Listen: The 1975 channel country-twang for ‘The Birthday Party’

You know how the 1975 promised us that their new studio album would be different than all the others?

You know how we kind of rolled our eyes and were like “whatever”?

Well, maybe we shouldn’t doubt the band anymore.

On Wednesday (Feb. 19), the British act unleashed another new song from their much-anticipated new album Notes on a Conditional Form. Titled “The Birthday Party,” the song finds the four-piece somehow combining their signature Brit-pop sound with some country-esque twang (yes, that’s a banjo you hear) to give us this five-minute ballad.

We know it sounds like a combination that’s poised for failure, but it’s the 1975 so don’t doubt them (as we have learned).

“The Birthday Party” made its official debut during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music earlier in the day.

Watch the music video for the new track above. As a warning, it’s weird somehow managing to interweave the SIM, memes from the 2000s, Microsoft crash screens, CDs, flossing, and yeah, just watch it.

“The Birthday Party” is the fifth single off the group’s much anticipated fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form. It joins their traditional “The 1975” track, “People,” “Frail State of Mind,” and last month’s new tune “Me & You Together Song” on the forthcoming studio effort.

Notes on a Conditional Form is due out April 24 through Dirty Hits/Interscope. Pre-save and pre-order options are available on the band’s website. Notes on a Conditional Form is the sister companion album to 2018’s A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

In support of its springtime release date, the band previously announced plans for a North American outing. The cross-continent excursion begins on April 27 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston. It concludes a month-and-a-half later on June 11 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Simple Plan and New Found Glory prove Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead with an upcoming summer tour

This summer is about to get a lot more pop-punk.

Are you interested?

Of course, you are!

On Tuesday (Feb. 11), Simple Plan announced plans to embark on a summertime outing with their friends New Found Glory for the first time ever. Yes, the first time ever.

“It’s finally happening. It took almost 20 years, but we are stoked to announce that we are heading out on a US tour this summer for the 1st time ever with our friends New Found Glory,” the Canadian band posted on social media.

“We’ll be bringing Knuckle Puck as our special guests, so you know it’s gonna be RAD.”

Accompanying the message to fans is a two-minute clip staring Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier (sporting an NFG shirt) and New Found Glory vocalist Jordan Pundik (rocking a Simple Plan shirt). The duo “run into each other” and start a very awkward conversation, where they discuss the impact of each other’s music.

In the end, they just decide that it would be cool if the two bands decide to head out on tour together (because what’s more pop-punk than that?).

Dubbed the “Pop Punk’s STILL Not Dead” tour, the trek will find the three bands performing at venues across the country in May and June. The 19-stop tour includes gigs in Atlanta, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Dallas, and more.

The early summer excursion begins on May 29 at Jannus Live! in St. Petersburg, Florida, and concludes a month later on June 28 at Stubb’s in Austin.

Ticket pre-sales are currently available so long as you use the code PPND.

The bands are also offering special “Very Important Pizza” VIP packages if you feel like dropping a little bit of extra dough (get it?).

General ticket sales begin this Friday, Feb. 14.

On Monday, New Found Glory announced plans to unleash a brand new studio album later this year. Titled Forever + Ever x Infinity, their tenth studio effort is due out May 29 through Hopeless Records.

As for Simple Plan, if they’re hitting the road this summer, then that probably means we should expect some new tunes soonish. Until then, we will just keep rocking some old-school SP.

The Used to release their eighth studio album in April

Hold on to your seatbelt kids, because we have a brand new album from The Used heading our way very soon!

On Friday (Feb. 7), the Utah-founded band unveiled plans to unleash their eighth studio album in late April. Titled Heartwork, the new set of tunes is due out April 24 through super-producer John Feldmann’s Big Noise Music Group record label. Pre-orders and pre-save options are now available here.

In a message to fans, the group reveals that the new album will be a mix of their first three records (The Used, In Love and Death, and Lies for the Liars).

“The new album plays on the emotions, the sincerity, and the vulnerability of the first record [The Used] and In Love and Death, with a little bit of the flair from Lies for the Liars. We can’t wait for you to hear it.”

If Heartwork really is the love child of The Used, In Love and Death, and Lies for the Liars, then we can’t wait until April.

The upcoming album will not only include 16 new tracks but several guests such as Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler on “Blow Me,” Travis Barker on “Obvious Blasé,” Mark Hoppus on “The Lighthouse,” and Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo on “The Lottery.”

