While You Were Away: Wage War’s New LP, Rare Linkin Park Song Hits Streaming, Hall & Oates’ Bleak Future, And More

Wondering what news you missed While You Were Away? We’ve got you covered. This week: new music from Wage War, Linkin Park’s rare song hits streaming, Jonh Oates on the future of Hall & Oates, and more.

Wage War announce new album, shares video for ‘NAIL5’

Wage War have announced their fifth album STIGMA, out digitally on June 21st and physically on September 6th via Fearless Records. The 10-track album includes the previously released single “MAGNETIC” along with their newest song “NAIL5.”

“NAIL5 is a tribute to our fifth album and continuing to push the envelope in every way, and in this instance, the heavy side,” reads a collective statement from the band. “We took the elements that we loved from our past discography and turned it all the way up. The message: you’re either in or you’re in the way.”

Watch the “NAIL5” video below. Pre-order STIGMA here.

Hot Water Music drop two new singles: ‘Side Of the Road’ and ‘Chewing On Broken Glass’

Hot Water Music share two new singles, Side Of The Road and Chewing On Broken Glass

Hot Water Music have released two more new singles, “Side Of the Road” and “Chewing On Broken Glass.” Both songs are taken from their upcoming album Vows, out on May 10th via End Hits Records.

Speaking about “Side Of the Road,” vocalist/guitarist Chris Cresswell explains that it’s a “song born from the all-too-familiar feeling of life tightening its grip, and in some cases not letting go until it’s gone too far. Sometimes along the way, the journey becomes the detour becomes the abrupt halt at the side of the road, and you’re left pondering the meaning of all your miles travelled.”

Talking about “Chewing On Broken Glass” vocalist/guitarist Chris Wollard says: “Written in darker times, it’s about feeling like you’re not in control of your life. And how it can leave you struggling against the bitterness that comes with it all.”

Listen to the songs below.

Linkin Park officially release 2006 track ‘QWERTY’

Linkin Park’s heavy 2006 deep-cut QWERTY is now on streaming

Linkin Park recently released their new greatest hits record, Papercuts (Singles Collection: 2000 – 2003), via Warner Records.

Along with hit singles like “Crawling” and “Numb,” the record includes the rare 2006 track “QWERTY.” Prior to this, the song was only available on the fanclub EP Linkin Park Underground v6.0. Now, the song is finally available on all streaming services. Listen to it below.

Papercuts (Singles Collection: 2000 – 2003) is out now.

John Oates has “moved on” from Hall & Oates

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Are Hall & Oates really over? Seems that way according to John Oates. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the musician said he has “moved on” from his partnership with Daryl Hall.

Speaking about the lawsuit filed by Hall last year, Oates said it was a “very boring business issue.” He already felt the need to focus on his solo career. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve moved on,” he told Rolling Stone. “I feel like I have a new lease on my creative life.”

He continued: “Daryl and I have always called ourselves Daryl Hall and John Oates, because we always wanted to be perceived as two individuals who work together,” he explained. “That was very important to us. If you look at the albums, you’ll see that on every album.”

Later, he goes on to say he’s open to fixing their friendship. “I would never say anything negative about him,” he said. “But we have a different strategy for our lives, and we have a different strategy for our business lives as well as our personal lives. And that’s that, so be it.”

Read the full interview here.

Tours on sale this week


Aerosmith recently announced dates for their rescheduled North American farewell tour. The “Peace Out” tour starts on September 20th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and wraps up on February 26th in Buffalo, New York. See all the dates here.

The third annual Is For Lovers traveling festival has announced its 2024 lineup with Hawthorne Heights, Underoath, Yellowcard, The All-American Rejects, and more. Each stop features a different lineup with Hawthorne Heights being the only band to play all seven locations. The tour kicks off on June 22nd in Lake Tahoe, California, and runs until September 7th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Get all the details here.

Dream Theater will embark on a 40th anniversary tour this fall with original drummer Mike Portnoy, who returned to the band last year. “An Evening with Dream Theater” starts on October 20th in London and runs through November 24th in Amsterdam. See all the dates here.

Spoon have expanded their 2024 tour with new dates set to take place through August and September. The new dates start August 10th in Boise, Idaho, and wrap up September 18th in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. Tickets on sale now.

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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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