Credit: Danny ClinchMuse will kick off a U.S. headlining tour in support of their new album Simulation Theory Friday in Houston. The British rockers have shared a few previews of the tour -- featuring frontman Matt Bellamy in a robot suit and a giant, mechanical alien creature -- and now drummer Dominic Howard tells ABC Radio that the shows will reflect the Simulation Theory's '80s-esque sound and visuals.
"I think the look of the show is gonna be as colorful as all the videos and the album cover," Howard says. "So it's gonna be a much more neon feeling to the palette."
While previous Muse tours have been dominated by large video screens and airborne objects -- the run in support of 2015's Drones, for example, featured actual drones flying around the venue -- Howard says the band will be taking a different approach this time around.
"We're working on bringing in a cast of other people into the stage to [not only] play instruments with us, but also perform weird, live art [during] the show," Howard explains. "So it [will] be more about...looking at the stage and what's going on rather than, like, everything else flying around the venue, like drones and stuff."
In doing so, Howard hopes to bring the energy of a small room into arenas.
"I like the feeling of it being stripped down and just about the music and not about a massive screen," Howard says. "Which is what we're gonna try and attempt to do [on this tour]."
"It's still gonna be a massive, big arena show," he continues. "But [it will] just have a bit more focus on what's actually going on onstage, rather than just watching a movie, you know?"
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaFollowing 2018's A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, The 1975 plans to release another album called Notes on a Conditional Form sometime this year, and we now know when we'll get to hear the first single.
Speaking to Apple Music's Beats 1, frontman Matty Healy reveals that the lead Notes track will arrive on May 31. As for what the track will be, he adds that he and the rest of the band are currently trying to choose between three songs.
When the song does arrive, The 1975 will be in the middle of their U.S. tour in support of A Brief Inquiry, which begins April 12 at Coachella.
A Brief Inquiry, meanwhile, just won British Album of the Year at Wednesday's Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys.
Credit: Travis ShinnEarlier this month, Greta Van Fleet postponed a pair of tour dates in Australia due to frontman Josh Kiszka's battle with an upper respiratory infection. Sadly, the battle is still ongoing, and the Michigan rockers have now postponed their entire upcoming European tour, which was set to kick off this Friday.
"Josh currently has a relentless upper respiratory infection that has not yet had the chance to heal," the band writes in a statement. "His doctor has required extended rest as the only path to full recovery."
As Kiszka recovers, the rest of Greta Van Fleet hopes to "recalibrate our balance, both physically and mentally."
"We are heartbroken in sharing this setback with you and hope you can understand this painful decision," the statement reads. "It will be extremely satisfying to reconcile this calamity by making the most of our time together in a healthier state."
The band promises that they will make up all the postponed shows, some of which have already been rescheduled for November. Tickets bought for the original dates will be honored at the rescheduled shows, but if you can't attend, refunds are available at point of purchase.
Kiszka and Greta Van Fleet have been touring the world behind their debut album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army. The trek is expected to return to the U.S. in May.
Locomotion / Geffen RecordsThe video for Yungblud's song "11 Minutes," which he recorded with Halsey and Blink-182's Travis Barker, is streaming now on YouTube.
The cinematic visual follows the English rocker as he goes through five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance -- after his partner, played by Halsey, dies in a car crash. In between, you see quick shots of Barker playing the drums.
Halsey and Yungblud are rumored to be romantically involved in real life.
"We don't realize how much we need something until it's taken away from us," says Yungblud of the video. "We are so distracted and focused on what’s next, we can fail to see what is actually in front of us."
"11 Minutes" follows Yungblud's single "Loner," which was released in January.
Courtesy of NetflixAmong the many people enjoying Netflix's new superhero series The Umbrella Academy is Gerard Way himself, who created and wrote the comic book series on which the show is based.
The series centers on a collection of extraordinary young people, who were brought together as adoptive siblings by an eccentric billionaire, and who discover after his death that they only have a week to stop the end of the world.
