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: artists like Local Natives find ways to encourage fans to vote, new album updates from The xx and Lorde, and more!
Local Natives Gives Fans Access to New Song for Voting
Missing Local Natives after seeing them at Lupo’s last month? Lucky fans who used Rock the Vote’s Election FM app in the vicinity of their polling stations were treated to a new and exclusive song from Local Natives as a way to encourage fans to vote. Exclusive songs from the Head and the Heart and Watsky were also available to stream on election day. Until Local Natives officially releases the song, we’ll keep listening to Sunlit Youth and reminisce about their visit to Providence.
The xx release new song off upcoming album
The xx recently announced a new album, I See You! The LP will be their third, released four years after their sophomore album Coexist. The English group also just released a new song, “On Hold,” which samples Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” off the Philly duo's classic 1981 album Private Eyes. The xx are slated to perform on Saturday Night Live’s November 19 show, and I See You will be released January 13.
Red Hot Chili Peppers announce North American tour
Red Hot Chili Peppers expanded their 2017 tour to include North American dates, promoting their new album The Getaway. We’re eyeing the February dates in Boston. Watch the music video for “Dark Necessities,” off their latest album, above.
Lorde turns 20
Lorde turned the big 2-0 this Monday and called herself a “newborn adult” in a lengthy Facebook post. In her post, the New Zealand singer-songwriter gave us a few updates on her next album and expressed how excited she is for it. “I just need to keep working a while longer to make it as good as it can be,” Lorde writes. “What I’m trying to say is: this is a special birthday. The party is about to start. I am about to show you the new world. I love you forever.” Happy birthday, Lorde!
Artists react to election results
In what has become a historic election week, artists have reacted to the results in various ways - some voicing their opinions on social media, and some responding by doing what they do best: music. Some highlights: The Black Lips released a new song titled “Deaf Dumb and Blind” (listen here). They tweeted that they “felt like making an anarchy style punk song after [Tuesday] night.” Father John Misty covered Tim Heidecker’s anti-Trump song “Trump’s Pilot," and Animal Collective played “Pride and Fight” for the first time in 15 years in Tampa late Tuesday night (check out their performance above).