Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin have released a cover of Billy Joel's "Big Shot" for night six of their Hanukkah Sessions series.
"While he claims a secular Long Island upbringing (and has songs full of Catholic and Italian imagery), Billy Joel remains one of the great Jews of musical scripture," Grohl says of the Piano Man.
You can watch the "Big Shot" cover streaming now on YouTube. Is there a kazoo solo? You'd better believe it!
Grohl and Kurstin launched The Hanukkah Sessions in 2020 with covers of eight different Jewish artists for each night of the holiday. This year's series has so far included Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)," the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop," Barry Manilow's "Copacabana," Van Halen's "Jump" and Amy Winehouse's "Take the Box."
In related news, HAIM has released a new version of Adam Sandler's classic "The Chanukah Song." The sister trio updated the lyrics with shout-outs to a few more modern celebrities, including Eugene and Dan Levy, Doja Cat and Timothée Chalamet.
The HAIMukkah version also includes references to current events, such as "Don't get Omicronukkah" and "RIP Stephen Sondheimukkah."
The Strokes and LCD Soundsystem are headlining the revived This Ain't No Picnic festival.
Originally launched in 1999 by Coachella promoters Goldenvoice, This Ain't No Picnic has been on hiatus for the past two decades. It's now set to return in 2022, taking place August 27-28 at the Brookside golf club outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Other artists on the bill include Kathleen Hanna's reunited electronic rock group Le Tigre, Phoebe Bridgers, Wet Leg, Turnstile, and Courtney Barnett.
Registration for pre-sale tickets is open now. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit ThisAintNoPicnic.com.
The Regrettes have released a new song called "You're So F***ing Pretty."
As frontwoman Lydia Night notes, the track is "the first time I've ever written directly about a girl I had a crush on."
"It took me a while for me to even allow my brain to accept the fact that I'm bisexual," Night shares. "I always felt like I couldn't validate my own feelings because I had never been in a relationship with a girl. But I had a pretty big crush on one of my friends a while ago and this song is an exaggeration of that, but it's still coming from a very real place."
"Writing this was important for me because it just validated my own sexuality," Night adds.
"Pretty," which is available now for digital download, follows September's Regrettes single, "Monday." The band's most recent album is 2019's How Do You Love?
Meanwhile, The Regrettes have also announced a North American headlining tour for 2022. The outing, dubbed the Get the F*** Out of L.A. tour, will kick off January 24 in Fort Collins, Colorado, and will wrap up February 17 in San Antonio, Texas.
Tickets go on sale next Friday, December 10, at 10 a.m. local time. Visit TheRegrettes.com for the full list of dates and all ticket info.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has released a new solo EP called Ziggurats.
The four-track collection is available now for digital download, but made its premiere Thursday as a collection of NFTs.
"I know there are a lot of fans who are curious about NFTs but haven't tried it yet," Shinoda says. "So I designed this release to be an easy 'first NFT.'"
Ziggurats was sold on the Tezos blockchain, which Shinoda describes as a "a green blockchain, with one of the lowest carbon footprints of any popular chain."
"We've all bought an app we 'own,' like Microsoft Word, or a music plugin, or an item in a game," Shinoda says. "But those items are unlimited in number. The difference here is that the NFT is limited edition, highlighting the value of authenticity, rarity, and originality."
Ziggurats follows Shinoda's three-volume Dropped Frames release in 2020, which consists of mostly instrumental recordings made during his Twitch streams with fans.
Here's the Ziggurats track list:
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Tom Morello has announced a streaming event to celebrate the release of his new solo album, The Atlas Underground Flood.
The online broadcast will premiere Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET on YouTube. It will feature a talk and Q&A session by the Rage Against the Machine guitarist, as well as a track-by-track Flood listening session alongside a selection of the album's collaborators.
Among the many guests who are featured on The Atlas Underground Flood are Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Nathaniel Rateliff, X Ambassadors, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Manchester Orchestra.
The Atlas Underground Flood is out today. It's Morello's second solo record of 2021, following October's The Atlas Underground Fire, which features collaborations with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, Bring Me the Horizon, Phantogram and grandson.
New year, new Billie Eilish. The singer has undergone another transformation, trading in her platinum blonde hair for a shaggy brunette chop.
