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Credit: Eliot Lee HazelRoyal Blood's new song "Lights Out," the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore album How Did We Get So Dark?, continues the band's style of heavy drums and distorted bass riffs, but the track was influenced by a group not really known for either: Daft Punk.

"We were going for a Daft Punk thing quite a lot and trying to f*** with the rock thing, I guess," frontman Mike Kerr tells NME. "What would Daft Punk do if they wrote a rock tune?"

Meanwhile, Kerr describes the album's closing track, called "Sleep," as a "Black Sabbath hip-hop tune."

Even with Daft Punk and hip-hop influences, Kerr feels How Did We Get So Dark? is still a meat-and-potatoes record that focuses on his bass and Ben Thatcher's drums.

"The songs we felt really excited about didn't involve having synths or guitars," Kerr says. "It's funny, the moment we added anything like that, our songs went from sounding huge to really not that cool and small. It made it ordinary."

"We're a pretty tight-knit team," he adds. "It's kind of like bringing your mate on a date. They're just going to kill the vibe."

How Did We Get So Dark? will be released June 16.

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Credit: Jimmy MarbleKings of Leon will kick off a spring and summer headlining tour at the end of this week, and they've already announced a new batch of dates for the fall.

The fall outing begins September 27 in Charlotte and will conclude October 28 in Tampa, Florida. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, April 28 via KingsofLeon.com.

Along with the fall dates, Kings of Leon have also added a show in Chicago to their summer tour, held August 12.

Kings of Leon will be touring in support of their new album, WALLS, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. WALLS features the singles "Waste a Moment" and "Reverend."

Here are Kings of Leon's fall tour dates:

9/27 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/29 -- Nashville, TN, First Tennessee Park
10/2 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/4 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/11 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
10/13 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
10/14 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
10/16 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
10/18 -- St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/20 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
10/21 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/23 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
10/25 -- Jacksonville, FL, Dailey’s Place Amphitheater
10/27 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
10/28 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

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Raphael Dias/Getty ImagesLooks like new Queens of the Stone Age music is coming sooner rather than later.

Arthur D. of Left Front Door Records posted to Instagram a photo of the band at Lurssen Mastering studio with the caption, "An album just got mixed...."

Earlier this month the band uploaded a mysterious post on social media that read, "Coming Twenty Five."

And Josh Homme told Australian website News.com.au, that a new single at least will be about in time for the band's Australian tour in July.

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ABC/Phil McCartenFall Out Boy has something coming, and apparently it's called Purple.

Over the weekend the band Instragrammed a message directing people to movie theaters in Chicago for something coming from "Mania Entertainment Group."

The band then reposted a fan-made video of a trailer that apparently ran at the movie theaters.  The video opens with the Mania Entertainment Group logo over a shot of an ocean and palm trees.  We see images of what appears to be a marriage proposal on the beach, people running down a pier, storm clouds and then crashing waves that take on a purple hue.

The words "Fall Out Boy" appear, then the date  "4.28.17," but Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz took to Twitter on Saturday to correct the date, writing, "PURPLE begins..." striking through the April 28 date and replacing it with April 27.

The band also posted a GIF of a purple crashing wave.

No word yet about the nature of this mysterious project.

Fall Out Boy's last album was American Beauty/American Psycho in 2015.

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Columbia RecordsCOIN's breakthrough single "Talk Too Much" is featured on the band's new album How Will You Know if You Never Try. While lead vocalist Chase Lawrence says it has "some songs that sound like 'Talk Too Much,'" he thinks the album overall is "pretty diverse."

"We pushed ourselves to write some really unique styles, really unique structures, and just use all of our influences, whether that's hip-hop or punk or new wave music," Lawrence tells ABC Radio. "We've really cultivated all of our influences and refined our tastes, and were able to make something that truly is our taste."

The diversity of How Will You Know was influenced by the three locations COIN recorded the album: Los Angeles, New York City and the band's hometown, Nashville.

"The songs in L.A. kind of sound like they were recorded in L.A. They were kind of influenced by the warm weather, they kind of sound beachier -- 'Talk Too Much' was one of those," Lawrence explains. "In New York, we recorded [the songs] in the summer, but they sound a little colder, a little glitchier, a little more technical."

As for the Nashville tracks, Lawrence produced those alongside his band mate, bassist Zachary Dyke.

"Those songs are kind of like the passion-project songs," says Lawrence. "They're definitely not supposed to be huge radio smashes, but we are maybe the most proud of those songs. They're truly unique, and they definitely differ from 'Talk Too Much.'" 

How Will You Know if You Never Try is out now.

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Image courtesy Record Store DayRecord Store Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary today in independent record stores across the country, and around the world.

As with the previous nine events, the list of releases for this year's Record Store Day is stuffed with exclusive vinyl from a variety of rock bands, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avenged Sevenfold and The Lumineers.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are contributing a 12-inch picture disc featuring live performances of the tracks "Go Robot" and "Dreams of a Samurai," both songs from the band's new album The Getaway.

Avenged Sevenfold will be releasing a two-LP picture disc edition of their 2003 sophomore album Waking the Fallen.

The Lumineers are offering a 10-inch record called Song Seeds featuring demos, or "seeds," of the Cleopatra tracks "Angela" and "Long Way from Home."

Additionally, Jack White's Third Man Records will be celebrating Record Store Day in its Nashville and Detroit stores with exclusive pieces, including White's new single "Battle Cry" on gold-colored vinyl.

Other artists releasing discs for Record Store Day include Against Me!, Alice in Chains, David BowieBullet for My Valentine, Coheed and Cambria, Halestorm, Dave Matthews Band, Grouplove, The Head and the Heart, Jane's AddictionMotorhead, The Offspring, Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, SpoonSublime, U2 and Gerard Way.

For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Image Group LA/ABCMy name's Blurryface and I'm still on the Billboard 200.

Twenty One Pilots' breakthrough album has now spent 100 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200. The title reached the milestone this week, charting at number 27 on the tally

During its run, which began when it debuted at number one in June of 2015, Blurryface has never fallen out of the top 40 on the Billboard 200. The lowest it's ever gotten was number 36. The album, which spawned the hit singles "Stressed Out" and "Ride," has since been certified three times platinum.

Last month, Twenty One Pilots wrapped their North American Emotional Roadshow arena tour in support of Blurryface. They'll play a five-show run in their hometown of Columbus, Ohio, dubbed the Tour de Columbus, this June.

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Image courtesy GorillazGorillaz will be celebrating the release of their new album Humanz next week with an appearance on The Late Show. Damon Albarn and company will perform on the show next Thursday, April 27.

There's no word on which song Gorillaz will be playing since according to a press release, the performance will feature "several special guests." Some of the guests who appear on Humanz include Jehnny Beth of Savages, rappers Vince Staples and Danny Brown, gospel legend Mavis Staples and '80s icon Grace Jones.

Along with the Late Show appearance, Gorillaz will be playing an intimate concert at the Rough Trade NYC record store in Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 25. You can get tickets to the show by going to the store this Tuesday and pre-ordering Humanz.

Humanz will be released April 28, but might be able get a sneak peek at the album this weekend through the Gorillaz app, depending on where you live. If you go to certain locations, such as Bryant Park in New York City or Silver Lake Meadow in Los Angeles, you can listen to Humanz on a continuous loop. Visit Gorillaz.com for a full list of participating cities and locations.

Gorillaz will embark on a full-length North American tour in support of Humanz this summer starting July 8 in Chicago.

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Eleven Seven MusicPapa Roach has shared another cut from their forthcoming album, Crooked Teeth. The new track is called "American Dreams," and you can listen to it now on YouTube.

Crooked Teeth also includes the single "Help," plus the tracks "Born for Greatness" and "Periscope," which features guest vocals from singer Skylar Grey. The album will be released May 19.

Papa Roach will be making their way through the rock festival circuit this spring and summer in support of Crooked Teeth, with appearances at Fort Rock, Carolina Rebellion and Rock on the Range, among others.

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ABC/Eric McCandless; Jake Giles NetterToday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of music icon Prince. As an artist whose work encompassed many genres and styles, Prince's influence was vast, reaching everyone from an indie-pop band like Fitz and the Tantrums to the hard rockers in Halestorm.

"'1999' and the whole entire from top-to-bottom Purple Rain record was truly the soundtrack to my life," Fitz frontman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick tells ABC Radio. "And informs so much of what I do and what the rest of the band does on a daily basis as musicians."

"Once funk came into this more synthetic, drum machine and synthesizer-driven era, he was the guy," Fitz continues. "And those things, for me, to this day -- whether I'm doing it consciously or subconsciously -- they influence so much of the way that I approach keyboards and a lot of the drum programming I do."

Halestorm's Lzzy Hale says she was inspired by Prince's dedication to simply being himself.

"You couldn't really pin him down as to, like, 'Well, what are you?' What genre was he?" says Hale. "Was he rock, was he pop, was he soul, was he funk? What was he? He was Prince."

Halestorm played a concert the night of Prince's death, and they closed the show with "Purple Rain" during the outro of their song "I Miss the Misery."

