Paul Bergen/RedfernsWe've all had the experience of going to YouTube to check out a classic video from years back, only to be confronted with a less-than-stellar version of the clip. Well, now, the streaming platform has launched a new initiative to restore some iconic videos to their former greatness.
YouTube is working with Universal Music Group to remaster some legendary videos -- over 100 to start with, with a goal of 1,000 by 2020. The clips will be upgraded from the original versions that were designed to be watched on tube TVs with mono speakers, so they'll look great on your computer, mobile screen or TV screen.
Best of all, the new versions will retain the same URLs, view counts and likes of the originals, so no artists will be cheated out of a chance to join YouTube's billion-view club.
To find out if you're watching a remastered video, just look for the word #Remastered in the description.
Among the videos that are newly remastered now: Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and "Sabotage," and Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'" and "I Won't Back Down."
Also on the list: The Killers' "Human," KISS' "Rock & Foll All Nite," Billy Idol's "Mony Mony," Blondie's "Heart of Glass," Megadeth's "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due," Smash Mouth's "All Star" and No Doubt's "Don't Speak."
ABC/Nicole WilderThe year is 2019, and Jack White still doesn't have a cell phone.
"I've never owned one," the musician tells the U.K.'s Channel 4 News. "So when I'm out there, I'm an anomaly and I'm looking at everybody, and to me, everyone sort of looks silly."
White's aversion to phones shouldn't be too surprising -- after all, he bans them from his shows. He says that the phone ban has actually been a great success, and that "everyone loved it." However, he's concerned about what it means that people had to be told to stop using their phones during shows, instead of doing it willingly.
"It brings up these real big questions like, 'So you need someone to tell you that you can't use it to actually not use it?'" White says. "How sad, that's pretty sad. Again, coming from someone who isn't part of it, it's easy for me to say, because I don't have that addiction."
“If you can't choose to stop drinking for a day, it's got that much of a hold on you, that's a sad thing," he continues. "So the same thing with that, if you can't just put [your phone] down for an hour and experience life in a real way, that's sad."
White's phone ban will be in effect on his upcoming tour with The Raconteurs, who launch a U.S. outing in support of their new album Help Us Stranger in July.
ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons will be showing off their gaming skills at the inaugural Metarama, a new festival combining the world of video games and esports with music.
Dan Reynolds and company won't be performing at the event -- rather, they're making a "gaming only" appearance. In doing so, they'll be raising money for their childhood cancer charity, the Tyler Robinson Foundation.
Among the artists that will be performing at Metarama include Grouplove, Marshmello and Snoop Dogg, among others. The festival will also feature appearances from a number of high-profile video game figures, such as Ninja.
The 17-year-old phenom is up for three awards at the 2019 Teen Choice awards: Choice Female Artist, Choice Breakout Artist and Choice Song: Female Artist for "bad guy."
As for the rock-specific categories, Panic! at the Disco, Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, Cage the Elephant, lovelytheband and AJR are nominated for Choice Rock Artist.
The nominees for Choice Rock Song are "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" by Panic!, "Natural" by Imagine Dragons, "Ready to Let Go" by Cage, "These Are My Friends" by lovelytheband, "100 Bad Days" by AJR and "Joy" by Bastille.
Meanwhile, Panic! is up for Choice Music Group, and "Hey Look Ma" is nominated for Choice Song: Group, along with ID's "Bad Liar."
Additionally, Bastille's song with Marshmello, "Happier," is included the Choice Electronic/Dance Song category, and Brendon Urie's collaboration with Taylor Swift, "ME!", will compete for the Choice Song: Female Artist and Choice Pop Song.
Teen Choice 2019 airs Sunday, August 11 on Fox. To view the whole list of nominees and vote for your favorites, visit TeenChoice.VoteNow.tv.
