Imagine Dragons announce massive tour, drop new song

Following days of warning fans that some major news would be heading their way by the end of the week, Imagine Dragons have kept their promise. On Wednesday (Feb. 21), the Las Vegas-founded band unleashed a brand new song titled “Next to Me.” Heading over to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the Grammy-nominated band debuted the brand new song which was produced by Alex Da Kid.

According to frontman Dan Reynolds, the new song is about a person experiencing unconditional love despite their flaws and that writing a love song was unusual for the singer.

“I don’t typically write love songs,” he explains to the host. “It was different, but it was fun and it stretched me…it’s about my frailties within romance.” Listen to “Next to Me” above.

In addition to the release of the new single, the group also announced a massive tour that will find them performing at a slew of North American venues throughout the summer months. The Evolve tour will kick off on June 5 at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut and wrap up a little over two months later on Aug. 10 at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. After several months away from the road, the group will head to the Toyota Stadium in Dallas on Oct. 20.

America’s Got Talent season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal will support the band throughout the North American excursion.

General ticket sales for the shows will go on sale beginning Saturday, March 3, at 10 a.m. local time. Fans can register now for free access to the Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale. As long as fans register before next Tuesday, Feb. 27, they can qualify for the chance to get first dibs on tickets for the shows.

The Evolve tour will be in support of the group’s recently released album, Evolve.

Imagine Dragons’ summer was already shaping up to be a busy one. Earlier this year, HBO Documentary Films announced a partnership with Reynolds and Live Nation Productions for the frontman’s documentary, Believer.

The film follows Reynolds as he takes on a new mission to explore how the Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members. The documentary premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and received a standing ovation from the attendees at its first screening. No date has been given as to when the film will air on HBO.

For now, the full Evolve tour itinerary can be seen below.

IMAGINE DRAGONS’ EVOLVE TOUR DATES:

June 5 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
June 6 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
June 8 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
June 9 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 11 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheater
June 13 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
June 16 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
June 17 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
June 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
June 21 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 22 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 24 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
June 26 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
June 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest*
June 29 – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 30 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion*
July 2 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 3 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
July 5 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
July 7 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
July 8 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
July 10 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 11 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 13 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 14 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
July 16 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 18 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
July 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
July 24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
July 26 – Bozeman, MT – Bobcat Stadium
July 30 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena^
Aug. 1 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center^
Aug. 2 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 4 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Aug. 7 – Orange Beach, AL – The Wharf Amphitheater
Aug. 9 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Aug. 10 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Oct. 20 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Stadium*+

*Additional date not part of the Evolve Tour
+Grace VanderWaal not supporting
^on sale beginning Friday, March 9

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Watch Muse channel the 80s in ‘Thought Contagion’

As promised earlier in the week, Muse have returned with a brand new song. On Thursday (Feb. 15), the United Kingdom-founded band unleashed their first new song in almost a year. Taking to social media, the trio not only posted the audio for “Thought Contagion,” but also its accompanying music video.

The three-and-a-half minute clip begins with someone inserting some coins into an arcade game. As the camera pans up, the viewer sees that the name of the game is Dog Down, the same as Muse’s previously released track. The camera then pans to the person playing the arcade game which turns out to be a teenager dressed from head to toe in 80s garb. As he plays the game, a girl randomly pops up behind him and they head out, through what looks like a disheveled club.

As they head out into the street, the viewer watches as the girl attacks the guy, sucking his blood in the process and showing her true, zombie/vampire intentions. The viewer continues to watch as the guy tries to get away and eventually thinks he’s safe when an army of soldiers dressed as a SWAT team come barging in. It doesn’t take long for the protagonist to realize that they are not going to be much help when the girl uses her powers to get loose from their custody and they breakout into a choreographed dance.

“The meaning of the song ‘Thought Contagion’ is about how other people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs can sometimes infect your mind, get into your head and change the way you think yourself,” explains frontman Matt Bellamy in a statement.

Watch the Lance Drake-directed clip above and try not to get some serious “Thriller” vibes.

As previously confirmed by the band. they are currently not in any rush to release a new, full studio album. Instead, they have opted to release singles once they have finished recording the new songs. While they do plan on releasing two more singles within the upcoming month, they did confirm that all the singles will eventually be featured on their eighth studio album, which according to the band, will see a release time frame of either fall of 2018 or early 2019.

“Dig Down” and “Thought Contagion” are the first set of new songs from Muse since the release of 2015’s Drones.