To coincide with the new album news, The Used have treated fans to the first single (second if we’re counting “Blow Me” as an official single) from the pending release. The new song is titled “Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton,” and yes, it is inspired by the 17th-century poem.

“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost,” vocalist Bert McCracken writes to fans.

“I really dug deep into the poem and its author, John Milton. As I was reading a lot of his political essays, I realized that a lot of what’ Satan’ says in Paradise Lost are quotes directly from John Milton’s own mouth. A lot of people thought he was the devil back then. He had a huge problem with the show of opulence from the Church. He thought it was disgusting. His poem is about the failed revolution against the Church of England, which is Satan’s failed revolution on earth. And what’s more incredible or exciting than a failed revolution?”

Watch the music video for the new song above.

Heartwork is the follow-up to 2017’s The Canyon.

The Used is currently in the middle of their intimate venue tour. Tonight, they will take over the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore.

The outing concludes on Feb. 22 at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. The list of remaining tour dates can be found here.

Because the emo scene is having a resurgence in a big way, McCracken recently teased that The Used COULD be touring with My Chemical Romance during their upcoming reunion tour.

“I feel like I’m in My Chemical Romance! And you might catch us on tour with My Chemical Romance in the fall,” the singer said. (Watch the video and listen carefully here. Thanks, Rocksound.)

Considering there was no love lost between the bands over the last decade or so (there was a massive fallout that not even the fans were privy to), it would be cool to see McCracken and My Chem perform “You Know What They Do to Guys Like Us In Prison” or their cover of “Under Pressure.”

Only time will tell.

HEARTWORK TRACKLIST:

“Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton”
“Blow Me” (feat. Jason Aalon Butler)
“BIG, WANNA BE”
“Bloody Nose”
“Wow, I Hate This Song”
“My Cocoon”
“Cathedral Bell”
“1984 (Infinite Jest)”
“Gravity’s Rainbow
“Clean Cut Heals”
“Heartwork”
“The Lighthouse” (feat. Mark Hoppus)
“Obvious Blasé” (feat. Travis Barker)
“The Lottery” (feat. Caleb Shomo)
“Darkness Bleeds, FOTF”
“To Feel Something”

The 1975 go full coming-of-age teen films in ‘Me & You Together Song’

You know how we all said that the 1975’s new song could easily soundtrack a coming-of-age teen film from the 2000s? Well, it looks like the band listened because their music video for it seems to channel all of that cheesiness.

On Thursday (Feb. 6), the British band unleashed the music video for their latest single “Me & You Together Song.”

The band is seen playing in a room that looks similar to any band-centric music video from the 2000s (we honestly thought of Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” at first).

It’s like the director asked the band, “How many 2000s Easter eggs do you want?” and the group responded with “yes.”

In between shots of the foursome, we see couples making out or hooking up. Playing up the teen film cliches, we see a rocker dude pining over the perky popular girl. We also see a cool alternative chick catching the eye of a shy dude, both of them eventually hooking up.

But, it’s not just heterosexual couples in the video. The band does an excellent job of including all kinds of couples in the music video because love is love.

Watch the music video for “Me & You Together Song” above.

“Me & You Together Song” is the fourth single off the 1975’s much-anticipated fourth studio album,  Notes on a Conditional Form.  It joins their traditional “The 1975” track, “People,” and “Frail State of Mind” on the forthcoming studio effort.

Notes on a Conditional Form is due out April 24.

In support of its springtime release date, the band previously announced plans for a North American outing. The cross-continent excursion begins on April 27 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston. It concludes a month-and-a-half later on June 11 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Stay calm: 5 Seconds of Summer to release new album in March, unleash ‘No Shame’

5 Seconds of Summer may be able to keep CALM at the moment, but their fan base is definitely not.

On Wednesday (Feb. 5), the Australian band formally unveiled the name of their much-anticipated fourth studio effort. Dubbed C.A.L.M. (you know, the first letter of each of the guys’ names?), the record is due out March 27.

Pre-save and pre-order options are currently live on the band’s website.

The forthcoming album will feature 12-new tracks, including previously released songs “Easier,” “Teeth,” and their brand new single “No Shame” which can be streamed above.

Like their recent tour announcement, the foursome took to social media to reveal all the new information. Accompanying the news was a 20-second clip that features some live performance shots and behind-the-scenes footage, all with a grainy filter making it feel like it was something straight from the 1990s grunge era (think Nirvana and old-school Pearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails).

The new album information comes less than a week after the band announced plans to embark on a massive North American outing during the late summer.

