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Kings of Leon | Audacy Check In | 2.29.24

Kings of Leon is just a few months away from the release of ninth studio album and it’s all about fun. Appropriately named, Can We Please Have Fun, the band shared the project is centered around returning to their roots, celebrating the beginning of their third decade as a band and remaining true to who they are. “We had kind of come to a point when it was like, ‘All right, should we go out [to] celebrate the 20 years and do that tour?’ And we weren't ready for that. We still have more to give,” Caleb shared during a recent Audacy Check In at the Hard Rock Hotel in New York City. “So we used that to motivate us to push ourselves harder. In the process, we got back to our creative ways and being a little more fearless, not thinking about the outcome of the music and just making stuff for us that made us smile. That's how we made music in the beginning and that's how we made this album.” Added Nathan, “There's a big difference [between] making music that you think people want you to make and making music that you feel and you want to make. After success, a couple of big songs or whatever, it is easy to [follow] that formula that people liked and was big for us. [Can We Please Have Fun] was the total opposite of that, at least for me it was.” The guys credit the album producer, Kid Harpoon, for fostering a place of creativity for them and creating a space with no rules when it came to creativity. “We worked with Kid Harpoon on this one,” said Jared. “He's such a positive, almost like childlike, up for anything, try this, try that [kinda guy with] no rules or boundaries. He just got something out of us or at least allowed us to do things. He was super fun and sweet and just got the vibes up. It was such a good vibe going in every single day and it just made us feel young again.” Fans got taste of the “good vibes” to come with the release of “Mustang,” the lead single from the project and the guys’ first newly recorded material since the release of When You See Yourself in 2021. Proving they found inspiration in the most authentic ways for this project, Caleb says his kids are to credit for the standout line, “Are you a kitty or a mustang?” “I owe it to my kids, really,” he said. “My son was wearing a Mustang t-shirt and my daughter had YouTube videos of cats on. When we went in the studio, I sang that part, not thinking it was going to be the lyric and Kid [liked it] so I was like ‘Le’s go with that.’” He continued, “'Mustang's one of those [songs] that has like some quirky lyrics and stuff, but I feel like there's a little bit of that in everything, even songs that are deeper and more, slow kind of vibes. There's a lot of little Easter egg lyrics that will make you go like, ‘Hmm, that's interesting.’” Fans can hear it all by checking out Kings of Leon’s new album, Can We Please Have Fun, available May 10. In the meantime, get all the behind-the-scenes info and more from their Audacy Check In with Brad Steiner above. Words by Monica Rivera Interview by Brad Steiner


Mick Mars | Audacy Check In | 2.23.24

Joining hosts Remy Maxwell and Weasel for a special Audacy Check In today is guitarist and songwriter Mick Mars -- formerly of Mötley Crüe -- on the release day of his brand new solo album, The Other Side of Mars. Mars first teased fans with his solo single, "Loyal To The Lie," back in November of 2023 following his tumultuous departure from Mötley Crüe at the end of the year, and his brand new full-length, The Other Side of Mars, is out now. Rounding out Mick Mars' band on the new release are Korn drummer Ray Luzier, bassist Chris Collier, keyboardist Paul Taylor, and lead vocalist Jacob Bunton, as well as singer Brion Gamboa on two tracks. Regarding the two singers on the album, Mick remembers meeting them both through his new Nashville neighbor, Paul Taylor (of Alice Cooper and Winger fame). “I told them I was looking for something different," on the two variations between Brian and Jacob. "It's like this big circle thing that went on, and Ray Luzier also came on board. I really didn't think that he would... I mean, he's a monster drummer.” Mick also revealed that he worked with singer John Corabi (another Nashville resident and the vocalist featured on Mötley Crüe’s 1994 self-titled album, which just happens to be turning 30 years old next month) on some of his solo songs at the very beginning stages. “I put out a couple little teaser things on I forget what it was, but I listened back to them again,” Mars admits, "and they just didn't hold up song-wise. No fault of John's. The songs in my feeling were a little weak, a little dated as well, and I didn't want to go back to that. So, I started over again... John and I had no commitment together or anything... and I wanted to kind of depart from that whole era anyway, step away from the 80s -- maybe 80s and 90s and 2000s, and 2020s,” he laughs. “The only people who can do that is The Stones, come on!” Speaking of his move to Nashville after spending the better part of his life in Los Angeles, Mars simply said he felt it was “time for change. The house that I was living in was just kind of a, oh, you know, I wanna get outta here and do this. Just empty, just had a couch, and Marshall Stacks, and guitars. That was some heavy touring days though, too. So I go, ‘Eh, I'm gonna get outta here -- and weather changes would be good,' that kind of stuff. So, my wife and I decided. We came out here to Nashville a few times and looked at some houses, and we're like, 'Yeah, this would be cool.' And we found the Castle. My studio, when you look at the door, it looks like a dungeon.” That dungeon studio will be getting plenty of use in the foreseeable future, as Mars admits that after waiting close to 40 years to put out his first solo record, he’s already got plans in motion for a follow-up. “Well, you know, it took me 40 years because Mötley was priority,” he says. “Now that I'm retired, I'm just me, you know? I mean, if Mötley wanted me to write songs with them again, of course I would. But right now I'm just like me. So, I'm writing, and it's not Mötley, and it's how I feel. My ideas and my kind of thing, and trying to reinvent myself or bring myself up to date. I listen back to some of the other things and I'm going like, ‘Wow, I was stuck in the 80s then. This time, after the final tour, I really got a chance to really hardcore buckle down and try to do something that's more new to me reinventing myself, like I say.” Check out Remy Maxwell and Weasel's full Audacy Check In with Mick Mars above -- and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists on Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Remy Maxwell and Weasel


Gwen Stefani | Audacy Check In | 2.16.24

Joining the Klein.Ally.Show today at the World Famous KROQ in Los Angeles, singer Gwen Stefani dropped by to talk about the upcoming No Doubt reunion scheduled for the 2024 Coachella season, her new single “Purple Irises” with Blake Shelton, and more. "This is so wild, I mean, you have no idea. KROQ was, when we were kids, our life. That's how we discovered who we were through the music you guys were playing,” Stefani says of her connection to the station that her music has had since her earliest days in No Doubt. “So, the idea of being in the future right now and ‘Purple Irises’ -- I mean, none of it makes sense, but here we are!” Looking back on those days, Gwen says, “I just remember every morning before school listening to whatever they had, these countdowns. It was like, ‘Here's the number one songs’ and [radio personality] Richard Blade and, I mean, we were fans of the DJs... that's where we found our identity, you know, that's it. It was KROQ.” Stefani continues, “I was the one that showed up at the roller skate rink and [tried] to be a fan... just all the music that we learned on that station. It was just so cool. And then I can remember when ‘Just A Girl' got on this, not ‘finally’ because we never really dreamed it really would. We hoped, but we didn't think it would happen. I just remember getting that first Acoustic Christmas. That was huge because we had the 15-minute slot the first night, the first day, and the first band. It was 15 minutes that we played.” Now, almost three decades later and enjoying worldwide success with her solo music and television career, Gwen admits she does get that same feeling these days as well. “I still get to play like a lot of weird little shows, like private shows, and I do like doing them because a lot of times it's like they're not your fans. For me, the idea of trying to win people over is, I don't know what it is... I just want you to like me.” “Purple Irises,” Gwen’s latest single released as a collaboration with her husband, Blake Shelton, and performed this year for the first time during the Super Bowl LVIII TikTok Tailgate event in Las Vegas, was a track that she had kept in her pocket for a number of years, she explains. “I honestly, I need to go back and look when I wrote this,” Stefani admits, “because I wrote it with this little Alternative girl called Niko who had written the first of ‘True Babe.’ She sent that to me and then we finished it together and then that song came out. It was just really cool to write with her because there's all these amazing songwriters out there, like back in the day with No Doubt. We were -- when I say No Doubt, it's weird because I am in No Doubt too but for some reason --- the guys and I would write songs like we didn't know what we were doing. We didn't have somebody that's professional, that's like, ‘OK, no, you can't do that many syllables. It won't rhyme,’ or whatever it was. We just did whatever we did, we just made it up ourselves." “Later in life when I was doing ‘Love. Angel. Music. Baby.’ and ‘The Sweet Escape’ and all that, I got to go in with these professional-of-the-moment songwriters and it was so incredible," she says. "One of the first ones being Pharrell and being able to work with people outside of the genres that I knew. It was just like such an amazing-as-a-songwriter thing to learn and the collaborations have always been my favorite, best work I think.” “In this instance,” she says, “I had been going down this whole road of, since 2020, [wanting] to make music again, and I had Kelly Clarkson, for example, because we work together on ‘The Voice.’ She was texting me during quarantine all these demos of her songs and that she'd been writing and I was like, ‘But wait a minute, we're in quarantine. I'm doing home school, I'm cleaning toilets. I'm trying to make three meals a day. I'm learning how to make sourdough, like everybody else. And what are you, writing these songs?’ I was so jealous and she was like, ‘I...