She teased the makeover on Thursday by taking to her Instagram story to share a selfie of just her eyes and a peek at her new, darker fringe. "Guess what," she captioned the post, before taking to her profile to share the big update.
Unveiling her dramatic, new look, Billie simply captioned the post, "Miss me?"
Fellow Grammy-nominee Olivia Rodrigo approved of the new 'do and raved in the comment section, "omg."
This is the second time in a year the "bad guy" singer underwent a radical transformation. In March, she ditched her signature black and green hair she sported for two years and showed off her platinum bob. At the time, Billie revealed it took her six weeks to get the color right and wore a wig until her hair was ready.
This new look comes as Billie announces a new partnership with Gucci, which will release a limited-edition vinyl version of her Grammy-nominated album, Happier Than Ever. "The vinyl is made from recycled vinyl scraps from all the colors of the original pressing of the record and each piece is completely unique!!" Billie raved when announcing the new venture on Thursday, adding, "[T]he set is available starting today at the following boutiques!!!"
The shiny-looking record, which is now being sold worldwide, also treats fans to some nail stickers bearing the Gucci brand.
Foo Fighters have shared a sneak peek behind their upcoming horror-comedy film, Studio 666.
The 43-second clip offers a brief preview of the supernatural hijinks that befall Dave Grohl and company in the movie. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
Studio 666, which stars all six Foo Fighters members, was filmed at the same house where the band recorded their newest album, this year's Medicine at Midnight. While the movie is, of course, fictional, Grohl repeatedly said in interviews leading up to the record's release that the house was haunted.
You can buy tickets to Studio 666 now via Studio666Movie.com. The film premieres in theaters February 25, 2022.
Earlier this year, Machine Gun Kelly announced that he'd be coming out with his own line of gender-neutral nail polish. Now, the project is finally come to fruition.
The brand, dubbed UN/DN and pronounced "undone," is officially up-and-running at UNDNLAQR.com. To celebrate the launch, Kelly posted an Instagram video featuring dramatic footage of the polish in action.
"Done. At least I thought I was," Kelly says in the clip's voiceover. In the post's caption, he writes, "My first brand has been incubating for over a year, now it's ready."
Kelly, of course, is known for sporting unique nail art for his videos and live appearances. When plans for UN/DN were first announced back in April, a press release noted that the project aimed to show that "nail art doesn't need to be feminine or exclusively for women."
Current available shades include the orange Twenty Five to Life, the green Mary Jane, the pink Slippery When Wet, and the black Depressionist.
Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin were joined by a special guest for night five of The Hanukkah Sessions.
Violet Grohl, daughter of the Foo Fighters frontman, handles lead vocals for the series' latest cover: Amy Winehouse's "Take the Box."
"Despite this song's mention of a 'Moschino bra you bought me last Christmas,' it's common knowledge that the amazing woman behind the song was actually Jewish," Dave says.
You can watch the "Take the Box" cover streaming now on YouTube.
Grohl and Kurstin launched The Hanukkah Sessions in 2020 with covers of eight different Jewish artists for each night of the holiday. This year's series has so far included Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)," the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop," Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" and Van Halen's "Jump."
Warner still appears to be a nominee as a contributor to West's album Donda, which is up for Album of the Year. He's credited a co-writer of another Donda song, "Jail pt 2."
That Warner has been nominated at all has been controversial, since multiple women, including ex-fiancée Evan Rachel Wood, actor Esmé Bianco, model Ashley Morgan Smithline, and Warner's former assistant, Ashley Walters, have this year accused the musician of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
In a statement to The Wrap about Warner's nomination, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said, "We won't restrict the people who can submit their material for consideration."
"We won't look back at people's history, we won't look at their criminal record," Mason elaborated. "We won't look at anything other than the legality within our rules of, is this recording for this work eligible based on date and other criteria. If it is, they can submit for consideration."
When Mark Hoppus first announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, he did so by accident.
You may recall that the initial post was an Instagram Story showing the Blink-182 bassist and vocalist hooked up to an IV alongside the caption, "Yes hello. One cancer treatment, please." The characteristically self-deprecating post was soon deleted, and replaced with a much more serious statement officially revealing news of Hoppus' diagnosis.
