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Brittany Howard releases new song "Fire Inside" for 'Thelma the Unicorn' movie

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Brittany Howard has released a new song called "Fire Inside," recorded for the upcoming animated Netflix movie Thelma the Unicorn.

In addition to writing music for the film, Howard stars in Thelma the Unicorn. The Alabama Shakes front woman voices the title character, a "small-time pony who dreams of becoming a glamorous music star."

"In a pink and glitter-filled moment of fate, Thelma is transformed into a unicorn and instantly rises to global stardom," Netflix's description continues. "But this new life of fame comes at a cost."

You can listen to "Fire Inside" via digital outlets. Thelma the Unicorn premieres May 17.

Howard put out a new solo album, What Now, in February.

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Watch The Lumineers perform "A Song for You" at Willie Nelson 90th birthday concert

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The Lumineers have shared a video capturing their rendition of "A Song for You" during the Willie Nelson 90th birthday tribute concerts, which took place in April 2023.

"A Song for You" was originally written and recorded by Leon Russell, and Nelson covered it on his 1973 album, Shotgun Willie.

You can watch The Lumineers' performance streaming on YouTube. It's also included in the newly released expanded digital edition of the live album Long Story Short, which was recorded during the 90th birthday shows.

The Lumineers have previously covered Nelson's "Pretty Paper."

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Nathaniel Rateliff announces new Night Sweats album, 'South of Here'

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have announced a new album called South of Here.

The fourth studio effort from the "S.O.B." outfit will be released June 28. It's the follow-up to 2021's The Future.

"These recordings were done together in a room with my closest friends," Rateliff says. "I hope these songs and stories give you an opportunity to better understand your own struggles whatever they may be."

You can listen to the first South of Here single, "Heartless," now via digital outlets.

Rateliff and company will launch a co-headlining tour with My Morning Jacket in September.

Here's the South of Here track list:

"David and Goliath"
"Remember I Was a Dancer"
"Get Used to the Night"
"South of Here"
"Everybody Wants Something"
"Center of Me"
"Cars in the Desert"
"I Would Like to Heal"
"Call Me (Whatever You Like)"
"Time Makes Fools of Us All"

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U2 releases “Staring at the Sun” remixes for second installment of new digital seriews

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U2 is sharing the second installment in their recently launched digital series, U2 To Love and Only Love - Deep Dives and B-Sides.

The band plans to release 12 newly remastered collections throughout the year, made up of songs that until now were only available on vinyl, CD or cassette.

The latest collection is centered around the track “Staring at the Sun,” which has four remixes. They've also shared video of a 2001 live performance of the tune at Slane Castle in Dublin. The collection also includes a fifth song, a remastered version of “Your Blue Room” from the movie Beyond the Clouds, which was released by Passengers aka U2 and Brian Eno. 

To coincide with the launch, U2 has released a new limited edition “Staring at the Sun” T-shirt, which is only available to order for one week.

“Staring at the Sun” was the second single off U2’s 1997 album Pop. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped both the Modern Rock and Adult Alternative charts.

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Pierce the Veil unveils studio cover of Radiohead's "Karma Police"

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In 2023, Pierce the Veil covered Radiohead's "Karma Police" for Australia's triple j radio and its "Like a Version" series. Now, we've got an official studio version.

You can listen to the recording via digital outlets and watch its accompanying visualizer streaming on YouTube.

The "Karma Police" cover follows PtV's 2023 album, The Jaws of Life, which features the fellow '90s-referencing song "Pass the Nirvana" and the single "Emergency Contact."

Pierce the Veil will be supporting blink-182's summer U.S. tour, kicking off in June.

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Listen to David Byrne's cover of Paramore's "Hard Times"


David Byrne's has shared a cover of the Paramore song "Hard Times."

The horn-laden rendition adds some extra Talking Heads energy to a song that was already greatly influenced by the "Once in a Lifetime" outfit. You can listen to it now via digital outlets.

Byrne's "Hard Times" cover follows Paramore's version of "Burning Down the House," recorded for the upcoming tribute to the iconic Talking Heads concert film and live album, Stop Making Sense. Both covers will be included on a vinyl single releasing Saturday, April 20, for Record Store Day. Paramore is also the 2024 RSD ambassador.

"Hard Times" was the lead single off Paramore's 2017 album, After Laughter. Byrne's cover arrives exactly seven years after the original song was released.

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Kings of Leon have "Nothing to Do" on latest 'Can We Please Have Fun' track

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Kings of Leon have premiered a new song called "Nothing to Do," a track off the band's upcoming album, Can We Please Have Fun.

"Nothing to Do" is available now via digital outlets and is accompanied by a video featuring a continuous shot filmed by frontman Caleb Followill. You can watch that streaming now on YouTube.

Can We Please Have Fun, the follow-up to 2021's When You See Yourself, arrives May 10. It also includes the previously released songs "Mustang" and "Split Screen."

Kings of Leon will launch a U.S. tour in August.

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Listen to Florence + the Machine's collaboration with Taylor Swift

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Florence + the Machine guests on a song off of Taylor Swift's new album, The Tortured Poets Department.

The track is called "Florida!!!" and finds Florence Welch duetting with the pop superstar as they sing, "Florida is one hell of a drug."

The Tortured Poets Department, a surprise double album, is out now.

The most recent Florence + the Machine album is 2022's Dance Fever.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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It's strange these days: Pearl Jam's 'Dark Matter' is here

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Pearl Jam's Dark Matter has arrived.

Dark Matter is the 12th studio effort from the grunge veterans and their first since 2020's Gigaton. It was produced by Andrew Watt, who mostly worked in the pop world before linking up with big-name rockers including Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop and The Rolling Stones. Watt also produced front man Eddie Vedder's 2022 solo album, Earthling.

