Stories For Monday Is Here!

The highly anticipated album, Stories For Monday, from The Summer Set is finally here!

The album plays out as a comeback album for The Summer Set, although never officially broken up, the band did almost give up on music a year ago before coming back together to write Stories For Monday, making it unique with it’s themes and lyrics.Along with the soft vocals of front man Brian Logan Dales, this album is definitely something special to the band, and something new and unique to share with their audience.

The track “All In” definitely fits the vibe for a comeback record, as it highlights all the current band members and the moment they came back together as a band to continue making music and continue on as friends.

Make sure to purchase Stories For Monday and catch The Summer Set on tour in May, as well as dates on the Vans Warped Tour this summer!

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Andy Black releases video for new song “We Don’t Have To Dance”

Black Veil Brides frontman, Andy Biersack, has been working on forming his solo project Andy Black for over a year now. Starting off with an audience begging for more when first song, “They Don’t Need To Understand” debuted, the musician has been fairly quiet about the project until now.

With teasers released over the last few months, we finally get another video from the upcoming debut album from the musician, a song titled “We Don’t Have To Dance”.

The song is taken from Andy’s debut album ‘The Shadow Side’, which is set to release on May 6th via Island Records.

Melanie Martinez premieres video for ‘Crybaby’

Out of many indie artists, Melanie Martinez has come out on top as one of the biggest of 2016.

After the release of her debut album Cry Baby, the unique female artist has gained a huge following, and fans that are inspired by her unique artistry, creative vision and way of storytelling.  Throughout the album Cry Baby, the audience is pulled into this world of oddities and troubles, and highly relatable family dynamics that are so moving to many in today’s society.

Melanie has released various videos to accompany many tracks on the album, but today was the title track ‘Cry Baby’ and the video can’t be more perfect.

 

Concept albums always are beautifully done and share a uniqueness to anything else when it comes to videos.

With the story of Martinez’s Cry Baby character… you can’t help but want to know more about her. Throughout other videos such as “Soap”, “Carousel”, “Pity Party” and “DollHouse” you become invested, and with the video for the track “Cry Baby” brings us to the very beginning of the storyline (or so it seems).

Melanie Martinez is currently finishing up her nationwide Cry Baby Tour. Check out the remaining dates here : TOUR DATES 

Or listen to more Melanie Martinez and the Cry Baby album below :

Aliens Alike: How Gerard Way’s “Hesitant Alien” artistically reinvents David Bowie and Brit pop influence

Ex – My Chemical Romance vocalist, Gerard Way has had his solo project “Hesitant Alien” out for over a year now, but with recent events I thought I would bring it up again.

As with iconic Brit-pop rock singer David Bowie passing away on Jan. 10, 2016 at the age of 69, I wanted to highlight one of my personal favorites of his works, “Space Oddity” (and many mentions of “Heroes” and “Ziggy Stardust” and other works).

So how are these two iconic albums mimicked?

Not only with the out of this world personas, flashy suits and red hair…“Hesitant Alien” provides the iconic brit pop influence to a whole new generation

Heavily influenced by Bowie in many of his works, Way himself states in various occasions as being a “HUGE fan” of the iconic Starman. In a Periscope live stream, Way speaks highly of his vinyl collection, pointing out that David Bowie’s “Low” as one of his personal favorites.

 

Compare :

Track 1 – “No Shows” to “Life On Mars”

Not only is the space theme hella prevelent here, the outfits and costuming is eerily similar along with the white backgrounds.

Track 2 – “Millions” to “Heroes”

The backing tune of these two songs are definitely similar sounds and very interesting.

Track 3 – “Space Oddity” to “How’s It Going To Be”

The most ‘ballad-esque’ track on Hesitant Alien… and narrative wise, can be a good comparison to the iconic “Space Oddity”.

Track 4 – “Maya The Psychic” to “Ziggy Stardust”

A bit of a stretch… but I do like putting these two together energy wise.

For Fun – “Under Pressure” cover by My Chemical Romance & The Used


 

Although decades (and maybe galaxies) apart, the influence is there as Bowie and his music touched many across various generations and genres.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts on Bowie, Way, more comparaisons or if you like any of these albums!

Rest in Peace David Bowie ❤

Simple Plan preview new album with ‘Nostalgic’

We are getting more and more excited for the release of Take One For The Team this Friday…and Simple Plan are not backing down with new songs and previews.

