There were a few new releases this week:
"Wait," you say, "Didn't Alexandra Bracken's trilogy get released years ago?"
Why, yes, eagle-eyed YA fan! But this is the first time the series has received a UK release.
I love the cover for Gemma Cairney's book - loud, in your face and impossible to ignore - but I'm really disappointed by the cover of 'Lord of Shadows' - it's just so plain.
In other news:
- Alex Wheatle won the 2016 Guardian Children's fiction prize!
- Melinda Salisbury asked her publisher to Stop Funding Hate.
- Kristin Cashore announced her first book in five years.
- The title of the third book in Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series is going to be called 'A Court of Wings and Ruin'.
The music world:
Lots of new releases this week, including the highly anticipated new album from Highly Suspect:
Compared to last week, there was less new music released, but there was:
A new video from Jimmy Eat World:
The third episode of The Maine's 'Miserable Youth':
One OK Rock released a video for 'Bedroom Warfare', the first single from upcoming album 'Ambitions'. It kind of looks like 'Blank Space' and 'Stay The Night' had a baby:
The new PUP video, featuring that kid from 'Stranger Things':
Metallica's tribute to Lemmy:
There was also new music from The LaFontaines, an anti-Trump song from Macklemore and the second Christmas song of the year so far from August Burns Red.
There were yet more tour announcements, including:
- Hotel Books are touring the UK and Europe throughout January and February, with support from Convictions.
- Less Than Jake followed up the news that they'd signed with Pure Noise with the dates for a huge co-headline tour with Pepper, running from January until the beginning of March. Phew!
- After releasing 'Abendrot' last week, You Blew It! have announced an extensive US tour, playing throughout February and March with All Get Out and Free Throw.
- Andy Black announced a US headline tour with support from William Control and Palaye Royale, running through February and March.
- As soon as Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes finished their sold out UK tour, they announced they'll be hitting the road again in March.
- And before Highly Suspect came over for their two sold out dates at the end of the month, they announced another run in March.
- Annisokay will be making their first headline appearance in the UK at four shows in March.
- Architects are touring North America in March and April, with support from Stray From The Path and Make Them Suffer. It will be their first time back in America following both the release of 'All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us' and the death of founding member Tom Searle.
- Senses Fail's 'Still Searching' will be played in full throughout March and April in America, with support from Counterparts, Movements and Like Pacific.
- While She Sleeps playing two nights at The Dome in Tufnell Park in April, part of a larger headline tour running through April and May to celebrate the release of their third album, 'You Are We'.
- Bury Tomorrow are playing a headline tour in the UK in April, with support from Crossfaith.
- Attila will be returning to the UK in April (and I still struggle to spell their band name every single time I mention them).
- Aerosmith's European farewell tour, running from May to July.
In other news:
- Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties' entire back catalogue is on pay what you want on Bandcamp until the 28th of November, to raise money for ACLU.
- The first bands for So What? festival were announced - including Forever The Sickest Kids first appearance in three years and a reunion show for The Friday Night Boys!
- Muse are headlining Lollapalooza 2017...
- ...while Amon Amarth will be the headliners for Bloodstock 2017.
- Dead! are supporting You Me At Six at their Stand For Something show later this month...
- ...and Josh Franceschi spoke out in parliament regarding ticket touts.
- twenty one pilots won yet another award, this time at the NRJ Radio Awards in France.
- Neck Deep's Ben Barlow covered Ed Sheeran's 'Lego House', and it was all sorts of wonderful.
- Babymetal have announced that they're going to be releasing 'Live at Wembley' next month.
- Jamie Sierota has left Echosmith.
- A Loss For Words will be releasing their final album on the anniversary of their final show. It's going to be called 'Crises'.
- Hannah Greenwood of Creeper spoke out about sexism in the music industry...
- ...While The Ghost Inside reflected on everything that's happened in the year since their van accident.
On that poignant note, I leave you once again. See you next Sunday!