Credit: Natalie EscobedoMonday night, Taking Back Sunday will kick off their 20th anniversary tour in Houston, Texas. Speaking to ABC Radio, bassist Shaun Cooper says the band will be playing "super long sets" on the tour, during which they'll play their 2002 debut album Tell All Your Friends in its entirety, as well as tons of songs from throughout their two decade-long career.
"We'll probably be doing about two hours every night," Cooper says. "It's gonna be taxing, and it's gonna be an awesome time."
For cities in which they're playing two shows on the tour, TBS will also play either 2004's Where You Want to Be or 2006's Louder Now in full as well. That decision will be made by a special commemorative coin, which the band will flip in front of the audience before the show.
Cooper says that the coin is "official" and "heavy," and, as it turns out, quite expensive to make.
"It is a real-deal thing," he says.
Cooper jokes that the coin will be protected in a "briefcase with a handcuff on it that will be attached to our tour manager at all times."
"In case anything goes wrong, anyone tries to get it, they're not gonna get it from him," the bassists says.
"No one's messing with our coin," adds drummer Mark O'Connell.
No matter what the coin decides, however, Cooper assures that all the hits will be played.
"Whatever songs we leave off that night, we'll be sure to cover all the bases," he says. "So on a Where You Want to Be night, you're still gonna hear 'MakeDamnSure.' We're not gonna leave that out because 'The coin didn't say so!'"
Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesPearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will help his hometown Seattle Mariners kick off the 2019 MLB baseball season by performing the national anthem prior to the team's Opening Day game, taking place March 28.
The game will be held at Seattle's T-Mobile Park, and will feature the Mariners taking on the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox. Visit MLB.com for ticket info.
In other Pearl Jam happenings, the grunge legends will be the ambassadors for this year's Record Store Day, held on Saturday, April 13. The band will be releasing a vinyl live album recorded in 2005 at Seattle's Easy Street Records to mark the occasion.
East Beach Records & Tapes/Thirty TigersFoo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has announced a new solo album called Hard Lessons, due out June 14.
Hard Lessons features the previously released song "This Ol' World," as well as a new single called "Welcome to Your First Heartache," which you can download now via digital platforms.
"I think this record hits a little closer to mixing everywhere I've been musically into one big blender and comes out something a little different," Shiflett says of the new album.
Hard Lessons follows Shiflett's 2017 solo effort, West Coast Town.
Shiflett will reconvene with Foo Fighters in May for a batch of U.S. dates, including headlining sets at the Epicenter and Sonic Temple festivals.
Here's the Hard Lessons track list:
"Liar’s Word" "This Ol’ World" "Welcome to Your First Heartache" "The Hardest Lessons" "The One You Go Home To" feat. Elizabeth Cook "Fool’s Gold" "I Thought You’d Never Leave" "Weak Heart" "Marfa On My Mind" "Leaving Again" "The Hardest Lessons (Reprise)"
Nuclear BlastThe Damned Things, featuring members of Fall Out Boy, Anthrax, Every Time I Die, and Alkaline Trio, have released a new song called "Something Good." The ripping tune is available now for digital download.
"'Something Good' is a feel-good song about feeling bad," says vocalist Keith Buckley. "It's about hurting people you care about because it is not in your nature to do the right thing even when you want to. A dark moral story with a really sunny feel."
The track will appear on The Damned Things' upcoming sophomore album High Crimes. The long-awaited follow-up to 2010's Ironiclast is due out April 26.
Along with Every Time I Die's Buckley, The Damned Things also includes Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, Anthrax's Scott Ian and Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano. The group will launch a headlining tour in support of their new album May 1 in Los Angeles.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe Head and the Heart has announced a gigantic tour in support of the band's forthcoming album, Living Mirage.
The lengthy jaunt kicks off July 6 in Kansas City, Missouri, and will last into the fall before wrapping up October 20 in Toronto.
Tickets go on sale to the general public next Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit TheHeadandtheHeart.com for all ticket info.
In between the headline dates, The Head and the Heart will perform at the Woodstock 50 festival in Watkins Glen, New York on August 16.
Living Mirage, which features the lead single "Missed Connection," is due out May 17. It's the follow-up to 2016's Signs of Light, which spawned the single "All We Ever Knew."
