Frank Micelotta/ImageDirectLate Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley would've turned 52 Thursday, and to mark the occasion, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has declared August 22, 2019 Layne Staley Day in the city.
According to a proclamation signed by the mayor, Layne Staley Day is meant to celebrate the musician's "artistry and the promotion of the arts in Seattle as we work toward a more vibrant, healthy and safe city."
The proclamation also recognizes Staley's "legendary" voice, as well as Layne's parents Phil and Nancy, who started the Layne Staley Memorial Fund in honor of their son after his death by overdose in 2002. The fund raises money, awareness and education to treat heroin addiction.
Staley sang on Alice in Chains' first three albums -- 1990's Facelift, 1992's Dirt and 1995's Alice in Chains -- and established the band's iconic harmonized vocal style alongside Jerry Cantrell.
Following Staley's death, vocalist William DuVall joined the band, and AiC has released three more albums, the most recent of which being 2018's Rainier Fog.
Polydor/Interscope Lana Del Rey has dropped two new songs from her upcoming album, Norman F***ing Rockwell.
The tracks are titled "F*** It I Love You" and "The Greatest," both of which are available now for digital download. Del Rey has also premiered a video combining both songs, which you can watch now on YouTube.
In other Lana Del Rey happenings, the singer-songwriter appears on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard magazine. You can read her cover story now on Billboard.com.
Norman F***ing Rockwell, recorded in collaboration with Jack Antonoff, will be released August 30. The album also includes Del Rey's cover of Sublime's "Doin' Time."
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaThe 1975 has premiered a new song called "People." The frenetic, noise rock-esque tune is available now for digital download.
"People" is also accompanied by a video that finds frontman Matty Healy channeling his inner Marilyn Manson, which you can watch now on YouTube.
"People" will appear on The 1975's upcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form, which will be released February 21, 2020. The track follows the previously released song "The 1975," which samples a speech given by teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Notes on a ConditionalForm is the follow-up to 2018's A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.
The 1975 will launch a quick U.S. arena tour in November.
ABC/Randy HolmesAn exhibit featuring new portraits of musicians -- including Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Ringo Starr and Iggy Pop -- is opening at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Titled Face the Music, the display features photographs of musicians taken as they're listening to their favorite songs. For example, Ulrich was photographed while listening to Rage Against the Machine, while Pop's picture was taken as he was rocking out to the iconic guitar instrumental "Rumble" by the late Link Wray.
"It was an incredibly fulfilling once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, personally and professionally, to capture some of the world's most iconic musicians while they listened to their favorite songs," says Face the Music photographer Richard Ehrlich. "It is a dream come true to now showcase these photographs at the Grammy Museum."
Face the Music opens September 12 and will be on view through January 6, 2020. The exhibit also features portraits of artists including Sheryl Crow, Quincy Jones, RZA, Michael Bublé and Esperanza Spalding.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesMatt and Kim drummer Kim Schifino has torn her ACL, but the duo's upcoming 10th anniversary Grand tour is still on as scheduled.
According to a post on the Matt and Kim Instagram, Schifino, who had previously injured her ACL in 2017, suffered this new tear during a performance at Nebraska's Maha festival over the weekend. She fell off her kick drum 20 minutes into the show, but finished the set anyway without knowing the extent of her injury.
"[Kim] has gone directly into physical therapy and her doctor says with intensive work she will be ready to go for the Grand anniversary tour this fall," the post reads. "As incredibly sad as she is about this injury she was even more sad at the prospect of missing this tour so we are proud to say it will happen."
While the tour is still a go, Matt and Kim did have to cancel their performance at New Jersey's Sea.Hear.Now festival in September.
The Grand tour is set to kick off October 17 in Cleveland.
Credit: Alex LakeRadiohead's Thom Yorke is teaming up with the U.K.'s Crack Magazine to curate a limited edition zine.
Titled I See You, the booklet includes interviews with eight subjects chosen by Yorke, including artists, filmmakers, poets and environmentalists. Additionally, Yorke answers the questions he wrote himself.
One of the interview subjects is Luca Guadagnino, who directed the 2018 Suspiria remake featuring a score by Yorke.
I See You will be released on September 13. Profits will be donated to Greenpeace. You can pre-order your copy now via CrackMagazine.net.
Yorke released a new solo album called Anima in June. He'll launch a North American tour in September.
ABC/Randy HolmesAnnie Clark, aka St. Vincent, co-wrote a new song on Taylor Swift's upcoming album, Lover.
