Music in Transit: It’s a veteran’s comeback

Elizabeth Corcoles, Freelance Writer

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Artists that conquered and headlined from 2013 to 2016 have finally come out of their hiatus and are probably out of money, let’s be honest – have been booking tours all across North America, South America and Europe, as well as announcing album releases, and it’s about damn time!

The inner fangirl in me is no longer content with listening to the same albums over and over again.

Of course you’re thinking, “why don’t you listen to new bands, new albums, expand your horizons!,” but am I really a dedicated fangirl if I find new bands to stan? Uh no!

I’d like something new to cry over. The Strokes, I’m looking at you!

But as new music goes, Vampire Weekend is one of the bands who is stirring up a lot of noise upon their return – and with good reason.

The indie pop band had been following in The Strokes’ footsteps and have gone into a rather long hiatus leaving their fans in a six-year dry spell.

But as the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait,” VW fans will be receiving a double album, as Ezra Koenig lead singer of VW stated and possibly, – more than likely – a tour.

The new album is 18 tracks and as VW tradition holds, fans won’t know the album title until the full release, but Koenig has hinted the initials being “FOTB,” so interpret that as you wish.

Until then, VW will be releasing three two-song drop every month and would most likely be released in its entirety in March.

The indie/pop, alternative rock scene has more than VW to look forward to.

Artists have been teasing and I mean TEASING fans with new music releases, one of which is Bombay Bicycle Club.

The English band released an inviting 30 second clip stating their return to the music world and having live shows planned ahead.

The 1975 are scheduled to release an album this year as well. The English pop rock band have captured major attention in the Twitter world and have high expectations from their followers.

Other artists/bands releasing new music this year are:

  • Foals
  • Tame Impala
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Childish Gambino
  • Hozier
  • Of Monsters and Men
  • Bastille
  • Grimes
  • Weezer
  • My Bloody Valentine

And that is only a small taste of what is to come in 2019.

One band I am particularly fond of and hopeful they release or even tour near California, are The Strokes.

As they’ve announced three shows; two festivals in Spain and Governors Ball in New York, we can’t help but HOPE – and pray to the music God’s – that they’re making a real return to music and aren’t remerging to remind us they can’t do proper tours.

Although, it’s claimed it’s their “Global comeback,” until they actually perform at venues and go to places other than NYC, S. America and the UK, all we can do is wait and see if they can pull through.

Nonetheless, 2019 is scheduled to bring new albums, tours, merch and best of all, something to look forward to!

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