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Spoon announces 20th anniversary 'Kill the Moonlight' vinyl reissue

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Spoon has announced a vinyl reissue of the band's 2002 album, Kill the Moonlight.

The limited edition white LP will be released September 9 and is available to preorder now.

Kill the Moonlight was Spoon's fourth studio effort and spawned the single "The Way We Get By," which, like many other indie rock songs of the time, was notably featured on the soundtrack for the TV show The O.C.

Spoon's most recent album is this year's Lucifer on the Sofa, which includes the single "The Hardest Cut." The group will resume touring in support of Lucifer on the Sofa on a co-headlining run with Interpol, launching August 25 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

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QotSA, The Dead Weather's Dean Fertita announces debut solo album, 'Tropical Gothclub'

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Queens of the Stone Age and The Dead Weather member Dean Fertita has announced his debut solo album.

The record, titled Tropical Gothclub, will be released November 4.

"Tropical Gothclub as a concept is futuristic nostalgia," Fertita explains. "Going through the seven stages of escapism, understanding the subliminal messages I've been sending and receiving to myself, and letting fantasy take a machete to the darkest corners of my mind. I want subculture shock and volcanic rock.”

You can listen to the album's first single, "Wheels Within Wheels," now via digital outlets.

Queens of the Stone Age dropped their latest album, Villains, in 2017, while The Dead Weather's most recent effort is 2015's Dodge and Burn.

Here's the Tropical Gothclub track list:

"Needles"
"Wheels Within Wheels"
"Captivated"
"Where There Is Water"
"Infernal Inside"
"No Wonder"
"Death Rattle"
"Double Blind"
"Future to Follow"
"Thunder Towards You"
"Uniform Looks"

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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness premieres new single, "Stars"

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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness has premiered a new single called "Stars."

"The song is really about how loving someone can be both beautiful and painful," McMahon explains. "How the hardships and joy visited upon the person you love become your own. When you really love someone, you love them baggage and all."

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

The most recent Wilderness album is 2018's Upside Down Flowers. Since then, McMahon has released the one-off singles "Get on My Wave" and "New Year Song."

McMahon is currently on a U.S. tour with Dashboard Confessional. The joint outing continues Wednesday in Baltimore.

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Jane's Addiction posts video featuring original bassist Eric Avery

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Is Jane's Addiction hinting at a reunion with Eric Avery?

In a tweet Wednesday, the "Been Caught Stealing" rockers posted a video featuring Avery jamming on a bass alongside frontman Perry Farrell. Sadly, the video doesn't feature the audio from the session, just the hiss of static feedback.

Avery is an original member of Jane's Addiction and played with the group through their 1991 breakup. He eventually rejoined Jane's from 2008 to 2010, but he didn't play on either of the band's reunion records, 2003's Strays and 2011's The Great Escape Artist.

If Avery is indeed back in Jane's, that raises the question of what becomes of Chris Chaney, who's played bass in the band since 2011. There's also uncertainly surrounding guitarist Dave Navarro, whose "long bout" with COVID-19 forced Jane's to scrap their set at this year's Welcome to Rockville festival. Jane's was also set to play Lollapalooza last month, but was quietly removed from the lineup. In both cases, Jane's was replaced by the reunited Porno for Pyros, which is also fronted by Farrell.

Meanwhile, Farrell recently told Spin that new Jane's material is in the works, and the band is set to embark on a U.S. tour with The Smashing Pumpkins in October.

Stay tuned.

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Mark Hoppus talks future of Blink-182: "I'm open to whatever the next phase of Blink is"

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As Mark Hoppus continues to get back on his feet following his battle with cancer last year, he's "hopeful for the future" of Blink-182.

"I keep writing music, and I'm open to whatever the next phase of Blink is," Hoppus tells People, adding, "I'm just damn glad to be here."

Fans have been theorizing lately that the next phase of Blink would feature Tom DeLonge rejoining the band following his departure in 2015. However, Hoppus threw cold water on those rumors, posting on his Discord page that Blink currently has "nothing to announce."

Still, Hoppus notes that he's built a stronger relationship with DeLonge in recent years, and recalls when DeLonge and Blink drummer Travis Barker visited him just before he started chemotherapy.

"It was the first time that all three of us were in the same room in, like, five years," Hoppus shares. "It's actually better than it used to be. There was no agenda. There were no lingering grudges. It felt very back to what it should be: three friends sitting in a room."

Elsewhere in the People interview, Hoppus reveals that he fell into depression after initially being diagnosed with cancer.

"I was in our living room crying and telling my wife, 'I don't know if I can do this,'" Hoppus says. "She was like, 'Well, what are you going to do, kill yourself?' And that's exactly what I was thinking. It was pretty dark."

"It was a total snap-out-of-it moment," he continues. "I was like, 'What a s***ty thing to say.' But also, what a kind thing to say, like, 'Snap out of it, you f***ing baby. You have a beatable form of cancer. It's going to suck to get there, but get there.' I had to do the work."