Jennifer Lopez | Audacy Check In | 2.15.24

As she drops her first studio album in a decade, This Is Me… Now, as well a coinciding Amazon Original This Is Me… Now: A Love Story, Jennifer Lopez checked in with Audacy’s Bru to chat about it all. A sequel to her third studio album, This Is Me… Then, released in 2002, This Is Me… Now marks Jennifer’s ninth — and possibly final — album. And with it comes, “a narrative-driven cinematic odyssey, steeped in mythological storytelling and personal healing,” so says the official press release. Discussing her decision to take this creative route and tell her story in this way, Jennifer said, “You know I made the album This Is Me… Then 20 years ago… and captured kind of a moment in time when I first fell in love. And then as fate would have it, I had a second chance at that, and got very inspired again and went back in the studio. Wrote an album in a couple of months, and then when it was done, I was like this is really special but doesn’t really tell the whole story.” “It’s a nice celebration, it does capture the moment,” she continued. “But when I think about Then and Now and all of the time, the 18, 20 years in between and what it took to get there, that part of the story that’s really important too… So I got with Dave Myers, called him up, told him, played him the music, he was like ‘wow OK, what do you wanna do?’ I said just something that’s not really been done before, I actually, I wanna do this and that and this and that…. and we kind of collaborated and created this experience.” Just from the Amazon Original trailer alone you can already tell the duo did not play when it comes to the visuals. All of which, according to J.Lo were a struggle to shoot, but obviously totally worth it. “It was one of the hardest projects I’ve ever worked on, I really threw everything into it that was part of me. Whether it’s my love of musicals, doing romantic comedies, dancing, singing, fashion, everything about myself. And then on the personal side, all of the pain, and the joy. and the laughter, and the kind of like sadness. All of it, just kind of all into one thing, and it really turned into something really spectacular I think.” Also chatting about how her rekindled romance with husband Ben Affleck influenced her, as well as what role he played in supporting her throughout, Jen expressed — “I mean he was a big support through the whole process, and kind of the person who was really like, 'this could be amazing.'” Another way Affleck supported his Queen is by appearing in the Dave Meyers directed musical epic. And he wasn’t the only star to do so. In addition to Affleck, Fat Joe, Trevor Noah, Kim Petras, Post Malone, Keke Palmer, Sofía Vergara, Jenifer Lewis, Derek Hough, Jay Shetty, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Sadhguru, are all also set to appear. To conclude the conversation Bru asked Jennifer, what is it that fans come up to her most for, her acting or her singing (among the many other things she does). “You know, it’s kind of the whole thing," Jen expressed, sharing she most often receives messages of gratitude “for inspiring” others to do whatever it is they want to do. “Because they see me kind of like with opposition at times, and with kind of like criticism, and all kinds of things, and not stopping.” “And they don’t know the times that I doubt, and the times that I do feel like giving up and all that," Jennifer added. "But what they do see is that I haven’t, and that I work hard at it… the hard work thing I hear a lot too.” Which as Bru delightedly noted and J.Lo cheerfully agreed, is not a bad thing to be known for. For all that and a bit more, listen to the entire conversation above. Both the album This Is Me… Now and This Is Me... Now: A Love Story arrive on Friday, February 16, 2024. Words by Maia Kedem Interview by Bru


Rob Halford (Judas Priest) | Audacy Check In | 2.14.24

Joining host Remy Maxwell today for a special Audacy Check In is Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, giving us details about the band's upcoming album, Invincible Shield, set for release on March 8, as well as what to expect on their upcoming tour, and more. We're just weeks away from the release of Metal masters Judas Priest's 19th studio album, Invincible Shield, which was announced on-stage at the 2023 Power Trip festival and is set to drop on March 8, featuring the singles "Crown Of Horns," "Panic Attack," and "Trial By Fire." Invincible Shield marks the band’s first release in six years, after recently celebrating 50 years in music and 50 million records sold. As a bonus, the band will also be hitting the road on their upcoming Live Nation-produced Invincible Shield Tour, which is kicking off in the U.S. on April 18. Joining us from his kitchen in the West Midlands; “In the black country, the home of Heavy Metal,” as he calls it, frontman Rob Halford and the rest of the band are currently gearing up for rehearsals for their Invincible Shield World Tour, kicking off in the U.K. this March “for the first time in forever,” Rob admits. “We're starting in the U.K. Glasgow, Bonnie Scotland, you're getting us first.” When the band makes their way to the U.S. in April and May with special guests Sabaton, Rob says “That's gonna be kind of an opportunity to complete what we originally set out to do,” of course referencing guitarist Richie Faulkner being rushed to the hospital with major heart issues in 2021. “I'm so grateful to the Sabaton guys to reconnect with us so we can kind of finish what we started, if that's the right thing to say. We love that band, and I think that a lot of the fans were eager to see this happen again and make the whole thing go full circle.” Diving straight into the first three singles already released from Invincible Shield -- "Crown Of Horns," "Panic Attack," and "Trial By Fire" -- Halford says, “Your first three tracks of your new album are so important because they have to send the right messages out in terms of connectivity and ‘what are they doing now? What is it gonna sound like?’ You know, there's then the excitement and the anticipation of your new music, your fans around the world are just like, ‘What are they doing? Give me some, I want to check it out.’” “There's that great intro to ‘Panic Attack,’" Halford explains, “which starts with the almost turbo sounding guitars and then the drums, and then the syndrums -- and I thought, ‘I just know our fans are gonna be listening [saying], ‘What the hell is this s***? What are they doing now?’ Which is exactly what we wanted to do in terms of getting your attention, getting you focused and ready. Because when that song opens up when those first rhythm riffs start blasting through... and then the band is just taking off. We leave the launch pad immediately.” “There are structures, the arrangements, the DNA of that song is full of lots of beautiful metal trails that take this band all the way back to [1976’s] ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ and beyond. That's important, that this music on ‘Invincible Shield’ is obviously the reference to Priest in 2024. It's built-in... instinctively. You know what you gotta do, but you've got to work really hard to come up with the goods that are carrying their own, so to speak. Every track, every track, we're still delivering the goods.” “I'm really pleased with the way that we've unleashed these first three tracks,” Halford admits, “because again, it just shows you the breadth of the ability of this band to take you to all these different places. Those three songs are nothing like each other... but when they're connected to the rest of the material you're getting, again, this beautiful album definition of what Priest is doing in representing itself in 2024. Wait ‘til you hear ‘The Serpent and the King,’ that's gonna rip your head off.” Judas Priest stepped in for the ailing Ozzy Osbourne this past October at Power...


