The publishing world:
In other news:
- This week heralded the arrival of Shift Zine, a new online YA magazine. It’s only the first issue and it’s amazing, with some brilliant authors involved: well worth checking it out.
- Pierce Brown has announced that ‘Iron Gold’ won’t be released until January 2018. Boo. However, to soften the blow he released an excerpt from the upcoming novel – yay!
I haven’t been able to find any new releases this week. Can you think of any I’ve missed?
Some very exciting new music, including a huge pop comeback:
Yep, in case you missed it, this week included new Katy Perry song ‘Chained to the Rhythm’. I think this song is going to grow on me, but I’m not a fan just yet:
You Me At Six proved they can ‘Give’ a pretty good performance even without a crowd:
And As It Is said ‘Hey Rachel’ to vocalist Patty’s sister:
- Forever the Sickest Kids have announced three more comeback shows in March, where they will be playing debut album ‘Underdog Alma Mater’ in full.
- blink-182 have announced their first US tour of 2017, running from March to May. Support comes from wavves.
- Jimmy Eat World will be touring the US with Beach Slang throughout April and May, before supporting Incubus at their headline dates in July and August.
- As It Is are embarking on their first North American headline tour in April and May. Support comes from Grayscale and Roam.
- The One Hundred are touring the UK throughout May. Support comes from Don Broco’s old tour buddies, Massmatiks.
- Trophy Eyes will be playing some headline shows in the UK in May, around their appearance at Slam Dunk festival.
- Simple Plan are bringing their ‘No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls’ 10-year tour to the UK and Europe during May and June.
- Descendents are playing five European shows in June.
- The Wombats are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their debut album, ‘A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation’, with a show at O2 Academy Brixton on the 30th of June.
- Deftones and Rise Against are touring the US together in June and July. Support comes from Thrice.
- Rian Dawson and Cassadee Pope are engaged!
- Because there haven’t been enough bus and van crashes in the last few months, it was time for The Dillinger Escape Plan to get in on the action. Luckily there were no serious injuries, but 13 people were hospitalised – get well soon, folks.
- Good Charlotte announced two of the supports for their upcoming European tour: Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens…
- …while The Front Bottoms were added as openers for blink-182’s UK tour in July.
- The Dirty Youth are the first band to sign to new record label Marshall Records…
- …while Holding Absence are the latest band to sign to SharpTone Records…
- …and Backwards Dancer have been signed to Equal Vision.
- There were another bunch of festival announcements, this week from Truck Fest, Y Not, 2000 Trees, Slam Dunk, Arctangent, The A’s Mayhem Festival, and When We Were Young…
- …while Zedd has announced a benefit concert to raise money for ACLU, and it has a pretty amazing line-up too.
- Josh Dun has teamed up with Zildjian to create a line of drumming equipment.
- Hopeless Records released an EP titled ‘Not Your American Idiots’, featuring Green Day covers from With Confidence, Roam and Milk Teeth. Which of the three tracks is your favourite?
- Slipknot‘s Mick Thompson has undergone spinal surgery…
- …but that didn’t stop the band announcing that they’ve started work on new material.
- Eighteen Vision are back together and have started work on their first album in 11 years…
- …while The Flatliners have announced that their new album, ‘Inviting Light’, will be out on April 7th…
- …and Can’t Swim will be releasing their debut album, ‘Fail You Again’, on March 10th.
- The Ghost Inside have announced that they will not be performing at Warped Tour this year. Hopefully the boys will be back on stage ready for the tour in 2018.
- Most shockingly, it was revealed that As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has been released from prison a mere two and a half years into his six year sentence, and he’s getting remarried in April.