Listen: Coldplay return with ‘Arabesque,’ ‘Orphans’

It looks like the joke is on all of us because Coldplay just released not one, but two new songs from their forthcoming studio album.

On Thursday (Oct. 24), just a few hours after the tracklisting for their eighth studio album was released, the group premiered two songs from Everyday Life. The first track is titled “Arabesque” and is featured on Sunrise while the second song is titled “Orphans” and can be found on Sunset.

Both tracks were produced by The Dream Team. “Arabesque” features vocals from Stromae and horns by Femi Kuti and his band.

“Arabesque” can be streamed above while “Orphans” can be found here.

A 7-inch vinyl featuring both tracks is currently available for purchase through Third Man Records.

To coincide with the release of the two singles, Coldplay has also announced that the official music video for “Orphans” will be released tomorrow (Oct. 25) at 8 a.m. EST, so keep an eye out for that.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to the group’s smash 2015 record, A Head Full of Dreams. Since then, they have released several EPs, including Kaleidoscope and Live in Buenos Aires.

Everyday Life is due out Nov. 22 through Parlophone / Atlantic Records. Pre-orders are currently available for purchase and include several bundles to pick from, including CDs, vinyls, cassettes, and digital formats. The double record will reportedly have a runtime of 53 minutes.

Before releasing the much-anticipated record, Coldplay will take the stage at “Saturday Night Live” for the sixth time. The quartet will take over the sketch comedy show’s stage on Nov. 2.

Coldplay unveil ‘Everyday Life’ tracklisting via newspapers across the world

Leave it to Coldplay to continue unveiling crucial details about their new studio album on the down-low.

On Thursday (Oct. 24), word got out that the British band had released the complete track listing for their upcoming double album, Everyday Life. Instead of releasing the news with pomp and circumstance like many musicians tend to do, Coldplay decided to go in another direction and publish the list via the classifieds section of Wales’ Daily Post.

The blink-and-you-may-miss-it ad features the name of the album at the top of the ad and two columns to represent the two albums (Sunrise and Sunset) and their corresponding tracks.

Sunrise will include tracks such as “Sunrise,” “Church,” “Trouble in Town,” “BrokEn,” “Daddy,” “WOTW/POTP,” “Arabesque,” and “When I Need a Friend.” Sunset will feature songs such as “Guns,” “Orphans,” “Èkó,” “Cry Cry Cry,” “Old Friends,” “Champion of the World,” and the record’s title track “Everyday Life.”

For those who were on the fence about the validity of the ad, guitarist Jonny Buckland quickly confirmed that it did come from the band and that he had a personal connection with the Daily Post.

“I once had a holiday job at the Daily Post, placing photos of houses for sale. I wasn’t very good at it,” Buckland tweeted from the band’s Twitter account.

The Daily Post wasn’t the only newspaper to feature Coldplay’s latest announcement. According to Rolling Stone, Exeter’s Express and Echo, Melbourne’s The Age, Chinese-language paper Sin Chew Daily, and France’s Le Monde all featured the same ad.

The band’s decision to unveil Everyday Life‘s tracklist via the classifieds should not come as much of a surprise as it did.

In the letter sent to fans earlier in the week, Coldplay told them that “in the classifieds, you might write ‘double album for sale, one very careful owner.’ One half is called ‘Sunrise,’ the other ‘Sunset.’”

And take to the classifieds they did.

Everyday Life is the long-awaited follow-up to the group’s smash 2015 record, A Head Full of Dreams. While they have released some EPs in that time —Kaleidoscope and Live in Buenos Aires— a full album was never part of the plan.

No word on when fans can expect the first single off the double release.

We’re guessing this means we should probably start looking at the classifieds section of our local newspapers…we may get a link to a new song.

Sleeping with Sirens Frontman Teases Acoustic Album

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Sleeping with Sirens’ 2015 was one for the books. They released their fourth studio album, went out on a couple of tour with several of our favorite bands like Pierce the Veil and All Time Low, and now, it looks like their 2016 will be following in suit. Taking to Instagram, frontman Kellin Quinn recently posted two snippets of acoustic songs. In one video, the band is performing “Who Are You Now” from 2011’s Let’s Cheer to This, while in the second video, they are heard covering Sublime’s massive hit, “Santeria.”

