Luke O’Neil, writing at Noisey:
A lot of our drivers, I think, listen to country or current pop. Nothing that’s really too much behind that first layer. I’ve always needed a little bit more than that. I’ve always enjoyed the search for something different or something a little more substantial. I always thought if I wasn’t racing one of my dream jobs would be as a scout, going town to town and trying to find bands in all these little dive bars. That would be so much fun, discovering music that way as opposed to from your phone.
Hawthorne Heights are selling unique merchandise related to their album Fragile Future. All purchases will come with a free ticket to an upcoming online show.
New Found Glory have announced a new tour. They’ll be bringing Bayside, The Movielife, and William Ryan Key along as openers.
Steve Knopper, writing at GQ:
Every hardcore band you loved in the ’80s and beyond, from Black Flag to Minutemen to Fugazi, had one unfortunate thing in common: Nazi skinheads occasionally stormed their concerts, stomped their fans, gave Hitler salutes in lieu of applauding, and generally turned a communal experience into one full of hatred and conflict. […]
Here’s an oral history on how punks took back their scene.
This is great.
Alvvays has announced new tour dates.
Tyler Hayden, writing for the Santa Barbra Independent:
Michael Davenport, a Santa Barbara resident and former bassist for the punk rock band The Ataris, was indicted last month on federal conspiracy and fraud charges for allegedly operating a nationwide telemarketing real estate scam that cheated approximately 100,000 people out of $27 million between 2009 and 2016.
Two new Sigur Rós songs appeared in the Black Mirror episode “Hang the DJ.” You can now find “Match” and “End” on Spotify and Apple Music.
Forever Came Calling have released their new song “Borrowed Cars.”
Justin Timberlake has shared a longer trailer for his upcoming album.
Brian Wilson, famously, got an F in high school for an early composition of The Beach Boys’ “Surfin'” — today the school has officially changed his grade to an A.
Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional is on the latest episode of the Rock Sound Podcast. He talks a lot about growing up in the emo/pop-punk scene, and how it’s changed:
The part that I don’t feel connected with was when certain bands started to use their songs as a platform to brag, about how much money they had or how wonderful they were. That’s when I checked out. When I say we got knocked down a peg, I think it’s maybe a better choice of words to say we got knocked off our perch a little bit. We weren’t played on the radio – we were kind of whipping boys who were made fun of.
Preoccupations will release their new album, New Material, on March 23rd. Today they’ve shared their new song “Espionage.”
Amy Shark is in the studio working on new music with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus.
Bleachers have shared the new song, “Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song).” The song comes from the soundtrack to the upcoming film, Love, Simon.
Jack White has announced some new tour dates.
Fleet Foxes have announced new tour dates.
Beck has released a video for “Fix Me.”
Moose Blood have premiered their new song “It’s Too Much.”
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day and it’s worth re-reading some of his speeches:
This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up.