Listen: Iggy Pop joins Cage the Elephant for ‘Broken Boy’

How do you make a stellar song even better? You enlist an iconic singer, that’s how.

On Thursday (Jan. 23), Cage the Elephant re-released their song “Broken Boy.” Now, you may be asking what exactly makes this version different from the one on the group’s 2019 release Social Cues? Well, the Kentucky-founded act was able to get rock icon Iggy Pop to contribute vocals to the track.

“Cage is a super high energy outfit, living the rock dream, so for a couple of fun minutes, I was one of the boys. Sounds pretty wicked to me.” Pop said in a press statement about the collaboration.

It sounds pretty wicked to us too.

“He’s such a pioneer in so many fields: lyrically, culturally, poetically, visually, musically, and stylistically,” Cage the Elephant vocalist Matt Shultz said.

“Only a couple times in your life do you have the opportunity to share a moment with a visionary and beautiful human as he is. I’m grateful and blown away to have experienced and witnessed, not just his creativity, but also his kindness, humility, and humanness first hand. Such a testimony to the power of love.”

Check out the new version of “Broken Boy” above.

The original version of “Broken Boy” is featured on Cage the Elephant’s fifth studio effort Social Cues. The record was released in the spring of last year to critical acclaim from both critics and fans.

The 13-track record is nominated for Best Rock Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, going head-to-head against Bring Me the Horizon (amo), The Cranberries (In the End), I Prevail (Trauma), and Rival Sons (Feral Roots).

As for Iggy Pop, the Stooges frontman will be the recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cage the Elephant say ‘Goodbye’ on their somber new track

Cage the Elephant are back with another new song from their upcoming record. If you’re expecting something upbeat and dancey like “Night Running,” then you may be in for a bit of a surprise. On Monday (April 8), the Kentucky-founded band unleashed their fourth single off Social Cues.

Titled “Goodbye,” the four-minute song begins with the sound of a piano flooding through the audio before frontman Matt Schultz’s vocals begin. Throughout the track, not once does the melancholy feeling of farewell relent giving the listener the feeling that it may be the end for Schultz and whoever he’s singing the song to.

While premiering the song on Zane Lowe’s Apple Beats 1 radio show, the singer and the host discussed the new track. According to Schultz, he was in a dark period in his life when he wrote the track, but still managed to find some light during that time.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever heard the saying, but, a bright sadness. And hope. Hope can’t be alive without the presence of grief, and within grief, there’s most certainly hope. At some times we don’t see that and we don’t have that perspective and that’s when it’s really unfortunate,” Schultz tells Lowe.

He continues: “But there was a lot of hope in it for myself. There was a big letting go of things. I’m just trying to think of how to completely put it into words because I think that there’s the temptation, when you’re going through a tough time, to get stuck in the melodrama of things, and be like, ‘Oh I’m gonna write a sad song and it’s gonna just explain exactly where I’m at.’ And you miss out on all the notes, other notes and colors of life that are so important. I actually see it as a very uplifting song.”

Listen to “Goodbye” above.

“Goodbye” joins previously released tracks “Night Running,” “House of Glass,” and “Ready to Let Go” on the band’s new album. Social Cues, the act’s fourth studio effort, is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the upcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

In support of the album, Cage the Elephant announced a co-headlining tour with Beck in February. The 30-date jaunt includes stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, Columbia, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more.

The summertime outing begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Cage the Elephant go ‘Night Running’ with Beck on new single

Cage the Elephant and Beck’s “Night Running” tour isn’t set to begin for a few more months, but fans are finally getting the chance to hear the song that inspired the impending outing. On Thursday (March 28), the Kentucky-founded group unleashed their latest single, “Night Running.” Listen to the three-and-a-half-minute, reggae-influenced jam above.

According to an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Brad Shultz admits that “Night Running” was one of the songs on the new album that was in limbo for a long time. The cause? His brother and Cage the Elephant lead vocalist, Matt Shultz.

“Matt was leaving early every day, and I got super-pissed and told him he wasn’t trying,” Shultz admits.

