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: album releases from BRU favorites, a new Blink-182 vocalist in the studio, a chart-topping hit, and a fresh collaboration!
HEADLINES OF THE WEEK
Panic! at the Disco announce a new album!
Panic! fans, rejoice: on October 21, the band stated that they’ll release their fifth album, Death of a Bachelor, on January 15! According to lead singer Brendon Urie’s announcement post to Facebook, the LP is a tribute to his childhood enthusiasm for music: “’Death Of A Bachelor’ is in honor of those times I spent alone as a kid. Allowing music to consume me. Playing everything myself just to get the idea right and out of my head. It’s a beginning to a new era. And a homage to how it all began.” Along with the announcement, the band also released DOAB’s cover art, which depicts lead singer Brendon Urie lying next to a pool, surrounded by some trippy neon designs. Judging from its first few singles, “Hallelujah,” “Victorious,” and “Emperor’s New Clothes,” Death of a Bachelor is bound to be a hit!
In September, Panic! played at WBRU’s Fall Ball (and totally killed it)! Click here for pics and videos from the show!
Blink-182 have new music in the works
After Blink-182 lead vocalist Tom DeLonge departed the pop punk band earlier this year, the group’s future seemed to be in jeopardy. However, after finding a new vocalist, former Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba, the band is hard at work in the studio once again! And they’re getting back to their roots: bassist Mark Hoppus stated in an interview with Alternative Press that their new material “sounds like early Blink meets early Alkaline Trio.” It sounds like Blink-182 is coming back better than ever!
BØRNS releases debut album ‘Dopamine’
23-year-old BØRNS is a newcomer to the alternative music scene, but his debut album Dopamine doesn’t show it. Released October 16, the LP is an indie pop joyride, all whimsical melodies, catchy hooks, and vibrant synths. BORNS’ voice spans octaves and sails into falsettos with angelic grace. Dopamine will be in your head for days. Its highlights are “Electric Love,” “American Money,” and “Past Lives.”
Last night, BORNS played at WBRU’s Birthday Bash alongside Cold War Kids, Coleman Hell and Public Alley (and was fantastic)! Check out BRU on Instagram and Twitter for pics from his performance, and hit up Periscope for a BRU-exclusive acoustic set!
Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” rockets to #1!
If you haven’t already heard “Ex’s and Oh’s,” Elle King’s feisty single about her long list of ex-lovers (any guilty Taylor Swift fans? Just me? Okay…), you definitely will soon. This week, the track hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart! The milestone is a first for 26-year-old King, who dropped her alt-rock debut album, Love Stuff, in February. Catch her at Lupo’s on November 28!
Fall Out Boy release new song with Demi Lovato
Heads up, Fall Out Boy lovers! On October 16, the punk rock outfit dropped “Irresistible,” a single featuring pop singer Demi Lovato. The track, a re-release from the band’s album American Beauty/American Psycho, gets a brilliant revamp with Lovato’s confident vocals and killer harmonies, which complement lead singer Patrick Stump’s voice to a T. It’s definitely worth a listen (or two)!