Hold onto your lipstick. There’s exciting news in the Rocky Horror Picture Show that will probably send your future Halloween getup flying right into the air. After we spill the singalong news, stick around to hear a new song by the Descendents, Blink-182’s latest track, Local Natives’ upcoming album information, DJ Shadow’s gorgeous collaboration with Nils Frahm, and the grunge-like rock of new band Spook the Herd.
Remmeber last year when the cast members of The Rocky Horror Picture Show reunited to mark the film’s 40th anniversary? Well it looks like they’re at it again. Just like their interview with NBC’s Joe Fryer, a group of the actors are set to reunite for fans in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Show from July 8th-10th. Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick (Brad), Patricia Quinn (Magenta), and Nell Campbell (Columbia) will all appear. That’s all the info we have for now, but keep your eyes on Nerdist for more updates as they come! [Consequence of Sound]
The Descendents are back. No, we aren’t kidding. Really. For the first time in 12 years, the punk legends have new music on the way. They reunited at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2010 and played a gig in Boston in 2015. Apart from that, they’ve been silent, but July 29 will see a new album. Prepare yourself for Hypercaffium Spazzinate with single “Victim of Me.” It’s loud, it’s sweaty, and it’s two minutes of comeback history. Praise punk. [Consequence of Sound]
Well, it didn’t take long for Blink-182 to play into all their stereotypes. The pop punk band have always been good at writing hooks and hits. Their single “Rabbit Hole,” which features new member Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio singing for the first time, falls for every cliche in the book. Sure, the production sounds great and it’s easy to nod along to, but not one part of it sticks in your head once the song wraps up. Let’s hope the other songs on California sound like “Bored to Death”, or, better yet, like Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. [Consequence of Sound]
At long last, Local Natives finally have the news we’ve all been waiting for. The vocal giants have a new album out this year. Sunlit Youth will drop September 9 via Loma Vista/Concord Music Group, and we’ve got a new single to prove it. “Villainy” sees the band take a decidedly more electronic approach to their sound, a pointed key part poking each lyric before a wave of soft synths wave at the band during the chorus. It’s anxious and triumphant all at once. Give it a listen above to hear what we mean. [Consequence of Sound]
DJ Shadow just announced a massive tour for later this year, but that’s not the only good news the electronic giant has. Check out “Bergschrund.” The instrumental number sees him join forces with German composer Nils Frahm for a surreal, cryptic, mesmerizing number that seems to breathe with its own pair of lungs. It’s off his upcoming album, The Mountain Will Fall, which is due out June 24th via Mass Appeal Records. [Rolling Stone]
Exploding In Sound is a secret weapon in the record industry. The Brooklyn-via-Boston label is home to dozens of underrated over-talented bands. Spook the Herd is no exception. The Boston act sees Jesse Weiss (Palehound, Grass Is Green) join forces with Abe Kimball for an alt-rock, grunge-tinted, pop-laced style that grows on you with each listen. Their new single “Slurpee Surf” sees Ellen Kempner of Palehound singing harmonies with an extra sugary delivery. It’s heavy and light, chugging along with the type of rock you need for summer that won’t weigh you down too much. Give it a listen above and place an order for their upcoming EP, The Small Wins, before it drops June 17. [Consequence of Sound]
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