Surprise! Skrillex drops two new songs

Surprise! We have some new Skrillex tunes to jumpstart the weekend.

On Friday (July 19), the musician surprised fans by releasing not one, but two new tracks. Titled “Mumbai Power” (featuring Beam) and “Fuji Opener” (featuring Alvin Risk), both tracks are featured on the DJ’s surprise new EP, Show Tracks

Listen to “Mumbai Power (feat. Beam)” above while “Fuji Opener (feat. Alvin Risk)” can be found here.

For fans who have attended any of Skrillex’s recent shows, the songs may sound a little familiar. The DJ has been incorporating the new songs into his setlist during some gigs. These two new tracks are the first pair of new tunes from the producer in quite some time.

While it’s been a while since Skrillex has released any new songs, it doesn’t mean he has not been busy. Earlier this year, he joined forces with Boys Noize and their supergroup, Dog Blood, to release “Turn Off the Lights.”

He also remixed “Due West” from Kelsey Lu’s album Blood, produced Lykke Li’s “Two Nights” Pt. 2 with Ty Dolla Sign, and even had time to create the theme song for the highly-anticipated video game Kingdom Hearts III with Japanese superstar Hikaru Utada.

No wonder we haven’t gotten any new music from him (or From First to Last).

The Menzingers announce their sixth studio album, share ‘Anna’

Get ready because the Menzingers are releasing a brand new album later this year. On Monday (July 15), the Pennsylvania-founded act announced the upcoming release of their sixth studio effort. Dubbed Hello Exile, the album is due out Oct. 4 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the record are currently available for purchase on the band’s website.

Hello Exile is the follow-up to 2017’s highly successful (and much-loved) After the Party.

For this album, the Menzingers reconnected with previous collaborator Will Yip. Yip previously worked with the group on After the Party. According to a press statement, the four-piece spent a month working with Yip on the 12-track LP.

“This is the longest amount of time we’ve ever worked with [producer] Will [Yip]. We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.”

To coincide with the new album announcement, the group decided to treat fans to a small taste of the album by releasing its lead single. Listen to “Anna” above.

In a statement, frontman Greg Barnett reveals what led to the band selecting “Anna” as the record’s first single.

“You know, it was kind of a tough decision, but we just thought that it was a great summertime song.”

He continues: “It’s super-hooky and super-catchy. We went back and forth with some of the songs, but at the end of the day we’re just really excited about ‘Anna.’ This is a very storytelling album, and I think Anna is a pretty good representation of the rest of it.”

Because a new album and single weren’t enough, the Menzingers have also unveiled tour dates for later this year. Their upcoming North American fall tour will find the foursome performing at venues across the continent.

The 33-stop trek includes shows in Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Toronto, and more. The fall tour begins on Oct. 25 at the Athenaeum in Columbus and concludes a month and a half later on Dec. 7 at the House of Blues in Boston.

Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse will join the Menzingers on select dates.

Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this Friday, July 19.

The complete list of tour dates can be found below.

Oct. 25 – Columbus, OH – Athenaeum ^
Oct. 27 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick^
Oct. 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater^
Oct. 30 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater^
Oct. 31 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall^
Nov. 1 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater^
Nov. 2 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown^
Nov. 3 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre^
Nov. 5 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon^
Nov. 6 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre^
Nov. 8 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s^
Nov. 9 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s^
Nov. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent^
Nov. 12 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse^
Nov. 13 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red^
Nov. 15 – Dallas, TX – Trees^
Nov. 16 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger^
Nov. 17 – Austin, TX – Mohawk^
Nov. 19 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade^
Nov. 20 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground^
Nov. 22 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum%
Nov. 23 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham%
Nov. 24 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room%
Nov. 26 – Nashville, TN – Basement East^
Nov. 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall^
Nov. 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theater^
Dec. 1 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix^
Dec. 3 – Richmond, VA – Broadberry^
Dec. 4 – Washington, DC – The Black Cat^
Dec. 5 – New York, NY – Warsaw^
Dec. 6 – New York, NY – Warsaw^
Dec. 7 – Boston, MA – House of Blues^

^ w/ Tigers Jaw & Culture Abuse
% w/ Culture Abuse (no Tigers Jaw)

Blink-182 return to their punk roots with ‘Generational Divide’

And just like that, the music gods have blessed Blink-182 fans with a brand new, albeit short, song.

