Third Man Records The Raconteurs have released a new vinyl single featuring alternate versions of songs from the band's comeback album, Help Us Stranger.
The double A-side seven-inch includes the radio edit of the track "Help Me Stranger," which cuts out the acoustic intro, and a non-album recording of the single "Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying)," which boasts a new acoustic interlude.
You can order the single now via ThirdManStore.com. A limited edition tri-color disc will be available starting Saturday, December 14 at the Third Man Records storefronts in Nashville and Detroit.
Help Us Stranger, the long-awaited follow-up to 2008's Consolers of the Lonely, was released in June.
Stax RecordsNathaniel Rateliff has released a cover of John Prine's 1971 song "Sam Stone," featuring vocals from the folk legend himself.
The new recording is available on a seven-inch vinyl single, which was released as part of Rateliff's new Marigold Singles project. The disc's B-side is a cover of another Prine song, 2018's "Summer's End," featuring singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews.
Both songs are also available now via digital outlets.
Proceeds from the single will be donated to two charities: Sierra Club Military Outdoors, which connects veterans with outdoor activities, and Harm Reduction Coalition, which advocates for those who've been affected by drug use.
Next year, Rateliff will embark on a U.S. solo tour, sans his band the Night Sweats. He's also planning to release a new solo album.
Credit: Adam DeGrossTravis Barker has started a new record label.
The Blink-182 drummer has announced the launch of DTA Records, formed in partnership with Elektra Records. The first single to be released from DTA is called "Gimme Brain," and features Barker alongside rappers Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. You can download that now via digital outlets.
"I wanted a label partner that I trusted with true artist development," Barker says in a statement. "As an artist, it's important to me that an artist's vision is protected at all costs."
"It's crucial that I'm able to look an artist in the eye and believe it when I say we can take them from a basement to an arena," he continues. "Elektra's track record and belief are proof of that, and I'm stoked to continue to build that legacy together through DTA Records."
You can also hear Barker's handiwork on the new Blink-182 album Nine, as well as on collaborations with Yungblud, Machine Gun Kelly and FEVER 333, among many, many more artists.
Live Nation EntertainmentThe Guns N' Roses (night)train will keep on rolling into 2020.
The reunited "Welcome to the Jungle" rockers, featuring original members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, have announced tours in South American and Europe for next year.
The South American trek begins in March, and includes stops in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru, as well as sets at Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina and Brazil. GN'R will then travel to Europe in May, and will hit countries including Portugal, Spain, Germany, England, Poland and Ireland.
Prior to the international dates, Guns will play the previously announced Super Bowl Music Fest in Miami on January 31, taking place before Super Bowl 54 kicks off February 2.
Axl, Slash and Duff launched their Not in This Lifetime reunion tour in 2016, marking the first time the trio had shared the stage together since 1993. The worldwide outing is so far the third-highest-grossing tour of all time.
ABC/Heidi GutmanGet ready to rock with Green Day in virtual reality.
Songs by the punk trio have been added to Beat Saber, a VR video game in which you're equipped with a pair of lightsaber-esque blades you use to cut through different blocks representing musical beats.
With the Green Day Music Pack, you'll be able to that some of the band's biggest hits, including "American Idiot," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Holiday" and "Minority," as well as the new tunes "Father of All..." and "Fire, Ready, Aim."
The Beat Saber announcement follows Green Day's performance on The Game Awards Thursday night. Billie Joe Armstrong and company took the stage at the annual event, which celebrates the best in video games, to play the Dookie classic "Welcome to Paradise."
You can play Beat Saber is now on various platforms, including PlayStation VR and Oculus.
Epic RecordsOzzy Osbourne will release a new solo album, Ordinary Man, next year. And if that's not exciting enough, the record was recorded with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
Speaking to Billboard, Smith reveals he joined the project after playing on the recording sessions for "Take What You Want," Ozzy's collaboration with Post Malone and Travis Scott.
"He had such a great time and sounded so good, we were like, 'What the hell, let's write some songs for Ozzy and record some s*** for Ozzy and see if he likes it. Ozzy needs to do music,'" Smith explains. "So we did and we played it for him, and he loved it."
