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Credit: Shervin LainezAWOLNATION has premiered a new version of the band's song "Radical," featuring Grouplove.

"So happy to finally team up with our brothers and sister in @GROUPLOVE," the "Sail" rockers tweeted. "It's been a long time coming and we can finally party together."

You can download the collaboration now via digital outlets. The original "Radical" appears on AWOLNATION's new album, Angel Mines & the Lightning Riders, which dropped in April.

In related news, AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno and drummer Isaac Carpenter have contributed to a cover of Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" in an effort to raise money for the wildfire relief efforts on the West Coast.

The cover, which was organized by guitarist Mike Squires as part of his Couch Riffs series, also features The Smashing Pumpkins guitarist Jeff Schroeder and touring bassist Jack Bates. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

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Credit: Nikoli PartiyeliWallows has released a new EP, titled Remote.

As its title suggests, the six-track collection was recorded in quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Remote is a special project for us," Wallows says. "We finished it all without seeing each other in person by sending each other voice memos and spending hours chatting on FaceTime."

The band adds, "Though the lyrics don't reflect on or reference our time staying at home, the music wouldn’t have turned out the way it did if not for quarantine."

You can listen to Remote now via digital platforms. It's also available on pink vinyl through the Wallows web store.

Remote follows Wallows' 2019 debut album, Nothing Happens, which spawned the single "Are You Bored Yet?" featuring Clairo. The track currently sits in the top five on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart.

Here's the Remote track list:

"Virtual Aerobics"
"Dig What You Dug"
"Nobody Gets Me (Like You)"
"Coastlines"
"Talk Like That"
"Wish Me Luck"

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12Tone MusicTom DeLonge and Angels & Airwaves have teamed up with producer and DJ Illenium for a new song called "Paper Thin."

In a statement, the former Blink-182 guitarist says he was "flattered" when Illenium approached him for the song.

"Electronic music has been prevalent in Angels & Airwaves' sound since the beginning, so it felt like a very natural collaboration," DeLonge says. "It was a lot of fun to work with somebody on something so progressive and different than what I'm used to."

You can listen to "Paper Thin" now via digital outlets.

Illenium has previously collaborated with artists including X Ambassadors and I Prevail. He scored a top-three hit on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart with "Good Things Fall Apart," featuring Jon Bellion, which was also remixed by Blink-182's Travis Barker.

DeLonge, meanwhile, has been working on new Angels & Airwaves music -- the band dropped a single called "All That's Left Is Love" in April. He's also making his directorial debut with the film Monsters of California, which is currently in production.

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Credit: Dean MartindaleRoyal Blood has premiered the video for the duo's new single, "Trouble's Coming."

The clip reflects the dance-y, Daft Punk-influenced sound of the tune with plenty of smoke machines and flashing neon lights. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

"Trouble's Coming" is the first single off Royal Blood's forthcoming third album, due out in spring 2021. It'll follow the U.K. act's 2017 sophomore effort, How Did We Get So Dark?

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Credit: Chris VillaMachine Gun Kelly is taking a page out of Green Day's book and turning his new album Tickets to My Downfall into a musical.

Speaking to NME, Kelly reveals that he's already filmed the project, which he describes as a "pop-punk Grease."

"It was almost like shooting 14 music videos back-to-back, but with a narrative that’s outside of my personal life stories," Kelly explains.

"It focuses on other characters, and then me and [Travis Barker] are just the narrators," he continues. "It's an interesting concept because it hasn't been done for an album ever, maybe outside of like Pink Floyd's The Wall."

Tickets to My Downfall, which Barker executive produced, was released in September. It features the lead single "Bloody Valentine."

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Peter Pakvis/RedfernsRed Hot Chili Peppers are back to "writing new music," according to guitarist John Frusciante.

Speaking to Australia's Double J radio, Frusciante shares that the band had been rehearsing together prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We were rehearsing for a couple months, and then the quarantine started, and then we stopped rehearsing for a couple months, and then we went back to rehearsing," Frusciante says. "We're moving ahead with what we're doing, we're writing new music."

Frusciante, who previously played with the Chili Peppers from 1988 to 1992 and between 1998 and 2009, rejoined the band late last year. He says that returning to the group feels like "returning to family."

"I'm extremely comfortable with those people," Frusciante explains. "It was as if no time had gone by at all when we started playing, pretty much, with a couple of minor exceptions, like how [drummer] Chad [Smith] and I gradually got our communication together in a new way."

"Basically, we're all just as comfortable with each other as we ever were, and it just felt like that right off the bat," he adds.

Meanwhile, Frusciante just dropped a new solo album called Maya, which is described as his "first instrumental electronic album under his own name."

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Virgin RecordsThe Smashing Pumpkins' alt-rock opus Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is 25.

The 28-track double album, which was first released on October 23, 1995, became one of the most iconic albums of the '90s, and has been certified diamond for over 10 million copies sold in the U.S.

Going into the sessions for Mellon Collie, frontman Billy Corgan set his expectations high, dubbing the upcoming record "The Wall for Generation X." In a departure from the first two Pumpkins album, which were recorded with Nevermind producer Butch Vig, Corgan instead produced Mellon Collie with Flood and Alan Moulder.

Upon its release, Mellon Collie debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and remains the only Pumpkins album to achieve that feat. It spawned hit singles "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Zero," "Tonight, Tonight" and "Thirty-Three" -- "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" in particular seemed to capture the mood of the '90s with the lyric, "Despite all my rage/I am still just a rat in a cage."

While recording Mellon Collie was relatively non-eventful -- especially compared to the drama-filled sessions for 1993's Siamese Dream -- things started to spiral out of control following the album's release. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was fired from the band in 1996, followed by bassist D'arcy Wretzky leaving in 1999. Eventually, the Pumpkins called it quits altogether in 2000.

Corgan would then resurrect the band in 2006 with a revolving lineup of members. In 2018, Chamberlin and original guitarist James Iha officially rejoined the Pumpkins, though Wretzky remains uninvolved.

The reformed Smashing Pumpkins had planned to celebrate Mellon Collie's 25th anniversary with a world tour, but the outing's been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They're also working on a "sequel" album to Mellon Collie and 2000's Machina.

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ParlophoneGorillaz's new album Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez is out today, and it includes new collaborations with Beck and St. Vincent.

The "Loser" singer guests on a track called "The Valley of the Pagans," while the "Los Ageless" rocker hops on a tune titled "Chalk Tablet Towers." Both songs are available now via digital outlets.

Song Machine, Season One also includes the previously released collaborations with The Cure's Robert Smith and Elton John, along with many other guests.

Gorillaz will play songs from Song Machine during a trio of livestream concerts, taking place December 12 and 13. The group has also announced a batch of European tour dates for the summer of 2021.

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Warner RecordsIn the end, Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory mattered a whole lot.

The band's massive debut album, released October 24, 2000, officially celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday. Assisted by hit singles in "In the End," "Crawling," "One Step Closer" and "Papercut," Hybrid Theory became the best-selling debut album of the 21st century, and would eventually be certified diamond for over 10 million copies sold in the U.S.

Reflecting on Hybrid Theory 20 years later, co-vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda says, "Looking back at an album that is a complete anomaly -- in terms of its impact on just our lives first and foremost -- is hard to even to put into words or wrap your head around."

Hybrid Theory had a huge impact on the direction of mainstream rock music.  With its personal, angst-filled lyrics and its combination of hard rock and rap, the album became the poster child for the nu metal scene of the early 2000s.

"We often times joke about how angst-y and angry the first record is," Shinoda laughs. "It's, like, for any kid, why were you that mad? Like, what were you even that mad at?"

Speaking on Hybrid Theory's legacy, Shinoda is particularly honored when other artists speak of how they were influenced by the album.

"All of us, every musician is a product of the things that they grew up loving," Shinoda says. "So to have other artists who are cool…who I like to listen to say that they loved Hybrid Theory, I've always gotten a kick out of that."

Linkin Park celebrated Hybrid Theory's 20th anniversary with a massive reissue, which includes various B-sides, demos, remixes and live recordings, as well as the previously unreleased and long sought-after song "Pictureboard." The collection is out now.

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Danny Wimmer PresentsAfter announcing headliners Metallica and My Chemical Romance, Sacramento's Aftershock Festival has announced the full lineup for its 2021 event.

The bill now includes Rise Against, Machine Gun Kelly, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, Mastodon, Volbeat, Seether, Live, Skillet, Gojira, Anthrax, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, grandson, Avatar, Pop Evil, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, L7 and Badflower, among many others.

As previously reported, Metallica will be headlining two nights at Aftershock. Along with MCR, the metal legends were set to play the 2020 event, which was was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aftershock 2021 will be held October 7-10. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit AftershockFestival.com.

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ElektraMichael Fitzpatrick -- otherwise known as Fitz from Fitz and the Tantrums -- has released his debut solo song.

The track, called "Head Up High," was written as a message of hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Collectively -- not as a city, community, country, or even continent -- the whole world is carrying the weight of what the global pandemic has meant," Fitz says. "We're all experiencing it at the same time. So, the statement rang out, 'You've got to keep your head up.'"

"The message feels so relevant," he adds. "Life is not a sprint; it's a marathon. I needed to hear that message and express it in a song to rally everybody to keep their heads above water."

"Head Up High" is available now via digital outlets. Fitz plans to release his debut solo album in early 2021.

The most recent Fitz and the Tantrums album is 2019's All the Feels. They also released a live record, Live in Chicago, just this month.

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Credit: Matty VogelAfter dropping his new single "Can't Wait to Be Dead" Wednesday, Finneas has now premiered its accompanying video.

The clip certainly reflects the song's message -- which Finneas previously said was about his "relationship with the internet" -- capturing the musician's reflection in his phone screen as he scrolls through a never-ending feed of the news that made 2020 the insane year its been.

You can watch the "Can't Wait to Be Dead" video streaming now on YouTube.

"Can't Wait to Be Dead" follows the song "What They'll Say About Us," which dropped in September. Finneas released his debut EP, Blood Harmony, featuring the single "Let's Fall in Love for the Night," in 2019.

Additionally, Finneas is continuing to work on music with his sister and collaborator, Billie Eilish.

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ABCFoo Fighters and Dave Matthews will perform during I Will Vote, a virtual concert held in support of Joe Biden's presidential campaign.

The online event will take place this Sunday, October 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Foo frontman Dave Grohl is also listed as a "special guest" on the lineup.

I Will Vote is also set to include performances and appearances by Jon Bon Jovi, A$AP Ferg, Sara Bareilles, Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Macy Gray, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Helen Mirren, Maren Morris, Pink, Billy Porter, Amy Schumer, and the cast of Queer Eye, among many others.

Additionally, Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, as well as vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, are set to appear during the concert.

You can watch be donating any among to the Joe Biden Victory Fund.

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Credit: Sam CahillMachine Gun Kelly has premiered the video for "Forget Me Too," the Halsey-featuring track off his new album, Tickets to My Downfall.

The clip stars Kelly and Halsey, who were rumored to be dating a few years back, as a couple in the middle of a big fight. Blink-182's Travis Barker, who executive produced Tickets to My Downfall, makes a cameo at the end of the video.

You can watch the "Forget Me Too" video streaming now on YouTube.

Tickets to My Downfall, which was released in September, also features the lead single "Bloody Valentine." That song's video stars Kelly's real-life girlfriend, Megan Fox.

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Ipecac RecordingsMr. Bungle has shared a new song called "Sudden Death," a track off the band's upcoming album, The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo.

The seven-and-a-half-minute thrash epic is available now via digital outlets.

The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo due out October 30, is a rerecorded version of Mr. Bungle's 1986 demo of the same name. It features original members Mike Patton, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn, plus Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo.

Mr. Bungle will celebrate the album's arrival with a special virtual concert, streaming October 31 starting at 3 p.m. ET.

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Virgin RecordsThe Smashing Pumpkins have announced a whole lot of plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band's diamond-certified 1995 album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

First, Billy Corgan and company have revealed that they were going to announce a 25th anniversary world arena tour this Friday on the official Mellon Collie anniversary date, but the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in those plans. The Pumpkins have since rescheduled the tour for 2021; exact details about the itinerary are forthcoming.

Second, a new album characterized as a "sequel" to Mellon Collie and the Pumpkins' 2000, two-part opus Machina, is in the works, and is set to be released in late 2021. That record is in addition to the upcoming double-album CYR, which is due out November 27.

