This week’s music news: Twenty One Pilots returns from their year-long social media hiatus, musicians use the power of Twitter, Dirty Projectors release a new album, and more!
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: Twenty One Pilots returns from their year-long social media hiatus, musicians use the power of Twitter, Dirty Projectors release a new album, and more!
Twenty One Pilots announce upcoming album & tour
Twenty One Pilots recently broke their yearlong social media silence on July 9. Fans received an intriguing email that contained a mysterious GIF of a yellow eye, with the subject line "ARE YOU STILL SLEEPING?" Two days later, Twenty One Pilots announced via Twitter that their fifth studio album, Trench, will be available October 5th. And that's not all -- they've released two new singles, "Jumpsuit" (listen above) and "Nico and the Niners," AND announced a tour, with dates in Boston. Presale registration is until the 15th through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program. Way to make a comeback, Twenty One Pilots.
Japanese Breakfast, Braids, and other musicians criticize guitar company for sexist marketing
Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner, Braids' Raphaelle Standell-Preston and other musicians criticized a company for using sexist language in their marketing for a product. TC Electronic released a guitar effect called "P***y Melter," and musicians were quick to respond to the name and the product description. Braids tweeted, "As a female guitarist and just a female in general this makes me super disappointed." Ted Leo also tweeted, "Guitar pedal world is disgusting [...] HIRE WOMEN and consider that YOUR MARKET SHOULD ALSO BE WOMEN." TC Electronic has since issued an apology and removed the product from their website.
Young the Giant performs new single "Simplify"
Young the Giant stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to debut their latest single, "Simplify" on July 12. Watch their performance above. We're still thinking about the magical time Young the Giant performed at The Strand (then known as Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel) in February 2017. Lucky for us in Providence, Young the Giant is slated to play at The Strand again on November 11, 2018.
Dirty Projectors release their latest album, Lamp Lit Prose
Dirty Projectors released their eighth studio album, Lamp Lit Prose, on Domino Records on July 13. Lamp Lit Prose is joyous, feel-good affair. Listen to their single "I Feel Energy" above.
Watch Francis and the Lights, Justin Vernon, and Moses Sumney cover "I Shall Be Released"
Attendees at the Eaux Claires music festival in Eu Claire, Wisconsin (Justin Vernon's hometown) were treated to a performance by Vernon, Francis and the Lights, and Moses Sumney. The musicians covered Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released." Check out the performance above!