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Portugal. the Man continues to "Feel It Still," if by "It" you mean "alternative-rock hits from the '90s."

The group has released covers of "Steal My Sunshine" by Len, and "Novocaine for the Soul" by Eels. The "Steal" rendition features Cherry Glazerr, while the "Novocaine" performance features Sir Chloe.

Both covers are available now for digital download.

Earlier this week, Portugal. the Man announced a 2022 tour with Alt-J. The outing is set to kick off February 25 in Pittsburgh.

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Imagine Dragons has premiered the video for "Monday," a track off the band's new album, Mercury -- Act 1.

The clip finds Dan Reynolds and company living in an idyllic, colorful house filled with badminton, barbecues and water slides, which actually turns out to be an underground bunker protecting them from the real world apocalypse.

You can watch the "Monday" video streaming now on YouTube.

Mercury -- Act 1, the fifth Imagine Dragons album, was released earlier this month. It also includes the singles "Wrecked" and "Follow You."

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The Rebel Rock festival, set to take place this weekend in Orlando, Florida, has been canceled due to the rainfall that hit the area this week.

"After this week's severe weather and despite our crew's effort to improve the ground conditions around the Main Stage over the last three days, our venue partner has deemed the area unfit for artists, crews, vendors, and fans," organizers say in a statement. "The amount of water dropped this week simply proved to be too much to clear to provide you a safe festival environment and experience."

Information regarding refunds is forthcoming.

Prior to the weather issues, Rebel Rock had already been beset by a shuffling lineup. Headliner Limp Bizkit canceled their set amid scrapping all of their 2021 dates for "safety" reasons. Fred Durst and company were replaced by Incubus, who then pulled out themselves on account of "continued complications with COVID-19 in our touring camp."

Other artists on the Rebel Rock lineup included Rise Against, Machine Gun Kelly, Papa Roach, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch and The Used.

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They were a synth-pop trio, she was a Pop-Punk Queen -- can we make it any more obvious?

CHVRCHES has released a cover of the Avril Lavigne song "I'm with You" for Apple Music's Home Sessions series. In contrast with their usual glitzy sound, Lauren Mayberry and company delivered a more grounded take on the Let Go single, befitting of the original's vulnerability.

"I'm with You" is the third cover song from CHVRCHES over the past few months -- they've also shared their versions of Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon," and Gerard McMahon's "Cry Little Sister," aka the Lost Boys song.

As for original CHVRCHES music, the band's new album Screen Violence just dropped in August.

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The woman whose lawsuit against Marilyn Manson was dismissed has refiled her complaint against the embattled shock rocker, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork report.

In the original suit, the woman anonymously known as Jane Doe accused Manson, born Brian Warner, of raping her in 2011. A judge had ruled last week that the statute of limitations for the claims had expired.

However, in the new filing, the woman's lawyers provide new details about her claims -- including that Warner allegedly threatened to "bash her head in" should she go to the police -- and argue for delayed discovery, thus keeping the claims within the statute of limitations.

Warner is also facing lawsuits from actor Esmé Bianco, model Ashley Morgan Smithline and his former assistant, Ashley Walters, alleging sexual assault. Their allegations came after Warner's ex-fiancée, Evan Rachel Wood, alleged that he "horrifically abused [her] for years." Warner denied those claims as "horrible distortions of reality."

For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you're unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers are returning to the road in 2022.

In a goofy, faux newscast video, the Peppers -- Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and returning guitarist John Frusciante -- announce that they'll launch a global stadium tour in June of next year, with the U.S. leg set to kick off in July.

Neither the exact itinerary or ticket details were revealed, but in the video, you see the names of different cites in the background, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, London, Toronto and Barcelona, Spain.

You can stay tuned for updates via RedHotChiliPeppers.com.

The tour will mark the first full live Peppers outing since Frusciante rejoined the band at the end of 2019. The band had planned dates for 2020, but, you know, COVID.

Fittingly, the tour announcement arrives on the 30th anniversary of the release of RHCP's hit 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik.


 

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"Skool" is back in session for Guns N' Roses.

