While You Were Away: The Black Keys New Album, Sinéad O’Connor’s Cause Of Death, The Soft Moon’s New Video, And More

It’s the 100th issue of While You Were Away! And, as always, we’re talking about the music news you missed. Read about The Black Keys’ new album, a new music video from The Soft Moon, Sinéad O’Connor’s cause of death, and more.

Sinéad O’Connor’s Cause of Death Revealed

Falleció la reconocida cantante irlandesa Sinead O'Connor - RosarioPlus

A London coroner’s office has revealed Sinéad O’Connor died this past July from natural causes. The coroner released a statement on Tuesday (January 9th) saying “Ms. O’Connor died of natural causes.” The coroner added they had “therefore ceased their involvement in her death.”

O’Connor died last July at her London flat. At the time, the Metropolitan Police said the singer’s death was not being treated as suspicious and added a coroner would perform an autopsy. Weeks before her death, O’Connor announced plans on Facebook to move back to London and work on a new album.

An all-star concert paying tribute to O’Connor and Shane MacGowan will take place in New York City in March.

The Soft Moon unveil ‘NADA’ live video

The Soft Moon's Luis Vasquez discusses the influences behind new LP  'Exister'

The Soft Moon (Luis Vasquez) have shared a new live video for “NADA” taken from his latest album, EXISTER. Recorded live in Turin, Italy, the clip was filmed and edited by Marco Porsia. It captures the intensity of Vasquez’s live shows, but it also holds significance for the musician.

“The day I ruptured my eardrum we played in Turin, Italy. It was filmed and I decided it would be the official live video for NADA off my album EXISTER.”

Watch the video below.

The Black Keys announce new album ‘Ohio Players’

The Black Keys Announce New Album Ohio Players, Share “Beautiful People (Stay High)”: Stream

The Black Keys will return this year with their new album Ohio Players, which comes out on April 5th via Nonesuch Records. They also shared new lead single “Beautiful People (Stay High),” which they wrote with Beck and Dan the Automator.

Along with Beck and Dan the Automator, the album will feature appearances from Noel Gallagher, and Greg Kurstin, among others. “We’d never worked harder to make a record,” Dan Auerbach said of Ohio Players in a press statement. “It’s never taken us this long to make an album. We took our time and did it right.”

Listen to “Beautiful People (Stay High)” below. Pre-order Ohio Players here.

Code Orange cancel North American tour

Code Orange cancel tour as Dom Landolina is “unable to play guitar at this time” due to health issues

Code Orange have canceled their headlining North American tour, which was set to start in February. The outing was axed due to guitarist Dominic Landolina’s “serious health issues.” Addtionally, the band have also canceled their appearances on the ShipRocked cruise and at the Pulp Summer Slam.

In a statement, the band said:

“It pains us deeply to announce that we are canceling our upcoming headline tour, as well as the ShipRocked cruise / Pulp Summer Slam around it. Our guitarist Dom has been dealing with serious health issues over the past year that have led to his inability to play, perform and live comfortably. While he gritted through our fall performances, his issues were exasperated by them.

We wanted to give him proper time to heal before making a group decision, and were very hopeful he would be able to return by February. Ultimately its been determined that he is unable to play guitar at this time. We take this decision very seriously, and this is the last way we intended to start this era.”

Read the full statement below.

Tours on sale this week


Asking Alexandria will hit the road on their “All My Friends” North American tour, which starts April 12th in San Antonio, Texas, and wraps up May 18th in Tempe, Arizona. Special guests Memphis May Fire, The Word Alive, and Nerv join as support. Get all the details here.

PVRIS recently announced a series of shows across Europe, the UK, and North America in support of new album EVERGREEN. The UK/European leg starts April 24th in Hanover and wraps up May 16th in London. The North American leg starts June 1st in Santa Ana, California, and runs through July 12th in Los Angeles. Tickets on sale now.

This summer Korn will play a series of shows across the pound. The tour starts August 8th in Scarborough. From there the band will hit up Halifax on August 9th and wrap things up in London on August 11th. Get tickets here.

YONAKA is teaming up with Cassyette for a US tour. The “Riot Tour” kicks off on February 4th in Miami, Florida, and wraps up on February 17th in New York. See all the dates here.

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Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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