“We feel like we’ve pushed ourselves, and that’s all we can ask for. We became better friends. It doesn’t mean that we got along the whole time, but in the end, adversity brings you closer.”

The band also decided to send Beck the track and see if he would like to contribute. A day later, the group received their answer when the musician sent them back two rap verses.

“Night Running” joins previously released tracks “House of Glass” and lead single “Ready to Let Go” on the band’s forthcoming studio album. Social Cues, the act’s fourth studio effort, is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the upcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

In support of the album, Cage the Elephant announced a co-headlining tour with Beck in February. The 30-date jaunt includes stops in major cities such as Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, Columbia, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, and more.

The summertime outing begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Cage the Elephant share new track ‘House of Glass’

With their new album set to be released in a few months, Cage the Elephant have returned to treat fans to another new song. On Friday (March 8), the Kentucky-founded band premiered their second single off Social Cues; a track titled “House of Glass.”

The two-and-a-half-minute track finds frontman Matt Shultz talk-singing his way through the punk-tinged tune. In addition to the new song, the band also released a visual video for the track which looks like it took a lot of inspiration from arcade games from the 80s. Watch the lyric video for “House of Glass” above.

“House of Glass” joins the band’s current alternative radio hit “Ready to Let Go” on their forthcoming fifth studio album. Social Cues is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the upcoming studio effort are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

Social Cues is the follow-up to the act’s 2015 Grammy-Award-winning album, Tell Me I’m Pretty.

In support of the new album’s upcoming release, Cage the Elephant previously announced plans to hit the road with Beck during the summer months. Dubbed the “Night Running” North American tour (after the musicians’ collaboration), the trek will find the tour mates performing across the continent throughout July and August.

The tour begins on July 11 at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington and concludes about a month and a half later on Aug. 30 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Spoon will join Cage the Elephant and Beck on the forthcoming outing as their main supporting act while Starcrawler, Wild Belle, and Sunflower Bean will appear on select dates.

Tickets for the “Night Running” tour are currently available for purchase.

The full tour itinerary for the summertime excursion can be found here.

Cage the Elephant announce ‘Social Cues’ release with brand new song

After several days of teasing, Cage the Elephant have finally confirmed their return! On Thursday (Jan. 30), the Kentucky-founded band announced the release of their fourth studio album.

Titled Social Cues, the 13-track record is due out April 19 through RCA. Pre-orders for the forthcoming release are currently available on Cage the Elephant’s website.

Social Cues is the follow-up to the act’s 2015’s Grammy Award-winning album, Tell Me I’m Pretty. As if getting 13 new songs from the band wasn’t enough, the tracklisting for the record also confirms a special collaboration by Beck.

The band and the musician collaborated on a track titled “Night Running.” According to an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Brad Shultz admits that it was one of the songs on the new album that was in limbo for a long time. The cause? His brother and Cage the Elephant lead vocalist, Matt Shultz.

“Matt was leaving early every day, and I got super-pissed and told him he wasn’t trying,” Shultz admits.

“We feel like we’ve pushed ourselves, and that’s all we can ask for. We became better friends. It doesn’t mean that we got along the whole time, but in the end, adversity brings you closer.”

Even with their disagreements, things did turn out for the better. The group sent the song to Beck, who they had met at an event. A day later, Beck returned with his contribution to the song; two rap verses.

In addition to announcing the new album, providing its release date, and posting pre-orders, the sextet also premiered the lead single off the forthcoming release.

Titled “Ready to Let Go,” the track was reportedly inspired by a trip Matt took to Pompeii. It was then that he realized him and his wife needed to divorce. It’s the divorce ultimately inspired the darkness on the new record.

Listen to “Ready to Let Go” above while the album’s full tracklisting can be found below:

SOCIAL CUES TRACKLISTING:

1. “Broken Boy”
2. “Social Cues”
3. “Black Madonna”
4. “Night Running” (feat. Beck)
5. “Skin and Bones”
6. “Ready to Let Go”
7. “House of Glass”
8. “Love’s the Only Way”
9. “The War is Over”
10. “Dance Dance”
11. “What I’m Becoming”
12. “Tokyo Smoke”
13. “Goodbye”