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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Josh Klinghoffer's 'Under the Banner of Heaven' soundtrack due out in June

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A soundtrack for the new series Under the Banner of Heaven, featuring original music from Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and touring member Josh Klinghoffer, will be released in June.

As previously reported, Ament and Klinghoffer created the show's score alongside Pearl Jam's Gigaton producer Josh Evans and Fitz and the Tantrums drummer John Wicks.

"Banner was the perfect project to put to use an idea I've had for years -- using the big room of my studio as an amplifier for a bunch of a low volume looper stations and composing and performing over tuned ambient beds," Ament says. "It was truly a dream to put music to this incredible story."

You can listen to three selections from the soundtrack now via digital outlets.

Under the Banner of Heaven, which airs via FX on Hulu, is a true crime drama based on the 2003 nonfiction book of the same name. It stars Andrew Garfield, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sam Worthington.

Ament, meanwhile, unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week during Pearl Jam's tour after drummer Matt Cameron also contracted the virus last week. As a result, Pearl Jam canceled their shows in Sacramento, California, and Las Vegas.

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Listen to Portugal. The Man cover Sublime's "Santeria"

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Portugal. The Man may or may not have a crystal ball, but what they definitely do have is a cover of "Santeria."

The "Feel It Still" outfit has put a spin on the Sublime classic, featuring lead vocals from band member Zoe Manville.

"Ever since the very beginnings of Portugal. The Man, there has been a conversation centered around Portugal. The Woman," says guitarist Eric Howk. "Last summer, we wanted to take that conversation a step further. As a touring band that still couldn't tour due to health and safety concerns, and with [frontman] John [Gourley] out of town working on the vocals for the upcoming PTM album, we decided to take advantage of the moment by recording some tracks in [keyboardist] Kyle [O'Quin's] basement with Zoe on lead vocals."

"As we were working on several '90s covers for [a radio show], we got a call to perform in support of the PDX March for Reproductive Rights," Howk continues. "We jumped at the opportunity and got to let Zoe shine on lead vocals during a five-song Portugal. The Woman set, and shared one of the most inspiring moments any of us have ever had on a stage. This track hopes to capture that spirit of hope and warmth."

You can listen to the "Santeria" cover streaming exclusively on Amazon Music.

Portugal. The Man released a new single called "What, Me Worry?" earlier this year. At the time, the band announced that a new album would be dropping in June, though no title or exact release date has been revealed yet.

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Deftones' Stephen Carpenter drops off band's international shows

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Deftones will be without guitarist Stephen Carpenter for the band's upcoming international shows.

In a video statement posted Friday, Carpenter says, "As much as I would love to be on the road with my brothers right now playing for all of our incredible international fans, I've chosen to remain playing domestically for now."

"With everything going on in the world, I'm just not ready to leave home or the country yet," he adds.

Guitarist Lance Jackman will fill in for Carpenter in his absence.

"Give him some love," Carpenter says. "Have a great time. I wish I could see every one of you. Thanks for your understanding."

Deftones is set to launch a tour of Europe in June. Presumably, Carpenter will miss the band's upcoming two shows in Canada this weekend, as well.

The Deftones' lineup has already been looking different lately due to the departure of longtime bassist Sergio Vega, who left the band last year as the result of a contract dispute. Vega was replaced by former Marylin Manson bassist Fred Sablan.

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Palaye Royale premieres new single, "Broken"

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Palaye Royale has premiered a new song called "Broken."

"In moments of darkness, it is crucial to find the light and grow into something even more beautiful," says vocalist Remington Leith. "Being broken means you have the opportunity to piece yourself back into an even better version."

"Broken" is available now via digital outlets, both as a standalone single and as part of an EP featuring Palaye Royal's 2021 songs "Paranoid," "No Love in LA" and "Punching Bag."

You can also watch the "Broken" video, which was filmed in a 12th century Prague monastery, streaming now on YouTube.

Palaye Royale has also been working on a new album, titled Fever Dream. It'll be the follow-up to their 2020 effort, The Bastards.

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Oliver Tree releases new song "I Hate You," announces US tour

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Oliver Tree has premiered a new song called "I Hate You."

As its title suggests, the track isn't exactly subtle, with lyrics including "I hate you/You're the worst best friend I ever had/So thank you/'Cause nothing else could be that bad."

You can listen to "I Hate You" now via digital outlets. Its accompanying lyric video is streaming now on YouTube.

"I Hate You" follows Tree's new album Cowboy Tears, which just dropped last February. The record includes the single "Cowboys Don't Cry."

In other news, Tree has announced a U.S. headlining tour in support of Cowboy Tears. The outing kicks off August 4 in San Diego and will travel across the country before wrapping up on October 1 in Santa Cruz, California.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit OliverTreeMusic.com.

