The past week has featured so many exciting announcements. I think this might be my favourite installment of WTF yet!
The publishing world:
Have you got enough room for all of these new releases?:
There were also some gorgeous cover reveals:
In other news:
- David Levithan‘s ‘Every Day’ is one step closer to becoming a movie!
- Malla Nunn‘s ‘When the Ground is Hard’ is being published by Putnam Children’s in Summer 2019.
- Katherine Webber – author of ‘Wing Jones’ – is teaming up with her husband, Kevin Tsang, to write a book series for children. The first installment, ‘Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts!’, is being released in February.
- Cale Dietrich‘s second novel, ‘The Tower’, is going to be released next spring.
- Tracy K. Smith is the new Poet Laureate.
- Sara Raasch has announced the title for her next novel: ‘These Rebel Waves’.
- There were more casting announcements for the adaptation of Becky Albertalli‘s ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’. Check out everyone announced so far on Becky’s tumblr.
The music industry:
Again, I couldn’t find any new releases. I could have sworn some were due to come out this week… Ah well!
There was a ridiculous amount of new music released, though. Can you guess which I was most excited about?:
PVRIS are here to tell us ‘What’s Wrong’:
Dance Gavin Dance have decided to do a Lana and sing about their ‘Summertime Gladness’:
Brandon Flowers from The Killers has admitted that he’s ‘The Man’:
Green Day have finally released a video for ‘Revolution Radio’:
While With Confidence have advertised their concerts by releasing a live video for ‘Archers’:
There were also new releases from Macklemore, Tigers Jaw, Good Charlotte, Beartooth, Bowling For Soup, Hippo Campus, The Weeknd, Wavves, Royal Blood, Holding Absence, Fizzy Blood, The Maine, HalfNoise, Owl City, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Currents, Volumes, Coldplay, Sworn In, Minus the Bear, Silverstein, In This Moment, Carousel Kings and Bayside.
There was a flood of post-festival tour announcements:
- Stereophonics are playing two intimate warm-up shows in England at the end of July.
- He Is Legend and Islander have announced the ‘Hot Like Sauce’ tour, which they’ll be co-headlining across America during July and August. Support comes from Bad Seed Rising and To Speak of Wolves.
- Crime In Stereo have announced that they’re going to be playing ‘Is Dead’ in full at three shows in August. Sadly, these are all in the US.
- Do you like your pop punky and your punk poppy? Well in that case you should be excited that Trash Boat are touring the UK in September. With support from Broadside and Homebound, this tour is unmissable.
- MGK is returning to the UK in September.
- Lorde has announced five UK shows in September and October.
- Bayside are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of ‘The Walking Wounded’ by touring the US and the UK. The US dates are all in September, while the UK dates are in November and December.
- Papa Roach have also revealed that they’ll be playing five UK headline shows. They take place in October, part of a wider European tour which begins in September.
- Four Year Strong have announced the second US leg of their ‘Rise or Die Trying’ ten-year anniversary tour. During September and October, they’re taking Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale and Life Lessons out on the road with them.
- A Day To Remember are headlining shows across North America in September and October. Support comes from Moose Blood and Wage War.
- Teenage Bottlerocket are hitting up the East Coast in September, before playing a couple of shows in Hawaii in October. As you do.
- Alter Bridge are headlining two special shows in the UK in October, playing the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
- Rise Against are touring Europe and the UK during October and November, bringing Sleeping With Sirens as their main support.
- Otherkin are releasing their self-titled debut album on September 29th, and they’re touring it across the UK and Europe throughout October and November.
- To celebrate the release of upcoming album ‘A Black Mile to the Surface’, Manchester Orchestra are touring the UK and Europe in October and November.
- Tegan and Sara are celebrating the ten-year anniversary of ‘The Con’ by performing special acoustic arrangements of the songs on tour. It’s currently only happening in the US, taking place in October and November.