On Friday (June 21), the California-founded pop-punkers unleashed the long-awaited follow-up to “Blame it on My Youth.” Dubbed, “Generational Divide,” the 50-second song finds the band returning to their punk roots with the aggressive and fast-paced track.

Watch the music video for “Generational Divide” above.

On Wednesday, the group took to social media to announce the release of the new song. They kept it simple with a mock poster of a punk rock show (alla CBGB) with a skeleton decked out in a spikey leather jacket and mohawk, a cigarette in its mouth, and its middle finger prominently featured on the flyer.

“Generational Divide” is the follow-up to their lukewarmly received track “Blame it on My Youth.” The track was released in May and signaled the beginning of their new “more aggressive” sound, though the song wasn’t exactly aggressive.

While fans have not been given a title or official release time frame for the forthcoming record, fans have begun to speculate that it may be sometime this summer.

The yet-to-be-confirmed record will be the follow-up to 2016’s California.

“Generational Divide” comes a week before the trio is due to hit the North American touring circuit with Lil’ Wayne and Neck Deep. The summertime excursion begins next Thursday, June 27, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Earlier this month, the three-piece revealed that they would be paying homage to their third studio album, Enema of the State, by performing it in full during the upcoming run.

“To celebrate 20 years, we’re playing Enema of the State in its entirety all summer long!” the band tweeted.

Enema of the State was released in June 1999 through MCA. The record produced several of the group’s biggest hits including “All the Small Things,” “Adam’s Song,” and “What’s My Age Again?”

Foster the People slow things down on ‘Imagination’

Foster the People are back and ready to give fans another new song.

On Friday (June 21), the California-founded band shared their new track, “Imagination.” The over-four-minute tune finds the group toning down the electronics of past and channeling heartbreak with its lyrics. Listen to “Imagination” above.

“Imagination” comes days after the group announced plans to release a new song by week’s end. They took to social media to share a snippet of the song with the words “Just you in my imagination,” a lyric from the track.

To coincide with the new song’s release, the band launched their “Imagination” contest, where fans were encouraged to send in designs inspired by the song’s lyrics.

“We’ll pick some of our favorites to be featured as part of the artwork on Spotify, and one design will be used as a limited edition merch piece (where the designer will get a share of the profit),” the group tweeted.

“Imagination” is Foster the People’s third non-album track to be released. In March they dropped “Style,” and at the tail end of 2018, the group shared their chart-topping single “Worst Nites.” While the act has yet to announce a new album, we’re sure that all three tracks will find a home on the act’s fourth studio effort.

Foster the People’s last studio album was 2017’s Sacred Hearts Club. Though the 12-track studio effort was met with mostly mixed reviews, it peaked at the number 47 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number eight spot on the Billboard Top Alternative albums chart.

Sacred Heart Club features two alternative radio hits, “Sit Next to Me” and “Doing it for the Money.”

Cardi B incinerates the ‘Press’ in her new song

Cardi B is back and ready to take aim at the press. On Friday (May 31), the New York-born MC unleashed her new track “Press.” The song comes days after the musician began teasing fans about it online. The song finds Cardi boasting about her riches, but also taking aim at the press, specifically those bloggers who publish false stories about her “for the clicks.”

With lyrics like “Press, press, press, press, press / Cardi don’t need more press” and “Kill ’em all, put them hoes to rest / Walk in, bulletproof vest / Please tell me who she goin’ check? / Murder scene, Cardi made a mess,” it’s evident that Cardi has had enough with all the lies making headlines.

Listen to “Press” above.

“Press” is currently available for purchase on all streaming services. The track was produced by Slade Da Monsta with additional production by Key Wane For the Win.

The new tune comes days after the rapper revealed plans to release a new track before the week’s end. “Press” is the follow-up to her platinum-certified track “Please Me,” her second collaboration with label mate Bruno Mars.

No word on whether the tracks are standalone singles or part of the high-anticipated follow-up to 2018’s Invasion of Privacy. Cardi previously revealed that she has plans to release a new album in spring 2019, but the projected release date has since passed.

