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Young the Giant releases 'Act II' from four-part 'American Bollywood' album

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Young the Giant has released the second installment in the band's four-part album, American Bollywood.

The set is titled Act II: Exile and features four new songs to follow July's Act I: Origins. You can listen to it now via digital outlets.

"Though exile tends to have a negative connotation, to us, exile is powerful," Young the Giant says. "It is the act of sacrificing in order to achieve something great. It can be leaving your home country, or it can mean sacrifice in your personal life to reach new heights."

The remaining two acts of American Bollywood are titled Battle and Denouement. Exact release dates have yet to be announced.

American Bollywood is the follow-up to 2018's Mirror Master, which spawned the single "Superposition."

Young the Giant will launch a U.S. tour in support of American Bollywood in October.

Here's the Act II: Exile track list:

"My Way"
"Insomnia"
"Tonight"
"The Walk Home"

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Turnstile guitarist Brady Ebert leaves band

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Turnstile guitarist Brady Ebert is no longer in the band.

In a statement posted to their Instagram Story, the "Mystery" rockers write, "Turnstile and guitarist Brady Ebert are parting ways."

"We are deeply grateful for our time together," the statement continues. "Our love for him continues and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

Ebert has been with Turnstile since the band was founded in 2010. He played on the group's 2021 breakout album Glow On, which spawned the singles "Mystery" and "Blackout," as well as their first two records.

Turnstile is set to open a run of dates on My Chemical Romance's U.S. reunion tour later this month. They launch their own headlining tour in October and will play the Dia de Los Deftones festival in November.

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KennyHoopla cancels US fall tour to focus on mental health

KennyHoopla has canceled his upcoming fall U.S. tour.

In a statement, the "Estella//" rocker writes, "It breaks my heart to have to do this and it's with my most sincere apology that I must cancel the fall tour."

"I need to take this time to focus on myself and my mental health," he adds. "I will be back soon -- a stronger human and artist for myself and all of you."

The tour was scheduled to launch September 15 in Los Angeles and also included nothing,nowhere. on the bill. Refunds will be issued to those who purchased tickets.

"I love you all so much and I am forever grateful for all the love and support you give me," Kenny concludes. "I wouldn't be here without it."

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GAYLE debuts new single, announces upcoming EP

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Ahead of the one-year anniversary of her breakout single "abcdefu," GAYLE is ready to embark on her next chapter in music. She just dropped an all-new single and confirmed her forthcoming EP.

The teenage sensation dropped the experimental new track, "indieedgycool," as well as its grunge-inspired music video. The song does channel '90s grunge elements -- reminiscent of HoleVeruca Salt and Garbage.

GAYLE sings -- and sometimes shrieks -- in the track about how she thinks she's such a trendsetter and "everybody is copying me." Her voice is masked with a soft, low tone as she lists all the reasons why she isn't mainstream.

"I'm too cool for the radio/ Got vintage kicks, I'ma let you know/ Got champagne bottles in the bathtub/ That my best friend stole from the yacht club," she chants in the chorus. "Parents got money, but they ain't rich/ I got Gucci, but I prefer to thrift/ I'm hot s***, you know how it is/ I'm an indie, edgy, cool kid."

That's not the only new offering we got from GAYLE. The singer announced her new EP, a study of the human experience volume two, that's coming out October 7 -- the day before her new North American headlining tour is set to take place.

Preorders for the new EP are now live. You can also buy tickets for her upcoming tour on GAYLE's official website.

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Michelle Branch arrested for slapping estranged husband Patrick Carney

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Following the news that Michelle Branch and her husband of three years, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, are separating, comes the news that Michelle was arrested early Thursday morning for slapping Carney.

According to a police report viewed by ABC Audio, officers were called the couple's home about a possible domestic disturbance, and Michelle said she'd slapped Carney in the face one or two times. Carney confirmed that, though he had no visible injuries, and Michelle was taken into custody.

TMZ reports that Michelle's bail was set at $1,000. She was subsequently released from custody early because she's currently breastfeeding the couple's 6-month-old daughter, Willie.

As previously reported, Michelle issued a statement to People about the split, which read, "To say that I am totally devastated doesn't even come close to describing how I feel for myself and for my family. The rug has been completely pulled from underneath me and now I must figure out how to move forward."

Michelle and Carney share two children, Willie and 4-year-old Rhys. Michelle has a 17-year-old daughter, Owen, from her previous marriage. She and Carney wed in 2019.

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Into the flood again: Alice in Chains announces 30th anniversary vinyl 'Dirt' reissue

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Alice in Chains has announced a vinyl reissue of the band's 1992 sophomore album Dirt in honor of its 30th anniversary.

The two-LP collection, which includes remastered audio of the original record, will be released September 23, six days before Dirt officially turns 30 on September 29.