The "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers have premiered a new song called "Hard Skool." It's the second fresh tune from GN'R in as many months, following the August release of "Absurd."

The new track is available now as a digital download and via streaming services.

Like "Absurd," the origins of "Hard Skool" date back to sessions for Chinese Democracy, the long-fabled GN'R album that finally became a reality in 2008, with frontman Axl Rose as the only original member still in the band.

Chinese Democracy remains the most recent Guns N' Roses album. "Absurd" and "Hard Skool" mark the band's first new music since Slash and Duff McKagan rejoined in 2016.

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As the lyrics say, they "come from different sides" -- of the world, but Coldplay and BTS have managed to blend both of their styles into their upbeat new collaboration, "My Universe."

The song and its lyric video are out now, with the song's words in English and Korean displayed in handwritten fonts over a cosmic background.

An official video, directed by Dave Meyers, is "coming very soon."

"My Universe" is the second single from Coldplay's upcoming album Music of the Spheres, due out October 15.

As previously reported, on Sunday, September 26, at 8 a.m. ET, a documentary about the song called Inside My Universe will premiere. Later that day, look for the release of an acoustic version of "My Universe," as well as a "Supernova 7" mix, at 7 p.m. ET.

Both Coldplay and BTS are taking part in the Global Citizen Live 24-hour streaming even that starts on Saturday on ABC News Live and various other platforms.

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Nirvana's Nevermind turns 30 today.

Released on September 24, 1991, Nevermind brought the grunge and alternative scene to the masses as it became perhaps the definitive rock album of the '90s.

Coming off the excess and bombast of '80s hair-metal culture, Nevermind spoke to a generation of disaffected youth with songs of self-hatred and rebellion, set to Kurt Cobain's yelping vocals and distorted guitar over Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic thundering drums and bass.

Even after building an underground following with their 1989 debut, Bleach, no one could've predicted Nirvana's meteoric rise with Nevermind. Things began to change with the premiere of lead single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and its high school pep rally-meets-anarchist punk mosh pit video.

While it debuted at a modest 144 on the Billboard 200, Nevermind's popularity continued to build and build as more people heard "Teen Spirit" and saw the video. By January 1992, Nevermind had hit number one on the Billboard 200, dethroning the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.

As Nirvana's popularity grew, they ushered in the grunge frenzy as bands including Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains earned mainstream attention. The scene also inspired its own fashion, signified by flannel shirts, ripped jeans and Cobain's thick-framed sunglasses.

Cobain himself was deemed an icon and a voice of his generation, a label with which he felt increasingly uncomfortable. His reaction to his sudden superstar status can be heard in the lyrics of Nirvana's 1993 Nevermind follow-up, In Utero.

Sadly, that would be the last studio album Nirvana would record. Cobain, who struggled with mental-health and substance-abuse issues throughout his life, died by suicide in April 1994.

The legacy of Nirvana and Nevermind, though, has endured -- the album is now certified Diamond by the RIAA.

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In the very likely event you missed Metallica's last-minute concerts in San Francisco and Chicago this past week, you can still pretend you were there from the comfort of your own home.

The streaming site Nugs.net is offering full audio from both shows to its members. You can sign up at Nugs.net/metallica.

The San Francisco show, which took place on September 16, featured an audience of just 400 people, and marked Metallica's first full live, in-person concert in 738 days. On September 20, the metal legends headlined the 1,100-capacity Metro in Chicago, which they hadn't played since 1983.

Metallica's next scheduled shows are headlining sets this Friday and Sunday at the Louder than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Kings of Leon have canceled a few upcoming tour dates so that brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill can be with their sick mother.

"Our mother, who many of our fans know and love, has been dealing with a medical crisis for the last several weeks," the band writes in a statement posted Thursday. "While it has been hard to take the stage each night, it has been the love and energy from you, our fans, that has gotten us through."

At the beginning of a show at the Los Angeles Forum earlier this week, the brothers learned their mother "took a turn for the worse."

"It was a hard show to get through, but you held us up that night in a way we will never forget," KoL says. "Immediately following the show, we all flew home, where will remain by her side until the time comes to say goodbye."

