Primus premieres video for ‘Conspiranoid’ EP song “Follow the Fool”

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Primus has premiered the video for "Follow the Fool," a track off the band's new EP, Conspiranoid.

The clip very much fits in with the "My Name Is Mud" outfit's brand of weird, cutting footage of an animated jester leading other "fools" to their demise in between shots of sensationalist infomercials.

You can watch the "Follow the Fool" video streaming now on YouTube.

Primus released Conspiranoid, which also features the 11-minute song "Conspiranoia," in April. It follows Primus' 2017 album, The Desaturating Seven.

Next week, Primus will perform at a pair of concerts at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre celebrating the 25th anniversary of South Park, for which, of course, Les Claypool and company recorded the theme song. The shows will be recorded for a special airing August 13 on Comedy Central, streaming on Paramount+ starting August 14.

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The Used collaborates with blackbear on new song, “Toxic Energy”

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The Used guests on a new song from blackbear called "Toxic Energy."

Frontman Bert McCracken lends his vocals to the pop-punk rocker, which is described as a "love letter to that toxic person that you have reached your limit on."

"It's when you're done babysitting and giving your heart away and you need to take time for yourself," blackbear explains. "This person lifts you up like cocaine but drops you in the dark like a lightning storm, the only way out is inward, enjoy."

You can listen to "Toxic Energy" now via digital outlets. The track is also set to appear on blackbear's upcoming album, In Loving Memory, along with the previously released Machine Gun Kelly collaboration, "gfy."

In Loving Memory is due out August 26.

The Used, meanwhile, is currently on tour with Rise Against.

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Goldfinger shares rerecordings of past songs featuring Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker & Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil

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Goldfinger has shared rerecorded versions of three of the band's most beloved songs: "99 Red Balloons," "Superman" and "Here In Your Bedroom."

The updated rendition of "Superman" features Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil, while Avril Lavigne guests on the new take of "Here In Your Bedroom." Blink-182's Travis Barker plays drums on all three rerecordings.

Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann just produced Lavigne's new album, Love Sux, and worked with Blink on their last two records, 2019's Nine and 2016's California. He also written and produced with Biffy Clyro.

You'll find the rerecording on the just-released deluxe version of Goldfinger's most recent album, 2020's Never Look Back, which is out now via digital outlets. The expanded record also includes four additional bonus original tracks, co-written by Barker.

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Machine Gun Kelly reacts to “idiot” who vandalized tour bus


Machine Gun Kelly has words for the "idiot" who thought they were vandalizing his tour bus early Thursday morning.

According to photos published by TMZ, one of at least four buses the "Bloody Valentine" rocker is traveling with on tour was tagged with a homophobic slur and a graphic image while it was parked in Omaha, Nebraska, where MGK played Thursday night.

In a series of Instagram Stories responding to the incident, Kelly declared the unidentified vandal to be "so dumb," for one reason in particular: the bus that was tagged is not the bus he's actually touring in.

"You spray-painted a bus thinking it was my bus," Kelly said. "Wrong bus, you f***ing idiot. Do the first part of the crime right!"

Continuing to make fun of the culprit, Kelly noted that he'd been standing near the buses until about 4:30 in the morning, which means the person responsible "waited until 5 a.m. to spray-paint a d***."

"You could have been at home, cuddling with your partner, doing something," Kelly continued. "Instead you were, like, 'I just wish he would go up to his hotel room so I could spray-paint this d***!'"

Kelly added that he didn't even see the graffiti on the bus before it was washed off.

"Aren't you sad?" Kelly said, adding a "you suck" for good measure.

Machine Gun Kelly is current on tour in support of his new album, Mainstream Sellout, which was released in March. The outing continues Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Drowning Pool premieres first song off upcoming ’Strike a Nerve’ album, “Mind Right”


Drowning Pool has premiered a new song called "Mind Right," the first preview of the band's upcoming album, Strike a Nerve.

The track, which is available now via digital outlets, is described as a tribute to the late Pantera brothers "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and Vinnie Paul.

"This song was written not long after Vinnie Paul died, as a tribute of sorts to him and Dime and a way for us to honor the impact Pantera had on our local Dallas scene," says guitarist CJ Pierce, adding that "Mind Right" is "probably the heaviest song we've recorded."

Strike a Nerve -- the seventh Drowning Pool album and the first since 2016's Hellelujah -- arrives September 30. Here's the track list:

"Doing Time in Hell"
"Hate Against Hate"
"Stay and Bleed"
"Strike a Nerve"
"Racing to a Red Light"
"Everything But You"
"Down in the Dirt"
"A Devil More Damned"
"Mind Right"

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Slipknot premieres new ’The End, So Far’ track, “Yen”

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Slipknot has premiered a new song called "Yen," which will appear on the band's upcoming album, The End, So Far.

