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Paramore Announces New Album and Releases New Single

Paramore announced their first album since 2013 and released the first single, "Hard Times."

Tennessee rock band Paramore has announced their first album in four years, After Laughter, the follow-up to their self-titled 2013 album. Ahead of the album’s May 12 release date, the band released the first single from the album, “Hard Times.”

“Hard Times” features a very cool ‘80s pop sound, which is echoed in the retro-vintage music video released along with the track that instantly takes you back to the early days of MTV or Nickelodeon, using hand-drawn graphics over pastel colors (I’m thinking about the intro to almost any early ’90s teenage TV show).

After Laughter brings back Zac Farro, Paramore’s original drummer. Farro left the band in 2010 at the same time as his brother and former Paramore bassist Jeremy Farro.

The album is currently available for pre-order, which includes an instant digital download of “Hard Times.”

Sugar Dirt and Sand releases “Sevilla Song”

When Mike McCabe, also known as Sugar Dirt and Sand, was an “angsty little teenager,” he turned to music as an outlet for his teenage emotions.

“When all those teenage emotions come out, you’ve got to put it out in a kind of positive way,” said McCabe. “I don’t like that teenage kind of emo music anymore. Started moving away from that in my older years.”

While in college, McCabe played rhythm guitar and provided vocals in a band, which he says he is glad didn’t work out.

“I think it was a fun experience, but I’m glad it didn’t work out. At some points we were doing it for the wrong reason. It got a little ego-driven.”

McCabe made plans to study abroad to Seville, Spain, with his girlfriend. He canceled his plans to stay behind and keep playing with his college band.

“I started playing music with these guys around the same time and I swiped on her. I basically said I had to stay back and play music.”

After school, McCabe found himself teaching in a bilingual school in Seville. On his first weekend there, he emailed the same girl, asking about local hangouts.

“When I went to those places, it was honestly a very supernatural experience, just the weight of her having been there and then me being there without her. It just kind of fucked with my head, I guess.”

McCabe used this emotional weight to write his new single, “Sevilla Song.” The single has hard-hitting drums, bass solos and distortion, contrasting to the poppy-soulful and acoustic vibes of the other tracks.

“(Seville Song) could be a throwback from my more rock band days … That was really the best way to encapsulate the emotion that I felt. I couldn’t put that into some kind of acoustic song. It’s anger and bitterness.”

Listen to “Sevilla Song” here:

Watsky Drops Surprise Video Single “Stick To Your Guns”

Some only remember George Watsky as the pale kid who raps fast.  But to others, Watsky is much more than that.  The poet, rapper, producer, social leader and now published author built his career on telling it like it is.  He finds emotional common ground and plants himself there to bring things together rather than tearing them apart.  On the 1st of July, shortly after another devastating mass shooting and just before the celebration of American independence and democracy, Watsky posted a video of his new single featuring fellow youtube-based songwriter Julia Nunes.  The song serves as Watsky’s response to the increasing frequency of mass shootings and a scathing critique of how society tends to react to them.  He satirically plays the part of a news anchor reveling in boosted ratings and a politician who manipulates emotions to further his own agenda claiming that “nothing ever could have been done to prevent it.”

The video itself is just a black box until almost the halfway mark when a list of state representative’s contact info starts to appear with the message “Call Your Senator” at the top.  Watsky is certainly not the first musician to use his art as a response to this terrible event.  Melissa Etheridge wrote “Pulse” as a tribute and a number of LGBT artists have made their voices heard.  A large number of notable Youtube creators like Hannah Hart and Tyler Oakley have also posted their own thoughts on the issues surrounding Orlando and events like it.  But Watsky’s unique voice and way of addressing these issues is as much about bringing about change as it is about bringing love and acceptance to a hurting community.

Listen to “Stick To Your Guns” below.