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Harmony Gerber/FilmMagicNine Inch Nails' forthcoming album Bad Witch is the final installment of the band's recent trilogy of releases, and continues the political themes of its predecessors, 2016's Not the Actual Events and 2017's Add Violence. Speaking with The New York Times, frontman Trent Reznor explains why he feels the responsibility to be address politics in his music.

"I was doing press with somebody in the mid-90s, and they made an argument that stayed with me: that I have influence, and that it’s my job to call out whatever needs to be called out, because there are people who feel the same way but need someone to articulate it," Reznor says. "And I think about that today, because it seemed like it was a lot easier to just keep your mouth shut and let it go back then."

Reznor then says he wishes that the "Taylor Swifts of the world" and other members of the "top-tier, needle-moving cultural youth" would be more vocal about politics.

"They are concerned about their brand, their demographic and their success and career and whatnot," he says.

To hear more of Reznor's political thoughts, you can listen to Bad Witch when it arrives this Friday, June 22.

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Epitaph The punks in Bad Religion are back with a new track, titled "The Kids Are Alt-Right." You can grab the song now via digital platforms.

As its title suggests, "The Kids Are Alt-Right" -- a play on The Who's "The Kids Are Alright" -- is certainly a political track, featuring lyrics such as "Humanity is a nowhere scene/When everybody has an AR-15." It's also accompanied by a video, streaming now on YouTube, featuring a variety of unsettling images, such as girls taking selfies while wearing KKK hoods.

"The Kids Are Alt-Right" is the first new single from Bad Religion in five years. The band's most recent album is 2013's True North.

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ABC/Fred LeeFlorence the Machine has premiered the video for the group's new song "Big God," and it's got some major cult-like vibes.

The visual begins with a group of veiled women walking through shallow water while Florence Welch levitates in the middle. The whole video is currently streaming on Apple Music, but you can watch a clip now via Florence's Facebook.

"Big God" is a track from Florence's upcoming album, High As Hope, due out June 29. It also features the previously released tracks "Hunger" and "Sky Full of Song."

Florence the Machine will kick off a North American tour in support of High As Hope in August.

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ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182's Mark Hoppus has shared an update on the progress of the band's next album, the follow-up to their 2016 comeback effort, California. Speaking on Apple Music's Beats 1, Hoppus says the pop-punk trio are "well into the writing" of the upcoming record.

"It's still in the writing stage, so it'll probably change over time, but right now it's really aggressive and really catchy and dark and weird," Hoppus says.

He adds that while California felt reminiscent of Blink's 1999 album, Enema of the State, the new material feels more like 2001's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket and the 2003 Untitled record.

Additionally, Hoppus offered an update on the health of Travis Barker. The drummer is currently battling blood clots in both of his arms, which forced Blink to cancel two weekends of their Las Vegas residency.

"I don't know what the prognosis or the treatment is yet," Hoppus explains. "I know that Travis is in and out of the doctors this week, so hopefully we'll have some resolution with that. But the intention is to go back and make up those dates and continue our residency because it's super fun."

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L-R: Homer Steinweiss and Richard Swift; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for CoachellaMusician Richard Swift, who's played with The Shins and is currently a member of Dan Auerbach's band The Arcs, has been hospitalized with an unspecified "serious medical condition." A GoFundMe page has been launched to help Swift pay for his medical bills.

"[Swift] is receiving excellent care in Tacoma, Washington and everything is being done to allow his body time to repair and heal," the page reads. "He is uninsured and the cost of the care he is getting is a lot. If you can afford to share the weight of this burden, it would be most deeply appreciated. Anything helps."

Swift has also been a touring member of The Black Keys.

The fundraiser aims to raise $100,000. If you'd like to donate, visit GoFundMe.com/Medical-Fund-for-Richard-Swift.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCLinkin Park's Mike Shinoda brought Post Traumatic to The Tonight Show Tuesday night. Backed by house band The Roots, Shinoda delivered an impassioned performance of the album's single, "Crossing a Line."

Post Traumatic, Shinoda's solo debut album, was written and recorded following the death of his friend and band mate Chester Bennington last July. The album, which features guest spots from K.Flay and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, is out now.

Shinoda will play a number of solo shows throughout the summer, including a set at Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds' LOVELOUD festival, held July 28 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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DominoArctic Monkeys' new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino features the single "Four Out of Five," featuring Alex Turner singing about how the titular hotel is "well reviewed/four stars out of five." During an interview with BBC Radio 2, Turner and drummer Matt Helders were asked to use their Tranquility rating system on their own songs.

First, Turner and Helders gave a four out of five rating to their breakout single "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor," with the drummer criticizing the track's snare drum sound as too "cranked." Their 2007 single "Brianstorm," however, got a five out of five rating.

"When one of my friends...who's not in a band...first heard that song, he said it was the best thing that he’d ever heard," Helders explains.

Meanwhile, the AM track "Snap Out of It" earned a four out of five rating, while the band's 2006 cover of the song "Love Machine" by British girl group Girls Aloud was only given two stars.

