Listen: Real Friends drop ‘Unconditional Love’

Real Friends’ new album is just a couple of days away, but the band is giving fans another new song to hold them over until then. On Monday (July 9), the Illinois-founded band released the official third single from their upcoming record, Composure. Titled “Unconditional Love,” the new song can be streamed above.

“Unconditional Love” will join previously released tracks “From the Outside” and “Smiling on the Surface” on the group’s third studio album. Composure is due out this Friday, July 13, through Fearless Records. Pre-orders for the new record are still available on the band’s website here.

The record was produced by Mike Green whose resume includes The Aces, All Time Low, the Mowgli’s, and Paramore.

In a press statement released back in June, bassist Kyle Fasel revealed that the forthcoming ten-track album was the first time the band put a lot of time and effort into not only the individual tracks, but the album as a whole.

“We have never put this much time and effort into a record,” begins Fasel.

Composure is everything we’ve always come up short on. We focused more on melodies than ever before. We focused more on the overall emotional climate of each song than ever before. I truly think that every song on the record stands on its own. But when all the songs come together it creates our best effort to date.”

Composure is the follow-up to band’s 2016 release, The Home Inside My Head.

In support of the album’s release, the band is currently playing the final Vans Warped Tour.

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Listen: All Time Low get celebratory in ‘Birthday’

Surprise!

All Time Low just released another new song. Less than a month after dropping their first surprise single, the group has done it again. On Wednesday (June 27), the Baltimore-founded band unleashed a brand new single titled “Birthday.” Instead of dropping cryptic messages on social media like they had previously done for “Everything is Fine,” the four-piece decided to go in another direction.

In a fun marketing twist, the band sent one of their die-hard fans a birthday cake with the words “With Love All Time Low” written in bright blue icing. According to the recipient’s friend, a link to a web address was written on the cake’s accompanying box. After posting the image and the link on social media, fans were quick to follow the link to a nondescript website. The only thing on the page is an audio image and the direct download link for an mp3 file titled “All Time Low-birthday.”

Head on over to the website here and download the new song now.

“Birthday” is the second “surprise” single All Time Low have released within the past month. While fans have now been gifted two news tunes, the band has yet to formally announce whether these two tracks are standalone singles or part of a brand new record.

“Everything is Fine” and “Birthday” are the first set of new tunes from the band since the release of 2017’s Last Young Renegade.

While the quartet is mum on whether fans should expect a new record soon, they have confirmed plans to hit the North American touring circuit later this summer.

Beginning in August, All Time Low will join forces with Dashboard Confessional and Gnash for their “Summer Ever After” tour. Earlier this week, the two bands announced the second leg of the tour which will find them performing at venues across the country during the months of September and October.

Real Friends announce new album with new single

Earlier this month, Real Friends dropped a brand new song; their first since going on an unofficial, year-long hiatus due to vocalist Dan Lambton’s bipolar diagnosis. On Monday (June 18), the Illinois-founded band confirmed that the new song was not a one-off single, but rather part of an upcoming new record. Titled Composure, the group’s third studio album is due out July 13 through Fearless Records.

According to bassist Kyle Fasel, the forthcoming, ten-track album —which was produced by Mike Green— was the first time the band put a lot of effort and time into not only the individual songs, but the album as a whole.

“We have never put this much time and effort into a record,” begins Fasel. “Composure is everything we’ve always come up short on. We focused more on melodies than ever before. We focused more on the overall emotional climate of each song than ever before. I truly think that every song on the record stands on its own. But when all the songs come together it creates our best effort to date.”

In conjunction with the new album announcement, the band also released another new song from Composure; a tune titled “Smiling on the Surface.” Stream the new song above.

Pre-orders for Composure are currently available on Real Friends’ website. The band is offering a slew of different bundles for every price range. All pre-orders will include instant downloads of “Smiling on the Surface,” “Get By,” and “From the Outside.”

Prior to the new album announcement, the band had a small group of hometown fans RSVP to three acoustic shows. Instead of playing an acoustic set, the five-piece announced the release of Composure and played the complete album for them. Watch some footage from the surprise sets here.

Composure is the follow-up to the band’s 2016 release, The Home Inside My Head.

In support of the summertime release, the quintet will embark on the final Vans Warped Tour this summer.

For now, the complete track listing for Composure can be seen below.