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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Dave Grohl joins Beck and Tenacious D for Seals & Crofts cover during charity concert

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Dave Grohl made a surprise appearance at a Los Angeles charity concert Tuesday put together by director Judd Apatow in support of the Victims First organization.

According to the L.A. club Largo, which hosted the show, the Foo Fighters frontman joined Beck and Tenacious D to make "yacht-rock musical sound effects" during a cover of the Seals & Crofts song "Summer Breeze." Also onstage were actor John C. Reilly and producer/frequent Grohl collaborator Greg Kurstin.

You can watch footage of the performance via the Largo Instagram.

The show marked one of Grohl's first public appearances following the unexpected death of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins in March. Grohl performed for the first time since Hawkins' passing in June during Paul McCartney's headlining Glastonbury set.

Grohl and the rest of Foo Fighters are holding a pair of Hawkins tribute concerts, taking place September 3 in London and September 27 in Los Angeles. As was announced Wednesday, the London concert will stream live via Paramount+ and MTV Brand YouTube channels.

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Jack White ponders the existential dilemma of Snoop Dogg's new breakfast cereal

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A "Seven Nation Army" won't hold Jack White back from uncovering the mysteries of Snoop Dogg's new breakfast cereal.

The rapper recently announced the debut of Snoop Loopz, a Froot Loops-esque cereal set to be released under his Broadus Food business. In an Instagram post, White congratulates Snoop on his new venture and extends a "pat on the back for its charitable benefits." But he has a few "important questions," specifically related to the Snoop Loopz box's promise of "more marshmallows."

"More than what?" White wonders. "If this is in fact a brand new cereal, it can't be more marshmallows than 'before.'"

"Is it a statement that this cereal has more marshmallows than say ... a bag of sand, or a typical caesar salad?" the rocker continues. "Or, is it a DEMAND from Snoop Dogg himself that we just have more marshmallows in this world in general? That last theory is my hope."

Diving even deeper into the existential dilemma of a Snoop Dogg-produced cereal, White notes that fellow rapper Master P also promoted Snoop Loopz on his Instagram, but the photo of the box in his post advertises only "more marshmallow," singular.

"Photo attached, answers demanded," White concludes.

While White's questions are surely intriguing, they also raise more questions, mainly concerning what the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather musician thinks about in his spare time. And, of course, we now can't help but wonder what a Jack White-branded cereal would be called. Wheat Stripes? Seven Essential Vitamins & Minerals Army? I Can Tell That We Are Going to Be Flakes?

Perhaps someone can ask White about it during his ongoing solo tour supporting his new albums Fear of the Dawn and Entering Heaven Alive, which continues Wednesday in Indianapolis.

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Coldplay premieres video for 'Music of the Spheres' track "Humankind"

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Coldplay has premiered the video for "Humankind," a track off the band's latest album, Music of the Spheres.

The clip, which stars "Coldplay and the Best Fans in the World," features live footage from Chris Martin and company's four-show run headlining Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium in April. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

Music of the Spheres, the ninth Coldplay album, was released last October. It also features the single "Higher Power" and the hit BTS collaboration "My Universe."

In other Coldplay news, the band paid tribute to the late Olivia Newton-John during their concert in London Tuesday. Martin led a duet version of the iconic Grease song "Summer Nights" alongside Australian pop star Natalie Imbruglia.

You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance posted to YouTube by user Sia's Creations.

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Taylor Hawkins London tribute concert to stream live on Paramount+

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If you can't make it to London's Wembley Stadium to see the star-studded Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, you'll be able to watch the entire thing on Paramount+.

The September 3 show will stream live on Paramount+ starting 11:30am EDT and globally on MTV Brand YouTube Channels.  It'll also be available on-demand that day on Paramount+. 

Don't have that streaming service? CBS TV will air an hour-long version of the concert that night a 9 p.m EDT. MTV will then air the one-hour special internationally, and follow that up with an extended two-hour special in September.

The London tribute to the late Foo Fighters drummer, who died earlier this year in Colombia, has added Travis Barker, The Pretenders' Martin Chambers, Josh Freese, Violet Grohl, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Kesha, The Struts' Luke Spiller, Lars Ulrich and Taylor's son, Shane, to a lineup that includes Chrissie Hynde, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, Krist Novoselic, Josh Homme, Liam Gallagher, The Police's Stewart Copeland, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Wolfgang Van Halen, Hawkins' side project Chevy Metal, Nandi Bushell, Chris Chaney, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and more.

Meanwhile, the U.S. tribute concert, scheduled for September 27 at the Kia Forum in LA, has added Sebastian Bach, Barker, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler, Def Leppard's Phil Collen and Joe Elliott, Freese, Violet Grohl, Ulrich and Taylor's son Shane to a bill that already included Miley Cyrus, Pink, Gene Simmons, Chad Smith, Heart's Nancy Wilson, Joan Jett, Alanis Morissette and many of the same guests as the London show.

