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Arcade Fire Appears in Saturday Night Live as Musical Guests

If they haven’t watched the episode yet, Indie rock band Arcade Fire fans will love this news.

This week’s Saturday Night Live was blessed with the appearance of Arcade Fire, performing “Unconditional (Lookout Kid)” and “The Lightning I, II” during the episode hosted by Benedict Cumberbatch. They also played “End of the Empire I-IV (Sagittarius A*)” during the credit roll at the end of the show.

After they finished their second song of the evening, Win Butler gave a message to the audience, appearing to back up abortion rights.

“A woman’s right to choose forever and ever and ever, amen,” he stated.

This week’s episode of SNL was the fifth time the band appeared as musical guests on the show – after appearances in 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2018. In March, Arcade Fire revealed their newest album, WE, with the rollout of “The Lightning I, II.” They released “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” from the album in April.

Will Butler announced his separation from the band in the same week of WE’s release, saying, “I left at the end of last year after the new record was complete.” He added, “There was no acute reason beyond that I’ve changed – and the band has changed – over the last almost 20 years. Time for new things.”

He later revealed to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that his younger brother brought pride to him by “doing his own thing.”

The band was part of the Coachella lineup, playing in the Mojave Tent on April 15, but they were added in late.

Arcade Fire recently announced their tour.

The band is scheduled for a tour in Europe and North America this year, starting in Dublin at the end of August. Beck will headline the opening for the band in North America, with Feist snagging the support slot for their European schedules.

Kanpe, which backs vulnerable communities in Haiti, will be the beneficiary for a dollar, pound, and euro from every ticket sale of Arcade Fire’s tour, in collaboration with Plus1.

Next week’s episode of SNL will see Post Malone and Selena Gomez as musical guests.

Check out this list below for Arcade Fire’s tour schedule:

08-30 Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena

09-02 Birmingham, England – Utilita Arena Birmingham

09-03 Manchester, England – AO Arena

09-05 Glasgow, Scotland – OVO Hydro

09-08 London, England – The O2

09-11 Lille, France – Zenith

09-12 Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis

09-14 Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena

09-15 Paris, France – Accor Arena

09-17 Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum

09-18 Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle

09-21 Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center

09-22 Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno

09-23 Lisbon, Portugal – Campo Pequeno

09-25 Bordeaux, France – Arkea Arena

09-26 Nantes, France – Zenith de Nantes

09-28 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome

09-29 Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena

10-01 Warsaw, Poland – COS Torwar

10-28 Washington, D.C. – The Anthem

11-01 Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion

11-04 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

11-08 Boston, MA – MGM Fenway Music Hall

11-10 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena 

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Ezra Furman Reveals Latest Album All of Us Flames Along with a Tour Announcement

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Musician Ezra Furman has revealed her latest album, All of Us Flames, with a video for her new song “Forever in Sunset,” directed by Noel Paul. The LP will be released on August 26 through Anti-. 

Additionally, the 35-year-old songwriter revealed a set of new tour dates.

“Forever Sunset” comes after the past singles “Book of Our Names” and “Point Me Toward the Real.” The newest album is produced by John Congleton. 

“This is a first-person plural album. It’s a queer album for the stage of life when you start to understand that you are not a lone wolf but depend on finding your family, your people, how you work as part of a larger whole,” Furman said of the new album. “I wanted to make songs for use by threatened communities, and particularly the ones I belong to trans people and Jews.” 

A press release states that All of Us is part of a trilogy that includes Transangelic Exodus in 2018 and LP Twelve Nudes in 2019. 

Check out this full tracklist for All of Us Flames: 

01 Train Comes Through

 02 Throne

 03 Dressed in Black

 04 Forever in Sunset

 05 Book Of Our Names

 06 Point Me Toward the Real

 07 Lilac and Black

 08 Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club

 09 Poor Girl A Long Way From Heaven

 10 Temple Of Broken Dreams

 11 I Saw the Truth Undressing

 12 Come Close

Check out these tour dates for Ezra Furman’s tour: 

