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: bird-watching with the stars, honoring David Bowie, a tour announcement, the return of Radiohead, and vampires in the subway.
Weezer sell a $25,000 White Album pre-order
Following the announcement of their joint tour with Panic! At the Disco (tickets available here), Weezer appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform “Thank God For Girls” and “Do You Wanna Get High?” from their highly anticipated White Album, set to drop April 1, 2016. Weezer didn’t stop there in promoting their new album. For the low, low price of $25,000, Weezer offered fans a “Weezer Experience Bundle,” which included a trip to the Galapagos Islands (via Greyhound bus), where you can sing and look for the “elusive White-cheeked pintail” with Rivers Cuomo. Oh, and it also comes with a signed White Album and two tickets for their tour. Despite its dubious reality, someone has actually shelled out the dough to retrace the steps of Charles Darwin as “King of the World for a day” with Rivers. Happy trails, and good luck with that Greyhound.
Bill de Blasio establishes David Bowie Day
As the world mourns the loss of the incomparable David Bowie, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared January 20 to be David Bowie Day in New York City. That night, Acting Commissioner Luis Castro of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment presented the proclamation following the final performance of Lazarus, Bowie’s brainchild. De Blasio took to Twitter, quoting “Space Oddity” in remembrance of the rock legend.
Pearl Jam announce North American tour
This Tuesday, Pearl Jam released the dates for their 2016 North American tour. The tour kicks off on April 8 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and winds down in Chicago, IL on August 22. The band will make a few festival stops along the way, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Never fear: Pearl Jam will be playing not one, but TWO shows at Fenway Park on August 5 and 7. Tickets go on sale next Friday, January 29, for April and May dates. Purchase tickets here.
Radiohead to debut new album at the Primavera Sound Festival
In their first live performance since 2012, Radiohead will headline Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival this June with a set from their newly announced album. Radiohead has two more festivals lined up across the pond in early July, but they’re also rumored to be headlining Chicago’s Lollapalooza, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival, and Montreal’s Osheaga Music Festival. Radiohead has yet to confirm these North American dates.
Grimes releases “Kill V. Maim” video
Things get a little bloody in Grimes’ new music video. This visual experience set to accompany the insanely catchy “Kill V. Maim” opens with Grimes and a group of strikingly dressed vampires in a subway. Jerking and dancing to the beat, everyone is raving and covered in blood by the end. Directed by Grimes and her brother, Mac Boucher, this video is a sensory overload in the best way possible, packed with pop culture references and subtle animation up until “you died.”