MAX | Audacy Check In | 2.12.24

Ahead of his new studio album, Love in Stereo, release on February 16, MAX stopped by for an Audacy Check In with Mike Adam at the Hard Rock Hotel in New York to share all the details and tell fans exactly what they can expect from the new project. MAX increased excitement surrounding the album just a week before its release with the debut of a fresh track titled, “Stupid in Love,” featuring Huh Yunjin of K-Pop girl group, Le Sserafim. A song inspired by his own love journey with his wife, MAX says it was the perfect peek into the tracklist for fans. “I wrote this song for my wife,” the 31-year-old said of the new single. ”We got engaged in four months, got married in nine months, so a lot of our family members were kind of concerned that we were being a little silly, being a little stupid… we were always kind of stupid in love so this song came from that.” “I was in Korea, I got to try co-writing for Le Sserafim, the group, and I got to meet Huh Yunjin while I was there. Sent her the song and the rest in history." Huh Yunjin isn’t the only collaboration fans can look forward to on the album. MAX shared the project has plenty of partner-work as he also joined forces with Keshi and Duckworth, and is manifesting a collaboration with his greatest inspiration, Dolly Parton, for the Deluxe album. “We’ll see if we can manifest it for the deluxe, every interview we have until it happens, we’ll just keep manifesting it,” MAX said of his dream duet with Parton before detailing how she inspired him. “I think Dolly’s always been an inspiration of no matter how anyone else feels about her, she brushes it off. She’s so resilient, she’s so unapologetically herself and her writing and her heart is what she puts forward the most, and that’s so inspirational.” While Dolly has influenced much of MAX’s career, she isn’t the only artist that lit the former Nickelodeon Star’s creative fire while working on Love in Stereo. MAX shared he had some Soul artists heavy in rotation on his playlists while songwriting for the project, which translated to some of the songs. “I always go back to the soul classics, a lot of Etta James, a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Marvin Gaye, a lot of Prince,” he shared. “I like diversifying the sounds on a project, so each song sometimes has a different flavor of an inspiration... I definitely notice [that] what I’m listening to at the time get planted into the heart of [the song I’m writing].” Hear all the flavors of inspiration by checking out MAX’s new album, Love in Stereo, available February 16. Plus, listen to his full interview with Audacy’s Mike Adam above for more on the album, his thoughts on the 2024 GRAMMYs, TikTok, and how he stays motivated. Words by Monica Rivera Interview by Mike Adam


Zara Larsson | Audacy Check In | 2.9.24

After much anticipation and hype, Zara Larsson’s fourth album, Venus, has officially arrived and she’s checking in with Audacy’s Mike Adam to chat all about it. Sitting down for a conversation at the Hard Rock Hotel New York, Zara discussed the decisions to go nude on the album cover, and reason she named the album Venus. “It was a decision that I made because I wanted it to feel very timeless and ethereal, very inspired by The Birth of Venus, the painting. And there’s something… very timeless about not having clothes or any type of fashion and just being in the skin you’re born in, and kind of like Goddess-y. That’s what I wanted to capture, a bit of Goddess-y vibes. I’m glowing a little bit, it’s a picture, but it feels like a painting, and I just felt like, why not?” Originally planning to name the album something different, Zara had a different album cover “that was done like a year ago.” But once the project took a different direction and was titled Venus, “that cover just did not fit.” “I think bodies are just very natural and neutral, y’know?,” Zara added. “And even though I do find the cover quite sexy, being naked doesn’t have to be affiliated with like sexiness… it’s just like existing in like your skin.” The decision to veer the album in a different direction, and change the title to Venus came about after Zara finished the song of the same name. “I think it ties everything together quite nicely because, the album or just my music in general is a lot about love,” Zara explained. “It’s a lot about different perspectives of looking at love. It could be platonic love, I have a song ‘On My Love,’ which is my sister, which is like one of the most important loves in my life. And I think Venus who is the Goddess of love, just encapsulated that quite beautifully.” “Venus is such a strong concept in a way, I really like that,” Zara added, “and also the song ‘Venus’ itself is basically a song to love itself or to realize like ‘wow I didn’t know love could be what I’m experiencing now.’ Like what I’ve experienced before has been completely different from this, and now it’s like this new thing and… I’m also releasing this album through my label, I feel like I’m stepping into like womanhood in a different way. I feel grown now, I really do, and I’ve been in industry for quite some time. But now I’m like, I make my own decisions, I’m an adult.” Zara and Mike also went on to discuss the singer’s booked and busy schedule as she prepares to head out on her UK tour. “It’s been a lot… cause there’s a lot of new material… which is so exciting. I mean this is really the first time in a very long time I’m gonna go out on the road and do my new music. Like I couldn’t do it with Poster Girl cause it was in the middle of the pandemic. I did some festivals the year after that, but this is really like, it’s fresh, it’s new.” When it comes to getting things just right, Zara noted, “I feel like there’s never enough time. I would love to have even more time and just get it like, so good. But at least I get to do a lot of practice runs before." "I’m you know, I’m not gonna say anything,” and then she kinda did, adding, “but I might have something coming for the US later.” Then a bit later also adding, “I'm going hopefully on a world tour, everywhere.” Also delving into her social media behavior, presence, and etiquette, that somehow always seems to be under fire. When it comes to all that, FYI, Zara is very much aware, yet still… “I can’t shut up.” “I think also I look at a lot of stuff that I post or just you know say as I’m not that serious, I don’t take myself very seriously. And then sometimes it travels to an audience that I’m like, ‘oooh we shouldn’t have reach that,'” she said with a laugh. Another thing, Mike mentioned, that he’s sure Zara is very proud, and jokingly added, “I don’t wanna take credit for it, but we did talk about it last time.” Her debut album, 1, is now available on streaming services. “How does that feel?,"...