According to the songwriting credits listed on Apple Music, Clark is a composer on a track called "Cruel Summer." She co-wrote the tune with Swift herself and Jack Antonoff, who co-produced the latest St. Vincent album, 2017's MASSEDUCTION.
Antonoff, of course, has frequently collaborated with Swift, and is credited as a co-writer on eight of the 18 Lover tracks: "Cruel Summer," "The Archer," "I Think He Knows," "Paper Rings," "Death By a Thousand Cuts," "London Boy," "Soon You'll Get Better" and "False God."
Lover is due out this Friday, August 23. The album also includes the lead single "ME!", featuring Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie.
Credit: Neil KrugCage the Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz is dropping off the band's current tour with Beck and Spoon due to a herniated disc in his neck.
"Just wanted to let y'all know I'm OK," Shultz wrote in a tweet posted Wednesday night. "The injury bug has bitten tho. I have a herniated disc in my neck."
Shultz will be absent from the rest of the tour, which will conclude August 30 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
"I'll be back soon and better then ever," Shultz wrote. "Much Love for all the concern."
Cage the Elephant has been touring in support of the new album Social Cues, which features the lead single "Ready to Let Go" and the Beck collaboration "Night Running."
In other Cage happenings, the band also tweeted Wednesday, "Who wants a @CageTheElephant x [Billie Eilish] collab?"
It's unclear whether there is actually something in the works between the two, or if the tweet was just wishful thinking, but in the meantime, you can start imagining what "Ain't No Rest for the Bad Guy" would sound like.
ABC/Travis BellEarlier this week, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkinssaid that the band is hoping to release a new album in 2020. Now, frontman Dave Grohl has teased the possibility of debuting a new track live.
In an interview with NME about the Foos' upcoming headlining set at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend, Grohl was asked about the possibility of the band playing any new material.
"There is one new song that would f***ing destroy and I would love people to hear it," Grohl responded. "It's written for a live performance, so we'll see. I don't know."
Grohl adds that he and the Foos aren't "far along in any kind of official process" as far as writing new music goes, but he does say that "there's always something."
"It's happened before where we've written a song that afternoon and performed it," Grohl shares. "Never say never."
Elsewhere in the interview, Grohl denied reports that he's contributed to a new Queens of the Stone Age album.
"I'm not on the new Queens record...I wish I was on the new Queens album," he said, adding that he "love[s] playing" with frontman Josh Homme.
The reports stemmed from a recent interview with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, in which he said he and Grohl are set to appear on a new QotSA record. However, it's been theorized that Gibbons was actually referring to a new entry in Homme's long-running Desert Sessions collaborative series.
Grohl and Foo Fighters are currently touring the U.K. in continued support of their latest album, 2017's Concrete and Gold. They'll be back in the U.S. in September to play the Bourbon & Beyond and Pilgrimage festivals.
Credit: Jack Bridgland Dreamers have announced a North American headlining tour.
The fall outing begins October 24 in San Diego, and will travel throughout the U.S. before returning to California to wrap things up December 6 in Los Angeles. Visit DreamersUniverse.com for ticket info.
Dreamers, who just got off the road opening for 311 and Dirty Heads, will be touring in support of their new album Launch Fly Land, which was released in April. The record features the single "Die Happy," which currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
Here are Dreamers' North American tour dates:
10/24 -- San Diego, CA, Irenic 10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren 10/28 -- Dallas, TX, Cambridge Room 10/29 -- Houston, TX, Bronze Peacock 10/30 -- Austin, TX, The Parish 11/1 -- Orlando, FL, The Social 11/2 -- Jacksonville, FL, 1904 Music Hall 11/3 -- Nashville, TN, The Cowan 11/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Club Hell 11/5 -- Chapel Hill, NC, Local 506 11/7 -- Washington, DC, Union Stage 11/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry @ The Fillmore 11/10 -- Boston, MA, Middle East Downstairs 11/11 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 11/13 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground 11/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Spirit Hall 11/16 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall 11/18 -- Detroit, MI, Shelter 11/19 -- Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge 11/22 -- St. Paul, MN, Amsterdam Hall 11/23 -- Omaha, NE, Slowdown 11/25 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House 11/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Record Bar 11/27 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom 11/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Venue 12/2 -- Seattle, WA, Crocodile 12/3 -- Portland, OR, Hawthorne 12/4 -- San Francisco, CA, Slims 12/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey
MatadorInterpol's 2004 sophomore album turns 15 this year, and to mark the occasion, the New York City indie rockers are reissuing the record on vinyl.
