Ah, The Weirdness.
Generally speaking, The Weirdness hits plenty of artists looking to follow-up their most critically acclaimed album. The timeline goes something like this: The Artist has likely released several albums to generally positive reviews. The Artist may have a modest-yet-loyal fanbase. Then, something happens to The Artist, causing them to reach within and write The Defining Statement. The Defining Statement is an album that makes critics take notice; The Defining Statement is a bridge between fans and critics. In fact, sometimes (but not always), The Artist goes on to resent or even loathe the success of The Defining Statement, and in an act of defiance, they give into The Weirdness.
The Weirdness is an album that turns heads. It is commonly experimental, a sonic left turn that pays more attention to The Artist’s tastes and less attention to what the fanbase may want. It can be an unfiltered and honest look into The Artist’s thoughts and influences. In short: The Weirdness can be awesome.
The Japanese House has released her new single “Face Like Thunder” on Spotify and Apple Music. The song comes from the upcoming EP, Swim Against the Tide, due out on November 11th.
Microwave’s new album, Much Love, can be streamed below.
Senses Fail’s Facebook page has posted up a little preview of the new project Buddy and members of Finch are working on called Speak The Truth Even If Your Voice Shakes.
Andrew W.K. is featured on the new EDM track “Party Til We Die” — which can be streamed below. It was produced by MAKJ and Timmy Turner.
Ryan Key of Yellowcard talks with Entertainment Weekly about the end of the band:
The track took weeks of tinkering and almost didn’t make it onto the album. “I still hadn’t found a chorus we liked,” he said. But when he finally came up with the melody and lyrics for the hook – “If I could find you now, things would get better” – they knew it would work. “We didn’t know it was going to get radio play or MTV success. But we had a sense that it was a special song, one of the most accessible, massive-sounding pop songs that we’d ever written. But we didn’t know that song was going to change our lives forever.”
We’ve got reviews, think-pieces, and podcasts coming later this week as we say goodbye to the band. Their final self-titled album is due out on Friday.
Such Gold have released a lyric video for their song “Gut Rot.”
Jan Wenner has sold a 49% stake of Rolling Stone to Bandlab Technlogies. Bloomberg reports:
After a five-decade run full of interviews with pop stars and presidents, the founder of Rolling Stone is selling 49 percent of the iconic magazine to an Asian billionaire’s son. It’s the first time Wenner has admitted an outside investor, a deal that encapsulates the plight of an industry fighting to stay relevant in an online age. Wenner Media LLC also owns Us Weekly and Men’s Journal.
Whole Wheat Bread have released their new video for “Eye For an Eye.”
Today is “National Voter Registration” day. You can check if you’re registered and get signed up at a variety of websites. And don’t forget this video series about how to vote in every state.
It’s easy to keep putting this off, but the election is only a few more weeks away, and early voting is starting in many states already. So, yeah, make sure you’re registered, and vote.
The new trailer for Fences, starring Denzel Washington, has been released.
Descendents have released their video for “Shameless Halo.”
Survive’s new album RR7349 can be streamed below.
Frank Iero and the Patience have debuted their new song “Remedy” on BBC Radio 1.
The Wonder Years will be doing a UK tour in early 2017. PUP and Tiny Moving Parts will be opening. Dates are below.
Valencia have announced they’ll be playing two shows in December. The full message from the band can be found below.
Zedd has released his new single “Ignite” on Apple Music.