Here are a selection of the nominees:
Choice Female Artist Ariana Grande Billie Eilish Cardi B Halsey Lauren Jauregui Taylor Swift
Choice Music Group 5 Seconds of Summer Jonas Brothers Panic! at the Disco PRETTYMUCH The Chainsmokers Why Don’t We
Choice Rock Artist AJR Cage the Elephant Imagine Dragons lovelytheband Panic! at the Disco Twenty One Pilots
Choice Rock Song AJR -- “100 Bad Days” Panic! at the Disco -- “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” Bastille -- “Joy” Imagine Dragons -- “Natural” Cage the Elephant -- “Ready To Let Go” lovelytheband -- “These Are My Friends”
Choice Song: Female Artist Ariana Grande -- “7 rings” Billie Eilish -- “bad guy” Lauren Jauregui -- “Expectations” Taylor Swift (feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco) -- “ME!” Katy Perry -- “Never Really Over” Halsey -- “Nightmare”
Choice Song: Group Imagine Dragons -- “Bad Liar” BLACKPINK -- “DDU-DU DDU-DU” 5 Seconds of Summer -- “Easier” Panic! at the Disco -- “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” Jonas Brothers -- “Sucker” Why Don’t We -- “8 Letters”
Choice Breakout Artist Billie Eilish HRVY Juice WRLD Lil Nas X Lizzo ROSALÍA
ABC/Randy HolmesBastille might be collaborating with Katy Perry, thanks to the wonder of social media.
It all started when one Twitter user shared a video of members of Bastille enthusing over Perry's new single, "Never Really Over," on a Dutch radio station. The pop star then saw the tweet, and reached out to Bastille with an idea to work together.
"Maaaaates pls hv ur ppl call my ppl or my ppl will call ur ppl lets make a chune," Perry said.
"Amazing," Bastille replied. "We'd bloody love to. We'll find some ppl to cold call your ppl and see if they pick up."
While we wait for that, you can listen to Bastille's brand new album Doom Days, which dropped last Friday. You can also watch them perform in New York City's Central Park on Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, airing this Friday on ABC.
ABC/Randy HolmesSpoon has announced a new best-of compilation titled Everything Hits at Once. The 13-track collection is due out July 26.
"The idea of doing a best-of came to us a couple times," says frontman Britt Daniel. "First I wasn't sure how I felt about it, but at some point I remembered that when I got my first Cure record, it was Standing on a Beach. When I got my first New Order record, it was Substance."
"That was how I met those bands," he adds. "I moved backwards from there but I still listen to those comps. I love a greatest hits LP when it's done well. It can be a thing unto itself."
In addition to tracks that span 2001's Girls Can Tell to 2017's Hot Thoughts, Everything Hits at Once also includes a brand new single called "No Bullets Spent," which is available now for digital download.
Spoon will spend their summer opening for Cage the Elephant and Beck's co-headlining tour, which kicks off July 11 in Ridgefield, Washington.
Here's the Everything Hits at Once track list:
"I Turn My Camera On" "Do You" "Don’t You Evah" "Inside Out" "The Way We Get By" "The Underdog" "Hot Thoughts" "I Summon You" "Rent I Pay" "You Got Yr Cherry Bomb" "Got Nuffin" "Everything Hits at Once" "No Bullets Spent"
Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesFrances Bean Cobain is continuing to follow in the footsteps of her parents.
The daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love has revealed that new music from her is "coming soonish." Over the past year, Frances, who's largely shied away from the music world in favor of visual art for much of her life, has been sharing clips of original songs on her Instagram.
"Thanks for the continued interest and words of encouragement," Cobain writes in a new post. "I see them all and they make my heart full."
She also shared a clip of another new track, which she describes as a "very sad song."
Cobain released a snippet of her first original song in April 2018, on the night before the 24th anniversary of her father's death.
Sumerian RecordsSleeping with Sirens will release a new album called How It Feels to Be Lost on September 6.
The first preview of the upcoming record is a single called "Leave It All Behind," and features SWS returning to the heavier sound of their earlier material after flirting with a poppier style on 2017's Gossip and the single "Legends." You can download "Leave It All Behind" now via digital outlets.
How It Feels to Be Lost also includes a song called "Never Enough," featuring Good Charlotte's Benji Madden.
Sleeping with Sirens will be touring the U.S. this summer as part of the Disrupt Festival.
Here's the How It Feels to Be Lost track list:
"Leave It All Behind" "Never Enough" feat. Benji Madden "How It Feels to Be Lost" "Agree to Disagree" "Ghost" "Blood Lines" "Break Me Down" "Another Nightmare" "P.S. Missing You" "Medicine (Devil in My Head)" "Dying to Believe"
Credit: Shervin Lainez If you've been havin' dreams, then it might be time to catch SHAED on tour.
The "Trampoline" trio has announced a fall headlining run, which kicks off September 30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and stretches into November. Visit ShaedBand.com for ticket info.
