Taking to Twitter on Monday (Oct. 23), the group posted a ten-second clip with the date “25.10.17” flashing against a black background while some music played in the back. The band accompanied the short clip with the caption “ARE YOU READY?” On Wednesday (Oct. 25), the Glasgow-based band confirmed the release of their fifth studio album, Always Ascending. The new record, which will feature a total of ten new tracks, is scheduled to be released on Feb. 9, 2018 through the band’s longtime home of Domino Records.

According to a press release on behalf of the band, the new set of songs is “a triumphant recasting of the group, bursting with fresh ideas and vigorous sonic experimentation.” In addition to confirming the name and the release date of the impending album, Franz Ferdinand has also given fans the first taste of the new LP by release its lead single and title track, “Always Ascending.” Listen to “Always Ascending” above.

Pre-orders for Always Ascending are currently available on the band’s website here.

To celebrate the massive good news, the band has also announced that they will be hosting a Facebook Live stream later today. The stream will go live beginning at 3:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. PST and will be broadcast from Paris’ Point Ephémère. During the live-stream, the band will reportedly preview a selection of their new recordings.

In support of Always Ascending’s release the band previously unveiled a slew of North American tour dates. Franz Ferdinand’s North American tour will kick off on April 8, 2018 at Rebel in Toronto, Ontario and wrap up over a month later on May 17 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Oct. 27. The complete list of spring 2018 tour dates can be seen below.

FRANZ FERDINAND SPRING 2018 TOUR DATES:

April 8 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
April 10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
April 13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
April 16 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
April 27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
April 28 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
April 30 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
May 2 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
May 7 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 8 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
May 11 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
May 13 – San Diego, CA – North Park @ The Observatory
May 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
May 17 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theatre

Listen: Weezer drops new song ‘Weekend Woman’

With a handful of weeks left before their eleventh studio album is set to hit stores, Weezer has released yet another new song from it. On Thursday (Oct. 5), the California-founded band unleashed “Weekend Woman”; the fourth new song from their upcoming new album Pacific Daydream. According to the band, the new tune is the most reminiscent of old-school Weezer. “This track has a feel that kinda takes [me] back to the old days of the band,” the band tweeted.

But if you thought that “Weekend Woman” would be the final song the band would give fans before the new album is released, then you may be wrong. According to another post on Twitter, the group teased that another new song may be coming soon. “P.S. there might be one more song for you before the album’s out too. You’ll just have to wait and see.” Listen to “Weekend Woman” above.

“Weekend Woman” will join previously released tracks “Feels Like Summer,” “Mexican Fender,” and “Beach Boys” on Pacific DaydreamPacific Daydream is scheduled to be released on Oct. 27 through Crush Music/Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.

In support of Pacific Daydream’s release, Weezer is currently in the process of wrapping up their 2017 North American tour. Once the North American trek wraps up this Saturday (Oct. 7) at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, the group will head across the pond for their final European tour of 2017. That tour will conclude a few weeks later on Oct. 28 at Wembley Arena in London. After taking a month or so off, Weezer will head down to South Florida to headline the second annual Sharkwrecked at Riptide Festival in Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 2.

Listen: Asking Alexandria go ‘Into the Fire’ with new song

After some lineup changes over the last couple of years, it looks like Asking Alexandria is ready to go back to their original lineup and release some new music. On Friday (Sept. 22), the United Kingdom-founded band unveiled their brand new song “Into the Fire” which is not only the first single from their upcoming album, but also marks the return of longtime vocalist Danny Worsnop.

The four-minute clip for the new tune looks like a nod to Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Sin City” with its black-and-white shots, graphic novel-ish, settings, and the use of red for important things. Check out the music video for “Into the Fire” above.

“Into the Fire” is the first single off Asking Alexandria’s yet-to-be-titled fifth studio album. According to the band, the new record is set to be released on Dec. 15 with pre-orders and additional details to be announced soon. The new album is the follow-up to 2016’s The Black. The record will also mark Worsnop’s official return to the lineup after exiting the band in early 2015.

At the beginning of 2015, Worsnop broke the hearts of fans when he announced he was leaving the band to focus on his new band, We Are Harlot. Shortly after his departure, the remaining members of Asking Alexandria enlisted Make Me Famous’ Denis Stoff to take over vocal duties. Sadly, the relationship between Stoff and remaining members of Asking Alexandria hit the skids when the singer reportedly stopped speaking to the band and would not respond to founding member Ben Bruce’s modes of communication.

After officially announcing Stoff’s “exit” from the band, the group welcomed back Worsnop in the fall of 2016.

 

Listen: Weezer honors the Beach Boys in new song

A month after releasing the second single from of their upcoming new album, Weezer has treated fans to yet another new tune. On Thursday (Sept. 14), the California-founded band unleashed the third single of their upcoming album, Pacific Daydream. The new song is titled “Beach Boys” and pays a little bit of homage to frontman Rivers Cuomo’s biggest influence, the Beach Boys. Listen to the new tune above.

“Beach Boys” will join previously released songs “Feels Like Summer” and “Mexican Fender” on Weezer’s 11th studio album, Pacific Daydream. Pacific Daydream is set to be released on Oct. 27 through Crush Music/Atlantic Records.

Pacific Daydream is the follow-up to Weezer’s 2016 release, The White Album. After telling fans that their next album would not only be titled The Black Album but that it would be darker in content, Weezer changed their tune. The  group announced that they had trashed all their ideas for The Black Album and decided to put out an album that sounded like “the Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby.”

