Hello everybody and happy new year! While getting back into the swing of things here at the office, we noticed a handful of exciting things have been announced while we were off celebrating the holidays.
So, instead of pumping out article after article for you to comb through and catch up on, we thought we’d compile all the things you may have missed into one, easy-to-read post.
Let us begin:
Coachella, Governors Ball and Punk Rock Bowling Reveal 2018 Lineups
We’re officially four days into the New Year and it looks like festival season is already upon us (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing) as Coachella, Governors Ball and Punk Rock Bowling have all revealed their highly anticipated lineups.
Just in case you’re unable to bust out the magnifying glass to see who’s playing Coachella this coming April or Governors Ball in June, here are some highlights: As far as our world goes, meaning not including headliners The Weeknd, Beyonce or Eminem, this year’s Coachella will feature A Perfect Circle, FIDLAR, PVRIS, Highly Suspect and The Bronx – yes, The Bronx will be playing Coachella and on the same day as Beyonce, too. As for Govs Ball, highlights include Jack White, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a reunited Gaslight Anthem playing The ‘59 Sound in full (hell yes!), Manchester Orchestra, Japandroids, and The Menzingers.
Rounding out with the 20th anniversary of Punk Rock Bowling, the Las Vegas festival, which will take place May 25th, will feature Rise Against, NOFX, At The Drive-In, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Suicidal Tendencies, Against Me! and lots more.
A Perfect Circle Debut “Disillusioned”
Well, would you look at that? Speaking of A Perfect Circle, after blowing listeners away with “The Doomed” back in November, the highly-influential metal outfit has just dropped yet another mind-melting single – this time titled “Disillusioned.”
Taken from a forthcoming limited edition 10″ vinyl (as well as an untitled yet-to-be-announced LP, aka their first new album since 2004) “Disillusioned” is a dark and somber piano-filled tune which, if you listen close enough, may or may not bring a tear to your eye.
To check out the impressive new track, see above. To pre-order the band’s upcoming 10″ before it hits stores March 9th, head here.
Norma Jean Set To Play Redeemer In Full On Upcoming US Tour
Gearing up for a hopefully busy and productive 2018, longtime metalcore noisemakers Norma Jean announced a pretty exciting tour for the month of March.
Not only will the band be playing with a killer lineup of Gideon, Toothgrinder, and Greyhaven, but Norma Jean will also be, get ready, performing their Redeemer record in full.
That’s right! March 1st through March 28th, Norma Jean will be reliving their fan-favorite 2006 release and performing tracks like “Blueprints for Future Homes” and “A Small Spark vs A Great Forest.”
Tickets for the highly-anticipated trek are on sale now and can be found here.
Jeff Rosenstock Releases Surprise Free LP ‘POST-,’ Reveals US Headliner
Well, talk about a pretty kick-ass way to kick off the New Year! Following up the release of his much-beloved 2016 release Worry., Jeff Rosenstock has surprised listeners (as he’s prone to do from time to time) by releasing a brand new 10-track LP titled POST-. Oh, and did we mention the album is available for free? Yeah, Jeff Rosenstock is the absolute best.
Now, as if a free Jeff Rosenstock album wasn’t exciting enough, the Bomb The Music Industry! creator has also revealed a 23-date US headlining tour with a handful of special guests on select dates.
“On a personal note,” writes Rosenstock, “I can’t believe we’re playing in the rooms we’re playing in on this tour, and I’m so happy to be doing it with so many good friends - most of whom I’ve known for a decade - who are in bands that I think you’ll love. These shows are gonna be FUCKING ♨️♨️♨️♨️♨️♨️♨️ SEE YOU THERE!“
To pick up tickets to see Jeff Rosenstock out on tour alongside Lemuria and Roar, Laura Stevenson and Chris Farren, and Martha and Bad Moves, head here. To grab a copy of Rosenstock’s killer new LP, head here.
Tiny Moving Parts Share New Single “Applesauce”
Keeping the kick-ass 2018 vibes rolling, alt-emo shredders Tiny Moving Parts have just released a new music video for their brand new single “Applesauce.”
Taken from their forthcoming LP Swell, which is set to hit stores January 26th via Triple Crown Records, “Applesauce” continues with the same fun-loving math-rock riffs and honest lyricism as heard on the band’s previously released track “Caution.”
FIDLAR Covered Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” And It Kicks Ass
While getting ready to put together their third full-length LP, LA skate punks FIDLAR kicked off their New Year by dropping a pretty killer cover of Nirvana’s In Utero classic “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle.”
