The YA world:
I couldn’t find any new releases this week, but there were a couple of exciting cover reveals:
In other news:
- Following the controversy last week, the author of ‘Bad Little Children’s Books’ has requested that Abrams cease its publication.
I don’t understand why Abrams decided to wait until this point to do
that, but I don’t think this shitstorm is going to leave them unscathed.
- The list of books being given away on World Book Night 2017 have been announced. I’ve given away titles for the past two years, and I’ve got my eye on ‘Orangeboy’ by Patrice Lawrence!
- Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 winners were announced.
The music world:
Again, couldn’t find any new releases. Am I slacking on my research, or is there just nothing coming out this time of year?!
But there was some great new music…
Issues released a video for ‘Slow Me Down’:
While I See Stars released an intense – and seasonally appropriate – video for ‘Calm Snow’:
If you need any ideas for Christmas presents, these tour announcements might help…
- This Wild Life are starting 2017 with a US tour in January. Support comes from Oyster Kids and Royal Teeth.
- Alkaline Trio are also seeing in the New Year right, playing three hometown shows mid-January.
- AFI will be playing new songs from ‘AFI (The Blood Album)’ on the aptly-titled The Blood Tour in the US during January and February.
- Dashboard Confessional are touring a bunch of small venues in America throughout January and February, supported by Vinyl Theatre.
- We The Kings will be playing their debut self-titled album in full during February and March in the US and at Slam Dunk festival in the UK in May.
- Evarose announced a UK headline tour in March, starting with a huge hometown show in Oxford. Support comes from Veridian.
- Creeper announced they will be headlining shows across the UK and Europe throughout March and April.
- Mayday Parade are playing ‘A Lesson In Romantics’ in full throughout March, April and May, with support from Knuckle Puck and Milestones. Currently only US dates have been announced, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for a UK run – maybe they could join We The Kings at Slam Dunk!
- Not to be outdone, New Found Glory have announced their 20th anniversary celebrations, playing SIX albums in full throughout March, April and May. Again, this is currently only for US fans.
- Frank Turner announced Lost Evenings, four shows at Camden Roundhouse in May. I’m calling this FrankFest from now on.
- Guns N’ Roses will be playing two London shows in June. Can I smell a Download festival announcement on the horizon?
- While Green Day have announced a one-off Scottish show in July, with support from Rancid.
In other news:
- Warped Tour is taking to the sea! Warped Rewind At Sea sails on the 28th of October from New Orleans to Mexico.
- There were a heck of a lot of festival line-ups announced, including Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Fort Rock and Travis Barker’s annual Musink festival. If you live in the US, you need to get tickets to at least one of these!
- Acceptance announced that they’ll finally be releasing their second album in 2017. ‘Colliding By Design’ will be released in February, twelve years after their debut album ‘Phantoms’ dropped…
- …while The Jesus and Mary Chain will be releasing their first album in nineteen years, ‘Damage and Joy’, in 2017. Listen to the first song from that album, ‘Amputation’, here.
- The Early November announced their acoustic album, ‘Fifteen Years’, will be released on January 20th, celebrating their fifteen years as a band…
- …and Bowling For Soup released the tracklisting for their upcoming acoustic CD/DVD, ‘Acoustic in a Freakin’ English Church’.
- The Amity Affliction‘s drummer, Ryan Burt, dropped off of their UK and European tour. In response the band shared a statement on mental health, and I sincerely hope Ryan puts himself first and gets the care that he needs. Casey McHale (Terrible Love, ex-Funeral For A Friend) will be filling in on the remaining dates.
- The Grammy nominations were announced, featuring Highly Suspect, Panic! At The Disco, blink-182 and a massive FIVE nominations for twenty one pilots…
- …who have also cropped up on Spotify‘s Most Streamed in 2016 and Youtube‘s Most Watched (for ‘Heathens’, from the ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack).
- PVRIS‘ CVLT online pop-up shop has been restocked in time for Christmas…
- …while The 1975 went one better, announcing three pop-up shops based in London, Manchester and Los Angeles throughout December.
- Rock Sound have also revealed their final cover of 2016, featuring a smorgasbord of the biggest artists of the year: