Weekly Focus: Songs About Halloween, Day One

Marilyn Manson — “This is Halloween,” from the album/soundtrack Nightmare Revisited (2008).

How could I not start the week off with this classic? I chose Manson’s version, as it’s my favorite, but here are two alternates you might enjoy!

Panic! at the Disco

Broken Peach

New Music (8/27 — 9/2)

The Lacs: “Country Livin'”

Punchline: “Darkest Dark”

After Touch: “Six Feet Closer”

WSTR: “Silly Me”

Panic! At The Disco: “High Hopes”

A Storm of Light: “Short Term Feedback”

Red Fang: “Listen to the Sirens” (Tubeway Army cover)

Primitive Race: “Bed Six”

City of Thieves: “Reality Bites”

Ambrose: “Last Man Standing”

The Shabs: “We’re Not Going Home”

Dear Seattle: “Maybe”

Pearl: “Living a Lie”

Thrillchaser: “Quit It!”

Godeater: “Exsanguinated”

Super American: “Givin’ It Up”

Reece: “Any Time At All”

Soulfly: “Ritual”

Hardcore Superstar: “AD/HD”

Sunflower Dead: “Victim”

Set and Setting: “Ecdysis”

Tonic Breed: “Install Memory”

The Veer Union: “Living Not Alive”

Amongst Thieves: “To the Snakes”

Playlist Challenge, Day 453

Panic! at the Disco — “But It’s Better If You Do”

Bands You Should Know: Ward

I found Ward on Instagram, after he left a gracious comment on one of my posts. He then reached out and asked if I would consider his music for this blog.

Based in Los Angeles, Ward is the vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for a band of the same name. The first song I listened to was “Stand Me,” and I was visited with a Coldplay vibe, mixed with a little Brendon Urie.

Then, I checked out “Crush.” More rock-oriented, this track put me in mind of The Killers and Queens of the Stone Age.

A third song, “Soothe the Soul,” had a touch of The Police.

This is the brilliance of Ward. The music ranges from alternative to rock, from post-punk to new wave to pop, from Panic! at the Disco to Depeche Mode to The Smiths. This expansive dose of creativity is paired with a powerful, passionate voice and beautifully honest lyrics in a combination that isn’t quite like anything out there currently.

Ward is diverse and eclectic. You never know exactly what you’re going to get with each new song, but you can rest assured it will be interesting ear candy that belongs on your playlist. “Crush” is my favorite track that I’ve heard so far. And this year, Ward is donating 100% of the sales of “Crush” to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Visit Ward’s official site, or connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or YouTube.

For added fun, listen to Ward’s take on a Rolling Stones classic, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

New Music (6/18 — 6/24)

Real Friends: “Smiling on the Surface”

Panic! at the Disco: “King of the Clouds”

City of the Weak: “Not This Time”

Ice Nine Kills: “The American Nightmare”

Kobra and the Lotus: “Velvet Roses”

Our Hollow, Our Home: “Speak of Sorrow”

Soreption: “King of Undisputed Nonsense”

The Amity Affliction: “Ivy (Doomsday)”

Black Label Society: “Trampled Down Below”

Sons of Apollo: “Signs of the Time”

Florence + the Machine: “Big God”

As It Is: “The Stigma”

Bad Religion: “The Kids Are Alt-Right”

Shakey Graves: “Kids These Days”

Sinister’s Army: “Control”

The Dead Daisies: “Dead and Gone”

Wilson: “Like a Baller”

LIVE: “Love Lounge”

Nonpoint: “Chaos and Earthquakes”

Nonpoint: “Dodge Your Destiny”

Hyro the Hero: “Live Your Fuckin’ Life”

Halestorm: “Black Vultures”

Powerwolf: “Fire & Forgive”

Backyard Babies: “Shovin’ Rocks”

Panic! at the Disco: “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”

Clutch: “How to Shake Hands”

Lucifer: “Dreamer”

Deez Nuts: “Hedonistic Wasteland”

Catch Panic! At The Disco, Summer 2018 – Winter 2019

Panic! At The Disco is releasing their new album, Pray For The Wicked, on June 22nd. In support of the new record, the band is going on a massive tour, which begins this summer and ends in early 2019. A full list of dates and supporting acts can be found below:

