ABC/Paula LoboX Ambassadors have released a new song called "Optimistic," written in response to the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, California, Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
"We need to keep these conversations going," says frontman Sam Harris. "About gun violence prevention. About keeping families together. About protecting women's reproductive rights. The 24-hour news cycle is unrelenting, but it's important we stay vigilant and don't forget these injustices."
In addition to the new track, X Ambassadors are making a donation to the gun control organization Everytown for Gun Safety. You can download "Optimistic" now via digital outlets.
"Optimistic" follows the new X Ambassadors album Orion, which was released in June.
ABC/Randy HolmesBillie Eilish's "bad guy" is the number-one song in the country after finally ending the record-breaking 19-week reign of Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" atop the Billboard Hot 100. No one's more surprised than Eilish herself, especially since she thought "bad guy" would "flop."
Speaking to Billboard, Eilish recalls writing the song and thinking that the chorus didn't "have a hook."
"My brother and I actually sat in his room trying to write something else over [the song's synth riff] but we couldn't do it because nothing else worked," Eilish remembers. "[We didn't] want it to be empty there, but we were just like, 'I don't know if anyone's going to like this, because there's no lyrics here.'"
"For some reason people do like it and it's huge now," she says. "It's one of my favorite songs I've ever made. It's my favorite to perform, it's so fun. I'm so proud of that song."
After "bad guy" hit number one, Lil Nas X congratulated Billie, and Eilish says there's no hard feelings between the two.
"I think Lil Nas is so sweet," Eilish says. "I met him a couple weeks ago. It's so not a competition, it's just funny...I don't really care [about numbers]. It's just a fun thing that happens in careers."
"Bad guy" is a single off Eilish's debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Credit: Kevin MazurDavid Spade has a new late night show called Lights Out, and he's considering Mumford & Sons to be its house band. Or, at least, that's the premise of a new skit for the show.
The sketch is essentially three minutes of Spade trying out his best Mumford & Sons roast material, including, "I'm looking for a house band, not a vacuum cleaner repair store in the Valley that's going out of business" and "You're like Aerosmith for people with allergies."
The band members stay quiet through most of Spade's comments, but they do get in a shot or two at him. When Spade asks if they can do anything other than play music, guitarist/banjo player Winston Marshall pipes up with "At least we know how to play someone other than Adam Sandler's little buddy."
Needless to say, Mumford & Sons did not get the job.
Lights Out with David Spade airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons have been on tour in support of their new album, Delta. The trek will pick back up in September, starting at the KAABOO Del Mar festival in San Diego.
Credit: Alysse GafkjenThe Black Keys will launch a U.S. headlining tour this fall in support of their new album "Let's Rock," and they're giving you a sneak peek at what they will sound like on the road.
The duo has shared a new video from a recent rehearsal session, capturing a performance of the El Camino single "Lonely Boy." You can watch the clip now on YouTube.
The rehearsal was filmed in Nashville during an intimate performance for a select few members of The Black Keys' Lonely Boys and Girls fan club.
The Black Keys' headlining tour kicks off September 23 in Denver. They're also playing the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas.
BMGMilky Chance has announced a new album called Mind the Moon. The third studio effort from the "Stolen Dance" duo will arrive November 15.
Lead single "Daydreaming," which features Australian musician Tash Sultana, is available now for digital download. You can watch its psychedelic video streaming now on YouTube.
"It's not just a daydream, it's more like a vision of how things could be, and where you could go," vocalist Clemens Rehbein says of "Daydreaming." "It's about those mechanisms that start working when you don't know how to deal with reality."
Mind the Moon is the follow-up to 2017's Blossom, which features the single "Cocoon."
Here's the Mind the Moon track list:
"Fado" "Oh Mama" "The Game" "Rush" feat. Témé Tan "Long Run" "Daydreaming" feat. Tash Sultana "We Didn’t Make It to the Moon" "Eden’s House" feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo "Scarlet Paintings" "Right from Here" "Fallen" "Window"
Walt Disney Television/Paula Lobo; Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCWhen they announced their joint tour earlier this year, Blink-182 and Lil Wayne shared a video of them performing a mash-up of their respective singles "What's My Age Again?" and "A Milli." Now, they've released a studio version of the collaboration.
