The Killers share teaser clip for new album ‘Pressure Machine’

The video features numerous soundbites of people discussing drug addiction and the belief in a higher power. “Everyone is just trying to escape something,” one voice says. As it comes to a close, a soaring vocal begins to build over an old school organ before it transforms into a ’80s-inspired, neon soundscape.

The clip ends with the car driving past famous art and antiques store Schauerhaus Studiowerx, which is situated inside the historic McCormick and Company Bank Building on West Main Street.

You can watch the clip below:

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The Killers were set to hit the road in support of 2020’s ‘Imploding The Mirage’, but instead used their free time to immediately start work on ‘Pressure Machine’.

“Everything came to this grinding halt,” said frontman Brandon Flowers. “And it was the first time in a long time for me that I was faced with silence.  And out of that silence this record began to bloom, full of songs that would have otherwise been too quiet and drowned out by the noise of typical Killers records.”


The record is also set to be one of The Killers’ most personal offerings to date, with Brandon explaining how it was inspired by his experiences of growing up in the sleepy town of Nephi, Utah.

“Had it not been for advancements in the automotive industry, Nephi in the ’90s could have been the 1950s,’” said Brandon. “I discovered this grief that I hadn’t dealt with.

“Many memories of my time in Nephi are tender.  But the ones tied to fear or great sadness were emotionally charged.  I’ve got more understanding now than when we started the band, and hopefully I was able to do justice to these stories and these lives in this little town that I grew up in.”

Meanwhile, the band’s touring guitarist Dave Keuning recently admitted they have also made a “good start” on their eighth album.

“I’m just happy to be back in any capacity on the seventh record and now that that’s done, I’m just excited to write and see where the eighth one goes,” Keuning told NME.

“I don’t think we know what it’ll sound like. It’s too early, but we’re writing ideas for it and we’ve got quite a few already, so we have a good start.”



Watch Holly Humberstone debut new track ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’

“One of the biggest crowds of the weekend AND @HolHumberstone debuted a new track ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet!’ Such a treat,” Tramlines tweeted, sharing a clip of Humberstone’s performance.

One of the biggest crowds of the weekend AND @HolHumberstone debuted a new track ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet!' Such a treat ❤️

— Tramlines Festival (@tramlines) July 25, 2021

The new song is set to appear on Humberstone’s forthcoming new EP, which she first mentioned when previously she spoke about ‘Please Don’t Leave Just Yet’ during an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

Rumours of the track first surfaced back in February after the song was registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Humberstone will head out on a UK and Ireland headline tour later this year, taking place in October and November. The tour includes a number of gigs that have been rescheduled, including stops in Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff and Nottingham.

You can see details of Humberstone’s upcoming headline tour dates below.


AUGUST, 2021
15 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)
16 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)
17 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)
18 – Omeara, London (SOLD OUT)

26 – The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
27 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [rescheduled]
28 – Yes (The Pink Room), Manchester (SOLD OUT) [rescheduled]
30 – Whelan’s, Dublin
31 – Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

2 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow [rescheduled]
3 – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
4 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (SOLD OUT) [rescheduled]
8 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
10 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham [rescheduled]

Humberstone has also been announced on the bumper line-up for Primavera Sound Festival 2022.



Logic announces ‘Bobby Tarantino III’ mixtape is coming this week

“Bobby Tarantino III out everywhere Friday,” Logic captioned the artwork, which you can see below.

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The rapper’s first ‘Bobby Tarantino’ tape came out in 2016 while the second arrived in 2018, debuting at Number One on the US Billboard 200 chart.

‘Bobby Tarantino III’ will mark Logic’s first full-length release of entirely new music since announcing his retirement from the music industry in July last year.


Despite his retirement announcement, Logic has continued to share a steady string of releases. He shared a beat tape in September of last year and teamed up with Madlib to form a new duo MadGic, releasing new tracks ‘Mars Only Pt. 3’ and ‘Raddest Dad’ in April and May of this year respectively.


Last month, Logic released a new compilation album called ‘The YS Collection’, which compiles songs from across his ‘Young Sinatra’ series.

Making his official return last month with the song ‘Intro’, Logic put the track out just a day after he posted a brief statement on social media saying “I’m back”. From there, he began releasing a new record every Friday, starting with ‘Vaccine’‘Get Up’, ‘My Way’, and last week (July 23) he dropped off ‘Call Me’.

Whether any of them will appear on ‘Bobby Tarantino II’ is not yet known, but a snippet of ‘Vaccine’ was used in today’s announcement.



Vince Staples says Mac Miller refused to take royalties for ‘Stolen Youth’ mixtape

Over the next few years, the pair’s friendship blossomed. In 2013, Mac executive produced Staples’ breakout mixtape, ‘Stolen Youth’, which the Long Beach rapper said Mac gave him full ownership of.

“And then he took me on tour and he didn’t want no publishing,” Staples explained. “He said, ‘If you make a million dollars buy me a S-Class Benz or something like that,’ the whole project [Stolen Youth] he gave me ownership of it. He just said, if you if you make a gang of money just give me like a S-Class — and then took me on the road and paid for my room and board and still paid me. So yeah you know that was the homie.”

Last week, Staples stated that he “won’t be supporting” an upcoming rap film inspired by Mac Miller, which was recently called out by the late rapper’s family.



DMA’s have expanded their massive 2021 autumn tour

DMA’s will play the following shows. New additions are marked with a *:

Sunday 17 – Greenock, Town Hall

Monday 18-Tuesday 19 – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange 
Thursday 21 – Norwich, UEA 
Friday 22 – Hull, Bonus Arena 
Saturday 23 – Newcastle, Hit The North Festival 
Monday 25 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall 
Wednesday 27 – Bath, Pavilion 
Friday 29 – London, Alexandra Palace 
Saturday 30 – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena 
Monday 1-Wednesday 3 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse 
Friday 5 – Portsmouth, Guildhall*
Saturday 6 – Cardiff, The Great Hall*
Sunday 7 – Sheffield, O2 Academy*
Monday 8 – Birmingham, O2 Academy*
Wednesday 10 – Leeds, O2 Academy 
Thursday 11 – Leeds, O2 Academy 
Saturday 13 – Dublin, Academy  
Sunday 14 – Dublin, Academy 
Tuesday 16 – Belfast, Limelight*

Tickets for the new shows go on sale at 9am BST this Friday (July 30). You can find them here, along with any remaining tickets for the other shows, most of which are sold out.

The Liverpool show will represent something of a homecoming for the Australian band. Their frontman Tommy O’Dell’s family come from the city.

The Australian band had initially hoped to play the shows in 2020, before the dates were moved to April this year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.


Due to continuing restrictions, the gigs were then moved to this summer, and then again to the current autumn run.



U2 say they’d have no problem with Bono going solo

He also hinted that U2 might have some acoustic releases coming, one of which might feature on the upcoming soundtrack for Sing 2.

“We have been recording acoustic versions of some of our catalogue in different keys and different tempos as a challenge,” Clayton said. “We have a track in the next Sing 2 movie.”

U2’s Bono. CREDIT: Sergione Infuso/Corbis via Getty Images

In September, The Edge revealed U2 were working on new music before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

“I was actually working on some new songs with Bono,” he told Jo Whiley on her BBC Radio 2 show, before explaining that he and Bono were in Dublin penning new material before they had to go their separate ways due to the lockdown.

“I had a decision, am I going to go to Dublin or am I going to head to California where my wife was so I opted to head for the wife which I think was the right call,” he said, “’cause literally within two days they’d shut all flights into America so I snuck in and spent the first part of the lockdown with Morleigh in California and then came to Dublin for early May and was in Dublin for a while.”


He added: “I felt very fortunate … overall I felt like one of the really lucky ones.”

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher has opened up on why he believes that U2 frontman Bono has become the whipping boy of rock in recent years.



Lil Uzi Vert has put his $24million head diamond back in

Over the weekend, ahead of his performance at Rolling Loud Miami, the rapper showed off a new tongue tattoo in a video that also showed he had put the pink diamond back in his forehead.

In the clip, Uzi labels himself a “Rager” as he sticks out his tongue to reveal the newly inked tattoo. You can see the video below, followed by some photos of him having the tattoo done.

Lil Uzi Vert put the diamond back in his forehead and got a new tattoo on his tongue‼️😳

— RapTV (@raptvcom) July 25, 2021

Lil Uzi Vert getting his new tongue tattoo‼️😳😳

— RapTV (@raptvcom) July 25, 2021

In other Uzi news, the rapper reportedly has his sights set on buying a planet, an acquisition which – if it were to go through – would make him the “first human to legally own a planet”, according to Grimes.

Grimes tweeted last week that documentation was “almost complete” for Uzi to legally claim the planet WASP-127b, a gas giant exoplanet 1.4 times larger than Jupiter that was discovered in 2016.


The rapper tweeted that he had “tried 2 surprise everyone” and that he was “still working on it”. On Friday (July 23), he asked his Twitter followers what he should name the planet.

Meanwhile, Trippie Redd has released a synth-driven new single titled ‘Holy Smokes’, featuring guest vocals from Lil Uzi Vert.



Grimes says she’s appearing on Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ remix album

A release date and full tracklist for the ‘Chromatica’ remix album has yet to be announced, however a number of guests are expected

In May, Bloodpop, who executive produced the original ‘Chromatica’ album, hinted that both Rina Sawayama and Charli XCX would feature on the remix, while confirming later in the month that Dorian Electra will definitely appear. Bree Runway has also said she’s appearing.

