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Ooga chaka! The Hives releasing cover of "Hooked on a Feeling"

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The Hives are paying tribute to fellow Swedish band Blue Swede with a cover of "Hooked on a Feeling."

Even if you don't know "Hooked on a Feeling" by name, you may recognize it as the "Ooga chaka" song from Guardians of the Galaxy and Reservoir Dogs. It was written by Mark James before Blue Swede turned it into a #1 Hot 100 hit in 1974.

"The original is very neat, polished and well presented so the song didn't need more of that," The Hives say of their approach. "It seemed to want us to show it some tough love and as little respect as possible really."

The Hives' version premieres Friday via the Spotify Singles series. It follows their 2023 album, The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons, which marked their first record in over 10 years.

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Listen to new Twenty One Pilots song, "The Craving"

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Twenty One Pilots have shared a new song called "The Craving," a cut off the band's upcoming album, Clancy.

The track is dubbed "The Craving (single version)" and is accompanied by a video streaming on YouTube. On the Clancy track list, "The Craving" is titled "The Craving (Jenna's version)," possibly a reference to frontman Tyler Joseph's wife, Jenna, and/or Taylor Swift.

"The Craving" is the fourth Clancy song to be released, following "Overcompensate," "Next Semester" and "Backslide." The album will arrive in full on Friday. As previously reported, every Clancy track will get its own video.

Twenty One Pilots will launch a U.S. tour in August.

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Queens of the Stone Age headlining 2024 Mempho Music Festival

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Queens of the Stone Age are headlining the 2024 Mempho Music Festival, taking place October 4-6 in Memphis, Tennessee.

The bill also includes Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB, Sublime with Rome and The Kills, among others.

For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit MemphoFest.com.

Queens of the Stone Age will wrap up their current U.S. tour at the BottleRock Napa Valley festival on Sunday. The group has been supporting their latest album, 2023's In Times New Roman... .

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Billie Eilish debuts "LUNCH" on 'Colbert' & releases alternate "L'AMOUR DE MA VIE" recording

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Billie Eilish performed the live debut of her song "LUNCH" during The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.

"LUNCH" appears on Eilish's new album, HIT ME HARD AND SOFT. So far it's the only song off the record to get a video and has become its de facto single, as no advance tracks were released.

Eilish was the lone Late Show guest on Tuesday; she also spoke more in depth about HIT ME HARD AND SOFT during an extended interview with Colbert.

And if that's not enough Billie Eilish for you, she's also released an alternate version of the HIT ME HARD AND SOFT song "L'AMOUR DE MA VIE." While the recording is dubbed the "OVER NOW EXTENDED EDIT," it's actually about a minute shorter than the album version.

Eilish will launch a North American tour in support of HIT ME HARD AND SOFT in September.

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind' makes top 10 on Apple Music's 100 Best Albums list

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Nirvana's Nevermind makes the top 10 of Apple Music's newly unveiled list of the 100 Best Albums.

The 1991 record, which spawned the generation-defining hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit," comes in at #9 on the ranking.

"When this album came out, it made everyone who heard it and connected to it feel like we finally had a band, a real band that was ours," Apple Music's Zane Lowe says of Nevermind. "And all the things we liked that seemed disconnected and seemed out of place and were not being taken seriously — it was like oh, you're taking us seriously now."

Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was named the #1 best album of all time. The rest of the top 10 includes Michael Jackson's Thriller, The Beatles' Abbey Road, Prince & The Revolution's Purple Rain, Frank Ocean's Blonde, Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life, Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city, Amy Winehouse's Back to Black and Beyoncé's Lemonade.

The whole list also includes Radiohead's OK Computer at #12, Led Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin II at #27, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon at #28, Billie Eilish's WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? at #30, Radiohead's Kid A at #33, Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique at #48, U2's The Joshua Tree at #49, Kate Bush's Hounds of Love at #50, Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction at #52, The Cure's Disintegration at #56, Arctic Monkeys' AM at #59, The Strokes' Is This It at #68, Metallica's Master of Puppets at #69, Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral at #74, Lana Del Rey's Norman F****** Rockwell! at #79, AC/DC's Back in Black at #90, Lorde's Pure Heroine at #96 and Rage Against the Machine's Rage Against the Machine at #97.

