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: new releases galore!
HAIM drop music video, announce new record
Shot by renowned director Paul Thomas Anderson, HAIM’s new video for “Right Now,” the first official single from the album Something to Tell You, premiered this week. Something to Tell You will be HAIM’s sophomore album, following their 2013 debut Days Are Gone, and is slated to drop June 7th. Check out “Right Now” above!
Sufjan Stevens announces new mixtape
Lots of Sufjan Stevens news! This week, the singer-songwriter released a live recording of 2015’s Carrie & Lowell. He also announced a Carrie & Lowell companion album: The Greatest Gift Mixtape — Outtakes, Remixes, & Demos from Carrie & Lowell is set for an October 20th release, and will include unreleased songs, iPhone recordings, and remixes. Stevens also unveiled a new 12” single featuring a live version of “Blue Bucket of Gold” and a cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling”; pre-order the vinyl here!
Imagine Dragons release new song “Thunder”
Catch the reggae-tinged, percussion-heavy track above. “Thunder” is the second new track from the band this year, following the single “Believer.” The band’s third studio album is due later this year, a follow-up to their 2015 sophomore record, Smoke + Mirrors.
Fall Out Boy unveil new song, plus album and tour details
After a weeklong scavenger hunt in Chicago, Fall Out Boy delivered on its promise of unveiling big news. On April 27th, the band shared ‘Young and Menace,’ the first single off their album M A N I A, slated for a September 15th release. M A N I A is officially styled just like that, according to a press release. It will be FOB’s seventh studio album, from the band’s longtime labels, Island Records and DCD2 Records. Their previous record American Beauty/American Psycho produced hits like “Centuries” and “Uma Thurman.” To support the album, FOB is going on tour; check out their site for dates, and join FOB’s email list for presale info!
Gorillaz’ post-apocalyptic LP drops just in time for Trump’s 100th day in office
After six long years, Gorillaz’ fifth album Humanz is finally out. There are 20 tracks (plus six additional tracks on the deluxe addition). The LP boasts a long list of featured artists; band mastermind Damon Albarn reportedly asked every collaborator to imagine a moment where everything they believed was turned upside down and tap into those feelings when recording. For Albarn, it was when Donald Trump was elected president. Though the LP refrains from directly referencing him, the politically-tinged album was released just one day shy of Trump’s 100th day in office. Catch Gorillaz when they play Boston in July!