SHAED has been working on a full-length debut album, which is due out later this year. It will follow the group's 2018 EP MELT, which features the number-one Billboard Alternative single "Trampoline."
Here are SHAED's headlining tour dates:
9/30 -- Minneapolis, MN, 7th Street Entry 10/6 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Lounge 10/8 -- Boston, MA, The Sinclair 10/9 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 10/10 -- Washington, DC, 9:30 Club 10/13 -- Columbus, OH, A&R Music Bar 10/15 -- Nashville, TN, Exit/In 10/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Vinyl 10/19 -- Dallas, TX, Club Dada 10/20 -- Austin, TX, Antone’s Nightclub 10/22 -- Kansas City, MO, RecordBar 10/24 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex 11/2 -- San Francisco, CA, The Independent 11/6 -- Vancouver, ON, Fortune Sound Club
Atlantic Records UKDeath Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Biffy Clyro and Manchester Orchestra all appear on an upcoming tribute album to the Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit.
The collection is titled Tiny Changes, and is due out July 12. It features covers of songs from Frightened Rabbit's 2008 album The Midnight Organ Fight to celebrate that project's 10th anniversary. Biffy Clyro's version of the song "The Modern Leper" is available now for digital download.
The album also serves as a tribute to late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, who died May 2018 at age 36. In a statement, the surviving band members explain that Hutchison had been working on putting together the project prior to his death.
"This a celebration of a record that connected thousands of people to Scott and connected thousands of people to each other," the statement reads. "Ten years on, it is still managing to do it."
Other artists who contribute to Tiny Changes include CHVRCHES' Lauren Mayberry, The National's Aaron Dessner, The Twilight Sad and The Hold Steady's Craig Finn.
ABC/Randy HolmesCatfish and the Bottlemen have announced a fall U.S. headlining tour.
The run kicks off September 24 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will come to a close October 10 in St. Augustine, Florida. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. local time via CatfishandtheBottlemen.com.
Catfish will be touring in support of their new album The Balance, which dropped in April. The record features the lead single "Longshot," which peaked at number two on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
Here are Catfish and the Bottlemen's fall U.S. tour dates:
9/24 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz 9/26 -- New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom 9/29 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem 10/1 -- Richmond, VA, The National 10/2 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s 10/5 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom 10/7 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 10/8 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle 10/10 -- St. Augustine, FL, Backyard Stage at St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The new tunes, both of which are available now for digital download, follow Cold War Kids' 2017 album, L.A. Divine. As frontman Nathan Willet tells Apple Music's Beats 1, the band's next album will be titled New Age Norms, and will be released in three eight-song volumes. "Complainer" and "4th of July" will both appear on the first volume.
As for the tour, that begins October 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will wrap November 22 in Santa Cruz, California. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21 via ColdWarKids.com.
Here are the Cold War Kids tour dates:
10/4 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 10/5 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheater 10/8 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Jones Assembly 10/9 -- Dallas, TX, The Rustic 10/10 -- Houston, TX, The Rustic 10/11 -- San Antonio, The Rustic 10/12 -- El Paso, TX, El Paso Forever Fall Benefit 10/14 -- Santa Fe, NM, Meow Wolf 11/14 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren 11/15 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park 11/16 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues 11/17 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theater 11/18 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 11/20 -- San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore 11/22 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst
ABC/Randy HolmesTom Morello has no time for onstage selfies, as one fan learned the hard way.
During a recent solo show in Chicago, the Rage Against the Machine guitarist invited the crowd to join him on stage. However, one fan decided to take one extra step, and held up his phone for a selfie attempt with the musician. In response, Morello took the phone out of the fan's hand and threw it into the crowd.
"Put a phone in my face onstage and I'll throw it," Morello tweeted alongside video of the incident. He also added the hashtag #LiveintheMoment.
Morello later clarified that he specifically told fans he'd throw their phones if they attempted an onstage selfie.
"When you invite guests to YOUR stage and CLEARLY TELL THEM 'if you stick a cell phone in my face I WILL THROW IT' and then their uncontrollable entitled selfie urges overcome their sense of reason they get their f***in phones thrown," he said. "Simple."
As for offstage selfies, though, Morello said he's for that "all day."
Credit: Matty VogelBlink-182's Mark Hoppus and All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth have announced a September 13 release for their second Simple Creatures EP.
