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.
1. New Single: Panic! At The Disco releases "High Hopes"
On Wednesday, Panic! At The Disco released their second single off the upcoming album, Pray for the Wicked, "High Hopes." Brendon Urie tweeted the song out on Wednesday, saying,
"I spent too long not setting my expectations high enough, worried about how it felt to fail. I hit a point when I realized I had to aim high and fail, fail, fail in order to keep growing. This one is for all of you who helped me go for it all. I thank you."
It's a banger, and should get you even more pumped for the new album, due out on June 22nd. Make sure this gets added to your weekend playlist. P!ATD will be making a stop in Columbus on July 15th , get your tickets now!
The festival I wish I could be at this weekend has to be Boston Calling, featuring Eminem, The Killers, Jack White, and more! Along with a solid music line-up, the festival will also feature a film festival, curated by Harvard graduate, Natalie Portman. The festival has also revamped it's layout and addressed major concerns from fans about the previous Boston Calling festivals (ex. food options, WiFi, etc.) Tickets are still available, get them while you can.
Runner up goes to BottleRock in Napa Valley, CA, featuring Muse, The Killers, Bruno Mars, and more. It's three solid days of great music and even better food and booze. The cool thing about BottleRock is not only do you get to see fantastic music performances, but you also get to see these artists like Halsey and Snoop Dogg paired with star chefs, whipping up great food on The Culinary Stage. Tickets for this are already sold out, but put this festival on your bucket list if you're a foodie and music fan.
Honorable mention goes to Rocklahoma, featuring a Perfect Circle, Godmack and Poison. The top of the bill isn't that great, but the middle is worth considering making a trek to Oklahoma for. Tickets are still available!
3. Album Release: Love Is Dead by Chvrches
Hopefully you tuned in this past Tuesday when Chvrches celebrated the release of their new album, Love Is Dead, with IHeartRadio in New York City, and debuted some brand new music from the album, out today! It's a fantastic effort from the three-piece group from Scotland that isn't afraid to pair heavy lyrics with bright synth-pop. Add "Miracle" and "God's Plan" to your weekend playlist.
4. Music Video: John Mayer releases a music video for "New Light"
On Thursday we were #BLESSED with a new music video from John Mayer and his new single, "New Light." I missed the release of the single a few weeks back, but I am so happy I didn't miss the release of this video, because it is a GEM. Mayer tweeted a link to the video, saying,
"I needed to make a video for New Light but nobody could agree on a budget. (MUSIC INDUSTRY amirite?) So I went to a place downtown and made this with a company that usually does birthday and Bar Mitzvah videos."
The song is great on it's own, but the fact that the music video was shot on a green screen used for children's birthday parties makes it extra special. Please enjoy and feel free to re-watch all weekend. I'm up to 6 times today. I had to show all my co-workers.
He'll be touring with Dead & Company during the early summer, catch him when they stop by Riverbend on June 4th!
5. New Single: Good Charlotte release "Actual Pain"
They're baaaccckkkk! Good Charlotte finally debuted a new single, and announced a new record, due out on September 14th, Generation Rx, after teasing us mercilessly for a few weeks. The song features a more polished, emotional pop-punk sound, with lyrics a bit more serious that something you might find off of The Young and Hopeless.
There are no solid US tour plans yet, but if you find yourself across the pond in early 2019, they have quite a few Europeon dates already line-up.
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!