Billy Joel | Audacy Check In | 2.1.24

Joining host Jayn today is "The Piano Man," Billy Joel for a special Audacy Check In on the release day of his first new single in 17 years, "Turn The Lights Back On." Billy Joel joins us today, along with his friend and co-writer on "Turn The Lights Back On," Freddy Wexler, after delivering a classic Billy Joel-style single featuring his signature sound, while ushering in the next chapter of his story. “Freddy's the guy who got this whole ball rolling,” Joel tells us. Adding that, following their meeting only two years ago, “It was pure serendipity. My doctor called, my family doctor said, ‘This kid wants to meet you.' So I said, ‘Yeah, OK, sure.’” “I didn't expect much to come from it," Billy says. "We got to talking about music and we hit it off... It was very random. The more we talked, the more we got interested in what the other guy was talking about -- and he knew what he was talking about.” “Other people have tried to talk me into going back in and doing new material, and making the recordings, and I've always resisted it. I studiously avoided it because songwriting had become painful,” Joel reveals. “I have this high bar. I said to myself, ‘If I don't reach that bar, I beat myself up and I punched myself and I hate myself.’ So, I stopped doing it because I got tired of feeling like that.” It was only a shared understanding between them of “how lonely it is when you do it on your own,” Billy says, that got him to open up again. “This guy, he understood what it was like the, the whole songwriting process... he understood the whole point of why I got into music in the first place... It was fun. Music is fun, Rock N’ Roll was fun. It was all about having fun -- and I kind of lost that and I turned the lights off because it wasn't fun anymore.” “When I met Billy, I was actually kind of questioning my own career despite I was sort of in a great place,” says Wexler, who has worked in the past with the likes of Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, Wyclef Jean, P!nk, Celine Dion, and many more. “I had a bunch of big hits and songs, and I was just like, ‘I don't know, maybe I should be doing something else with my life.’” “It was a pretty special thing for me, because I became a songwriter because of Billy Joel,” Freddy says. “Billy's bar might be Beethoven -- my bar is Billy Joel, both of which are unattainable bars. So, he's gonna constantly be upset that he doesn't feel like he's hitting Beethoven's level and I'm constantly upset that I feel like one in 1000 songs I write, maybe two lines sound as good as Billy Joel.” One key insight, Joel believes pushed them both through any boundaries that may have been erected. “He asked me a key question,” Billy admits. “[Freddy] says, ‘Let me ask you something.... Are you ever thinking of somebody else singing what you're singing?’ I said, ‘always.’ I'm always thinking of somebody else singing what I wrote, every recording I've ever done, I'm thinking, ‘Is somebody else singing it,’ because that's how you write. You think outside the box, you're outside of yourself. You're not limited by who you are or what you think you are or what you see in the mirror. It could be anybody.” On the contrary, Freddy says he had been under the impression of, “‘Oh, Billy Joel wouldn't do that. He knows exactly who he is.’” “No,” Joel says humbly. “That was the connection. I said, ‘this guy gets it.’” Once he heard what Wexler brought him, “The melody, the chords, the chord progression, even the time signature was something that struck me immediately, and that's how I relate to music,” Joel explains. “This particular lyric in this song, I've had these thoughts, I could have written these lyrics verbatim,” he adds. “I've chewed on these words and I've thought of these words, and I've said these words before. It was all kind of falling into place -- and who am I to fight that?” he asks. Listen to Jayn's full Audacy Check In with Billy Joel above, and stay tuned for more conversations with your...


LANY | Audacy Check In | 1.31.24

Before heading out on their 'a beautiful blur' world tour, Alt-pop band LANY Check In with Audacy’s Bru to chat all about their latest single, “XXL,” bringing their music to the masses, and more. Though LANY's “XXL” dropped five months ago, and like the previous singles, arrived with a uniquely cinematic video that had set the scene for the release of their September 2023 fifth studio album, a beautiful blur, the band is now set to hit the road, bringing their music to the masses on an extensive world tour. Guitarist Paul Klein and drummer Jake Goss joined Bru while they're currently in packing mode, as Paul explains. "People don't think about it or realize it, but just packing underwear for two months, you could probably fill up a duffel bag with all the underwear... So yeah, we actually have underwear on our rider." Before the band hits the pavement, Paul also says LANY has been in full band practice mode, "nailing down the setlist," and ironing out all of the kinks with the stage production. "It's a lot of work, but we take this really seriously. People are spending their hard-earned money and taking time out of their busy schedules to come see us just play some music, so we want to give them a great show." Fans can expect during the shows, aside from some exciting catwalk action, a performance full of new songs from a beautiful blur, even though Paul admits that choosing the right setlist from a new batch of songs can be difficult. "It's actually a good problem to have," he says, "because we have an amazing group of fans that like to listen to our albums and they're pretty opinionated on what songs they want to hear live." Released back in September of 2023, now that the band has had some time to sit and reflect on the new collection tracks, Jake says they're "just as proud" as they were on release day. "One thing that's interesting," he explains, "is in the past when we've put out albums, I don't listen to them much after they are released. I listen to them all the time incessantly, constantly editing and dreaming and thinking about how we can roll it out... but once we give it to the world I normally don't listen too much anymore." "I still listen to 'a beautiful blur' quite a bit," Paul continues. "Like I listen to it at the gym -- maybe it's because I'm working on setlists and stuff, but I love that album. We poured our hearts and soul into it like we always do, and it'll be fun to play it around the world. We haven't really been able to go on a proper world tour to promote an album, to play a new album for a few years because of the pandemic and stuff, so we're excited." Jake chimed in in agreement about their album process sharing, "I'm the same where, we obsess over our record and then we release it to the world and I'm like, 'OK have a good time out there in the world, I'm probably not gonna listen to you.'" But he's found himself jamming to the bangers on the new release as well. "My daughter also loves 'XXL,'" he adds, "and I never get old of it. I'm along for the ride." Tickets are on sale for LANY's a beautiful blur world tour. Check out the full list of North American dates below and pick up the new album now. LANY 2024 Tour Dates: 02/13 | Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz 02/16 | Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium 02/17 | Atlanta, GA @ Coca Cola Roxy 02/20 | Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore 02/23 | Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock live 02/26 | New Orleans, LA @ The Fillmore New Orleans 02/29 | Austin, TX @ ACL Live – Moody Theater 03/02 | Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom 03/04 | Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater* 03/05 | Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center 03/07 | Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom* 03/09 | Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center 03/10 | Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House 03/12 | Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre 03/14 | Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum 03/16 | San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium* 03/17 | Wheatland, CA @ Hard Rock Live 03/21 | Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Financial Theater 03/22 | Las Vegas, NV...


Mary J. Blige | Audacy Check In | 1.22.24

Mary J. Blige recently stopped the Audacy V-103 studios in Atlanta to check in with Big Tigger and talk all about new music, her label, love, her wine, Sun Goddess, and so much more. Dropping right into the convo with a quickness, just like Mary J. dropped her latest single “Still Believe in Love,” Blige explained why she decided to release the song, as Tigger put it, “out of nowhere.” “Well I wrote the song when I was fresh outta my divorce cause I needed to say something different and something positive, other than what was going on in my life… I had to believe in myself," Mary expressed, pointing out the words of the track, “no matter what happens, I’m never gonna give up on me.” “The timing, the climate for the song was just perfect for right now,” Mary J. added. “People need some positivity, people need to know that, y’know, I’m not dying… like I’m good, I’m happy, no matter what happens in life, I’m gonna get through it. And ‘Still Believe’ is just about believing in myself… not giving up on life, not giving up on love, and I just think my fans needed to hear that from me.” Noting how her music has “historically reflected the ups and downs of Mary,” a curious Tig asked the singer, if the process of creating this song felt any different “moving on from the divorce, and getting back to writing.” “The process was not so positive in the beginning," Mary admitted, “like in 2016 when it first happened… But as you move forward, you move passed things, you let go of things, you take responsibility for what you did, and not worry about what they did, and life starts to get better.” While “Still Believe in Love” is more of an uplifting tune, there’s no denying the hit power when Mary serves up a slow and somber R&B track. “I got them too,” Mary said of sad songs she has ready to leave the vault. “Because life isn’t one thing, and it’s not always about Mary J, Blige, it’s been about my fans. I’ve been writing songs for my fans and me all my life.” “I got one coming, it’s called ‘Gone Forever,’” sharing it says, “if you mess up, or try to play me, I’m gone forever. And that’s the story of my life.” Noting the song actually arrived with her Good Morning Gorgeous album back in 2022, Mary expressed the time for it to be a standout single is now. As for when Mary’s new album should be expected to arrive, Blige suggested “by the summer.” Other than music, Mary J. has hand in lots of other projects, including having her own wine label, Sun Goddess Wines. Plus, many will be happy to learn that Power’s Monet Tejada will be back on the small screen soon, “in May.” When it comes to movies or TV, Mary doesn’t really have a preference, but did admit that if she had to pick a dream role, it would be to play Nina Simone. “Because I want to learn how to play the classical piano, and I just love her," Blige shared, “ I love her songs, I love her story, I did a lot of research on her.” Also focused on continuing her legacy with her own music label, Beautiful Life Productions, Mary has already started, signing Vado, who’s featured on “Still Believe In Love,” and WanMor to the roster so far. Mary J. also discussed how each honor and award still hits even to this day, how My Life turns 30 this year, recalling all the fun and emotions that went into making the project, plus a whole lot more. Check out the entire conversation above. Words by Maia Kedem Interview by The Big Tigger Morning Show


