While You Were Away: Bert McCracken’s New Solo Project, The Return Of Slim Shady, Kittie’s New Single, And More

Take a minute to catch up with the news you missed with this week’s edition of While You Were Away featuring Bert McCracken, Eminem, Kittie, and more.

Kittie unveil new single ‘One Foot in the Grave’

Kittie Unleash New Song and Video “One Foot in the Grave”: Stream

Kittie has shared their new song “One Foot in the Grave,” the latest single from their upcoming album Fire.

Singer/guitarist Morgan Lander explains the song is about “letting go of the demons of the past to begin anew. The excitement is palpable in anticipation of our forthcoming album release, with the unleashing of our latest offering ‘One Foot in the Grave.’ It’s a feisty, high-energy song about coming back from the dead and rising from the ashes so to speak, paralleling our real life experiences as of late.”

Listen to the song below.

Kittie new album Fire comes out on June 21st. Pre-order it here.

The Used’s Bert McCracken announces new solo project robbietheused

The Used’s Bert McCracken launches pop solo project, robbietheused

The Used frontman Bert McCracken has launched his new pop solo project robbietheused.

McCracken has released his debut single “Just A Little Bit,” which is “about living through turmoil of the world and seeing a bit of a bright future ahead, seeing the sun peek out of the clouds, seeing a mistake being fixed. It’s about having a little bit of hope.”

Talking about the shift in sound, McCracken says:

“I’ve always tried to push for the poppy stuff for The Used records. And the band really likes to keep it heavy. So this is my way of getting all those pop songs that maybe wouldn’t make a Used record out into the world.”

He goes on to assure fans that The Used is his “number one priority and my favorite band in the world with my favorite singer of all time. My band members have all been really supportive, and they know how much I love pop music.”

Listen to the song below.

Eminem faces off against Slim Shady in new ‘Houdini’ video

Eminem Comes Back From the Past in Video for New Single “Houdini”: Watch

Guess who’s back, back again? Eminem has returned with his new single “Houdini” taken from his upcoming album The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce).

The music video is a throwback to the 2002 video “Without Me.” In it, Eminem gets a call from Dr. Dre that Slim Shady has traveled to the present time using a portal. The rapper dons his Rap Boy outfit and sets out to fight evil once again. The clip features cameo appearances from Pete Davidson, Paul Rosenberg, Snoop Dogg, and even his own kids.

Watch the video below.

The Death of Slim Shady (Coup de Grâce) is due later this year. Pre-order it here.

Bury Tomorrow launch new era with ‘Villian Arc’

Bury Tomorrow kick off “a different era of the band” with new single Villain Arc

Bury Tomorrow have released their new single “Villian Arc,” which makes the start of a new era for the band.

“’Villain Arc’ is a next step into a different era of the band,” said frontman Dani Winter-Bates. “Capitalising the on the visceral aspects of The Seventh Sun, this track was written to highlight the brutal elements of the band. The lyrics and in parallel the composition tell a story, that all of us have a dark side that needs to surface at points to grow, it also delves into the struggle we all face containing different parts of ourselves with the masks that we may wear over time.

“Whilst Bury Tomorrow will always have melodic aspects, it’s important to us to highlight our intent to remain a heavy band and we feel this track does that perfectly. The video tells a story of inner torment manifested in ‘normal’ environments and the real life struggle we all face mentally battling with our own subconscious.”

Listen to the song below.

Tours on sale this week

beabadoobee Sets 2024 North American Tour

Jane’s Addiction and Love and Rockets have announced a co-headlining North American tour. The 23-date trek starts August 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and runs until September 29th in St. Louis, Missouri. See all the dates here.

Soulfly will hit the road later this year with Eyehategod. The tour kicks off on October 19th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and wraps up on November 9th in Tempe, Arizona. Get all the details here.

beabadoobee will head out on tour to support her upcoming album This Is How Tomorrow Moves, this fall. The tour starts in Philadelphia on September 8th and wraps up on September 28th in Los Angeles. Get tickets here.

Charly Bliss have mapped out a 2024 North American tour in support of their new album, Forever. The tour launches on September 5th in Washington, DC, and wraps up on October 10th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. See the full list of 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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