In an Instagram post, the former My Chemical Romance frontman reveals his favorite line in the small-screen adaptation: it's in the first episode, when the brilliant, time-traveling Number Five, played by 15-year-old Aidan Gallagher, sarcastically says, "What part of 'the future' do you not understand?"
"I laugh every time I hear @aidanrgallagher say it," Way writes.
Gallagher is also a big admirer of Way's -- back in 2017, when shooting on The Umbrella Academy had just begun, he shared a cover of the MCR Black Parade song "Cancer."
The Umbrella Academy, also starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper and Mary J. Blige, is streaming now on Netflix.
Terry McGinnis/WireImageKurt Cobain would've turned 52 on Wednesday, and his daughter Frances Bean Cobain shared a birthday message for her late father.
"Happy birthday to my da," Frances wrote in her Instagram Story, alongside a photo of herself as a baby next to a smiling Kurt.
She continued. "I hope you are at peace. I hope your spirit can feel how healing your art has been to the world...even if you couldn't heal your self, I think that's OK because your life has given more that it ever took. What a special person you must've been."
"Rest easy," she concluded. "I'll see ya when I see ya (hopefully not too soon)."
The official NirvanaTwitter page also recognized the occasion, posting a photo of Kurt of laughing on the floor while listening to records.
ABC/Randy HolmesOn Wednesday, Weezerannounced that a new song called "High as a Kite" would be released today. Not only did they keep that promise, but they've also debuted another new track: "Living in L.A."
Both songs will appear on Weezer's upcoming Black Album, and are available now for digital download. "High as a Kite" is also accompanied by a video, which stars frontman Rivers Cuomo as the host of a demented version of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. You can watch that now on YouTube.
The Black Album is due out March 1. It follows Weezer's Teal Album covers collection, which was surprise-released in January. The band's most recent album of original songs is 2017's Pacific Daydream.
Weezer will launch a U.S. tour in support of the Black Album alongside Pixies March 8 in Louisville, Kentucky.
BMGYeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O and producer Danger Mouse are launching a "multisensory art installation" in Los Angeles in support of their forthcoming collaborative album, Lux Prima.
The exhibition, titled "An Encounter with Lux Prima," will be open April 18-21 at L.A.'s Marciano Art Foundation. A press release describes it an "immersive, communal listening experience" accompanied by "groundbreaking audiovisual technologies."
"Karen and I had been plotting on working together for a long time," says Danger Mouse. "With no discussions on what the music would eventually sound like, we jumped in. We were each other's audience alone, really, but soon we started to see this world instead of just hearing it. So let's see if others can hear and see it together too."
"The music was calling out for an extraordinary presentation, one that brings people together in a heightened state of listening," adds O. "It's gonna be a trip!"
ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182's Mark Hoppus and All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth have released a new song from their new Simple Creatures project. The track is called "Strange Love," and is available now for digital outlets.
You can also watch the song's accompanying psychedelic video, streaming now on YouTube.
"Strange Love" will be included on the debut Simple Creatures EP, also titled Strange Love. The six-track collection, which also features the previously released single "Drug," is due out March 29.
Here's the Strange Love track list:
"Drug" "Strange Love" "How to Live" "Adrenaline" "Ether" "Lucy"
Credit: Guerin BlaskLovelytheband is going to Hollywood.
The "broken" artists will be celebrity mentors on the upcoming season of American Idol. They'll be sharing their advice during the "All-Star Duet" round, when the top 20 contestants perform with famous musicians.
The exact air date of lovelytheband's American Idol appearance has yet to be revealed, but the show will premiere Sunday, March 3 on ABC.
In other lovelytheband news, their breakout single "broken" has been certified platinum by the RIAA.
"Broken" is featured on lovelytheband's debut album finding it hard to smile, which also includes the singles "these are my friends" and "maybe, i'm afraid."
Lovelytheband will launch a U.S. headlining tour in support of finding it hard to smile in March.
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaThe 1975 went home with two awards at the 2019 Brit Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Grammys, which were held Wednesday in London.