CREDIT: JC Olivera/Getty Images

Earlier this month, Bloodpop told fans that the album is “Insanely good,” and that a release date will emerge “hopefully soon.”

On the same Discord stream where she revealed her involvement with the ‘Chromatica’ remix, Grimes also debuted a number of new songs.

She played five unreleased tracks during a set for Australian virtual reality festival Splendour XR: ‘Shinigami Eyes’, ‘Love Is A Drug From God’ with Chris Lake, ‘100 Percent Tragedy’, ‘Utopia’ and ‘Player of Games’.


On ‘100 Percent Tragedy’, Grimes explained that the track was “about having to defeat Azealia Banks when she tried to destroy my life”, referencing a 2018 incident when Banks allegedly spent days at Elon Musk’s house, making accusations against him on social media.

In earlier months, Grimes has described her follow-up to 2020’s ‘Miss Anthropocene’ as a “space opera” centred around a lesbian AI being.



Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of The Who’s ‘My Generation’

For their reworking of ‘My Generation’, the 1965 single from The Who’s debut album of the same name, Willcox is seen wearing an unbuttoned white shirt, black and white tie, with pink ponytails in her hair.

“This Sunday we’re ‘Talking about #MyGeneration!!!’. Toyah, Robert and Sidney Jake are back with a Sunday Lunch performance from one of YouTube’s most famous kitchens,” Willcox captioned the new video. You can watch their latest cover below.

Willcox revealed in February that her Sunday Lockdown Lunch video series started because her husband, King Crimson‘s Robert Fripp, was having withdrawals from performing.

Last month, Willcox shared a video for her new single ‘Levitate’ featuring Simon Darlow and Bobby Willcox, taken from her upcoming album ‘Posh Pop’, due out August 27.

Discussing the album in a recent interview with NME, Willcox explained how it came about. “When COVID stopped everything last year, it allowed me to concentrate on writing and recording the next album,” she said. “We recorded in Simon’s outdoor studio with just him, my husband and I.


“‘Posh Pop’ was a magical experience created out of the need and ability to make contact with our fans in a heartfelt way. Also the terrifying distance between those who run the world and those on the ground inspired my writing. Working with Fripp in the studio, we just handed him the chord charts the day before and said: ‘We want you to come in and improvise and that’s what we’ll use’. It was spontaneous.”



Listen to Bryson Tiller’s soul-stirring new track ‘One Sided’

Opting to not put the track out on major streaming platforms, Tiller released ‘One Sided’ via Soundcloud. You can listen to it below.

Tiller is currently busy at work on his next album, ‘Serenity’. In February, the singer revealed that the project will be a triple disc effort: one rap disc, one R&B disc, and one pop disc.

“I started it a long-ass time ago,” Tiller explained during an Instagram Live. “Like, before ‘True To Self’, but I wasn’t in the right headspace to make it. Then after ‘True To Self’, you know, I was depressed and shit; I had some shit going on in my life. Actually, I was depressed before that, but still was a little depressed after that even more because of different shit.

“So I started up ‘Serenity’ again because I was at a better place in my life; I was feeling better about shit…then over years I realised how much fucking music I had for ‘Serenity’ – all these different shits. So ‘Serenity’ is now, it’s not one album, it’s three albums.”


Earlier this year, Ty Dolla $ign and Jhené Aiko teamed up with Bryson Tiller for a remix of their 2020 collaboration ‘By Yourself’.



Kanye West is reportedly living at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium

On Saturday (July 24), West was spotted wandering around the stadium during an Atlanta United football match versus Columbus Crew, which he documented on his Instagram – see the footage below.

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Yes, that WAS #kanye in the Supporter’s Section at the Atlanta United game just now! He stayed for about 30 seconds total. #atlantaunited #atlutd #donda #atlanta

— Grover & Ferris & Magoo (@venus_fry_cook) July 24, 2021

Kanye West at the Atlanta United FC game ⚽️

— SAINT (@saint) July 24, 2021

Kanye West spotted at the ATL United FC game living his best life👀

— Hip Hop Ties (@HipHopTiesMedia) July 24, 2021


DONDA’ will reportedly arrive next month, according to internet personality Justin Laboy.

A press release originally stated that West’s new album would be released on Friday (July 23) via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, but in true Kanye fashion, the album did not materialise on said date.


West is yet to comment on the release date himself. NME has reached out to representatives for West for comment.

In other Kanye news, a fan is selling a bag of what they claim is air from the rapper’s ‘DONDA’ listening event.

An eBay listing from user imacanon16canz – who has 100 per cent positive feedback – is doing the rounds online as it claims to be selling air from Ye’s listening party. The starting price for the Ziplock bag full of oxygen from the event is $3,330.00.

