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Tom Morello has premiered a new solo song called "The Maze" featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

With soaring vocals from the "Cecilia and the Satellite" singer, "The Maze" is among the poppiest songs in the Rage Against the Machine guitarist's catalog, though it still boasts an epic guitar solo. You can download "The Maze" now via digital outlets.

"The Maze" will appear on Morello's upcoming solo album The Atlas Underground Flood, his second release of 2021, following October's The Atlas Underground Fire. Flood, which will arrive this Friday, December 3, also features guest spots from  Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Nathaniel Rateliff, X Ambassadors, Barns Courtney, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and Manchester Orchestra.

The equally feature-heavy Fire included collaborations with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, Bring Me the Horizon, Phantogram and grandson.

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Machine Gun Kelly joined Jimmy Fallon for a round of "Auto-Tune Up" on Wednesday's episode of NBC's The Tonight Show.

For the game, the "Bloody Valentine" rocker and the show host took turns turning a "random, boring paragraph" into an "awesome song" by using the Auto-Tune vocal effect. Kelly's prompts included a post on the Nextdoor app asking neighbors to stop feeding crows, and a Yelp review of an Idaho body piercing shop.

"I feel like that's mine," Kelly joked of the Yelp review. "I feel like I've for sure gotten by body pieced in Idaho."

You can watch the segment streaming now on YouTube.

Kelly also stuck around for an interview with Fallon about his upcoming film The Last Son, and his relationship with Megan Fox. Notably, he wore a t-shirt with an image of Fox from her movie Jennifer's Body.

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Barns Courtney is bringing the "Fire" back to the live stage in a big way next year.

The English artist has announced a 42-city North American tour for 2022, kicking off in early March with a run through Canada before hitting the U.S. March 15 in Seattle. The run will wrap up May 7 in Miami.

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

Along with preparing for the tour, a press release reveals Barns is "currently in the studio perfecting a new body of work," which is due out in 2022, as well. His most recent album is 2019's 404, which features the singles "99" and "You and I."

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Last month, The Black Crowes played a special two-night Las Vegas engagement at the House of Blues, and now the veteran rockers have announced plans to return to the venue in February 2022 for a pair of new concerts.

The band's residency, dubbed The Black Crowes: Twice as Hard, will take place on February 11 and February 12, and will feature the group -- led by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson -- playing their biggest hits, as well favorites from the band's 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker. The concerts will be held just before Super Bowl LVI, which is scheduled for Sunday, February 13, at SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles.

Tickets for the new Vegas shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, December 3, at 10 a.m. PT. Black Crowes band, Live Nation and MGM pre-sale offers are all available now. Visit the group's official website and social media pages and Ticketmaster.com for more details.

Besides the Las Vegas gigs, Chris and Rich Robinson are scheduled to perform as their Brothers of a Feather duo incarnation on January 15 at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The Black Crowes also are part of the 2022 Stagecoach Festival lineup and are slated to play that event on May 1 in Indio, California.

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Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are adding some hops to their Hanukkah Sessions celebration for night four with a cover of Van Halen's "Jump."

The performance pays tribute to VH vocalist David Lee Roth, who is Jewish.

"Quite possibly the loudest and proudest of hard rocking Jews, David Lee Roth has gone on record crediting his Bar Mitzvah preparation as his earliest vocal training," Grohl says. "He became a rockstar the day he became a man."

You can watch the "Jump" cover streaming now on YouTube. Be sure to stick around for Kurstin's ripping keytar solo.

Grohl and Kurstin launched The Hanukkah Sessions in 2020 with covers of eight different Jewish artists for each night of the holiday. This year's series has so far included Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)," Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" and Barry Manilow's "Copacabana."

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The honors keep coming for Billie Eilish.  A week after she was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, PETA announced she is their youngest-ever recipient of their "Person of the Year" award.

The animal advocacy group praised the outspoken 19-year-old vegan for using her platform to educate fans on animal cruelty within the makeup and fashion industry.  PETA also lauded Billie for convincing luxury brand Oscar de la Renta to permanently swear off fur.  She made that her one condition, which the company agreed to, before wearing their blush pink gown to the Met Gala.

That's not the only impact the "Happier Than Ever" singer had in the fashion industry.  When partnering with Nike for her Air Jordan shoe collection, she created sneakers that were made out of "100% vegan leather with over 20% recycled material," which Billie promoted on Instagram.  The Grammy winner also released a perfume, Eilish, which doesn't use any animal byproducts and wasn't tested on animals.