As Hoppus tells GQ, that first post was deleted because he never meant to share it publicly. He'd originally meant to send it to only his designated "close friends" on Instagram, but, amid the haze of chemotherapy, he accidentally posted it for all of his followers to see.
Naturally, fans and friends alike were concerned and confused.
"Throughout the day as I'm getting chemotherapy and more bags of chemicals are being dripped into my body, other people are reaching out and they're like, 'Dude, what's going on?'" Hoppus recalls.
While he may not have intended to reveal his cancer diagnosis that day, Hoppus continued to share details and updates on his health throughout his treatment. This past September, he revealed that he's "cancer free."
Glass Animals, Machine Gun Kelly and Imagine Dragons were the top three rock artists of 2021, according to Billboard.
The publication has unveiled its annual year-end charts, which determine the biggest acts in a variety of different genres using combination of factors including airplay, sales and streaming data for songs and albums, as well as touring revenue and social media activity.
Glass Animals, who broke out in a big way this year thanks to the hit single "Heat Waves," is number one on 2021's Top Rock Artists chart. MGK, who continued to enjoy the success of his 2020 album Tickets to My Downfall, comes in at number two, followed by ID at number three.
Imagine Dragons' "Follow You," the lead single off their 2021 album Mercury -- Act 1, was the number-one Rock Airplay Song of the year, followed by MGK and blackbear's "My Ex's Best Friend," All Time Low and blackbear's "Monsters," Weezer's "All My Favorite Songs," and Rise Against's "Nowhere Generation.'
The rest of the top-10 Billboard Top Rock Artists of 2021 are Fleetwood Mac, AJR, The Beatles, Queen, Twenty One Pilots, Måneskin and AC/DC.
This year's top 10 Rock Albums, based on sales data, were a mix of mostly classic rock records and best-of compilations, along with a couple more recent releases. The list, in order, is Queen's Greatest Hits, Kelly's Tickets, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Elton John's Diamonds, Creedence Clearwater Revival's Chronicle, Journey's Greatest Hits, AC/DC's Back in Black, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Greatest Hits, Glass Animals' Dreamland, and The Beatles' 1.
Tom Morello has premiered a new solo song called "The Maze" featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.
With soaring vocals from the "Cecilia and the Satellite" singer, "The Maze" is among the poppiest songs in the Rage Against the Machine guitarist's catalog, though it still boasts an epic guitar solo. You can download "The Maze" now via digital outlets.
"The Maze" will appear on Morello's upcoming solo album The Atlas Underground Flood, his second release of 2021, following October's The Atlas Underground Fire. Flood, which will arrive this Friday, December 3, also features guest spots from Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Nathaniel Rateliff, X Ambassadors, Barns Courtney, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Manchester Orchestra.
The equally feature-heavy Fire included collaborations with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, Bring Me the Horizon, Phantogram and grandson.
Machine Gun Kelly joined Jimmy Fallon for a round of "Auto-Tune Up" on Wednesday's episode of NBC's The Tonight Show.
For the game, the "Bloody Valentine" rocker and the show host took turns turning a "random, boring paragraph" into an "awesome song" by using the Auto-Tune vocal effect. Kelly's prompts included a post on the Nextdoor app asking neighbors to stop feeding crows, and a Yelp review of an Idaho body piercing shop.
"I feel like that's mine," Kelly joked of the Yelp review. "I feel like I've for sure gotten by body pieced in Idaho."
You can watch the segment streaming now on YouTube.
Kelly also stuck around for an interview with Fallon about his upcoming film The Last Son, and his relationship with Megan Fox. Notably, he wore a t-shirt with an image of Fox from her movie Jennifer's Body.
Barns Courtney is bringing the "Fire" back to the live stage in a big way next year.
The English artist has announced a 42-city North American tour for 2022, kicking off in early March with a run through Canada before hitting the U.S. March 15 in Seattle. The run will wrap up May 7 in Miami.
Along with preparing for the tour, a press release reveals Barns is "currently in the studio perfecting a new body of work," which is due out in 2022, as well. His most recent album is 2019's 404, which features the singles "99" and "You and I."