Pray For The Wicked Tour, Leg One (with A R I Z O N A and Hayley Kiyoko)

  • 7/11/18 – Minneapolis, MN, @ Target Center
  • 7/13/18 – Indianapolis, IN, @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  • 7/14/18 – Detroit, MI, @ Little Caesars Arena
  • 7/15/18 – Columbus, OH, @ Nationwide Arena
  • 7/17/18 – Chicago, IL, @ United Center [sold out]
  • 7/18/18 – Pittsburgh, PA, @ PPG Paints Arena
  • 7/20/18 – Uniondale, NY, @ NYCB Live: Nassau Coliseum
  • 7/21/18 – Baltimore, MD, @ Royal Farms Arena [sold out]
  • 7/22/18 – Toronto, ON, @ Air Canada Centre
  • 7/24/18 – New York, NY, @ Madison Square Garden [sold out]
  • 7/25/18 – Boston, MA, @ TD Garden [sold out]
  • 7/27/18 – Philadelphia, PA, @ Wells Fargo Center [sold out]
  • 7/28/18 – Raleigh, NC, @ PNC Arena
  • 7/29/18 – Duluth, GA, @ Infinite Energy Center [sold out]
  • 7/31/18 – Sunrise, FL, @ BB&T Center
  • 8/1/18 – Tampa, FL, @ Amalie Arena [sold out]
  • 8/3/18 – Houston, TX, @ Toyota Center
  • 8/4/18 – Dallas, TX, @ American Airlines Center
  • 8/5/18 – Tulsa, OK, @ BOK Center
  • 8/7/18 – Denver, CO, @ Pepsi Center
  • 8/8/18 – Salt Lake City, UT, @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
  • 8/10/18 – Seattle, WA, @ KeyArena
  • 8/11/18 – Vancouver, BC, @ Rogers Arena
  • 8/12/18 – Portland, OR, @ Moda Center
  • 8/14/18 – San Jose, CA, @ SAP Center
  • 8/15/18 – Los Angeles, CA, @ Staples Center [sold out]
  • 8/17/18 – Glendale, AZ, @ Gila River Arena
  • 8/18/18 – Las Vegas, NV, @ T-Mobile Arena


International Dates

  • 10/6/18 – Sydney, Australia, @ Qudos Bank Arena
  • 10/9/18 – Adelaide, AUS, @ AEC Theatre
  • 10/11/18 – Brisbane, AUS, @ Riverstage
  • 10/13/18 – Melbourne, AUS, @ Hisense Arena
  • 10/16/18 – Auckland, NZ, @ Spark Arena
  • 10/20/18 – Manila, Philippines, @ Mall of Asia Arena
  • 10/22/18 – Tokyo, Japan, @ ZEPP Tokyo
  • 10/23/18 – Tokyo, Japan, @ Shinkiba Studio Coast
  • 10/25/18 – Osaka, Japan, @ ZEPP Osaka Bayside
  • 10/17/18 – Mexico City, Mexico, @ Corona Capital
  • 10/18/18 – Mexico City, Mexico, @ Corona Capital


Pray For The Wicked Tour, Leg Two (with Two Feet and an additional opener TBA) — Tickets go on sale June 22nd!

  • 1/10/19 – Buffalo, NY, @ KeyBank Center
  • 1/12/19 – Laval, QC, @ Place Bell
  • 1/13/19 – Manchester, NH, @ SNHU Arena
  • 1/15/19 – Albany, NY, @ Times Union Center
  • 1/16/19 – Brooklyn, NY, @ Barclays Center
  • 1/18/19 – Newark, NJ, @ Prudential Center
  • 1/19/19 – Providence, RI, @ Dunkin’ Donuts Center
  • 1/20/19 – Washington DC, @ Capital One Arena
  • 1/22/19 – Charlotte, NC, @ Spectrum Center
  • 1/23/19 – Charlottesville, VA, @ John Paul Jones Arena
  • 1/25/19 – Nashville, TN, @ Bridgestone Arena
  • 1/26/19 – Cincinnati, OH, @ US Bank Arena
  • 1/27/19 – Milwaukee, WI, @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
  • 1/29/19 – Grand Rapids, MI, @ Van Andel Arena
  • 1/30/19 – Cleveland, OH, @ Quicken Loans Arena
  • 2/1/19 – Omaha, NE, @ CenturyLink Center
  • 2/2/19 – Kansas City, MO, @ Sprint Center
  • 2/4/19 – Rosemont, IL, @ Allstate Arena
  • 2/5/19 – St. Louis, MO, @ Enterprise Center
  • 2/6/19 – Memphis, TN, @ FedEx Forum
  • 2/8/19 – Austin, TX, @ Frank Erwin Center
  • 2/9/19 – New Orleans, LA, @ Smoothie King Center
  • 2/12/19 – Albuquerque, NM, @ Tingley Coliseum
  • 2/14/19 – Anaheim, CA, @ Honda Center
  • 2/15/19 – Inglewood, CA, @ The Forum
  • 2/16/19 – San Diego, CA, @ Valley View Casino Center
  • 2/19/19 – Oakland, CA, @ ORACLE Arena

