This week on While You Were Away we’re talking about new music from Ho99o9, Foals, and Foo Fighters, plus Tony Hawk’s new music and skateboard festival and what shows are on sale this week.
Foals release new single ‘2am’ from upcoming album ‘Life Is Yours’
Foals have shared their new party anthem “2am” taken from their upcoming seventh album, Life Is Yours.
In a press statement, Yannis Philippakis calls the song “one of the poppiest songs we’ve ever written. It’s about repetitive cycles of destructive behavior, which I think lots of people can relate to, and certainly, it’s an expression of something that I struggle with,” Philippakis said. “There’s something cathartic about expressing that feeling to this upbeat music that’s got a sense of release and the hope of resolution.”
Listen to the song below.
Life Is Yours is expected to drop sometime this summer.
Ho99o9 announce new album and 2022 tour
Ho99o9 have announced their new album Skin, produced by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The album drops March 11th. As a preview of the upcoming record, the band has shared new single “Nuge Snight.” The album will also include the previously released single “BATTERY NOT INCLUDED.”
The band also announced dates for their spring US tour. The 22-date trek kicks off April 15th in Los Angeles and wraps up May 14th in Houston. Get tickets and see all their dates here.
Foo Fighters rock out with the Fraggles in new ‘Fraggle Rock Rock’ video
The Foo Fighters recently shared the new music video for “Fraggle Rock Rock,” the theme song for Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock on Apple TV+. The video shows Dave Grohl and the crew trying to share the stage with the Fraggles, who aren’t the best at sharing the spotlight.
Watch the video below.
Foo Fighters are just one of many musical guests who will appear on the show. The series will also feature performances from Patti LaBelle, Cynthia Erivo, and Daveed Diggs. Meanwhile, the Foos are hitting the big screen with their horror-comedy Studio 666, out February 26th.
Tony Hawk unveils Weekend Jam, new skateboarding and music festival
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is launching his own music and spoken word festival. Dubbed Weekend Jam, the festival takes place in Las Vegas over three days in May. The event will feature performances by artists “that define the skateboarding zeitgeist, connected to the culture through video games and iconic skate flicks.”
The lineup includes Modest Mouse, The Vandals, X, Warish, Devo, The Descendants, and more. Pro skaters Lizzie Armanto, Bucky Lasek, Andy MacDonald, Rune Glifberg, and more will also make appearances.
It all goes down May 12th – 15th in Las Vegas. Find tickets and details here.
Tours on sale this week
Nine Inch Nails will return to the stage this year during their brief run of spring tour dates, which start April 28th in Raleigh, North Carolina and wrap up with a hometown show September 24th in Cleveland, Ohio with Ministry and Nitzer Ebb. Get tickets and see all the dates here.
Wilco will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot with a series of concerts in New York and Chicago. The first leg includes four nights at United Palace in New York from April 15th to April 19th followed by back-to-back shows in Auditorium Theatre in the band’s hometown of Chicago starting April 22nd. Find all the details here.
NOFX will headline four dates of their Punk in Drublic Craft Beer and Music Festival this spring. Featuring performances from Pennywise, Face to Face, The Bouncing Souls and more, the festivals are set for March 19th (Mesa, Arizona), March 26th (San Diego), March 27th (Ventura, California), and May 7th (Sacramento, California). Get all the details here.
The Who will embark on a spring US tour followed by a second leg this fall. The first leg of “The Who Hits Back!” tour launches April 22nd in Hollywood, Florida and wraps up May 28th in New York. The second leg kicks off October 2nd in Toronto and concludes with a two-night stint in Las Vegas on November 4th and 5th. Tickets are available here.