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Twenty One Pilots are refusing to "Shy Away" from Billboard records with their new single.

"Shy Away," the lead single from the duo's upcoming album Scaled and Icy, debuted on this week's edition of the publication's Alternative Airplay chart at number 11. The last artist to debut that high on that particular ranking is -- you guessed it -- Twenty One Pilots, who bowed at number eight with "Jumpsuit," the lead single from their last album, 2018's Trench.

"Jumpsuit" would eventually hit number one on Alternative Airplay -- a feat Twenty One Pilots have achieved seven times.

Scaled and Icy will be released May 21. Twenty One Pilots will celebrate the album's arrival with a streaming concert that same day.

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Blink-182's Mark Hoppus is unloading a bunch of his own personal gear that can be yours, if you've got the cash.

Through the website Reverb, Hoppus is selling a number of pieces of different studio equipment including amps, keyboards and drum machines that he himself used to make music with Blink and his band +44, with Travis Barker.

"Check 'em all out, enjoy them, make some awesome music," Hoppus says.

The items will go on sale beginning April 21. For more info, visit Reverb.com.

By the way, Hoppus' ex-Blink band mate Tom DeLonge also recently opened his own Reverb shop. Perhaps you can grab something from each and stage your own, imaginary Blink-182 reunion.

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In another installment of "This will make you feel old," today Gwen Stefani is marking the 25th anniversary of one of her biggest hits ever: "Don't Speak," by her band No Doubt.

Tweeting a snippet of the video, Gwen wrote, "25 years and 815 million views on youtube later...thank u for listening and re-listening to my music all these years! happy anniversary #dontspeak!"  She added the hashtags #skaforever, #nodoubt and #myhomies.

"Don't Speak" was written by Gwen Stefani and her brother Eric.  It started out as a love song, but after Gwen's boyfriend, No Doubt bass player Tony Kanal, ended their seven-year relationship, she turned it into a breakup song.

Gwen also shared a vintage video of the group discussing how they turned the song's iconic video into a story about the band breaking up.  As drummer Adrian Young explains that Gwen wrote the song about her "relationship," Tony tries to look casual and uninterested.

When "Don't Speak" was released, it was a huge success on radio, but because it wasn't commercially available as a single, it wasn't allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 -- that was the rule back then.  However, it did reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, racking up a then-record 16 weeks in the top spot.

Interestingly, "Don't Speak" was kept out of the number-one spot on Billboard's Alternative Airplay by the song "Swallowed," by the band Bush. Of course, in 2002, Gwen married Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.  They divorced in 2016.

"Don't Speak" ultimately became the most-played song on American radio in 1996, earned two Grammy nominations, and won the Best Group Video award at the 1997 MTV VMAs.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Much like Sheena, Pete Davidson is a punk rocker now.

The Saturday Night Live cast member and The King of Staten Island star is playing Joey Ramone in an upcoming biopic about the Ramones legend. The film, titled I Slept with Joey Ramone, is based on the memoir of the same name written by Joey's brother, Mickey Leigh.

I Slept with Joey Ramone is being developed and produced by Netflix and STXfilms. Davidson is co-writing the adaptation alongside Jason Orley, who will direct the film.

"I Slept with Joey Ramone is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family," says Adam Fogelson, Chairman STXfilms Motion Picture Group. "Pete is perfect for this role and we're excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix."

The film's announcement coincides with the 20th anniversary of Joey's death -- he passed away April 15, 2001 at age 49.

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Hot on the heels of the release of Mick Jagger's new collaborative single with Dave Grohl, "Eazy Sleazy," the Rolling Stones frontman has announced plans to make available a special NFT, or non-fungible token -- a unique piece of digital media that will be sold to raise money for a number of charities.

Jagger collaborated with 3D artist Oliver Latta, aka Extraweg, to create the NFT, which is a 30-second audio-visual piece set to a loop of "Eazy Sleazy" that, according to a press statement, "evokes a surreal essence of breaking through the barriers of the human mind and pushing forward on the brink of social collapse to provide a much needed moment of artistic relief as the world slowly transitions out of lockdown."

The NFT will go up for bid for 24 hours at NiftyGateway.com at 1 p.m. ET today. All proceeds raised will benefit the Music Venue Trust, a U.K.-based charity that helps grassroots music venues; Backup, which provides financial support to ill or injured members of the entertainment technology industry or to their families; and National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA, which aids independent music venues affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Part of the proceeds also will be donated to environmental causes.

You can check out the animated piece at MickJagger.com, Jagger's social media pages, and NiftyGateway.com.

