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X Ambassadors have released a new song called "My Own Monster."

As frontman Sam Nelson Harris explains, the eerie track is about "someone who has a voice inside their head."

"There's something evil about the voice," he shares. "But the person is attracted to that and ultimately decides, 'I'm going to embrace this awful thing, let it be my best friend and let it protect me. What could possibly happen?'"

You can download "My Own Monster" now via digital outlets.

"My Own Monster" follows XA's collaborative (Eg) project, and is the first preview of the band's upcoming third album, due out later this year.

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Bruce Springsteen will be featured on a new tune by The Killers called "Dustland" that, according to a post on the modern rockers' social media sites, will be released on Wednesday, June 16.

The band also has posted a link to pre-save the digital track, as well as a 10-second clip of an apparent music video for the tune showing both Springsteen and Killers frontman Brandon Flowers singing.

The Killers first teased the news of the collaboration on Thursday, when they tweeted, "We're announcing a killer collab (pun intended) later this week, but you've got to figure out who it's with." They added that they would be posting different clues leading up to the announcement, and encouraged fans to submit their guesses via TheKillersMusic.com/GuesstheFeature.

The first clue was a photo of a Ferris wheel on the Atlantic City, New Jersey, boardwalk, accompanied by the caption, "This city is down on the boardwalk and also the title of a song by our mystery artist." The Boss, of course, wrote a song called "Atlantic City" that appeared on his 1982 album Nebraska.

However, after reports emerged Thursday that Springsteen had called in to his radio show and revealed that he and The Killers were working on a new song together, the band then unveiled the new details about the tune.

"Looks like the cat's out of the bag," a message tweeted by The Killers late Thursday reads. "When The Boss decides it's time to make an announcement, it's time to make an announcement."

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Lorde’s new song “Solar Power” may have leaked earlier than she intended, but she’s taking it all in stride. In a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the singer says she’s not angry about the change of plans.

“I mean, listen I love it. Kids are insane,” Lorde says. “I love it. I respect it. I love how hungry they are. Tonight is the solar eclipse, you know, you got to follow the vibes.”

And indeed the song, released Thursday night, captures a sunny, summery vibe. Lorde says the tune was inspired after a fun summer day on Martha’s Vineyard. After a day of swimming, she started playing around on her keyboard and came up with the melody.

“I was like, I don't know what's going on here, but I love it,” she says. “And then I just put it away and had a paddle board, I think, but it really was such a natural, like joyful extension of an awesome day.

Lorde later took it to producer Jack Antonoff and they finished the song.

“We had all the windows open. It was summer. And then we just followed it through,” she says. “...I sampled cicadas on my phone for the last few summers. I was like, it has to have the cicadas in it. I really wanted to capture [that] there’s something so specific about the New Zealand summer.”

Lorde also credits Robbie Williams’ “Rock DJ” and Scottish rock band Primal Scream’s 1990 song “Loaded” for influencing the song’s sound.

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SHAED has launched a new initiative called The Colorful Campaign in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

In partnership with Capital Pride Alliance and The Ally Coalition, The Colorful Campaign will raise money for GivePride365, which "provides resources for LGBTQ+ organizations in need."

The Colorful Campaign is named after the song "Colorful," off SHAED's recently released debut album, High Dive. The track was inspired by member Max Ernst coming out as a gay to his band mates, brother Spencer Ernst and lead singer Chelsea Lee.

"I knew I was gay by the time I was 13," Max explains. "When I entered high school, I felt isolated and depressed as a closeted gay kid at an all-boys Catholic school where every other insult was 'f*****.' The worst part about it was that my twin brother, Spencer, and best friend, Chelsea, had no idea what I was going through because I was too afraid to tell them."

"It wasn't until I mustered up the liquid courage at age 19 to come out to them that I was finally able to breathe in deeply and imagine a future for myself that wasn't built on a lie," he continues. "They were the first two people I told and their immediate support made me feel proud of that part of me I'd been shameful of for so long."

