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Listen to Palaye Royale cover Nine Inch Nails' "Closer" on new 'Sextape' EP

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Palaye Royale has released a cover of Nine Inch Nails' famously profane song "Closer."

The recording is on the group's new EP, Sextape, which also includes renditions of the Donovan song "Season of the Witch" and Depeche Mode's "Stripped," as well as the previously released original single "Dead to Me."

You can listen to Sextape now via digital outlets. The "Closer" cover is accompanied by a fittingly gothic industrial video, which is streaming now on YouTube.

Palaye Royale's most recent album is 2022's Fever Dream. They also put out a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" in November.

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Bono, Johnny Depp deliver readings at Shane MacGowan’s funeral

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Funeral services for Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan took place Friday, December 8, in Tipperary, Ireland, and featured performances of the late rocker’s music, as well as readings by such famous names as U2's Bono and Johnny Depp

According to RTE, the service at Mary of the Rosary Church in Nenagh featured a recording of Bono delivering an emotional reading, while Depp, who acted as best man at MacGowan’s 2018 wedding, was there in person to read the prayers of the faithful.

The service featured performances of MacGowan’s “A Rainy Night in Soho,” sung by Nick Cave, and the classic “Fairytale of New York," performed by Glen Hansard and Lisa O’Neill.  

MacGowan's wife, Victoria Mary Clarke, said in her eulogy that MacGowan was not a fan of funerals. “He didn't like the idea of death. He didn't want to talk about his own death. He didn't believe he was going to die,” she said. "He always assured me he would live to be at least 80."

MacGowan passed away on November 30 at age 65 from pneumonia, although he had also been battling viral encephalitis at the time of his death. Ahead of the funeral, his coffin, draped in an Irish flag, traveled through the streets of Dublin in a horse-drawn carriage.

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The National premieres 27-minute conversation video with Matt Berninger & David Letterman

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Watch out Foo Fighters, The National is coming for the title of David Letterman's favorite band.

Following their performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November, which featured the return of Letterman as a guest on his former talk show, the "Fake Empire" outfit has premiered a new video featuring a wide-ranging conversation between frontman Matt Berninger and the TV icon.

The discussion lasts for over 27 minutes and finds the pair talking about "The National's songs & lyrics, live performances, their shared experiences of depression, and more."

You can watch the conversation streaming now on YouTube, or listen to it via the podcast platform of your choice.

In addition to their run-ins with Letterman, The National released not one but two albums in 2023: First Two Pages of Frankenstein and Laugh Track.

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Dave Grohl helps cook food for people in need during Foo Fighters Australia tour

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Dave Grohl continues to live up to his "nicest guy in rock" title, even when he's on the other side of the planet.

In between dates on Foo Fighters' current tour of Australia, Grohl volunteered with a charity called The Big Umbrella to help cook food for people in need.

According to the Australian news site, the event took place on Friday in Melbourne. You can check out photos of Grohl volunteering via The Big Umbrella's Instagram Stories.

Grohl is known for being a big barbecue enthusiast; he's volunteered his cooking skills for good causes on multiple occasions. In February, he cooked meals for a shelter in Los Angeles during the Southern California winter storm.

Foo Fighters wrap their Australia tour in December 12. They'll launch a U.S. stadium tour in July.

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The Killers share new song "Spirit" off new greatest hits album

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The Killers have shared a new song called "Spirit."

The track is included on the "Mr. Brightside" outfit's just-released greatest hits compilation, Rebel Diamonds. You can listen to both "Spirit" and Rebel Diamonds now via digital outlets.

Rebel Diamonds, which celebrates The Killers' 20th anniversary, includes 20 songs spanning the band's career. The Killers will launch a tour of U.K. and Ireland in support of the record in 2024.

The Killers' most recent album is 2021's Pressure Machine. "Spirit" is the group's second new tune of 2023, following August's "Your Side of Town." They also put out a single called "boy" in 2022.

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Twenty years later, Hoobastank's Doug Robb has almost certainly heard your "not a perfect person" joke

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Hoobastank's 2003 album, The Reason, turns 20 on Saturday, December 9. The record spawned the RIAA quadruple-Platinum single "The Reason," which reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has recently found a second life on TikTok.