"I think the performance was probably a two out of five," Helders says. "That's the charm of it, isn't it?" Turner adds.

You can rate Arctic Monkeys songs for yourself during their world tour in support of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which continues throughout the summer and fall.

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Credit: Travis ShinnThe 2018 Austin City Limits festival just got a bit heavier, courtesy of Disturbed. The Chicago metallers will play the second weekend of the Texas festival, held October 12-14 in Austin's Zilker Park.

Disturbed joins a lineup that's already pretty heavy thanks to Metallica, who will headline ACL alongside Beatles legend Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys and Childish Gambino. The bill also includes Greta Van Fleet, The National, Deftones, Highly Suspect, CHVRCHES, Hozier, St. Vincent and X Ambassadors, among many more.

Austin City Limits takes place over two weekends: October 5-7 and October 12-14. Visit ACLFestival.com for the full lineup and ticket info.

In the meantime, Disturbed has been working on a new album, the follow-up to the band's 2015 comeback effort, Immortalized. Last month, they revealed that they'd finished tracking the album, which is expected to arrive later this year.

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Capitol RecordsBeck has announced a batch of fall tour dates, and he'll be joined by Julian Casablancas' eternally weird side project The Voidz.

The four-date run begins September 13 in Minneapolis, and includes stops in St. Louis, Kansas City and Lincoln, Nebraska. For ticket info, visit Beck.com.

In addition to touring with Beck, The Voidz also have a pair of dates lined up opening for Phoenix, taking place October 4 in Austin and October 5 in Dallas.

Beck will be touring in continued support of his 2017 album Colors, which features the single "Up All Night."

Here are Beck's tour dates with The Voidz:

9/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory
9/16 -- St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
9/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
9/19 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinewood Bowl Theater

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ABC/Randy HolmesThis past Father's Day, Chris Cornell's daughter Toni shared a recording of her and her late father covering the Prince-penned song "Nothing Compares 2 U," popularized by Sinead O'Connor. It's now available for download, and Toni announced that her proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian aid and relief organization.

"My father taught me to be a voice for others who don't have one," says Toni. "Especially with the tragic events happening today, where children are being separated from their parents at the border, it is not okay. Please help us keep the promise (on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children) for my father."

The Cornell family has previously worked closely with the International Rescue Committee, and Chris donated his proceeds from his song "The Promise," which was released two months before his death in May 2017, to the organization.

Toni's announcement comes a day before World Refugee Day, June 20, which was also an important day for her father. The video for "The Promise" was released posthumously on last year's World Refugee Day, which Chris had requested prior to his death.

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ABC/Randy HolmesThe Revivalists have added another batch of tour dates to their 2018 schedule. The fall outing begins September 27 in Louisville, Kentucky, and will come to a close October 5 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Visit TheRevivalists.com for ticket info.

If you can't wait until then, The Revivalists will be on the road throughout the summer, and they'll headline the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on September 13.

The Revivalists will be touring in continued support of their latest album, Men Against Mountains, which spawned the number-one Billboard alternative hit "Wish I Knew You."

Here are The Revivalists' fall tour dates:

9/27 -- Louisville, KY, Iroquois Amphitheatre
9/28 -- Indianapolis, IN, Garfield Park
9/29 -- Kansas City, MO, KC Power & Light
10/2 -- Pittsburg, PA, Stage AE
10/3 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live
10/5 -- Black Mountain, NC, Marcus Kind Band Family Reunion at Pigsah

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ABC/Fred LeeFlorence the Machine has shared another preview of the group's forthcoming album High As Hope with a jazzy new track titled "Big God." The tune is available now via digital outlets.

High As Hope also includes the previously released singles "Hunger" and "Sky Full of Song." The whole album arrives June 29. That same day, Florence Welch and company will perform live in New York City's Central Park for ABC's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.

Florence the Machine will kick off a North American tour in support of High As Hope in August.

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Credits: Mads Perch; Ben MoonRobert Plant and Modest Mouse will head to St. Louis this fall to headline the 2018 LouFest, held September 8-9.

Other artists playing the festival include The Head and the Heart, Moon Taxi, MisterWives, Gary Clark Jr. and Mt. Joy.

For the full lineup and ticket info, visit LouFest.com.

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ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam has been forced to postpone tonight's show at London's O2 arena, but it's for a very good reason: Frontman Eddie Vedder can't sing.

An announcement from the band reads, "Eddie Vedder has completely lost his voice. He is on vocal rest for the next few days in an effort to heal and perform the remainder of the tour dates.  It's the first time ever having to postpone a show for this reason. Ed and the band are [devastated] thinking of all the folks who have traveled and made plans."

"Sending their biggest apologies out to everyone," the statement continues. "And huge gratitude for all the continued support."

The announcement goes on to say that the band is working on rescheduling the date for mid-July, and tickets for tonight's show will be transferable to that date.

Pearl Jam's European tour is expected to resume Friday, June 22 in Milan, Italy.

