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Original Foals keyboardist Edwin Congreave has left the band.

The U.K. outfit announced the news in an Instagram post Wednesday, revealing that their performance at the All Points East festival in August marked their final show with Congreave.

"After 15 years of sweet music making and surfing the globe together [Congreave's] decided to hang up his musical boots to pursue other avenues of life," the post reads. "It's been a wild ride. We wish him all the best and thank him for everything, our friendship endures."

As Congreave himself shares, those other avenues include "beginning a postgraduate degree in economics at Cambridge."

"I hope in the next couple of years to join others in technical efforts to mitigate the imminent climate catastrophe," he adds.

Congreave has played on every one of Foals' albums. His departure follows that of founding bassist Walter Gervers, who left the group in 2018.

Foals' most recent album is their 2019 two-part opus Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost. They're currently "writing music as a three piece."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Courtesy of Reverb

Billy Corgan is partnering with the site Reverb to sell various instruments and gear he's used in-studio and onstage with The Smashing Pumpkins.

Among the over 100 pieces available for purchase are two gold Marshall JMP-1 preamps used during the Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness tours, and guitars played on the Machina and Oceania albums.

You'll also be able to buy various used synthesizers, amps and pedals.

The Billy Corgan Reverb online shop opens September 29. For more info, visit Reverb.com.

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Polyvinyl

Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace has surprise-released a new solo EP.

The seven-song collection, titled At War with the Silverfish, is out today via digital platforms. A physical version is available now for pre-order.

"These are songs of late night madness and loneliness, orphan songs that came wandering in looking to feed like insects," Grace says of the EP.

At War with the Silverfish follows Grace's 2020 solo album Stay Alive. Against Me!'s most recent record is 2016's Shape Shift with Me.

Here's the At War with the Silverfish track list:

"Three of Hearts"
"Lolo 13"
"Long Dark Night"
"Electro-Static Sweep"
"Day Old Coffee"
"Smug F***Face"
"Yesterday Pt. II"

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Tom Morello has released a new song called "Let's Get the Party Started," featuring Bring Me the Horizon.

The track, which is available now for digital download, is set to appear on the Rage Against the Machine guitarist's upcoming solo album, The Atlas Underground Fire.

In a statement, Morello calls Bring Me the Horizon "the current standard bearer of hard rock/metal today."

"This song was written on three continents -- [frontman] Oli [Sykes] was in Brazil, [keyboardist] Jordan [Fish] was in England and then I was here in L.A.," Morello explains. "It was a real United Nations of metal coming together to produce this song, which really feels to me like it captures the angst and the frustration of the pandemic boiling over into an all-time mosh pit."

"This song also has one of my favorite guitar solos that I've played in quite a while," he adds. "I was really digging deep to make a solo as devastating as the track."

"Let's Get the Party Started" is the third song to be released from The Atlas Underground Fire, following the Phantogram collaboration "Driving to Texas" and a cover of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," featuring Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen. The whole album is set to drop October 15.

Bring Me the Horizon, meanwhile, just premiered a new single called "DiE4u" last week.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Garbage has delayed the release date for the band's upcoming beautifulgarbage 20th anniversary reissue.

Originally due out October 1, the package is now set to arrive November 5 due to "recent vinyl production issues."

"We apologize for the delay and any disappointment caused but deeply appreciate your patience," Garbage says.

Following the alt rock hits of 1995's Garbage and 1998's Version 2.0, 2001's beautifulgarbage took a more experimental approach, introducing more electronic and pop elements into the band's sound. The reissue includes the original album remastered, along with various bonus B-sides, alternate versions and remixes.

Garbage just released a new album called No Gods No Masters in June.

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Billie Eilish is putting her stamp on some sneakers.

The singer has teamed up with Nike to design two exclusive pairs of Air Jordans that are 100% vegan and made from more than 20% recycled material.

One pair is a tan-colored Air Jordan 15, representing her new Happier Than Ever era, while the other is a lime-green Air Jordan 1 KO. The color of the latter pair is an homage to her old signature hair color.

“This color is such a classic, stupid, little ‘old me’ thing, I guess,” she tells Nike. “I really wanted to kind of have almost like an ode to myself … this was me, for a while.”

"They're gender-neutral, which I really love," she adds. "You can be whoever and whatever you want with these."

Both shoes launch on September 27 on store.billieeilish.com and on September 30 on the Nike SNKRS app.