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HAIM postpones shows due to "COVD-19 outbreak" on tour

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Two stops on the One More HAIM tour will be happening at another HAIM -- er, time.

According to the Cincinnati, Ohio, Andrew J Brady Music Center, where the sister trio was scheduled to play Thursday, the band's touring party is going through a "COVID-19 outbreak." The show has since been moved to May 29.

"Everyone is doing well, resting up, and they can't wait to be in Cincinnati with you all later this month," the venue says.

Additionally, HAIM's concert at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater, which was originally scheduled for Friday, May 20, has been postponed to September 21.

The One More HAIM tour, which is supporting HAIM's 2020 album Women in Music Pt. III, launched in April. It's currently set to continue Sunday, May 22, in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Grey Daze, Chester Bennington's pre-Linkin Park band, releases new song, "Starting to Fly"

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Grey Daze, the late Chester Bennington's pre-Linkin Park band, has released a new song called "Starting to Fly."

"'Starting to Fly' is a new rock anthem that is about finding yourself and your true potential," says drummer Sean Dowdell. "It is realizing that you can make the world yours. It's a song about hope."

You can listen to "Starting to Fly" now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

"Starting to Fly" will appear on the upcoming Grey Daze album, The Phoenix, due out June 17. Like the previous Grey Daze album, 2020's Amends, The Phoenix includes newly recorded instrumentals accompanying Bennington's vocals.

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The Cure's new album set to arrive by October, says Robert Smith

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: The Cure's next album will be released later this year.

Frontman Robert Smith has been teasing the follow-up to 2008's 4:13 Dream dating back to at least 2019, when he told NME that he was "intent" on releasing a new Cure record by the end of that year.

Well, it's now 2022, and Smith is once again telling the U.K. publication that The Cure will release a new album before the year is over.

"We will be releasing a new album," Smith says. "I get fed up of saying this now! We will be playing from October and the new album will be out before then."

Smith describes the record, which is currently titled Songs of a Lost World, as "pretty relentless," correctly asserting that vibe "will appeal to the hardcore of our audience."

"I don't think we'll be getting any #1 singles off it or anything like that!" he laughs. "It's been quite harrowing, like it has for everyone else."

Meanwhile, Smith and longtime Cure bassist Simon Gallup were honored with the Music Icon Award at the 2022 Ivor Novello Awards, which were held earlier this week. The prestigious U.K. prize recognized the pair as "true cultural icons who have changed the face of popular music across the last four decades as songwriters for The Cure."

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'If everything could ever feel this real forever': Foo Fighters' 'The Colour and the Shape' turns 25

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The Foo Fighters album The Colour and the Shape is now 25.

Released May 20, 1997, The Colour and the Shape arrived two years after Dave Grohl dropped the debut, self-titled Foo Fighters record in 1995. While technically the sophomore Foo Fighters effort, The Colour and the Shape marked their studio debut as a full band.

Grohl, who played drums in Nirvana, initially founded Foo Fighters as a solo project following the death of Kurt Cobain and recorded that first Foos album almost entirely by himself. When it came time for a Foo Fighters tour, Grohl put together a live band featuring bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as touring Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear.

That lineup then went into the studio to record The Colour and the Shape, though it didn't come out the same way. As the story goes, Grohl was not satisfied with Goldsmith's drum tracks and decided to rerecord them himself. Upon learning this, Goldsmith left the band.

Beyond the personnel issues, recording The Colour and the Shape was a difficult -- and unexpectedly expensive -- process for Grohl and company. Still, the Foos powered through and delivered what's considered to be among their best albums, thanks in part to now-classic songs including "Everlong," "My Hero" and "Monkey Wrench." Additionally, Goldsmith's departure led to drummer Taylor Hawkins joining the band shortly after the album was recorded.

Speaking with ABC Audio earlier this year, Grohl shared that the Foos didn't have any plans to mark The Colour and the Shape's milestone anniversary. Any plans that they may have had, however, are now undoubtedly canceled, given the unexpected death of Hawkins last March. Following the news of Hawkins' passing, Foo Fighters canceled all of their tour dates.

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Linkin Park's 'One More Light' title track certified Platinum on album's five-year anniversary

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Linkin Park's "One More Light" is officially a Platinum record.

According to the RIAA, the song hit the 1 million certified units mark today, May 19, exactly five years after the album One More Light was first released in 2017.

Additionally, the lead One More Light single "Heavy" has now been certified double-Platinum.

With its pop and electronic-driven sound, One More Light was initially divisive among Linkin Park fans. Still, it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

One More Light would soon take on a new meaning after frontman Chester Bennington died by suicide in July 2017, just two months after the album's release. The record's title track in particular became a rallying cry for grieving fans.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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Watch the trailer for third season of 'The Umbrella Academy'

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The first trailer for the upcoming third season of The Umbrella Academy has arrived.

