Welcome to another installment of WTF Did I Miss This Week?. This week has been one of the happiest weeks of my life. I celebrated my one-year anniversary with my wonderful boyfriend, saw Coheed and Cambria and Paramore (twice!) and went to an amazing bookish event in London.
All that busyness meant when I was researching this, I was saying WTF more than I could count! This week has featured a lot of big stories, and I missed most of them when they broke…
Buckle up, kids, because it’s about to get newsy.
The publishing world:
For once, there were only a couple of new releases!:
But there were more cover reveals than I’ve ever seen before:
In other news:
- A fundraising auction site called Authors For Grenfell Tower was launched. Bidding runs until 8pm BST on the 27th of June, so get involved before it’s too late.
- Sara Barnard announced the title of her third novel, ‘Goodbye, Perfect’.
- John Green is back! ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ is being released on October 10th. Check out more details about it here.
The music industry:
A couple of new releases which I’d missed:
An impressive selection of new music:
Manchester Orchestra want to tell us about ‘The Alien’:
Haim ‘Want You Back’:
Fall Out Boy are continuing the M A N I A with ‘Champion’:
While Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson got ‘Unpredictable’:
And Deaf Havana filled the world with ‘Happiness’:
As well as those, there were new tracks from: Nothing More, Lights, Electric Century, The Devil Wears Prada, Turnover, Body Count, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, The White Noise, Envy on the Coast, Memphis May Fire, We The Kings, Story Untold, Trash Boat, Andy Black and Hellions, who teamed up with You Me At Six‘s Josh Franceschi for an alternate version of ’24’.
Meanwhile, Echosmith covered Paramore’s ‘Hard Times’, Paramore covered Drake’s ‘Grapefruit’, Our Last Night reworked some classic Nickelodeon theme songs and The Amity Affliction released their cover of The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’.
Some very exciting tour announcements:
- Leftover Crack and All Torn Up are teaming up to tour Europe in July and August.
- Neck Deep are celebrating the release of ‘The Peace and the Panic’ by playing an intimate show at The Hippodrome in Kingston on September 1st.
- LCD Soundsystem have that they’ll be playing shows across the UK and Europe in September.
- Fall Out Boy are playing the House of Blues in Chicago on September 16th.
- Issues have released the dates for ‘The Headspace Tour‘, calling at venues across North America during September and October. Support comes from Volumes.
- Touché Amoré have revealed that they’ll be headlining shows across North America in September and October. Support comes from Single Mothers and Gouge Away.
- To celebrate the release of their second album, Coasts are playing intimate venues across the UK throughout September and October.
- Nothing More are playing shows across North America from September to November. Support comes from Hell or Highwater, My Ticket Home and As Lions.
- The Hotelier are headlining shows across North America in September and November. Support at all shows comes from Oso Oso, while Alex Napping is joining for the November dates.
- Busted announced that they’re playing a one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on October 17th.
- Stray From the Path are returning to the UK and Europe during October and November.
- Deaf Havana are taking black foxxes and Decade around the UK with them in November.
- Alice Cooper‘s original line-up are reuniting to play five arenas in the UK in November.
A couple of album announcements:
- LCD Soundsystem‘s first album in seven years, ‘American Dream’, is hitting the shelves on September 1st.
- Arch Enemy unveiled the album artwork for ‘Will To Power’, which is being released on September 8th.
- Foo Fighters revealed the details of ‘Concrete and Gold’, which will be released on September 15th.
- Hard Girls are releasing their new album, ‘Floating Now’, on October 6th.
In other news:
- The biggest WTF this week: Weird Al Yankovic is getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. OF COURSE!
- Chad Kroeger and Corey Taylor have been throwing shade at each other, because being a grown-up is fun! (Then Smash Mouth got involved… Like this needed to get any weirder.)
- Linkin Park received a pretty terrible reaction at Hellfest, and I don’t think they’re going to get invited back.
- Eric Soucy has left Turnover ‘for the foreseeable future’ following those abuse allegations.
- PKEW PKEW PKEW have signed with Side One Dummy…
- …while Seán McGowan has joined forces with Xtra Mile Recordings…
- …and The Lillingtons have signed to Fat Wreck Chords.
- There were line-up announcements from Gloucester’s Underground Festival and Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival.
- Every Time I Die had to cancel some shows due to a family emergency with vocalist Keith Buckley’s daughter, but she’s fine. Family first, fellas!
- Lastly, Simple Plan were awarded the Meritorious Service Cross for their work with the Simple Plan Foundation. Well deserve.
That’s all for this week! I’ll see you next Sunday.