Here are The Head and the Heart's new tour dates:
7/6 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre 7/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre 7/9 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at the Moody Theater 7/12 -- Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 7/13 -- Houston, TX, Whit Oak Music Hall 7/14 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater 7/17 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/18 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/19 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Great Saltair 7/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 7/23 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 7/25 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort 7/26 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 8/16 -- Watkins Glen, NY, Woodstock 50 9/6 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat Theatre at Old National Centre 9/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 9/10 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica 9/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live 9/13 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre 9/18 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory 9/19 -- Ames, IA, Stephens Auditorium 9/21 -- Franklin, TN, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival 9/26 -- Asheville, NC, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium 9/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle 9/29 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 10/1 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater 10/3 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem 10/8 -- Philadelphia, The Met 10/9 -- Albany, NY, Palace Thatre 10/11 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre 10/12 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena 10/14 -- Moon Township, PA, UPMC Events Center 10/15 -- Detroit MI, The Fillmore 10/16 -- Columbus, OH, Palace Theatre 10/18 -- Ottawa, ON, Algonquin Commons Theatre 10/19 -- Montreal, QC, MTELUS 10/20 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Columbia RecordsFoster the People has debuted a new single called "Style."
On the dancey tune, vocalist Mark Foster declares "If you're gonna take me out, take me out in style." You can download it now via digital outlets.
"Style" follows FtP's single "Worst Nites," which premiered last November. The band's most recent album is 2017's Sacred Hearts Club, which features the singles "Sit Next to Me" and "Doing It for the Money."
Modular RecordingsTame Impala fans have had to wait with patience for new music, and now the Australian band has returned with a new song called "Patience," available now for digital download.
"Patience" is the first new song from Kevin Parker's project to follow the 2015 album Currents. A new record is expected to arrive later this year.
Tame Impala is also returning to the road this year, with sets lined up for Coachella and Lollapalooza, in addition to a number of headlining dates. You can also catch them from the comfort of your own home when the band performs on Saturday Night Live on March 30.
Republic RecordsCHVRCHES is on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time ever, thanks to some help from Marshmello.
The Scottish trio's new song "Here with Me," recorded in collaboration with the hit-making DJ/producer, currently sits at number 75 on the Hot 100 -- marking the band's very first appearance on the chart.
While "Here with Me" is off to a good start on the Hot 100, it has a ways to go if it hopes to match the heights of "Happier," Marshmello's collaboration with Bastille. That song ended up climbing all the way to the #2 spot on the chart, giving both artists the biggest chart hit of their careers.
"Here with Me" follows CHVRCHES' 2018 album Love Is Dead, which features the singles "Get Out" and "Miracle." They'll launch a U.S. headlining tour in continued support of the album April 16 in Las Vegas, following a set at Coachella.
Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains has premiered the next installment of Black Antenna, the new sci-fi companion film to the band's Grammy-nominated album, Rainier Fog.
The new chapter, streaming now via SyFy.com, is accompanied by the song "Red Giant," and continues the story of Alpha and Beta, two aliens disguised as humans trying to find a way to contact their home world. They're pursued by a U.S. immigration officer named Nil, who also has alien origins.
Speaking to SyFy, director Adam Mason says the story of Black Antenna was inspired by "a combination of the homeless problem in Los Angeles and what’s happening with immigration in the past few years."
"It's not really a political movie, it's just whenever I hear the term 'illegal alien' I immediately start to wonder if extraterrestrial aliens would be welcome here," Mason explains. "And the answer is probably 'F***, no!'"
The "Red Giant" segment is the third Black Antenna installment, following the "The One You Know" and "Rainier Fog" chapters. The film will eventually comprise 10 parts.
Alice in Chains will launch a North American spring tour in support of Rainier Fog in April. They'll then team up with Korn for a co-headlining tour starting in July.
ABC/Fred LeePanic! at the Disco has earned a whole bunch of platinum certifications.
According to the RIAA, Panic's 2008 sophomore album Pretty. Odd. and 2013's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, as well as the singles "LA Devotee," "Hallelujah," "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time" and "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage," have all been certified platinum for one million units sold.
Additionally, the band's 2005 debut A Fever You Can't Sweat Out has now been certified three-times platinum, while 2016's Death of a Bachelor and its title track have earned double-platinum certification.
In other Panic! news, frontman Brendon Urie will be honored with the Inspiration Award at the LGBTQ youth organization GLSEN's Respect Awards, held May 20 in New York City.
Urie will be recognized for his "ongoing commitment to LGBTQ youth and for investing in the power of students to create more inclusive schools."
Last summer, Urie donated $1 million to GLSEN through his Highest Hopes Foundation.
Anthony Kiedis and company show up about 45 seconds into the clip, and are seen rehearsing with Post for said Grammy performance, during which the rapper played his songs "Stay" and "rockstar" before joining the Peppers on stage for a rendition of their song "Dark Necessities." You can watch the video now on YouTube.
