While You Were Away: Linkin Park’s ‘Meteroa’ Box Set, New Music from Beck And The 69 Eyes, And More

Still recovering from Super Bowl weekend? Grab some coffee and catch up with the music news you missed with the latest edition of While You Were Away. This week we’re vibing to new music from Beck and The 69 Eyes, exclaiming over Linkin Park’s new Meteroa box set, and more.

CONTRACULT Collective share new video ‘Drown’


CONTRACULT Collective recently shared their new music video for “Drown” taken from their latest album The New Torment.

Directed by Vicente Cordero / Industrialism Films finds a dapper-looking Svrt entering a sterile, empty room where keyboardist Bec Hollcraft greets him. From there, he voluntarily gets set up for a bout of water torture. Elsewhere, the entire band delivers an intense performance of the song.

Watch it below.

CONTRACULT Collective released their latest album The New Torment last year. The band recently announced a performance with Fact Pattern and Mellow Code at Knucklehead Hollywood in Los Angeles on March 16th. Get tickets here.

The 69 Eyes announce new album ‘Death of Darkness’

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Veteran goth-rockers The 69 Eyes have announced their new album, Death of Darkness. The album will be released digitally on April 21st, with a physical release set for May 5th.

The 10-track album will include tracks previously released on the band’s 2022 EP Drive.

“We started to make this album single by single, releasing first singles then an EP and now eventually the whole album,” stated frontman Jyrki 69. “The method kept everything fresh and us on our toes while recording and writing new music. Our main aim was to get The 69 Eyes back to the Finland’s airwaves.”

He continued, “Our music is still on the radio but over 15-year-old classics. How about new ones? The first single, ‘Drive,’ made this happen and we hit the jackpot here in Finland by being a part of Sing meinen Song – Das Tauschkonzert mainstream TV music show format! Now The 69 Eyes are back in the spotlight and Finland’s top rock band is playing sold-out shows.”

The band also announced a handful of US dates leading up to their appearance at the Sick New World festival in Las Vegas. Check out those dates here.

Pre-order Death of Darkness here.

Linkin Park announce ‘Meteroa’ anniversary reissue, unveil unheard song ‘Lost’

Linkin Park Meteora box set Lost song

Linkin Park have announced Meteora 20th Anniversary Edition, an expanded reissue of their sophomore album, out April 7th. In anticipation of its release, the band has unveiled the previously unreleased song “Lost.” Check out the AI-generated animated music video below.

“Lost” is just one of the six unreleased tracks included on the Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box set. The collection also includes “demos, b-sides, live shows, and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage” across five vinyl LPs, three DVDs, and four CDs. It also includes a 40-page book, a poster, a lithograph, a sticker sheet, a stencil, and a hi-res download card.

The five LPs included are the standard Meteroa album (1 LP), Live in Texas (2 LPs), and Live in Nottingham 2003 (2 LPs). The four CDs are Meteora, LPU Rarities 2.0, Live Rarities 2003-2004, and Lost Demos. And the three DVDs include The Making of Meteora/The Art of Meteora/Work In Progress (1 DVD), Veterans Stadium (2003) and Live in Seoul (2003) (1 DVD), and Live In Manila (2004) and Live in Denver – Projekt Revolution 2004 (1 DVD).

The anniversary edition is also available as a deluxe vinyl box set or a deluxe CD set.

Pre-orders can be found here.

Beck shares gut-wrenching new song ‘Thinking About You’

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Beck has shared his new standalone single “Thinking About You,” which finds the artist grieving a lost love while gearing up for life alone.

The stripped-back acoustic ballad finds him singing “40 roses/ Couldn’t cover my grave,” he sings, ” No crosses or rosaries/ For my soul to save/ Wanna believe in something/ Don’t even have to be true/ Just thinking about you,” he croons, “Thinking about you.”

Check out the track below.

Beck previously performed the song at live shows, including his performance a Lafayette in London last year.

Tours on sale this week

skinny puppy 2023 final tour

Industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy recently announced their farewell tour, which will also celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. The spring outing starts April 6th in San Antonio, Texas and runs through May 9th in Seattle, Washington. Tickets are on sale now.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will embark on a summer tour with support from The Faint and Perfume Genius. Shows kick off May 3rd in Washington, DC, and wraps up June 10th in Berkeley, California. Tickets and details here.

Recently reunited emo heroes Sunny Day Real Estate recently announced a bunch of new shows along with the rescheduled tour dates of their ongoing North American tour. The tour resumes on February 22nd in Salt Lake City, Utah, and concludes on April 29th in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Get all the details here.

Death Grips have added more shows to their first North American tour in more than four years. New shows will take place in July and August and include stops in Kansas City, Louisville, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, New York, and more. Tickets avaliable 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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