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MGK And Travis Barker Perform At VMA’s.

The days of Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford climbing the stage to disrupt the acceptance speech of Limp Bizkit at the VMA’s are long gone.  Last night the 2020 VMA’s went down across New York City.  Machine Gun Kelly took home the award for Best Alternative with “Bloody Valentine”, beating out the likes of Lana Del Rey, The 1975 and Twenty One Pilots.  Best Rock went to Coldplay for “Orphans”, taking down heavy competition from The Killers, Green Day, and Blink-182.

Dave Grohl Responds To Drum Off.

10-year-old Nandi Bushell has been posting covers of her favourite alternative tracks from Royal Blood, Queens Of The Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, and Nirvana.  Earlier this month, Nandi challenged Foo’s frontman Dave Grohl to a drum battle.  Grohl responded on the weekend performing the Them Crooked Vultures song “Dead End Friends”.  Dave is no stranger to a drum battle; he took on The Animal from The Muppets back in 2015.

The Elwins Share “Daughter Song”.

The band is preparing the release of their new album “IV”, which is ironically the 4th studio album for the group.  You can pre-order “IV” now, which will arrive on October 23rd.  We’ve already got a snippet of what the album will sound like with the singles “Weight of the World” and “Take Me All the Way”, which was used in an awesome hockey montage.  You can listen to the third offering for the Toronto boys with “Daughter Song”.

MONOWHALES New Single “All or Nothing”.

It’s been an amazing year for MONOWHALES, from playing the legion in Elora for Riverfest to the commercial success of “RWLYD”.  Kolter and Meredith talked with Sally Shaar about the brand-new song “All or Nothing”.  MONOWHALES have stopped by our studio for a Sugar Beach Session, when we could have people in studio and also performed a Sofa Beach Session.  Will have to see what else the MONOWHALES have in store for the rest of 2020.

Black Pistol Fire Return With “Hope in Hell”.

The last time we saw Black Pistol Fire, they stopped by our studio to talk with Carly and perform a Sugar Beach Session before opening for The Glorious Sons in February.  Eric and Kevin haven’t released a full album since 2017’s “Deadbeat Graffiti” but shared the singles “Well Wasted” and “Pick Your Poison” last year.  Now, the duo who relocated to Austin have shared the new single “Hope in Hell”.  Come this winter you can expect details of their new album.

The Smashing Pumpkins Share Two New Tracks.

Billy Corgan and friends have given us our first taste of what to expect from their new album.  The two new singles are titled “Cyr” and “The Colour of Love”.  “Cyr” has more of an electronic sound to it which is something interesting from the band.  “The Colour of Love” is a fresh spin on the traditional Pumpkins sound incorporating the synth.  The album details will be revealed soon.

The Killers Remix “Scarlet”.

We reported this earlier in the week, and now we have it.  The Rolling Stones have shared The Killers version of “Scarlet”.  The track will be featured on the “Goat Head Soup” reissue out on September 4th.  The Killers 6th studio album “Imploding The Mirage” was released last Friday (August 21st).

Bill & Ted Face The Music.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their roles as Bill & Ted 30 years after a Bogus Journey.  The film features everybody’s favourite Rockstar Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Ohio’s Kid Cudi, and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler.  The soundtrack is just as star-studded as the cast with music from Weezer, Cold War Kids, FIDLAR, Lamb of God, and Mastodon.  You can stream the soundtrack and movie now.

The Struts Team Up With Albert Hammond Jr.

“Another Hit of Showmanship” is the first new music from The Struts in over a year.  The Derby boys hooked with The Strokes Albert Hammond Jr. on the new single, “they reached out to him out of the blue”.  Luke Spiller, the bands frontman said “As soon as he got his hands on it, he took it to a whole different level”.  The Struts last studio album “YOUNG & DANGEROUS” was released in 2018.  The Strokes shared their first album in seven years “The New Abnormal” back in April.

Billie Eilish Tiny Desk Concert.

What a week to be a tiny desk, earlier in the week the tiny desk was graced with a Tame Impala performance.  Today (August 26th), the tiny desk had the elegance of Billie Eilish and brother Finneas.  The pair performed her two recent standalone track “my future” and “everything i wanted”.  Although you might think Eilish is in the tiny desk studio, she clarifies that it’s a cardboard cut-out of the studio.  Billie shares a message hope during these uncertain times saying, “will be okay one day”.

The Killers Putting A Spin On The Stones.

What a week it’s been for The Killers, they shared the video for “My Own Soul’s Warning”, played “Blowback” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, released “Imploding The Mirage”, and Brandon Flowers said the next Killers album could be out in 10 months.  Now, the group has reimagined The Rolling Stones song “Scarlet” for the upcoming reissue of “Goat Head Soup”.  The Killers version of “Scarlett” will be out this Friday (August 28th) and you’ll be able to find it here.  In the meantime, you can listen to The War On Drugs version of “Scarlet”.