Matty Healy and company won the prize for British Group, as well as the British Album of the Year award for A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.
In their acceptance speech for the first award, Healy called for an end to misogyny in the music industry. He quoted journalist Laura Snapes, who wrote in 2015, "Male musicians' misogynist acts are examined for nuance and defended as traits of 'difficult' artists, [while] women and those who call them out are treated as hysterics who don't understand art."
ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer will be sharing another preview of their upcoming Black Album this week. A new track called "High as a Kite" drops this Thursday.
"Tomorrow seems like a good day to go parasailing, and a good day to release a new song," the band tweeted Wednesday. "'High as a Kite' out everywhere tomorrow."
They also added that they're "not done with surprises yet" -- whatever that means.
Weezer's 2019 has so far been full of surprises: In January, they surprise-released a covers album, the Teal Album, featuring takes on TLC's "No Scrubs," a-ha's "Take on Me," Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" and, of course, Toto's "Africa."
The Black Album, which features the previously released single "Can't Knock the Hustle," is due out March 1. Weezer will launch a U.S. tour in support of the record alongside Pixies, starting March 8 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Here's the Black Album track list:
"Can't Knock the Hustle" "Zombie Bastards" "High as a Kite" "Living in L.A." "Piece of Cake" "I'm Just Being Honest" "Too Many Thoughts in My Head" "The Prince Who Wanted Everything" "Byzantine" "California Snow"
Fall Out Boy's Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman; ABC/Richard HarbaughThe Damned Things are officially coming back.
The band, made up of Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, Anthrax's Scott Ian and Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die, will release a new album called High Crimes on April 26.
Trohman revealed the news in the new issue of Kerrang! magazine.
"It started out more as an EP, but then it got to the point where we just made a whole record," he explains.
High Crimes will follow The Damned Things' 2010 debut album, Ironiclast. Since then, the band's lineup has changed a bit: Volbeat guitarist Rob Caggiano and ex-Every Time I Die bassist Josh Newton have left, while Alkaline Trio bassist Dan Andriano has joined the group.
In addition to the new tunes, The Damned Things will be hitting the road this spring to play the Welcome to Rockville and Epicenter festivals.
ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182's Travis Barker has revealed when we'll get to hear material from the band's forthcoming album.
"April, May or June, if I had to guess," the drummer tells Billboard. "That's the target. It's kind of loose. But I feel like it's happening right around there."
As for how the new songs sound, Barker says they remind him of the experimental nature of Blink's 2003 Untitled album, which spawned the singles "I Miss You" and "Feeling This."
"The songs on the new album don't have any brothers or sisters," Barker explains. "They don't sound like anything we've done before."
"'Feeling This' and 'I Miss You,' I really feel like those didn't sound like anything Blink had touched on before," he continues. "I just know were doing that again. That's exciting to me."
For example, one song on the album, tentatively titled "Paris," is based on a beat Barker originally made for rapper Juice WRLD.
"Before I ever got in the studio with him, I played it randomly, and [bassist/vocalist] Mark [Hoppus] said, 'Oh what are you working on?'" Barker remembers. "They were like, 'Whoa, we really like this.' And it morphed into a Blink song. It's probably our favorite right now."
Blink-182's most recent album is 2016's California.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe Oscars have announced the presenters who will introduce the eight Best Picture nominees at this year's Academy Awards, and among them is none other than Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello.
The other presenters include Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams, Mike Myers, Queen Latifah, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, former Saturday Night Live castmember Dana Carvey, The Hate UGive star Amandla Stenberg, Rogue One actor Diego Luna, famed chef José Andrés and Congressman John Lewis.
In a statement, Oscar producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss say, "Movies connect us all. They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us. We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies."
It's unknown which film Morello will be introducing. The nominees are A Star Is Born, Roma, Bohemian Rhapsody,Green Book, The Favourite, BlackKklansman, Vice and Black Panther.
