ABC/Randy HolmesShe & Him, the duo made up of actress Zooey Deschanel and indie artist M. Ward, has recorded a new song for Universal Love, a musical project collecting love songs celebrating same-sex relationships.
The track actually comes in two versions: one called "He Gives His Love to Me," and another titled "She Gives Her Love to Me." Both are available now via digital outlets.
"We have always believed that love belongs to everyone -- so love songs should too," the duo tells Rolling Stone. "What drew us to this project is that it opens up new ways of thinking about songwriting. It would be amazing if our songs help to inspire other artists to engage with lyrics in a more open, and inclusive way."
Other artists who've contributed to Universal Love include St. Vincent, who recorded The Crystals' song "And Then He Kissed Me" as "And Then She Kissed Me," and Deschanel's ex-husband Ben Gibbard, who covered The Beatles' "And I Love Her" as "And I Love Him."
Credit: Sean ErikssonIncubus guitarist Mike Einziger, who co-wrote Avicii's worldwide hit "Wake Me Up," has penned a remembrance of the late DJ, who died last Friday at age 28.
In a piece for Variety, Einziger writes that he met Avicii, born Tim Bergling, in 2012 after mutual friends connected the pair to possibly record music together.
"When we got together for the very first time, we didn't make any music, we just talked for a few hours," Einziger remembers. "And it was really obvious we should write together."
The two decided to get together later and start writing, which is, as Einziger says, "when 'Wake Me Up' happened."
"It only took a few hours," he recalls. "It was like this splash of magic that is pretty unbelievable now, especially looking back on it: The first time we ever sat down to write music together, 'Wake Me Up' happened."
Einziger adds that Avicii had a "childlike curiosity" about music, and says his "sense of production was just so monstrous." The pair last saw each other just two or three months ago, and hit a recording studio together to work on a few new songs.
"Maybe I didn't appreciate this as much as I should have when he was alive, but he really changed my life in a pretty profound way, as a collaborator, as a creative partner," Einziger says. "Some of the work we did together is some of the music I'm most proud of in my whole life."
"[Avicii] was so sweet and such a visionary," he adds. "I still can't believe he’s gone -- I'm still just trying to process it. It's awful. He was such a sweet human being, genuine. He was so young. These are all cliches, but it's just tragic. All I can do is shake my head."
Credit: Danny ClinchCHVRCHES has released the video for the song "Miracle," and it's much less bright and happy than the track's title suggests.
Shot in a single take, the clip follows lead singer Lauren Mayberry as she navigates a post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with gang wars, explosions and heavy fog. You can watch the video now on YouTube.
"Miracle" appears on the forthcoming CHVRCHES album Love Is Dead, which also features the lead single "Get Out." The record will be released May 25.
CHVRCHES will embark on a U.S. headlining tour this summer starting August 6 in Denver. The Scottish trio will also be hitting a few festivals, including Governors Ball, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.
DominoIf you're hoping to hear a single from the new Arctic Monkeys album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino before it's released next month, you're out of luck. A rep for the band tells Pitchfork the British rockers won't be sharing any songs from the record ahead of its May 11 release.
While you'll have to wait until then to hear Tranquility Base, frontman Alex Turner has dropped a few hints about the album, including that it's more piano-heavy than previous Arctic Monkeys records. Additionally, an executive for the band's longtime publisher, Sony/ATV, says the album is a "masterpiece."
There's also a chance that Arctic Monkeys could debut new material during their upcoming North American tour, which begins May 2 in San Diego.
Béatrice Coron/RCA RecordsThe world will have a new Dave Matthews Band album this summer. The ninth studio effort from the group is titled Come Tomorrow, and will arrive June 8.
In support of the new record, DMB will launch a U.S. tour on May 18 in The Woodlands, Texas.
Come Tomorrow is the follow-up to 2012's Away from the World, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In fact, each DMB album since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets has topped the chart, giving the band a total of six number-one records on the Billboard 200.
Credit: Travis ShinnDisturbed's "The Sound of Silence" cover has found another sport to soundtrack.
U.S. gymnasts Emily Davis and Aubrey Rosilier used the metal band's Grammy-nominated orchestral cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic during their routine at the 2018 World Acrobatic Gymnastic Championships last week.
The routine landed Davis and Rosilier a spot in the women's pair final at the Championships, and they finished in fifth place. Disturbed tweeted the video of Davis and Rosilier's performance and shared their congratulations with the duo.