Meanwhile, the city of Atlanta has officially declared July 22 to be Kanye West Day.



System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian previews new track ‘Cyber Criminal’

‘Violent Violins’ follows the System Of A Down musician’s collection of cinematic compositions and poetry, ‘Cool Gardens Poetry Suite’, which arrived earlier this month.

“‘Cool Gardens Poetry Suite’ animates the book to where the words come off the page and dance into the auditory canals of listeners sweetened by intimate musical landscapes,” Tankian said of the new collection in a statement.

Tankian also recently spoke about why his recent solo music wouldn’t have fitted System Of A Down. “Theoretically and philosophically, we couldn’t see eye to eye on a way forward, mostly creatively,” he explained.

The iconic metal band shared their first new songs in 15 years last year with ‘Protect The Land’ and ‘Genocidal Humanoidz’, which were released to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict in Artsakh.


Meanwhile, Rick Rubin has recalled a huge fight between the members of System Of A Down over their notorious “tapeworm” lyric.

The band’s song ‘Needles’, from their iconic 2001 album ‘Toxicity’, features the immortal lyric, “Pull the tapeworm out of your ass.”

In a recent episode of Rubin’s Broken Record podcast, the Toxicity producer reminisced with the band’s frontman about the lyric, and the mighty argument that followed, with Rubin believing that it could’ve broken the band up on its own.



Watch Bobby Shmurda debut new music at Rolling Loud Miami

The New York rapper also debuted a pair of brand new tracks, both of which the titles are unknown at this point. You can watch Shmurda perform the new records below.

Back in April, Shmurda teased that he had some upcoming collaborations with DaBaby and Lil Uzi Vert.

Appearing on the Maino Presents: Kitchen Talks podcast, Shmurda discussed an upcoming album that’s in the works, including some high-profile collaborations.

“Man, we got so much new music coming,” Shmurda said. “We got music coming with the biggest artists, from Maino, Quavo, DaBaby, 42 [Dugg], Uzi, Rowdy [Rebel], Jay. There is so much shit coming out it’s gonna be a hot summer.”

Following his release from prison, Shmurda said he wants to be a “role model” moving forward. In a recent interview, the rapper spoke about how the letters received from fans when he was locked up impacted him.


“It was 2016, I was in the box,” he told GQ. “A six-year-old girl wrote to me; she said I was her favourite rapper.”

He added: “That just let me know the kids are watching me, and I have to be a role model.”

When news of the rapper’s imminent release from prison broke on February 22, and when he was freed the following day, streams of his music increased by over 600 percent.

On the day of his release, Migos rapper Quavo was on hand to personally pick Shmurda up from prison in his private jet.



Metallica’s Kirk Hammett reflects on band’s 40th anniversary

Metallica performing in 2019. CREDIT: Getty/Kevin Winter

“What’s truly amazing now is the fact that I still feel like we haven’t really peaked, we’re still real hungry, we still wanna make music, we still care about music, we still care about each other. I don’t see any signs of us slowing down, man, ’cause we have stuff that we wanna do.”

Trujillo added: “You know, what’s insane about all this is that there’s no shortage of musical ideas and riffs and grooves and bass lines.

“A lot of times when bands have been around that long, there is a shortage — people run out of ideas — and we have the opposite problem; we’ve got too many ideas. So it’s a good problem to have.”

Meanwhile, the band also recently shared three new versions of their song ‘Wherever I May Roam’ to mark the 30th anniversary reissue of ‘The Black Album’. They followed recent covers from the likes of St. Vincent, Sam Fender, Biffy Clyro, Diet Cig, and Miley Cyrus.

Remastered for ultimate sound quality, the reissue will be available in multiple configurations including 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3CD expanded edition, digital, and limited-edition deluxe boxset.


The boxset will contain the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), six DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card.

The special 30th anniversary edition of ‘The Black Album’, is set for release on September 10. You can pre-order it here.



Someone is selling a bag of air from Kanye West’s ‘DONDA’ listening event

The listing, titled: “Bag of Air from DONDA Drop LAST ONE OFFICIAL Kanye West – Mercedes-Benz Stadium”, includes an image of a small plastic bag being held up at the event. The bag features a label that reads: “AIR FROM DONDA DROP.”

There’s five days left to bid on the bag of air which currently sits at $2,125.01, with six bids made in total. You can get your bid in here.

A number of similar listings have started to pop up on eBay, but imacanon16canz’s appears to be the most in-demand.

This isn’t the first time a Kanye fan has tried to make some cash by selling bagged air from one of the Chicago musician’s events. In 2015, someone made over $60,000 from an eBay listing selling air from ’Ye’s ‘Yeezus’ tour, according to Rolling Stone.

Meanwhile, DONDA’ will now reportedly arrive next month, according to internet personality Justin Laboy.