In the captions for both, the singer wrote “#acousticalbum.” An acoustic album would be a logical path for the band since their final tour of 2015 was the “We Like It Quiet Tour” which found the Florida-based band performing their songs acoustically. Perhaps the acoustic tour was just a teaser as to what to expect. Check out both of Quinn’s videos below.

Sleeping with Sirens will once again hit the road in February. The group will begin their European tour on Feb. 19 in Amsterdam at the Melkweg. It will them conclude a few weeks later on March 6 in London at the Roundhouse. The tour will be in support of their recently released album, Madness. Madness was released last spring through Epitaph Records.

Activision Release New Guitar Hero Live Song Titles

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Now that everyone knows Guitar Hero Live will be heading our way in the Fall (no official release date), the people behind the video game, Activision, have been revealing the titles and artists to be featured on the new installation of the guitar-centric game.

Today, a new wave of song titles which includes tracks from Chevelle, Rise Against, A Day to Remember, and more were released. Those newly added songs can been seen below in bold while the previously released tracks are listed below that.

GUITAR HERO LIVE TRACK LIST (Wave 3):

Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
Tenacious D – “Tribute”
Beartooth – “I Have A Problem”
Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
Rise Against – “Tragedy + Time”
Soundgarden – “Been Away Too Long”
Anthrax – “Got The Time”
Architects – “Gravedigger”
Chevelle – “The Clincher”
A Day To Remember – “Right Back At It Again”

Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
Marilyn Manson – “Disposable Teens”
Killswitch Engage – “In Due Time”
Marmozets – “Move Shake Hide”
Of Mice & Men – “Bones Exposed”
Deftones – “Diamond Eyes”
Vista Chino – “Sweet Remain”
Bring Me the Horizon – “Shadow Moses”
Mastodon – “High Road”
Trivium – “Strife”
The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling”
Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr. – “Don’t Owe You A Thang”
Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
The Killers – “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
Pierce The Veil – “King For A Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
The Rolling Stones – “Paint It Black”
Skrillex – “Bangarang”
The War On Drugs – “Under The Pressure”
Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest – “Breaking The Law”
Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
System of A Down – “Chop Suey!”
Alter Bridge – “Cry Of Achilles”
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells – “Leave It Alone”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going To Hell”

Guitar Hero Live Reveal First Batch of Song Titles

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Last month, Activision revealed that after a five-year hiatus, they would be bringing back their Guitar Hero franchise from the dead with several changes including a more realistic controller, a first-person perspective on the game, and a more modern tracklist as opposed to the classic rock tracks of the past.

As part of their promotion for the new game, set to be released this Fall, the company unveiled 24 songs (and their rightful musicians) from the upcoming game. According to Rolling Stone, this first batch of song titles is just part of a weekly roll out that will eventually includes hundreds of song titles.

The songs from this batch include Ed Sheeran’s “Sing,” Pierce the Veil’s “King for a Day” featuring Sleeping with Sirens’ frontman Kellin Quinn, The Killers’ “When You Were Young” as well as Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” and My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na.”

The latter should not come as a surprise, since Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way were on hand during the unveiling back in April.

Check out the list below.

GUITAR HERO LIVE SONG LIST (BATCH 1):

The Black Keys, “Gold on the Ceiling”
Blitz Kids, “Sometimes”
Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr., “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
Green Day, “Nuclear Family”
The Killers, “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance, “Na Na Na”
Pierce the Veil, “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
The Rolling Stones, “Paint it Black”
Skrillex, “Bangarang”
The War on Drugs, “Under the Pressure”
Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine, “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest, “Breaking the Law”
Pantera, “Cowboys From Hell”
Sleigh Bells, “Bitter Rivals”
System of a Down, “Chop Suey!”
Alter Bridge, “Cry of Achilles”
Alt-J, “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells, “Leave It Alone”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”

Listen to John Nolan and Jesse Lacey’s High School Band

Over the past couple of days, the John Nolan/Jesse Lacey fan base have been going crazy over the news that someone had a CD of the duo’s high school band, Gudmunder Bjornsen, which also featured Nolan’s sister, Straylight Run’s Michelle DaRosa.

