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The Black Keys contributing new song to upcoming blues compilation


A new The Black Keys song will be included in an upcoming compilation being released via frontman Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound label.

The record is titled Tell Everybody! (21st Century Juke Joint Blues from Easy Eye Sound) and "spans the diverse blues spectrum, a payment of respect and admiration for the musicians carrying this American tradition into this century and beyond." The Keys' contribution is a track called "No Lovin'."

Tell Everybody! is due out on August 11. It also includes a new solo track by Auerbach, as well as a guest spot by Joe Walsh. You can listen to the title track, recorded by Robert Finley, now via digital outlets.

The Black Keys previously released a blues covers album, Delta Kream, in 2021. They followed that with their latest original record, 2022's Dropout Boogie.

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Noel Gallagher's new High Flying Birds track earns backhanded compliment from Liam Gallagher

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Noel Gallagher's latest High Flying Birds track earned a compliment from his estranged brother and former Oasis bandmate, Liam Gallagher, albeit a backhanded one.

After the song, which is called "Dead to the World," premiered Thursday, Liam tweeted, "How can such a mean spirited little man write such a beautiful song."

Liam's tweet follows his latest comments on the ongoing Gallagher brother saga, in which he said that "the little fella aka potato" — his preferred nickname for Noel — "has done a lot of damage to Oasis as a band/brand."

Prior to that, Noel gave an interview with France Inter in which he basically dared Liam to "get his people to call my people."

"But you know what? He won't call," Noel said.

"Dead to the World," meanwhile, will appear on the upcoming High Flying Birds album Council Skies, due out June 2. That same day, Noel and company will kick off a U.S. tour with Garbage and Metric.

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U2 scores their 11th U.K. number one album with 'Songs of Surrender'

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U2 has a new number one album in the U.K. The Irish rockers' latest release, Songs of Surrender, tops the U.K. Official Albums chart, outselling their closest competition, The Weeknd’s Highlights, two to one.

Songs of Surrender is the band’s first U.K. number one since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon and their 11th overall, tying David Bowie, who also had 11 number ones. (The Beatles still have the most with 15.)

U2’s Songs of Surrender, featuring 40 rerecorded and reimagined U2 classics, is also the most popular vinyl seller in the U.K., topping the Official Vinyl Albums chart this week.

The new album gave a bump to one of U2's previous releases: 2006's greatest hits compilation U218 Singles is back at 38 this week.

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The Regrettes share cover of Robyn's "Dancing On My Own"

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The Regrettes have shared a cover of Robyn's classic breakup anthem, "Dancing On My Own."

"'Dancing On My Own' has always been a really special song to me," frontwoman Lydia Night tells Nylon. "The euphoric, painful but powerful, crying-in-the-club type of beat is my favorite kind of song. I connect with it in a whole new and personal way now more than ever."

"Going through a breakup can feel like literal death (lol), but this song makes me feel like I'm not alone," Night adds. "I hope our version can provide the same feeling to all the breakup baddies out there!"

You can listen to The Regrettes' "Dancing On My Own" cover now via digital outlets.

The Regrettes released their latest album, Further Joy, last April. It includes the single "Monday."

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grandson announces new album, 'I Love You, I’m Trying'

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grandson has announced a new album called I Love You, I'm Trying.

The "Blood//Water" artist's sophomore follow-up to 2020's Death of an Optimist will arrive May 5.

"I'm painting the intimate portrait of myself I know how -- covering themes of self harm, family trauma, the hidden side of life on the road, and so much more,” grandson says.

"This is the album that 16 year old me needed," he continues. "This is the album I was scared to write and the album fans of mine deserve to hear. Above all this is the album where I face a big question: can I handle the changes life throws at me, and if this all that there is to life, can it be enough to be happy?"

I Love You, I'm Trying includes the previously released single "Eulogy." A second track, titled "Drones," is out now via digital outlets.

grandson will launch a U.S. tour in May. K.Flay will also be on the bill for select dates.