05-19 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom 

 05-21 San Francisco, CA – August Hall 

 05-23 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile 

 05-24 Vancouver, British Columbia – Hollywood Theatre 

 05-25 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom 

 05-26 Boise, ID – Visual Arts Collective 

 05-28 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre 

 05-30 Des Moines, IA – Gas Lamp 

 05-31 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line 

 06-01 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall 

 06-09 Somerville, MA – Crystal Ballroom

 07-21 Valencia, Spain – Diversity Festival

 07-24 Hertfordshire, England – Standon Calling Festival

 08-14 Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom 

 08-16 Milwaukee, WI – UWM Panther Arena 

 08-17 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park 

 08-18 Crickhowell, Wales – Green Man Festival

 08-23 Edinburgh, UK – Edinburgh International Festival

 09-12 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rosa 

 09-13 Toronto, Ontario – Rec Room 

 09-14 Detroit, MI – The Loving Touch 

 09-15 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls 

 09-16 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar 

 09-18 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts 

 09-19 Providence, RI – Fete Ballroom 

 09-20 Boston, MA – The Sinclair 

 09-21 New York, NY – Webster Hall 

 09-22 Dover, DE – Firefly Festival 

 10-31 Bruges, Belgium – Cactus Club

 11-01 Paris, France – Le Trabendo

 11-02 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vredenburg

 11-03 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefährlich

 11-05 Cologne, Germany – Kulturkirche

 11-06 Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg

 11-07 Prague, Czech Republic – Roxy

 11-08 Vienna, Austria – Arena Wien

 11-09 Graz, Ausria – Dom Im Berg

 11-12 Fribourg, Switzerland – Fri-Son

 11-13 Munich, Germany – Freiheitshalle

 11-14 Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom

 11-16 Brighton, England – St. George’s Church

 11-17 London, England – The Roundhouse

 11-19 Birmingham, England – The Mill

 11-21 Manchester, England – O2 Ritz

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas Revealed their Baby Girl to the World

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In celebration of Mother’s Day, Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas posted the first photo of their daughter.

The two have uploaded the same photo to their Instagram accounts – Priyanka carrying their baby girl (hiding the baby’s face) and her husband watching them. In January, the couple disclosed that they had their first child with a surrogate.

The caption read: “On this Mother’s Day, we can’t help but reflect on the past few months and the rollercoaster we were on, which we now know, that most people have ever experienced.”

“After 100 days at NICU, our little girl is back home,” the caption continued. “Each family’s journey is different and requires a certain amount of faith, and although ours was a few challenging months, the most obvious, in retrospect, is how precious and perfect you are every minute.”

Both expressed their gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Rady Children’s La Jolla and Cedar Sinai, Los Angeles. Jonas also left a special note for his wife.

“Father, you have inspired me in every way, and you take this new role lightly and firmly,” he wrote. “Thank you for being with me on this trip. She is now an amazing mother. Happy Mother’s Day. I love you. “

The couple began dating in May 2018, and a few months later, in July, Nick knelt to ask for Priyanka’s hand in Crete, Greece.

They finally tied the knot after a few months, and not just once but twice to honor their different beliefs: One at a Christian ceremony in Mumbai, India, and another at a traditional Hindu ceremony at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, in December 2018, holding four receptions and wearing a few dresses.

Indeed, the wedding was attended by close friends of the family.

Priyanka and Nick were able to organize multiple weddings in just two months with just a few hands on the porch – a whole team of stylists, organizers, and vendors.

“One thing you should know is that [Chopra’s] wedding was not planned months in advance or anything; it was less than two months, which is a strong framework for the bride,” said Vi India’s long-time stylist Ami Patel.

“It was a challenge, but Priyanka always challenged me, so I was not surprised.”

Even with their 10-year gap (Jonas 29 and Chopra Jonas 39), the couple’s relationship remains stronger than ever. During the episode of Jonas Brothers: Moments Between The Moments, Nick revealed the story of their relationship.

“I used to think I could just walk away, a million miles a minute. I think the last 18 months have taught me how to slow down a bit. In fact, enjoy being at home. When I met Priyanka and we started dating, one of the things we connected early on was that we both had a desire for prominence. And it is rooted and driven. How much we care about our work,” said Nick.

Priyanka replied, “You and I are building our marriage on the basis of our priorities. And it is really amazing to find a partner who puts us first. Our time. “

Elizabeth Olsen Looks Forward to Saying Scarlet Witch’s “No More Mutants” Line

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With her role as Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Elizabeth Olsen revealed that she wanted to say the iconic lines of the character from the comics in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Olsen, in an interview with HeyUGuys, stated that there is a chance of her saying Wanda Maximoff’s iconic words, “No more mutants.” She said, “I would love to be able to say [“No More Mutants”] in some capacity, to make it work for the MCU.” 

The 33-year-old actress added that she isn’t aware of Marvel Studios’ moves; however, the decision to include Wanda’s line at some point “is not anyone’s control but [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige.” 