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ABC/Randy HolmesWhat started out as a meme has now become a philanthropic endeavor: Weezer is now selling t-shirts for charity inspired by the band's fan-requested cover of the Toto hit "Africa."

Proceeds from sales of the shirt, which features a gold lion in between the lyric "Bless the rains" and Weezer's name, will be donated to Roots Ethiopia, which "improves schools, enables livelihoods educates children and serves special needs students" in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia.

"Go on and bless the rains," says Weezer.

To order your shirt, visit WeezerWebStore.com.

As you may know, Weezer released their take on "Africa" in May after months and months of a fan tweeting at the band and frontman Rivers Cuomo from the account @WeezerAfrica, pleading with them to cover the much-memed Toto hit. Not only did the cover fulfill a long-running fan campaign, but it also gave Weezer their first hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in nearly 10 years.

Last week, Weezer brought "Africa" to late night when they played the cover on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! During the performance, they were joined by Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro, who played a brief solo before exiting the stage.

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ABC/Nicole WilderJack White has added a new batch of US tour dates to his upcoming schedule. The four-date fall run begins September 15 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and includes stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Lubbock, Texas and El Paso, Texas.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 22 at JackWhiteIII.com.

This weekend, White will head to Pasadena, California to play the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival, after which he'll embark on a tour of Europe. He'll return to the U.S. in August for another round of dates, beginning with a headlining performance at Lollapalooza.

White is touring behind his new solo album, Boarding House Reach.

Here are Jack White's new tour dates:

9/15 -- Shreveport, LA, Municipal Auditorium
9/17 -- Tulsa, OK, OneOK Field
9/18 -- Lubbock, TX, Lonestar Amphitheater
9/19 -- El Paso, TX, El Paso County Coliseum

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Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains has added another leg to the band's North American headlining tour. The fall outing begins October 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and wraps up October 28 in Hollywood, Florida.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. local time via AliceinChains.com.

The grunge icons will be touring in support of their forthcoming new album, the follow-up to 2013's The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. The album, whose title has yet to be revealed, is due out this year, and features the single "The One You Know."

Before the fall leg kicks off, AiC will launch a summer North American tour August 22 in Vancouver.

Here are Alice in Chains' fall headlining tour dates:

10/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
10/18 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
10/20 -- Newkirk, OK, First Council Casino
10/21 -- Durant, OK, Choctaw Grand Theater
10/23 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
10/24 -- Birmingham, AL, The BJCC
10/26 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/27 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
10/28 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Events Center

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ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182 has postponed a second set of the band's Las Vegas residency shows as drummer Travis Barker continues to battle blood clots in both of his arms.

After announcing last week that their June 15 and 16 dates at Vegas' Pearl Concert Theater would need to be rescheduled, the pop-punk trio has now postponed the shows scheduled for Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.

"[Barker] has been ordered by his doctors to refrain from any activity that may cause further damage or cause the clots to travel," reads a statement from the Pearl. "As it stands now, he will be prevented from playing until the beginning of July, when everything will be re-evaluated."

"Drumming is my life and it kills me that I can't perform for you guys this weekend," Barker said when the first dates were postponed. "I hope to be back as soon as I can."

Blink's Vegas residency will pick back up in October. The next show on their schedule is a set at Chicago's Riot Fest in September.

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ABC/Randy HolmesLast week, Metallica was honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize, also known as the "Nobel Prize of Music." Winners of the prestigious distinction also receive a monetary award of one million Swedish kronor -- currently about $113,500 -- which Metallica is donating to three charities.

According to the Polar Music Prize Twitter, Metallica is donating 50% of the money to the Stockholm City Mission, a charity that assists the homeless, and 25% to the World Childhood Foundation, an organization founded by Sweden's Queen Silvia to help vulnerable children. The final quarter will be donated to Metallica's co-laureate for the 2018 Polar Music Prize, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf awarded Metallica the 2018 Polar Music Prize during a ceremony in Stockholm last Thursday. Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo were on hand to accept the award at a ceremony that included performances from several Swedish musicians, including Ghost frontman Tobias Forge.

Additionally, Roger Glover and Ian Paice of Deep Purple, whom Ulrich inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, read a speech introducing Metallica's honor.

You can watch video highlights from the ceremony now on Metallica.com.

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Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters seemingly got a sign of approval from the universe during their show at the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands Saturday. Just as Taylor Hawkins finished the drum solo during the band's performance of "Monkey Wrench," what appeared to be a meteorite flew across the sky.

The Foos tweeted a video of the cosmic coincidence, along with lyrics from the band's recent single, "The Sky Is a Neighborhood": "A star burned out. The sky IS a neighborhood."

The International Meteor Organization received more than 90 reports of the fireball from countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany and France.

To make the meteorite sighting even more fitting, the name "Foo Fighters" comes from a term Allied pilots would use for UFOs or other mysterious aerial phenomena during World War II. Perhaps it wasn't a coincidence, after all.

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