The LP will be available on limited edition white vinyl September 27, one day off from the exact 15th anniversary of its original September 28, 2004 release.
Antics, the follow-up to Interpol's 2002 debut Turn on the Bright Lights, spawned the singles "Evil" and "Slow Hands."
After playing shows in 2017 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Bright Lights, frontman Paul Banks told NME that he's not "opposed" to doing the same thing for Antics, though no official announcement has been made.
Interpol's latest album is 2018's Marauder, and they released an EP titled A Fine Mess this past May. They'll be touring the U.S. this fall, playing headlining dates and shows openings for Morrissey.
ABC/Randy HolmesIn addition to his many musical endeavors, Maynard James Keenan is an avid wine enthusiast, and even owns his own winery. So avid, in fact, that he didn't let the recording of Tool's long-awaited new album Fear Inoculum get in the way of his wine duties.
Speaking to Australia's Tone Deaf, Keenan reveals that he recorded his vocals at his home studio in Arizona so that he could continue to work on his wine.
"It was during [wine] harvest," Keenan says of the recording sessions. "I would spend time on the forklift, do some inoculating, do some wild ferments, whatever we were doing in the cellar while [producer Joe Barresi and engineer Matt Mitchell] gathered things together."
In between, Keenan would take an hour or two to record, and then it was back to the wine.
"[We'd] listen back and go, 'I can beat that, let's beat that,'" Keenan explains. "Meanwhile I'm in the cellar working on the wines. That's just logistically what it had to be. I didn't have the luxury of time. So I made time."
Fear Inoculum will finally arrive August 30, 13 years after 2006's 10,000 Days.
ABC/Randy HolmesTom Morello lends his guitar handiwork to a new song from 5 Seconds of Summer, "Teeth."
The Rage Against the Machine guitarist can be heard on the outro of the synth-heavy track, which you can download now via digital outlets.
"'Teeth' captures the soul of 5 Seconds of Summer and I truly believe it is a unique song to us as a band and doesn't sound like anything out at the moment," says 5SoS lead vocalist Luke Hemmings. "It's my favorite song we've released ever and I can't wait for people to hear it."
"Teeth" is included on the soundtrack to the third season of the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, due out this Friday, August 23. The compilation also includes tracks by K.Flay, Yungblud and JR JR.
Meanwhile, Morello is currently in Europe touring with Prophets of Rage, and he'll launch a U.S. solo tour in support of his The Atlas Underground album in October. He's also performing a new stage show for three nights in September at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York City.
ABC/Randy HolmesBastille has been making the Billboard Hot 100 "Happier" for an entire year now.
The English band's hit single, recorded in collaboration with Marshmello, just spent its 52nd week on the chart, meaning it's had a spot on the all-genre single ranking for a whole year.
Earlier this month, Panic! at the Disco's "High Hopes" completed its yearlong stay on the Hot 100. Both "High Hopes" and "Happier" previously reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
Meanwhile, another former Alternative Songs leader now sits at the very top of the Hot 100: Billie Eilish's "bad guy." The track ended the reign of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," which had ruled the Hot 100 for a record-breaking 19 weeks.
WaterTower MusicThom Yorke has released a new solo song called "Daily Battles," which he recorded for the upcoming Edward Norton-directed film, Motherless Brooklyn.
As he explained in a Rolling Stone interview last month, Norton reached out to the Radiohead frontman, with whom he'd been friends since the mid-'90s, and asked him if he'd like to record a new song for the film. Two weeks later, Yorke sent him back a file featuring a recording of "Daily Battles."
"It's so instantly heartbreaking and evocative of so many of the themes to the movie without being overly specific to them," Norton said of the song.
"Daily Battles," which features Yorke's Atoms for Peace band mate and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, will be available on a seven-inch vinyl single October 4. The B-side is a jazz arrangement of the same song, performed by the iconic Wynton Marsalis.
Yorke released a new solo album called Anima in June. He'll launch a North American tour in September.
Credit: Alexis GrossNearly three years after it was first released in November 2016, Matt Maeson's "Cringe" has reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. Speaking to ABC Radio, Maeson says witnessing the single's success has been "crazy" and "awesome."
