Paramore performed at Terminal 5 Wednesday night to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of Fueled by Ramen, the indie label that gave the now-superstars their start. As a treat to fans, Hayley Williams and co. played a brand new jam called "Renegade." Only the second piece of music to be released from the group since the highly publicized departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro, Williams introduced the song with a humble plea to fans, according to EW:
Boston pop-punkers turned bona-fide rockers Four Year Strong have released their newest single "Falling on You," a meaty track that showcases how far the group has evolved out of the saturated pop-punk scene that nursed them for years.
While their first two records sounded like hardcore kids covering New Found Glory tunes, "Falling on You" and previous single "Stuck in the Middle" play out like those same hardcore kids taking a stab at Foo Fighters. It's an evolution hinted at on last year's Enemy of the World, but it's now clearer than ever that Four Year Strong is aiming to take their metal-pop sound to stadium-sized heights. And when it sounds this good, who can blame them?
With the last proper Blink-182 release being 2003's self-titled album, the band's upcoming, highly-anticipated release Neighborhoods is the first of their records to come out in the age of early song leaks and viral marketing. Lucky for Blink-heads everywhere, this means early snippets of the album pre-release, and "After Midnight" is the latest new song to hit the internet.
In comparison to the Box Car Racer-tinged "Up All Night" and the old-school sounding "Heart's All Gone," "After Midnight" is the most mellow song the band have released from Neighborhoods. Vocalist/Guitarist Tom Delonge carries the verses with the same pleasantly nasal tone he did eight years ago, while Vocalist/Bassist Mark Hoppus delivers the carefree chorus, with the lines "We’ll stagger home after midnight/Sleep arm in arm in the stairwell/We’ll fall apart on the weekend/These nights go on and on and on."
When one of rock's biggest acts asks you to play drums for them, the first thing that crosses your mind is to steal from them a few months down the line, right? Well, erm, My Chemical Romance drummer Mike Pedicone thought that was a good idea, and he's now out of the band because of it.
While no specifics have been released, guitarist Frank Iero made an official statement on the band's website saying that Pedicone was caught stealing "red-handed" and confessed to police after the band's show in Auburn, Washington.
While summer and live music go hand-in-hand, many marquee acts save their big tours for the fall, giving showgoers a break from the daily grind of school and work. Armed with new releases and a tour bus, here are five acts you really don't want to miss.
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With such a long-anticipated (and highly praised) release, it only makes sense that the mega-collaboration between Jay-Z and Kanye West would hit the road. I'd call it the rap equivalent of Batman & Robin taking the stage, but with egos has huge as 'Ye and Hov's, there's no room for a sidekick. (Dates here)
The Outlawz, a hip-hop collective comprised of E.D.I. Mean, Young Noble, Hussein Fatal and Kastro, will be releasing their final album, Perfect Timing, on Sept. 13th. The Krude/Fontana/Universal release will mark the 15th anniversary of the death of Outlaw mentor Tupac Shakur, as well as founding Outlaw member Yaki Kadafi.
“The album was actually supposed to come out a few months ago, but we had to push back the release,” said Noble in a press release. “When we were ready to put it out there, this date just popped out to us a fitting tribute. It’s the perfect time for some real soldiers with real history to bring real music.”
While Donald Glover is known widely as the star of NBC's hit comedy "Community," his rap project, Childish Gambino, has been making waves all its own. Having released several free mixtapes and an EP, Glover's hip-hop alter-ego has gained a cult following due to his impressive flow, complimented by some subject matter that's simultaneously funny and gut-wrenchingly honest.
Glover just signed to Glassnote Records, the home of indie giants such as Mumford & Sons and Phoenix. While Gambino made his name on free, independent releases, he'll be releasing a proper full length on the label with the upcoming Camp, set to hit stores on November 1st.
After over a decade of providing hit singles ranging from 2002's "The Anthem" to last year's "Like It's Her Birthday," Maryland punks-turned-pop-rockers Good Charlotte are taking a hiatus from touring and writing records.
With GC put to the side, frontman Joel Madden and his twin brother, guitarist Benji, will be putting out a mixtape titled "Before The Fame: The Madden Brothers" on Oct. 1st. The release will feature a variety of up-and-coming friends of the Maddens, such as Machine Gun Kelly and Rockie Fresh, and was put together purely for the enjoyment of all involved.
The unsung heroes of the Nashville music scene will hit the road later this month on the "Ten out of Tenn" tour. Starting in Tennessee and branching out to major markets such as NYC and Boston, the two-week tour will showcase ten tight-knit singer-songwriters who have all seen success outside of the spotlight.
The tour will feature Katie Herzig, Andy Davis, Tyler James, Trent Dabbs, K.S. Rhoads, Griffin House, Matthew Perryman Jones, Butterfly Boucher, Jeremy Lister and Erin McCarley. The artists will all share a tour bus (which should make for some interesting sleeping conditions) and each play two of their own songs with the backing of their tourmates and house drummer Will Sayles.