The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
The Wrap-Up brings you the 5 largest music news stories of the week, as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week: a controversial new single, lots of new albums in the works, and – finally- the Lolla lineup!
Gorillaz announce release date, title of new album
The band announced Thursday that they are returning with a new album titled Humanz, slated for an April 28th release. They also premiered a short film, Saturnz Barz (Spirit House), that features the entire title song “Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)” along with excerpts from “Ascension (feat. Vince Staples),” “We Got the Power (feat. Jehnny Beth of Savages),” and “Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.).”
The band’s latest release was “Hallelujah Money,” and it dropped the day before Trump’s inauguration. Bassist Murdoc Niccals said, “In these dark times, we all need someone to look up to. Me. That’s why I’m giving you this new Gorillaz song, a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. You’re welcome. Now piss on! The new album’s not gonna write itself.”
Muse, Blink-182, Cage the Elephant on Lollapalooza 2017 lineup
Muse, Cage The Elephant and Blink-182 are some of the big names confirmed for this year’s Lollapalooza, which will be the second year the festival is four days long (8/3 – 8/6)! Other highlights include Lorde, The Pretty Reckless, the Killers, The xx, Alt-J, The Head And The Heart, Arcade Fire, the Shins, Capital Cities, Atlas Genius, Kaleo, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, Vance Joy, Grouplove and dozens more. August can’t come soon enough!
Green Day talk early days: “Trying to get a gig was the hardest thing in the world”
Spotify is producing the documentary Green Day: The Early Years, which looks back on the humble beginnings of one of the biggest bands in the world. They have already released the first chapter, Sweet Children.
Green Day, Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, Fat Mike of NOFX and more talk about the legendary East Bay, Calif. punk scene. GD frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt talk about how difficult it was to book gigs.
Weezer release new song; new album this summer
This week, Weezer dropped the video for “Feels Like Summer,” the band’s first single off its forthcoming new album. The group has commented, “We decided to skip spring entirely and go straight to summer.” The song had a mixed critical reception.
Oddly enough, frontman Rivers Cuomo has even criticized his own song online: “The ‘powers that be’ wanted a severe autotune effect in this spot. I struggled hard to reduce it.” He tweeted a follow-up, “You just got to be an artist and do what makes you happy.”
Ezra Koenig talks new Vampire Weekend album
Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig updated us this week on the band’s upcoming album. On Instagram, he wrote, “every day I get comments & questions about the next Vampire Weekend album. obviously, we gotta take our time & get it right but the fans deserve some information.” Koenig says the working title, Mitsubishi Macchiato, is still in place “cuz it is a helpful concept.”
This will be the band’s fourth album and the first without Rostam Batmanglij, who left the group last January.