Time tested indie rock band, Death Cab For Cutie are showing the first signs of life in a while with the new single “Gold Rush.” Based on the song, it looks like the new album out in August should be business as usual.
Pop star Alessia Cara has a new single called “Growing Pain.”
Looking for under the radar new music? You need to listen to Novo Amor’s “Birthplace,” Sigrid’s “Focus” and Katelyn Tarver’s “Labels.”
Other new music today comes from from Mayday Parade, Christina Aguilera, Chromeo, and DNCE. Famous for “Hey Jealousy,” the Gin Blossoms are still around and have a new album, Mixed Reality.
Sneak away to the theater to see these movies this weekend
The Incredible family is back in a sequel after 14 years. It’s pretty crazy to think it’s been that long, but here we are. Rave reviews are in so as long as animated features are your thing, the Incredibles 2 should be a satisfying watch.
Khalid has a new single, “This Way,” which appears on the Superfly movie soundtrack.
Hardcore rock fans will enjoy a new track from Thrice called “The Grey.” The same people might also appreciate thatThe Get Up Kids have a new, four song EP out today.
Country fans can look forward to new Sugarland and Dierks Bentley.
R&B artist Jorja Smith is getting some love from those in the know and could be one of this year’s need-to-know artists.
Plus, new stuff from Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins, and Ne-Yo, all for a blast from the past.
Movies now out in theaters
Solo: A Star Wars Story may have officially kicked off the summer movie blockbuster season, but I think it’s safe to say Ocean’s 8 may be the more interesting film to start summer with. Ocean’s 11-13 were silly capers and hopefully Ocean’s 8 can be the same. These movies don’t need to take themselves too seriously, just provide a cohesive and fun story.
Sure, Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a documentary, opening in theaters this week, but don’t discount it. The movie has gotten rave initial reviews and, from the trailer, looks like a real tearjerker.
We knew it was coming, but Kanye West’s Ye is finally here. Is there anything else to say about it?
Charli XCX released “5 in the morning” which she says is the tip of the iceberg of new music she has coming out.
Indie rock band, The 1975 are back with, “Give Yourself a Try.”
The always head turning duo of Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn is as good as ever and worth a listen.
When will the Pusha T and Drake feud end? The only thing clear is that it is bringing a lot of new music each and every day.
There’s also new music today from Owl City, Future, Father John Misty, and Kitten, among others.
Get out and see these movies in theaters
Adrift is the true story from 1983 of two people fighting for their lives to survive a crazy storm alone in the middle of the ocean. Sure there’s been other crazy storm films before, but this one has heart. Plus, fun facts: the two actors performed all the stunts themselves and almost all the shots at sea were actually filmed in the open ocean.
If you have time after Adrift, also check out Action Point, a movie loosely based on Action Park, a crazy amusement park which is likely the reason for stricter ride regulations today.
Alternative, electronic-laced band Chvrches have finally dropped a new album and it’s great. It includes an appearance by The National singer on “My Enemy,” if you need another reason to add the album to your library. Basically, don’t hesitate, just give it a listen.
Maggie Rogers impressed Pharrell with her song “Alaska” a few years back, but she now has a new indie-pop song called “Falling Water”. Pusha T has a new album, Daytona, which people are fawning over.
Don’t forget about hit makers from the early 2000s are back this week, led by Snow Patrol with a new album and Weezer with a new song. Sure, these two bands aren’t in the same league as one another, but it’s something new for radio DJs to burn into your ears.
Other new music from: A$SP Rocky, Shawn Mendes, and Jessie J.
New movies in theaters starting today
The big movie this week is Solo: A Star Wars Story. A spin off from the traditional Star Wars movies, Solo centers around Han Solo before we knew him as Luke’s pal. No Spoilers, but it’s pretty good. Not as good as Rogue One, but still intriguing.
A bunch of artists, all creating music in a similar vein have new releases this week. If you like James Bay’s soulful rock music, then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy Ray LaMontagne’s adult contemporary rock, or Matt Costa’s folk-rock jams.
Anderson .Paak released a new song, “Bubblin;” and K-pop sensation, BTS put out Love Yourself [Tear].
Get out of the house this weekend
Marvel’s adult-themed superhero, Deadpool is back with a sequel. There’s not much to say about the movie at this point; either you’ve seen all the parody marketing Deadpool 2 has been doing and want to see it, or you know it’s not for you.
Sure, there are other movies out in theaters today, but Deadpool 2 is the one to see.
Selena Gomez released a new song called “Back to You” which will be featured on the upcoming second season of the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why.
Charlie Puth dazzles with his new album Voicenotes.
“New Light” is a surprise new song from John Mayer. Ty Dolla $ign released the album Beach House 3, not to be confused with the indie rock band Beach House which also put out a new album today called 7.
If that’s not enough, there’s also new music from pop singer Tove Styrke, rising alternative band Courtship., and crooner Ellie Schmidly–all of which are worth your time.
Movies now in theaters
Life of the party: Melissa McCarthy is in it, need you say more? Even if the movie is a dud, the larger-than-life actress typically provides enough value to justify a movie’s ticket price.
Breaking in: This film looks like an intense scene from a movie or TV show that got expanded into a whole movie. It appears to be trying gain favor with audiences by tapping into most people’s primal fears and instincts around home robberies. Hopefully there’s a little more depth than meets the eye in the trailer.
Other need-to-know things from the week
Spotify is removing R. Kelly’s music from its curated playlists because of repeat allegations of sexual abuse; and will presumably be doing this with more artists in the future.
Say goodbye to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox decided to cancel the show after five seasons.
Early reviews and hype for the new Star Wars movie, Solo is strong. This should help fans breathe a little easier until they can see it for themselves in a few weeks.
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For those into some soulful folk, Leon Bridges is the latest rising star you need to know. On his new album Good Thing, Bridges also adds pop influences into the mix and the result is an addictive groove.