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Josh Freese reflects on one-year anniversary of Foo Fighters reveal

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Foo Fighters announced that Josh Freese would be their new drummer on May 21, 2023 — one year ago Tuesday — during a livestreamed concert. In honor of the anniversary, Freese has shared an Instagram post reflecting on the past year.

"A year ago today this aired and I got to stop keeping quiet about what had been referred to as 'the worst kept secret in the music business' at the time," Freese writes alongside footage from the stream. "Though I thought we did a pretty good job on our end."

Freese, who played in bands including Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses, A Perfect Circle and The Offspring, joined the Foos following the 2022 death of longtime drummer Taylor Hawkins. He was one of the guest drummers to play with the Foos during their tribute concerts to Hawkins.

"I continue to miss Taylor as does the band, his family, friends and the rest of the world," Freese writes. "We also continue to try and make the most of the situation by moving forward and doing what we love doing....playing music, honoring Taylor and staying positive."

Foo Fighters released a new album, But Here We Are, in June 2023, which was dedicated to Hawkins and Dave Grohl's late mother, Virginia. They will continue to support the album on a U.S. stadium tour launching in July.

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The Struts performing at anti-gun violence benefit concert in NYC

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The Struts are performing at an upcoming benefit concert in support of the anti-gun violence organization Everytown for Gun Safety, Rolling Stone reports.

The publication's CEO, Gus Wenner, will co-present the show, which takes place June 5 as part of New York City's Soho Sessions series. It will be hosted by actor and Everytown Creative Council founding chair Julianne Moore and musician Karen Elson.

"Gun violence is a preventable epidemic, and an organization like Everytown for Gun Safety is bringing crucial education and awareness to communities nationwide," says Wenner. "I am very pleased to be partnering with the Soho Sessions for this special event to help put an end to the urgent issue of gun violence."

The invite-only Soho Sessions concerts are held at an unannounced NYC location.

You can also catch The Struts on their upcoming U.S. tour with Barns Courtney, launching in July. The "Could Have Been Me" rockers will be supporting their 2023 album, Pretty Vicious.

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Aloe Blacc covers Soundgarden, Green Day, Nirvana & more on upcoming EP

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Aloe Blacc, known for the single "The Man" and singing on the Avicii hit "Wake Me Up," is tackling a batch of '90s rock hits on an upcoming covers EP, Rock My Soul.

The first volume in the two-part release is due out June 7 and includes renditions of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," Green Day's "When I Come Around," Nirvana's "Lithium," Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Under the Bridge" and No Doubt's "Don't Speak."

"I've always been drawn to the emotional depth and powerful messages in these songs," Blacc says. "With Rock My Soul, I wanted to honor the originals while also bringing my own perspective to the music. I can't wait for everyone to hear it."

You can listen to the Rock My Soul cover of "Black Hole Sun" now via digital outlets.

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Dropkick Murphys announce US tour with Pennywise

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Dropkick Murphys have announced a U.S. tour with Pennywise.

The fall trek will kick off September 24 in New York City and wrap up October 27 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit DropkickMurphys.com.

You can also catch Dropkick Murphys at a few upcoming U.S. festivals, including Inkcarceration and the Newport Folk Festival. They're also opening for select dates on NOFX's farewell tour.

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Billie Eilish finds it "frustrating" people want to dissect all her lyrics

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Billie Eilish's new album, HIT ME HARD AND SOFT, is out now, and as usual, people are parsing the lyrics in an attempt to find out what, or who, all the songs are about. But Billie has a message for those people: stop.

"I really wanted the songs to not be like, 'Oh, I know what that's about,'" she tells Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe. "I think that we live in such a world where everyone knows everything ... everyone is aware of the beef that happened and aware of the people that don't like each other and aware of this and that."

"People put songs out, especially in the pop world — and I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it necessarily — but it's just, we live in a world of somebody puts a song out and everyone's like, 'So this is who this is about and this is the entire story of what happened,'" she continues.