As previously reported, "Eazy Sleazy" is a punk-influenced rock tune that Jagger recorded remotely with Grohl. It features vocals and guitars by the Stones legend, and drums, guitar and bass by the Foo Fighters frontman.

You can check out the song, and its accompanying video, at Jagger's official YouTube channel.

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A virtual tribute concert to the late Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger will premiere May 5.

The event was organized by Schlesinger's FoW band mate, Jody Porter, and will feature performances and appearances by Courtney Love, The Black Keys' Patrick Carney, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, The Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha, Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba, Motion City Sountrack's Justin Pierre, Sean Ono Lennon, Hanson's Taylor Hanson, and The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, among many others.

"This is a proper musical send-off for my soul brother with a bunch of talented and groovy guests that would make Adam wince," Porter says.

The concert will premiere via the Rolling Live streaming platform. For ticket info, visit RollingLiveStudios.com.

Proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the New York City venue The Bowery Electric, where many of the performances for the tribute will be filmed.

Schlesinger died in April 2020 of complications from COVID-19 at age 52. In addition to Fountains of Wayne, Schlesinger was also known for his work in the TV and film world, writing songs for projects including Josie and the Pussycats and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Headspace

As times continue to be stressful, Arcade Fire is here to help you relax.

The band has teamed up with the meditation and sleep app Headspace to release an original music piece dubbed "Memories of the Age of Anxiety." The track, which is a total of 45 minutes long, is part of Headspace's Focus playlist program curated by John Legend, who's the company's Chief Music Officer.

"Meditative vibes to help you focus and feel inspired," Arcade Fire says of the piece.

To listen to "Memories of the Age of Anxiety" in all of its 45-minute glory you need to sign up for the Headspace app, but you can listen to a brief preview now via Arcade Fire's Instagram.

For more info, visit Headspace.com.

Arcade Fire released their latest album, Everything Now, in 2017. They've been working on a follow-up record, and performed a new song called "Generation A" last fall during Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020 special.

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The Black Keys have released a cover of the blues classic "Crawling Kingsnake," previously recorded by artists including Big Joe Williams and John Lee Hooker.

The recording is the first preview of the duo's upcoming album, Delta Kream, a Mississippi hill country blues covers compilation. 

“We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out," says frontman Dan Auerbach. "These songs are still as important to us today as they were the first day [drummer] Pat [Carney] and I started playing together and picked up our instruments."

Delta Kream will be released May 14. You can download the "Crawling Kingsnake" cover now via digital outlets.

The Black Keys' most recent original album is 2019's "Let's Rock".

Here's the Delta Kream track list:

"Crawling Kingsnake" (John Lee Hooker/Bernard Besman)
"Louise" (Fred McDowell)
"Poor Boy a Long Way from Home" (Robert Lee Burnside)
"Stay All Night" (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
"Going Down South" (Robert Lee Burnside)
"Coal Black Mattie" (Ranie Burnette)
"Do the Romp" (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
"Sad Days, Lonely Nights" (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
"Walk with Me" (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
"Mellow Peaches" (Joseph Lee Williams)
"Come on and Go with Me" (David Kimbrough, Jr.)

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Greta Van Fleet brought the heat to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.

The young rockers played their current single, "Heat Above," on last night's show from a stage awash in an ever-changing cycle of colors.

You can watch the performance streaming now on YouTube.

"Heat Above" is a track off Greta Van Fleet's sophomore album, The Battle at Garden's Gate, due out this Friday. It also includes the previously released songs "My Way, Soon," "Age of Machine" and "Broken Bells."

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Epic Records

Rage Against the Machine's sophomore album, Evil Empire, turns 25 this week.

Released April 16, 1996, Evil Empire followed in the footsteps of Rage's 1992 self-titled debut, which introduced the world to the band's unique combination of Zack de la Rocha's ever-political rapping vocals with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk's funk metal instrumentation.

Both of those elements were on full display on Evil Empire, with songs including the future Rage classic "Bulls on Parade," which found de la Rocha decrying the hypocrisy of so-called American "family values" over the band's crushing riffs and drum beats.

Evil Empire debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, the first Rage album to do so, and has since been RIAA-certified three-times Platinum. It also gave the band their first Grammy with "Tire Me," which won Best Metal Performance. "Bulls on Parade" was nominated that year, as well, for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Even with their increased commercial success, Rage stayed true to their political values. Their performance on Saturday Night Live in 1996 doubled as a protest again Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes, who was hosting the episode. Rage reportedly hung American flags upside-down over their amps, which were then removed right before they started playing "Bulls on Parade." As a result, their planned two-song performance was cut to just the one.

