The Killers, The 1975 to headline Riptide Music Festival 2019

Hold onto your surfboards Chum Club; 104.3 The Shark has announced the long-awaited lineup for the 2019 incarnation of their Riptide Music Festival. On Monday (Aug. 9), the South Florida-based radio station unveiled their rock and indie-centric lineup for the annual event.

Headlining the fall time festival will be The Killers and The 1975. Rounding out the roster will be The Revivalists, Silversun Pickups, Judah & the Lion, Catfish and the Bottleman, K. Flay, Barns Courtney, SHAED, Reel Big Fish, Mogxn, Switchfoot, New Politics, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, The Band Camino, and many more.

The listing comes weeks after the radio station announced the return of their annual festivities. As with previous years, the station uploaded videos of crocheted versions of the musical acts, and let the listeners guess who will take the sandy stage in late-November.

Riptide returns to its longtime home of Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The two-day event will take place during the weekend of Nov. 23-24.

Chum Club tickets have officially been classified as sold out, and early-bird tickets go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. local time.

With an epic lineup like this, it looks like it may be wise to get your tickets as soon as possible.


Silversun Pickups announce tour dates for June and July

Silversun Pickups promised us tour dates and now they’ve delivered. On Monday (April 29), the California-founded band announced plans to embark on a United States-centric summer tour later this year. The upcoming trek will find the group performing at venues across the country throughout June and July.

The 12-stop outing begins on June 2 at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara and concludes a month and a half later on July 20 at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville (New Jersey). There is a massive gap in the tour schedule in late-June/early-July which may mean that new shows will be added at a later time.

Following a short time off, the group will make their way to Del Mar, California in mid-September for the annual KAABOO Del Mar Festival.

Pre-sales for the upcoming excursion go live this Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m. local time. General ticket sales begin this Friday, May 3, at 10 a.m. local time.

The summer tour is in support of the group’s fifth studio album Widow’s Weeds. The record is due out June 7 through New Machine Recordings. The album was produced by super producers Butch Vig.

Pre-orders for Widow’s Weeds are currently available on the band’s website where they’re offering vinyls, cassettes, and even a test pressing of the record.

Widow’s Weeds is the follow-up to 2014’s Better Nature.

Silversun Pickups’ upcoming tour itinerary can be found below.


June 2 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
June 3 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
June 4 – Bakersfield, CA @ 1933 Club
June 6 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
June 8 – Dana Point, CA @ Doheny State Beach
July 12 – Baldwinsville, NY @ Papermill Island
July 13 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
July 14 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks
July 16 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
July 17 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
July 19 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
July 20 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Sept. 13- Sept. 15 – Del Mar, CA @ KAABOO Del Mar Festival

Silversun Pickups announce first new album in five years

After five years without a new album, the Silversun Pickups are ready to give us a new set of tunes this summer. On Thursday (April 11), the California-founded band announced the upcoming release of their fifth studio album. Titled Widow’s Weeds, the forthcoming record is due out June 7 through New Machine Recordings.

Super-producer Butch Vig produced the new album. The journey to the final product featured several obstacles including Vig’s previous tour commitment with his band Garbage, the death of keyboardist Joe Lester’s father, and frontman Brian Aubert’s drinking downward spiral fueled by his depression.

After Aubert received treatment for his condition and Vig’s scheduled cleared, it was time to hit the studio to record the new album. According to Aubert, the ten-track record has a sense of mourning to it.

“The record does have a mourning vibe, but it’s not sad. It’s change,” Aubert explains about the new record in a press statement.

“It’s growing up and moving on and letting go of things. And it’s okay to be sad about those things and mourn them. It’s actually healthy to do so and take the time to do it. At the end of the day, it’s going to be much better and much more fulfilling when you get through it.”

In conjunction with the new album’s announcement, the band unleashed its lead single “It Doesn’t Matter Why.” Listen to the new track above.

Pre-orders for Widow’s Weeds are currently available on the band’s website where they’re offering vinyls, cassettes, and even a test pressing of the record.

Widow’s Weeds is the follow-up to 2014’s Better Nature.

Inaugural When We Were Young Festival unveils its nostalgic lineup


Music festival season is slowly approaching and it seems like every other day we’re getting lineup announcement or new music festival revelations. Now, we’ve gotten word that California will be getting a brand new music festival set to take this spring. On Tuesday (Feb. 7), the inaugural When We Were Young Music Festival was announced.

In addition to the inception announcement, the festival also unveiled its lineup which seems to be offering something that most 20-somethings want; nostalgia. The inaugural lineup features some of the biggest names in the emo game including the likes of AFI, the Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Alkaline Trio, The Get Up Kids, Pinback, and Saves the Day. Headlining the weekend-long event will be the king of emo, Morrissey.

Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, Streetlight Manifesto, FIDLAR, Foxygen, Joyce Manor, Set Your Goals, and a slew more are set to head to California in early April. When We Were Young is set to take place during the weekend of April 8-9 at the Observatory Grounds in Orange County, California. Tickets for the event are set to go on sale beginning this Friday, Feb. 10. For more information about the music festival or tickets, head on over to the festival’s website here while the full lineup of artists can be seen below.