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Grouplove announces new album, 'I Want It All Right Now'; listen to two new songs

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Grouplove has announced a new album called I Want It All Right Now.

The sixth studio effort from the "Tongue Tied" group — and the follow-up to 2021's This Is This — arrives on July 7.

You can listen to two new songs off I Want It All, titled "All" and "Hello," now via digital outlets. Both tracks are combined into a seven-minute video streaming now on YouTube.

Here's the I Want It All Right Now track list:


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Belgian band covers "My Hero" with 100 drummers in honor of Taylor Hawkins

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A Belgian rock band called Black Box Revelation has shared a cover of the Foo Fighters classic "My Hero" while accompanied by 100 drummers in honor of the late Taylor Hawkins.

The performance was filmed at Belgium's Sportpaleis Antwerp arena and is streaming now on YouTube. Its release coincides with the one-year anniversary of Hawkins' passing on March 25, 2022.

You may recall that the Rockin'1000 project also put out a performance of "My Hero" shortly after Hawkins died, featuring 1,000 musicians playing together simultaneously. Rockin'1000 previously convinced Foo Fighters to play a town in Italy with their viral cover of "Learn to Fly."

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Biffy Clyro offshoot band Empire State Bastard premieres debut single, "Harvest"

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Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has released the debut single with his new band, Empire State Bastard, called "Harvest."

Describing the thrash-y tune, ESB proclaims, "Empires fall, States rise, Bastards sing…it's 'Harvest' time m*****f******!"

You can listen to "Harvest" now via digital outlets.

Along with Neil, Empire State Bastard includes Mike Vennart, who plays guitar in Biffy's live band and used to front the band Oceansize. Ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo also plays on "Harvest," and will join ESB's live lineup for their upcoming debut shows in the U.K. later in March.

Biffy Clyro released their latest album, The Myth of the Happily Ever After, in 2021.

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Yellowcard expands 20th anniversary 'Ocean Avenue' tour

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Yellowcard has added more shows to the band's upcoming tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ocean Avenue.

The outing now includes eight more shows, wrapping up August 18 in Portland, Maine. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. local time, with various presales throughout the week.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit

Yellowcard's tour launches in July. It follows the group's reunion show at last year's Riot Fest, which marked their first live performance since breaking up in 2017.

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Fall Out Boy's "Dance, Dance" & "Arms Race" video saga continues with "Hold Me Like a Grudge"

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Fall Out Boy has premiered the video for "Hold Me Like a Grudge," a track off the band's just-released new album, So Much (for) Stardust.

As previously reported, the clip is a sequel to Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" video, which itself was a sequel to the "Dance, Dance" visual. It picks up with the concert at the end of "Arms Race," with bassist Pete Wentz jumping off the stage, only to break his leg.

Of course, this being a Fall Out Boy video, this soon get very ridiculous — Wentz gets a bionic leg and becomes a superhero, and Fall Out Boy goes on hiatus, leading to the other members pursuing similarly offbeat career paths. Eventually, though, the band's albums start to disappear into dust, Avengers: Infinity War style, and Fall Out Boy must reunite to save the world.

You can watch the "Hold Me Like a Grudge" video streaming now on YouTube.

So Much (for) Stardust is out now. It also includes the singles "Love from the Other Side" and "Heartbreak Feels So Good."

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Linkin Park shares another unreleased 'Meteora'-era song, "Fighting Myself"

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Linkin Park has shared another previously unreleased song from the Meteora era, titled "Fighting Myself."

The track features rap verses by Mike Shinoda over heavy instrumentals in between a chorus sung by the late Chester Bennington. You can listen to it now via digital outlets.

"Fighting Myself" follows the similarly unearthed "Lost," which also dates back to the sessions for Meteora. "Lost" is currently the #1 single on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Airplay and Alternative Airplay charts.

Both "Fighting Myself" and "Lost" are included on the upcoming 20th anniversary reissue of Meteora, due out April 7. The package also includes various unreleased demos and live tracks.