Scarlet Witch said “no more mutants” during the House of M limited series in 2005, which occurred in an alternate reality of Wanda’s making. Devastated following her father Magneto’s murder of her brother Quicksilver, Wanda blamed Magneto’s mutant supremacy mania. 

While Marvel has not yet merged the X-Men franchise’s world of mutants into the official MCU canon, that could happen soon. Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier in Fox’s X-Men films will offer a cameo in the new installation of Doctor Strange, prompting speculations that Professor X will make a comeback. 

No official confirmation has been made of Stewart’s reprisal of the role. But fans quickly point out easter eggs in the film trailer, like Xavier’s yellow hover chair from the 90s X-Men comics and animated series. 

Aside from Xavier, the Multiverse of Madness might be a haven for some well-known characters from the MCU.

The film will feature Olsen, Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. It is produced by Marvel Studios, directed by Sam Raimi, and written by Michael Waldron. 

It follows Strange and his allies traveling throughout the multiverse to face a mysterious new villain. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to hit the theaters on May 6.

Land & Ammo Is Set to Revolutionize Folk Music With Its Upcoming Debut Release

While there are a lot of great acts in the music industry today, not all of them have what it takes to branch out into various genres. After all, exploring different musical styles may not always translate positively or even backfire. However, the versatile Rob Bailey is fearlessly forging a new path alongside Jake Hill through their innovative group—Land & Ammo

The emerging band aims to put a brand new spin on the beloved American folk music. With Rob Bailey’s extensive experience and propensity for going outside the box, the duo is already making a buzz in the music scene. 

When asked what makes Land & Ammo unique, the brilliant man insightfully shared, “I think what really separates us from our competition is the fresh look we bring to the genre. And I believe we are making music for everyone. I think the gang vocals and the acoustic guitar and our two voices fare extremely well together and, although they are aggressive, will be easily digestible to the general public.”

He went on to say, “I think that a normal person that may not be interested in folk music traditionally may be interested in this. So we really spent some time navigating through what we think it is to be American without taking it too far down a political path.”

Creating one-of-a-kind music is nothing new for Rob Bailey, who possesses a highly diverse discography. He had a stellar solo career with the heavy-hitting album, The Difference. On top of that, his former group, Rob Bailey & The Hustle Standard, is known for revolutionizing electronic workout music by carving out their own unique sound within the electronic genre.

Because of this, the band previously quickly gained fame and produced popular songs such as “Hungry” and “Hold Strong.” Its hit track “Beast” was even remixed by none other than Busta Rhymes and was featured in the short film South Pole.

This time, the gifted artist showcases his unrivaled musical prowess in folk music. The visionary explained, “Although we are telling an ominous tale, the song still feels upbeat like a battle cry. It is a song that truly gets in the listener and encourages them to chant along. I think when I picture American folk music, it seems to lack energy. We bring that energy.”

Land & Ammo is undoubtedly a highly promising act with a fresh sound that will surely captivate audiences and listeners worldwide. Fans and music enthusiasts should keep an eye out as Land & Ammo prepares for its debut release. The eponymous single will be available for streaming on all digital platforms on May 1st. In addition, the band will also drop the Youtube Premiere of its music video on the same day. 

Besting Taylor Swift, An Album of Endangered Bird Sounds Reaches Australia’s Music Charts

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A collection of natural sounds under threat rivals most of the prominent pop stars in Australia’s music charts. 

In the last month of 2021, Adele has stayed on top in Australia’s best-selling album followed closely by Ed Sheeran, and then a collection of incredible sounds which caught the people’s attention.

 Song of Disappearance is a collection that contains endangered Australian bird sounds. The album has been ranked No. 3 on Australia’s top 50 albums for last month, and it even beat out Taylor Swift. 

The album was produced by Anthony Albrecht, a musician and Ph.D student at Charles Darwin University where his advisor is professor Stephen Garnett. It came together with Albrecht’s arts organization, the Bowerbird Collective. 

“I knew it was an ambitious thing to suggest and — I don’t know. Stephen’s a little bit crazy like me, and he said, let’s do this,” he said as an opinion on the record. 

This album was jointly issued with a university investigation that proved the fact that he Australian bird species are now at risk of extinction with one out every six types being threatened by it. 

In Song of Disappearance, we see a total 53 different birds that have been affected by this phenomenon and some may even be singing sounds people may perceive as bird song. 