Green Day | Audacy Check In | 1.19.24

Joining host Kevan Kenney for a special Audacy Check-In on the release day of their 14th studio album, Saviors, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool of Green Day dropped by the Hard Rock Hotel New York to let us in on their big 2024 celebrations. Out now, Green Day's new full-length Saviors -- one of our most anticipated albums of 2024 -- just adds to the band's party vibe surrounding the 30th and 20th anniversaries respectively of their iconic Dookie and American Idiot releases. Getting into their immediate schedule, frontman Billie Joe says, “We played in the subway the other day and then we played Irving Plaza last night, and now we're gonna go to Rough Trade and play a Rock and acoustic set... this is one of the greatest days of our lives.” Looking back quickly to their early days, Kevan wondered if playing in the NYC subway reminded them of any dives from years past. Mike remembers Tré Cool being their number one booking guy back then, and aside from a wayward mountain top show -- that Tré says “rocked” despite a number of hurdles, “He was actually very good at it and he booked some of our best tours in vans,” says Dirnt. Fast-forward a whole bunch of years -- and fans have been graced with 15 all-new Green Day tracks on their fourteenth studio album, begging the question at this point in the game: What makes a song “good” in the band’s opinion? “Someone told me once, it's like: ‘Verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, verse, chorus,’ and I kind of stuck to that,” Billie Joe explains. “You know, except maybe I've turned the bridge... It's like verse, bridge, chorus or something like that. But all of my favorite bands have always had that kind of formula to it, and it's just whatever you end up getting creative with to make them special.” Billie Joe had a run-in with guitar icon Eddie Van Halen before his passing, where he bestowed some incredible advice about letting go of riffs and focusing on songwriting. “Growing up a punk rocker, I enjoy being misunderstood,” he says about any misconceptions people may have had about himself and the band’s trajectory over their career. “It’s been good fuel," adds Mike, “I think if we're not understood it's kind of like, ‘ok, well, let's prove them wrong,’ you know? That's just a band practice mentality, but it's fuel, man. It's great... and we just love good songs, good melodies. If it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, you're doing something, right.” Fostering that fuel as time goes by, Bille Joe says, means “we have to be patient and wait for those songs that are inspired and feel like it's vitality, really. I think it's like the eternal 16-year-old that just really wants to keep, you know, in your bedroom rocking out, playing air guitar and it's like just that escape. I think music has always been an escape for me, and the great thing is, I'm a fan of music and I get inspired by what other people do. That's what kind of creates the fuel to keep the band going and keeping us vital.” Taking their show on the road this year with The Smashing Pumpkins and Rancid, Green Day will be performing both of their iconic albums Dookie and American Idiot in full as part of their 30th and 20th anniversaries respectively. The latter, American Idiot, Mike Dirnt has said in past interviews, was inspired by the aspirational aspect of Hip Hop for the ambition of the record. “It was sort of intentional,” Dirnt explains, “in the sense of, we were just looking at Hip Hop artists, they're like, ‘We're gonna take over the world, you know, we're gonna reach for the stars, we're gonna take over the world.’ That mentality is, whether you do it or not, the idea that there's no limit, is everything” Billie Joe agrees, saying “There's certain creativity that, in that time period that was really great where like Eminem was using a different identity with Slim Shady, you know, that's conceptual, which I thought was so cool. And then, the Outkast record that came out at around 2003...


The Black Crowes | Audacy Check In | 1.12.24

Joining us for a special Audacy Check In with host Jason Bailey today is Chris Robinson, frontman of The Black Crowes, discussing the band's upcoming album, Happiness Bastards, their brand new single, "Wanting And Waiting," and what the group has in store next for fans in this new era. 15 years since their last collection of new music, The Black Crowes are set to release Happiness Bastards, their 10th studio album on March 15, 2024. Plus, the first single from the forthcoming release, "Wanting And Waiting," is streaming everywhere now. With so much time and space separating the Robinson brothers over the past decade and a half since the band's last release -- 2009's Before the Frost...Until the Freeze -- Jason questioned whether there were any talks about having the new album come out within that timeframe. "It took both my brother and I's sort of expedition into the wilderness of our solo careers just to kind of take the heat off the kettle, and get into the world and see," Chris explains. "We went from basically living in Mom and Dad's house to being Rock stars in a few years. But we never really had any perspective, you know, we never had any really time to untangle that." "Not being in each other's lives and not having The Black Crowes... all the things that you know. For a long time, I was like, 'Wow!' I didn't really know we would be back," he says. "But then things happen... In my case, meeting the love of my life after all these years and having a partner in this that could really let me see things for what they are -- to be able to heal my relationship with Rich. And he would say the same thing." “Personally, I think the most important thing was not doing any new music," Chris says of their return. "Let's get this band back together... let's hit the road. 'Cause that's the proving ground, if you will." Robinson adds, "There was no pressure really on us. There was a big pressure in 1992 after you sold six million records, and you're 24 years old, 25 years old, to keep that going." Giving fans a look into the deep relationship between the brothers, Chris reveals, "Rich and I, with all of our very public art fighting and nasty bitterness and stuff, whenever we write, and that's always been our kind of safe haven in a way... We would fight in the studio, and we'd fight on tour, but we never really fought in the room together with guitars and notebooks –- so that part was really easy. I just think that's been the whole sort of thing that was lacking in The Black Crowes for many years. It's fun to be in this band. It's fun to be in the music business, and it's rewarding to write songs with my brother... and it's just very natural.” Speaking on the topic of rekindling relationships and letting the past be, Chris admits, “If you don't have that attitude, then you're just mucking about in resentment and anger." "I don't think either of us or anyone around us would be interested in that," he adds of the band dynamic. "I think being on tour and getting it together, getting our feet under us, and getting this whole thing in working order -- that we needed it to be fertile ground to finally make this new record. But the process of that was really different for us too. We worked with this producer Jay Joyce... we made this record in three weeks, not even three weeks, I mean, two and a half weeks of work. It all just kind of falls into place. We're very instinctive that way, and very visceral in the way Rich and I are completely different human beings but we both like to work fast and keep the energy going in the studio. I don't want to think too much. I want to feel.” He and Rich are now "more checked in with how we're feeling and respect for one another, and our experiences. We're family, but we also have this band that we dreamed up one day back in the eighties. So, the responsibility lies for Rich and I to be brothers and be there for each other. We know when that is working, then the band is better. Everything is...


