While You Were Away: RIP Loretta Lynn, Rage Against The Machine Cancels Tour, And More


In this week’s edition of While You Were Away, we’re mourning the loss of country music icon Loretta Lynn, digging new music from All Time Low and Brutus, talking about Rage Against the Machine’s canceled tour and more.

Country music legend Loretta Lynn dies at 90

Loretta Lynn, coal miner's daughter, remembered |

Country music icon Loretta Lynn has died at the age of 90.

Lynn’s family revealed the news in a statement saying “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills.” Memorial service details will be coming soon.

Famously known as a “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Lynn grew up in a small Appalachian cabin surrounded by her seven brothers and sisters. When she was 13, she married 21-year-old Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, who bought her a guitar and encouraged her to learn how to write songs after hearing her sing around the house.

Lynn was truly groundbreaking writing from a female perspective and singing about topics often considered too taboo for country music. Her efforts have made her the most-awarded female country recording artist. She has been inducted into more music Hall of Fames than any female recording artists and was the first woman to be named the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1972. During her career, she released 47 studio albums, with her final being 2021’s Still Woman Enough.

Our thoughts go out to Lynn’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Brutus share video for new single ‘What Have We Done’

Brutus - trouble comes in threes

Brutus have shared a live video for their beautiful new single “What Have We Done,” taken from their upcoming album Unison Life.

In a statement, the band reveals how the song played a significant role in the making of their new LP.

“What Have We Done started with just the guitar, the Moog synth – playing the bassline – and one verse of the lyrics,” explains vocalist and drummer Stefanie Mannaerts. “But we felt this was something special that we needed to take the time to get right. When we continued working on this song, there was this unspoken pressure to go further musically, dig deeper and go the extra mile to finish the track.

“For some reason, this new piece of music felt like both a turning point and an intersection. In our history of being a band, this feeling came only a few times before, with the songs Bearclaws, Justice de Julia II and War. Key songs such as these are challenging, but also feel like coming home at the same time. They define who you are as a band.

“The song embodies what was going on at the time of writing, in the middle of the pandemic. It is about suffering for too long and you have had enough. The verse echoes the mutual feeling we sometimes have as humans with too much going on in our heads and getting stuck in the same loop.”

Listen to the song below.

Brutus’ new album Unison Life drops October 21st. Pre-order it here.

Rage Against the Machine cancel 2023 tour

Rage Against the Machine Tickets, 2022 - 2023 Concert Tour Dates | Ticketmaster

After canceling a number of their UK and European tour dates, Rage Against the Machine have canceled their 2023 North American tour due to Zack de la Rocha’s leg injury.

The frontman tore his Achilles onstage during their Chicago show and says today he still looks “down at my leg in disbelief.”

“Unfortunately it is a moment that requires a lot of work and healing. I have a severe tear in my left Achilles tendon and only 8% of my tendon was left intact. And even that portion was severely compromised. “It’s not simply a question of being able to perform again, but extends to basic functionality going forward. That’s why I’ve made the painful and difficult decision to cancel the remaining shows on our 2023 North American leg.”

Read his full statement below.

All Time Low share new video for ‘Sleepwalking’

Watch All Time Low’s hazy video for new single Sleepwalking

All Time Low have shared their new single “Sleepwalking” along with its accompanying video.

Speaking about the new track, frontman Alex Gaskarth says:

“Sleepwalking is a reflection on time spent away from whatever it is that makes you feel alive, on time lost to the weight of dragging feet and drifting thoughts.

“As we were working on this song, we considered our place in a changing world – we realised just how affected we were as individuals by time spent away from our most familiar life-lines, and how grateful we are now to come together with those people, places and things… our friends, families, touring, shows, art and the energy and perspective that comes with real, raw connection. Our time spent away from our most beloved dreams felt like being on cruise-control, going through the motions in a trance.

“We are so grateful to be here now, sharing this song, this sentiment, this energy, and most of all this band with you. Thank you for being here and for being with us as we continue this journey together.”

Watch the video below.

Tours on sale this week

Arctic Monkeys release new song, "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball"

L.S. Dunes, the emo supergroup featuring members of My Chemical Romance, Coheed and Cambria, Thursday, and Circa Survive, recently announced their first-ever UK shows. The band will hit the road next year starting January 27th in Glasgow and wrapping up January 30th in Birmingham. Find tickets and details here.

In support of their upcoming album, The Car, Arctic Monkeys have announced their 2023 North American tour with support from Fontaines D.C. The trek kicks off August 25th in Minneapolis and runs through September 29th in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.

A Day to Remember will embark on their “Reassembled: Acoustic Theater Tour” starting November 29th in Nashville. The tour wraps up on December 19th in Orlando, Florida. Tickets are currently on sale.

She Wants Revenge have expanded their North American tour with new shows starting on November 1st in Boston, Massachusetts and wrapping up on December 7th in Austin, Texas. Find tickets 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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