As for what made "The Reason" such a big and enduring hit, frontman Doug Robb is still looking for, well, the reason.

"The more I've tried to break it down in logical, scientific terms, the way I would normally do things, the more I kinda just go, 'You know what? It was out of our control,'" Robb tells ABC Audio. "It was just an authentic piece of music in its writing, in its conception, in its recording."

Still, at least part of the success of "The Reason" can surely be attributed to the song's memorable opening lyric, "I'm not a perfect person." But Robb says that even that line came up without any big story or inspiration behind it.

"It was literally me sitting on a couch, probably eating a sandwich, and going through old notes," he laughs.

And if you think you've come up with the best "not a perfect person" joke over the last two decades, you can almost certainly trust that Robb has heard it before.

"Every time even something remotely similar to that phrase comes up and people are around me, they'll look at me or they'll joke about it," Robb says. "'Doug's not a perfect person!'"

"It's very low-hanging fruit," he adds. "I don't get annoyed by it, though. I mean, it's too easy to not say."

Hoobastank has released a vinyl reissue of the album The Reason in honor of its 20th anniversary. They're also playing the album in full during a show in Los Angeles on Monday, December 11.

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Fall Out Boy releasing 'Folie à Deux' vinyl reissue with unauthorized artwork change

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Fall Out Boy is turning an unauthorized artwork change into a new reissue.

The band has announced the release of Folie à Bleu, a 15th anniversary edition of their 2008 album, Folie à Deux. As its title suggests, the reissue swaps the original record's red background for blue — a decision that apparently was news to the "Dance, Dance" outfit.

"The label changed the color of the album cover to blue without asking us & we didn't want it all to go to waste," Fall Out Boy shares. "Only 2,500 of these were pressed. Once they’re gone, they're gone!"

You'll be able to order Folie à Bleu via Fall Out Boy's web store starting Monday, December 11, at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Folie à Deux followed the one-two punch of 2005's From Under the Cork Tree and 2007's Infinity on High, and found Fall Out Boy experimenting more with the pop-punk sound they'd become known for. Fall Out Boy went on hiatus in 2009, a year after Folie à Deux dropped, before reuniting in 2013.

Fall Out Boy put out their latest album, So Much (for) Stardust, in March. They'll launch a U.S. tour in continued support of their record in February.

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Foo Fighters join Spotify's Billions Club with "Everlong"

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Foo Fighters finally have a song on Spotify's Billions Club playlist.

Dave Grohl and company's track "Everlong" has officially hit 1 billion streams, making it the first Foos tune to achieve that feat.

"Everlong" first appears on Foo Fighters' sophomore album, The Colour and the Shape, which was released in 1997. It's the band's most-played song live, according to, and its video has over 280 million views on YouTube.

Foo Fighters released their latest album, But Here We Are, in June. They'll launch a U.S. stadium tour in July.

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iDKHOW releases new 'GLOOM DIVISION' song + announces US tour dates

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I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME has released a new song off the upcoming album GLOOM DIVISION and announced a U.S. headlining tour.

The track called "GLOOMTOWN BRATS" is available now via digital outlets. You can watch its accompanying lyric video streaming now on YouTube.

The tour, meanwhile, kicks off March 15 in Nashville and concludes April 28 in San Diego. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 8, at 10 a.m. local time.

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

GLOOM DIVISION, the sophomore follow-up to iDKHOW's 2020 debut, Razzmatazz, drops February 23. It also includes the single "WHAT LOVE?"

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Laura Jane Grace shares new song, "Cuffing Season," off upcoming 'Hole in My Head' solo album

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Laura Jane Grace has shared a new song called "Cuffing Season," a track off her upcoming solo album, Hole in My Head.

"​I think as you get older and go through life's hurts and heartbreaks, it gets harder and harder to let yourself be open and vulnerable," the Against Me! vocalist says of the tune. "But when you do, it can be so worth it even if you just end up hurt and heartbroken again. In the end, I don't think you regret those kinds of losses. I think you regret not trying."

