So this happened today; No Doubt, finally, released some new material. The last time I—or any of us, for that matter—heard a new No Doubt song was eleven years ago. In terms of the music industry, that’s a long time for a band to be away. And yet, judging from “Settle Down” the lead single released today off their upcoming album, Push And Shove, it’s safe to say that the band hasn’t lost its way.

The song itself is what you’ve come to expect from No Doubt; unexpected influences mixed with a New-Wave sound. I like it. You can say that it sounds a bit like Santigold (or Santogold as she’s known now) but, let’s be honest, she borrowed from No Doubt. That said, the actual video directed by Sophie Muller arrives later today after its premier on the E! network. Until then, here’s this one below.

http://youtu.be/65m31rAiiM4

Push And Shove is out 9/25 via Interscope.

Based off my last post, it looks like I hit the nail on the head. The Payment Plan goes on sale this Thursday (5/17) at 10am, and concludes the following Thursday (5/24) at 10pm. I still think they’re doing it earlier this year, because they’re banking on it selling out—or a majority of it—during this process. They’re looking for another record sell-out. The general on-sale, which will likely have less of an allotment of tickets, goes on-sale sometime early next year. The dates, like I thought, are April 12-14 for the First Weekend, and April 19-21 for the Second Weekend.

I guess, since all that’s out of the way, it’s time to start speculating who is going to play next years Coachella, right? (Too soon?) I feel like we’re going to get another Brit-Pop reunion performance this year. No, not the Smiths. We all know that’s not happening. I’m going with the Stone Roses. They kick off their Reunion Tour next month in Europe, and will more than likely, head out to the states at the tail end of this year, or beginning of next year.

Other possibilities: Beach House. Their new record Bloom is—shocker!—as solid as Teen Dream. If memory serves me right, I feel like they’ve only played the tents before, so this would be the perfect opportunity for them to step up to the Outdoor or Main Stage. Fiona Apple, perhaps? She’s back, and with a vengeance. I mean, have you heard those songs? Beautiful stuff. Her new record—first one in 7 years—comes out next month, and is one of the most anticipated albums of the year. And not just by me. Other than that, I’m not quite sure who else it could be.

Of course, like I said before, this is pure speculation on my part. We won’t find any of this stuff out until the end of this year.

On Friday, the folks over at Coachella, posted this photo on all their Social Media Outlets—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (etc). As you can tell, there isn’t much to gather from it other than Monday at 10am something related to the festival is being announced. It may be big, or it may be minor. I’m not sure which one of these two it may turn out to be, but this is my take on it.

My friends think I’m crazy, but I honestly believe that it’s the start of the Payment Plan. They did it for that week in June last year, and since this year was such a success sales-wise—practically selling out during the week long pre-sale, and taking less than an hour  or two to fully sell-out during the actual on-sale months later—I figure they’re doing it earlier this year. Hell, I think they may be banking on it selling out this year via the Payment Plan alone.

Other possibilities being thrown around: Another week? I doubt that. I mean, that would just be absurd. Three weekends of Coachella and one of Stagecoach? No, that’s just pushing it. And, in a way, devaluing the experience of it. The announcement of next years Coachella dates? Ehh, I doubt it. They wouldn’t make a big, albeit cryptic, stink about it for this. The dates you can figure out on your own just by looking at the calendar; first weekend 12, 13, and 14. Second weekend, a week later, would be 19, 20, and 21.

This, of course, is all speculation on my part. I guess we’ll have to wait until Monday for something more concrete.