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Boston Calling is quickly becoming one of the East Coast’s most notable music festivals, partially due to the fact that the festival celebrates summertime not once, but twice a year by bringing the most popular alternative bands to Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
While the lineup for September was released en masse at the end of the May festival, Boston Calling representatives didn’t release the Friday schedule – consisting of The Avett Brothers, Of Monsters and Men, and Gregory Alan Isakov – until this week, and the rest of the schedules are yet to be released. What we do know, however, is that notable acts like alt-J, Alabama Shakes, and Hozier will be the Saturday and Sunday headliners.
Boston Calling representatives also announced that electronic artist Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi) will be replacing indie act Grizfolk in this September’s lineup. You can see Spence’s tweet about the festival and the full Boston Calling lineup below the jump.
You can purchase weekend passes and VIP tickets to Boston Calling here.
This summer, Lana Del Rey has been sending fans some seriously mixed signals about her new album. While her fourth album, Honeymoon, is due out in September, not much else has been clear about any of the starlet’s new material until today.
In June, model and co-star of one of her forthcoming music videos, Jake Mast, claimed Del Rey had a new song called “Music to Watch Boys To.” A month later, Del Rey herself released the title track of her new album, “Honeymoon,” but didn’t state when it would be available for purchase.
Finally, today Del Rey revealed the name and release date of the first single of September’s Honeymoon– “High By The Beach,” which is to be released August 10.
While Del Rey didn’t post any snippets of the song, she did post the artwork for the single, which you can see below the jump.
To hear more from Del Rey, you can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.
Fidlar will be making a full return to the UK for five dates for the first time since 2013. The shows will come after their appearances at this year’s Reading and Leeds festival. You can buy tickets to their shows this Friday August 7 here.
Their second album is also due for release one month today! Too is out on September 4 via Wichita Records and you can make a pre-order here.
You can check out the LA Punk’s most recent single “West Coast” in their video below.
Just days before his new album’s release date, Frank Turner has treated us all to yet another new song in the form of “Glorious You”. It follows the equally brilliant “The Next Storm”, “Mittens” and “Get Better”.
His sixth record Positive Songs For Negative People is out this Friday, August 7. You can pre-order it here just in time for its release (hopefully!)
The new lyric video for “Glorious You” can be found below.
You can buy tickets to Frank’s shows here.
The brilliant Motion City Soundtrack have revealed details of their sixth studio album, which will be available on September 18th via Epitaph. You can get yourself a pre-order here. You can also purchase gig tickets here.
The track listing from the new album also looks a little something like this:
- Anything At All
- I Can Feel You
- Lose Control
- Heavy Boots
- It’s A Pleasure To Meet You
- Over It Now
- Broken Arrow
- The Samurai Code
- Days Will Run Away
And the album artwork, like this:
That isn’t all, though. You can check out the album’s first single “Lose Control”‘ below!
At this point, synthpop group Future Islands is practically a music festival king. Over the past few years, the band has aggressively toured the United States and Europe, hitting every major music festival, from SXSW in Texas to The Governor’s Ball in New York.
Last month, the group performed at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and dusted off some old tunes like 2010’s “Tin Man” and 2011’s “Balance.” You can see videos of both performances below the jump.
Lady Gaga sure as hell doesn’t dilly-dally when it comes to making new music; the pop singer, who just finished touring with Tony Bennett to promote their Grammy-Award-winning album, Cheek To Cheek, announced today on Instagram that it was “LG5 time.”
And of course, every Little Monster knows that’s code for “Lady Gaga 5,” which refers to Gaga’s fifth forthcoming album. You can see Gaga’s post below the jump.
Usually, Gaga spaces her albums two years apart, and this November, it’ll be two years since her last studio album, ARTPOP. Then again, Cheek to Cheek was released last September, so it’s probably fair to say that “LG5″ won’t debut until the summer or fall of 2016.
You can see Gaga’s most recent work with Japanese makeup company, Shiseido, below the jump.
To hear more from Gaga, you can purchase a CD here and buy concert tickets here.
“I don’t care about your grades or the kind of music you make. Just meet everyone – from the doorman, your professors, classmates… everyone. Those relationships will get you and your music farther than anything else.” That was the last thing my dad told me on my first day at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I took his advice to heart and went to show after show, party after party, event after event and thank god I did.
Topshelf Records will be reissuing the band’s release on CD and vinyl, with exclusives. New tracks are being added to the album as well, featuring several tracks from the group’s 4 Songs EP. Check out the tracklisting after the jump!