Speaking to Rock Sound, the duo said they wanted to drop the new EP on the next "Friday the 13th" that occurs this calendar year, because they're "spooky like that." September is the next time the 13th falls on a Friday.
Hoppus also confirmed that Simple Creatures will be touring the U.S. this fall, presumably following Blink's massive summer co-headlining run with rapper Lil Wayne.
Simple Creatures dropped their debut EP, Strange Love, in March. They just released a new single called "Special" last week.
Credit: Anthony MarchitielloRancid has announced a fall North American headlining tour.
The Bay Area punk legends will hit the road starting September 14 in Pittsburgh, and will wrap things up September 28 in Denver. The bill will also feature Pennywise on all dates, as well as bands including Suicidal Tendencies and The English Beat for select shows.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. local time via RancidRancid.com.
Rancid will be touring in continued support of their latest album, 2017's Trouble Maker.
Here are Rancid's tour dates:
9/14 -- Pittsburgh, PA, The Lots at Sandcastle 9/15 -- Worcester, MA, The Palladium 9/17 -- Toronto, ON, Rebel 9/18 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre 9/19 -- Cleveland, OH, The Agora Theatre 9/21 -- Baltimore, MD, MECU Pavilion 9/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Skyline Stage @ The Mann 9/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues 9/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT The Union 9/28 -- Denver, CO, The Ogden Theatre
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesMotion City Soundtrack is officially back together.
The "Everything Is Alright" rockers, who'd been broken up since 2016, have announced a reunion tour, beginning with a New Year's Eve show in Chicago. The trek will then continue into 2020 and wrap with a hometown show at Minneapolis on an unknown date at a TBA venue.
MCS announced their breakup in March 2016 after releasing six albums, the last of which was 2015's Panic Station. They embarked on a farewell tour later that year, which concluded with an epic, nearly 40-song set in Chicago.
Here are Motion City Soundtrack's reunion tour dates:
12/31 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues 1/2 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 1/3 -- Detroit, MI, Saint Andrews 1/4 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Roxian Theatre 1/6 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 1/7 -- Huntington, NY, Paramount 1/8 -- New York, NY, Webster Hall 1/10 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 1/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Fillmore 1/12 -- Silver Spring, MD, Fillmore 1/14 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 1/15 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues 1/16 -- Nashville, TN, Cannery Ballroom 1/18 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues 1/20 -- Denver, CO, Summit 1/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren 1/23 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues 1/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, Novo 1/25 -- Berkeley, CA, OC Theatre 1/27 -- Portland, OR, Roseland Theater 1/28 -- Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre TBA -- Minneapolis, MN, TBA
John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCLorde has confirmed that she's working on her next album.
In a since-expired Instagram Story, captured by the @LordeDaily fan account, the New Zealand singer-songwriter reveals that her third record, the follow-up to 2017's Melodrama, is "in the oven."
Lorde made the announcement on the two-year anniversary of the Grammy-nominated album Melodrama, which spawned the lead single "Green Light." In the post, she thanked fans for their support of the album.
"Want to say thank you for how you took that record and made it your own," she wrote. "Swells my damn heart thinking about your love for it and your willingness to go there with me and to dance the way we did together."
Last November, Lorde said she hadn't yet "started properly" on the new album, but had "little bits" of ideas forming. She added that she'd be "keeping it simple" with the the material, which would likely be more piano-based.
Credit: Alex LakeRadiohead frontman Thom Yorke will hit the road this fall on a North American solo tour.
The headlining outing begins September 26 in Laval, Quebec, and will come to a close October 29 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 21 via Radiohead's WasteHeadquarters.com website.
According to a press release, Yorke will be playing material from his two solo albums -- 2006's The Eraser and 2014's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes -- and from the Atoms for Peace record Amok, as well as "new and unreleased material." Cryptic advertisements seemingly teasing new Yorke music have started to pop up around the world, including in London and Milan.
Yorke is also playing at this year's Austin City Limits festival.
Here are Thom Yorke's North American tour dates:
9/26 -- Laval, QC, Place Bell 9/27 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena 9/29 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE 9/30 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live! 10/4 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/6 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre 10/9 -- New Orleans, LA, Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts 10/11 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Music Festival 10/18 -- Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre 10/20 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre 10/21 -- Vancouver, BC, Orpheum 10/22 -- Portland, OR, The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 10/25 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl 10/26 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan 10/29 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre