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Credit: Johannes LovundTwo Feet just released his debut album Pink in March, but he's already nearly finished with a follow-up record.

"My next one is actually almost done," the "I Feel Like I'm Drowning" singer tells ABC Audio. "I'm about to write the last song for the next album."

Two Feet -- non-stage name: Bill Dess -- says that he's "super excited" about the fresh material, which he says goes in a "completely different direction" from Pink, a guitar-driven record sprinkled with instrumental interludes.

"It's way more vocal," Dess says of the new stuff. "There's way more singing, lyrics, stuff like that."

Dess adds that he was "listening to a ton of The Strokes" while working on the upcoming album.

"It does sort of have minor influence from that and The White Stripes and stuff like that," he says. "I'm honestly really excited about this new music."

By Josh Johnson
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Credit: Errick EasterdayThe Unlikely Candidates have announced a livestream concert taking place next Thursday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

The interactive show will allow you to suggest which songs you want the band to play.

To watch, you have a variety of ticket options, including a meet and greet, which allows you to chat -- virtually, of course -- with the band after the performance.

For more info, visit Set.live.

The Unlikely Candidates premiered a new single called "High Low" in May. It's the follow-up to the group's chart-topping hit "Novocaine."

By Josh Johnson
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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesBlink-182 and The Used will headline the 2021 Four Chord Music Festival, held July 17 outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Both bands had been on tap to headline the 2020 edition of the event, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other artists on the bill include State Champs, Mayday Parade, Four Year Strong, The Ataris and Hit the Lights.

Tickets previously purchased for Four Chord 2020 will be honored at the 2021 festival. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit FourChordMusicFestival.com.

By Josh Johnson
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Credit: Lindsey ByrnesHayley Williams has shared an acoustic version of her solo song "Simmer."

The Paramore frontwoman staged the unplugged performance while sitting outside her home, surrounded by her dog and chirping birds. You can watch it now streaming via Williams' Instagram.

"Simmer" originally premiered in January, or, as Williams puts it, "6 hundred years ago, b.c. (corona)."

"I still love ['Simmer'] and it keeps evolving," she says.

You can hear the original "Simmer" on Williams' debut solo album Petals for Armor, which dropped in May.

By Josh Johnson
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Credit: Allen AlcantaraCold War Kids, Brittany Howard and Nathaniel Rateliff are performing during Crash the Couch, an online music festival hosted by Jack Daniel's.

The two-day virtual event will stream August 14-15 via the Jack Daniel's YouTube channel.

"Jack believes in the power of music," the famed whiskey brand says. "That's why we're throwing our own virtual music festival

Proceeds will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund in support of music industry professionals amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Josh Johnson
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Lorne Thomson/RedfernsU.K. musicians including The 1975 and Bastille have signed an open letter condemning racism and calling out the rest of the music industry to do the same.

"We, representatives from the music industry, write to demonstrate and express our determination, that love, unity and friendship, not division and hatred, must and will always be our common cause," the letter opens.

"In recent months through a series of events and incidents, the anti-black racists and anti-semites, plus those who advocate islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, have repeatedly demonstrated that they clearly want us all to fail," it continues. "Whether it be systemic racism and racial inequality highlighted by continued police brutality in America or anti-Jewish racism promulgated through online attacks, the result is the same: suspicion, hatred and division. We are at our worst when we attack one another."

Ultimately, the letter declares that "silence is not an option."

"We, the British music industry are proudly uniting to amplify our voices, to take responsibility, to speak out and stand together in solidarity," it reads.

Others who signed the letter include Yungblud, Biffy Clyro and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as a number of non-U.K. artists, including former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Nile Rodgers.

You can read the whole letter via Medium.com.

By Josh Johnson
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Credit: Shervin LainezAJR's single "Bang!" is about entering a new phase of your life, and adjusting to that new normal. While that sounds a lot like what a lot of people are going through now in the time of COVID-19, the song was written way before the pandemic hit.

As the trio -- made up of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met -- tells ABC Audio, "Bang!" actually originated during the sessions for AJR's most recent album, 2019's Neotheater.

"The concept was very much a sequel to Neotheater," Ryan explains. "Where Neotheater was very much [about] trying to remain a kid, I think 'Bang!' is about trying to fit in with the adults and trying to do all the things that your parents do, but it doesn't quite feel natural yet, and know[ing] that it's inevitable at some point."

"Of course, we did not know a pandemic was coming," he adds.

However, there is one eerie connection between "Bang!" and the pandemic, specially with the music video, which premiered in February.

"In the music video, we have a scene with doctors with masks," Ryan shares. "How would we have ever known that the world would be wearing masks a few months later? Yeah, a weird coincidence."

AJR is currently working on new music to follow "Bang!", which peaked at number two on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart.

"In the next very short time, we will be putting out new music," Jack teases. "We've been hyping it up on our social media and everything like that, but a new song is finally coming out."

"Or songs," he adds.

By Josh Johnson
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Fueled By Ramen Grandson has premiered a new song called "Riptide."

The track, which you can download now via digital outlets, follows the previously released tune "Identity." Both songs were co-produced by Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda.

"These songs have a lot to do with the conflict we find between making painful change or dealing with the pain from staying the same with those familiar bad habits," grandson says. "One way or another, it's gonna hurt like hell."

Both "Riptide" and "Identity" are expected to be included on grandson's upcoming debut album, which is due out later this year.

By Josh Johnson
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Credit: Ash RobertsBiffy Clyro has premiered a new song called "Weird Leisure."

The track, available now for digital download, will appear on the Scottish band's upcoming album A Celebration of Endings, due out August 14.

A Celebration of Endings is the follow-up to 2016's Ellipsis. It also includes the previously released tunes "Instant History," "Tiny Indoor Fireworks" and "End Of."

To celebrate the release of A Celebration of Endings, Biffy Clyro will be performing the album in full on a livestream airing August 15. For more info, visit BiffyClyro.com/livestream.

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Radio Disney/Image Group LALovelytheband has shared a new song called "buzz cut."

The track, which you can download now via digital outlets, will appear on the "Broken" trio's upcoming sophomore album, conversations with myself about you.

"'Buzz cut' is about having an instant connection with someone," says frontman Mitchy Collins. "You don't need or care to know anything about each other's past. It's all about giving yourself up to the moment."

Conversations with myself about you, the follow-up to 2018's Finding It Hard to Smile, arrives August 28. It also includes the previously released songs "loneliness for love," "waste," "i should be happy" and "idwgtyp."

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Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits compilation will be available on vinyl for the first time on September 25, and is available for pre-order now.

Originally released in 2004, the collection includes songs from GN'R's massive 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction through their 1993 covers album "The Spaghetti Incident?", plus the group's version of the Rolling Stones classic "Sympathy for the Devil," which was recorded for the Interview with the Vampire soundtrack.

The vinyl edition also will feature the 1986 song "Shadow of Your Love," which was released for the first time as part of the 2018 Appetite reissue box set. Three versions of the two-LP release will be available -- a standard black-vinyl edition, a colored-vinyl edition that's silver with red-and-white splatter, and a picture- disc version available exclusively from the band's official store.

The Greatest Hits compilation peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and has gone on to be certified five-times platinum in the U.S.

Here's the Greatest Hits vinyl track list:

"Welcome to the Jungle"
"Sweet Child O' Mine"
"Shadow of Your Love"
"Patience"
"Paradise City"
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
"Civil War"
"You Could Be Mind"
"Don't Cry (Original Version)"
"November Rain"
"Live and Let Die"
"Yesterdays"
"Ain't It Fun"
"Since I Don't Have You"
"Sympathy for the Devil"

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Credit: Shane TimmAndrew McMahon in the Wilderness has released a new song called "Get on My Wave."

The track, which you can download now via digital outlets, first debuted during McMahon's drive-in concerts earlier this month in California.

"I've struggled with releasing the song during the pandemic because it felt too happy; detached from the tumult of our current world," McMahon says. "Lately it's been making more sense to me."

"It's a song about love and alienation and how in a world where things can look perfect on the surface there are always currents running beneath and tides which push and pull at the shore," he continues. "It's about finding your people and acknowledging your relationship with those forces outside of your control and saying, 'let's ride this out together.'"

"Get on My Wave" follows the latest Wilderness album, 2018's Upside Down Flowers.

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesThe Jaded Hearts Club, the all-star cover band featuring Muse's Matt Bellamy and Blur's Graham Coxon, will release their debut album You've Always Been Here on October 2.

The upcoming record consists of 11 covers, including previously released renditions of Marvin Gaye's "This Love Starved Heart of Mine (It's Killing Me)," and the Isley Brothers song "Nobody but Me."

Along with the album announcement, The Jaded Hearts Club has dropped two more covers: Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again" and the Four Tops' "Reach Out I'll Be There," both of which are available now for digital download.

"Like Jazz which reinvents old songs, we are continuing the tradition of how bands like The Beatles and The [Rolling] Stones started out," Bellamy says. "Finding great soul and blues standards and recording them in a more modern style."

The Jaded Hearts Club also features Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets, Nic Cester of Jet, The Zutons drummer Sean Payne, and guitarist Jamie Davis.

Here's the You've Always Been Here track list:

"We'll Meet Again"
"Reach Out I'll Be There"
"Have Love Will Travel"
"This Love Starved Heart Of Mine (It's Killing Me)"
"Nobody But Me"
"Long and Lonesome Road"
"I Put a Spell on You"
"Money (That's What I Want)"
"Why When the Love Has Gone"
"Love's Gone Bad"
"Fever"

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Credit: Ollie TrenchardGlass Animals has shared a new song called "It's All So Incredibly Loud," which will appear on the band's forthcoming album, Dreamland.

The track, which is available now for digital download, is accompanied by a video starring frontman Dave Bayley as he stands on a diving board, contemplating whether or not to jump into the pool. You can watch it streaming now on YouTube.

"The entire song is only about three seconds of life," Bayley explains. "I think most people have been in a position where they have had to tell someone something that they knew was going to devastate them. Something that would change their life."

"It's about the silence that occurs between those words leaving your mouth and the other person reacting," he continues. "It's the most deafening thing I've ever experienced. The video is meant to be a metaphor for the build-up before that, and then the sudden explosion of quiet that lasts forever."

Dreamland, the follow-up to 2016's How to Be a Human Being, is due out August 7. It also includes the previously released songs "Your Love (Déjà Vu)," "Heat Waves," "Dreamland" and "Tokyo Drifting" featuring Denzel Curry.

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Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesTravis Barker has reunited with Run the Jewels for a new collaborative single called "Forever."

The Blink-182 drummer and the hip hop duo previously linked up on the song "All Due Respect," which appears on the 2014 RTJ album, Run the Jewels 2.

You can download "Forever" now via digital outlets.

"Forever" follows Run the Jewels' new album RTJ4, which dropped in June. It includes collaborations with Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme.

Barker, meanwhile, has been working with everyone from Machine Gun Kelly to Post Malone lately, in addition to recording new music with Blink-182.

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Adam Alessi/Columbia RecordsThe Neighbourhood has announced a new album called Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones, due out September 25.

The record, the follow-up to 2018's Hard to Imagine The Neighbourhood Ever Changing, comes with a Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band-like twist, with the "Sweater Weather" band adopting the identity of a fictional, silver-painted group called Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones.

"I wanted to speak in a different way with music," says frontman Jesse Rutherford. "At the end of the day, I've been trying to figure out what it really means. Sometimes, it's hard for me to put it into words-even though it's supposed to be my job with the lyrics."

"Chip helped me find that voice," he explains. "He's the best leader I could be for this project, for the boys, and for my friends."