The “No Shame” tour (which we now know is named after one of the album’s new tunes) will find the quartet performing at venues across the continent in August and September.

The tour begins on Aug. 12 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City and concludes on Sept. 26 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California.

The Band Camino will join 5SOS on the upcoming trek.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. local time.

Every ticket purchased will include a physical copy of the impending album. C.A.L.M. is the follow-up to 2018’s smash hit Youngblood.

Listen: Silverstein return with ‘Bad Habits’

With a few weeks left before they hit the North American touring circuit, Silverstein has returned with yet another new song off their upcoming new studio effort.

On Wednesday (Feb. 5), the Canadian band unleashed the second single off their tenth studio album, A Beautiful Place to Drown. Titled “Bad Habits,” the barely-three-minute tune sounds…well…like a Silverstein song. Listen to the new track above and tell us that the mesh of melodic rhythm, screams, and catchy hooks is not this group’s signature (we know we’re right).

A Beautiful Place to Drown is due out March 6 through independent record label UNFD. Pre-orders for the record are currently available for purchase here.

Silverstein’s last studio album was 2017’s Dead Reflection.

Last February, the five-piece released a retrospective album titled Redux: The First Ten Years. The compilation featured newly-recorded versions of select songs from their first four studio albums (When Broken is Easily Fixed, Discovering the Waterfront, Arrivals & Departures, and A Shipwreck in the Sand).

Later this month, the group will hit the road on their massive 20th-anniversary tour. The 33-stop outing begins on Feb. 28 at the London Music Hall in London, Ontario, and concludes a month and a half later on April 11 at the Danforth in Toronto.

The full tour itinerary can be found here.

For those attending the anniversary gigs, it looks like the group’s setlist may come in at 29 songs….or the band may just be trolling everyone.

 

Incubus, 311, and Badflower to embark on massive summer 2020 tour

Get your summer clothes and blunts ready because Incubus is hitting the road this summer for a massive United States-centric tour.

On Tuesday (Feb. 4), the California-founded band announced plans to hit the touring circuit during the summer months. Heading out with them during the trek will be 311 (who will be celebrating their 30th anniversary by playing all 50 states throughout 2020) and Badflower.

The 36-stop outing will find the bands performing at venues across the country throughout July, August, and September. The three acts will take the stage at a slew of major cities, including Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Nashville, and more.

The upcoming tour kicks off on July 15 at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington and concludes almost two months on Sept. 5 at the Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana.

Pre-sale tickets for the summertime outing go on sale this Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. local time. General ticket sales begin this Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. local time.

The forthcoming tour will be in support of Incubus’ recently announced EP, Trust Falls (Side B). The much-anticipated record is due out in April.

It’s been five years since Incubus released Trust Fall (Side A).

Before confirming the new EP, fans have been waiting patiently for new music. Last August, they released “Into the Summer,” and just last week, they unveiled another new track titled “Our Love.”

Both songs will reportedly be featured on the upcoming record.

Incubus’ last studio album was 2017’s 8.

INCUBUS SUMMER 2020 TOUR DATES:

July 15 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
July 17 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
July 18 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
July 19 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 21 – Phoenix, AZ – AK Chin Pavilion
July 22 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
July 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
July 25 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 26 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre
July 28 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
July 29 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheatre
July 30 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 01 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
Aug. 02 – Tampa, FL – Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 – West Palm Beach, FL – iThink Financial Amphitheatre
Aug. 06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 07 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 08 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans Union Home Loans Amphitheatre
Aug. 11 – Saratoga Springs, NY – SPAC
Aug. 12 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 14 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Aug. 15 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
Aug. 16 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 18 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
Aug. 19 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake PAC
Aug. 21 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheatre
Aug. 22 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health and Jones Beach Amphitheatre
Aug. 23 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
Aug. 26 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music incCenter
Aug. 28 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Amphitheatre
Aug. 30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 01 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 02 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amphitheatre
Sept. 04 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Sept. 05 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center

5 Seconds of Summer announce massive ‘No Shame’ North American tour

5 Seconds of Summer fans stop what you’re doing and listen up because the boys are hitting the road this summer!

On Friday (Jan. 31), the Australian band announced plans to embark on a North American summer tour. Dubbed the “No Shame” tour (so…is the new album going to be titled “No Shame” then?), the outing will find the four-piece performing at venues across the continent in August and September.

The 24-stop trek will include gigs in major cities such as Guadalajara, Denver, Detroit, Toronto, Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, and more. The late summer tour begins on Aug. 12 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City and concludes on Sept. 26 at the Concord Pavillion in Concord, California.