A press release originally stated that West’s new album would be released on Friday (July 23) via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, but in true Kanye fashion, the album did not materialise on said date.




SAGE expert says re-opening nightclubs is “unethical and immoral”

He continued: “So there is a case for it, but that case is immoral and unethical.”

"There is a case for opening nightclubs, but that case is immoral and unethical."@GabrielScally #IndependentSAGE #LongCovid

— Independent SAGE (@IndependentSage) July 24, 2021

Less than 48 hours after the government lifted all restrictions in England, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi announced that people will have to be fully vaccinated in order to gain entry into clubs this September.

Proof of a negative coronavirus test will not be accepted alone as a condition of entry, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi confirmed on “freedom day” earlier this week (July 19), which was reiterated during a remote press conference held by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson noted in the briefing that 35 per cent of 18-30 year olds are still “completely unvaccinated”. Pending the success of the vaccination rollout in England, all those aged 18 and over will have been offered both jabs by September.

He added that the vaccines provide “immense benefits” to everyone’s health and safety, but that they also give access to social “pleasures” such as clubbing.


People queue to get in to the Egg London nightclub in the early hours of July 19, 2021. CREDIT: Rob Pinney/Getty Images

Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, responded to the government’s announcement saying: “So, ‘freedom day’ for nightclubs lasted around 17 hours then…. The announcement from the Prime Minister that Covid passports will be made mandatory for night clubs in September comes after his Health Secretary said only one week ago that they would not be compulsory. What an absolute shambles.

“Leaving aside the fact that this is yet another chaotic u-turn that will leave nightclubs who have been planning for reopening for months will now have to make more changes to the way they operate – this is still a bad idea.

“80 per cent of nightclubs have said they do not want to implement covid passports, worrying about difficulties with enforcing the system and a reduction in spontaneous consumers, as well as being put at a competitive disadvantage with pubs and bars that aren’t subject to the same restrictions and yet provide similar environments.”

Greg Parmley, CEO of LIVE added: “The government has had several different positions on Covid certification in the last six months and we will need to see more detail before we can understand the full impact for the live music industry. Many festivals and large venues are already adopting some level of Covid certification, and as responsible event organisers, will continue to do so.”

“What we are absolutely clear about, however, is that venues such as small music clubs should not be treated any differently to other similar-sized hospitality businesses such as bars and restaurants when it comes to the need for Covid vaccine certification.”

Nightlife resumed in England on July 19 as the country entered the fourth and final stage of its route out of lockdown. A large number of nightclubs held special opening parties, opening their doors as the restrictions were lifted at midnight.

The Music Venue Trust encouraged attendees to take a lateral flow test before attending.



Tinashe reveals details of her fifth studio album ‘333’, releases new single

In the same post, Tinashe – full name Tinashe Kachingwe – revealed a single would drop that night. A subsequent Instagram post revealed the track’s title.

Listen to ‘i can see the future’ below:

The new single follows the release of two other album cuts, ‘Bouncin’ and ‘Pasadena’, the latter being Tinashe’s first single of the year and a collaborative effort with rapper Buddy. The pair had previously worked together on his single ‘Glitch’, released September 2020.

As well as Buddy, ‘333’ looks set to feature other collaborations with the likes of Kaytranada, Jeremih, Kaash Paige, Wax Motif, Quiet Child and Kudzai to be featured throughout.

The release of ‘333’ marks the follow-up to 2019’s ‘Songs for You’, which was released via her own label Tinashe Music.


As well as new album details, Tinashe announced a US tour set to begin in September, with South Korean alt-pop musician Rei Ami along in support.

Tinashe’s 2021 US tour dates are:

Thursday 16 – Houston, House of Blues
Saturday 18 – Austin, Emos Austin
Sunday 19 – Dallas, House of Blues
Tuesday 21 – Minneapolis, First Avenue
Wednesday 22 – Milwaukee, The Rave/Eagles Club
Friday 24 – Chicago, House of Blues
Saturday 25 – Chicago, House of Blues
Monday 27 – Royal Oak, Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tuesday 28 – Mckees Rocks, Roxian Theatre
Wednesday 29 – Boston, Big Night Live
Thursday 30 – New York, Terminal 5

Saturday 2 – Brooklyn, Warsaw
Sunday 3 – Washington D.C., 9:30 Club
Wednesday 6 – Atlanta, Buckhead Theatre
Thursday 7 – St. Louis, The Pageant
Saturday 9 – Denver, Summit Music Hall
Sunday 10 – Salt Lake City, The Depot
Tuesday 12 – Sacramento, Ace of Spades
Thursday 14 – Phoenix, The Van Buren
Friday 15 – San Diego, The Observatory North Park
Saturday 16 – Santa Ana, Observatory
Sunday 17 – Los Angeles, The Novo
Tuesday 19 – San Francisco, The Warfield
Thursday 21 – Seattle, The Showbox

Saturday 13 – Las Vegas, Day N Vegas



Don Broco announce warm-up gigs ahead of Slam Dunk Festival

The North edition of the festival, held at Temple Newsam in Leeds will take place on September 4, while Slam Dunk South in Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire will take place on September 5.