"And it's like, it doesn't even give the listener a chance to interpret it how they want to interpret it and how they naturally hear it," she complains. "And that I find really frustrating. I don't want to hear a song that I'm like, 'Ooh, my God ... this is about that person that I know.'"

Her brother FINNEAS chimes in: "It can be gross. I think you shouldn't listen to 'Lunch' and think about who Billie wants to eat for lunch. You should think about who you want to eat for lunch. That's the whole deal."

"Also, that's a metaphor, you all," Billie hastens to add about the song.

That being said, Billie says of the album, "I think this is the most me thing that I've ever made. And I think that it's so purely me and not any sort of character, really."


 

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Violent Femmes add fall leg to double album anniversary tour

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Violent Femmes have added a fall leg to their tour celebrating the anniversaries of their first two albums.

The outing launches September 26 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and concludes October 8 in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets go on sale Friday and a presale begins Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit VFemmes.com.

Violent Femmes previously played their 1983 self-titled debut in full in 2023 in honor of its 40th anniversary. They continued to do that on their spring 2024 tour, which just wrapped up on Saturday, while also adding their 1984 sophomore effort Hallowed Ground to the set for its 40th anniversary.

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Shinedown covering "Stairway to Heaven" during Grammy Hall of Fame Gala

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Unlike Mike Myers in Wayne's World, Shinedown will not be denied at the Grammy Hall of Fame Gala.

Frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers are performing the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven" during the ceremony, which takes place May 21 in Los Angeles.

The rendition will be a tribute to Atlantic Records, which is the 2024 Grammy Hall of Fame label honoree. Atlantic was Led Zeppelin's longtime label and continues to be Shinedown's.

The gala will also honor the 2024 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees, which include Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising and Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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Beck playing orchestral concert at NYC's Carnegie Hall

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Beck must've had a lot of practice, because he's headed to Carnegie Hall.

The "Loser" artist has announced a concert taking place at the famed New York City venue's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. He'll be performing alongside the local Orchestra of St. Luke's.

Tickets go on sale Thursday at 11 a.m. ET.

The NYC show is the final date on Beck's summer orchestral tour, which launches July 3 in Seattle. The performances will feature "unique symphonic arrangements" of songs from Beck albums including Odelay, Mutations, Sea Change and Morning Phase.

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Pavement headlining 2024 Bumbershoot

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Pavement is taking their Gold record up to Bumbershoot.

The "Harness Your Hopes" outfit is headlining the 2024 edition of the Seattle festival, taking place August 31 and September 1.

The bill also includes K.Flay, Kim Gordon, Lauren Mayberry, I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile and the Violators and James Blake.

Tickets are on sale now. For the full lineup and all ticket info, visit Bumbershoot.com.

As previously reported, Pavement's song "Harness Your Hopes" has been certified Gold, marking the band's first-ever RIAA distinction. "Harness Your Hopes" was originally released in 1999 as a B-side but has gone viral on TikTok in recent years.

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Matt Bellamy and Elle Evans welcome baby boy

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Matt Bellamy has another "New Born" in his life.

The Muse frontman's wife, Elle Evans, has given birth to their second child, a baby boy named George Julien-Wade Bellamy. George was born on May 12, which, fittingly, was Mother's Day.

"The most special blessing born on Mother's Day & what would've been my late Mother's 60th birthday," Evans shares in an Instagram post. "Named after Matt's Dad George, my Mom Julie, and my cowboy dad Billy Wade Evans. He arrived healthy, happy, and handsome as ever!!!"

The post also features photos of the newly expanded Bellamy family, including shots of Matt and Elle's first child, daughter Lovella, with her baby brother.

"So grateful to my wonderfully perfect husband @mattbellamy for being so supportive & by my side every step of the way!" Evans adds. "It's an honor to bring another brilliant Bellamy into existence!"

Bellamy and Evans got married in 2019 and welcomed Lovella in 2020. Evans revealed she was expecting their second child in March.

Bellamy also has a 12-year-old son, Bingham, with ex Kate Hudson.

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