The 2019 Oscars air live from Hollywood this Sunday, Februray 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaJudah & the Lion's newest song features a newly minted Grammy-winner.
Country star Kacey Musgraves, who took home the Album of the Year prize at this year's awards, guests on the track, which is called "Pictures." The contemplative, acoustic-driven tune is available now for digital outlets.
"Pictures" will appear on Judah & Lion's upcoming album Pep Talks, due out May 3. The record also features the previously released single "Over My Head."
Pep Talks follows Judah's 2016 album Folk Hop N Roll, which features the alternative hit "Take It All Back." The deluxe version of record spawned the singles "Suit and Jacket" and "Going to Mars."
Judah & the Lion will be holding a series of special listening events and storytelling sessions this spring ahead of Pep Talks' arrival. The tour begins April 16 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Credit: Monika Mogi Vampire Weekend has premiered the video for "Harmony Hall," a single from the band's upcoming album, Father of the Bride.
The clip stars frontman Ezra Koenig hosting a cooking show while a green snake slithers around the kitchen -- an apparent reference to the song's lyrics: "Anybody with a worried mind can never forgive the sight/Of wicked snakes inside a place you thought was dignified."
Earlier this month, VW was spotted filming something in New York City's Upper West Side neighborhood with actor and director Jonah Hill. The "Harmony Hall" video seems to be a different project, since it's directed by Emmett Malloy, not Hill. however, the Superbad star does make a brief appearance at the end of the clip.
Father of the Bride, the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Modern Vampires of the City, is due out in the spring. Vampire Weekend will launch a North American headlining tour in support of the new record in June.
ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown will launch a U.S. tour behind their new album ATTENTION ATTENTION Wednesday in Estero, Florida. And even if you've previously seen Shinedown in concert, frontman Brent Smith promises that these shows will be better than ever.
"We're gonna give back to the audience, man," Smith tells ABC Radio. "We're gonna give them the most amazing show they've ever seen."
In addition to being amazed, you should prepare to shed a few tears if you're catching any shows on the tour. Smith says that when the band performs the ATTENTION ATTENTION single "GET UP," which he wrote about bassist Eric Bass' battle with depression, there's "not a dry eye in the room."
"It's not because they're sad," Smith explains. "You can see the release. Like, this elephant that has been sitting on their chest that is getting off of their chest, you know? All that...they've built up inside of them, and it turns into a pressure cooker, you can see the release when we play the song."
Smith adds that the live reaction to "GET UP" is "overwhelming."
"It's also wonderful to see those tears, that it's joy," he says. "It's a celebration more than anything...They understand, for the first time, 'Wow, I'm really not alone. I'm not the only one that feels this way.'"
Shinedown's tour features support from Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria. The run will wrap up March 20 in Loveland, Colorado.
Credit: Tyler ShieldsBadflower has announced a batch of North American headlining dates in support of the band's forthcoming debut album, OK, I'm Sick.
The run kicks off April 23 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and will conclude May 14 in Burlington, Vermont. Tickets go sale this Friday, February 22 at 10 a.m. local time via BadflowerMusic.com.
Prior to the headlining dates, Badflower will hit the road with Nothing More starting February 21 in Phoenix. Afterwards, they'll be opening for Shinedown's summer tour starting in June.
For a preview of Badflower's live show, you can check out their new live video for "Heroin," a track from of OK, I'm Sick. The black-and-white clip, which was filmed in Nashville, is streaming now on YouTube.
OK, I'm Sick, which also features the single "Ghost," arrives on Friday.
Here are Badflower's new headlining tour dates:
4/23 -- Little Rock, AR, Revolution Music Room 4/29 -- Knoxville, TN, Concourse 4/30 -- Memphis, TN, 1884 Lounge at Minglewood 5/1 -- Chattanooga, TN, Songbirds 5/2 -- Nashville, TN, Cowan 5/7 -- Johnson City, TN, Capone's 5/8 -- Huntsville, AL, Sidetracks 5/14 -- Burlington, VT, Higher Ground