Tickets for the new run of dates are on sale now and can be purchased here. See the full list of Don Broco’s upcoming live dates below:


— DON BROCO (@DONBROCO) July 23, 2021

AUGUST, 2021

24 – Bedford, Esquires
31 – Oxford, O2 Academy

1 – Bristol, O2 Academy
3 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
4 – Leeds, Slam Dunk Festival
5 – Hatfield, Slam Dunk Festival



25 – Glasgow Barrowlands
27 – Newcastle, O2 Academy
28 – Manchester, Academy
29 – Manchester, Academy
31 – Portsmouth, Guildhall


1 – Nottingham, Rock City
2 – Nottingham, Rock City
4 – Norwich, UEA
5 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
6 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

Previewing ‘Amazing Things’ back in May, Don Broco shared ‘Manchester Super Reds No.1 Fan’, which the band wrote with the intention of “delivering these very deliberate, jolting shifts like we’ve never done before”.

Earlier this month, the band shared their second single, ‘Gumshield’, which the band rolled out with a campaign suggesting frontman Rob Damiani was fighting British boxer Dave Allen – but it was just a prank.



Lance Bass says he’s been “kept away” from Britney Spears for years

He added: “I haven’t spoken to her in years. We’ve been kept away from each other for quite a while. But I don’t know exactly what she needs. But I do know that she – to me and what I see – is sane enough to pick her own people.”

In a hearing last week (July 14), Britney reiterated that she wants her father Jamie Spears removed as co-conservator and for him to be charged for “conservatorship abuse”.

Britney Spears. CREDIT: Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic

During the same hearing, Judge Brenda Penny approved Britney to get a lawyer of her own choosing. Hiring Mathew Rosengart, the former federal prosecutor who has previously worked with Sean Penn and Steven Spielberg, he has since declared that he’s working “aggressively and expeditiously” to have Jamie Spears removed as her conservator.

While Bass has an issue with the conservatorship system as a whole, as well as the judge’s rulings, he has another main reservation.

“The only thing that I don’t subscribe to is that she’s sending cryptic messages and all that type of stuff. It’s like when the conspiracy theories start, it’s a little much,” he continued. “I like to stick with facts. But the main thing that I’m concerned about is court systems and this judge…. It’s scary.”


Meanwhile, Britney Spears‘ court testimony in June detailing her “abusive” conservatorship has prompted two members of US Congress to propose a bill to reform the system.

Per The New York Times, Republican Nancy Mace and Democrat Charlie Crist have teamed up to put forward legislation that would allow Spears and other conservatees to request their judge-appointed conservator be replaced with either a public guardian designated by the state, a family member or a private agent.



Listen to Jake Bugg’s comforting new single, ‘Downtown’

The song’s mesmerising lyrics offer comfort and a promise that the person he’s singing to will never be left alone. “Held deep/ In a poisonous mind/ Help you find the words/ Live and I’ll help you learn,” Bugg sings on the second verse.

On the chorus, he adds: “Follow me now, follow me now/ And follow me down, follow me downtown/ Summer nights we’d go/ Summer nights we’d go raving/ You’ll never be alone/ You’ll never be alone.”

You can listen to ‘Downtown’ below:

Speaking about the creation of the song, Bugg said: “Usually, the initial spark of an idea comes from me. And when it doesn’t, it sometimes loses my attention. Because there were a lot of moving parts and chords, it was almost like a puzzle. I never approached a song like that before.”

In addition to the song itself, Bugg shared an accompanying live session video which you can watch below.


‘Downtown’ arrives ahead of Bugg’s set at this weekend’s Standon Calling festival (July 25). He will also hit the road in the UK and Ireland in spring 2022 in support of ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ – you can see his upcoming tour dates below.

March 2022
14 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
15 – Leeds, O2 Academy
17 – Hull, Bonus Arena
18 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse 
19 – Sheffield, Octagon Centre
21 – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
23 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
24 – Belfast, Ulster Hall
25 – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
27 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
28 – Norwich, UEA
30 – Nottingham, Rock City
31 – Cardiff, The Great Hall

April 2022
1 – Bristol, O2 Academy
3 – Oxford, O2 Academy
4 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
5 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

You can get tickets here.

Bugg also recently revealed that he is currently writing music for a film about the Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho. A documentary on the 2002 World Cup winner is in the works by the filmmakers Andrew and Stuart Douglas, who have worked on some of Bugg’s music videos in the past.