The mash-up features Wayne rapping "A Milli" over the "What's My Age Again?" verses, while Blink's Mark Hoppus jumps in to sing the original Blink track's chorus. You can download the new recording now via digital outlets.
Blink and Wayne's tour continues next Tuesday, August 27 in Irvine, California, and will stretch into September. During the run, Blink is performing 1999's Enema of the State in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
ABC/Randy HolmesIncubus has premiered a new song called "Into the Summer," which you can download now via digital outlets.
Frontman Brandon Boyd previously described the funky tune as if "a Lamborghini Countach and a hot pink jet ski had a wild weekend in Miami and as a result conceived a crime fighting baby that wore pastel colored blazers and only listened to David Bowie and Madness."
The track is also accompanied by a video that starts off with your standard teenage summer fun and ends with vampires. You can watch that now on YouTube.
"Into the Summer" follows Incubus' latest album, 2017's 8.
This fall, Incubus will launch a U.S. tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1999 album, Make Yourself. The trek begins September 13 in Denver.
Atlantic/RhinoStone Temple Pilots have unearthed a 1994 live recording of "Interstate Love Song," which will be included on the band's upcoming 25th anniversary reissue of their sophomore album, Purple.
The performance was recorded during a concert in New Haven, Connecticut. You can download the track now via digital outlets.
Speaking to Billboard about that show, bassist Robert DeLeo admits he was "really nervous."
"It's one of those things, you know, we were onstage in front of 25,000 people all of a sudden on that tour," DeLeo says. "It was very shocking to have that many people in front of you."
The Purple reissue, which includes a whole batch of live recordings, acoustic tracks and demos, will be released October 18.
Credit: Jack Bridgland If you got into Dreamers through songs like "Sweet Disaster," then the almost pure positivity of the band's current single "Die Happy" might throw you for a loop. When he was writing it, vocalist/guitarist Nick Wold felt like he was creating a different kind of song for the band.
"It's really just a song about why we do music," Wold tells ABC Radio. "Which is just these little moments where you feel that thing that you can't express with words, and you just feel happy. It's just kind of a very small idea that feels big."
"It's a love song," he adds. "[It's] kind of me falling in love with the love song again after making jaded breakup songs."
Falling back in love with love songs was in part inspired by a little band called The Beatles.
"I love The Beatles," Wold says. "I love early Beatles and [their] songs about love, and that was sort of an idea that I had forgotten about for awhile, or kind of was going away from."
As happy as "Die Happy" is, there's still the matter of the "Die" part, which Wold credits to his belief that "it's never honest enough to just write a song that's just all fun and games and positivity."
"I kinda liked the opposite of...die and happy, and death and happiness," Wold says.
"It's kinda existential, which we get into a lot," he adds. "We always talk about life and death. So yeah, to be extra existential with a love song, that's where you go."
"Die Happy," the lead single of the new Dreamers album Launch Fly Land, currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. The band just released a video for the acoustic version, which you can watch now on YouTube.
Frank Micelotta/ImageDirectLate Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley would've turned 52 Thursday, and to mark the occasion, Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan has declared August 22, 2019 Layne Staley Day in the city.
According to a proclamation signed by the mayor, Layne Staley Day is meant to celebrate the musician's "artistry and the promotion of the arts in Seattle as we work toward a more vibrant, healthy and safe city."
The proclamation also recognizes Staley's "legendary" voice, as well as Layne's parents Phil and Nancy, who started the Layne Staley Memorial Fund in honor of their son after his death by overdose in 2002. The fund raises money, awareness and education to treat heroin addiction.
Staley sang on Alice in Chains' first three albums -- 1990's Facelift, 1992's Dirt and 1995's Alice in Chains -- and established the band's iconic harmonized vocal style alongside Jerry Cantrell.
Following Staley's death, vocalist William DuVall joined the band, and AiC has released three more albums, the most recent of which being 2018's Rainier Fog.
Polydor/Interscope Lana Del Rey has dropped two new songs from her upcoming album, Norman F***ing Rockwell.
The tracks are titled "F*** It I Love You" and "The Greatest," both of which are available now for digital download. Del Rey has also premiered a video combining both songs, which you can watch now on YouTube.
In other Lana Del Rey happenings, the singer-songwriter appears on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard magazine. You can read her cover story now on Billboard.com.
Norman F***ing Rockwell, recorded in collaboration with Jack Antonoff, will be released August 30. The album also includes Del Rey's cover of Sublime's "Doin' Time."
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaThe 1975 has premiered a new song called "People." The frenetic, noise rock-esque tune is available now for digital download.
"People" is also accompanied by a video that finds frontman Matty Healy channeling his inner Marilyn Manson, which you can watch now on YouTube.
"People" will appear on The 1975's upcoming album Notes on a Conditional Form, which will be released February 21, 2020. The track follows the previously released song "The 1975," which samples a speech given by teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
Notes on a ConditionalForm is the follow-up to 2018's A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.
The 1975 will launch a quick U.S. arena tour in November.
ABC/Randy HolmesAn exhibit featuring new portraits of musicians -- including Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Ringo Starr and Iggy Pop -- is opening at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Titled Face the Music, the display features photographs of musicians taken as they're listening to their favorite songs. For example, Ulrich was photographed while listening to Rage Against the Machine, while Pop's picture was taken as he was rocking out to the iconic guitar instrumental "Rumble" by the late Link Wray.
"It was an incredibly fulfilling once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, personally and professionally, to capture some of the world's most iconic musicians while they listened to their favorite songs," says Face the Music photographer Richard Ehrlich. "It is a dream come true to now showcase these photographs at the Grammy Museum."
Face the Music opens September 12 and will be on view through January 6, 2020. The exhibit also features portraits of artists including Sheryl Crow, Quincy Jones, RZA, Michael Bublé and Esperanza Spalding.
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesMatt and Kim drummer Kim Schifino has torn her ACL, but the duo's upcoming 10th anniversary Grand tour is still on as scheduled.
According to a post on the Matt and Kim Instagram, Schifino, who had previously injured her ACL in 2017, suffered this new tear during a performance at Nebraska's Maha festival over the weekend. She fell off her kick drum 20 minutes into the show, but finished the set anyway without knowing the extent of her injury.
"[Kim] has gone directly into physical therapy and her doctor says with intensive work she will be ready to go for the Grand anniversary tour this fall," the post reads. "As incredibly sad as she is about this injury she was even more sad at the prospect of missing this tour so we are proud to say it will happen."
While the tour is still a go, Matt and Kim did have to cancel their performance at New Jersey's Sea.Hear.Now festival in September.
The Grand tour is set to kick off October 17 in Cleveland.
Credit: Alex LakeRadiohead's Thom Yorke is teaming up with the U.K.'s Crack Magazine to curate a limited edition zine.
Titled I See You, the booklet includes interviews with eight subjects chosen by Yorke, including artists, filmmakers, poets and environmentalists. Additionally, Yorke answers the questions he wrote himself.
One of the interview subjects is Luca Guadagnino, who directed the 2018 Suspiria remake featuring a score by Yorke.
I See You will be released on September 13. Profits will be donated to Greenpeace. You can pre-order your copy now via CrackMagazine.net.
Yorke released a new solo album called Anima in June. He'll launch a North American tour in September.
ABC/Randy HolmesAnnie Clark, aka St. Vincent, co-wrote a new song on Taylor Swift's upcoming album, Lover.
According to the songwriting credits listed on Apple Music, Clark is a composer on a track called "Cruel Summer." She co-wrote the tune with Swift herself and Jack Antonoff, who co-produced the latest St. Vincent album, 2017's MASSEDUCTION.
Antonoff, of course, has frequently collaborated with Swift, and is credited as a co-writer on eight of the 18 Lover tracks: "Cruel Summer," "The Archer," "I Think He Knows," "Paper Rings," "Death By a Thousand Cuts," "London Boy," "Soon You'll Get Better" and "False God."