June 2018 Album Releases


-Ben Howard: Noonday Dream

-Owl City: Cinematic

-Roger Daltrey: As Long As I Have You

-American Aquarium: Things Change

-Beach Skulls: Las Dunas

-Def Leppard: Volume One

-The Flaming Lips: Greatest Hits, Vol. One

-Ghost: Prequelle

-MANIAC: Dead Dance Club

-Neko Case: Hell-On

-Phil Cook: People Are My Drug

-ZZ Top: Cinco No. 2, The Second Five LPs

-Jason Birmingham: No Fux Given

-Michael Ray: AMOS

-Monowhales: Control Freak

-Black Lotus: Wilted


-Killakoi: Pangea


-Tremonti: A Dying Machine

-Jorja Smith: Lost & Found

-Kanye West and Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghost

-Lily Allen: No Shame

-Lykke Li: So Sad, So Sexy

-Sheppard: Watching the Sky

-Sugarland: Bigger

-Snail Mail: Lush

-Black Sabbath: Supersonic Years (The Seventies Singles Box Set)

-Dance Gavin Dance: Artificial Selection

-Dave Matthews Band: Come Tomorrow

-Dierks Bentley: The Mountain

-Erin Rae: Putting on Airs

-Fire Down Below: Hymn of the Cosmic Man

-Mick Ronson: Beside Bowie, The Mick Ronson Story

-NeYo: Good Man

-serpentwithfeet: soil


-Christina Aguilera: Liberation

-Mike Shinoda: Post Traumatic

-Johnny Marr: Call the Comet

-Chromeo: Head Over Heels

-Melody’s Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage

-Andy Jenkins: Sweet Bunch

-Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

-Culture Abuse: Bay Dream

-The Darkness: Live at Hammersmith

-Dead Girls Academy: Alchemy

-Lizzy Borden: My Midnight Things

-Mayday Parade: Sunnyland

-Orange Goblin: The Wolf Bites Back

-Petal: Magic Gone

-Rebelution: Free Rein

-Sepultura: Arise (Deluxe Edition)

-Tangents: New Bodies

-Welles: Red Trees and White Trashes

-Like a Storm: Catacombs

-Letters From the Fire: Letters From the Fire


-5 Seconds of Summer: Youngblood

-Bebe Rexha: Expectations

-Panic! at the Disco: Pray for the Wicked

-The Blood Choir: Houses of the Sun

-CRAFT: White Noise and Black Metal

-Garbage: Version 2.0 (20th anniversary reissue)

-Hatchet: Dying to Exist

-Paul Rodgers: Paul Rodgers — Free Spirit — Celebrating the Music of Free

-Soulwax: Essential

-White Ring: Gate of Grief

-BrokeNCYDE: 0 to BrokeNCYDE

-City of the Weak: Pulling Teeth

-Impending Doom: The Sin and Doom, Vol. II


-Bullet For My Valentine: Gravity

-Let’s Eat Grandma: I’m All Ears

-A Delicate Motor: Fellover My Own

-Elle Belle: No Signal

-Florence and the Machine: High as Hope

-Guns ‘N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction — Locked ‘N’ Loaded (deluxe edition)

-Graham Nash: Over the Years…

-Red Baraat: Sound the People

-Social Distortion: Live at the Roxy (Vinyl Reissue)

-Yes: Yes — The Steven Wilson Remixes

-Night Verses: From the Gallery of Sleep

-Glass Lungs: Impermanence