"Congrats to Emily Davis and Aubrey Rosilier who used this routine to earn a final spot at the 2018 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships!" the band wrote. "Thanks for using our version of 'The Sound Of Silence!'"
Earlier this year, French figure skating pair Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres used the cover to soundtrack their routine at the Winter Olympics.
"The Sound of Silence" appears on Disturbed's 2015 comeback album, Immortalized. They're currently in the studio working on new music.
ABC/Image Group LALinkin Park's Mike Shinoda has opened up about his experience meeting with fans following the death of his friend and band mate Chester Bennington last July. Speaking with ET Canada, Shinoda says that, at first, he felt "apprehensive" to talk with fans while he was grieving.
"I knew that a lot of them would be crying and saying 'I'm sorry' and asking me 'Why? What happened?'" Shinoda explains. "And I was scared of that until I did it. And then I realized what a cathartic experience it was for them and myself."
In addition to turning to fans, Shinoda has also turned to music as an emotional outlet. He'll be releasing a solo album titled Post Traumatic June 15.
"I had terrible days. And now I have less bad days," Shinoda says. "And eventually I will find a new normal, a new stasis. And that is the journey that I'm on that, in this album, you'll see it happening."
DominoArctic Monkeys will release their new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in less than a month, but much about the record is still shrouded in mystery. We know that the follow-up to 2013's AM is more piano-based and the opening line is about The Strokes, but the band hasn't shared any actual music from the album.
When that day comes, however, Guy Moot, an executive at Arctic Monkey's longtime publisher, Sony/ATV, believes you'll be very impressed.
"I think [frontman Alex Turner's] just written another masterpiece," Moot tells MusicWeek.com of the new album.
Moot believes that the "lyrical content," "concepts" and "narrative" on Tranquility Base are especially strong, and even calls Turner a "true bard."
"At a time when lyrics are sometimes devalued, he really comes up with poetry," Moot says. "If you love Alex Turner's songwriting, he's got the ability of all great songwriters, that you can immerse yourself deeper and deeper into the songs."
You'll be able to judge for yourself when Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino arrives on May 11. Arctic Monkeys will launch a North American tour behind the album May 2 in San Diego.
Columbia RecordsRag'n'Bone Man may be only "Human," but he's also nominated for one of the U.K.'s most prestigious music honors. The English singer-songwriter's breakthrough single is nominated for the 2018 Ivor Novello Awards.
"Human" is up for the Most Performed Work title, which is awarded to the song that was literally played the most on TV, radio and online over the past year.
Rag'n'Bone Man's competition for the prize will be Ed Sheeran...and Ed Sheeran. The British pop phenom is nominated twice for Most Performed Work, once for "Castle on the Hill" and again for "Shape of You."
The winners will be announced during a ceremony in London on May 31.
The Ivor Novello Awards, named after a popular Welsh composer, singer and actor who was famous in the first part of the 20th century, honor excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing, and are judged by songwriters. The awards describe themselves as the "pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition."
ABC/Fred LeeFlorence the Machine and Arcade Fire will head to Las Vegas this fall to headline the 2018 Life Is Beautiful festival, held September 21-23.
This year's bill also includes Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, CHVRCHES, St. Vincent, Foster the People, The Neighbourhood, Cold War Kids, Wolfmother, AJR, Welshly Arms, Robert DeLong and Sir Sly, among others.
Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty ImagesMy Bloody Valentine will hit the road this summer on their first U.S. tour since 2013. The trek begins July 17 in Seattle and will conclude August 1 in New York City. You can grab tickets this Friday, April 27 via MyBloodyValentine.org.
Along the way, the Irish shoegaze pioneers will play the FYF Fest in Los Angeles on July 22. They're also performing at London's Robert Smith-curated Meltdown festival, held in June.
My Bloody Valentine last toured the U.S. five years ago behind their 2013 comeback album, m b v.
Here are My Bloody Valentine's headlining U.S. tour dates:
7/17 -- Seattle, WA, The Paramount 7/19 -- Oakland, CA, Fox Theater 7/25 -- St. Paul, MN, Palace Theatre 7/27 -- Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre 7/30 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore 8/1 -- New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
ABC/Randy HolmesThe San Francisco Giants baseball team hosted the sixth annual Metallica Night Monday in honor of the Bay Area metal legends.
Before the hometown team took the field to take on the visiting Washington Nationals, guitarist Kirk Hammettperformed an instrumental version of the national anthem. Additionally, drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch.