"Wow.", which was released this past Christmas Eve, also features a shout-out to Fall Out Boy in the lyrics.
In other Red Hot news, the band played a special show at the ancient pyramids of Giza, Egypt last Friday, which was streamed live online. A documentary about the show is apparently in the works, and the Chilis are asking anyone who attended to share their photos or videos from the concert so they can be included in the film.
Credit: Monika Mogi Prior to Vampire Weekend releasing their new song "Sunflower," rappers Post Malone and Rae Sremmurd's Swae Lee notched a hit with a single that's also called "Sunflower," from the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack. Now, the band is paying tribute to its predecessors with a cover of Post and Swae's "Sunflower."
Ezra Koenig and company performed their cover during a session on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, and turned the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit into a more of a jam, which could fit right in with VW's recent material.
You can listen to the "Sunflower" cover now via BBC.co.uk.
Vampire Weekend's "Sunflower," meanwhile, will appear on the band's upcoming album Father of the Bride, which also includes the lead single "Harmony Hall." The much-anticipated follow-up to 2013's Modern Vampires of the City arrives May 3.
BEE & El/RCA RecordsOn Friday, Flora Cash will release a new EP called Press. The five-song collection features "You're Somebody Else," the breakthrough single for the duo, made up of husband and wife Cole Randall and Shpresa Lleshaj [luh-SHEGHZ].
Speaking to ABC Radio, Randall describes how "You're Somebody Else" reflects the rest of Press.
"Overall, there's a theme of breaking through limitations, whether self-imposed or external limitations," Randall explains. "I think in that sense, thematically 'You're Somebody Else' really fits...it's very cohesive with the rest of [the EP]."
From a sonic perspective, however, Randall doesn't feel "You're Somebody Else" is wholly representative of the EP's sound. For example, the follow-up single "They Own This Town," employs heavier percussive elements than its predecessor.
"It maybe sounds cheesy, but we really always try to treat every song like it's an individual thing," Randall says. "At least sonically, it's not necessarily part of some larger vision."
In April, Flora Cash will hit the road with lovelytheband, and they hope to have a new full-length album out later this year.
"Most of the songs that are gonna be on this EP are also gonna be a part of a full-length album," Randall says. "It's a little bit tentative at the moment, but it's looking somewhere around late summer that we'll have a proper album, which we're really excited about."
Reprise RecordsThree cheers are in order for My Chemical Romance.
The band's 2004 album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge has re-entered the Billboard 200 for the first time in over a decade. It currently sits at number 191 on the chart after being absent from the tally since 2006.
While it's unclear what caused the album's return to the Billboard 200, there are a variety of MCR-adjacent things going on lately: frontman Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy Netflix series, and guitarist Frank Iero's newly announced album Barriers, with his band the Future Violents.
Additionally, this Friday, March 22 marks the sixth anniversary of MCR announcing their breakup.
Upon its original release, Three Cheers peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200, and stayed on the chart for nearly 80 weeks. It spawned the singles "Helena" and "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)."
ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors have debuted the video for their new single, "BOOM."
The clip starts off as a normal performance video, as it captures the "Renegades" rockers playing on a stage filled with light and shadow. Then, about halfway through, a lighting fixture drops on frontman Sam Harris' head, and the video takes a more surreal turn.
ABC/Randy HolmesMumford & Sons have premiered the video for "Beloved," a single from the band's new album, Delta.
The emotional clip focuses on a young boy who spends one last day with his dying mother outside of the hospital. As you can probably guess, the end is pretty devastating.
"Everyone knows loss in one way or another," frontman Marcus Mumford says of "Beloved." "This song is about that."
If you have a box of tissues ready, you can watch the "Beloved" video now on YouTube.
Mumford & Sons are currently touring the U.S. behind Delta, which also features the lead single "Guiding Light." The spring leg concludes March 31 in Milwaukee, followed by a summer leg beginning in August.
ABC/Eric McCandlessAfter clapping along with Fitz and the Tantrums, now you can count along with them.
The band has dropped a new single called "123456." The characteristically energetic track is available now for digital download, and is streaming alongside a neon-tinged video now on YouTube.
"'123456' has a fun and carefree vibe, but it's actually quite an emotional song personally," says frontman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in a statement.
"Before writing the song, I was questioning my talent, fighting off insecurities, and trying to find a way to keep going," he explains. "The music to '123456' literally pulled me out of a funk and hyped me up."
"123456" is the first single from the next Tantrums album, due out later this year. The band's most recent album is their 2016 self-titled effort, which spawned the hit single "HandClap."
You can catch Fitz and the Tantrums live this summer on a co-headlining tour with Young the Giant, which launches in June.