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AFI Release ‘Looking Tragic’ and ‘Begging For Trouble’ From Upcoming Album, Bodies

Last month, AFI announced that they’d be releasing their 11th studio album later this year and dropped a pair of new tracks, “Twisted Tongues” and “Escape From Los Angeles.” Davey Havok then confirmed that the album would be called Bodies on a podcast earlier this month, and the band has finally set a release date for it of June 11 (via Rise Records). In addition, AFI just released two more tracks, “Looking Tragic” and “Begging For Trouble,” as well as a new video for the former. Both tracks will also be included on a limited edition seven-inch ahead of the album release. “‘Looking Tragic’ addresses the theme of overstimulation resulting in desensitization,” vocalist Davey Havok said in a statement. “Melodic and driving, the song came to life quickly and immediately stood out as ...

Post Malone Covers Hootie & the Blowfish’s ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ for Pokémon’s 25th Anniversary

Post Malone’s obsession with the ’90s continues. He’s has gone from performing with Ozzy and playing Nirvana songs to covering Hootie & the Blowfish, releasing a cover of the pop-rock outfit’s 1995 hit “Only Wanna Be With You” ahead of his performance at the Pokémon Day 25th-anniversary virtual concert. Officially dubbed the “Pokémon 25 Version,” Post Malone will debut his take on “Only Wanna Be With You” live on Feb. 27, as part of the singer’s setlist for the Pokémon anniversary concert, streaming at 7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST on Feb. 27.  The event can be viewed for free on the official Pokémon YouTube and Twitch channels, and on Pokémon’s 25th-anniversary website. Additionally, Pokemon will create a global music celebration dubbed P25 Music, with new tune...

Wolf Alice Announce New Album, Share ‘The Last Man on Earth’

Wolf Alice has shared “The Last Man On Earth,” the first single from their just-announced third album, Blue Weekend. The LP is due for release on June 11 via Dirty Hit/RCA Records. The tune is about “the arrogance of humans,” singer and guitarist Ellie Roswell said in a statement. “I’d just read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and I had written the line ‘Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god’ in my notes. But then I thought: ‘Uh, your peculiar travel suggestion isn’t a dancing lesson from god, it’s just a travel suggestion! Why does everything need to mean something more?’” The record was made while the British band stayed at an Airbnb in Somerset, U.K. There, they “cemented their friendship and set to work on some fledgling demos in a converted church,” Wolf Alic...

Duff McKagan Drops ‘Two-Generation Stand’ From His Teenage Punk Band The Living

Before he was bassist for one of the biggest bands in the universe, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan was a punk rocker in Seattle. And now we can hear what a 17-year-old McKagan sounded like thanks to The Living: 1982, a previously unreleased LP from his early band The Living. Lead single “Two-Generation Stand” is out now, with the album due April 16 via Seattle’s Loosegroove Records, a label owned by Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam) and Regan Hagar (Satchel, Brad). McKagan played guitar in The Living, which also featured vocalist John Conte, bassist Todd Fleischman and drummer Greg Gilmore (Mother Love Bone). “It doesn’t matter what year this music was recorded cause it is undeniable …. but the fact that Duff, Greg, Todd and John created these fully realized songs in 1982 gives credence to ...

Dinosaur Jr. Share New Single ‘I Ran Away’ Ahead of New Album

A few days after celebrating the 30th anniversary of Green Mind, Dinosaur Jr. are back with a new single, “I Ran Away.” The song comes from their forthcoming Sweep It Into Space album. The new LP arrives on April 23  on Jagjaguwar and is the lineup’s first new collection since 2016’s Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. The album was co-produced by Kurt Vile, who also played the lead 12-string on “I Ran Away.” Sessions for what would become Sweep It Into Space began in late 2019, with the album originally slated for release in mid-2020. The pandemic, of course, disrupted the recording process. Instead, singer/guitarist  J Mascis “ended up just mimicking a few things he’d done. I was listening to a lot of Thin Lizzy, so I was trying to get some of that dueling twin-lead ...

Dropkick Murphys Announce New Album, Turn Up That Dial, Release ‘Middle Finger’

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, and even if the world is still heavily locked down in some places, the Dropkick Murphys want you to celebrate accordingly. Not only are the punk veterans planning a massive free livestream for the holiday (aptly titled Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Stream 2021…Still Locked Down Presented By Pega…Sponsored By YOU), but they’ve also just announced a new album due out in April. Turn Up That Dial may not come out until April 30 (via Born & Bred Records), but the band aren’t making fans wait two months to hear the new tunes. “Middle Finger” is out right now, and brings the classic Celtic-tinged punk rock that people have come to expect from the band. Check out “Middle Finger” below. [embedded content] And for those of you who can’t wait until Ap...

