A long overdue update, but if you didn't already catch on, FYMS has relocated for the time being, to a more East-coast situation (THINK: more CT/Boston focus for The Live Show Reviews). Sad (but necessary, for now) to have left Chicago - although we'll try to make it back there as often as possible. [Schubas is always #1!]
So if you've really been missing FYMS and wondering why content basically dropped off since April, that's the deal. One of these days, I'll finally publish my unfinished posts on George Ezra and Milky Chance (whoops!). Anyway, if you hear of any good shows in the new territory, drop us a message!
On the upside, fall is going to be an awesome couple of months, as far as new music drops go. Starting with - well, Sept 18 - the third full-length album from NJ-band The Front Bottoms, called Back On Top, dropped. Since signing with notorious pop-punk/alt-rock label Fueled By Ramen earlier this year, TFB have a fairly noticeable change in sound, but this album still maintains the original idea. The guys released a shorter EP called Rose, but their last real full-album release was back in 2013 - Talcon Of The Hawk. FYMS will be going to see them on their "Back On Top" tour [running 10/15-11/30, featuring The Smith Street Band and Elvis Depressedly] when they hit New Haven, CT on 10/16! Pumped.
The Front Bottoms - September 18 - Back on Top
"Laugh Till I Cry"
Second exciting album drop is a totally different genre (pop/piano ballads) but Jon McLaughlin's 4th album is coming in early October. An artist who does everything pretty much by himself (writing, recording, mixing), McLaughlin is a rare talent and shines during live performances - he is an amazing pianist. He and wife Amy also recently had their second child, so I'm expecting this album to be mellow and ballad-y. Jon's last album, Holding My Breath (2013) didn't have too many stand-outs for me, but I'll always go to a Jon McL show. The tour begins 10/15 (FYMS will also be attending the Fairfield, CT show!) and ends early Dec. Check out the dates here!
Jon McLaughlin - October 9 - Like Us
"I Want You Anyway"
Ellie Goulding has produced hit after hit over the last few years, and is pretty much a house-hold name now, thanks to her contribution to the 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack, "Love Me Like You Do". Her third full release, Delirium, will be released November 6 and features notable producers/artists like Max Martin, Ryan Tedder (One Republic), and Guy Lawrence (Disclosure). Her latest single, "On My Mind" has a similar sound to tracks from Halcyon (2013), staying in the electronic/dance/pop genre. Some might be upset with her overall sound progression, and I'll admit that I do prefer her early acoustic work that really highlight her unique vocals, but Ellie puts on a great live-show with electronic songs as well ("Powerful" is a nice compromise though!). Although she's released some one-off tracks and been featured on a few others ("Outside" w/ Calvin Harris, "Powerful" w/ Major Lazer), Goulding has taken a good two years to release another album, so we're expecting this one to be just as great as the others!
Ellie Goulding - November 6 - Delirium
"On My Mind"
"Powerful" by Major Lazer ft. Ellie Goulding & Tarrus Riley
Still a relative unknown in the US, Newton Faulkner (#britlist) is releasing his fifth studio album, Human Love, in late November. An acoustic-loving, dreadlock-wearing singer/songwriter from Surrey, Faulkner has had numerous hits and is a skilled guitarist with a captivating voice. The music video for his latest single "Get Free" captures the cutting of his signature dreadlocks, which is intriguing to watch in itself. I don't think he's ever made it to this side of the pond, but he's touring in November to accompany the album release. While I wasn't too impressed with his last album, Studio Zoo (2013), the shedding of the dreads is hopefully an indicator of change in this next album.
Newton Faulkner - November 20 - Human Love
"Indecisive" (Studio Zoo album)
Last but not least, Panic! At The Disco is hopefully releasing their fifth album sometime this year! They teased the new stuff way back in April with "Hallelujah", which runs in the same vein as anything from Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! (2013). A month or so ago, another song called "Death Of A Bachelor" was premiered via Beats-1. A really cool nod to Frank Sinatra, I'm hoping the album will have more of this vocal showcasing. I've also been mildly obsessed with Brendon Urie's Periscoping sessions, and I highly suggest tuning into those if you enjoy piano-backed crooning covers, cute dogs, and/or peeks into his studio - they're extremely entertaining and when he takes song requests, it really gets awesome. Anyway - cannot wait for this album. P!atD just released another single, "Victorious", on 9/29 to celebrate the 10-year (WHAT?) anniversary of their debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005). It's a bit too poppy-anthem for me, but there are some really cool sounding vocal runs (per usu) by Beebo. Hoping to find out the release date soon!
Panic! At The Disco - TBD - TBD
"Death Of A Bachelor"
Oddly enough, all of these highly-anticipated albums are coming off of a two-year hiatus - so the bar is set pretty high! FYMS hasn't been too inspired by much new music lately (maybe because summer music seems more superficial?), so I'm hoping the cooler weather will bring some amazing music with it! Who is on your radar for new music releases? Tweet, tag, comment below at FYMS and share the music love.