- The Maine announced the ‘Modern Nostalgia’ tour, where they’ll be playing most recent albums ‘American Candy’ and ‘lovely, little, lonely’ in full. The dates spread throughout October and November, and support comes from Dreamers and Night Riots.
- Andrew WK – yes, he of the partying hard – is touring the UK with his full band in November.
- Good Charlotte are returning to the UK to play six dates in November and December.
- Five Finger Death Punch, In Flames and Of Mice and Men are touring the UK and Europe together in November and December.
- Creeper have announced that the ‘Theatre of Fear’ tour – their “most ambitious project to date” – is happening in December.
- Mastodon are also returning to our shores at the end of the year, playing seven UK dates in December.
- Motionless in White are kicking off 2018 with a UK headline tour in January.
There were a few album announcements this week:
- Modern Chemistry‘s debut album, ‘Everything Is Gold’, is being released on July 7th.
- Foster The People‘s third full-length album, ‘Sacred Hearts Club’, is hitting the shelves on July 21st.
- ‘Hikari’, Oceans Ate Alaska‘s first album with their new vocalist, is being released on July 28th.
- Thy Art Is Murder are releasing ‘Dear Desolation’, their first album since the return of vocalist CJ McMahon, on August 18th.
- Queens of the Stone Age‘s next album, ‘Villains’, is dropping on August 25th. Mark Ronson is producing it – now THAT’S a WTF moment!
- Counterparts have announced their next album, ‘You’re Not You Anymore’, will be released on September 22nd via Pure Noise Records. The first single, ‘Bouquet’, is out now.
- Wolf Alice‘s second album, ‘Visions of a Life’, is being released on September 29th. Hear the first single from the album, ‘Yuk Foo’, here.
In other news:
- Deaf Havana frontman James Veck-Gilodi got engaged!
- Asking Alexandria‘s Ben Bruce announced he’s going to be a father for the second time…
- …and his wife Ciara announced that they got married last Friday. Congratulations to the happy couple <3
- In this week’s installment of Who The Heck Crashed Their Van This Week?, Mallory Knox were forced to cancel their Good Charlotte supporting slots after being run off the road.
- Hands Like Houses revealed that they’ve signed to Hopeless Records. They also released their first track for the label: check it out here…
- …while The Plot In You have been signed to Fearless Records, and have celebrated by releasing new track ‘Feel Nothing‘.
- Halsey hit Billboard number one with ‘hopeless fountain kingdom’.
- twenty one pilots have revealed ‘ARTOPIA’, “an evening of creativity and celebration” of fan artists the night before they headline the Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
- Modern Baseball‘s Jake Ewald has launched his solo project, Slaughter Beach, Dog.
- More bands have been added to Latitude and Tech-Fest, while the initial line-up for Shiprocked 2018 was released, as well as the line-up for the Impericon Never Say Die! tour was revealed.
- Because the Manchester Arena is still closed, Linkin Park and blink-182 were forced to cancel next month’s shows. However, blink-182 have since announced a new Manchester date, occurring on the 23rd of July.
- Ex-Of Mice and Men vocalist Austin Carlile has undergone yet more surgery. Let’s hope the next attempt is successful.
- Don Broco revealed that Dream State and Boy Jumps Ship are supporting them at their warm-up show in Dover’s The Booking Hall. Sweet line-up!
- PWR BTTM have new management and have re-released their debut album. Just me that thinks they should let this one go?
- The Metal Hammer Golden God awards were presented this week! Check out all of the winners here.
- The Associate of Independent Music revealed the nominations for the AIM Awards Best Live Act 2017. The rest of the nominations are being unveiled in August.
- Youtuber Austin Jones was arrested for production of child pornography, and was later bailed. More on this story as it develops…
- Last, but certainly not least, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich was knighted by the Danish Crown Prince. That’s certainly not a sentence I thought I’d type, and that’s why there’s a big ol’ WTF up in the title!
I hope you enjoyed this (slightly larger than normal) edition of WTF Did I Miss This Week?. With the festivals behind me, hopefully next week’s installment will be more relevant…