"Usually it's like high energy, crazy aggression at the end of that song, and we just did the complete opposite," remembers drummer Arejay Hale. "We shifted gears and opened it wide open with 'Purple Rain,' and it was just like the most amazing ending to our show."

"People were putting lighters in the air, and I saw people getting teary. It was heavy."

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ABC/Randy HolmesHappy 70th birthday Iggy Pop!

That's right, the original Stooge, who once checked himself into a mental institution to help him kick his drug habit, has made it to the ripe old age of 70.

Born James Newell Osterberg, Jr., April 21, 1947, Pop founded The Stooges in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967.  The band's noisy, primitive style and confrontational performances in the late 1960s and early 1970s helped lay the groundwork for the punk rock explosion in the mid-1970s.

By then, David Bowie had taken Pop under his wing, bringing Pop along on his Station to Station tour.  Bowie would produce and co-write two albums for Pop -- The Idiot and Lust for Life, the title track of which would become Pop's signature song and would find new life when it was featured in the movie Trainspotting in 1996.

In recent decades, Pop has become something of an elder statesmen of proto-punk, showing up everywhere from the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete and Pete to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In the new millennium, Pop reunited with his surviving Stooges band mates, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, though original Stooges guitars Ron Asheton died in 2009. His brother, drummer Scott Asheton, died in 2014.

Last year, Iggy's collaborative album with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, Post Pop Depression, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Pop also got an Oscar nomination this year for his song "Gold" from the Matthew McConaughey movie of the same name.

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Island RecordsWhen Incubus began work on what would become their new album, 8, their first full-length record in six years, the band had originally set out to record Trust Fall (Side B), the companion to 2015's Trust Fall (Side A) EP. However, they soon realized they had something bigger on their hands.

"As we started to keep moving, we saw that this was definitely an LP in the making," frontman Brandon Boyd tells ABC Radio. "And that we could always do a second EP and complete the Trust Fall thing at any point."

Just as 8 began with a surprise, it also ended with one. When Incubus thought they had finished the album, they received a visit from none other than EDM star Skrillex.

"We thought we were done [recording], we were actually really proud of it," Boyd explains. "We were like, 'Oh wow, check out this record!' and [Skrillex] was like, 'This is awesome! Can I check out this one song right here for like an hour?'"

Incubus was so impressed with what Skrillex did with the song that they invited him to mix the entire record and add production to a few tracks.

"Skrillex helped us...unearth another layer that none of us realized was there," Boyd says.

Even with Skrillex's contribution to 8, Boyd promises the album is still a "rock n' roll record," especially when compared to Incubus' last full-length, 2011's If Not Now, When?.

"That was sort of like this dark pop-rock album, and it was sort of slow and moody," he says. "This one's moody, but it's mostly kinda heavy and energetic."

8 is out today.

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ABC/Randy HolmesCold War Kids have once again teamed up with Bishop Briggs to deliver a cover of the Rihanna hit "Love on the Brain," which you can listen to now via EW.com.

For their version of the track, Cold War Kids use a relatively sparse arrangement while Briggs and frontman Nathan Willett pour their hearts out vocally.

"I felt like we needed to put a microscope on the vulnerable, aching side [of the song]," Willett tells EW of the cover. "Singing it with Bishop -- having that female-male dialogue back and forth is so powerful and classic."

Briggs also lends her vocals to the Cold War Kids song "So Tied Up," which appears on the band's new album LA Divine, and Willett says he wants to keep collaborating with the "River" singer.

"I would love to do a whole duet record of covers with Bishop someday," he says.

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Virgin RecordsRise Against has announced the details of their next album. The eighth studio effort from the Chicago rockers is called Wolves, due out June 9.

For a preview of Wolves, you can listen to the album's lead single "The Violence," which is streaming now on YouTube.

Rise Against will be on the road this summer in support of Wolves on a co-headlining tour with Deftones, which kicks off June 9 in Chicago. In the next week, the band will be playing intimate shows at the House of Vans Chicago and House of Vans Brooklyn, held April 21 and April 24, respectively. You can register for your chance at free tickets to the House of Vans shows now via HouseofVans.com.

"In many ways, a Rise Against show is a safe space for our fans," frontman Tim McIlrath says in a statement. "But I realized that I don't only want to create safe spaces, I want to create dangerous spaces where misogyny can't exist, where xenophobia can't exist."

"I want to create spaces where those sentiments don't have any air, and they suffocate: where those ideas die," he continues. "Wolves isn't about creating a safe space, it's about creating a space that's dangerous for injustice."

