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: tons of Grammy love for BRU artists, a new Smallpools tune, festival news, and more!
Twenty one pilots and others nominated for Grammys
Huge news for twenty one pilots: the Ohio duo received a whopping FIVE Grammy nominations this week! The Grammy nods cap off the band's meteoric rise to national stardom over the past year - after the success of their 2015 LP Blurryface in the alt world, singles like "Stressed Out," "Heathens," and "Ride" made TOP fans of the masses. A bunch of other BRU favorites were nominated, as well (do we know how to pick 'em or what?!). Tune into the Grammys on February 12 to root for Coldplay, Radiohead, Alabama Shakes, Blink-182, Panic! At the Disco, The Avett Brothers, Weezer, and Cage the Elephant!
Smallpools release new song and video
Smallpools are back with an new single, "Run With the Bulls"! The indie pop group altered their usual sun-kissed sound on the track, going for what frontman Sean Scanlon described to Billboard as a "paranoid" vibe. That vibe permeates the music video; Scanlon explained that the video "attempts to portray these anxieties and mood swings, where a moment of overwhelming confidence is then quickly questioned and shadowed by doubt, and back again, all the while being distracted by random thoughts, desires and imaginations." With its high-strung, chaotic feel, the video reflects this in a really epic way. Check it out here!
Firefly Fest to become first fan-curated music festival
Firefly knows what's up, man. This week, the Delaware-based festival announced that it would structure this summer's festival entirely around fans' ideas! On its site, the fest explains that it'll use surveys, contests, and other polling methods to allow music lovers to "choose the artists, merchandise designs, attractions on site, and tons of other festival elements."
Judah and the Lion to join twenty one pilots on tour
Love Judah and the Lion's "Take It All Back" (one of this week's 12 Cuts!) and wanna hear it live? We've got good news for you: the Nashville band announced this week that they're joining twenty one pilots' Emotional Roadshow World Tour, and they'll be playing a date in Providence (ahhh!)! Pick up tickets here!
Glass Animals perform beautiful stripped-back version of "Life Itself"
So Glass Animals' "Life Itself" is pretty rad (it's just an established fact). Played softly on piano? Game changer. The British band dropped this stripped-down version of their hit earlier this week; give it a listen!