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

Hole in My Head drops February 16. It also includes the previously released songs "Dysphoria Hoodie" and "Hole in My Head."

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Bleachers premiere video for Lana Del Rey collaboration, "Alma Mater"

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Bleachers have premiered the video for "Alma Mater," which features guest vocals from Lana Del Rey.

The cinematic clip finds Jack Antonoff driving in a convertible as he passes increasingly strange sights. Del Rey also appears in the video, as do Clairo and Antonoff's wife, actor Margaret Qualley.

You can watch the "Alma Mater" video streaming now on YouTube.

"Alma Mater" will appear on the upcoming self-titled Bleachers album, due out March 8. The record also includes the lead single "Modern Girl."

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Tony Hawk congratulates son Riley on marriage to Frances Bean Cobain: "We had a blast at the wedding"

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We now have photographic proof of Frances Bean Cobain's marriage to Riley Hawk.

Riley's father, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, shared a picture from the ceremony in an Instagram post on Wednesday, December 6, wishing his son a happy birthday.

"Happy 31st to this wonderful, talented young man," the proud dad writes in the caption. "I am thankful he found the love of his life and a healthy, disciplined approach to adulthood. And that he is inspiring his younger siblings by example."

Tony adds, "We had a blast at the wedding and we love you Riley! (Frances please show this to him since he's no longer in the Insta bubble)."

Cobain, the daughter of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, first shared that she was in a relationship with Riley in New Year's Day 2022 Instagram post. Reports of their marriage first surfaced in October.

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Green Day, Thirty Seconds to Mars performing on 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024'

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Green Day and Thirty Seconds to Mars will ring in 2024 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Both bands are set to perform during the Hollywood party for this year's edition of the long-running ABC special, premiering December 31 at 8 p.m. ET. 

Green Day will be playing a set of Dookie and American Idiot classics as well as the live debut of "Dilemma," a track off their upcoming album, Saviors. Thirty Seconds to Mars' set will include renditions "Stuck" and "Seasons" — cuts off their new record, It's the End of the World but It's a Beautiful Day — as well as their hit "The Kill."

Other Hollywood NYRE performers include Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Janelle Monáe and Ellie Goulding.

Jeannie Mai will host the Hollywood party, while Ryan Seacrest and Rita Ora hold things down from New York City's Times Square.

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Watch Mike Shinoda play "Already Over" and Linkin Park's "Faint" with Saliva's Bobby Amaru

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Mike Shinoda has shared a live performance video for his new solo single "Already Over," featuring backing vocals from Saliva vocalist Bobby Amaru.

The clip is part of the Linkin Park member's ongoing Already Over Sessions series, during which he recruits a group of musicians from a particular city to join him in bringing "Already Over" to life. The first installment was filmed in Sydney, while the latest episode was recorded in Los Angeles.

"In making 'Already Over,' I wrote and played all the instruments myself," Shinoda explains. "But to play it live, I loved the idea of playing with a range of talented musicians who were all 'locals.' This is the first and only time we all played together."

Amaru provided backing vocals during the performance alongside his daughter, Veda. After finishing "Already Over," Shinoda led the impromptu band in a rendition of Linkin Park's "Faint."

You can watch the Already Over Sessions streaming now via Shinoda's YouTube.

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Green Day shares new 'Saviors' song, "Dilemma"

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Green Day has shared a new song called "Dilemma, a track off the band's upcoming album, Saviors.

"'Dilemma' was one of those songs that was kind of easy to write because it was so personal to me," says frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "We've seen so many of our peers struggle with addiction and mental illness. This song is all about the pain that comes from those experiences."

On the song's chorus, Armstrong sings, "I was sober now I'm drunk again/I'm in trouble and in love again/I don't want to be a dead man walking."

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

Saviors, the follow-up to 2020's Father of All..., drops January 19. It includes the previously released songs "The American Dream Is Killing Me" and "Look Ma, No Brains!"

Green Day will launch a world tour in support of Saviors in 2024. The U.S. leg launches in July and will feature The Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid and The Linda Lindas on the bill.

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