And that's not all! Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will take part in a live Q&A about the anniversary, taking place this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Additionally, the Pumpkins have teamed up with the streetwear brand HUF Worldwide to launch a new, Mellon Collie-inspired apparel line.

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was first released October 23, 1995. The 28-track double album spawned the singles "Bullet with Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Tonight, Tonight," "Zero," and "Thirty-Three."

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Credit: Vijat MohindraWhile you wait for Miley Cyrus' upcoming Metallica covers album, you can listen to her put her spin on another iconic rock act: Pearl Jam.

The pop star performed a stripped-down rendition of the grunge giants' song "Just Breathe" for her MTV Unplugged Presents Miley Cyrus Backyard Sessions special. You can watch the performance streaming now on YouTube.

The original "Just Breathe" appears on Pearl Jam's 2009 album, Backspacer.

Earlier this week, Cyrus revealed in a piece for Interview Magazine that she's currently working on a Metallica covers album. She previously performed the band's classic "Nothing Else Matters" during her 2019 Glastonbury set.

Cyrus' impressive history of live rock covers also includes a performance of Temple of the Dog's "Say Hello 2 Heaven" at the Chris Cornell memorial concert.

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Paul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesA U.K. busker whose guitar was smashed received quite the replacement, thanks to Jack White.

Twenty-six-year-old Matt Grant regularly busks with his acoustic guitar in Edinburgh, Scotland. where he lives. As he tells it, a "drunk" woman angrily approached him while he was playing recently and smashed his guitar.

"Can't believe this has happened," Grant wrote on Instagram alongside video of the incident's aftermath. "My livelihood."

Grant then set up a GoFundMe to raise money for a new guitar. The campaign was successful, so he headed to a local guitar store to pick out a replacement acoustic. That's when he got a call from Jack White's manager.

"[The manager] tells me Jack White has seen my GoFundMe page, feels bad for what happened and wants to buy me a new guitar," Grant explains in a new post.

Grant got to pick out any guitar he wanted, and eventually settled on a custom Fender Stratocaster.

"Absolute once in a million lifetimes thing happened today and I cannot thank Jack enough for his absolute generosity," Grant says. "Apparently he saw what happened and hit up his manager just this morning, who then amazingly tracked me down to the guitar shop just in time for me to walk out with this absolute beauty."

"Thanks Jack," he adds. "I'd love to thank you personally one day, you're a legend."

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ABCFoo Fighters have dug up a batch of live radio performances for a new EP.

The four-track collection, dubbed Live on the Radio 1996, includes renditions of the songs "For All the Cows," "How I Miss You," "Wattershed" and "Up in Arms." It's available now exclusively through Amazon Music.

Live on the Radio 1996 was uncovered by Scott Weiss, the audio engineer for the recording session. He submitted it for Foo Fighters' People of Rock and Roll archival project, which asked fans to share their favorite Foo-related memories or memorabilia.

"Putting this tape in and giving it a listen after all these years was such a flashback!" Weiss says. "It's a unique recording and I don't think Foo fans often get a chance to hear Dave [Grohl] sing like he did that night."

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesJared Leto is returning to the DC Comics universe, reprising his role as the Joker from 2016's Suicide Squad in Zack Snyder's rejiggered version of Justice League.

The announcement is newsworthy, says The Hollywood Reporter, firstly because the character didn't appear in the original 2017 film, which raises the question of how much new content will be added to the so-called Snyder Cut.

Leto's addition will also tie together Snyder's Justice League with Suicide Squad, which also featured a cameo from Ben Affleck's Batman, who tried to take down the Thirty Second to Mars frontman's Joker and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

Sources close to then-studio executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, who oversaw the film and the reshoot by Joss Whedon tell THR that the duo is planning to remove their names from the Snyder Cut, since they did not work on this version and are no longer studio executives.

It's not clear if the move by the duo has anything to do with Ray Fisher, who plays Cyborg, accusing Justice League director Joss Whedon of "abusive" behavior on the set of the movie, and that Berg and Johns enabled Whedon’s alleged behavior.

The Snyder Cut of Justice League will be released exclusively on HBO Max next year.

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