Twitch’s DMCA Problem Shines as Official Channel Hilariously Censors Metallica Concert With 8-Bit Video Game Music

Over the course of the last pandemic-filled year, Twitch has become the go-to place for a lot of musicians to perform and interact with fans without breaking quarantine. The fact that it was actually designed for livestreams (unlike Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube) made it a natural fit for those who weren’t looking to play awkward drive-in concerts or other “socially distanced” shows. Unfortunately, the platform’s surge of popularity within the music world also exposed one of Twitch’s biggest problems, which is the ongoing battle over streaming music rights all centered around the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (better known as the DMCA). To make an extremely long story that you can read elsewhere short, Twitch has an algorithm that automatically mutes streams (or portions ...

Haim Release Women in Music Pt III Expanded Edition With Taylor Swift and Thundercat Collaborations

Despite 2020 being a pretty bad year, Haim did alright. Women in Music Pt. III was a success, spawning a number of great songs and several Grammy nominations, including for Album of the Year, the first time an all-female rock group got tapped for the nod. Now, the Haim sisters are back with an expanded version of that album and a little help from their close pals. Taylor Swift and Thundercat appear on new versions of “Gasoline” and “3 AM” respectively. Listen to Haim’s remix of “Gasoline” with Swift below. [embedded content] Late last year, Haim released their own take on “Christmas Wrapping,” which addressed the crazed chaos that was 2020 and also featured Thundercat. Haim’s “The Steps” was named one of our best songs of 2020. You can read our July 2020 cover story on them ...

Haim Release Women in Music Pt III Expanded Edition With Taylor Swift and Thundercat Collaborations

Despite 2020 being a pretty bad year, Haim did alright. Women in Music Pt. III was a success, spawning a number of great songs and several Grammy nominations, including for Album of the Year, the first time an all-female rock group got tapped for the nod. Now, the Haim sisters are back with an expanded version of that album and a little help from their close pals. Taylor Swift and Thundercat appear on new versions of “Gasoline” and “3 AM” respectively. Listen to Haim’s remix of “Gasoline” with Swift below. [embedded content] Late last year, Haim released their own take on “Christmas Wrapping,” which addressed the crazed chaos that was 2020 and also featured Thundercat. Haim’s “The Steps” was named one of our best songs of 2020. You can read our July 2020 cover story on them ...

Crowded House Returns With New Single From First Album Since 2010

For the first time in over a decade, New Zealand natives Crowded House are back with a brand new single from their upcoming album, Dreamers Are Waiting (June 4 via BMG). Perhaps even more impressively, the non-dream-themed song, “To The Island,” also comes with an announcement of the expansion of Crowded House’s New Zealand tour for next month. The “To The Island” tour now contains 12 dates spread across a few weeks in March and should be a good reminder of what’s possible when a country takes pandemic safety measures seriously. “We were fortunate to be recording in the studio right before lockdown and so began this album with band tracks recorded live in a room, all brimming with character and energy,” said founding vocalist Neil Finn in a statement.” We then spent our strangest...

Mike Doughty-Led Ghost of Vroom Drops Single From Upcoming Album

Soul Coughing’s Mike Doughty and collaborator/bassist Andrew “Scrap” Livingston have shared “I Hear the Ax Swinging,” the first single from their upcoming Ghost of Vroom album, Ghost of Vroom 1. It’s out through Mod y Vi Records on March 19. The video, directed by humorist/cartoonist David Rees, will debut later this month. Produced by Doughty and Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Seu Jorge), you can check out “I Hear the Ax Swinging” from the album below. [embedded content] The album follows last summer’s debut EP,  Ghost of Vroom 2 with the tunes “Rona Pollona,” “Chief of Police” and “1918,” all accompanied by animated music videos streaming now at YouTube. Doughty first created Ghost of Vroom after the release of his 2016 solo album, The Heart Watch...

Gojira Share ‘Born for One Thing’ Single Ahead of Fortitude Album

French-born, New York City-dwelling metallers Gojira have shared the single “Born For One Thing” from their upcoming album, Fortitude. The LP, the band’s seventh and first in five years, arrives April 30th via Roadrunner Records. “We have to practice detaching ourselves from everything, beginning with actual things,” vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier said in a statement about the song’s anti-consumerist message. “Own less possessions, and give what you don’t need away, because one day we’ll have to let everything go, and if we don’t, we’ll just become ghosts stuck between dimensions.” Fortitude follows the quartet’s 2016 Magma album, which earned Grammy nods for Best Metal Performance and Best Rock Album. Produced by Duplantier at the band’s own Silver Cord Studio in Ridgewood, Q...