“Things like the golden bowerbird — it sounds like a death ray from some cheesy ’70s sci-fi series,” Sean Dooley says. “And then you get to the Christmas Island frigatebird, which the male, it has a flap of skin under its chin that it inflates like a giant red balloon. And so when it’s doing these courtship sounds, it looks incredible as well as sounds bizarre.”

Sean Dooley, the head of Birdlife Australia is excited about this new project. With album sales proceeds going directly towards conservation efforts he knows that this will be an exposure and awareness- raising campaign like never before. 

“When we have community on board, that brings pressure on board to government to do the right thing,” Dooley said. “And we know that these conservation actions do work.”

Charles Darwin University and Birdlife Australia have teamed up in this paper for the sake of endangered birds. They’re using social media to get their message out, with an aim that more species will be saved if these tweets go viral.

Tom Holland Continues to Dominate Box Office with Uncharted

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Video game adaptation Uncharted made $44 million at the domestic box office this weekend. With a projected total of $51 million this Presidents’ Day long weekend, Tom Holland continues to dominate the box office. 

This latest adventure film tells the story of Nathan Drake (Holland), who teams up with Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) to find the lost treasure of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Other cast members include Antonio Banderas, Sophia Ali, and Tati Gabrielle.

Initially set to direct Uncharted, producer and director Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) stepped away from the video game-inspired movie to do Free Guy instead, another movie in the same genre. In a 2019 interview on the set of Free Guy, he told EW that his goal was not just to appeal towards gamers but rather to show how anyone can enjoy this genre.

“I think you’re often obsessed with servicing the fans of that video game, understandably. We want a movie that will appeal to gamers, but we will have failed if we only appeal to gamers. We really want a broadly accessible movie,” Levy told EW.

Director Ruben Fleischer, who Sony reached out to for the movie, said he was “completely blown away” by the script.

Fleisher told EW, “I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn when I say that it was a fast-moving train I was hopping aboard, but I was so stoked.” Holland added, “It was stressful. We were all guns blazing.”

Uncharted laid the “video game movie curse” to rest. The film was followed by Channing Tatum’s directorial debut in family comedy Dog, with an estimated $15 million following its release on February 18th. It focused on one Army ranger (Tatum) and his furry friend as they hurry down along the Pacific Coast towards a soldier’s funeral. It is projected to hit $18 million this long weekend.

Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which Holland plays Peter Parker, remains steady at third place and brought in an additional $7.2 million by Sunday. Kenneth Branagh’s murder mystery Death on the Nile and Jeff Tremaine’s Jackass Forever came fourth and fifth, garnering an additional $6.2 million and $5.2 million, respectively.

Dua Lipa, Green Day, and My Chemical Romance Are Headliners for 2022 Firefly Music Festival

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Another festival is up for fans to go to this year. 

This coming September, the Firefly Festival will pop as Dua Lipa will headline the last night of Delaware’s famed fest, with Halsey, My Chemical Romance, and Green Day to conclude the event. The fest will kick off from September 22 to 25. 

Among the lineup are Weezer, The Kid Laroi, Big Sean, Zedd, Porter Robinson and Gunna, with Avril Lavigne taking the top spot on the roster and Jamei XX, Charli XCX, Gryffin, and Bleachers. 

The fest will also have performances by Rainbow Kitten Surprise, The Head and the Heart, Jungle, Conan Gray, All Time Low, Yungblud, Cordae, Willow, Saint Jhn, Ashnikko, Manchester Orchestra, Cold War Kids, 100 Gecs, Princess Nokia, and more.

Produced by AEG Presents, Firefly Music Festival will also include Dayglow, Girl Talk, Little Simz, Benny the Butcher, San Holo, Wolf Alice, Mallrat, Anna of the North, and up-and-comer Gayle. 

The festival will be held at the scenic Woodlands of Dover Motor Speedway, with camping sites accessible for guests and visitors. It is positioned within driving distance from prominent metropolitan regions on the East Coast, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York City. 

Festivalgoers can draw on the proximity of Amtrak service to Wilmington, Delaware, and SEPTA and Greyhound bus line service. 

Passes are available and start at $299 and fetch up to $2,699 for Super VIP weekend passes. Tickets go on presale starting Friday, February 25 at 10 a.m. ET. Festivalgoers can sign up for the presale here

There are no COVID-19 safety measures like vaccine requirements or negative tests required for the event; the festival site, however, says it will oblige all local protocols at the show in September. Check out the complete roster of artists here.