The track begins as a brooding ballad before exploding into a heavy chorus. You can listen to it now via digital outlets.

"Yen" is the third cut to be released from The End, So Far, following "The Chapeltown Rag" and "The Dying Song (Time to Sing)." The whole album will arrive September 30.

Slipknot will hit the road in support of The End, So Far on their fall Knotfest Roadshow tour, beginning September 20 in Nashville.

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Highly Suspect drops two new ’The Midnight Demon Club’ tracks

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Highly Suspect has premiered two new tracks off the band's upcoming album, The Midnight Demon Club.

The tracks include the previously teased "Ice Cold," as well as a cut titled "New California." Both are available now via digital outlets.

The Midnight Demon Club, the follow-up to 2019's MCID, will arrive September 9. It also includes the previously released songs "Natural Born Killer" and "Pink Lullabye."

Highly Suspect will launch a U.S. tour in support of The Midnight Demon Club September 16 in Minneapolis.

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The Mars Volta announces new, self-titled album

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The Mars Volta's reunion now includes a new album.

The record, which is self-titled, will arrive September 16. It follows 2012's Noctourniquet and marks the first new, original album from the beloved prog outfit since they got back together earlier this year, ending a decadelong hiatus.

The album The Mars Volta features the previously released songs "Blacklight Shine" and "Graveyard Love." A third track, titled "Vigil," is available now via digital outlets.

The Mars Volta will launch a U.S. headlining tour September 22 in Dallas, Texas.

Here's the track list for The Mars Volta:

"Blacklight Shine"
"Graveyard Love"
"Shore Story"
"Blank Condolences"
"Qué Dios Te Maldiga Mí Corazón"
"Flash Burns from Flashbacks"
"Palm Full of Crux"
"No Case Gain"
"Equus 3"
"Collapsible Shoulders"
"The Requisition"

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Mötley Crüe, Asking Alexandria & more team up on “The Retaliators Theme Song (21 Bullets)”

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Mötley Crüe, Asking Alexandria, Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes to New have teamed up on a new song for the soundtrack to the upcoming thriller film The Retaliators.

The track, titled "The Retaliators Theme Song (21 Bullets)," was co-written by Mötley's Nikki Sixx and his Sixx:A.M. bandmate James Michael. It marks the first new music from the "Dr. Feelgood" rockers to follow the 2019 soundtrack to The Dirt, which featured four new Crüe recordings, including the Machine Gun Kelly collaboration "The Dirt (Est. 1981)."

"Writing a new theme song for a horror flick was inspiring," Sixx says. "This was my first time writing for a horror-thriller film, and it took me in a different direction from the first theme song I wrote -- 'The Dirt (1981)' by Mötley Crüe."

"I worked with some great new artists to create a new sound that will stretch Mötley Crüe's audience to new fans," the bassist adds. "I had a great time writing it, and I think our fans will love it, too!"

You can listen to "21 Bullets" now via digital outlets and watch its accompanying video streaming now on YouTube.

The Retaliators will be released September 14, and its soundtrack, which also includes contributions from Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, The Hu and Band Wolves, drops September 16.

Mötley's Tommy Lee, Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix and members of FFDP have roles in the film, as well.

Meanwhile, you can catch Mötley Crüe on their ongoing Stadium Tour with Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, which continues Friday in Boston.

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The Killers share new song, “Boy”

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The Killers have released a new single called "Boy."

The track, which the "Mr. Brightside" outfit first debuted live in July during their European tour, follows the band's one-two punch of 2020's Imploding the Mirage and 2021's Pressure Machine albums.

"This was the first song written after we had to cancel the Imploding the Mirage tour due to the pandemic," frontman Brandon Flowers says of "Boy." "I had recently moved back to Utah and started to make trips to Nephi, where I grew up. I found that the place I had wanted to get away from so desperately at 16 was now a place that I couldn't stop returning to."

"I have a son approaching the age I was at that time in my life," he continues. "With 'Boy,' I want to reach out and tell myself -- and my sons -- to not overthink it. And to look for the 'white arrows' in their lives. For me now, white arrows are my wife, children, my songs and the stage."

"Boy" is available now via digital outlets and is accompanied by a lyric video streaming now on YouTube.

The Killers will launch a North American headlining tour August 19 in Vancouver.

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