Following Evil Empire, Rage would release one more album, 1999's The Battle of Los Angeles, before the band dissolved in 2000. A covers album, Renegades, was released following the breakup.

Rage then reunited in 2007 before going on hiatus again after a final show in 2011. In 2019, they announced another reunion with a planned tour for 2020, which has since been postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kings of Leon will be performing ahead of this year's NFL Draft.

The "Use Somebody" rockers will take the stage in Cleveland as part of the NFL Draft Concert Series, taking place April 29. Their performance will stream in full via NFL.com, and you can also catch portions of it during the televised pre-draft telecast, airing at 7 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network.

In addition to the KoL show, Heart's Ann Wilson will perform the national anthem as part of the draft festivities.

The NFL Draft itself kicks off April 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

Kings of Leon released their new album When You See Yourself in March. They made headlines by selling the record as an NFT, or non-fungible token.

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Weezer has premiered the video for "Grapes of Wrath," a song off the band's new album, OK Human.

The very relatable clip begins with frontman Rivers Cuomo lamenting that he has to take part in yet another Zoom meeting before coming up with the idea to simply put a photo of himself in front of the camera, freeing him up to do as he pleases. As it turns out, his band mates have similar plans, and use everything from cardboard cutouts to balloons to cover up their Zoom escapes.

You can watch the "Grapes of Wrath" video streaming now on YouTube.

Fun fact: today is also the 82nd anniversary of the classic John Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath, which was first published April 14, 1939.

Weezer released OK Human in January. They'll be performing the record in full during their upcoming streaming concert, during which they'll be accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles. The virtual event premieres April 16.

Another new Weezer album, Van Weezer, is due out May 7.

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Courtesy ClientEarth

Coldplay and Alt-J are contributing to Playlists for Earth, a new climate change awareness and action campaign created by the environmental charity ClientEarth.

As part of the project, participating artists have curated their own playlists to "ignite conversations around environmental action." The titles for each of the songs on the purposefully ordered mixes come together as sentences to "communicate a powerful message about the climate crisis," a press release notes.

For example, Coldplay's playlist begins with Oasis' "Listen Up," followed by Dua Lipa's "Pretty Please," Cat Power's cover of "What the World Needs Now," and "Is Love," by post-punk band White Lies. When taken together as a sentence, the song titles read "Listen up, pretty please, what the world needs now is love."

Milky Chance also created a Playlist for Earth, as did musicians Anna Calvi, Tom Misch and Francisca Valenzuela.

For more info visit PlaylistsforEarth.com.

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Back in 2015, Kaleo performed their hit song "Way Down We Go" inside a dormant volcano in their native Iceland. Apparently, that experience wasn't extreme enough for frontman JJ Julius Son.

In Kaleo's newly released video for their song "Skinny," Julius Son performs an acoustic version of the song in front of Iceland's Fagradalsfjall, a very active volcano that erupted in March after 800 years of dormancy.

The clip finds Julius Son strumming his guitar and singing into a single microphone while impressively not freaking out while endless lava flows behind him.

"It was an amazing and surreal experience to film and record this video in front of the live eruption," Julius Son says. "It was very challenging and required a difficult hike, carrying the equipment with our bare hands. We filmed it during the night, so fortunately there weren't many people there."

You can watch the video streaming now on YouTube.

"Skinny" appears on Kaleo's upcoming album, Surface Sounds, the follow-up to 2016's A/B. It will arrive April 23 after being postponed from its original 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chrysalis Records

Liz Phair has announced the details of her first album in 11 years.

The seventh studio effort from the "Supernova" rocker is titled Soberish, and will arrive on June 4. Soberish includes the previously releases song "Good Side," which dropped back in 2019, as well as a new single called "Spanish Doors," which is available now for digital download.

Soberish was produced by Brad Wood, who also worked with Phair on her first three records: 1993's Exile in Guyville, 1994's Whip-Smart and 1998's whitechocolatespaceegg.

"I found my inspiration for Soberish by delving into an early era of my music development, my art school years spent listening to Art Rock and New Wave music non-stop on my Walkman," Phair says. "The English Beat, The Specials, Madness, R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, Yazoo, The Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, Laurie Anderson, and The Cars."

Phair is scheduled to hit the road this summer opening for Alanis Morrissette's 25th anniversary Jagged Little Pill tour, which was postponed from 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Garbage is also on the bill.

Here's the Soberish track list:

"Spanish Doors"
"The Game"
"Hey Lou"
"In There"
"Good Side"
"Sheridan Side"
"Ba Ba Ba"
"Soberish"
"Soul Sucker"
"Lonely Street"
"Dosage"
"Bad Kitty"
"Rain Scene"

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