South Florida’s The Shark announces Sharkwrecked at the Riptide Music Festival

If you were an alternative music lover growing up in South Florida in the 2000s, then you experienced the struggle of trying to find a radio station that would meet your musical needs. Between the constant loop of Top 20 hits, rap and hip-hop, and indie college stations, if you liked “alternative” music, then you were glued to your CD or mp3 player (or the iPod later on). To fill the much-complained about void, radio station 104.3 The Shark was launched in 2015, much to the delight of those people. Since then, the station has done a great job of bringing artist who would normally pass over the lower part of the Sunshine State in favor of other locations.

On Monday (Sept. 26), The Shark once again proved why they earned the title of “Best Radio Station” earlier this year during the Miami New Times‘ yearly “The Best Of” poll. During the broadcast of their daily show, “The Big Mistake” DJs Ashley O. and Toast announced the first annual Sharkwrecked at the Riptide Music Festival. The event, which will take place on Saturday Dec. 3 in Ft. Lauderdale, will feature performances by a slew of artists such as Good Charlotte, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Struts, Silversun Pickups, Saint Motel and many more. While unveiling the news, the station’s mass emails to the Chum Club (the name for their email subscribers) also announced that there will be “more to be announced.”

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the event will be exclusively sold on the Riptide Music Festival’s website here. For a limited-time (and while supplies last), tickets for Sharkwrecked will be $35. For more information about the event or to subscribe to the Chum Club, head on over to The Shark’s website here. Earlier this year, the radio station launched their successful first mini music festival, Undertow Jam. The show included performances by Young the Giant, The Stumbellas, Bearhands, Joywave, JR JR , Finish Ticket, and Sharkwrecked artist, The Struts.

Lollapalooza confirm 2016 lineup, unveil daily lineup

Over the past few weeks, it seemed that everyone was trying to figure out who will be headlining 2016’s Lollapalooza. Since the speculations began, “sources” had confirmed that giants like Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the newly reunited LCD Soundsystem would headline the three-day music festival. On Wednesday (March 23), festival organizers unveiled the complete list for the upcoming summer gig.

As the “sources” leaked, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and LCD Soundsystem will in fact headline the festival’s 25th incarnation, but they will be joined by a slew of other great musicians. Other performers will include J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Jane’s Addiction, Haim, The 1975, City and Colour, M83, Halsey, Bloc Party, Saint Motel, Melanie Martinez, The Joy Formidable,The Front Bottoms,Grimes, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Silversun Pickups, MuteMath, Two Door Cinema Club, Big Gram, Foals, Bastille, Miike Snow, and many more

The lineup for the 2016 edition of the festival is so massive, that it looks like after teasing last year, the festival will officially become a four-day event. Instead of beginning on Friday, like it has in the past, the show will now kick-off on Thursday. The four-day festival is set to take place during the weekend of July 28-31 at Chicago’s Grant Park. Tickets for the summer festival will go on sale beginning today at 11 am EST on the festival’s website.

For now, the complete list of acts, as well as the daily lineups, can be seen below.





Coachella 2016 Lineup Unveiled


It’s official, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has unveiled its lineup for 2016. After what felt like weeks of rumors, festival organizers finally confirmed that Guns ‘N’ Roses will in fact be one of the headliners for the spring festival. Last week, the rumors of GNR’s role at the upcoming festival hit an all time high when sources confirmed to Billboard that not only were GNR planning a return with a massive stadium tour, but they would be headlining Coachella.

On Monday evening (Jan. 4), Coachella organizers posted the complete lineup for the two weekend-long festival. In addition to GNR’s reunion, LCD Soundsystem has also been confirmed as a headliner. Talk of LCD Soundsystem’s involvement, much like Guns ‘N’ Roses’, began as numerous rumors on the internet before it became official. Now, after a five-year hiatus, the James Murphy-led group will be returning to the stage. But, Guns ‘N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem aren’t the only ones making a return at the show.

Coachella 2016 will mark the first time in two years that French electo-act M83 will perform live on a stage while pop star Sia’s  appearance at the music festival will mark the first time in five years that she has performed on a live stage in the United States. Other acts slated to perform at Coachella include: Disclosure, CHVRCHES, Hasley, Grimes, Silversun Pickups, The 1975, Rancid, The Front Bottoms, Of Monsters and Men, Purity Ring, Robert DeLong, Zella Day, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Matt and Kim, Cold War Kids, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and many more. Check out the official poster below.

Coachella 2016 will once again return to the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA. The festival will take place during the course two weekends in April; April 15-17 and April 22-24. Festival passes will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., PST. According to Coachella’s official website, general admission passes for the first weekend are already sold out, following their early bird sale last summer. But there’s good news, weekend two general admission passes are available for $399 plus fees. for more information, head on over to Coachella’s website here.

Silversun Pickups Release “Nightlight” Video

Silversun Pickups new album is set to be released next month, and in anticipation of Better Nature, they have released the music video for their lead single, “Nightlight.”

The seven minute clip can be seen below which was directed by Mark Pellington and stars Boardwalk Empire’s Meg Steedle as a “femme fatale” though there might be another name to describe her character.

In addition to the music video, the band also released a behind the scenes look at the making of the video.


SSPU’s Better Nature is set to be released on Sept. 25. Pre-orders for the record are currently available on their website which lets fans pick where they would like to pre-order the record from (the actual website, iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon).

In support of Better Nature, the California band will reportedly hit the road though the official tour dates have not been announced yet.