“Of course it’s gonna be an album in 2019,” she said. “Hopefully, I could get my album done around the same time that Invasion of Privacy came out, but I don’t know how possible that’s gonna be because I feel like I’m going to be extremely, extremely busy.”

Earlier this month, Cardi earned a total of six Billboard Music Awards at the annual event. The rapper was nominated for 21 awards, missing the record-breaking total of 22 set by the Chainsmokers and Drake in 2017.

Charli XCX and Lizzo join forces for ‘Blame it on Your Love’

What happens when two of pop’s biggest stars get together for a collaboration? You get a tune that you will definitely be blasting from your car’s stereo all summer long.

On Wednesday (May 15), Charli XCX and Lizzo finally unleashed their much-publicized joint track. Titled “Blame it on Your Love,” the new record finds Charli XCX proving that she’s one of pop music’s biggest powerhouses while Lizzo kills it with her rapping during the last minute of the tune.

“I hope this becomes your new party anthem,” Charli XCX writes about the new jam.

“This song has been in my life for around three years now, and I’m so happy to be releasing it. I love you all. Let the new era begin.”

The song was written in Los Angeles and produced by Stargate, with additional production by A. G. Cook and Finn Keane.

For those keeping a close ear to the song, they may notice a little Easter egg courtesy of Charli XCX. The main song sampled on the new track is from “Track 10” off the musician’s album Pop 2.

Listen to “Blame it on Your Love” above. The track is available for purchase here.

The joint song is just the beginning for the two artists.

Charli XCX is going to have a busy summer this year with a slew of performances already scheduled. The musician will perform at New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival (June 2), co-headline Los Angeles’ Go West Fest with Troye Sivan (June 6), and hit the stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago (July 21). After that, she’ll head across the pond for Radio 1 Big Weekend in Newcastle and Primavera Sound in Barcelona.

As for Lizzo, the singer is showing no signs of stopping. The singer’s recently announced North American “Cuz I Love You” tour is completely sold out. Due to the high demand, additional dates have been added including a second night at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, a third night at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium, and an additional night at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Lizzo’s debut album Cuz I Love You debuted at the number six spot on the Billboard 200 chart. The album also earned the number one spot on the Pop Album, Digital Album, and New Release Debut Album charts while also earning the number two spot on the Billboard Top Albums chart.

Passion Pit and Galantis join forces for ‘I FOUND U’

Hello and welcome back Passion Pit!

On Wednesday (May 15), the Massachusetts-founded band unleashed their first new song in two years. Titled “I FOUND U,” the latest track features electo-pop outfit Galantis. Listen to the almost three-and-a-half-minute track above.

“I FOUND U” is Passion Pit’s first new song since the release of their fourth studio album 2017’s Tremendous Sea of Love. Shortly after the record’s release, frontman Michael Angelakos announced that the band would be taking some time off.

While the group did tour in 2018, Angelakos has been open about his mental illness and even revealed that the real motive for the group’s touring stemmed from the need to make money to cover his medical costs.

“I need money to be able to afford my treatments, to be able to afford the myriad costs of living with my disorder that have nearly ruined me,” Angelakos said in an interview with the Independent in early 2018.

Things seem to be a little better, and the group is back on the road celebrating a momentous occasion; the tenth anniversary of their debut album, Manners. Tonight, the act will perform at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. The tour concludes in a couple of weeks on May 25 in Washington D.C. at the Anthem.

Manners was released in May 2009 and catapulted the band to one of the indie world’s biggest darlings. Manners included several hit songs for the group including “The Reeling,” “Sleepyhead,” and “Little Secrets.”

Upon its release, the album earned mostly favorable reviews and peaked at the number 51 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and the number eight spot on the US Independent Albums chart.

Carly Rae Jepsen admits she’s ‘Too Much’ in her new single

This time next week, Carly Rae Jepsen’s long-awaited new album will be playing from the speakers of her dedicated fans’ phones. With such a short time left before the new album’s release, it’s not surprising that Jepsen decided to release one last taster track. On Friday (May 10), the Canadian pop star unleashed her fifth single from Dedicated.