COMPOSURE TRACK LIST:

1. “Me First”
2. “Stand Steady”
3. “From the Outside”
4. “Smiling on the Surface”
5. “Hear What You Want”
6. “Unconditional Love”
7. “Composure ”
8. “Get By”
9. “Ripcord”
10. “Take A Hint”

Listen: Charlie Puth unleashes ‘The Way I Am’

With a week left until the release of his much-anticipated sophomore album, Charlie Puth is giving fans one more new song to hold them over until the album is securely in their hands (or mobile devices). On Thursday (May 3), the New York-based singer unveiled his fourth official single from Voicenotes; “The Way I Am.” Listen to the new song above.

“The Way I Am” will join previously release singles “Attention,” “How Long,” and “Done for Me” on the musician’s forthcoming new record. Both “How Long” and “Attention” have been certified platinum. The new album will also include a song featuring legendary R&B vocal group, Boyz II Men (“If You Leave Me Now”) and a new tune featuring James Taylor (“Change”).

Voicenotes will be released on May 11 through Atlantic Records. Pre-orders for the album are currently available on Puth’s website hereVoicenotes is the highly anticipated follow-up to the musician’s 2016, RIAA-certified platinum debut album, Nine Track Mind.

In support of the upcoming release, Puth announced a massive summertime tour late alst year. The Voicenotes tour will kick off on July 11 at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario and conclude a month and a half later on Sept. 1 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida. The complete list of upcoming summer tour dates can be found here.

Florence and the Machine to reportedly release new music on Thursday

It’s been a few weeks since Florence and the Machine unleashed their much-anticipated new song, “Sky Full of Song.” Now, it looks like fans should get ready for another new tune before the week is over. On Monday (April 30), frontwoman Florence Welch uploaded a photo on Instagram with the band’s initials, the word “hunger,” and the date May 3. In the accompanying caption, she simply posted: “VIDEO @a.g.rojas, PHOTOGRAPHY @vincenthaycock, More .@florenceandthemachine.”

If you click on the band’s Instagram handle, it will take you to their official Instagram page where a total of three images appear. The caption on all three images are the same: “HUNGER, Single out May 3, Video directed by AG Rojas, Photos by Vincent Haycock.” Check out the band’s profile here.

“Hunger” will be the second new song from the band since the release of 2015’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. While the group released “Sky Full of Song” as a Record Store Day contribution, it will most likely end up on their widely speculated new album.

Earlier this month, NME claimed that the group’s fourth studio album will be titled High As Hope and see a release date of June 29. If the band is aiming to release new music in June, that will be perfect timing on their part since they have been confirmed for several music festivals this summer including Poland’s Orange Warsaw Festival, Germany’s Melt! Festival, and Spain’s Bilbao BBK Festival.

The new music speculation began in February when Virgin Records CEO Ted Cockle revealed in an interview that a handful of artists on the label will be releasing new albums before the end of 2018.

“We are looking forward to great new music from Florence + the Machine, Blossoms, CHVRCHES, James Bay, and Shawn Mendes.”

Currently, CHVRCHES, James Bay, and Shawn Mendes have all confirmed the release of new music, so Florence and the Machine should not be too far behind.

Watch Blessthefall possess a television in ‘Sleepless in Phoenix’

Weeks after the release of their sixth studio album, Blessthefall have returned with the music video for another track from the record. On Monday (April 2), the Arizona-founded band unleashed the official clip for their latest single, “Sleepless in Phoenix.” The almost four-and-a-half minute clip begins with a man bargaining with a woman over the price of an old-fashioned television.

“I’ll give you five bucks,” the man tells the seller. “Fine. You look like you only have five bucks,” the woman says, finally accepting his offer. As the man goes on his way, the television’s screen begins to randomly flicker. Not noticing anything, the owner goes on his way, ending up in a motel. Once in his room, he plugs in the televison only to be assaulted by images of the band stuck inside to the television.

The television ends up going on a major journey, as the owner tries to remove the spirits of the band members from the possessed television. The owner goes as far as to throw the small box into a swimming pool and then have a psychic try to rid the spirits out of it.

“It was pretty awesome filming this video about Phoenix while we were actually in Phoenix,” said frontman Beau Bokan about the clip.

“The whole concept is about a dude who buys a possessed TV and he can’t get rid of it! We wanted sort of a Black Mirror/Twilight Zone vibe. Since the narrative and the performance are happening at the same time, you’ll have to watch this multiple times to catch it all! This is one of the coolest videos we’ve ever made.”