Now, 20 years later, someone happened to find a copy of the CD and was attempting to sell it to the highest bidder on eBay. Instead of letting it go, the fan base decided to come together to raise funds on GoFundMe to purchase the CD and post it online for everyone to enjoy.

The seller found out about it and took down the listing, promising to sell the audio in mp3 for $11 through PayPal.

And that’s where John Nolan comes in.

Instead of letting someone make money off of “old embarrassing high school memories,” the Taking Back Sunday guitarist took to Twitter to advise everyone that he would be posting the tracks online somewhere as a kind of scavenger hunt for those desperately wanting the music.

Thanks to those dedicated fans, we now have all the tracks from Gudmunder Bjornsen which can be heard below.

Enjoy, and thanks again John.

An old Gudmunder Bjornsen flier via John Nolan's Instagram

Mayday Parade Stream Three New Songs

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Mayday Parade had recently announced plans to re-release their latest album, Monsters in the Closet. The deluxe re-release is scheduled to be released today (May 27) through the band’s longtime record label, Fearless Records.

The re-release will feature a couple of new songs that did not make the original cut, but can now be streamed. Yesterday, the band went on to release three never-before-heard songs through three music news sites Property of Zack, Absolute Punk and PreVolume ahead of the album’s released date.

All three songs can be heard below.

“Stuck in Remission” (found on Property of Zack):

“Worth a Thousand Words” (found on PureVolume):

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“Heard the Sound” (found on Absolute Punk):

Mayday Parade have been confirmed to be performing at this year’s Van Warped Tour, so if you haven’t checked them out yet and are heading to the annual punk rock-inspired fest, give them a look.

College A Cappella Group Takes on ‘Pitch Perfect’

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Pitch Perfect was one of last year’s surprise hits and we can all see why with its unique story line, amazing cast and of course, killer tunes. Considering the way the film instantly became a classic, it was a little surprising that not many college a cappella groups were recreating some of the scenes from the film just for the fun of it.

Recently, a video featuring the co-ed a cappella group from Furman University named the Furman FUtones has made its way onto the internet. In the video, you see the group get split in half to recreate the “riff-off” scene from the film where the members from the many a cappella groups come together to sing songs with a common theme; for them it was “songs about sex.”

Watch the group take on the scene and try your hardest not to have the urge to re-watch the film for the 50th time or listen to the soundtrack.

Watch Drummer Play Every Green Day Song

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Ever think that you would be able to hear Green Day’s complete discography in five minutes? Well, considering that some of the songs from American Idiot easily run up to ten minutes, that would be kind of difficult.

Enter YouTube sensation Kye Smith.

Smith had taken on the challenge of playing drums on every Green Day song in the time that it takes you to heat up a Hot Pocket for the Drum Chronology series.

Check out the video below as he hammers out five second snippets of each of the tracks from the California band’s catalog from albums like Dookie, Nimrod, Warning, American Idiot and more all in chronological order.

Coldplay Perform Two New Tracks at iTunes Fest

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Last night, Coldplay took to the stage to perform at the inaugural iTunes Festival at SXSW. During their set, the band went on to perform two new songs from their upcoming, surprise new album Ghost Stories.

The tracks are titled “Always in My Head” and “Another’s Arms” which both can be heard below.

The British band announced they would be releasing their sixth studio album after releasing two new tracks on the internet. When the first song, “Midnight” was released, not much was thought about it since the band had previously released a singular track the year before for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack.

When they released a second song off the album titled “Magic,” it was confirmed by them that a new record will be released this May. Ghost Stories marks the first new album with new music since 2011’s Mylo Xyloto.