"He got inspired," the drummer adds of Osbourne. "He was coming in every day and singing and getting better and having a great time. And he was like, 'Omigod, you work so fast! I f***ing love this!'"
Smith brought his friend McKagan on board, and the album also includes contributions from Slash, Tom Morello and Elton John. Because they were playing for the Prince of Darkness, Smith says everyone involved upped their game.
"Everyone wants to bring it for Ozzy, 'cause he deserves it," Smith shares.
"It's performances, not chopped-up, modern s***," he adds. "It's a f***ing good rock album. I'm just honored to be part of it and I can't wait for it to come out 'cause I think people are just gonna dig it."
Ordinary Man, the follow-up to 2010's Scream, is due out early 2020.
Credit: Jessie EnglishYungblud has been nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2020 award, which recognizes the "most exciting rising stars in music."
"Hyperactive, outspoken and boldly vulnerable, Yungblud is challenging the definition of what it means to be a rock star," the BBC says of the "Original Me" singer.
Yungblud is one of 10 artists on the Sound of 2020 longlist. The top five will be chosen by a voting body consisting of various writers, DJs, media members and industry figures, as well past Sound of... nominees including Billie Eilish and CHVRCHES, and will be revealed in January.
Previous Sound of... winners include HAIM, Adele, The Bravery, Sam Smith and 50 Cent.
In other Yungblud-in-the-U.K. news, the 22-year-old rocker will be performing at the 2020 NME Awards. The British publication's annual show will return on February 12 after taking 2019 off.
Courtesy of The Art of ElysiumDave Grohl and Marilyn Manson are performing at The Art of Elysium charity's 13th annual Heaven gala and art installation, taking place January 4 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
The music lineup for the event, dubbed "Heaven Is Rock and Roll," also includes Cheap Trickand grunge rockers L7.
The Art of Elysium is a nonprofit organization that encourages artists and communities to join together, using art to triumph over adversity.
Each year, an artist or group is honored at the Heaven gala with the Visionary Award, and also is asked to curate the event's art installation by depicting what their idea of what heaven is. This year's recipient is We Are Hear, an L.A.-based record label, music publisher and artist-management company founded by producers and musicians Linda Perry and Kerry Brown.
Previous Visionary Award honorees include Stevie Wonder, Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh, John Legend, and the aforementioned Perry.
Credit: Jimmy FontaineCoheed and Cambria has premiered the video for "Toys," a track off the band's latest album, The Unheavenly Creatures.
Dubbed an "Unheavenly Christmas Carol," the animated clip begins with a young kid feverishly writing Santa to make him president of the United States for Christmas, and ends with Saint Nick spanking Donald Trump in the Oval Office. You can watch it now streaming on YouTube.
"I've wanted to 'toy' with a Santa story for some time," frontman Claudio Sanchez says, punnily. "I guess, no better time than the present. And for Jolly Ole' to decide if he's Naughty or Nice? The President."
Meanwhile, you can catch Coheed on the high seas on the inaugural S.S. Neverender concert cruise, setting sail October 2020.
Sub PopBefore The Shins changed Natalie Portman's life in Garden State with "New Slang," the song was titled "When You Notice the Stripes." Now, you can listen to that early version.
James Mercer's band has reissued a trio of out-of-print songs, including the pre-Oh, Inverted World recording of "New Slang." The other tracks are called "When I Goose-Step" and "The Gloating Sun."
All three songs were previously released on a tour-only CD EP in 1999. They've now been reissued as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club subscription service. While the physical seven-inch single featuring the tracks is sold out, they're also all available now for the first time via digital outlets.
The Shins' most recent album is 2017's Heartworms.
Interscope RecordsBlink-182's Mark Hoppus is open to the idea of a 44 reunion.
When asked in an interview with Australia's Wall of Sound if the band, which also included Blink drummer Travis Barker and guitarists Shane Gallagher and Craig Fairbaugh, could get back together, Hoppus responded with a "maybe."
"I would never say never," he said.
However, Hoppus added that he hasn't spoken with Gallagher and Fairbaugh in "years."
"I think that they have moved on in their own lives, and we're in a different place," he said.