The reissue will also be available as a super deluxe box set, which, along with the two LPs, also includes a remastered Dirt CD and each of the album's five singles -- "Them Bones," "Down an a Hole," "Rooster," "Angry Chair" and "Would?" -- on seven-inch vinyl, plus various memorabilia, including an 80-page photo book and exclusive art prints, posters and a reprinted set list.

The box set is available to preorder now via the Alice in Chains web store.

As previously reported, Alice in Chains is also marking the 30th anniversary of Dirt with an album-themed collection of Funko Pop! figures. Dirt was also recently certified five-times Platinum by the RIAA.

Meanwhile, you can catch Alice in Chains live on their U.S. tour with Breaking Benjamin and Bush. The outing, which just kicked off earlier this week, is currently scheduled into October.

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The 1975 joins Reading & Leeds lineup in place of Rage Against the Machine

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The 1975 will headline the U.K.'s Reading & Leeds festivals in place of Rage Against the Machine.

As previously reported, the reunited "Killing in the Name" outfit dropped off the Reading & Leeds bill when they canceled their upcoming U.K. and European tour dates "per medical guidance" related to an injury frontman Zack de la Rocha suffered earlier this month during a show in Chicago. As a result of the injury, de la Rocha has been performing while seated throughout Rage's U.S. tour.

"The flights, travel time, and rigorous schedule in the U.K. and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a complete recovery," Rage said in a statement.

Rage still plans to finish the current leg of the band's U.S. tour, which concludes this Sunday with a fifth straight show at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The tour, which was originally scheduled for 2020 before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, marks the first live Rage shows since 2011.

The 1975, meanwhile, joins the Reading & Leeds lineup alongside Arctic Monkeys, Glass Animals, Bring Me the Horizon, Wolf Alice, Halsey, Bastille and All Time Low. The bill had also included Måneskin, but they canceled their set earlier this week due "unforeseen scheduling conflicts."

Reading & Leeds, which consists of two twin festivals taking place over the same weekend with the same lineup, will be held this year August 26-28.

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Listen to Death Cab for Cutie's new 'Asphalt Meadows' track, "Foxglove Through the Clearcut"

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Death Cab for Cutie has premiered a new song called "Foxglove Through the Clearcut," a track off the band's upcoming album, Asphalt Meadows.

"'Foxglove' is by far the most personal song on the record," says frontman Ben Gibbard, who performs the cut almost entirely as a spoken word piece.

"While I was writing it, I thought I was merely the narrator," he adds. "But the longer I sat with it, I realized I was both the protagonist AND the narrator."

You can listen to "Foxglove Through the Clearcut" now via digital outlets. It's accompanied by a lyric video, which is streaming now on YouTube.

Asphalt Meadows, the follow-up to 2018's Thank You for Today, will be released September 16. It also includes the previously released songs "Here to Forever" and "Roman Candles."

Death Cab will launch a U.S. headlining tour in support of Asphalt Meadows September 22 in Madison, Wisconsin.

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After three years of marriage, Michelle Branch and husband Patrick Carney are separating

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Michelle Branch is gearing up to release her new album The Trouble with Fever, which she made with her husband, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. But now it appears their music will outlast their relationship.

In a statement to People, Michelle says she and Carney are separating after three years. "To say that I am totally devastated doesn't even come close to describing how I feel for myself and for my family," Michelle says.

"The rug has been completely pulled from underneath me and now I must figure out how to move forward," she adds. "With such small children, I ask for privacy and kindness."

According to People, on Wednesday night, Michelle had tweeted and then deleted a note in which she accused Carney of cheating on her while she was home with their six-month-old daughter, Willie.  The couple also shares a four-year-old son, Rhys.  Michelle has a 17-year-old daughter, Owen, from her first marriage.

Michelle and Carney wed in New Orleans in April of 2019.

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Collective Soul brings "spontaneity" to new, pandemic-delayed album, 'Vibrating'

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Four years after it was first recorded, Collective Soul's new album, Vibrating, has finally arrived.

As frontman Ed Roland tells ABC Audio, the "Shine" rockers had written two albums' worth of material in between touring at the end of the 2010s and decided to release the second batch as the album Blood in 2019. That first batch, which made up Vibrating, was then set to drop as a companion album soon thereafter. Of course, that was before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

"The pandemic kinda whacked everybody," Roland says. "We were gonna release Blood and then, right after that, release Vibrating. So we had to wait a couple years -- two or three years -- before we could get it out."

Even if Vibrating was made so long ago, Roland can clearly remember the recording process, which took place live in his home studio with the band "horseshoed" around drummer Johnny Rabb.

"We did no more than five takes on all the songs," Roland recalls. "I just loved the spontaneity and what the band felt at that moment. It was that simple."