Watch the music video for “Sleepless in Phoenix” above.

“Sleepless in Phoenix” joins the band’s previously released tracks “Wishful Sinking,” “Cutthroat,” and “Melodramatic” on their recently released record Hard Feelings. Hard Feelings was released on March 23 through Rise Records, landing at the number 54 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

In support of the new album’s release, the group will embark on a spring tour alongside Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be found here.

Why Don’t We drop video for ‘Trust Fund Baby’

Why Don’t We are quickly rising up the pop charts and securing their place as the newest boy band in the music world. This is all quite an accomplishment especially since the five-piece don’t even have a full-length record out; just a handful of EPs. On Thursday (March 1), the Los Angeles-based act unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Trust Fund Baby.” Unlike what the title may imply, the song is ode to the women who do not let society tell them what kind of person they should be.

The three-and-a-half minute clip follows each of the guys as they encounter young women who they find attractive and not just because of how they look. Instead of casting the clichéd music video girls, the clip features young women who are unconventionally beautiful and excel at things that society tells girls they shouldn’t be interested in (sports, science, mechanics, photography, skateboarding).

Watch the Jason Koenig-directed music video above.

“Trust Fund Baby” was written by Ed Sheeran while the track was produced by British hit maker Steve Mac who has worked with Sheeran, former One Direction member Liam Payne, and Clean Bandit.

While “Trust Fund Baby” is non-album single, the group did release another EP late last year titled A Why Don’t We Christmas EP. No word on whether the group will be releasing another EP or a full-length album in the near future.

In support of their rising star status, Why Don’t We previously announced their Invitation North American tour. The excursion kicked off earlier this week, with the band scheduled to hit the stage tonight (March 2) at the Rave in Milwaukee.

Due to overwhelming demand, second shows were added in Toronto and Los Angeles while third shows were added in Chicago and New York. The updated list of tour stops can be found here.

5 Seconds of Summer drop new single, announce spring tour

Over the past week, the guys from 5 Seconds of Summer have been teasing fans with the promise of a brand new song. Keeping their word, the band released their first new song in almost two years. On Friday (Feb. 23), the Australian band released their brand new tune “Want You Back.” The new track, which clocks in at barely three minutes, introduces the band’s longtime fans to the group’s new sound. Gone are the days of their bratty, teenage, pop hooks (“She Looks So Perfect”) only to be replaced by a more mature sounding band.

Listen to “Want You Back” above.

“Want You Back” will be featured on the band’s upcoming new record. Though they have yet to formally announce the release date or title for the impending album, the band has been referring to the new record as 5SOS3 on social media. It’s only a matter of time before the band confirms the information that fans have been patiently waiting for.

In support of the new music, 5 Seconds of Summer have also announced a spring tour. The upcoming trek will find the four-piece traveling across the world during the months of March, April, May, and June. The upcoming excursion will kick off on March 20 at the Debaser Strand in Stockholm, Sweden and wrap up almost three months later on June 6 at the Cine Joia in Sao Paolo, Brazil. During the month of April, the guys will stop in North America for a short run beginning on April 8 in Boston and concluding on April 27 in San Francisco.

Tickets for all the shows will go on sale beginning next Friday, March 2.

5 Seconds of Summer’s last studio record was 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good. The record went on to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2016, the band provided an original song titled “Girls Talk Boys” for the Ghostbusters soundtrack.

5 Seconds of Summer’s complete spring/summer tour itinerary can be seen below.

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER SPRING TOUR DATES:

March 20 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
March 23 – Antwerp, BE – Trix
March 24 – Cologne, DE – Gloria
March 26 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
March 29 – Milan, IT – Fabrique
April 4 – Paris, FR – Yoyo
April 5 – London, UK – Heaven
April 8 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
April 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
April 10 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
April 12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
April 13 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
April 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
April 16 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago
April 18 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
April 19 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas
April 21 – Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston
April 23 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
April 25 – Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
April 26 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
April 27 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
May 2 – Singapore, Singapore – Capitol Theatre
May 24 – Sydney, Australia – Metro
May 29 – Melbourne, Australia – 170 Russell
June 4 – Mexico City, Mexico – Lunario Del Auditorio Nacional
June 6 – Sao Paolo, Brazil – Cine Joia

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

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.