Chip Chrome includes the previously released single "Middle of Somewhere," which dropped last August, as well as a brand new track called "Cherry Flavoured," which you can download now via digital outlets.

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Credit: Vicky CornellChris Cornell's teenage daughter Toni performed a cover of the Pearl Jam song "Black" during her appearance on the Lollapalooza livestream Thursday.

For her take on the grunge classic, Toni stripped it down for an acoustic-led rendition, turning the already dark grunge classic into a haunting ballad.

Toni has been performing more and more in recent years, demonstrating how much vocal talent runs in the Cornell family. In 2017, when she was 12, she joined OneRepublic for a performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on Good Morning America in honor of her late father and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, who both died by suicide within two months of each other that year.

She also recorded a duet of the Prince-written, Sinead O'Connor sung hit "Nothing Compares 2 U" with her dad, which was released in 2018, and she premiered her debut original single "Far Away Places" last September.

More recently, Toni performed a cover of Temple of the Dog's signature song "Hunger Strike" this past April for COVID-19 relief.

(The number for the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.)

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Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix We heard a rumor...that The Umbrella Academy has finally returned.

The show, which is adaptation of the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, follows the Hargreeves children, each of whom has a unique superpower and a unique personality, to boot. When faced with the mysterious death of their father and the impending apocalypse, they must put their differences aside and come together to save the world.

Speaking to Rock Sound, actor Tom Hopper, who plays the super-strong Luther Hargreeves, says it was critical for him to follow the vision that Way saw for his character.

"I remember after reading the comics, it was very important for me that whatever it was that Gerard saw in these characters going into the TV show, it respected his initial vision," Hopper explains.

"It was important for me to talk to him about the ways that I was going or the way that I saw it was the same way that he saw it," the actor continues. "Fortunately it was and I think he's been really pleased with everyone's version of the characters that he came up with in the first place."

Hopper adds that he was able to learn more about Way as a person while working together on set.

"I've chatted to Gerard since a couple of times more about other things," Hopper says. "That's the weird thing. When you're immersed in the show you want to talk about other things other than the show. Which is actually really nice to get to know Gerard as who he is as person more than a guy who has created the comic books."

Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy is streaming now on Netflix. It features the new Way solo song "Here Comes the End."

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ABC/Eric McCandless Billie Eilish has released her highly anticipated new single, "my future."

The track begins as a haunting ballad very much in the "bad guy" singer's wheelhouse, before transitioning into more of an upbeat, funky tune halfway through.

"I'm in love with my future/can't wait to meet her," Eilish croons in the chorus.

"My future" is available now for digital download. You can also watch its accompanying, anime-styled video streaming now on YouTube.

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Courtesy of Craft RecordingsR.E.M.'s 1999 headlining performance at the U.K.'s famed Glastonbury Festival will be streamed globally via the band's official YouTube channel starting next Thursday, August 6, at 3 p.m. ET.

The free video stream of the concert will be viewable for just 72 hours.

The show took place on June 25, 1999, on the festival's Pyramid Stage following a day of performances by bands including Blondie, Bush and Hole.

"Hole did such a great set, I was like -- 'I've got to ramp this up, I've got to be great,'" frontman Michael Stipe recalls about the concert. "I think it was maybe a moment for R.E.M. and the U.K. where we had kind of been forgotten or pushed aside by younger bands, and that was a particular moment at Glastonbury where I think we pulled ourselves back to the front of the line and actually proved, this is what we're capable of. It was a great show for us!"

The concert featured a lengthy set that boasted a mix of old and new R.E.M. tunes, among them "The One I Love," "Losing My Religion," "Everybody Hurts," "Man on the Moon," What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."

Adds Stipe, "I felt triumphant every time we played Glastonbury. The band really stepped up. It's such a beloved and legendary event that, y'know, whatever stars are aligned for us personally and as a group; we managed to show the best of ourselves at each of the shows we played there."

The audio of R.E.M.'s 1999 Glastonbury show was included on the 2018 live box set R.E.M. at the BBC.

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