Here's the Wolves track list:

"Wolves"
"House on Fire"
"The Violence"
"Welcome to the Breakdown"
"Far From Perfect"
"Bulls***"
"Politics of Love"
"Parts Per Million"
"Mourning in Amerika"
"How Many Walls"
"Miracle"

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Image courtesy GorillazThey may be only cartoons, but members of Gorillaz Murdoc and 2D participated in a live video interview Thursday morning, which aired on YouTube.

During the interview, which was conducted by BBC Radio 1 DJ MistaJam, Murdoc and 2D discussed the new Gorillaz album Humanz, Donald Trump, and working with '80s icon Grace Jones, whom Murdoc thinks had a crush on him. At the end of the conversation, they promised that even more new Gorillaz music will be on the way.

"That is the one thing that we can only be certain of is that all the time that there is a head on our necks, then there will always be music," 2D said. Murdoc added, "It's an endless supply really. There will be more to come."

"We're not gonna stop until the tell us to," 2D continued, after which Murdoc proclaimed, "And even then, no!"

Gorillaz also shared a new ad for their mixed reality app The Lenz, which is soundtracked by the Humanz song "Charger," which features Grace Jones.

Humanz will be released April 28. Gorillaz will be touring North America this summer in support of the album starting July 8 in Chicago.

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RhinoThird Eye Blind is reissuing their 1997 self-titled debut in honor of its 20th anniversary. The package, which will be available as a two-CD set and three-LP collection, will be released June 9.

Along with the original album, which boasts the hits singles "Semi-Charmed Life" and "Jumper," the 20th anniversary edition of Third Eye Blind includes a batch of demos, plus two previously unreleased songs called "Alright Caroline" and "Scattered." Both tracks were originally written during the Third Eye Blind sessions, but were finally recorded for this reissue.

This summer, Third Eye Blind will be performing their debut album in full on a headlining tour which kicks off June 9 in Miami. Silversun Pickups will provide support on the tour.

Here is the track list for the 20th anniversary edition of Third Eye Blind:

Disc One
"Losing a Whole Year"
"Narcolepsy"
"Semi-Charmed Life"
"Jumper"
"Graduate"
"How's It Going to Be"
"Thanks a Lot"
"Burning Man"
"Good for You"
"London"
"I Want You"
"The Background"
"Motorcycle Drive By"
"God of Wine"

Disc Two
"Alright Caroline"*
"Scattered"*
"Slow Motion -- Demo*
"Semi-Charmed Life" -- Demo*
"Kiss Goodnight" -- Demo*
"Scattered" -- Demo*
"Heroin" -- Demo*
"Tattoo of the Sun"

*previously unreleased

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCSoundgarden frontman Chris Cornell soared over the lush backing of live strings during a moody performance of his new solo single, "The Promise," on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

Cornell recorded "The Promise" for an upcoming film about the Armenian genocide. The movie, also called The Promise, stars Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, and opens in theaters April 21.

Proceeds from sales of "The Promise" song will be donated to humanitarian aid and relief organization International Rescue Committee.

 

 

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Scott Legato/Getty ImagesStone Sour has shared a preview of the video for their new single "Fabuless," which appears on their forthcoming album Hydrograd.

Frontman Corey Taylor has posted an Instagram photo of himself on the set of the "Fabuless" video, which was filmed Tuesday in Los Angeles. "A snap from onstage during the filming of the 'Fabuless' video...thanks to all the fans who were a part of it!" Taylor writes in the caption.

"Fabuless" is due out sometime this month, while Hydrograd, Stone Sour's sixth studio album, will arrive in June.

Stone Sour will be touring alongside Korn this summer in support of Hydrograd. The outing, officially dubbed The Serenity of Summer tour, kicks off June 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Interscope RecordsSir Sly has premiered the video for their single "High," and, as you might've guessed, it's super-trippy.

The psychedelic visual follows frontman Landon Jacobs as he experiences a "consciousness-expanding drug experience," as a press release puts it. If that sounds like something you'd be into, you can watch the "High" video now on YouTube.

"High" currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.

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ABC/Randy HolmesChris Cornell will be performing on this evening's episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Soundgarden frontman will play his new solo song "The Promise," which he wrote and recorded for the upcoming film of the same name.

For the performance, Cornell will be joined by Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, who was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam.

The Promise, a drama about the Armenian genocide, opens in theaters this Friday, April 21. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale.

The Tonight Show airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Watch me & Matt Cameron perform “The Promise” live on @FallonTonight. Tune in tonight at 11:35pm/EST on NBC. #KeepThePromise pic.twitter.com/gPquIbEKfR

— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) April 19, 2017

 



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