While You Were Away: New Music From Royal Blood And Knuckle Puck, Plus Remembering Jimmy Buffet, And More

While you’re enjoying the day off, catch up with the music news you missed with this week’s edition of While You Were Away. We’re talking about new music from Royal Blood and Knuckle Puck, plus remembering Jimmy Buffet, and more.

Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, and Justin Timberlake team up for new song ‘Keep Going Up’

Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, & Justin Timberlake Share New Single "Keep Going Up!": Listen

Pop’s magical trio Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, and Justin Timberlake have reunited for new single “Keep Going Up.”

Furtado explained that the song started as a collab between Timbaland and Timberlake, but the two reached out to give the track extra energy.

“We connected. There was a real healing thing that happened,” she said in an appearance on Emily Ratajkowski’s High Low podcast (via Yahoo). “Between the three of us — me, Timbaland, and JT — we’ve all had long careers with ups and downs… To me, personally, doing this song together feels very authentic and is a mini-miracle.”

Watch the visualizer below.

Royal Blood shares ‘Shiner In the Dark’ video

The week's best albums: Royal Blood, Icona Pop

Last week, Royal Blood released their fourth album Back To the Water Below. To celebrate, the duo have shared their video for new single “Shiner In the Dark.” Directed by Polocho, the clip shows Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher as kids practicing their best kung-fu moves in the garage.

Watch the video below.

Back To the Water Below is out now.

Knuckle Puck announce new album ‘Losing What We Love’

Knuckle Puck release The Tower from new album Losing What We Love

Knuckle Puck have announced their fourth album Losing What We Love, out October 20th via Pure Noise.

“There was a real excitement from everyone to see these songs through,” says guitarist/vocalist Nick Casasanto. “Even when there were moments when someone wouldn’t be so hot on an idea, we pushed through and ended in a place where the songs turned out fucking awesome and everyone agreed they needed to make the record.”

Additionally, the band have shared new single “The Tower,” which Casasanto calls “a song about welcoming the inevitability of death, destruction and chaos. The world is bleak right now and this song is a reflection of that. It shows a darker side of our band than what we have let people see in recent years which was a big reason for choosing it as a single.”

Listen to the song below.

Pre-order Losing What We Love here.

Jimmy Buffet, ‘Margaritaville’ singer, has died

Jimmy Buffett Cause of Death Revealed – Billboard

Jimmy Buffet, best known for “Margaritaville,” has died at 76 years old.

“Jimmy passed away peacefully on the night of September 1st surrounded by his family, friends, music and dogs,” according to a statement released on social media. “He lived his life like a song till the very last breath and will be missed beyond measure by so many.”

According to TMZ, Buffet was diagnosed with skin cancer and lymphoma and was recently placed into hospice care. He postponed several live shows earlier this year to “address some issues that needed immediate attention.”

Buffet’s mellow sound – mixing elements of folk, country, pop, and calypso – and permanently on vacation vibe made him music’s easy-going icon. His other hits include “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and “A Pirate Looks at Forty.”

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

Tours on sale this week

Dave Matthews Band have expanded their 2023 tour with a new fall leg. The batch of shows start on November 7th in Savannah, Georgia and will wrap up with back-to-back shows in New York on November 17th and 18th. Get all the details here.

Coven and Lucifer will team up for a fall North American tour with support from Early Moods. “The Satanic Panic Tour” starts November 8th in Los Angeles, California, and wraps up November 30th in Baltimore, Maryland. Tickets are on sale now.

Don Broco recently announced “The Birthday Party” UK Tour, which starts November 29th in Hexagon and runs through December 17th in London. Tickets and information here.

The HU will head out on the “Warriors Souls” US headlining tour this fall kicking off October 9th in San Francisco, California and wraps up October 26th in Phoenix, Arizona. Tickets available 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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