Lover is due out this Friday, August 23. The album also includes the lead single "ME!", featuring Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie.
Credit: Neil KrugCage the Elephant guitarist Brad Shultz is dropping off the band's current tour with Beck and Spoon due to a herniated disc in his neck.
"Just wanted to let y'all know I'm OK," Shultz wrote in a tweet posted Wednesday night. "The injury bug has bitten tho. I have a herniated disc in my neck."
Shultz will be absent from the rest of the tour, which will conclude August 30 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
"I'll be back soon and better then ever," Shultz wrote. "Much Love for all the concern."
Cage the Elephant has been touring in support of the new album Social Cues, which features the lead single "Ready to Let Go" and the Beck collaboration "Night Running."
In other Cage happenings, the band also tweeted Wednesday, "Who wants a @CageTheElephant x [Billie Eilish] collab?"
It's unclear whether there is actually something in the works between the two, or if the tweet was just wishful thinking, but in the meantime, you can start imagining what "Ain't No Rest for the Bad Guy" would sound like.
ABC/Travis BellEarlier this week, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkinssaid that the band is hoping to release a new album in 2020. Now, frontman Dave Grohl has teased the possibility of debuting a new track live.
In an interview with NME about the Foos' upcoming headlining set at the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend, Grohl was asked about the possibility of the band playing any new material.
"There is one new song that would f***ing destroy and I would love people to hear it," Grohl responded. "It's written for a live performance, so we'll see. I don't know."
Grohl adds that he and the Foos aren't "far along in any kind of official process" as far as writing new music goes, but he does say that "there's always something."
"It's happened before where we've written a song that afternoon and performed it," Grohl shares. "Never say never."
Elsewhere in the interview, Grohl denied reports that he's contributed to a new Queens of the Stone Age album.
"I'm not on the new Queens record...I wish I was on the new Queens album," he said, adding that he "love[s] playing" with frontman Josh Homme.
The reports stemmed from a recent interview with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, in which he said he and Grohl are set to appear on a new QotSA record. However, it's been theorized that Gibbons was actually referring to a new entry in Homme's long-running Desert Sessions collaborative series.
Grohl and Foo Fighters are currently touring the U.K. in continued support of their latest album, 2017's Concrete and Gold. They'll be back in the U.S. in September to play the Bourbon & Beyond and Pilgrimage festivals.
Credit: Jack Bridgland Dreamers have announced a North American headlining tour.
The fall outing begins October 24 in San Diego, and will travel throughout the U.S. before returning to California to wrap things up December 6 in Los Angeles. Visit DreamersUniverse.com for ticket info.
Dreamers, who just got off the road opening for 311 and Dirty Heads, will be touring in support of their new album Launch Fly Land, which was released in April. The record features the single "Die Happy," which currently sits in the top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.
Here are Dreamers' North American tour dates:
10/24 -- San Diego, CA, Irenic 10/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren 10/28 -- Dallas, TX, Cambridge Room 10/29 -- Houston, TX, Bronze Peacock 10/30 -- Austin, TX, The Parish 11/1 -- Orlando, FL, The Social 11/2 -- Jacksonville, FL, 1904 Music Hall 11/3 -- Nashville, TN, The Cowan 11/4 -- Atlanta, GA, Club Hell 11/5 -- Chapel Hill, NC, Local 506 11/7 -- Washington, DC, Union Stage 11/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Foundry @ The Fillmore 11/10 -- Boston, MA, Middle East Downstairs 11/11 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre 11/13 -- Toronto, ON, Velvet Underground 11/15 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Spirit Hall 11/16 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall 11/18 -- Detroit, MI, Shelter 11/19 -- Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge 11/22 -- St. Paul, MN, Amsterdam Hall 11/23 -- Omaha, NE, Slowdown 11/25 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House 11/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Record Bar 11/27 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom 11/30 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Venue 12/2 -- Seattle, WA, Crocodile 12/3 -- Portland, OR, Hawthorne 12/4 -- San Francisco, CA, Slims 12/6 -- Los Angeles, CA, El Rey