Muse to release new song on Thursday

Almost a year after releasing “Dig Down,” Muse have finally confirmed its follow-up single. On Tuesday (Feb.13), the United Kingdom-founded band announced the title and release date for their brand new single. Taking to social media, the trio announced that the name of the new song will be “Thought Contagion” and that fans should expect the track’s debut this Thursday, Feb. 15. the Twitter announcement was accompanied by a ten-second clip that features a poster that could have easily belonged to any 1980s hair metal band. Check out the band’s announcement, and the video, here.

Muse’s release of “Thought Contagion” comes almost a year after the band released “Dig Down.” According to the group back in May of 2017, there are not plans to release a new studio album any time soon, but rather a set of singles. At the time, they had recorded a total of three songs with one being a “heavy” track while the other two were not. As if the new song wasn’t enough, it looks like the band is already in the process of filming the music video for the track.

The band recently posted a casting call for people to appear in the new song’s video. The casting call included several requests including a couple of super edgy guys to play punk/street guys (wild hair, tattoos, and piercings welcomed), an elderly gal between the ages of 58 and 75, and a “huge bouncer” who must be comfortable in a hazmat suit.

In conjunction with the release of “Thought Contagion,” the band will be holding a live Q&A session through the Guardian. Fans are encouraged to send in question here as soon as possible.

“Dig Down” and “Thought Contagion” are the first set of new songs from Muse since the release of 2015’s Drones.

A Perfect Circle confirm ‘Eat the Elephant’ release with new song

Months after surprising fans with their first song in over a decade, A Perfect Circle have confirmed the release of their long-awaited fourth studio album. On Monday (Feb. 5), the California-founded band formally announced the title of their new album on social media. The album, the band’s first in 14 years, will be titled Eat the Elephant and is set to be released on April 20 through the band’s new home of BMG.

“Although I’m extremely excited to finally be completing this album after a 14-year hiatus, I’m actually more excited that its intentional release date is serving a greater purpose,” singer Maynard James Keenan said in a press release.

“The 20th of April is Carina Round’s birthday. She is a dear friend who is extremely difficult to shop for. Pressure off. Of course, I must also note that the potheads are gonna be thrilled that this album comes out on 4-20. May it serve as a glorious soundtrack to accompany all of the giggling and vexing sounds of nibbling and snacking. Fingers crossed, Cheech & Chong will be proud.”

In addition to unveiling the title and release date for the highly anticipated new record, the band also unleashed another new song from it. Listen to Eat the Elephant‘s third single, “TalkTalk” above.

“TalkTalk” will join previous singles “The Doomed” and “Disillusioned” on Eat the Elephant. Back in October of 2017, A Perfect Circle surprised fans with the release of “The Doomed” while “Disillusioned” was unleashed at the beginning of January just in time to usher in the new year.

Pre-orders for Eat the Elephant are currently available on the band’s website. All pre-orders will receive instant downloads of all three singles.

In support of Eat the Elephant‘s release, A Perfect Circle previously announced a massive tour that will find them traveling all over the world during the spring and summer months. A Perfect Circle’s lengthy tour schedule will kick off on April 14 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tuscon, Arizona and wrap up on July 1 with ab appearance at Rock the Castle in Verona, Italy.

The lengthy excursion will not only feature several headlining shows of their own, but also a handful of music festivals including Coachella, Germany’s Rock Am Ring / Rock Im Park, the Download Festival in Madrid and the inaugural Los Rageous Music Festival in Las Vegas. A Perfect Circle’s tour itinerary for the spring and summertime can be seen here while the complete track listing for Eat the Elephant can be seen below.

EAT THE ELEPHANT TRACK LISTING:

1. “Eat the Elephant”
2. “Disillusioned”
3. “The Contrarian”
4. “The Doomed”
5. “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish”
6. “TalkTalk”
7. “By and Down the River”
8. “Delicious”
9. “DLB”
10. “Hourglass”
11. “Feathers”
12. “Get the Lead Out”

Thirty Seconds to Mars unleash new song

When Thirty Seconds to Mars confirmed that they would release new music soon, fans should have expected that it would take some time. On Thursday (Jan. 25), the California-founded band finally unleashed another new song from their much-anticipated, and still untitled, fifth studio album. Taking to social media earlier this week, the trio warned the Echelon (their fan club) that they would finally unleash a new track before the week concluded.

As promised, the band unveiled their new single, “Dangerous Night.” Heading over to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program, frontman Jared Leto premiered the new song while also revealing in the interview that the song was record a mere four days before. Also noted by the band, the song was written by both Jared and Shannon Leto and was recorded at the International Centre for the Advancement of the Arts and Sciences of Sound in Los Angeles.