The Canadian quartet just released audio for a pop-punk banger entitled ‘Nostalgic’ and with it just being the first listen, we can expect many more hits on this album that definitely swing back to Simple Plan’s pop punk roots.

From tracks like ‘Boom’, ‘Farewell’, ‘I Refuse’ and now ‘Nostalgic’ this album is gearing up to be a fun and exciting one. Take a listen to ‘Nostalgic’ below:

 

Take One For The Team will be released Friday, February 19th via Atlantic Records.

Preorder here – ITunes

Listen to more Simple Plan here –

22 Years of Green Day’s Dookie

Happy Birthday Dookie!

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The iconic 1994 album from Green Day turns 22 today and punk fans alike are rejoicing.

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says of the disc, “Back then, I just wanted to write songs I could be proud of and be able to play in five years.”

By the time of release, Dookie peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and went on to reach Diamond certification for shipping over 10 million copies and received the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1995.

Today, the album has sold over 20 million copies and is still accredited to be the album that skyrocketed the band to mainstream fame.

From legendary tracks like “Longview” or “Welcome to Paradise”, there is a little piece of Dookie era Green Day that every fan loves and carries with them.

A few Dookie and Green Day tributes were uploaded in the album’s honor for the anniversary on social media.

Take a look at some tributes below :

 

Also, a trip back to the 1994 days of early Green Day :

 

Thank you Green Day for making such a legendary album that continues to live on in punk music history.

 

Sum 41 Finishing New Album?

By funding the project via PledgeMusic, Sum 41 vocalist, Deryck Whibley released news about the band’s upcoming fourth album via an interview with Fuse.  By being the first album in 5 years to be released and with Whibley’s battles with overcoming alcoholism, this release is a big one for Sum 41.

Within the interview, Whibley mentioned that the album was coming together which is great news to all the loyal fans who have pledged and donated money to help fund the project, and how the band feels free to work without a record label.

Whibley stated, “We’re on the last home-stretch of the record. It’s getting there. It’s been about a year – since we started working on it. There have been some months off because we had to do shows, some things here and there. If I had to add it all up, it’s been eight months over the course of the last year.”

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The Summer Set return with “Figure Me Out” and album news

Pop harmonies and jaunty choruses mark the image of The Summer Set, but they return from a musical hiatus with a fresh sound with the premiere of new song “Figure Me Out”.

“Figure Me Out” is a powerful song, with various lyrics that can be relatable to all and sets up the hype value for the upcoming album.

Although the vocal range of frontman Brian Dales alone is a magnificent sight, his skills on the piano throughout the song definitely sets the mood for the song to call for inspiration.

The new album entitled ‘Stories for Monday‘ is set for release on April 1st, making this the band’s fourth full-length album released by Fearless Records.

Preorder the album HERE – ItunesOnline 

Watch the video for “Figure Me Out” below –

 

Green Day studio rumors? Armstrong hints at potential album in works for 2016

Punk trio Green Day have always held a huge spot within the music scene. With their latest studio albums, a trilogy titled “Uno”, “Dos” and “Tre” being released in 2012…the legends might be working on some new material.

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong posted a selfie via his Instagram of himself within the studio, with the simple caption of “January 2016”.  With this minor photo, it has fans hyped and curious on if there will be an upcoming Green Day project and album in the works.

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Only time will tell if new information will be revealed from the members of Green Day. Fingers crossed that it will be a new album in the works.

In the meantime, check out the making of one of the band’s most iconic albums, “American Idiot”, in the documentary Heart Like A Hand Grenade that was released earlier this year in October of 2015. Or listen to the holiday track that was released by the band on Christmas Eve back in December HERE.

Panic! at The Disco make a mark with the single “La Devotee” and album announcement

Panic! has done it again; with various singles like “Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Victorious” being released over the past few months… the powerhouse band comes back to surprise us all with their latest single, “LA Devotee”.

“LA Devotee” brings a fun and faced paced energy, which will make the album almost reminiscent of PATD past, but also a brand new adventure for the band. This new album and direction is something all fans are hungry to hear after the previews and fantastic singles.

The album entitled “Death of a Bachelor” is due to be released on Jan. 15, 2016 by Fueled By Ramen.

Pre Order via Itunes here :