War Child’s “Help” 25th Anniversary.

The album was originally released in 1995 to help raise money for the children affected by the Bosnian conflict.  Recorded in a single day at Abbey Road Studios, mastered by Brian Eno, and released a week later.  The album features tracks from Oasis, Blur, Radiohead, The Stone Roses, The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Portishead, just to name a few.  The album will be available to stream for the first time on September 9th, as well as 2020 copies of a limited edition reissue vinyl.

Portugal. The Man Share Cover of “Tomorrow”.

The Alaskan group has recorded a cover of the Annie classic “Tomorrow” for the charity album “At home with the kids”, out this Friday (August 28th).  Album proceeds will help support the Humanitarian Aid Organization Save the Children.  “At home with the kids” will also feature songs from Matt Maeson, Saint Motel, Tove Lo, and Chromeo.

The Distillers Self-Titled Debut Album Turns 20.

It’s been a few years since we last got something new from The Distillers, releasing the singles “Man vs. Magnet” and “Blood in Gutters” in 2018.  This past April, their debut album “The Distillers” celebrate its 20th anniversary.  The group announced today (August 25th) they will be re-releasing the album on October 30th, with remastered audio and limited-edition coloured vinyl.  The Distillers are still working on the follow up to 2003’s “Coral Fang”.

Jack Sherman Former RHCP Guitarist Dead At 64.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers made the announcement on social media saying “We of the RHCP family would like to wish Jack Sherman smooth sailing into the worlds beyond, for he has passed”.  Sherman was the groups second guitar player, after Hillel Slovak departed the band.  Jack co-wrote songs on 1984’s debut “Red Hot Chili Peppers” and 1985’s “Freaky Styley” and played guitar on the Chili Peppers first tour of the USA.  Sherman cause of death has not been disclosed yet.

All Star Lineup Celebrate Joe Strummer.

This past Friday (August 21st) was Joe Strummer of The Clash’s birthday, it would have been his 68th birthday.  To celebrate Strummer’s birthday, “A Song For Joe” was aired on YouTube to support the #SaveOurStages campaign.  Watch The Interrupters, Frank Turner, Tom Morello of RATM, Dropkick Murphys, Albert Hammond Jr., Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, and Josh Homme of QOTSA all pay tribute to Joe.

Tame Impala Perform Tiny Desk Concert.

Kevin Parker, Jay Watson, and Dom Simper joined focuses to perform a Tiny Desk Home Concert.  The setlist includes “Breather Deeper” and “Is It True” of 2020’s “The Slow Rush”, plus the 2019 single “Patience”.  Watch Parker and co. put a new spin on their own songs using a variety of samplers and sequences for an electronic jam.

Eddie Vedder Talks With Lily Cornell For “Mind Wide Open”.

In the 6th episode of the weekly mental-health series “Mind Wide Open”, Lily Cornell welcomes Eddie Vedder.  The pair discuss societal and political impacts on mental health, with Vedder sharing his own experiences.  Vedder talks about the Roskilde tragedy, the dark lyrics of his peers, and Billie Eilish.  Pearl Jam latest release “Gigaton” come out this past March.

JJ Wilde Shares New Song “Best Boy”.

We talked about this earlier in the week and now it’s here.  If you texted JJ at 1-(310)-564-8870, you would have received snippets of the music video for “Best Boy”.  Plus, she’ll let you know when she’s going to be in your town.  Wilde wrote “This song is about trying to change the narrative that society has accepted about woman.  It is clear, especially in the music industry that woman are viewed more like objects a lot of the time rather than humans – seen not heard type of thing”.  JJ Wilde debut album “Ruthless” came out earlier this year.

The Killers Perform “Blowback” On Stephen Colbert.

“Imploding The Mirage” was originally supposed to come out back in May, back after a slight delay the album arrived today, August 21st.  Before the release of the album last night, The Killers stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform “Blowback”.  The band was scheduled to perform in Toronto this September, but their tour has been postponed, we will keep you posted once we have the new tour date.

Tame Impala “Is It True” Gets Remixed By Four Tet.

Earlier this month Tame Impala shared the music video for “Is It True”, off their new album “The Slow Rush”.  The song has been remixed by London DJ Four Tet, who’s been busy remixing songs of Caribou, Destiny’s Child, and releasing two new albums of his own this year.  Kevin Parker of Tame Impala is not shy to remix a song himself, he recently remixed 070 Shake “Guilty Conscience”.

Jimmy Chamberlin Complex Announce New Album.