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Scott Ian would "love" to make another Damned Things album: "I love those dudes"

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Among Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's many projects is The Damned Things, a band also featuring Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, ex-Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley and Alkaline Trio bassist Dan Andriano. Speaking with ABC Audio, Ian shares that he would "love" to get The Damned Things back together for another album.

"That's one of those things where it's, you know, we're all pretty busy," Ian laughs.

The Damned Things released their debut album, Ironiclast, in 2010 and didn't get around to putting out a sophomore follow-up until 2019 with High Crimes. Even given nine years, High Crimes still came together out of the blue.

"[Trohman] sent me over these demos; I was, like, 'Dude! These are amazing!'" Ian recalls. "We never had a meeting or a plan to 'Let's start writing a record,' he was just writing and was writing this great s***, and then that turned into the second album."

As for album number three, Ian is keeping his hopes up.

"I love those dudes, we're all friends and are some of my favorite people on this planet," Ian says. "So any time I would get to be room with them, I'd be very happy about it ... I would certainly hope that, at some point, we would get to do it again."

In the meantime, we can hope that Ian's 11-year-old son, Revel, keeps pestering him about it.

"My son's been a big fan of that for years," Ian says. "He's constantly [asking], 'When are you gonna make a Damned Things record?'" 

Anthrax is currently touring the U.S. while celebrating the band's 40th anniversary. Black Label Society is also on the bill.

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Bastille premieres video for "Revolution" track

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Bastille has premiered the video for the band's latest track, "Revolution."

The glitchy clip, which begins with an advisory for those with photosensitive epilepsy, finds Dan Smith and company embarking on a cosmic journey along with interpretive dancers. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.

"Revolution," which dropped in July, will appear on Give Me the Future + Dreams of the Past, an expanded version of Bastille's latest album, Give Me the Future. The 27-track collection, which includes various new songs and collaborations, as well as a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," is due out August 26.

The original Give Me the Future was released in February. It includes the singles "Distorted Light Beam," "No Bad Days" and "Shut Off the Lights."

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Postponed Incubus concerts caused by Brandon Boyd's injured back

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Over the last few days, Incubus has postponed a trio of shows due to "unforeseen circumstances." Now, frontman Brandon Boyd has revealed that his injured back is to blame.

In a video posted to his Instagram Story, Boyd shares, "Fortunately nobody has COVID, everyone is healthy and happy. I just threw my back out a few days ago and I've never had an experience like this before."

"I couldn't, as of the past few days, really do anything, other than just sort of lay there and wait," he continues. "Today I could take some deep breaths, I'm definitely heading in the right direction. So we're gonna be back in the saddle, so to speak, sooner than later."

Boyd also thanks Incubus' "amazing listeners and supporters," and apologizes for "any inconvenience this may have caused for you guys coming to the shows."

Incubus has been on tour with Sublime with Rome. The affected shows include last Saturday and Sunday's scheduled stops in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and Tinley Park, Illinois, respectively, as well as Tuesday's date in Rogers, Arkansas.

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The Wombats announce 'Is This What It Feels Like to Feel Like This?' EP; listen to title track now

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The Wombats have announced a new EP titled Is This What It Feels Like to Feel Like This?

The six-song collection will be released November 18. You can listen to the title track now via digital outlets.

Is This What It Feels Like follows The Wombats' album Fix Yourself, Not the World, which dropped in January. The record includes the single "If You Ever Leave, I'm Coming with You."

Here's the Is This What It Feels Like to Feel Like This? track list:

"I Think My Mind Has Made Its Mind Up"
"Dressed to Kill"
"Demon"
"Is This What It Feels Like to Feel Like This?"
"Same Old Damage"
"Good Idea at the Time"

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Tom DeLonge-produced 'Breaking Bear' series to premiere on Tubi

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Tom DeLonge will be an executive producer on Breaking Bear, an upcoming adult animated series set to air on the streaming service Tubi.

According to a press release, the show is aiming for a The Sopranos-meets-The Yogi Bear Show vibe. It follows a family of bears that becomes drug dealers "in order to raise money and save their home after gas companies start fracking next to their cave." Or, as DeLonge puts it, "Just a ridiculous show about animals doing drugs."

Stay tuned for the Breaking Bear premiere date.

Meanwhile, DeLonge will make his directorial film debut with the movie Monsters of California, which also features original music written and performed by the former Blink-182 member. DeLonge's most recent music release is the 2021 Angels & Airwaves album Lifeforms.

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Depeche Mode posts studio photo following Andy Fletcher's death

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Depeche Mode appears to be turning back to music as the now-duo continues to grieve the death of member Andy Fletcher.

The "Enjoy the Silence" outfit has posted a photo on Instagram of surviving members Dave Gahan and Martin Gore together in a recording studio.

"Finding stability in what we know and love, and focusing on what gives life meaning and purpose," the caption reads.

Fletcher, a founding member of Depeche Mode, played on all of the band's albums, from 1981's Speak & Spell to 2017's Spirit. He died in May of an aortic dissection at 60 years old.

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