By: Dave Wexler

We are a little over 3 weeks into 2016 and this year is shaping up to be HUGE for us at Secretly Rad.  From what was announced in late 2015 to some of the thunderous news announced in the last week, here is my list of what to look for in albums & tours in 2016!

At The Drive-In

At The Drive-In is arguably one of the most influential bands for anyone who decided to make rock music in the last 15-20 years.  Calling it quits in 2001 after the release of Relationship of Command they have surprisingly announced a full world tour as well as a teaser for new music!  This is huge for me personally as I never got to see them, missing them open up for Rage Against The Machine in 2000.

Dates & Tickets + music teaser


Radiohead

After the Christmas present Radiohead gave us, the unused song from the James Bond movie “Spectre” the rumors started swirling.  Radiohead will most likely put out a new album this year and it may drop very, very soon.  They are starting to announce festival dates, the first being Primavera Sound in Spain with the possibility of Outside Lands in San Francisco and Lollapalooza in Chicago being announced imminently.  Here’s to hoping a full U.S. tour is in the works.


Into It. Over It.

Evan Weiss is at it again, announcing Into It. Over it.’s 3rd full-length LP Standards out on March 11th.  He released the first single from the John Vanderslice produced album, “No Eq.”

Into It. Over It. will be hitting the road in March with The World Is a Beautiful Place, The Sidekicks & Pine Grove.
Dates & Tickets + album preorders


Laura Stevenson & Chris Farren

On the heels of her newest album Cocksure, Laura Stevenson is hitting the road once again and this time she’s taking “Punk Celebrity” Chris Farren and Crying with her on tour.  Farren is prepping a new album and is a pleasure to watch on stage with a great mix of humor and catchiness in all of his songs.  Chris made a ridiculous tour announcement video:

The tour opens in Philadelphia on March 31st
Dates & Tickets


Foxing & O’Brother

Foxing & O’Brother will head out on tour for a few weeks in March with Foxing as the headliner.  The tour also includes Tancred & Adjy.  Foxing’s Dealer was one of Secretly Rads’ favorite albums of 2015 and it’s no surprise they are getting a big push this year.  O’Brother has a new album coming out sometime in 2016 and it’s one of my most anticipated.  Do not miss this tour, it’s gonna be nuts.

Dates & Tickets


Pearl Jam

A little band from Seattle that you may have heard of.  The reason this is on the list, when Pearl Jam tours it is a BIG DEAL.  If you have never seen them you are missing out on one of the best live bands in the history of music.  With headlining slots at Bonnaroo & New Orleans Jazz Fest, they have announced a tour which includes multiple nights in New York, Philly, Boston, Chicago among other cities.  I’m planning on going to the Chicago shows with hopes of a fall West coast tour.

Dates & Tickets


Trapper Schoepp

Trapper Schoepp’s second Full-length album Rangers & Valentines was recorded almost 2 years ago and is finally seeing the light of day on April 1st through Xtra Mile Recordings. The first single from the Brendan Benson produced LP is entitled “The Ballad Of Olof Johnson” and it recalls the harrowing tale of one of Trappers ancestors as he was making his way out west during the winter in his wagon.  The video for it is inspired by everyone’s favorite childhood game, Oregon Trail – check it out here and preorder the album now!


Basement

Basement took a hiatus in 2012 just after the release of their second album Colourmeinkindness which sent fans into a state of shock, just as this band was on the verge of breaking. Fast forward to 2014 as they hit the road again and release an EP.  In late 2015 they announced a new album,  Promise Everything  and a full string of tour dates. You can stream Promise Everything here

The album is out on January 29th and is available here

Basment will be hitting the road in the U.S. with Turnstile, Defeater & Coleen Green in April
Dates & Tickets


Frightened Rabbit

It’s been almost 3 years since Frightened Rabbit released Pedestrian Verse and we are all hungry for more.  the good news is F.R. will be releasing a new album sometime in the next few months, but no date or title has been released yet.  They have announced two festival dates – Shakey Knees in Atlanta and Sasquatch! Festival in Washington.  They will be embarking on a 18 month touring schedule so we will have plenty of our favorite Scots through 2017!


The Cure & Twilight Sad

Keeping with our Scottish theme, in late 2015 The Twilight Sad announced that English legends The Cure would be taking Twilight out on tour as their openers.   This all came about after Robert Smith recorded a cover of Twilight Sad’s “There’s A Girl In The Corner”.

The Twilight Sad was largely influenced by the music of The Cure and this will be a great opportunity to see two amazing bands.
Dates & Tickets


Joshua Homme & Iggy Pop

In the most surprising out-of-left-field news , it was announced this week that Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and Iggy Pop had recorded an album together in secret.  With the news of this album, entitled Post Pop Depression they debuted the 1st single “Gardenia” on YouTube and live on Stephen Colbert that night.

This is sure to be of interest to any fan of either musician or rock music in general

Check out Gardenia

Rumors of a small tour in March are already circulating so stay tuned!
Preorder the album here


Guns N’ Roses

Finally, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention the band that got me into music in the first place – Guns N Roses.  The reunion that I never thought would happen is on it’s way to a full tour.  With headlining spots at Coachella and two nights in Vegas, the dream (or nightmare) has begun.

Slash, Axl & Duff are joining forces for what may be the biggest meltdown of all time or the loudest friendship reunion ever.  Time will tell to see if it all blows up, hopefully they make it up to Seattle before it does!