Listen to “Dangerous Night” above.

“Dangerous Night” will join “Walk on Water” on Thirty Seconds to Mars’ new record. While the band has not confirmed the name of the new record, posts on social media are claiming that the album will be titled America. If the record does in fact end up being titled America, it would not come as much of a surprise to fans.

Last year, Thirty Seconds to Mars made it their mission to collect as many photographs and videos to capture a day in the life of an American on the Fourth of July. Eventually, a lot of those submitted videos and photographs were featured in the group’s music video for “Walk on Water.”  As per the band, the rest of the videos and photographs will be featured in the group’s upcoming documentary, “A Day in the Life of America.”

The new record will be the follow-up to the group’s 2013 release, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams.

Listen: Franz Ferdinand drop ‘Lazy Boy’

With a few short weeks until the release of their fifth studio album, Always Ascending, Franz Ferdinand have returned to treat fans to another new song from the impending record. On Thursday (Jan. 25), the Scottish band unleashed the audio for their latest single, “Lazy Boy.” Listen to the almost three-minute track above.

“Lazy Boy” will join previously released tracks “Feel the Love Go” and lead single/title track “Always Ascending” on the band’s upcoming new album. Always Ascending is set to be released on Feb. 9 through the group’s longtime home of Domino Records. Pre-orders for Always Ascending are currently available on the band’s website here.

Always Ascending will mark the band’s first record without founding guitarist, Nick McCarthy. McCarthy left the band back in July of 2016 to focus on his family and other musical projects. In 2017, before announcing their fifth studio album, the group confirmed the addition of Dino Bardot on guitar and Julian Corrie on keyboards, synth, and guitar.

In support of Always Ascending’s release, the newly revamped band will hit the road in the spring for their North American tour. Franz Ferdinand’s upcoming North American trek 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. The complete tour itinerary can be seen here while tickets are currently available on the band’s website.

Bleachers drop a ‘Not So Typical Love Song’

Bleachers fans were just given some good news when the band surprised them with a brand new song. On Wednesday (Jan. 16), the Jack Antonoff-led act unleashed a new tune titled “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song).” The song, which can be streamed above, is featured on the upcoming Love, Simon movie soundtrack.

The movie soundtrack will feature tracks from The 1975, Whitney Houston, the Jackson 5, Troye Sivan, and of course several songs from Bleachers’ own discography. As if having several of his own songs on the album wasn’t enough, Antonoff is also the executive producer of the soundtrack.

Love, Simon tells the story of a gay teenager who falls for an anonymous classmate he meets online, but there’s one catch; he hasn’t come out yet. The movie will star Everything, Everything actor Nick Robinson. The Greg Berlanti-directed film is based on the young adult novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Love, Simon is set to be released on March 16. Watch the trailer for Love, Simon here.

Last year, Bleachers released their sophomore album, Gone Now. The record was met with a mixed reactions from critics, but did go on to earn the number 44 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also landed at the number six spot on the Top Alternative Albums chart and the number nine spot on the Top Rock Albums chart.

For now, the complete track listing for the Love, Simon soundtrack can be seen below.

LOVE, SIMON SOUNDTRACK LISTING:

1. Bleachers – “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song)”
2. Bleachers – “Rollercoaster”
3. Jack Antonoff and MØ – “Never Fall in Love”
4. Troye Sivan – “Strawberries & Cigarettes”
5. Amy Shark – “Sink In”
6. Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies”
7. Brenton Wood – “The Oogum Boogum Song”
8. The 1975 – “Love Me”
9. Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”
10. Jackson 5 – “Someday at Christmas”
11. Haerts – “Wings”
12. Bleachers – “Keeping a Secret”
13. Bleachers – “Wild Heart”

Tonight Alive drops new song featuring Lynn Gunn

With a week left until the release of their impending new album, Tonight Alive has released yet another new song from the record. On Thursday (Jan. 4), the Australian band made their way to Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show to debut “Disappear.” The new song features guest vocals by PVRIS’ Lynn Gunn. A short time after unleashing the song on the radio, Tonight Alive unveiled the official music video for the new tune.

The clip finds Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall with earbuds in her ears as she walks and rides a subway around a town aimlessly. As she walks around the city, she begins to run into the same three people repeatedly. Eventually, she decides to run away with one of her followers only for the woman to disappear, leaving her in the middle of a street wondering what happened. Watch the music video for “Disappear” above.

