Bummed your favorite band never tours America? It looks like you may have to wait longer. Border fees are going up in December and international acts will have to decide if they can afford it (or even break even). Don’t worry, though. There’s still some good news! The Smiths may reunite one day a long time from now, Smash Mouth had a Twitter fight about baseball, Japandroids finally shared info about their first album in four years, and Regina Spektor unrolled a bunch of tour dates for 2017!
It’s no secret that touring internationally can cost an arm and a leg for bands. Now, new taxes will make touring abroad even harder. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently revealed an increase in immigration application fees and petitions. Form I-129 in particular will make it harder. The form is required to fill out for nonimmigrant actors, artists, athletes, and musicians entering the States for work and comes with a hefty $325 fee per person. After December 20th, those filling out that form will pay $460 per person… a whopping 42% increase. Keep in mind, this is just for artists to get in to the US and doesn’t include fees or damage that happen to their equipment while traveling, fees for tolls, or more. Bands like Arcade Fire and Muse won’t struggle to find the funds per person to cross the border. It’s smaller bands like Hinds, Japandroids, or Kero Kero Bonito that we’ve written about who will suffer. [Consequence of Sound]
Reunions become less surprising as festivals start convincing bands to get back together with a large sum of money. Each year, rumors float around that The Smiths may reunite and fans get excited. Not only does it look like that won’t be happening, but it looks like it had the chance to… and the band turned it down. Back in 2008, Morrissey and Johnny Marr met in September to talk about a remastering of The Smiths’ catalog and, for a short while, the possibility of a reunion. “Morrissey and I continued our dialogue and planned to meet up again,” Marr wrote in his new memoir, Set the Boy Free. “I went to Mexico with The Cribs, and then suddenly there was radio silence. Our communication ended, and things went back to how they were and how I expect they always will be.” [Consequence of Sound]
@JohnSheaHey The A’s are a joke, good for CC!
— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) October 29, 2016
We’re in the midst of major league baseball tensions as the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians prepare to battle it out to win the World Series. Turns out some people are focused on other teams right now. On October 28, Smash Mouth randomly started a Twitter fight with the Oakland A’s for failing to keep Coco Crisp on their team (who currently plays with the Indians). It was a surprisingly long back-and-forth drama that went down at 2:30 AM. We’ve got the start linked above, but suggest clicking on it to read more tweets. Let’s hope both people have cooled off since the heated convo. [Consequence of Sound]
We knew Japandroids were returning, but now we have the real facts. The Canadian punk rock duo announced that their new album will come out in 2017. Finally! The record, called Near to the Wild Heart of Life, will be released via ANTI- Records. It’s their third album, their first in four (soon to be five) years, and comes with an album trailer that you can watch above to get excited. [Consequence of Sound]
At last, Regina Spektor announced a full tour to support her new album, Remember Us to Life. The singer, songwriter, and most delightful person we have met will tour throughout the end of 2016 and into 2017, visit 18 cities, and eventually land at Coachella in the spring. Over this weekend, Spektor played some of those songs live on CBS This Morning. Check out a clip of that footage above to get a better idea of what those new songs will sound like and make sure to book your tickets! [Consequence of Sound]
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