That spontaneity led to moments like the breakdown in lead single "All Our Pieces," which spotlight's Roland singing over just a quiet drum beat.

"I want people to hear the feeling of what I was going through," Roland shares. "When we were doing it with the band, actually, I think Johnny or [guitarist] Jesse [Triplett] was, like, 'We need you to just break it down right here. I want people to hear what you're talking about. Let us get out of your way.'"

Vibrating is out now. Collective Soul's current U.S. tour in support of the album alongside Switchfoot continues Saturday in Billings, Montana.

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California (and New York) here they come: Phantom Planet announces 20th anniversary 'The Guest' concerts

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Phantom Planet will be headed right back where they started from next month to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 2002 album The Guest.

The band has announced a show in Los Angeles on September 30, during which they'll be playing The Guest in full. The album, of course, opens with The O.C.-soundtracking hit "California."

Phantom Planet will also play a 20th anniversary The Guest concert in New York City on September 25.

Tickets to both shows go on sale this Friday, August 12. For all ticket info, visit PhantomPla.net.

Phantom Planet's most recent album is 2020's Devastator.

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The Killers premiere video for new single, "Boy"

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The Killers have premiered the video for the band's new single, "Boy."

The clip begins with the "Mr. Brightside" rockers standing in a field at night looking up at the moon, before cutting to shots of galloping horses and flying flamingos.

You can watch the "Boy" video streaming now on YouTube.

The song "Boy" premiered last Friday, following its live debut during The Killers' European tour in July. It follows the band's one-two punch of 2020's Imploding the Mirage and 2021's Pressure Machine albums.

The Killers will launch a North American tour August 19 in Vancouver.

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Green Day, Muse & more soundtracking 2022 Peloton All for One Festival

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Green Day and Muse will be helping you get motivated to work out with the 2022 Peloton All for One Festival.

The home exercise company's annual event features a variety of famous musical artists contributing their music to a special weekend of Peloton classes, taking place this year August 19-21. Members will be able to choose from different musician-themed courses, including cycling, running, strength and yoga.

Other participating artists include The 1975, Florence + the Machine, Alanis Morissette, Bob Moses, Maggie Rogers and The Beach Boys.

"All for One has always been a way for us to connect the Peloton community since music is an essential part of keeping the experience fresh and motivating for our Members," says Gwen Riley, Peloton's SVP of music & content partnerships. "This year, we're giving members more classes and more artists than ever before for a three-day celebration of music, movement and our community around the world!"

For more info, visit OnePeloton.com.

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Rage Against the Machine cancels UK & European dates "per medical guidance"

Rage Against the Machine has canceled the band's upcoming run of U.K. and European tour dates set to take place later this month and in September.

In a statement, the reunited "Killing in the Name" outfit writes that the decision was made "per medical guidance" relating to an injury frontman Zack de la Rocha suffered last month during a show in Chicago, which has since forced him to perform while seated during Rage's ongoing U.S. tour.

"It is with great disappointment that we announce this cancellation," the band says. "The flights, travel time, and rigorous schedule in the U.K. and Europe are simply too much of a risk for a complete recovery."

Rage still plans to play their remaining three shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, which wrap up August 14, after which de la Rocha will "return home for rest and rehabilitation."

"We are so sorry to all of our fans who have waited years to see us and hope to Rage again soon," the statement reads.

The U.K. and European dates are part of Rage Against the Machine's long-awaited reunion tour, which finally kicked off in July after being delayed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the affected shows are Rage's headlining sets at the Reading & Leeds festivals.

Rage's next set of dates kick off with another U.S. leg beginning in February 2023.

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Måneskin, Metallica performing at NYC Global Citizen Festival in September

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Måneskin and Metallica are performing at New York City's 2022 Global Citizen Festival, taking place September 24 in Central Park.

The lineup for the annual event, which supports the Global Citizen organization's ongoing goal to end extreme poverty, also features Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton and Rosalía.

Tickets to the concerts are free, and can be earned by downloading the Global Citizen app or visiting GlobalCitizen.org and taking action on the charity's issues.

The same day of the NYC concert, Global Citizen will also be holding a show in Ghana to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the African country's independence. Artists including Usher, SZA and H.E.R. will be on the lineup.

Both concerts will be broadcast and streamed on ABC, ABC News Live, FX, Hulu, Twitter, YouTube and more. A primetime special, Global Citizen Festival: Take Action Now, will air September 25 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

Global Citizen is calling for world leaders to work to fight extreme poverty and specifically is asking the leaders attending the United National General Assembly to invest $600 million in the future of women and girls worldwide, to close the annual $10 billion climate financing shortfall and to provide $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis.

According to Global Citizen, as many as 1.2 billion people now live in countries experiencing food, energy and financial crises and as many as 200 million more may experience extreme poverty by November if action isn't taken now.

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