Korn’s Jonathan Davis shares eerie cover of Pet Shop Boys’ ‘It’s A Sin’

Listen to Davis’ rendition of ‘It’s A Sin’ below:

Out now, you can see the tracklisting for the Paradise City soundtrack below:

01. MGK & Travis Barker – ‘A Girl Like You’
02. Palaye Royale – ‘Nightmares In Paradise’
03. Kennyhoopla – ‘How Will I Rest In Peace If I’m Buried By A Highway?’
04. Smashing Pumpkins – ‘Ramona’
05. Bones UK – ‘Beautiful Is Boring’
06. Kings Of Leon – ‘Closer’
07. Meg Myers – ‘The Underground’
08. City And Colour – ‘What Makes A Man?’
09. Jonathan Davis – ‘It’s A Sin’
10. Crosses – ‘The Epilogue’
11. Bad Omens – ‘Careful What You Wish For’
12. Sleeping With Sirens – ‘Shadow Preachers’
13. The Mavens – ‘I Don’t Believe In Love’
14. Night Riots – ‘Contagious’
15. The Flux – ‘True Faith’

Earlier this week, Korn‘s lead guitarist Brian “Head” Welch said bassist Reginald “Fieldy’ Arvizu is sitting out the band’s upcoming US tour because he needs time to heal and reflect at home.

The guitarist and backing vocalist said in a new interview that Fieldy has fallen back on some of his old “bad habits” and will use the time to “recharge” with his family at home.


Meanwhile, Korn announced their first ever collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

The metal band are the latest musicians to delve into the popular digital market, with the band teaming up with the Mexico-based graphic designer and 3D artist Dreamonaut for the ‘Monuments’ collection.



Taylor Swift celebrates ‘Folklore’ anniversary with orchestral version of ‘The Lakes’

“It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” Swift wrote on Instagram, sharing a pair of black and white pictures of her at the beach.
“With tall tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time. To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes.”
She concluded: “Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore.”

You can listen to the orchestral version of ‘The Lakes’ below:

Swift has also unveiled a ‘Folklore’ anniversary merch collection available for just 72 hours.
The collection includes: a “lost in the memory” hoodie; a “beautiful things” keepsake box; an “I would die for you in secret” hoodie; a “tied me to you” bracelet; a “dreamt of you all summer” long sleeve top; a “picture me in the weeds” t-shirt; an “auroras and sad prose” notebook, and more.

The merch line is available to purchase until July 26 at 3pm EST – you can get it here.

Meanwhile, Swift will not be submitting the re-recording of her 2008 album ‘Fearless’ for Grammys consideration, her label has confirmed.


According to Billboard, Swift will not be submitting ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’, and will instead focus on nominating ‘Evermore’ for all eligible categories. The singer will also be doing the same for the Country Music Association Awards.



Billie Eilish says she no longer reads comments on social media

“I want to hear what people have to say, and also, because I’ve grown up on the internet, I mostly agree with a lot of what the internet says. Some of the things that they make fun of people for are funny because they’re kinda true, right? Which then worries me because I’m like, ‘Oh, God, are the mean things [about me] actually true? And what are they?’ I want to know them! But I don’t want to know them, because what is that going to do for me? Nothing.”

Billie Eilish performing ‘NDA’. Source: YouTube

Eilish went on to say most of the comments focussed around her body, illustrating her point by recalling the time she shared a picture of herself wearing a swimsuit after she turned 18. “And because you could see my shoulders, everyone was, like, ‘Oh, my God, she turned 18 and she’s a slut!’” Eilish said.

“…Every girl wants to feel desirable…But then there’s a whole world of men who argue that women say, ‘Oh, I don’t want men to sexualise me’ but then wear shirts that show their boobs and sing songs about having sex.’ I’m like, do you not get the idea that we want to wear what we feel good in but we don’t want you to jump in? It’s very dumb.”

Earlier this year, an intimate documentary about Eilish was released on Apple TV+. In its five-star review, NME called Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry a “searingly honest documentary offers a warts-and-all look at life as a young megastar.”


Meanwhile, Eilish and Finneas recently shared a new acoustic live performance of Eilish’s recent single, ‘Your Power’.



Johnny Depp is reportedly working on new music with Jeff Beck

The source added: “Jeff has been a great friend to Johnny during a very difficult time, and being away from Hollywood has been exactly what Johnny needed.”

It comes after Depp lost his libel case against The Sun last year. The actor had been suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and The Sun’s executive editor Dan Wootton over an April 2018 article which referred to him as a “wife beater” in relation to allegations from ex-wife Amber Heard, claims that Depp has strongly denied.

The trial originally took place over 16 days in July 2020 at the Royal Courts of Justice, and concerned an article titled “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?”