The clip picks up after the cliffhanger of season 2, which -- spoiler alert -- ends with our beloved family of misfit superheroes jumping into an alternate timeline where the Umbrella Academy doesn't exist. Instead, they find that their eccentric, estranged father figure Reginald Hargreeves has formed a new super family, the Sparrow Academy.

As the trailer's tag line puts it, "Too many siblings, not enough timeline."

The Umbrella Academy, which first debuted in 2019, is based on the comic book series created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

Season 3 will star returning cast members Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher and Justin H. Min. It premieres June 22 on Netflix.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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Watch R.E.M.'s Mike Mills perform "Losing My Religion" for Mercer University graduates

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Last Monday, May 16, R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills was presented with an honorary doctor of humanities degree at Mercer University in his childhood hometown of Macon, Georgia, during the school's commencement ceremony.

Prior to receiving the degree, the 63-year-old Rock & Roll Hall of Famer played a version of his band's classic song "Losing My Religion," and a video of the performance has been posted on the university's official YouTube channel.

Mills co-founded R.E.M. while attending the University of Georgia in Athens, although he never graduated college.

Before performing at the commencement, Mike addressed Mercer's graduating students, saying, "I am truly and deeply humbled to be standing here today … You're about to accomplish something I never did, which is to graduate from college. So as you continue your journey, I wish you good luck and Godspeed."

Mills plays an electric guitar while singing the song, and he was accompanied by his friend, acclaimed violinist Robert McDuffie, who founded Mercer University's Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in the Townsend School of Music.

In presenting Mills with the honorary degree, the university's president, William D. Underwood, said, "[T]his region has a great history of producing great musical geniuses, from Little Richard to Otis Redding to the Allman Brothers Band to Chuck Leavell and Robert McDuffie. As great as these musical geniuses have been, none of them had more impact with the genius of their work than Mike Mills."

Mills was born in Orange County, California, and his family moved to Macon while he was still a baby. In high school, he met drummer Bill Berry, and the two began playing music together, eventually forming R.E.M. with singer Michael Stipe and guitarist Peter Buck in 1980. R.E.M. disbanded in 2011.

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Switchfoot releases 'Interrobang' album title track as B-side

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Switchfoot has shared a new song called "Interrobang."

If that word sounds familiar, that may be because the "Meant to Live" rockers dropped a new album titled Interrobang last year. Indeed, "Interrobang" the song was recorded to be the title track for Interrobang the album, but didn't end up making the record.

Now, "Interrobang" has finally been released as a B-side.

"'Interrobang' is a song that lives up to its title, raising up more questions than answers," says frontman Jon Foreman. "Rather than fighting against the chaos, 'Interrobang' embraces the unknown. The uncomfortable. The dissonance. The tension. Abandoning the illusion of control."

You can listen to "Interrobang" now via digital outlets.

Switchfoot will hit the road in support of Interrobang in July on a U.S. tour with Collective Soul.

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Matt Maeson premieres new song, "Blood Runs Red"

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Matt Maeson has released a new song called "Blood Runs Red."

"'Blood Runs Red' is a song about being a successful artist and the narcissistic tendencies that come along with it," the "Cringe" artist explains. "I toured for three years straight and received copious amounts of validation but when that ends and you go home, you're left with yourself and who you've become while everyone else around you has remained the same."

You can listen to "Blood Runs Red" now via digital outlets. Its accompanying video is streaming now on YouTube.

"Blood Runs Red" follows Maeson's 2021 one-off single "Nelsonwood Lane." His most recent album is his 2019 debut Bank on the Funeral, which spawned the singles "Cringe" and "Hallucinogenics."

Maeson is launching an acoustic tour May 29 in Memphis, Tennessee. You can also catch him perform at Delaware's Firefly Festival in September.

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Listen to new Foals song "2001"

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Foals has released a new song called "2001," a track off the band's upcoming album, Life Is Yours.

In a statement, frontman Yannis Philippakis describes "2001" as a "postcard from the past."

"We moved to Brighton around that time, we were a young band, and there was the feeling of the first taste of independence," Philippakis says. "The moment you get those freedoms, you’re surrounded by temptation. The references to beachside candy and Brighton rock are symbols for drugs and hedonism."

"This was written in the depths of the pandemic winter," he adds. "There's an escapist desire to break out from the feeling of being cooped up, both in terms of the pandemic and adolescence."

You can listen to "2001" now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

"2001" if the fourth song to be released off Life Is Yours, following "Wake Me Up," "2am" and "Looking High." The album arrives in full on June 17.

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