Troye Sivan | Audacy Check In | 12.14.23

Only released two months ago, Troye Sivan’s latest album, Something To Give Each Other, has rightfully graced multiple Best Albums of the Year lists. Landing on VOGUE's "The Best Albums of 2023 (So Far)” as well as Rolling Stone's “The 100 Best Albums of 2023,” Sivan made waves with his album’s breakout single “One Of Your Girls,” and its alluring music video. Troye also recently became a first time GRAMMY nominee — receiving nods for Best Music Video and Best Pop Dance Recording. Troye Sivan has truly had an incredible year. Lucky for us, he checked in with Audacy CHANNEL Q’s Corey Crockett to discuss all the success, that Timothée Chalamet SNL skit of course, his upcoming tour, and a whole lot more. Going into this latest project with the intentions of creating something different, Troye spoke on how despite this divergence, he didn’t have any expectations that this album would stand out. “I think its because I’ve been doing this a really long time, this is my third album. I released my first one like eight years ago or something like that. I guess my top priority was just making something that I loved… and then seeing what was gonna happen,” Troye expressed. “I just sort of expected it to do the same thing that the other ones had done, and never predicted that it would go the way that it has.” As for the accompanying music videos, Troye went about creating those the same way, with no expectations of them becoming, as Corey put it, “gay cannon 2023.” “It was the same thing of just know, ’these are sick,’” Sivan said. “I loved them… we were just having the best time," Troye added of working with director Gordon von Steiner on the visuals for two-time GRAMMY nominated “Rush,” “Got Me Started,” and “One Of Your Girls.” The latter of which features a shirtless Ross Lynch, and we’re all better for it. Calling the music video “gag-worthy,” and rightfully so, Corey was curious about how the concept and partnership, that had the internet gasping, came about. “I knew that I needed… I had to cast someone in the video that sort of represented the guy that everyone wants. Y’know doesn’t matter if you're a guy or girl, you either want to be him or be with him, he just is like - the dude.” Noting “that very much is what ‘One Of Your Girls’ is about, kind of creating this character of this really enigmatic man that pulls you in, and everyone wants like a piece of him.” “So when I was casting it, I was like, ‘who is that?,’ and I just feel like that’s Ross. He’s like the internet's boyfriend basically, I feel like. And yeah he was so perfect for it," Sivan said with a certain determination. “Hats off too him, he was so unbelievably down for whatever, he just showed up with the best attitude, he was having so much fun.” Having recently announce EU/UK tour dates, Troye didn’t have an answer for when US dates would be announced, but did confirm that they will be coming. As of now he’s just focused on “building the show,” sharing “it’s gonna be epic,” and that he has a lot of “fun, big ideas to make the show feel like a party.” A party that no doubt will include some of his music video choreography that made enough impact to be parodied on Saturday Night Live. “That was insane," Sivan said of that Timothée Chalamet hilarious SNL skit. “I was totally, totally gagged by that, because they asked if they could clear the song to use it for 'SNL' and of course we said yes, but I didn’t know whether the skit was gonna make it to air or what the skit was, or anything like that. So I watched it live, and every time they said my name, I would like jump. It was a really crazy surreal experience.” Also shouting out local Bangkok designer for that now iconic cutout tank. Troye also discussed the honor of being named Australia’s GQ Man of the Year, and his acceptance speech about his relationship with masculinity and femininity, and what that meant for him to be able to share. “I think my understanding of gender fluidity and self-expression has...


Sean Paul | Audacy Check In | 11.20.23

Sean Paul is still getting busy making music and more, and he checked in with Audacy’s Big Regg and DJ Buck to chat all about. When Sean Paul first started out, just wanting to make music, he never imagined “the amount of longevity” and “amount of fans,” he’d have. “The streaming and listenership and just the fanbase it’s amazing to me,” the Jamaican artist shared. With plenty of solo hits, Sean is also known for making bangers with some top- tier artists, including Beyoncé, Dua Lipa, Keyshia Cole and more. But there’s one that’s still on his list, and that’s Alicia Keys. “I miss the sound that we didn’t do, y’know?… I think me and her could make a wicked reggae or dancehall banger.” “And also this is the age of AI,” Sean added, “so I could reach for many different artists, in terms of who are no longer here, the greats…” Naming Frank Sinatra as one of them. Sean went on to talk about an artist that is no longer with us that he did get to work with, DMX. Noting that while he didn’t have much interaction with him, “I had great amounts of respect for him,” Paul went on to recall everything that went down the night before his studio session with the Ruff Ryders rapper was supposed to go down and clarified that those “not speaking” or “beef” rumors back in 2009 started from a misunderstanding. "He's truly missed in the Hip-Hop genre," he added. Paul also talked about linking back up with Busta Rhymes, “after about ten years of not really seeing each other,” and shared more about his old school ways of starting off his tracks. Once his “boy Suku from Ward 21” takes it and does his magic, it turns into those undeniable Sean Paul tracks we know and love. To catch the whole conversation press play on the interview above. Words by Maia Kedem Interview by DJ Buck and Big Regg


Dolly Parton | Audacy Check In | 11.17.23

One year after being inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame, Dolly Parton has made good on her promise to release a Rock album. Inspired to be a real “Rockstar,” by her Rock Hall honor, Dolly got together with some of the biggest names in the genre to re-record big hits, while also adding nine original songs including the title track – appropriately tired, “Rockstar.” “I just want people to really enjoy this Rock album [and] to say it’s really some good music and that I did OK singing it… I really busted a gut tryin’,” Dolly told Katie Neal during a recent Audacy Check In. “It was fun for me. It was a challenge, but it was fun to get to sing these songs. I usually sing so many of my own songs, it’s great to get to sing something else like some classic songs.” While undeniably adding a new flavor to the 21 re-recorded classics with her globally recognized vocals, Parton said she was sure to not mess up a good thing and was sure to keep the songs recognizable. “You just kind of have to put your mind to what you’re doing and stay in that zone. That Rock ‘n Roll is a different ‘genre’ as they say. It’s a different style of music all the way around,” she explained. “I didn’t want to sing them so differently that they weren’t recognizable. I wanted to stay as true to the melody and not get too far out of whack.” Helping her color between the Rock lines was producer Kent Wells as well as several other artists who appear on the project including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Linda Perry, Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler, Elton John, Ann Wilson and so many more. “Just hearing them in my headphones when we were singing together was just amazing to me,” Dolly said of all the stars she got to work with for the project. “Just draggin’ some of those people out of retirement [was a good memory]. They thought, ‘Oh, I’m not doing that much anymore,’ and I said, ‘Well, you’re gonna do it now. I need you to do this.’” Dolly’s Rockstar album is her 49th studio project and when asked what she has planned for #50 she joked, “If i get put in the R&B Hall of Fame, I’ll have to do an R&B album! I wish I would because I love R&B.” While we’ve learned to never say never when it comes to the Country Queen, Dolly revealed during her Rockstar album release party in Nashville that she is, in fact, already working on a new project. “Well, I am writing my life story as a Broadway musical,” she told Jaclyn Stapp during an interview at the event. “I’ve already written the songs, we’re actually recording them now…. We’ve got the book written, so we’re going to hopefully have that coming out in 2025. I’m looking forward to that. So, my next album might be the cast album.” During her Audacy Check In, Parton also delved into her new book, Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones, and talked about her Rock fan husband's reaction to her latest release. “I wanted it to be really good for him. So, I don’t know if nerves as much as just really having the desire for it to be really great. I think it made me try extra hard ‘cause I wanted it to be something he would think was good," Dolly shared. "When I played it to him, he said, ‘Well, that’s pretty good.’ So for him to say that would be like somebody else jumping up and down and saying, ‘That’s great!’” As always, there’s exciting things on the horizon from Dolly, but for now, you can catch us channeling our inner Rockstar right along with the Country Queen as her Rockstar album is available now. To hear more from Dolly, be sure to check out her full Audacy Check In interview hosted by Katie Neal above. Words by Monica Rivera Interview by Katie Neal


Dua Lipa | Audacy Check In | 11.16.23

Catch her or she’ll go “Houdini,” Dua Lipa checked in with Audacy’s Bru to chat all about her brand new single “Houdini,” what her new music era will sound like, and a whole lot more. Dua describes “Houdini” as the first part in a series, about representing the best parts of singledom, “the fun parts, like you’re discovering yourself, you’re figuring out what you like, what you don’t like, what you deserve, what serves you and doesn’t." "Like in certain instances, learning to read red flags," she added, "and being like okay this actually isn’t for me, and then choosing when to stay and when to ‘Houdini.’" Sharing her favorite part of being single, which she might have been when she put together the track, but we feel obliged to share that she isn’t at the present moment, Dua said, “I think you get to learn so much about yourself.” “I think a lot of people like kinda wish their singledom away, like looking for someone else. But I think the whole point of spending that time alone is to really figure out what you need, and y’know who you are in the silence, and who you are when you’re without someone, I think like that’s the best bit.” Filling us in on this next era, “it’s sonically a bit of a departure from my last record," Dua reveals. "This one has a lot more psychedelic influences that I’m really excited about. And it has a lot of live instrumentation and I really feel like you can feel that through the whole record." She continued, “I’ve always wanted to have an album that was a little bit more organic in that sense, especially after touring for so long, and touring being such a massive part of my life and my career and my journey and everything. I feel like I always feel in love with so much with the way songs sounded when performed live, and I wanted to have that same kind of energy in the studio and how the songs were y’know when they were recorded. So I feel like this album like perfectly captures that… and just really my most honest piece of work I think, as a whole album.” Delving a bit into those sonically different sounds she experimented with, Dua revealed, “that even though there’s lots of electronic sounds,” it’s “kind of like the juxtaposition of that with the organic,” live instrumentation, “that when merged together, it kind of creates something unique and different.” Trying to find the words, Dua said, “it’s kind of hard to describe until you hear the rest of the album, in terms of like the experimentation and the instruments that we used. I think also just the layout of the songs, are just a little different than what people have heard from me before.” Additionally discussing the process of buying back her own music, Dua noted “how young artists should really understand the business,” behind the music industry. "I think it’s incredibly important. And so to be able to have all the rights back to my music feels really good. You know, it’s my life’s work so it’s cool to be the person who says what happens with it.” Dua also broke down the process of how her Barbie movie song, “Dance The Night,” came together, as well as her brief cameo in the film. Plus, she chatted about her podcast endeavors, and pondered some “New Rules” she goes by, so don’t miss a moment and check out the entire interview above. Words by Maia Kedem Interview by Bru


Cold War Kids | Audacy Check In | 11.15.23

Host Brad Steiner recently sat down with Nathan Willett and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids at the Hard Rock Hotel New York to explore the band's brand new, self-titled album, as well as their 2024 touring plans and more. Long Beach, CA-based Cold War Kids just dropped their eponymously titled, 10th studio effort on November 3, featuring 12 all-new tracks including the lead-off single, "Double Life." With 20 years now in the rearview, frontman Nathan Willett says they're "feeling strong" while also reflecting on the hundreds of songs they've managed to put out over the last two decades. In celebration of the momentous occasion, "I bought an extra pair of shoes yesterday," Willett adds, while bassist Matt Maust admits they "really went to town" purchasing some "deep cut" posters and art books. "The really expensive stuff," he says playfully. "I think there is something about the journey of the songs," on the new release that became introspective as well, Willett explains. "I think my life and the songs are gonna keep on having a lot in common and this one feels like the most lived experience." "It's funny," Nathan continues, "I think so much of avoiding assuming a super-singer/songwriter confessional-type of record because we're a band so there always has to be a level of artifice in it. It's not my life -- it's Cold War Kids. I love coming from that position... being a band is just so much cooler. At the same time, there's a lot of personal stuff in it, but the trick to me is making it universal. There's family stuff, there's relationship stuff, there's friendship and band mate and a lot of reflection. I don't want it to be old guy stuff, but a certain degree of lived experience for sure." The first lyric on the new record certainly sounds pretty personal: "Since 2006 I haven't been the same," Willett sings on "Double Life," admitting, "Yeah, it's pretty on the nose. That's true for us, we started the band in 2004, but the switch was flipped in 2006 in terms of being on the road and never looking back." 2014's Hold My Home, with their single "First," was a real turning point for Cold War Kids. "I think a lot of things changed around then," Willett says. "You see the power of what a big song does and how much it changes your life. It was interesting, it wasn't like we went from nothing to something because we've already been insanely fortunate to be on these enormous stages and festivals and in front of so many people, but it was the thing that I feel really solidified something for us. It was the song that was the right time and place." "Our bond more than anything, musically, we started off as fans," Nathan continues. "We're not music school students; we're not guys that sat around and played acoustic guitar at parties... We're listening, and appreciating, and loving music, that's where we come from. It's still there." Four years since their last headlining tour, Cold War Kids are packing their bags for a winter tour to celebrate the new release, hitting the road early next year on a North American trek with Hovvdy and Joe P as support on select dates. The shows will kick off on January 31 in San Francisco, CA, and wrap back on the West Coast at the end of March. Tickets are available now. Don't miss Brad's full Audacy Check In with Cold War Kids above -- and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists on Words by Joe Cingrana Interview by Brad Steiner


AJR with Brad | Audacy Check In | 11.10.23

Today host Brad Steiner is joined by AJR for an Audacy Check In to get details about their brand new, fifth studio album, The Maybe Man, arriving today (11/10), as well as the brothers’ just-announced 2024 tour plans to support the release. AJR's Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met dropped into the Hard Rock Hotel in New York City to chat with Audacy host Brad Steiner and dive into their recording and creative process this time around, plus fill us in on what they’ve got planned for their tour kicking off in April 2024 on the East Coast. The creative engine never seems to stop for AJR. “It’s all we know,” says Jack Met. “I guess, if you call it hobbies, it’s really more just work. We just have other stuff we work on. We’re in the middle of writing music for a Broadway show,” he adds, though they’re still in the very beginning stages. The Maybe Man, however, AJR’s brand new album, is here today. “I think a lot of this album is about being in your late twenties and kind of thinking, ‘What else could I have done with my life? What else could I be, who else could I have ended up with? What other job could I have had?,’" Ryan Met explains. “Just those, all those endless, overwhelming possibilities. ‘Maybe I could have been this, maybe I could have been...’ We wanted to kind of condense it down into this big sad superhero that is ‘The Maybe Man.’” Jack adds. “Because everyone's in that constant state of rethinking their life over and over again. ‘Could this have been different?’ We thought that was just such a relatable concept to touch on.” Going into some of the album tracks, "This album, we really focused on emotion," says Ryan. "I think that we, we focused more on live instruments, so it was less about, 'Let's create like, production sounds that have never been done before.' That was very 'OK. Orchestra,' that was very our last album. We were less concerned with that this time for whatever reason, just our gut feeling was, 'Let's put a lot of guitars and horns and real drums, and let's make this real instruments and make the lyrics and the emotion about getting to this age and being 'The Maybe Man' forward and front and center.'" “We had a lot of family stuff happen over the past two years. Unfortunately, our dad did pass a few months ago, and that made its way into the album, Jack explains. “One song was completely dedicated to him, and then it sprinkled throughout the other ones. Then there's some other stuff that happened in our family that's a little, you know, strange and interesting that made its way.” Dive into more of the album in Brad Steiner's full Audacy Check In with AJR above -- and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists on The Maybe Man, however, AJR’s brand new album, is here today. “I think a lot of this album is about being in your late twenties and kind of thinking, ‘What else could I have done with my life? What else could I be, who else could I have ended up with? What other job could I have had?,’" Ryan Met explains. “Just those, all those endless, overwhelming possibilities. ‘Maybe I could have been this, maybe I could have been...’ We wanted to kind of condense it down into this big sad superhero that is ‘The Maybe Man.’” Jack adds. “Because everyone's in that constant state of rethinking their life over and over again. ‘Could this have been different?’ We thought that was just such a relatable concept to touch on.” "This album, we really focused on emotion," says Ryan. "I think that we, we focused more on live instruments, so it was less about, 'Let's create like, production sounds that have never been done before.' That was very 'Okay. Orchestra,' that was very our last album. We were less concerned with that. This time for whatever reason, just our gut feeling was let's put a lot of guitars and horns and real drums, and let's make this real instruments and make the lyrics and the emotion about getting to this age and being the maybe man forward and front and...