SHAED is celebrating the launch of The Colorful Campaign with the premiere of the "Colorful" video, which is streaming now on YouTube. They've also shared a new remix of the song, recorded in collaboration with TikTok influencer Rich.

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For this Saturday's Record Store Day, I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME will release a 10-inch vinyl EP consisting of B-sides recorded during the sessions for the duo's 2020 debut album, Razzmatazz. If you can't wait that long and/or don't want to leave your house, you can listen to a preview of the compilation now from the comfort of your own home.

The track "Mx. Sinister," one of three previously unreleased songs including on the six-track collection, has been released as a standalone single, available now via digital outlets.

The EP also includes a demo of the Razzmatazz song "From the Gallows" and a "slow jam" version of the 2017 single "Modern Day Cain," as well as the hit "Leave Me Alone" and an accompanying piano version, plus iDKHOW's cover of Beck's "Debra."

The vinyl edition will be available as a 10-inch picture disc, and will be limited to 2,000 copies.

This year's Record Store Day will be divided into two "drop" events, taking place June 12 and July 17. For the full list of releases and participating stores, visit RecordStoreDay.com.

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Twenty One Pilots have released a live performance video of their single "Shy Away," recorded during their streaming concert last month to celebrate the release of their new album, Scaled and Icy.

The show's production continued the Game of Thrones-esque aesthetic of the Scaled and Icy artwork, positioning Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun in front of a background of snowy mountains and a large banquet table that wouldn't seem out of place in Winterfell. We didn't see any errant coffee cups, though.

You can watch the "Shy Away" performance streaming now on YouTube.

Scaled and Icy, the follow-up to 2018's Trench, was released in May. It also features the songs "Choker" and "Saturday."

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Clairo has announced the details of her sophomore album.

The record is titled Sling, and is due out July 16. It was co-produced by Jack Antonoff, and its first single, "Blouse," features backing vocals by Lorde.

"Thank you Jack for being such an incredible partner in this, and [Lorde] for lending your beautiful voice on this song," Clairo says.

You can download "Blouse" now via digital outlets.

By the way, Lorde's brand-new single, "Solar Power," features backing vocals from Clairo, along with Phoebe Bridgers.

Sling is the follow-up to 2019's Immunity, which features the single "Sofia."

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Weezer has released a new song called "Tell Me What You Want."

The track, which is available now for digital download, was recorded for the video game Wave Break. In the game, you play as an adorable anthropomorphic animal as you "skateboat" -- skateboarding with a boat -- around what's described as an "explosive '80s crime-filled Miami Vice themed world."

Wave Break launches today on Nintendo Switch and PC, and comes with a Weezer-dedicated level dubbed "Weezy Mode."

In addition to providing the soundtrack to a video game, "Tell Me What You Want" also serves as a kiss-off track to publications who've given Weezer bad reviews, calling out the site Pitchfork in particular.

"Don't be influenced by an office full of dorks," frontman Rivers Cuomo sings. "I won't mention any names...Pitchfork."

"Tell Me What You Want" follows Weezer's two 2021 albums, January's OK Human and May's Van Weezer. For what it's worth, Pitchfork gave OK Human a 5.8 out of 10. They seemed to like Van Weezer a little bit better, though, giving it a 5.9.

Weezer will hit the road this summer on the Hella Mega tour with Green Day and Fall Out Boy.

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Proving once again that time comes for us all, Blink-182's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket is now two decades old.

The trio's fourth studio album was released June 12, 2001, 20 years ago this Saturday. Following Blink's massively successful 1999 breakout effort Enema of the State, Take Off Your Pants debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, a career first for the band.

While it didn't quite reach the towering commercial achievements of its predecessor, Take Off Your Pants would go on to be RIAA-certified double Platinum, and spawned the hit singles "The Rock Show," "First Date" and "Stay Together for the Kids."

The album's title, of course, reinforced Blink's reputation for juvenile humor, also seen in the future meme-inspiring "First Date" video. Beyond that, though, Take Off Your Pants produced one of Blink's most sensitive songs in "Stay Together for the Kids," an achingly sincere track about divorce.

Besides, apparently Take Off Your Pants pun wasn't that obvious -- drummer Travis Barker revealed last summer that rapper-turned-rocker Machine Gun Kelly had "just figured out" what the title meant.

Blink followed Take Off Your Pants with their 2003 self-titled album before going on hiatus in 2005. They later reunited in 2009 and released one album, 2011's Neighborhoods, before vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge left Blink in 2015. DeLonge has since made headlines for his work in the field of UFO research.

Meanwhile, Barker and bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus have continued Blink with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in place of DeLonge. The newly constructed lineup has released two albums, 2016's California and 2019's Nine.

("First Date" video contains uncensored profanity.)

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Lorde is back with her summer anthem "Solar Power."

The New Zealand singer-songwriter dropped the new track and the accompanying feel-good music video on Thursday.  

Over an airy melody, the 24-year-old sings of longing for beautiful summer days, with lyrics like "I hate the winter, can't stand the cold / I tend to cancel all the plans (So sorry, I can't make it) /But when the heat comes, something takes a hold / Can I kick it? Yeah, I can."

For the visuals, the "Royals" singer takes fans along for the perfect beach day. Dressed in a silky yellow skirt and matching crop top, the songstress lets the fresh ocean water blow through her long brown tresses as she gallivants and dances across the beach -- a vibe that most people will catch this summer. 

"Solar Power" officially marks the beginning of Lorde's comeback, as it's the first music drop she's made since 2017's Melodrama. Fortunately, it won't be as long before she releases more. Pitchfork reports that in a newsletter to fans, she confirmed her upcoming third studio album, also titled Solar Power. 

"The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising [sic] the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors," Lorde wrote in her newsletter. "In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through."

"I want this album to be your summer companion, the one you pump on the drive to the beach," she added. "The one that lingers on your skin like a tan as the months get cooler again."

A release date for the album Solar Power has not yet been announced.  

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One day, you're moshing on a sun-drenched parking lot during Warped Tour, and the next you're in a suburban home with a white picket fence and one or several small children. If that describes you, then perhaps you'd be interested in The First Rock Band on Mars.

The newly released EP consists of original pop-punk music written and recorded by artists including Sleeping with Sirens' Kellin Quinn and Yellowcard's Ryan Key, as well as Howi Spangler of reggae rock band Ballyhoo!, and musician James DiNanno, whose book The First Rock Star on Mars inspired the project.

Quinn, a father himself, tells ABC Audio that he wanted the EP to be something that both young kids and their parents could enjoy.

"If it was an EP that was in a Starbucks and had a punk rock cover to it, and I had a two or a three-year-old kid, I would definitely be, like, 'OK, cool, this would be better than listening to 'Baby Shark'' or any of that other stuff that they listen to," Quinn says.

In recording the EP, Quinn and Key found that the "fun," "upbeat" energy of pop-punk music really lent itself to kids music. For Key, who's largely moved away from pop-punk as a musician in favor of "synthesizers and orchestras" since Yellowcard's breakup in 2017, he felt like he was "dusting off the cobwebs."

"I'm picking up a guitar, like, 'I have to write a riff for a pop-punk song? Let's go!'" Key shares. "It was fun."

Of course, the songs are pretty upbeat lyrically, too.

"We don't want to ruin kids' lives just yet, dude," Quinn says.

"They get to grow up and listen to our music later to do that," Key adds.

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The Killers are teasing a collaboration with a mystery artist, but it appears as though the mystery has already been solved.