The organization also praised Billie for promoting sustainable meals and encouraging followers to take a hard look at how their diet harms animals.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a Wednesday press release that the organization "is happier than ever to celebrate her for seizing every opportunity to point out that vegan fashion and foods are kinder to the animals and the planet we share with them."

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Eddie Vedder has announced a 2022 U.S. tour with his solo band, Earthlings.

The outing will begin February 3-4 with a two-night stand in New York City, and will wrap up with a pair of dates in Pearl Jam's hometown of Seattle February 21-22.

Tickets will only be available through the Pearl Jam Ten Club and the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. Registration for either sale is open now through December 5 at 5 p.m. PT.

For the full list of dates, visit PearlJam.com.

Along with Vedder, Earthlings includes Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, ex-RHCP guitarist and current Pearl Jam touring member Josh Klinghoffer, Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, singer-songwriter and Once star Glen Hansard, and guitarist/producer Andrew Watt. The group made their debut at Vedder's Ohana Festival in September.

Earthlings take their name from Vedder's upcoming solo album Earthling, due out February 11, 2022. The record includes the previously released singles "Long Way" and "The Haves."

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The honors keep coming for Billie Eilish.  A week after she was nominated for seven Grammy Awards, PETA announced she is their youngest-ever recipient of their "Person of the Year" award.

The animal advocacy group praised the outspoken 19-year-old vegan for using her platform to educate fans on animal cruelty within the makeup and fashion industry.  PETA also lauded Billie for convincing luxury brand Oscar de la Renta to permanently swear off fur.  She made that her one condition, which the company agreed to, before wearing their blush pink gown to the Met Gala.

That's not the only impact the "Happier Than Ever" singer had in the fashion industry.  When partnering with Nike for her Air Jordan shoe collection, she created sneakers that were made out of "100% vegan leather with over 20% recycled material," which Billie promoted on Instagram.  The Grammy winner also released a perfume, Eilish, which doesn't use any animal byproducts and wasn't tested on animals.

The organization also praised Billie for promoting sustainable meals and encouraging followers to take a hard look at how their diet harms animals.

PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a Wednesday press release that the organization "is happier than ever to celebrate her for seizing every opportunity to point out that vegan fashion and foods are kinder to the animals and the planet we share with them."

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The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle will complete 60 hours of community service after being charged with criminal contempt amid her ongoing custody battle with ex-husband Josh Homme, Rolling Stone reports.

The charge stems from a Los Angeles judge finding that Dalle "willfully" kept Homme from being able to see his five-year-old son during his court-ordered custody period. According to Rolling Stone, Homme's lawyers asked for a harsher sentence of five days in jail or 120 hours of community labor for Dalle.

Dalle told Rolling Stone that she was "relieved by the court's decision."

"I don't believe anyone should go to jail or pick up trash for protecting her children," she said. "As a mother, I will always put my children first and protect them at all costs."

Homme told the court in a statement that he felt he'd suffered "a lot of parental alienation."

"This family is in grave danger and so fractured and ripped apart," he said. "All I want to do is see my kids. I want my mother to see her grandkids. I want my father to see his grandkids."

Dalle argued that Homme's claim of "parental alienation" was a "strategy used in family court by abusers to take the onus off the abuser and place it onto the victims."

The legal proceedings between Dalle and Homme since the former couple filed for divorce in 2019 have certainly been contentious. Both have filed restraining orders against each other, and their 15-year-old daughter was granted a temporary restraining order against Homme.

In a filing this past September, Dalle submitted a restraining order on behalf of her and Homme's two sons against their father, alleging abuse. Those requests were denied.

Homme has denied allegations of abuse.

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The Lumineers have premiered the video for "A.M. Radio," a track off the band's upcoming album, Brightside.

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, was filmed at the same high school frontman Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites attended when they were growing up in Ramsey, New Jersey.

"I spent a lot of time daydreaming there about making music one day, but had no idea about a decade later it'd actually come into fruition," Fraites says.

Brightside, the fourth Lumineers album, will arrive January 14.

In other Lumineers news, the "Ho Hey" duo has released a new holiday single called "This Is Life (Merry Christmas)" in collaboration with singer-songwriter Daniel Rodriguez. The track is a reworked version of Rodriguez's song "This Is Life," with some extra seasonal cheer added in.