Hoppus and Barker formed 44 following Blink-182's break-up in 2005. They released their one and only album, When Your Heart Stops Beating, in 2006.
"That album holds such a special place in my life and in my memory," Hoppus said. "The lyrics and the making of that album was a huge moment of me working through the death of Blink-182 at the time, and that holds a really special place in my heart. So I would love to play it again at some point."
Glassnote'Tis the season for holiday music, and Mumford & Sons are ready to join in.
In an interview with Billboard, frontman Marcus Mumford was asked which Christmas song he'd want to cover.
"Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas,' without a doubt," Mumford replied.
"There are only two acceptable Christmas songs in my opinion: That one and [The Pogues']? 'Fairytale of New York,'" he added. "All the others are completely unacceptable."
Once the holiday season is over and 2020 arrives, Mumford & Sons will be prepping a new documentary, due out in the spring. The film will be about the band's trip to Podor, Senegal, the hometown of musician Baaba Maal, with whom Mumford collaborated with on their 2016 EP, Johannesburg.
"It's a very small town on the river of Senegal and people from four or five different countries come and there's a sort of great meeting of minds in the desert," Mumford explained. "I think we're the first western band to play it."
The doc will be accompanied by new Mumford & Sons music, which will follow the band's 2018 album, Delta.
"It's something we're really proud of," Mumford said of the project. "We've just been finishing up the music for it at last."
Geffen RecordsRise Against bassist Joe Principe is selling various instruments and gear from his personal collection.
Among the 70 items available for purchase include basses, guitars and amps used on Rise Against albums including 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, 2006's The Sufferer & the Witness, and 2011's Endgame.
You can check out all Principe has to offer via the online gear marketplace Reverb.com.
Rise Against's most recent album is 2017's Wolves.
"This tour is extra special," says Bad Religion vocalist Greg Graffin. "Not only are we celebrating our 40th anniversary, but we get to do it with Alkaline Trio, who are such a great band, really excited about this!"
"Bad Religion was one of my first loves," adds Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba. "I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard 'Suffer' around age 12. They are one of the very reasons I started playing punk rock music and continue to today."
Bad Religion released a new album, Age of Unreason, in May. Alkaline Trio's most recent effort is 2018's Is This Thing Cursed?
MGMT RecordsMGMT has dropped a new single called "In the Afternoon."
The track, which is accompanied by a typically psychedelic video, is available now for digital download and will also be released on a 12-inch vinyl single featuring another new tune, "As You Move Through the World." The disc is due out March 2020, but you can pre-order a copy now via MGMT's website.
"In the Afternoon" follows MGMT's latest album, 2018's Little Dark Age.
MGMT will play a series of shows in Mexico next year, including dates with Tame Impala and Clairo.
ABC/Image Group LABillie Eilish is aiming to make new music on the road.
Speaking to Billboard, the "bad guy" singer shares that she expects she'll write her sophomore album while on tour.
"We're at a point now, from touring and working so much, that I'm pretty sure the next album will be made on tour -- around the world," she explains.
That'd be quite a departure for Eilish, who recorded her hit debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, in her house.
"For me, I didn't really know how to make music anywhere else," Eilish says. "We would try and work in studios, and it would never work out the way I wanted it to. It would be exhausting and not very fun."
Eilish will launch a giant U.S. arena tour next year starting March 9 in Miami.
Credit: Lindsey ByrnesParamore had fans worrying that the band was breaking up after they sharead an emotional holiday post. Luckily, that's not the case.
On their Instagram Tuesday, Hayley Williams and company shared a black-and-white photo of themselves, along with a caption about how far the trio has come. They also wished fans a "happy holidays" and thanked them for their support over the years.
"We should also say thanks to you, while we're here, for carrying the torch for the band and believing in all the ways we've found to create," Paramore wrote. "We love us and we love you too."
Given the reflective tone of the post, and the general uncertainty currently surrounding Paramore -- Williams said in August that she didn't know "what's next" for the band -- some fans thought that the holiday post meant that the "Hard Times" group was calling in quits. Fortunately, they put that notion to bed.
"No, it's not a breakup announcement, weirdos," they wrote in a subsequent Instagram Story.
Parmore's most recent album is 2017's After Laughter.