Titled “Too Much,” the song’s lyric chronicle how the musician goes up and beyond when she does things like drinking, thinking, dancing, and more just so she can feel some sort of rush. True to her unashamed poppy style, the song features minimal electronics but a whole lot of emotion.

Listen to “Too Much” above.

“Too Much” joins previously released tracks “Julien,” “Now That I Found You,” “No Drug Like Me,” and “Party of One” on DedicatedDedicated is due out next Friday, May 17, through Schoolboy / Interscope Records. Pre-orders for Dedicated are currently available on Jepsen’s website. Jepsen’s last full-length record was 2015’s smash hit, E•MO•TION.

In early April, Jepsen announced plans to embark on a 30-stop tour later this year. The Dedicated tour begins June 27 at the House of Blues in Anaheim and concludes on Aug. 10 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Emarosa showcase the power of parental love in ‘Get Back Up’

For anyone who was following Emarosa’s press cycle before the release of Peach Club, they would be aware that one of the songs on it was very special for frontman Bradley Walden. When the group announced “Get Back Up” would be a pre-album-release single, Walden was quick to unveil that the inspiration behind the song was his mom. Months after the album’s February release, Emarosa has returned with the song’s music video just in time for Mother’s Day.

On Thursday (May 9), the Kentucky-founded band joined forces with Pop Crush to debut the over-three-minute music video for the song. The clip begins with a kid looking through the window of a door inside of a school. Seated in the room is a woman who we can assume is his mother alongside his teacher.

Not being able to take the scene in front of him, he bursts through the day in an attempt to save his mother from the clutches of his evil teacher and school. Along the way, they find a map that has the direction on how to escape. After making a pinkie promise to meet up again, they head out on their own missions.

Of course, obstacles do appear in the form of that pesky teacher, a sword-fighting janitor, a gym class, and another teacher/principal. At the end, they do manage to escape and show the viewer the adorable and strong bond between a mother and her child.

Watch the music video for “Get Back Up” above.

When speaking about the song to the publication, Walden reveals how his mother being a single-parent influenced him and the song.

“She divorced when I was young. We were ripped from our lives and forced from our home. There was a time where we didn’t know where we’d go, living with family just to get back to our feet,” the singer reveals.

He adds: “The constant struggles always knocked us down, but she was a resilient woman. If it wasn’t for watching someone get back up time and time again when life wouldn’t let up, I wouldn’t be the person I am now.”

“Get Back Up” is featured on Emarosa’s recently released record, Peach Club.

In support of Peach Club’s release, the Emarosa previously announced plans to head out on the road with Set It Off on their Midnight world tour. The upcoming tour kicks odd On June 11 at Black Sheep in Colorado Springs and concludes a little over a month later on July 19 at Strummers in Fresno. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

blink-182 look back at their youth in ‘Blame it on My Youth’

Remember when blink-182 promised us a brand new song by week’s end?  Well, it looks like the group has kept their promise and treated us to the new jam. On Wednesday (May 8), the California-founded band unleashed their first new song in several years, “Blame it on My Youth.”

If you were expecting some old-school blink-182, then you might be slightly disappointed. The funny, immature dick jokes are gone as the lyrics take a more adult turn with Mark Hoppus and Matt Skiba reminiscing about their youth and what they had to overcome to get where they are because “no one is going to block their shine.”

Listen to “Blame it on My Youth” above.

“Blame it on My Youth” comes a day after the band revealed the track’s name on social media. The trio posted an image of graffiti on a wall with “blame it on my youth,” the band’s logo, and the band’s name printed on the bricks.

“Blame it on My Youth” is reportedly the first single off blink-182’s upcoming new studio record. Though it does not have a title or official release date, speculations have begun that it will see a summertime release date.

The yet-to-be-confirmed album is the follow-up to 2016’s California.

Earlier this week, blink-182 announced a massive summer tour with Lil Wayne and Neck Deep. The co-headlining excursion begins on June 27 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus and concludes two and a half months later on Sept. 10 in Camden, New Jersey at the BB&T Pavilion.

Pre-sale tickets are currently available while general ticket sales begin this Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m. local time. Check out the full list of tour dates here.