"In 2023, the band retreated to Shangri-La Studios in Malibu where they simply plugged in and played under the watch of producer Andrew Watt," the Pearl Jam website reads. "Writing and recording in a burst of inspiration, Dark Matter was born in just three weeks. As a result, Dark Matter channels the shared spirit of a group of lifelong creative confidants and brothers in one room playing as if their very lives depended on it."

"One of my goals was like, 'Let's make this sound like a Pearl Jam show, but in the studio,'" Watt told Rolling Stone.

The lead Dark Matter single, also its title track, hit #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, the first Pearl Jam song to achieve that feat in over 26 years. That broke a record for the longest gap in between number ones in the history of Mainstream Rock Airplay, which launched in 1981.

"Dark Matter" the song was followed by two more advanced tracks, "Running" and "Wreckage."

Pearl Jam will launch a North American headlining tour in support of Dark Matter May 4 in Vancouver. Along the way, they'll play BottleRock Napa Valley in Napa, California.

Here's the Dark Matter track list:

"Scared of Fear"
"React, Respond"
"Dark Matter"
"Won't Tell"
"Upper Hand"
"Waiting for Stevie"
"Something Special"
"Got to Give"
"Setting Sun"

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Shinedown collaboration with Jelly Roll "might be in the works"

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Shinedown's Brent Smith and Jelly Roll go way back, and their friendship may extend to the studio.

In an interview with the Spout podcast, Smith was asked whether Shinedown would ever collaborate with the "Need a Favor" artist.

"Hundred percent," Smith replies. "It might be in the works."

Smith adds, "I don't know what I'm talking about right now," but smiles, "You never know!'

Jelly Roll has previously called Smith a mentor and "one of my best friends."

"We just have a mutual love for one another," Smith says of his relationship with Jelly Roll. "This man is the real thing on so many different levels, could not be a more genuine individual. Talented as all get out."

"I'm so proud of that guy," he continues. "I love his success and I love watching it."

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Billie Eilish reveals track list for 'HIT ME HARD AND SOFT'


Billie Eilish has released the track list for her new album, HIT ME HARD AND SOFT, which is coming out May 17.

Billie had already given us a sneak peek of one of the tracks, "CHIHIRO," during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music. It's named after the main character in the anime film Spirited Away. Billie also revealed another track name, "LUNCH," during the interview. 

There are 10 tracks on the record, Billie's third. One of them is called "L'AMOUR DE MA VIE," which means "the love of my life" in French. Another one is called "BITTERSUITE," with the "SUITE" part spelled like a hotel suite, not a sweet candy.

Here's the track list in full:


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Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" tops Billboard chart following eclipse

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The solar eclipse may not have washed away the rain, but it did push Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" to #1 on a Billboard chart.

The Superunknown single saw an increase of 34% in streams and 166% in downloads following the April 8 celestial event. As a result, "Black Hole Sun" became the first Soundgarden song to conquer the Hot Hard Rock Songs tally, which has been around since 2020.

The eclipse also led to streaming bumps for The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" and, of course, Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart."

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Billie Eilish calls Coachella "greatest weekend of my life"

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Billie Eilish has performed at Coachella twice, including headlining in 2022, but it seems her latest trip to the desert was her favorite.

In an Instagram post, the "bad guy" artist writes that her 2024 Coachella experience, which featured a surprise guest performance during Lana Del Rey's headlining set, was the "greatest weekend of my life."

The post also includes photos and videos from said weekend, including a clip of Del Rey calling Eilish "the voice of our generation."

Eilish joined Del Rey for renditions of their respective songs "ocean eyes" and "Video Games." In an Instagram Story, Eilish adds, "['ocean eyes'] wouldn't even exist without [Del Rey]. literally a hallucination."

Del Rey's weekend two Coachella performance takes place Friday.

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Silversun Pickups premiere "We Won't Come Out" video + announce new tour dates

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Silversun Pickups have premiered the video for "We Won't Come Out," a track off their latest album, 2022's Physical Thrills.

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, features footage of front man Brian Aubert from a recent trip to Iceland.

"I've always been fascinated by Huldufólk, or hidden people, in Iceland folklore," says director Michael Feerick. "The idea of these human-like beings that live in a parallel world, reluctant to be seen, just seemed to gel with the song so well. I tried to edit it so that you get a sense that they're there in the shadows, you see their footprints in the snow etc."

Feerick adds, "It was kind of magical that this confluence of different things coming together allowed us to make the video there and really lean into how desolate and distinctly non-LA the scenery is!"

The debut of the "We Won't Come Out" video coincides with the launch of SSPU's spring U.S. tour, which begins Thursday in Fort Collins, Colorado. The band has also announced a new batch of tour dates, running from June 6 in Las Vegas to June 29 in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Tickets go on sale April 26 at 10 a.m. local time. A presale begins April 23 at 10 a.m. local time. For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit

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White Reaper announces split single & tour dates with Spiritual Cramp

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White Reaper has announced a split single and tour dates with the punk band Spiritual Cramp.

The single will arrive on seven-inch vinyl on May 16. You can listen to the collaborative track "Whatever You Say Man" now via digital outlets.

"This is a funny song for me," says Spiritual Cramp's Mike Bingham. "I feel like I should start this blurb off with the disclaimer that I am not usually a depressed person. But, sometimes on a day where I start writing lyrics for a song, I am. Some days I wake up and I look around at all the beauty of the world and I'm moved to tears and overwhelmed with gratitude. Some days I wish I never woke up. This song is about what it feels like to wake up on the wrong side of the bed."

Meanwhile, the tour includes stops in Boston on June 17, New York City on June 19, Philadelphia on June 20 and Washington, D.C., on June 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m. ET.

For more info, visit

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