Hollywood Vampires: (L-R) Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry. CREDIT: Getty Images

In a ruling on November 2, 2020, Judge Mr Justice Nicol said that he found the words to be “substantially true”.

Following the verdict, the actor was last month denied permission to appeal his libel case against NGN, with Depp’s lawyers saying he is “looking forward to presenting the complete, irrefutable evidence of the truth” in another libel case in the US.


The Daily Mail insider said that Depp, who in 2015 formed the supergroup, Hollywood Vampires, with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, now wants to “take a step back from everything and focus on a comeback through music”.

“Johnny hopes to return to films eventually. But it’s music first,” they added.

Meanwhile, Hollywood Vampires have been forced to cancel their upcoming UK and European tour due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The group had previously rearranged the dates to this coming August and September, however due to safety concerns surrounding the pandemic, the tour has now been cancelled.



Liz Phair cancels summer tour with Alanis Morissette and Garbage due to “unforeseen circumstances”

“Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances, I won’t be able to join Alanis & Garbage on tour this summer,” Phair wrote on social media. “I’m incredibly disappointed as I was looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful faces.

She added: “Shoutout to Alanis, Garbage, and Cat Power, who I know will put on an incredible show. Hope to see you all soon.”

— Liz Phair (@PhizLair) July 24, 2021

Both Garbage and Phair had previously supported Morissette on tour in 1998.

In a five-star review of Phair’s ‘Soberish’, NME‘s El Hunt said it “serves as a reminder of Liz Phair’s brilliance after years of underestimation. Far from simply drawing on her most critically acclaimed albums, it draws on the whole lot, and finds newness within.”

“These are all songs that, just like the rest of Phair’s finest moments, have a delicious knack for becoming lodged in your brain.”


Meanwhile, Garbage icon Shirley Manson has heaped praise upon Billie Eilish for giving a voice and a platform to “rebellious girls”.

The frontwoman was speaking to NME when asked about the current crop of talent on her radar, before she noted how now marks “a very exciting time for a wave of new alternative,” and listing Jehnny Beth, Little SimzArlo Parks and Billy NoMatesamong her favourites before assess the importance of Eilish.



Logic lends his ear to those in need on new track ‘Call Me’

On ‘Call Me’, Logic lends his ear to those in need – a theme similar to that of his 2017 hit single ‘1-800-273-8255’, on which he, Alessia Cara and Khalid discuss suicide prevention with the aim of inspiring people to reach out for help.

“You know you can call me/ When nobody picking up/ When it feel like don’t nobody in the world give a fuck/ Call me/ I’ll be there to pick you up/ 56442, hit me up,” Logic raps on the song’s chorus.

You can listen to ‘Call Me’ below:

Logic recently teased a third volume of his ‘Bobby Tarantino’ mixtape series, tweeting that fans can expect “Fun Tracks and Real Raps” from the third tape in the series. The first ‘Bobby Tarantino’ tape came out in 2016 while the second arrived in 2018, debuting at Number One on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Despite announcing his retirement in July of last year, Logic has continued to share a steady string of releases. He shared a beat tape in September of last year and teamed up with Madlib to form a new duo MadGic, releasing new tracks ‘Mars Only Pt. 3’ and ‘Raddest Dad’ in April and May of this year respectively.


Last month, Logic released a new compilation album called ‘The YS Collection’, which compiles songs from across his ‘Young Sinatra’ series.

The series consists of the mixtapes ‘Young Sinatra’ (2011), ‘Young Sinatra: Undeniable’ (2012), ‘Young Sinatra: Welcome To Forever’ (2013), and the studio album ‘YSIV’ (2018).



Listen to Bullet For My Valentine’s furious new single, ‘Parasite’

Lead guitarist Michael ​”Padge” Paget added: “I think it’s the most ferocious side of Bullet For My Valentine that I’ve ever known. It’s time for us to put out a really angry, heavy, aggressive record. I just can’t wait to grimace on stage!”

Listen to the new single here:

Speaking about the concept for the song’s video, director Fiona Garden said: “For ‘Parasite’ we just wanted to let the song rip.

“The intensity and fury of the track tears along, pure performance and vitality. Along the way, in a world defined by blinding light and the phenomenal graphic work of artist Carl Addy, we see this new infinite incarnation of the avatar aM cuts being ritualistically infected and drawn further into limitless oblivion. No locusts were harmed in the making of this video.”


The Welsh band’s new album, which vocalist Matt Tuck previously teased as “brutal, heavy, and technical,” will come out on October 22 via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy.

“This is the beginning of Bullet 2.0,” Tuck said in a statement. “It signifies where we are right now. The music is fresh, it’s aggressive, it’s more visceral and passionate than it’s ever been.”

He continued: “I wanted to come out guns blazing, fucking middle fingers flying, and just go for the throat.”