Meteora, the sophomore follow-up to 2000's Hybrid Theory, was first released March 25, 2003. The record's been certified seven-times Platinum by the RIAA and spawned the hits "Numb," "Breaking the Habit," "Somewhere I Belong" and "Faint."

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RIP Taylor Hawkins: Foo Fighters drummer died one year ago

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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins died one year ago this Saturday.

On March 25, 2022, Dave Grohl and company were set to headline a festival in Bogotá, Colombia. That night, the Foos tweeted, "The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins." He was 50 years old.

Hawkins was born February 17, 1972. After playing drums in Alanis Morissette's live band in the mid-'90s, Hawkins joined Foo Fighters in 1997 and remained with the group until his death. Hawkins was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of the Foos in 2021.

Following Hawkins' passing, Foo Fighters canceled all their tour dates and live appearances, including a scheduled performance at the Grammys the following weekend.

Eventually, the Foos returned to the live stage in September 2022 with two giant tribute concerts to Hawkins, taking place in London and Los Angeles. The marathon events, which both lasted around six hours, featured guest performances by artists including Paul McCartney, Metallica's Lars Ulrich, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Joan Jett and Miley Cyrus, as well as members of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Def Leppard, Blink-182 and Black Sabbath.

Both concerts ended with Foo Fighters performing alongside guest drummers, including Hawkins' teenage son Shane, who memorably manned the kit for the song "My Hero."

On New Year's Eve, Foo Fighters announced they intended to continue as a band without Hawkins. A new drummer has yet to be announced. The group's first show back is scheduled for May 24 in New Hampshire, and they'll play a number of festivals, including Bonnaroo, Boston Calling, Sonic Temple and Outside Lands.

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Fall Out Boy teases "This Ain't a Scene" sequel with "Hold Me Like a Grudge" video

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Fall Out Boy's next video will deliver a long-awaited sequel.

On Friday, the group will premiere the clip for "Hold Me Like a Grudge," a track off the band's upcoming album, So Much (for) Stardust. In a tweet Thursday, Fall Out Boy shares that the video will be a "continuation" of the visual for their 2006 single "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race."

The "This Ain't a Scene" video, of course, is a sequel itself — it picks up at the end of the video for 2005's "Dance, Dance." Perhaps "Hold Me Like a Grudge" will mark the conclusion of a trilogy.

So Much (for) Stardust will also be released Friday. It includes the previously released singles "Love from the Other Side" and "Heartbreak Feels So Good."

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Tool members joining Primus for Los Angeles benefit concert

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Tool drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor will be performing alongside Primus at a benefit concert taking place April 17 in Los Angeles.

The show will support Jimmy Hayward, a filmmaker and animator who's undergoing cancer treatment.

"Every now and again cancer steps into our world and pulverizes the lives of people that are dear to us," says Primus frontman Les Claypool. "Such a thing happened a while back with our good friend Jimmy Hayward."

"It is at this time that we in Primus and some of Jimmy's good friends in the music/entertainment world have decided to give a 'brother a hand,' and do a live performance in his honor and for the benefit of his family," Claypool continues. "Please come down and witness a one-time collaborative music event in celebration of our good friend."

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24, at 10 a.m. PT via

Hayward was an animator on the first two Toy Story movies and Finding Nemo, and directed the 2010 comic book film Jonah Hex.

If you can't make it to the concert, you can also donate to Hayward's GoFundMe page.

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Radiohead's Colin Greenwood playing bass in Nick Cave's live band on upcoming tour

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Radiohead's Colin Greenwood is playing bass in Nick Cave's live band on the Bad Seeds frontman's upcoming North American solo tour.

The outing will run from September 19 in Asheville, North Carolina, to October 28 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. local time.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit

Radiohead last toured in 2018 in support of their most recent album, 2016's A Moon Shaped Pool. Frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood have since formed a new band, The Smile, which will launch a U.S. tour in June.

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