The Smashing Pumpkins are still working on their new double album, which is slated to arrive sometime in 2020.  The Pumpkins drummer announced on September 25th, Jimmy Chamberlin Complex will release “Honor” via MAKE Records.  He also offered us the first single for the album titled “Humility”.

Dominic Simper of Tame Impala Releases Debut Album.

Tame Impala’s world tour has been postponed for the moment, but when the band returns to the stage you’ll see Dominic Simper there.  In the meantime, Dominic has released his debut EP “Unfolding” under the name Bambi.  Dominic is not the only touring member of Tame Impala to release new music this year, Jay Watson’s project GUM released “Out In The World” back in June.

The Killers “My Own Soul’s Warning” Video.

With less than 24 hours before the release of “Imploding The Mirage”, out tomorrow (August 21st), the Nevada band has shared the video for “My Own Soul’s Warning”. The video has Brandon and Ronnie driving through the country, stopping in the forest to sing in the snow, and even head into space to dance with constellations. If you look closely, you can see the album cover in the clouds and once in space you can see the album artwork for the four singles off “Imploding The Mirage”.

Billie Eilish Debuts “my future” at DNC.

The “Bad Guy” singer has been using her platform to voice support for the Black Lives Matter movement and police reform in California. This marks the first year Eilish is eligible to vote in an election, she is showing her support for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. She appeared last night (Wednesday) at the virtual Democratic Nation Convention to perform her new single “my future” accompanied by her brother Finneas. The single was released on July 30th and marks the first time Billie has performed the song live.

Ben Gibbard Plays The Postal Service For The USPS.

It’s an election year for our friends down south, and with the pandemic raging on, this election is going to look very different. With mail-in ballots a hot topic and recent cost saving measures to the USPS, musicians have been showing their support for the United States Postal Service. The Death Cab For Cutie frontman showed his appreciation for the postal service by dedicating and performing “Give Up” from The Postal Service. Ben starts off the performance by playing “Northern Lights” from Death Cab For Cuties 2018’s album “Thank You for Today”.

Phoenix Share New Song “Identical”

The group from Pairs have returned with their first new music in 3 years. “Identical” will be featured in the new Sofia Coppola film “On The Rocks”, starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. The film is due out in October on Apple TV+ with Phoenix scoring the soundtrack. Meredith has already called the song a certified banger and got Kolter doing the mom shoulders.

Will Butler Releases “Close My Eyes” Video.

Arcade Fire had plans to work on their new album this year, but with the pandemic happening, plans have changed for the group. Will Butler is preparing the release of “Generations”, his sophomore album on September 25th via Merge Records. The latest offering from the upcoming album “Close My Eyes” has Will rowing his way along in the beautiful open water.

White Reaper Cover “Only A Shadow”.

The band from Louisville, Kentucky released their 3rd album “You Deserve Love” last year with the massive hit “Might Be Right” and the new single “Real Long Time”. The group has now shared a cover of “Only A Shadow” from Cleaners From Venus 1982 album “Midnight Cleaners”.

Jeremy Gara Gets Experimental with “L_06”.

Arcade Fire celebrated the 10th anniversary of “The Suburbs” early this month. With plans to work on a new album on hold, Jeremy Gara announced his second solo project. The new album from Gara is titled “Passerine Finale” and will arrive on September 11th through Invada Records. Gara has served up the 9-minute instrumental track “L_06” accompanied with a visual light show.

New Music From Phoenix.

If you tuned into the “Alt Update” with Kolter and Meredith, you might have already heard Phoenix will be releasing a new song “Identical” tomorrow (August 19). You can hear a snippet of the new track for the French group to tide you over until we have the full song. This will be the first new material from Phoenix since 2017’s “Ti Amo”.

JJ Wilde Has Something New Coming This Week.

The native of Kitchener has been climbing the Canadian radio charts with her hit “The Rush”. The song was recently featured on Hockey Night In Canada. After releasing “Ruthless” back in June, Wilde is teasing something new for fans on Friday (August 21st). Posting on her social media accounts a phone number to text her at to find out more information.

Tom Morello Talks About His Career.

Rage Against The Machine would have been wrapping up their North American arena tour, taking a little break, and heading to Europe to play some festivals. With the ongoing pandemic, RATM postponed their tour until 2021. In the meantime, Tom Morello has announced he’ll be releasing a memoir “Whatever It Takes” on October 13. The Rage guitarist sat down with Rolling Stones to discuss his book, Rage, Audioslave, and his many other projects.

The Darcys Share a New Single.

The duo from Etobicoke are set to release the follow up to 2016’s Centrefold later on this year. The group released new music back in March with Boy’s Don’t/Change. Now the band has given us another taste of what to expect from their new album with “Look Me In The Eyes”.

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