It looks like Twenty One Pilots have a new song and a new album on the way. Billboards have been spotted around certain parts of London and Toronto, that seems to showcase the band’s new look. You can see those billboards in our music news and blog page.
Animal Collective have been collaborating with Floridian “innovative underwater media” company Coral Morphologic for some time now, performing music at their “Coral Orgy” art event early last year. The band is set to continue their Coral Morphologic collaboration with a double album celebrating the International Year of the Reef 2018, and they’re on a mission to “alert and sensitize individuals to the protection of the [coral] reefs,” We can expect Tangerine Reef on August 17.
Johnny Rotten, aka John Lydon, honored a late fan in an unconventional way while performing with Public Image Ltd. The Sex Pistols former lead singer scattered a fan’s ashes onstage at a gig in Frome, England. Lydon announced that a fan named Stuart had died, and the man’s sister requested that his ashes be spread onstage. In a video posted on YouTube the ashes were in what appeared to be an envelope, in which Johnny threw them in the air while fans cheered and then Public Image Ltd. went into their next song. Public Image Ltd. will be on tour in North America in October…in case you want your ashes spread on stage.
Veteran singer-songwriter Elvis Costello has canceled the remaining six dates on his European summer tour to recover from surgery to remove “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy,” according to a statement on his website. He’s scheduled to tour North America in the fall which includes Chicago’s Riot Fest. Costello’s upcoming TBA record will be first since Wise Up Ghost, his 2013 collaboration with the Roots and out in October.
Good Charlotte will be hitting the road later this year for a massive North American headlining tour. The fall tour kicks off Oct. 12 in Mexico City, Mexico and it wraps up Nov. 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada with tour support still to be announced. The forthcoming tour is in support of Good Charlotte’s new album Generation Rx, out September 14.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are writing the original score for Waves, the latest film from Trey Edward Shults following It Comes At Night, Variety reports. Lucas Hedges of Ladybird and Sterling K. Brown of This Is Us are in talks to star in the musical about teenage life, which would use contemporary songs in addition to new music from Reznor and Ross. The duo has continued to score movies since their work on the 2010 movie The Social Network, which won them an Academy Award. Nine Inch Nails recently released their latest album Bad Witch and will be going on a major U.S. tour this fall.
Brendon Urie has come out as pansexual in a new interview with Paper, the Panic! At The Disco frontman detailing a threesome experience that led to P!ATD’s “Girls/Girls/Boys” and in turn inspired some of his fans to embrace their bisexuality. Many are aware of Urie’s open attitude about sexuality, which he has previously discussed. Now, the musician says that, while he is married to a woman, he is also attracted to men. Urie highlights the meaning behind P!ATD fan favorite “Girls/Girls/Boys” as a turning point in his sexual awakening. The artist’s first threesome inspired the song, but he prefers listeners’ interpretation of the track as an acceptance anthem.
In other Urie news, after announcing plans to launch a non-profit human rights organization, called the Highest Hopes Foundation, Brendon Urie has also pledged $1 million to support America’s LGBT youth. The Panic! At The Disco frontman has announced his partnership with GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) to create student-led LGBTQ clubs (GSAs) at high schools across North America. To kick-start the partnership, Urie pledged $1 million dollars to GLSEN for the initiative. For more information, and to donate, you can go here.
As Garbage celebrate the 20th-anniversary reissue and upcoming tour for their 1998 album Version 2.0, bandleader Shirley Manson has penned a poignant essay for the New York Times about how overcoming a struggle with self-harm as a teenager has shaped her as an adult. Manson does ends on an uplifting note, saying she’s learned that holding tight to her personal values and speaking out for what she believes can help her to “remain vigilant against these old thought patterns.” Read Shirley Manson’s full essay here, and if you or someone you know are also struggling with self-harm, reach out to S.A.F.E. Alternatives at 1-800-DONTCUT or visit selfinjury.com.
Blink-182 fans will soon be able to show off their obsession with Funko Pop! toys of the band. However, there is one huge thing missing—a couple band members. Funko is releasing two Pop! toys—one of drummer Travis Barker and one of bassist Mark Hoppus. There will be no toys of vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba or former vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge. Funko announced the toys via Instagram with a photo of what they will look like. Hoppus is sporting a blue octopus T-shirt and a hot pink guitar while Barker’s toy is fit with his tattoos, a backward hat, and drumsticks in hand. It’s unclear why Funko is only releasing the big-headed toys of only a portion of the band.
Jack White has announced a new vinyl-only live album, entitled Live at Third Man Records///Nashville & Cass Corridor. The album was recorded from the Detroit and Nashville stops of his mini-tour of intimate concerts he performed earlier this year in support of his Boarding House Reach album. The vinyl package will include a “Jack White logo” flag as well as a set of pictures by the photographer David Swanson. The album is available to order on White’s Third Man store through a “quarterly vault subscription” that will be accepting applications through July 31.
Musician, producer and former the Shins and the Black Keys member Richard Swift has died at the age of 41, as reported by Pitchfork. Last month, fans were alerted to a “life-threatening condition” affecting the artist when a GoFundMe account was launched to help cover medical costs. Swift’s death on Tuesday was confirmed on his official Facebook page.
Chromeo has announced the cancellation of all three of their shows in Australia that was slated for this month due to health reasons. The Australian shows were part of a major tour across the globe behind their recently released album Head Over Heels. As of now, it seems that only the Australian leg is being canceled.
The Smashing Pumpkins are gearing up for their Shiny and Oh So Bright reunion tour. The tour kicks off in earnest on July 12 (in Glendale, AZ), but the band, who just released a video for their new single “Solara” last week, performed an intimate show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles this past weekend. In a somewhat sadly nostalgic move, they also arranged a spontaneous house show in the city–in the same backyard in which the band filmed the live performance segments in their video for the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness hit “1979” over 20 years ago. Complaints from neighbors about the show resulted in police showing up to cut off the band’s encore, intended to be Siamese Dream’s “Cherub Rock.”