On Thursday, the "Mr. Brightside" rockers tweeted, "We're announcing a killer collab (pun intended) later this week, but you've got to figure out who it's with." They added that they'll be posting different clues leading up to the announcement, and encourage you to submit your guesses via TheKillersMusic.com/GuesstheFeature.

The first clue is a photo of a Ferris wheel on a crowded boardwalk, accompanied by the caption, "This city is down on the boardwalk and also the title of a song by our mystery artist." That seems like a pretty obvious clue toward "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springsteen, but if you weren't already convinced, The Boss may have spilled the beans himself.

According to Variety, Springsteen called into his radio show and revealed that he and The Killers are working on a new song together.

"It's [frontman Brandon Flowers] and I with the band, we have done something that is going to come out soon, in a week or so," Springsteen reportedly said.

The Killers haven't yet officially announced the identity of their mystery collaborator but, barring an M. Night Shyamalan-like twist, it certainly seems a song with Bruce is on its way.

If the Boss tune does indeed come to fruition, it'll be the second Killers collaboration with a big-name classic rock artist in the past year -- they released a remix of the unearthed Rolling Stones song "Scarlet" last August.

Springsteen, meanwhile, teamed up with the Jack Antonoff-led band Bleachers last November for the song "Chinatown."

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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness has announced a U.S. headlining tour for this fall.

The trek, which kicks off September 27 in San Diego, is dubbed the Three Pianos tour after McMahon's upcoming memoir of the same name.

"Never have I been more excited to announce a tour," McMahon says. "The weirdness we are emerging from has left its mark on all of us and I have been dreaming of the day we could gather in rooms again and shake off its effects together."

He adds, "I will be traveling light this time. Surrounded by a small group of friends, performing a set of songs that for me are like mile markers on the map of my life."

The trek is mapped out through a December 2 concert in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the tour go on sale next Friday, June 18. Visit AndrewMcMahon.com for the full list of dates and all ticket info.

Three Pianos the book will be released October 26.

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All Time Low will be taking part in the 2021 Grammy Camp, an annual education program that teaches high school students about the music industry.

The "Monsters" rockers are among the guest artists participating in this year's camp, along with pop group Echosmith and the singer-songwriter duo The War and Treaty. According to a press release, the guest artists will "discuss their career paths and help students prepare for the music industry."

The 2021 Grammy Camp will be held virtually from July 20-24. If being a Grammy Camp student sounds like something you'd be interested in, applications open for the 2022 camp in August via GrammyintheSchools.com.

Meanwhile, if you're an All Time Low fan who may be out of high school and are at least 21, perhaps you'd be interested in the band's signature Summer Daze Rosé, which just returned this week after first launching in 2020. You can order a bottle now EverythingIsWine.AllTimeLow.com.

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Tones and I has announced the details of her debut album.

The record is titled Welcome to the Madhouse, and is due out July 16. It follows the Australian artist's 2019 EP The Kids Are Coming, which features her breakout hit "Dance Monkey."

"This album for me is very up and down and reflects the forever changing emotions in me," Tones explains. "There are songs on the album that were written before 'Dance Monkey,' about not knowing if busking was right for me. There are songs about my good friend T passing away and not wanting to deal with those emotions. The ups and downs of life in lock down and the mental challenges/struggles."

"Some songs make me laugh and some make me cry but there is no running theme or vibe to the album," she adds. "The songs are unique to how I was feeling the day I wrote them."

Welcome to the Madhouse features the previously released songs "Fly Away" and "Won't Sleep," along with a just-released new track called "Cloudy Day," which is available now for digital download.

Here's the Welcome to the Madhouse track list:

"Welcome to the Madhouse"
"Lonely"
"Won't Sleep"
"Westside Lobby"
"Fly Away"
"Sad Songs"
"Just a Mess"
"Child's Play"
"Not Going Home"
"Dark Waters"
"Cloudy Day"
"You Don't Know My Name"
"Fall Apart"
"Bars (RIP T)"

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