The Band Camino, fresh off a massive 2019, will join 5 Seconds of Summer for the complete tour.

Tickets go on sale next Friday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. local time.

Every ticket purchased will include a physical copy of the group’s upcoming fourth studio album, which, at the of publication, still has no title or projected release date.

The foursome took to social media to announce the upcoming excursion with a 31-second clip featuring footage from recent gigs.

The yet-to-be-titled studio effort is the follow-up to the band’s hit 2018 release, Youngblood.

The full list of tour dates can be found below.

5 SECONDS OF SUMMER’S NO SHAME NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

Aug. 19 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Aug. 21 – Indianapolis, IN – The Amphitheater at White River State Park
Aug. 22 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 23 – Toronto, Canada – Budweiser Stage
Aug. 25 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
Aug. 26 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug. 28 – Washington DC – The Anthem
Aug. 29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 2 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Sept. 3 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Sept. 5 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Sept. 6 – Allentown, PA – Allentown Fair
Sept. 9 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
Sept. 10 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Sept. 12 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 13 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Sept. 15 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sept. 17 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
Sept. 23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sept. 26 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion

My Chemical Romance officially confirm North American reunion tour for the fall

The My Chemical Romance reunion is officially the gift that keeps on giving.

Following what has felt like months of teasers (real talk, it’s only been a few weeks), the New Jersey-founded band finally announced plans to give their North American MCRmy some love.

On Wednesday (Jan. 29), the four-piece posted a theatrical 13-minute video where all the teasers they dropped fused into one mini-film. Towards the end of the lengthy clip, dates, venues, and cities started to appear confirming what fans had been hoping for since the group decided it was time to reunite.

My Chemical Romance’s reunion tour will run for 18 days and stop in major cities such as St. Paul, Toronto, Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, and more.

The fall time outing begins on Sept. 9 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and concludes a month later on Oct. 11 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets for the newly announced tour dates go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31, at noon local time. Complete information about the upcoming outing can be found on the band’s website.

In addition to their headlining arena shows, the group also added several music festivals to their itinerary. My Chemical Romance will headline Riot Fest (Chicago) on Sept. 12, Music Midtown Festival (Atlanta) on Sept. 20, and Aftershock Festival (Sacramento) on Oct. 10.

My Chemical Romance’s reunion comes seven years after the group decided to take a break. In December, they got the band back together for a show at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles which sold out in seconds.

After that, things just started to spiral with a slew of sold-out international shows leaving their North American fans wondering “when’s our turn?”

Well, the time is now.

The full tour route can be found below.

Sept. 09 — Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Sept. 11 — St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 12 — Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
Sept. 14 — Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Sept. 15 — Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sept. 17 — Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Sept. 18 — Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Sept. 20 — Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown
Sept. 22 — Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sept. 26 — Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
Sept. 29 — Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sept. 30 — Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Oct. 02 — Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Oct. 04 — Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Oct. 06 — Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
Oct. 08 — Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Oct. 10 — Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
Oct. 11 — Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

The Strokes plot mini North American tour for March

Huzzah! The Strokes are finally making a comeback. It just took them a little while.

On Tuesday (Jan. 28), the New York-founded band announced a handful of arena shows for early March.

The newly announced gigs include the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on March 5, the WaMu Theatre in Seattle on March 9, and the Forum in Los Angeles on March 14.

Canadian indie-pop act Alvvays will open for the Strokes during all three shows while King Princess will join the two acts during the Los Angeles gig.

Tickets for all three shows go on sale this Friday, Jan. 31.

The three North American shows are just the beginning for the Strokes. The group’s tour itinerary already includes a slew of music festivals such as III Points in Miami, Shaky Knees in Atlanta, Primavera Sound in Spain, Corona Capital in Mexico, and more.

All of the upcoming shows are in support of the band’s yet-to-be-officially-announced new album.

During the band’s New Year’s gig at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, frontman Julian Casablancas revealed that the group will have a new album out by the end of the year.

“Yeah, we’ve got a new album coming out soon,” Casablancas told the crowd.

“2020, here we come. The 2010s, whatever the fuck they’re called, we took ‘em off. And now we’ve been unfrozen, and we’re back. If you really love someone, you’ll be frozen with them. You know what? I don’t know what I say generally, and I ramble a lot, but I love you guys, and it’s a real honor to share the stage and this night with you guys.”

the new album will be the follow-up to 2013’s Comedown Machine.

THE STOKES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

March 5 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
March 9 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
March 14 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum