When analyzing the career of indie legends Modest Mouse, one thing is apparent - expect the unexpected. However, it still came as a surprise for many, including diehard fans, when the band finally released its sixth album, Strangers to Ourselves, in March 2015. The eight year gap between this album and the band's last one, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, saw a few performances scattered around, as well as an EP release, but many were concerned the break meant that the end might be near for the group. However, this year has proven quite the contrary, as Modest Mouse now appears to be busier than ever.
Leading up to 'Strangers to Ourselves'
To those familiar with the extremely talented and eccentric Isaac Brock, frontman and songwriter for Modest Mouse, nothing ever seems good enough to meet his expectations. While this can be drawn from his often bleak and pessimistic lyrics, it's the vast amount of time leading up to the release of Strangers to Ourselves that better illustrates his need for perfection.
"I'm absolutely terrified of making a half-assed record," Brock told Rolling Stone in an interview this year. "There were songs that we did 100-or-some takes. Finally, I'd have to be like, 'Look, we have no idea why we're doing this again.'"
Preceding success for earlier albums may have also been lingering in Brock's mind during the recording of Strangers to Ourselves. Even before their breakout commercial hit "Float On," Modest Mouse had enjoyed a heavily acclaimed career, with landmark albums such as The Moon and Antarctica and The Lonesome Crowded West being considered by many to be indie-rock classics. But Brock can finally rest his anxiety, as Strangers to Ourselves has been met with generous reviews.
Tour and television performances
As if they're making up for lost time, Isaac and the rest of the band will hit the road for the majority of the year, embarking on a world tour that features festival and venue performances alike. In a rare case of public exposure, Modest Mouse recently made a late night television appearance, performing two new songs on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Brock has also alluded that a new record, more of a companion piece to Strangers to Ourselves, could hit stores later on in 2015.
If the thought of going on a cruise ships has always sounded like an enticing vacation, how tempting does that daydream become when you add the music of some of the hottest rock bands performing today? That must've been the shared belief from the members of Paramore, who have recently announced that there will be another rendition of Parahoy!, a four-night cruise that will feature not only the shredding sounds of Paramore, but some soon-to-be announced rockers as well.
From Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico, the four-night journey will take place from March 5-9, and allow guests to not only soak in the scenery of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, but also be witness to a series of intimate performances from Paramore and its fellow accompanying bands. This will mark the second edition of Parahoy!, as the first cruise occurred in March 2014, featuring the talents of New Found Glory, Tegan and Sara as well as mewithoutYou.
The idea initially started as an opportunity for fans to get a more intimate concert experience of the group's music, as well as partake in a number of fun activities along the way. Among the perks that were provided for cruise-attendees last year included stops at a private island in the Bahamas, Q&A sessions with members from all participating bands, contests and games between band members and fans alike, signed memorabilia as well as rocking performances every night onboard. Paramore has yet to announce which bands will be joining the band for next year's cruise, although it stated on Paramore's website that participating bands will be unveiled gradually throughout 2015.
Leading up to Parahoy!
While it will be several months before the band will be soaking in rays along the Gulf of Mexico, Paramore certainly isn't taking any vacation time leading up to the cruise. The band is currently finishing up a U.S tour, with more than a dozen dates spread all throughout the U.S. Paramore will close out April 2015 with a show in Florida and are scheduled to wrap-up the current tour in Portland later by the end of May. While rumors that the band may hit the studio later this year have yet to be confirmed, lead singer Hayley Williams has been spending time this year promoting her new web series called "Kiss Off!," a beauty-based program that helps fans capture Hayley's signature looks and styles.
From world tours and product placements to chart topping singles, you'd think that Pitbull probably deserves to take a break from the music business. But as Pitbull's career has continued to flourish over recent years, the 34-year-old rapper and party aficionado shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. The artist recently took to Twitter to announce that the title of his next album will be called Dale, and that it will be his second attempt at creating an entirely Spanish language album.
New album on the horizon
The announcement of naming his eighth studio album Dale has certainly raised more questions than answers. The cryptic tweet only contained a faded picture of Pitbull in his trademark tuxedo while the name Dale was displayed in giant, white capital letters with the caption "Finishing my Spanish album. Guess what the name is?" underneath the picture. It marks only the second time that Pitbull has produced an album that's spoken entirely in Spanish, as 2010's Armando was his first attempt. That album in particular was a hit on the Latin charts, also helping Pitbull receive a Lo Nuestro Award for Urban Album of the Year.
There have already been two singles released in anticipation for Dale, which is suspected to be released in June of this year. The songs "Como Yo le Doy" and "Piensas (Dile la Verdad)" have already been garnering millions of views on YouTube, however, Pitbull has offered no official explanation as to the origins of the album's title. While this is only the second album to feature Pitbull singing in Spanish, the artist has frequently implemented Spanish phrases and dialogue into his English language hits, as he is entirely fluent in both Spanish and English.
Tour stops before album release
Before the world will see what Pitbull's latest album has in store, there will be several chances to see the award-winning musician on the road in the U.S. Pitbull recently was a co-headliner at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015, and is currently scheduled to put on performances in California, New York and Connecticut scattered throughout the year. His last album, 2014's Globalization, featured several hit singles, such as "Fireball" and "Time of our Lives," the latter of which cracked the Billboard top 10 singles.