Earlier this week, Weezer announced on social media that they would be unveiling a brand new song at the end of the week. “New song Beach Boys coming Thursday. If you know the notes sing from your heart ’cause it’s gonna be fun.” Accompanying the band’s post on Twitter is an image of an old-school radio with some music notes above it and a pair of sunglasses resting against a bright yellow background. What fans probably didn’t know at the time was that the image was a sample of what the background for the lyric video would be.

In support of the song and the new album, the group is currently in the middle of their fall 2017 tour. Tonight, the band will perform at KAABOO in Del Mar, California. The full list of upcoming tour dates can be seen here.

Watch Thirty Seconds to Mars finally confirm a new song

Thirty Seconds to Mars has been teasing fan with the promise of new music for over a year now, and to say that fans are waiting on pens and needles may be an understatement. On Tuesday (Aug. 15), things changed when the California-founded band confirmed that they will have a new track out by the end of the month. Taking to social media, the trio posted that their new song will be titled “Walk on Water” and will make its worldwide premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 22. In addition to the new song’s release date, the group also posted a 36-second clip to give their fans a little bit of a chuckle.

The clip opens with a panoramic shot of Los Angeles and Interscope Label Meeting scrawled at the bottom of the screen. Viewers then hear a voice that does not belong to any of the three guys in the band, but rather, an “Interscope executive.” The executive begins to call out the band for their lack of new music and their continuous use of the word “soon” whenever the topic of new music is approached. You can see how all three guys look ashamed as they are being reprimanded. The clip ends with the  executive telling them that soon needs to be turned into now that’s when the image goes black with the Echelon logo and what the viewer can assume is snippet of “Walk on Water.” Watch the clip above.

According to a post on Twitter, it looks like Thirty Seconds to Mars will introduce the world to the new song during their live performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards set to take place on Aug. 27.

While Thirty Seconds to Mars has finally confirmed a new single, the Echelon is still waiting for them to formally announce the follow-up to 2013’s LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS.

Listen to Nine Inch Nails’ new tune ‘This Isn’t the Place’

Less than a week after confirming their upcoming new EP, Nine Inch Nails has returned with another new song from the impending release. On Tuesday (July 18), the Trent Reznor-led group unleashed  “THIS ISN’T THE PLACE”; the second song off ADD VIOLENCE. Watch the Alex Lieu-directed clip above.

“THIS ISN’T THE PLACE” will join lead single “LESS THAN” on ADD VIOLENCE which is set to be released later this week. ADD VIOLENCE is set to be released digitally on July 21 while the CD and vinyl versions of the upcoming record will be released on Sept. 1. Pre-orders for the album can be found on Nine Inch Nails’ website.

ADD VIOLENCE is the second installment of Nine Inch Nails’ upcoming EP trilogy. Last year’s Not the Actual Events was the first installment of the trilogy while the name and/or projected release date for the final album has yet to be mentioned. In support of the upcoming EP, the group has a handful of festival appearances scheduled for later this year. Those dates can be found here.

Sleeping with Sirens confirm the ‘Gossip’

Last week, Sleeping with Sirens posted on Twitter that fans should not “believe the gossip.” Of course, when you post something like that, die-hard fans will instantly try to figure out what the cryptic message really means. As it turns out, it was the band preparing their legion of followers for some major news. On Friday (July 14), the Florida-founded band announced the release of their fifth studio album. The record, which will be titled Gossip, is set to be released in the fall. To accompany the new album news, Sleeping with Sirens also released Gossip’s lead single, “Legends.” Listen to the new song above.

Gossip is set to be released on Sept. 22 through Warner Bros. Records. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on the band’s website as well as a slew of music streaming sites. Those who pre-order the album ahead of time will receive an instant download “Legends.”

As if the new song and upcoming album wasn’t enough, Sleeping with Sirens and their fans were given cool news when the US Olympic team announced that the new track will be the team’s official song for their road to the 2018 Winter Olympics. “#TeamUSA is proud to announce LEGENDS by Sleeping with Sirens [@SWStheband] as the OFFICIAL song on the road to the 2018 #WinterOlympics” reads the post on the team’s official Twitter page.

Quickly responding to the honor was frontman Kellin Quinn who replied by saying: “This is the biggest honor!! Thank you so much #TeamUSA #Legends.”

Gossip is the follow-up to Sleeping with Sirens’ 2015 release, Madness.

In support of the new album, the band has announced plans to hit the road during the later months of the year. The “Gossip Tour” will kick off on Aug. 31 at Slim’s in San Francisco and wrap up a little over a month later on Oct. 1 with an appearance at WJJO’s Sonic Boom Festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, July 21. For now, the complete list of tour stops can be seen below.

 

SLEEPING WITH SIRENS’ GOSSIP TOUR DATES:

08/31 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
09/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
09/02 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA Sidestage
09/05 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
09/07 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
09/08 – Chicago, IL@ Bottom Lounge
09/09 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
09/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
09/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
09/13 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
09/15 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (Upstairs)
09/16 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
09/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
09/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
09/20 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
09/22 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
09/23 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
09/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell)
09/26 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
09/27 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
09/28 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
09/30 – Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival
09/01 – Madison, WI @ WJJO Sonic Boom Festival