Accompanied by a seemingly-safe-yet-totally-NSFW video, FIDLAR’s newest rendition might be best heard not seen – you’ll see what we mean about 20 seconds in.
Five Finger Death Punch Share Dramatic Cover Of The Offspring’s “Gone Away”
Go ahead and file this under “Things We’d Never Thought We’d See.” In a surprising move, taken from their recent A Decade Of Destruction compilation, hard rock outfit Five Finger Death Punch have shared an incredibly dramatic music video for their incredibly dramatic rendition of The Offspring’s (yes, The Offspring) “Gone Away.”
Turning the semi fast-paced 90′s punk rock smash into a slowed down and depressing story about the military, Five Finger Death Punch’s new cover is certainly not what you’d expect.
Korn’s Jonathan Davis Confirms Rumors of a Solo Album and Tour
Continuing where bandmate Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu left off with the release of his solo bass album Bassically, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has confirmed he too will be releasing a solo album coming later this year.
“I’m finishing my record finally,” Davis said in a recent livestream with fans. “It’s been… I started it in 2008, so I guess it’ll be 10 years of work. It’s the J.D.S.F.A. [Jonathan Davis and the Simply Fucking Amazings] record, but J.D. S.F.A. is no longer. Unfortunately, since Shane’s [Gibson, late Korn touring guitarist and a member of the Simply Fucking Amazings band Davis fronted] passed, that band’s done and it can’t be recreated. So this is J.D. right now … I’m really excited. I’ve been working on these songs for 10 years, and it’s turned out amazing. So there’ll be a record coming out next year. I just shot videos yesterday for a couple of songs, and the tour will be next year.”
As of right now, no word has come out regarding release dates or when we can anticipate hearing new music from Davis. However, if you live in/or around Arizona, Davis’ only announced US solo show (for now) will take place April 20th in Tempe.
Papa Roach Reveil Chaotic New Video For “Tramautic”
In support of their recently released LP Crooked Teeth and in anticipation of their upcoming headlining tour with Nothing More and Escape The Fate, longtime hard rock act Papa Roach has debuted a brand new, Yak-friendly video for “Traumatic.”
To check out the video, see above. Afterwards, grab tickets to see Papa Roach out on tour here.
New Years Day Announce New Five-Track Covers EP Diary Of A Creep
Celebrating the start of a new year in a major way, hard rock crew New Years Day have announced they will be releasing a brand new five-track covers EP titled Diary Of A Creep.
Due out January 26th, the new EP will feature covers of Linkin Park’s “Crawling,” No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak,” Pantera’s “Fucking Hostile,” New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” and Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains” featuring Halestorm vocalist Lizzy Hale.
When asked about how she and her bandmates chose which songs to cover, as you’d expect, frontwoman Ash Costello admittedly had a pretty tough time choosing. “It was incredibly difficult to narrow this down to the five songs I wanted to cover the most,” she says. “It felt very important to me to not only pay tribute to the artists that shaped who I am… but to share it with all of you. It’s easy to dismiss where an artist has come from if you have no clue who they worshipped when they were just kids in school.”
While you anxiously await hearing New Years Day’s new EP, make sure to grab tickets to see them out on tour with In This Moment, P.O.D, and Ded here.
Craig Owens Shares New Atmospheric badXchannels Track “Don’t Come And See Me”
Before wrapping up his 2017, ex-Chiodos frontman Craig Owens left a pretty interesting mark on the year sharing his dark and atmospheric badXchannels track “Don’t Come and See Me.”
Sounding like something out of a murder mystery movie trailer, Owens’ new track continues to push the boundaries of his latest project.
Anthony Green Debuts Heartfelt Solo Track “When I Come Home”
As if putting out a new Circa Survive record wasn’t enough to keep vocalist Anthony Green busy, the beloved frontman wrapped up his presumably busy holiday season by sharing a new heartfelt track titled “When I Come Home.”
“The holidays can be really rough sometimes for a lot of different reasons,” Green shared on his Instagram page. “Playing and listening to music always makes me feel connected. Check out a new song I’m working on at the link in my thingy. It’s called ‘When I Come Home.’”
To hear Green’s lovely new tune, be sure to see above. To download the track, head here.
Coheed And Cambria Release Acoustic Version of “Mother May I”
Giving fans another look back at their Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness record – which they toured in full during 2017 – Coheed And Cambria released an acoustic version on their 2005 fan-favorite “Mother May I.”
“Happy holidays everybody,” the band wrote when sharing their new acoustic rendition. “We recorded this acoustic version while on the Neverender: GAIBSIV tour with the holidays in mind. Hope you like it.”