AJR with Bru | Audacy Check In | 11.10.23

Audacy host Bru is joined by Adam, Jack, and Ryan of AJR for an Audacy Check In with the brothers' brand new, fifth studio album The Maybe Man arriving today (11/10), and 2024 tour plans to support the release just announced. AJR's Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met zoomed in to dive into their recording and creative process this time around, and fill us in on what they’ve got planned for their just-announced North American tour kicking off in April 2024 on the East Coast. The band knew the first single from their new offering, “Yes, I’m a Mess” was the right choice by "just a feeling at this point," Jack Met admits, with the fun they had singing the "Hip-Hop-style" and "old Western" feel of the melody. "It's just unique enough to set things off," he says. "The lyric of the fantasy of blowing up your life, starting over, moving away, and having a completely different life," Jack adds. "is such a relatable concept that I'm sure every single person has thought about before when things get really stressful." Though each brother has their own strong opinion when it comes to song choices, "We know who to listen to, we've been working together for so long," says Ryan Met regarding internal band dynamics. "I think I'm better at the emotional stuff, so if I say to Jack, 'This kind of melody is gonna make people cry I promise,' he knows to trust me. If Jack says, 'This is more of a hit concept,' I'm gonna listen to him. He has his finger on the pulse in terms of mainstream," Jack adds. "And then Adam gets the final decision... he gives the final thumbs-up." Fans will find less tinkering and sound design on this new album Ryan says, with a focus more on live instrumentation and the emotional side of the record's production. "We thought, 'Let's make this the most personal album possible, that we could ever write,' because we just had a crazy couple of years writing it, both internally and external weird things that happened to us. So we thought, 'Let's make this the emotional album and see what happens.'" Be sure to check out the AJR brothers’ newest single, “Yes, I’m a Mess,” above -- from the band’s 2023 album, The Maybe Man, out now, perhaps the group's "most identifiable body of work yet -- coming up with a larger-than-life way to explain the existential crisis of growing up while also processing their father’s passing." 'The Maybe Man,' the title character the band says, "is a big sad superhero who is always questioning who he is. Like a giant out of your favorite fairy tale (remade in kickass 3-D), emotion hangs over his head, so it doesn’t have to hang over yours." Scroll below for the full tracklist. With the new album officially out now, a new round of live dates are also on the horizon for AJR. "Our life dream to be an Arena band has now come true," AJR said announcing their 2024 dates. "We plan our tours as we're writing," Jack explains. When in the middle of writing a song, if they know it will make it onto an album, "we immediately start going, 'OK on stage we're gonna do this...' Our concerts are very much not just concerts. We don't just sing the songs, we like to have wild production and magic, and weird tricks and elements on stage," he adds. "I think that the next tour is gonna be definitely our most ambitious and craziest -- and never-before-seen." Ticket pre-sales for AJR's The Maybe Man 2024 dates start Monday, November 13 with the general on-sale beginning on Friday, November 17. See their full itinerary below, and pick up your tickets right HERE. Don't miss Bru's full Audacy Check In with AJR above -- and stay tuned for more conversations with your favorite artists on AJR - The Maybe Man tracklist: 1. Maybe Man 2. Touchy Feely Fool 3. Yes I’m A Mess 4. The Dumb Song 5. Inertia 6. Turning Out Pt. iii 7. Hole In The Bottom of My Brain 8. The DJ is Crying For Help 9. I Won’t 10. Steve’s Going To London 11. God Is Really Real 12. 2085 AJR’s The Maybe Man 2024 tour dates: Tue-Apr-02-24 -...


Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach | Audacy Check In | 11.7.23

Joining host Nicole Alvarez today for a special Audacy Check In is Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix to discuss the band's brand new rerelease of their single, "Leave a Light On," in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Talk Away The Dark campaign. Finally able to wind down after touring Papa Roach's latest album, Ego Trip, throughout 2023, Shaddix says returning home from the road can be jarring for some. “I don't wanna sound like I'm complaining at all, by no means," he explains, but making that transition can be "like culture shock... It's like you're just go, go, go, go, go, go continually for seven weeks –- you're just on a schedule, you gotta be somewhere, go somewhere, and then... you come home, and you just kind of pause for a minute." Papa Roach's involvement with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) was an easy match he feels, as their music has been addressing the topic of mental health "from the beginning. Since 'Last Resort'" he says, "trying to unravel this madness. It's been a journey for us out there on the road, and meeting so many people at these shows that are just like, ‘Yo, your music saved my life.’ And I'm like, ‘Oh, that's cool.’ You know? And then it just became, over and over and over. I didn't understand the power of music in a sense at that point in time in my life. And as I've grown as a writer, creator, as a man, as a father, this compassionate side of me has come out even more pronounced. It's about serving my brothers and sisters out there -- and we know that people are struggling. So, we were looking for a partner for this song –- a way to make this song a movement.” "This song essentially is about being there for somebody -- and that's exactly what the [AFSP] is. If you're in that dark hole and you ain't got nobody... you could pick up that phone and there is somebody on the other side that's just gonna listen... I think everybody's got a dog in the fight on this one," Jacoby continues. "We gotta look out for our people. We gotta check in on our people and see how they're doing because It's easy to just walk by somebody in a hall and be like, 'Hey, how's it going?' But if they're your people, I feel like we've got a responsibility to look after each other. But then also, if you're the person that's struggling, sometimes you're just ashamed... or you just don't wanna open up. That's exactly what we need to do when we're in the struggle. That's the campaign, right? 'Talk Away the Dark.' It's like, talk." Offered originally in 2022 on the band's 11th studio release as the 10th track, "Leave a Light On," is now being given new life with a new purpose, "to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide." Shaddix, a father of three, explains the song's message came about from his experience of being a dad. "As I'm entering into this phase of my life where my boys are going away to college, and they're becoming their own young men –- that letting go, it's hard, you know? As they travel out there into this world, that can be cruel, that can be cold, that can be dark." "I want them to know, I need them to know," he adds, "No matter what's going on, I'm here. I got your back no matter what. Don't be afraid to pick up that phone and just, like, dump it on me." Now in the midst of a well-deserved break, Shaddix says the band has no intention of staying idle for long, with plans for an eventual stadium tour "at some point in our career... I have this childlike faith, this drive, that that's gonna happen," he admits. "Keep making music that's authentic; keep making music that feels like it's got a purpose. I think when we become a parody of ourselves, that's when we gotta pull the plug. We haven't gotten there… I feel fulfilled when I get done with a tour. When I came off stage in Denver, the last show, I straight-up ugly-cried. I'm like, ‘What is wrong with me?’ I was at that point, ‘I'm gonna miss a stage for a minute.’" Don't miss our full Check In...