As for the actual game, the Giants went home with a 4-2 win.
Now that Monday's festivities are over, Metallica will head to Germany later this week to resume their European tour behind the band's latest album, Hardwired...to Self-Destruct. They'll launch a U.S. tour in September.
DominoArctic Monkeys have announced a fall North American tour behind their forthcoming new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The jaunt begins October 9 in Dallas and wraps up October 25 in Vancouver. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. local time via ArcticMonkeys.com.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's AM, will be released on May 11. In an interview with Billboard, frontman Alex Turner says the new material is more piano-based than the guitar-heavy sounds of past Arctic Monkeys albums.
"Sitting at the piano took me immediately to a different place," Turner explains. "There are chords that came out, my fingers were falling different places, and the sounds were giving me ideas. That I was the guy sitting at the piano also gave me ideas."
Prior to the fall dates, Arctic Monkeys will play a run of North American dates this spring and summer starting May 2 in San Diego.
Here are Arctic Monkeys' fall tour dates:
10/9 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom 10/10 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion 10/12 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 10/16 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl 10/19 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 10/20 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 10/23 -- Seattle, WA, WaMu Theater 10/24 -- Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum 10/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum
Credit: Tim CadienteA Perfect Circle will launch a U.S. headlining tour this fall in support of their new album, Eat the Elephant. The outing begins October 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will conclude in Maynard James Keenan's home state of Arizona with a November 20 show in Phoenix.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. local time via APerfectCircle.com.
Eat the Elephant, A Perfect Circle's first album in 14 years, is out now. The record will be available on blue and red vinyl July 6.
Here are A Perfect Circle's fall U.S. tour dates:
10/20 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Maverik Center 10/22 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater 10/24 -- Austin, TX, Austin 360 Amphitheatre 10/29 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre 10/30 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena 11/1 -- Charlotte, NC, Bojangles' Coliseum 11/2 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 11/6 -- New York, NY, The Theater at Madison Square Garden 11/17 -- Anaheim, CA, The Theatre at Honda Center 11/18 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Chelsea 11/20 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre
Credit: Tim CadienteA Perfect Circle was the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, and the band performed its new single "TalkTalk" on the show's outdoor stage, as well as the track "So Long, And Thanks for all the Fish" during the closing credits.
Both songs are among the tracks off APC's recently released album, Eat the Elephant, which is the band's first studio disc in 14 years.
After headlining the Las Rageous festival in Vegas on Friday and playing Coachella for the second week in a row on Sunday night, singer Maynard James Keenan and company made their way to Los Angeles for the Kimmel performance on Monday.
Keenan, sporting a suit and tie, stood on a riser toward the back of the stage as the rest of the band, more casually dressed, rocked through the performance of "TalkTalk." With a little time left in the show, APC was able to showcase a portion of the track "So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish" as the Kimmel credits rolled.
A Perfect Circle will continue to support Eat the Elephant on a U.S. jaunt that runs from May 12 through May 26. The band will then head to Europe for a monthlong trek that runs from June 1 through July 1. See APC's full itinerary at APerfectCircle.com/tour.
PRNewsfoto/Live Nation EntertainmentConcert promoter Live Nation will be offering discounted tickets for a number of the summer's biggest rock tours during National Concert Week.
From Monday, April 30 at 8 a.m. local time to Tuesday, May 8 at 11:59 p.m local time, you can grab $20 concert tickets for artists including Thirty Seconds to Mars, Smashing Pumpkins and Ozzy Osbourne.
Other participating tours include The Offspring and 311, Arcade Fire, Avenged Sevenfold and Prophets of Rage, Beck, Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and The Cult, Shinedown and Godsmack, Imagine Dragons, Kid Rock, Evanescence, Paramore, Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, Weezer and Pixies, and Warped Tour, among many more.
Credit: David EdwardsFranz Ferdinand has released the video for "Glimpse of Love," a track from the Scottish band's new album, Always Ascending.
Filmed in the French countryside, the video isn't overtly weird, but everything seems a little...off, in a David Lynch sort of way. In one scene, for example, the Franz members sit in a living room and nod their head to the music while staring unnervingly at the camera. Another scene shows them awkwardly dancing in a pasture.
There are also sheep. Lots and lots of sheep. You can watch the video now on YouTube.
Franz Ferdinand is currently touring North America in support of Always Ascending.