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: the tragic death of a legend, exciting announcements from Phoenix and Weathers, and, as always, great new music.
Leonard Cohen, 82, dies in sleep
Music legend Leonard Cohen's tragic death was left unexplained until yesterday. The singer, songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (to name just a few of his many titles) died in his sleep last week after falling in the middle of the night. It would be three days before the world learned of his death. Although Cohen's quiet battle with cancer was recently revealed, his manager has said that "[his] death was sudden, unexpected."
Phoenix to perform for first time in 3 years
Phoenix last performed in 2014 while on tour for their latest album, Bankrupt! Since then, the French group has not released any original music. However, the Versailles rockers recently announced they will be performing at Bilbao BBK Live, a Spanish music festival, early next year. Although they have kept quiet about any new music in the works, the band shared the image above on all of their social media platforms this week, fueling speculation that a new album is on its way!
Listen to a previously unreleased Animal Collective song
If you are looking for new Animal Collective music, look no further. The experimental pop band just released a new single, "Mountain Game," which was originally recorded in 2010. Although the band joked via Twitter that the song wasn't good enough to be used in the video game Red Dead Redemption, it's definitely good enough for us!
Weathers announce first anniversary
While on tour, Weathers celebrated their first year together with this heartfelt Instagram post. It's hard to believe all of the success the band has achieved in such a short time. Notable achievements include their incredible performance at WBRU's Birthday Bash!
One year ago today Weathers officially became a thing. It has been the craziest year of our lives. We have made so many new friends. That's what creating music is about, sharing and making connections. We can't wait to share more music with everyone. We are just warming up and the future is looking like it could be a hell of a ride. Here's to all of us here now and to all we are yet to reach!
Bastille perform stripped-down version of ‘Good Grief’
The British indie pop band performed a beautiful and emotional version of their single "Good Grief" at iHeartRadio this week. Dan Smith, the frontman and only original member of the band, said the song is about "how bizarre grief and loss are." This stripped-back version of the single is (arguably) even better than the original!