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Geffen Records

Weezer's Pinkerton turns 25 this week.

The sophomore effort from Rivers Cuomo and company was released September 24, 1996. Initially a critical and commercial flop upon its debut, Pinkerton has since become one of Weezer's most beloved and acclaimed albums.

Coming off the heels of their surprise hit 1994 self-titled debut, aka the Blue Album, Weezer seemed poised for rock stardom with album number two. However, instead of following in the footsteps of the bright, jubilant single "Buddy Holly," Cuomo turned inward and delivered a brutally and uncomfortably honest record with a darker, harsher sound.

The change in direction didn't sit well with critics, and Pinkerton debuted and peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200, falling short of Blue Album's high on the chart. Weezer toured in support of the album through 1997 before beginning a three-year hiatus.

During that break, both fans and critics began to reevaluate Pinkerton -- listeners were compelled by the once-reviled abrasive nature of the music and lyrics, and the record started to become a cult favorite. However, when Weezer returned with 2001's Green Album, Cuomo practically disowned Pinkerton.

"It's just a sick album, sick in a diseased sort of way," Cuomo told Rolling Stone in 2001.

Eventually, just like everyone else, Cuomo warmed up to Pinkerton, telling Pitchfork in 2008 that the album's "great...super-deep, brave, and authentic." In 2010, Weezer launched the Memories tour, during which they played Blue and Pinkerton in full.

In an ironic twist, seemingly every new Weezer album since Pinkerton has been met with fans clamoring for a return to that style of songwriting. It's become such a persistent cycle that even Saturday Night Live made a sketch about it.

In 2016, Pinkerton was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

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Dey Street Books

Dave Grohl is taking part in this year's edition of The New Yorker Festival, an annual week-long event held by the famed magazine.

On October 8, the Foo Fighters frontman will join New Yorker staff writer Kelefa Sanneh for a conversation about his upcoming memoir, The Storyteller. Grohl is also set to perform.

The event will be held live and in-person at an outdoor venue in Brooklyn, and will also stream online. Tickets are available now via Festival.NewYorker.com.

Grohl's New Yorker Festival appearance will fall in the middle of his fall book tour in support of The Storyteller, which will also make stops in London, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

The Storyteller, Grohl's debut book, will be released October 5.

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Incubus has dropped off the lineup for the upcoming Rebel Rock festival, taking place this weekend in Orlando, Florida.

Brandon Boyd and company had joined the bill in place of Limp Bizkit, who had canceled their summer tour due to "safety" reasons. Now, Incubus is pulling out "Due to the continued complications with COVID-19 in our touring camp."

"As much as we'd love to be there, the health and safety of the fans, band and crew is our top priority," the band writes in an Instagram post. "We're looking forward to getting back on the road this fall to finish our tour and we want to thank you for all the love and support as we all navigate through this."

Rebel Rock organizers are currently working on finding a replacement. The lineup also includes Rise Against, Machine Gun Kelly, Papa Roach, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch and The Used.

 

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Warner Bros.

Ten years ago today, it felt like the end of the world for R.E.M. fans, as the college radio favorites-turned-rock icons broke up for good.

On September 21, 2011, the group -- down to a trio of Michael Stipe, Mike Mills and Peter Buck following the 1997 departure of Bill Berry -- posted a message on their website, reading, "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band."

"We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished," they added. "To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”

Mills wrote, "We’ve made this decision together, amicably and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right.” 

Stipe added, "A wise man once said, 'The skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we’re going to walk away from it."

And Buck wrote, "Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you."

To mark the anniversary, R.E.M has posted a playlist of songs called "Ten Years Onward," described as "songs still as resonant today as they were on September 21, 2011."  It's a collection of singles, deep cuts, demos, live tracks and rarities from across R.E.M.'s entire catalog.

On his Facebook page, the band's manager, Bertis Downs, wrote, "Disbandment Day -- a bittersweet day in memory. But a good decision by the guys. And thankfully the music and the people live on."

Over their 31-year career, R.E.M. won three Grammys, sold 85 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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Previously unseen footage of the late Chris Cornell is featured in a new video released to celebrate his daughter Toni's 17th birthday.

The video, which was posted to Cornell's Instagram, shows the father-daughter pair playing music together over the years, including a particularly moving clip of Chris strumming "You Are My Sunshine" on an acoustic guitar while an infant Toni hangs on its neck.