The music video is for his single “Free Love,” from his latest album Look Up. Mod Sun’s label gave him money to shoot a video, and the pop-rapper spent the funds documenting him and his friends’ shenanigans. The funny video matches the chill, captivating and carefree vibe of the song. Check it out after the jump!
When I listen to a debut, I never take it at face-value. I never listen to it and think, “This is all [insert band name here] has to offer.” I know it’s an introduction, and it could be one that either shows a lot of promise or one that makes me sad inside. Thankfully, Here’s To You have offered a debut that, while not perfect, showcases definite potential.
To be honest, as someone who adores pop-punk and its catchy choruses and group vocals, I was surprised to find that I couldn’t fully immerse myself into Love Me Or Leave Me. However, that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy parts of it; I may just be the wrong age group, if I may add a disclaimer. I think if I’d heard it a few years back, this album would have been my soundtrack. But as an adult, I find that I can’t relate to it.
For example, I loved some of the group vocal moments, such as the one featured on “Katie With a North Face.” I’ve said it before, group vocals are my #GrowingUpPopPunk downfall. I love them. However, much like the “oh oh oh” moments, I do find that they are best used sparingly. Here’s To You was quite liberal with those moments, and while they execute them well, they would probably have been more effective if they’d been spread out a little bit.
Tracks like “Me & You,” a bass heavy, surprisingly provocative, dance-remix worthy track, show mainstream appeal, although I didn’t find it to be particularly original. If we’re talking provocative tracks, “Underneath These Sheets” is a little better, but it’s missing the lust, ala John O’Callaghan on The Maine’s “My Heroine.” It wasn’t until “With No Consideration” that I actually believed the band, and what they were talking about. The piano-driven, melodic track is full of bitterness, and is startlingly bold, both lyrically and instrumentally. It’s anthemic, with pure anger behind it, and tongue-in-cheek aggression. While it’s not a perfect track, it definitely has appeal, especially for that first heartbreak I imagine the primary listeners will be going through at this time in life (see also “Best Friend’s Girlfriend,” “Sh*t To You”). There is a GREAT guitar solo that cannot be missed, really adding to the feeling that this is the first moment of real emotion on the album. “These Days” manages to hit that same vein, with a determination that is evident in every line and chord, acting as a beautiful closeout for the album.
The title track of Love Me Or Leave Me is another outstanding highlight, that showcases a bit more vocal exploration, which is seen on a few tracks, and adds another dimension each time. The song is a bitter, anthemic track that leads perfectly into the pop-punk, Boys Like Girls-esque “Live It Up,” which could be played at Warped Tour tomorrow, and probably get the crowd involved easily.
As far as debuts go, Love Me Or Leave Me is an introduction to a group of very talented musicians, although I would love to see a bit more of their personalities, and less of Forever The Sickest Kids and The Click Five. I see a lot of potential from these guys, but I find that the album, primarily a break up album, is a lot of the, “I didn’t do anything wrong! It’s all YOUR fault” – name-calling type that I’d hear from young kids. I’d have liked a bit more emotional introspection, and more moments like on “These Days” and “With No Consideration,” where I feel as though I’m hearing more of how the band wants to sound than how they think they should sound.
For more on Here’s To You, to buy a CD, or purchase concert tickets, click HERE.
Damaging your vocal chords is a basic rite of passage for any pop star, and “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor is no stranger vocal woes.
This summer, Trainor had to cancel multiple concerts due to a hemorrhage on her vocal chords, but just last week, she made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to prove that her unique voice has healed just fine.
You can see Trainor perform her new single “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” below the jump, as well as see the original music video for the tune.
For rising pop starlet Halsey, a tour with Imagine Dragons simply wasn’t enough – as soon as the “Smoke and Mirrors” tour neared its end, Halsey released the tour dates for her own headlining tour across North America. Her fans clamored over her second tour, selling out shows within hours of tickets for her “Badlands” tour going on sale.
What’s more is that Halsey’s debut album – named Badlands, of course – hasn’t even been released yet. Due out August 28, the album will drop shortly before Halsey embarks on her US tour.
Some shows have had venue upgrades, and other cities have added second shows, but Halsey’s tour is still nearly sold out. Snatch your tickets – and some blue hair dye to match the pop songstress – while you still can! You can see the her list of fall tour dates below the jump.
Yesterday we learned that One Direction might actually be able to pull of a Beyonce move when they released the first single, “Drag Me Down,” off their fifth studio album, without warning. At around 10 pm last night, the internet exploded as Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Styles all tweeted, in quick succession, about their single that just dropped moments before.