“‘Disappear’ is a song about the escapist inside all of us. As you can expect from Tonight Alive, the lyrics discuss freedom, but this time with a flavor of anonymity and detachment,” begins McDougall. “‘Disappear’ was written with the intention of sounding neither like PVRIS or Tonight Alive, and aimed to capture the sonic imagery of a long straight highway out of your comfort zone.”

“Disappear” will join previously released tracks “Crack My Heart” and “Temple” on the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, Underworld. Underworld is set to be released on Jan. 12 through Hopeless Records. Underworld will mark the group’s first album to be released through Hopeless Records as opposed to their longtime home of Fearless Records.

In support of Underworld’s release, Tonight Alive will hit the road alongside Silverstein later this month. “The Get Free Tour” will kick off on Jan. 19 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio and wrap up about a month-and-a-half later on March 1 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To see the complete itinerary for the “Get Free Tour,” head on over here.

Panic! at the Disco celebrate the holidays with new song

With a handful of days left before Christmas officially arrives, Panic! at the Disco is giving their loyal fan base an early gift. On Wednesday (Dec. 20), the Las Vegas-founded band unleashed a brand new, standalone Christmas jam named “Feels Like Christmas.” The barely three-minute-long song takes cues from a lot of Christmas tunes which at this point in the holiday season we either completely love or hate it to the point that our radio may be finding its way out the window. Listen to “Feels Like Christmas” above.

In a post on Instagram, the frontman Brendon Urie wrote a letter to fans, thanking them for all the support and love they have continuously showed the group throughout 2017.

“Thank you all for making this year my favorite so far,” begins the singer’s Instagram post. “Through the hard times and the beautiful moments, I’m glad we’re always there to lift each other up. I’m so excited for the new year and what’s to come. So to end this year right, here’s a little holiday jam I wrote for you. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.”

“Feels Like Christmas” is a standalone, holiday single/gift to fans and will not be featured on any upcoming Panic! at the Disco album. A free download of the new tune can be found on Fueled By Ramen’s website here.

Last week, Panic! at the Disco released All My Friends We’re Glorious; their second live album (their first was 2008’s …Live in Chicago). The 21-track album was recorded during the band’s “Death of a Bachelor” tour which found the group touring North American from February of 2017 to April of 2017.

Tonight Alive drops music video for ‘Crack My Heart’

With a month left until the release of their fourth studio album, Tonight Alive has gifted fans another new song from the upcoming album. On Monday (Dec. 11), the Australian band released the music video for their latest track “Crack My Heart.” In a press release, vocalist Jenna McDougall explained the concept behind the brand new song.

“The concept of cracking the heart is to allow the precious, vulnerable self to come through and be free. The painful, yet liberating experience involves the emotional and energetic decalcification of the hardened heart,” she begins.

“The lyrics follow my conversation with a ‘winged man,’ a conscious figure, who offers space and safety to do my healing with. In my experience, when you are seen as your authentic self by another, you come to recognize your reflection more accurately and lovingly. Crack My Heart is a tribute to the way that love from the divine masculine elevates and holds space for the divine feminine to flourish.”

Watch the music video for “Crack My Heart” above.

“Crack My Heart” will join previously released single “Temple” on the band’s impending new album, Underworld. Underworld is set to be released on Jan. 12 through Hopeless Records. Underworld will mark the group’s first album to be released through Hopeless Records. Back in April, the band announced they had left their longtime home of Fearless Records for Hopeless for the new album.

In support of Underworld‘s release, Tonight Alive previously announced plans to hit the road in early 2018 with Silverstein. “The Get Free Tour” will kick off on Jan. 19 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio and wrap up about a month-and-a-half later on March 1 at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The complete tour itinerary for the “Get Free Tour” can be seen below.

THE GET FREE TOUR DATES:

Jan. 19 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Jan. 20 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
Jan. 21 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
Jan. 23 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room
Jan. 24 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
Jan. 26 – Denver, CO – Summit
Jan. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Jan. 28 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Jan. 30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
Jan. 31 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Feb. 01 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Feb. 02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Feb. 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl
Feb. 05 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
Feb. 06 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Feb. 07 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s**
Feb. 08 – San Antonio, TX – Alamo City Music Hall
Feb. 09 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Feb. 10 – Houston, TX – White Oak
Feb. 12 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
Feb. 13 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Feb. 15 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Feb. 16 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
Feb. 17 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
Feb. 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Feb. 19 – Asbury Park, NJ – House of Independents
Feb. 20 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Feb. 23 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot
Feb. 24 – Chicago, IL – Concord
Feb. 26 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Feb. 27 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Feb. 28 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
March 01 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls

**Tonight Alive not performing