Canceled dates include KoL's headlining concert at California's Shoreline Amphitheatre Thursday and their set at this weekend's Eddie Vedder-founded Ohana Festival.

"We wanted to say thank you to all of our fans, to Eddie, and to the entire Pearl Jam family for supporting us during this time," the band says.

Along with the Followill brothers, their cousin Matthew Followill is also a Kings of Leon member.

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Musicians including LordeColdplay, Billie Eilish, Finneas and Jack Antonoff are calling on entertainment industry leaders to demand action on climate change from Congress.

In a letter addressed to the heads of companies including Facebook, Netflix, Sony, Walt Disney, Apple, Google and Amazon, the artists, working with the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, state that the bosses are "needed to lead our community’s call for action and embrace this vision for a better world."

"Now is the time to use your influence to shape our future," the letter continues. "Congress needs to hear you demand, unequivocally, that it put forward and pass the most ambitious climate change agenda in U.S. history."

The letter asks that the business leaders "demand publicly and loudly that our senators and representatives" pass legislation that is currently before them.  The legislation, the letter claims, will "create healthier communities, put millions to work in clean energy jobs, and free us from the fossil fuels that are driving climate change."

The artists go in to say that they'll be using their own platforms to remind all Americans to tell their senators and representatives in Congress that they "demand climate action now," by taking up the president's agenda.

"Tweet. Post. E-mail. Call. Whatever it takes," the letter concludes. "This is our moment, and there is no time to waste."

Others who signed the letter include Dua Lipa, Adam Levine, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Barbra Streisand, Camila Cabello, John Legend, Selena Gomez, Shakira and Demi Lovato, as well as stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hugh Jackman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Kerry Washington, Lin-Manuel Miranda, J.J. Abrams, Chris Evans, Ryan Reynolds and Ellen DeGeneres, among many others.

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Dan Reynolds finally revealed how he decides which songs make it onto Imagine Dragons' albums, and credits his family for being the masterminds behind the process.

"I play music for them every day. I write [music] every day and, between them and my wife...they're the ones who pick what goes in an Imagine Dragons record," Reynolds told Kelly Clarkson on her daytime talk show. "I play them the songs and if they wanna hear it again, I'm like 'Okay, there's something here.' If they don't, then it doesn't make the record."

Adds the "Follow You" singer, "You can thank my four-year-olds for putting together the record."

Imagine Dragons released their fifth studio album, Mercury -- Act 1, earlier this month.  It debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200.

Reynolds is the father of four children with wife Aja VolkmanArrow, nine, Coco, four, Gia, four, and Valentine, who is one.  He and Volkman have been married since 2011 and celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in March.

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Finally, our prayers have been answered: Foo Fighters now have back-up dancers.

Dave Grohl and company performed at an event this week for the software company Salesforce. For the set, Grohl was flanked by two of the Salesforce mascots, one of which is an adorable Albert Einstein.

"I'm gonna need you guys the dance the whole time, can you do this?" Grohl asked the mascots, who looked on the verge of falling over at any moment. The Foos then launched into a rendition of "All My Life," and mascot pandemonium ensued.

You can watch footage of the performance now via the Foo Fighters Twitter. In the caption, the "Everlong" rockers wrote, "Just when you thought the band couldn't get any bigger...we've added dancers."

Sadly, it appears that the mascots were for the event alone, but we can only hope they come back for future Foo Fighters shows.

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BTS and Coldplay want to make sure fans are prepared for what's coming at them in the next few days.

The two groups' joint single, "My Universe," sung in both English and Korean, will be released Friday at midnight, along with a lyric video.  Then, on Sunday, September 26, at 8 a.m. ET, a documentary called Inside My Universe will premiere.

Later that day, look for the release of an acoustic version of "My Universe," as well as a "Supernova 7" mix, at 7 p.m. ET.  As for an official music video, that's "coming soon," according to Coldplay's record label.

Some of the "My Universe" lyrics can also be seen on BTS' Instagram Stories. "You are my universe and I just want to put you first," reads one snippet.  Another says, "You are my universe and you make my world light up inside."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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