One Direction have tried through both Midnight Memories and FOUR to shed their bubble-gum pop boyband image, with little success. “Drag Me Down” feels like the start of a new era for these men. The sound is as close to alt-rock as they have ever gotten, though it’s still in the pop-rock realm. The track begins like many songs from the pop-punk era with a classical sounding intro which quickly dissolves into a driving bassline. With those first notes, this song is already not like anything they’ve done in the past.
The melody seems to take cues from Neon Trees and early Maroon 5. It has that underlying 80’s vibe while creating vibrant lyrical imagery and a chorus that could easily mash-up with “Shiver.” The melody isn’t the only thing that gives the song a more mature vibe. The song contains One Direction’s first beat drop, and if this is a look at things to come, we’re in for a great November.
Many fans were skeptical that they would be able to carry on without Zayn Malik’s vocal acrobatics, however, Styles took that over just fine. He might not be able to go as high, yet, but he’s certainly well on his way. Tomlinson’s voice has also changed dramatically. He is able to hit every note with ease while keeping his unique timbre.
Last new thing, they aren’t just harmonizing they’ve added another vocal track, which if they’re smart, they’ll sing during shows while the audience belts out the lyrics.
“Drag Me Down” can easily be memorized by the second listen and with all these new components I can only hope they start moving back towards smaller venues. In stadiums you can hear everything, but you can’t feel it. This is a baseline that needs to be felt and embodied by their audience (SYCO, taking notes?)
You can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.
Listen to the song below (though it’s existence almost broke the internet, so you probably already have) and let us know what you think! Is One Direction finally shedding their boyband image?
Congrats to Mark Rose, who recently signed with InVogue Records! With the announcement of signing to the recording label, Rose also revealed to fans that his sophomore full-length album The Wild Type will be released on September 25th!
And if all that excitement wasn’t enough, the former Spitalfield vocalist also released a new music video for one of the tracks from the album called “Well & Diet.” The song features Rose’s signature smooth but strong vocals, accompanied by a video to match. Predominately filmed in black and white, the video bounces back and forth between Rose and a beautiful woman. The woman exudes confidence while smoking and drinking and rarely ever breaking eye contact with the camera. Rose on the other hand is doing the exact opposite. The whole video he is looking down and off camera, not showing confidence at all.
You can check out the incredibly beautiful video after the jump!
Pre-orders for The Wild Type will be available starting next Thursday, August 6th. Until then, to hear more from Mark Rose, you can purchase a CD here.
The Wonder Years are definitely keeping busy this summer. Not only have they been killing it all summer long on Warped Tour, they announced a brand new album titled No Closer To Heaven and have released not one, but now a SECOND new song from the upcoming album!
The band debuted the second single, “Cigarettes & Saints” with an accompanying video, on their website earlier today! The song initially starts of like a ballad. The instrumentals are minimal and you are captivated by Dan “Soupy” Campbell‘s extraordinary and soft vocals. About two minutes in is when the song gains a new momentum. All the instruments come in full-force and you’re back at the kind of passion-fueled song you’re used to receiving from The Wonder Years.
The video is also quite captivating as well. You’re led through what seems to be a girl writing a suicide letter for her family and friends. Obviously distraught, she leaves her home with a backpack, and heads to a body of. She is seen filling the bag with heavy rocks and places it on her back. She stands at the edge of cliff, and for a moment, you know the inevitable is coming. But rather than jump with the backpack on, she takes it off and triumphantly throws it off the cliff. She herself then follows along by jumping in as well, but it’s for good reasons. It’s like she is cleansing herself of whatever it is that led her there in the first place.
The video also reveals that Matt Brasch took a small break from guitar duties on this track and in his place is Soupy on guitar. Don’t worry though, Brasch, along with Mike Kennedy, take on dual drumming responsibilities. The whole thing is pretty awesome!
You can check out the video yourself after the jump!
No Closer To Heaven will be released on September 4th via Hopeless Records. You can preorder the album here. All preorders include an instant download of this song and the first single released, “Cardinals.”
To hear more from The Wonder Years in the meantime, you can purchase a CD here.
The band is wrapping up their run on this year’s Warped Tour in the next week. To catch them on the last few days of that, you can buy concert tickets here.
Usually the first thing that interests me in a new place is the culture. Which basically means (minus all the bullshit) food! I’m sure I can actually make some correlations between the food I ate and different sounds that derived from it (that sounds bad).
I’d say that living in Berlin really was a melting pot for me regarding the addition of electronic sounds to what was then very folksy sounding. I was there running around Kreuzberg, playing on street corners with my acoustic guitar and hearing electronic music in between. What’s interesting is that the bi-product shows up randomly after a while as it’s slowly developing inside of you.