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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: Shakespeare meets alternative, new spring tours, and chart-topping music from BRU staples.


Florence Welch sings Shakespearean Sonnet in New Collaboration




Florence + The Machine frontwoman Florence Welch throws it back to the 16th century with Rufus Wainwright in a new song, in which she sings one of Shakespeare’s poems! Wainwright’s forthcoming album, Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets, is a 16-track collection of old Will’s sonnets set to music, and features celebrities like Helena Bonham Carter, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, and, of course, Florence Welch. On Florence’s cut, she croons poignant lines from the classic “When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men’s Eyes” with her trademark resonance. Check out a preview of the track above, and hear those golden vocals in action when Florence + The Machine plays Boston in June (Tickets here)!


AWOLNATION to Embark on Headlining Tour




AWOLNATION is on the road again! Fresh off of a stint opening for Fall Out Boy, the electro-rock group announced a summer tour in promotion of their most recent record, 2015’s Run. They’ll be accompanied by Canadian punk rockers Death from Above 1979 and Los Angeles’ IRONTOM. Jam out to AWOLNATION’s sick beats IRL at the band’s Providence show on June 24 at Lupo’s (buy tickets here)!


Twenty One Pilots Top the Alternative Songs Chart




Genre-bending duo Twenty One Pilots have had a momentous year so far, and this week, they hit another milestone: their song “Ride” reached number one on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart! The introspective, reggae-influenced track is the band’s second single to top the chart, after their breakout hit “Stressed Out.” Watch the music video for “Ride” above!


HAIM Announce Tour Dates and Tease New Music



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This just in, HAIM fans: the band is touring, AND new music is in the works! On Wednesday, the pop-rock group announced a slew of new tour dates and expressed their excitement to perform what they’ve been working on. “We’ve just been in the studio for so long,” they say in a short video that offers fans a glimpse of their recording process. “We just wanna go out there and play the songs live.” Judging by the summery, eighties-influenced jams of HAIM’s 2013 debut Days are Gone, their new songs are sure to be tons of fun. Catch HAIM in May, when they bring their sun-kissed sound to Boston Calling! Tickets are available here.


Iggy Pop Gets His First No. 1 Album




With his latest release, Post Pop Depression, rocker Iggy Pop has scored his highest ranking on the Billboard 200, coming in at number 17. What’s more, the American singer-songwriter has topped the Rock Chart for the first time in his decades-long career—definitely cause for celebration! In support of the album, Pop is playing a limited run of concerts in select venues. Click here for more info about his one-time-only performance at Boston’s Orpheum Theater this month!

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