Year in Music 2017

Billboard Bits: The Ataris, Bloc Party, Annuals

Rock outfit the Ataris has signed a new deal with Sanctuary, which will release the group's new album, "Welcome to the Night," in February via the band's own Isola Recordings imprint.

Rock outfit the Ataris has signed a new deal with Sanctuary, which will release the group's new album, "Welcome to the Night," in February via the band's own Isola Recordings imprint. First single "Not Capable of Love" will be delivered this month to U.S. radio outlets.

"Welcome to the Night" is the follow-up to the band's lone album for Columbia, 2003's "So Long Astoria," which has sold 676,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That set spawned a hit cover of Don Henley's "The Boys of Summer" plus the Modern Rock-charting "In This Diary" and "The Saddest Song."

"As you know, we left Columbia Records a few months back after almost every key person who worked on our last album ... was either fired or quit," the band wrote last week on its MySpace.com site. "Although 'So Long Astoria' sold nearly a million copies on Columbia, and we are grateful for that, we decided that we did not want to put ourselves in a typical artist/label arrangement again. Luckily, we found a situation with Sanctuary Records Group and their distributor RED that allows us to control our own destiny."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






After
scrapping four shows with Panic! At The Disco after drummer Matt Tong suffered a collapsed lung last week, Bloc Party has now canceled the rest of its tour under the advice of doctors. "We would like to apologize to all of our fans here who won't be able to see us on this tour," frontman Kele Okereke says. "We were looking forward to playing in a number of American cities that we've never been to before, however, Matt's health is our number one priority right now."

As previously reported, Bloc Party's sophomore album, "A Weekend in the City," is due Feb. 6 via Vice/Atlantic.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.






North Carolina-based indie rock outfit Annuals will continue its hard-touring ways through mid-December thanks to a slate of newly announced dates. In addition to yet another New York show Thursday (Nov. 16) at Mercury Lounge (the group played nearly every day during the recent CMJ Music Marathon), Annuals will also support Flaming Lips during a Nov. 18-19 stand in Dublin.

The group will also play Dec. 6 in Los Angeles with Tralala and Jim Noir, Dec. 8 in San Francisco with Goblin Cock and Pleeseasaur and Dec. 9 in Seattle with Juno and Junior Boys.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.