You can download "This Is Life (Merry Christmas)" now via digital outlets. Proceeds benefit MusiCares.

("A.M. Radio" video contains uncensored profanity.) 

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A familiar face will host next year's 64th Annual Grammy Awards. The Daily Show's Trevor Noah will return in the role and induct a new class of Grammy winners on January 31.

Next year's award show will be held at the newly renamed Crypto.com Arena -- formerly the Staples Center -- in Los Angeles, California.

Trevor last held down the fort for the pandemic-delayed 63rd Grammy Awards on March 14. This continues a streak LL Cool J started in 2012, where every host has returned for at least two consecutive stints. James Corden hosted both the 2017 and 2018 ceremonies, followed by Alicia Keys' back-to-back appearances in 2019 and 2020.

Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement, "We’re so excited to welcome Trevor back to the GRAMMYs stage and feel fortunate to once again have him hosting what we believe will be an unforgettable evening."  He also called Trevor an "amazing" host and said he garnered "praise from the music community, music fans and critics" during 2021's socially-distanced ceremony.

Although the host will remain the same, things will run a little differently for next year's nominees. Last week, the Recording Academy announced some changes in the so-called Big Four categories. For first time in Grammy history, there are 10 nominees up for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.

Artist Jon Batiste heads into the ceremony with a leading 11 nominations.  Justin BieberDoja Cat and H.E.R. are also top nominees, with eight nods each.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards will air January 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 

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Glass Animals is turning "Heat Waves" into "Solar Power."

Dave Bayley and company performed a cover of the Lorde song during an appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge this week. Their version of the tune replaces the percussive acoustic guitar riff of the original with a steady drum beat and hand claps, but still arrives an an equally joyous chorus.

You can check out Glass Animals' "Solar Power" cover streaming now on YouTube. If nothing else, it's worth watching just to hear Bayley sing the line "I'm kinda like a prettier Jesus."

The original "Solar Power" is the title track off Lorde's new album, which was released this past August.

Glass Animals, meanwhile, spent 2021 enjoying the biggest hit of their career with "Heat Waves," a single off their 2020 album, Dreamland. The track's breakout success earned them a Best New Artist nomination for the 2022 Grammys, held January 31.

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Last month, Of Monsters and Men played a series of concerts in their native Iceland to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, My Head Is an Animal. In the very likely event you weren't able to attend any of the shows in person, you'll still be able to watch them streaming online starting tonight, December 1.

Fittingly, the shows were recorded Gamla Bíó, the same place where Of Monsters and Men threw the release party for My Head Is an Animal a decade ago.

"We're kinda just going back to that night, really," vocalist Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir tells ABC Audio. "We're going to do the album in its entirety, and [will be] playing with...people who have been with us throughout this journey."

Vocalist Ragnar "Raggi" Þórhallsson adds that the concerts have a real "family" vibe to them, while also allowing the band to get back to their "sweaty club show" roots.

"I'm craving it," Raggi says.

With the streams, Raggi and Nanna hope that "people will get sweaty with us around the world."

"Watch on the internet and get sweaty," Nanna laughs.

The shows will be available to watch via the streaming platform Mandolin. Subsequent airings will be held December 8, 15 and 22.

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Jack White is headlining the 2022 High Water Festival, which will take place April 23-24 in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The bill, which is curated by Charleston folk duo Shovels & Rope, also includes Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Black Pumas, Local Natives and Sharon Van Etten, among others.

Pre-sale tickets are available now, and while tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, December 2, at noon ET. For the full lineup and ticket info, visit HighWaterFest.com.

High Water is White's first announced live performance for 2022. The White Stripes rocker plans to release two solo albums next year: Fear of the Dawn on April 8, and Entering Heaven Alive on July 22.

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Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin's The Hanukkah Sessions continues on night three of the Jewish holiday with a rendition of the Barry Manilow hit "Copacabana."

The pair stays true to the disco style of the original 1978 tune with the cover, which could comfortably sit on Foo Fighters' Hail Satin Bee Gees tribute compilation.

"Barry Pincus -- not only one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th (or any) century, but a mega-mensch to boot!" Grohl says, referring to Manilow by his birth name.

You can listen to the "Copacabana" cover streaming now on YouTube.

Grohl and Kurstin launched The Hanukkah Sessions in 2020 with covers of eight different Jewish artists for each night of the holiday. This year's series has so far included Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" and The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop."

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