The Wrap-Up: This Week in Music + 12 Cuts
This week the Wrap-Up brings you the 9 largest music news stories of the week as well as information about new album and music video releases. This week CHVRCHES released a new music video, the new Blink-182 album tops the charts, Alex Turner covers the Smiths, and more:
CHVRCHES Release New Music Video
CHVRCHES premiered a new animated music video for their single “Bury It” with Haley Williams designed by artist Jamie McKelvie. The video features all three members of the Scottish group and the Paramore frontwoman lifting objects telepathically and soaring through the skies This single is a remix of the track off of their second studio album Every Open Eye.
Foals Extend Their US Tour
Foals, one of the headliners of the WBRU Dunkin Donuts April Fools Bash this past Spring, are currently touring the world to promote their latest album What Went Down. Foals has just announced that they will extend their U.S. tour this Fall alongside supporting acts Bears Hands and Kiev. Foals will be performing at the Panorama Music Festival in New York on July 23.
Bear Hands Release New Single
Bear Hands released their new single “BOSS” as a follow-up to their current radio single “2 AM.” This is is the second single off of their latest album You’ll Pay For This. Bear Hands played alongside Foals, Silversun Pickups, and Cage the Elephant at this year’s WBRU Dunkin’ Donuts April Fools Bash and will be touring with Foals throughout the U.S. this Fall.
New Blink-182 Album Tops the Charts
California, the latest album from Blink-182, dropped last on July 1 and is currently the number one record in the country. Blink claimed the spot that had been held by Drake and his record VIEWS for 9 weeks straight. You can hear Blink’s lead single “Bored to Death” everyday on WBRU. Check it out here:
St. Vincent Remixes the Golden Girls theme
Indie rock darling Annie Clark — known primarily by her stage name St. Vincent — released her own take on the classic Golden Girls theme song. Keeping her presence delightfully bizarre as always, St. Vincent morbidly calls her latest creation a “dirge,” which is a mournful/funerary piece.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) July 11, 2016
St. Vincent has not released anything since her 2014 self-titled album but she has teased her directorial debut–an all-female horror anthology titled XX.
FKA Twigs Debuts New Music in Russia
WBRU Exposure artist FKA Twigs debuted new music while performing onstage in Moscow last Friday July 8th. Her new show Radiant Me² features her latest single “Yes Yes Yes,” which has not yet been released. FKA Twigs is well known not only for her smooth vocals but also her stunning dance routines.
In completely unrelated news, FKA is also recently engaged to British actor Robert Pattinson.
The Last Shadow Puppets and Johnny Marr Cover The Smiths
The Last Shadow Puppets, the musical project featuring Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, were joined onstage by guitarist Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Modest Mouse at their show in Manchester, England on Sunday, July 10. In a mash-up of two classic BRU artists, TLSP and Marr covered The Smiths’ “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” to a crowd of screaming fans.
Grimes Becomes the Face of a New Fragrance
WBRU Exposure artist Grimes is the star of the new advertisement made by Stella McCartney (fashion designer, daughter of Paul McCartney) for her new environmentally friendly fragrance, POP. The ad, muted in pale shades of pink, also features a powerful group of women including Amandla Stenberg, Lola Leon, and Kenya Kinski-Jones.
Jack White Joins City Government
Jack White was named to Nashville Tennessee’s new council devoted to studying gender equity on Thursday, July 14. White gave a speech in which he said: “If my small company can enact these ideas, then so can McDonalds and General Motors.”
Alongside this fledgling political career, Jack White is still making time for music. He is rumored to be working on a track with country singer Dolly Parton. His latest album is The Dead Weather‘s Dodge and Burn released in 2015.