Welcome to the Friday Five here on The Project! Each Friday, we'll feature five things you need to know, including albums releases, new singles, music news, and more to kickoff your weekend.
The festival I wish I could be at this weekend is Northern invasion in Somerset, Wisconsin, featuring a double dose of Maynard (Tool and A Perfect Circle,) Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice in Chains. If you're missing out on this one, Rock on the Range in Columbus has almost an identical line-up next weekend.
Runner-up goes to Shakey Beats in Atalanta, the hip-hop follow-up to last weekend's Shaky Knees festival, featuring Marshmello, Zedd, and Kygo. Honorable mention goes to Rolling Loud in Miami, featuring J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Future. Tickets are available for all of these festivals. It's a good weekend for hip-hop.
2. Album Release: Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino by Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys have released their sixth studio album, and it's a stark departure from what we've come to expect from them. The band did not announce any singles prior to the album release, keeping this album shrouded in mystery. When you first give this album a listen, don't look for music to dance to, but instead, something to lounge to. But do give it a spin.
Catch them headlining Lollapoalooza on Thursday, August 2nd.
3. Album Release: Disobey by Bad Wolves
Bad Wolves is a mishmash of a bunch of ex members of a lot of different metal and rock bands, which formed last year. Their first single to garner attention was their remake of The Cranberries, "Zombie," and anytime a band capitalizes off of a remake more than their original stuff, I'm usually wary of their longevity.
But Tommy Vext has great vocal range, and it's a solid alt metal album if you're looking for something new to listen to. It's nothing mold breaking, but with their roots to previous successful metal acts, there's a good chance they'll be sticking around for a bit.
Catch them with Breaking Benjamin and Five finger Death Punch August 28th at Riverbend Music Center.
4. New Single: Jonathan Davis releases "Basic Needs"
I wasn't terribly excited for Jonathan Davis' first solo single, "What It Is." I thought it was a slightly watered down Korn song fans were expecting from him. But two things changed my mind about my lack-luster enthusiasm for his album. 1. Getting to see him perform live at Bogart's last Tuesday and 2. this new single.
It's not Korn and that's what makes it really cool. You get his defining voice, but instrumentals you'll never hear from Korn. The new album, Black Labyrinth, drops on May 25th, and do yourself a favor when you listen to it: don't expect that other band. This is something else.
5. New Single: Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness release "Ohio"
We got new music this afternoon from Andrew McMahon & The Wilderness! Along with a lyric video, McMahon release a statement, saying,
"I hadn’t intended to write it. It’s rare for me to dig so far into my memory, but in this case the call was not one that could go unanswered. Ohio is about my families pilgrimage from a small town in Ohio to the coast of California. I call it a pilgrimage because that’s how it felt. At least that’s how I remember it. I suppose it’s one thing to run away but it’s another be pulled down the road by what feels like the hand of fate."
It's beautiful and all the good things you could ever want from Andrew McMahon. Don't miss him when he stop by Bunbury 2018!
Happy Friday! Make a kick-ass weekend playlist with all this new music!