"It's crazy, man," Maeson says. "Like, you put something out so long ago...you don't forget about it, obviously, but you just kind of think its shelf-life is over. And then it just starts getting picked up on all these radio stations, and everybody wants to hear it, and when I play it at shows, everybody knows the words."
Maeson first started writing "Cringe" during a time in his life when he felt "isolated."
"I wasn't really living the best life at the time," he explains. "I was feeling very pushed away by the people that should be pulling me in and loving me, but I was getting kind of reprimanded at the time, so I wrote that with the idea of, 'Do I make you cringe?'"
After writing the first verse and chorus, Maeson initially set the song aside, but his A&R guy kept bugging him about it.
"My A&R hit me up every week for, like, two months asking when I'm gonna finish this song," Maeson recalls. "And I was just, like, 'Derek, I've moved on, man.'"
"And finally, just to kinda shut him up, and because I really did love the sentiment of the song, I sat down and I finished it," he continues. "We tracked it and put it out, and it just became my biggest song."
So the next time you hear "Cringe" on the radio, say an extra thank you to Derek from A&R.
"I like to say that I was obviously wrong, but that doesn't mean he was right," Maeson says.
ABC/Randy HolmesChino Moreno is lending his vocals to a new take on a classic goth song.
The Deftones frontman is featured on a cover of the Christian Death track "Cavity -- First Communion," recorded by the self-described "death disco" band Death Valley High. You can listen to the song now via RevolverMag.com.
Death Valley High vocalist Reyka Osburn previously worked with Moreno on the Deftones song "Lucky You," and the band opened for Moreno's project Crosses back in 2014. After one show, both groups were hanging backstage and listening to the 1982 Christian Death album, Only Theater of Pain.
"By the end of 'Cavity -- First Communion,' [Moreno] says, 'We gotta play this song before the end of the tour!'" Osburn tells Revolver.
"'DONE,' I firmly agree and added, 'We should RECORD it!' He looked at me with eyes ablaze and exclaimed, 'We can do ANYTHING!'"
While the collaboration didn't end up happening on the tour, five years later, Death Valley High and Moreno, and were finally able to put it together.
Osburn notes, "We can now comfortably say that we've done our honest best contributing to the original, not just [that we've] done a cover for the sake of doing one."
The cover will be included on Death Valley High's upcoming EP Duel, which arrives this Friday, August 23.
ABC/Randy HolmesTo accompany their upcoming album III, The Lumineers have created a film of the same name. The 44-minute movie will premiere September 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Like the album, the film III tells the story of three members of the fictional Sparks family: Gloria, her son Jimmy, and her grandson Junior. It's directed by Kevin Phillips, and stars Anna Cordell, Terminator 3's Nick Stahl and Ozark's Charlie Tahan.
"This short film is about a member of my family whose battle with addiction has led her to rehab, jail, and ultimately [being] homeless now, for over a year," says frontman Wesley Schultz.
"We were attempting to make a short film with the album serving as our narrator," he adds. "I never dreamed it would be premiered at one of the top international film festivals in the world."
Courtesy of New Politics New Politics has announced a North American tour with Plain White T's and The Mowgli's.
The triple bill, dubbed The 3 Dimensional tour, hits the road starting November 12 in Chicago, and things will wrap up December 20 in Sioux City, Iowa. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 23 at 10 a.m. local time via NewPoliticsMusic.com.
"[We] are looking forward to sharing the stage with these talented bands, providing fans with the ultimate music experience," says New Politics singer David Boyd.
"We are hard at work putting together an incredible, high energy show, filled with the official live debut of songs off our new album along with the hits that everyone knows and loves."
New Politics dropped a new single called "Comeback Kid" in April. Their most recent album is 2017's Lost in Translation.
Here are The 3 Dimensional tour dates:
11/12 -- Chicago, IL, Metro 11/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Delmar Hall 11/16 -- Denver, CO, The Oriental Theater* 11/17 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex 11/19 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore 11/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Mayan 11/21 -- Pomona, CA, The Glass House 11/30 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues 12/1 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren 12/3 -- Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 12/4 -- Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall 12/6 -- Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade (Heaven) 12/7 -- Nashville, TN, The Cowan 12/8 -- Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 12/10 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live! 12/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, TLA 12/13 -- Brooklyn, NY, Warsaw 12/14 -- Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony 12/15 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club 12/17 -- Millvale, PA, Mr. Smalls Theatre 12/18 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall 12/20 -- Sioux City, IA, Anthem At Hard Rock Casino