Vicky Cornell, Chris' widow and Toni's mother, also posted a video of her own, set to her daughter's version of the Prince-written, Sinead O'Conner-performed classic "Nothing Compares 2 U."

Last year, the Cornell family released No One Sings Like You Anymore, a compilation of covers Chris had recorded before his death in 2017. It marks his final, fully completed studio album.

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Courtesy of Beat Saber

If you love Billie Eilish and light sabers, listen up.  The "bad guy" singer is making her Beat Saber debut today.

Beat Saber is a VR rhythm game that tasks players to wield blades that resemble lightsabers to cut through different blocks that are perfectly timed with the music's beats.  The game is available on Oculus Quest 2 and Rift Platforms.

The Billie Eilish music pack includes 10 songs, from the albums Happier Than Ever and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Here is the complete track list, which can be purchased as a set for $12.99.  Songs may be purchased individually for $1.99 each.

"all the good girls go to hell"
"bad guy"
"bellyache"
"bury a friend"
"Happier Than Ever"
"I Didn’t Change My Number"
"NDA"
"Oxytocin "
"Therefore I Am"
"you should see me in a crown"

Beat Saber also includes music from Imagine DragonsLinkin ParkGreen Day and Panic! at the Disco.

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XL Recordings

Radiohead is teasing the video for "If You Say the Word," a newly released song from the band's upcoming Kid Amnesiae compilation.

A preview clip shows a group of men in a forest attempting to move an unconscious body. The whole video is set to premiere this Thursday, September 23, at 10 a.m. ET.

"If You Say the Word" is among "half-remembered, half-forgotten sessions and unreleased material" collected on Kid Amnesiae. The recordings date back to the eras of Radiohead's 2000 and 2001 albums, Kid A and Amnesiac.

Kid Amnesiae will be released alongside reissues of Kid A and Amnesiac on November 5.

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Bad Boy/Interscope Records

It turns out Machine Gun Kelly dissing Slipknot as "old weird dudes with masks" during last weekend's Riot Fest was anything but random.

The "Bloody Valentine" rocker and Knot frontman Corey Taylor apparently have bad blood from when Taylor wrote a verse for Kelly's 2020 hit album, Tickets to My Downfall.

"[The verse] was f***ing terrible, so I didn't use it," Kelly tweeted Monday night.

"[Taylor] got mad about it, and talked s*** to a magazine about the same album he was almost on," he added, seemingly referring to Taylor's comments about a certain artist who "failed in one genre and decided to go rock."

"Y'all's stories are all off," Kelly concluded. "Just admit he's bitter."

Taylor then returned fire with screenshots of an email exchange between him and Tickets producer Travis Barker. The first email shows Barker sharing Kelly's notes on what Taylor had written, in which he writes that he's "honored" to work with the Knot vocalist, but suggests a few changes to the song. In his response to Barker, Taylor wrote that he "listened to the ideas" and felt he wasn't the "right guy for the track."

"Nothing personal, I just think if this is what MGK is looking for, someone else is the guy to do it," Taylor wrote. "It's ALL good, and I'm stoked for him."

To accompany the screenshots, Taylor wrote, "I didn't do the track because I don't like when people try to 'write' for me. I said NO to THEM."

Kelly then responded to Taylor's tweet by writing, "Basically, your verse was really bad."

"Respectfully, I was just telling you to rewrite it because it was really bad," Kelly added, before suggesting that they record a "Britney Spears song cover together."

For some reason, we don't see that happening.

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If you couldn't tell from the title of Badflower's upcoming album This Is How the World Ends, frontman Josh Katz was very much influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's really observational," Katz tells ABC Audio of the record. "It's such a pandemic album, [that's] the only way I can describe it."

Faced with limited social options over the past year-and-a-half -- "I already have no social life, and I especially had no social life [during quarantine]," he quips -- Katz turned to the same place many of the rest of us did: the internet.

"I just took to the internet and started observing and trying to understand these characters who I was so, so far away from who display such a different version of themselves on the internet than they do in real life," he explains.

That then led to "researching and obsessing," which Katz says became a "big part" of the album. Then, however, things took an introspective turn.

"[I was] trying to understand who I am in this world," Katz shares. "Am I trying to make the world a better place, or am I just serving myself? What's my role in all that, what should I be doing?...That was my perspective through a lot of this stuff."

This Is How the World Ends, the sophomore follow-up to 2019's OK, I'm Sick, arrives this Friday. It includes the previously released singles "Don't Hate Me" and "Family."

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