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Slipknot Posts Second Album Teaser

Image Courtesy Bobby TongsWhat a week for Slipknot fans — after months of waiting for new album news, the band has posted two new album teasers in the last few days.

The second is much longer than the first, but additional footage does not mean more album information. There are equally creepy images as are in the first trailer — including the same severed ear — and ghoulish-looking young women, including one who closes the clip by holding up two severed goat heads.

The second teaser, like the first, is streaming on Slipknot’s official webpage.

Seems likely there’ll be more teasers in short time, so stay tuned.

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Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails Joint Tour Kicks Off Saturday in Las Vegas

Live NationIf you don’t yet have your tickets, you’d better get cracking. Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden kick off their co-headlining summer tour tonight at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Both bands are embarking on a 26-city arena tour that wraps August 30 in Auburn, Washington. It promises to be a heck of a show, with both veteran bands playing full sets each night. In addition, Oneohtrix, Dillinger Escape Plan and Cold Cave will support Soundgarden and NIN on select dates. Original support act Death Grips is off the bill after unexpectedly disbanding earlier this month.

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Here’s the complete tour itinerary

7/19 — Las Vegas, NV, Planet Hollywood
7/21 — Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/24 — Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/26 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 — Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/29 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/30 — Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/1 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/2 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/7 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/8 — Lakewood, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre
8/10 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/14 — Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/16 — Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/17 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/19 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Ampitheatre
8/21 — Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/22 — Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/24 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Ampitheatre
8/25 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
8/27 — Wheatland, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
8/29 — Ridgefield, WA, Sleep Country Amphitheater
8/30 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater

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Lamb of God Drummer to Open Whiskey-Themed Restaurant

Image Courtesy Adrenaline PR Lamb of God‘s Chris Adler has found a good use for his time during the band’s hiatus: the drummer announced that he’s partnering with a Virginia-based resturanteur to open the Big Whiskey Grill in Richmond.

Set to open in October, the Big Whiskey Grill will offer a 700-bottle whiskey selection, 150 craft beers and a 200-bottle wine list. It will also feature two separate kitchens to accommodate people with allergies and dietary restrictions, an idea sparked by Adler’s wife. “My wife has suffered from severe food allergies for her entire life and has never been able to comfortably dine out — and she’s not alone,” Adler said in a statement. “I’m driven to create a safe environment for an dietary concern, choice or not.”

Adler also adds that he plans to be out front at the Big Whiskey Grill. “I won’t be in the back behind a purple rope holding court,” he says. “I’ll be behind the bar serving up the gold.”

Lamb of God has been largely on hiatus since singer Randy Blythe was accused in the Czech Republic of being criminally liable for the death of a fan who had died after sustaining a head injury during the band’s show in Prague. Blythe was acquitted of criminal liability in the incident in March 2013. In January, he announced on Instagram that he would not be “thinking about Lamb of God, touring, playing heavy metal, writing new Lamb of God material…for a good long while.”

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Pearl Jam Guitarist Says Soundgarden Raised the Bar for Everyone

Mike LavineSoundgarden‘s Superunknown just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and it seems no one’s a bigger fan of the 1994 album than someone else who was busy making music in those days — Pearl Jam‘s Mike McCready.

Though Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were in what McCready describes to Billboard as “a healthy competition,” the guitarist has no problem admitting that ”Soundgarden are kind of the masters of writing songs that aren’t pop clichés.” Furthermore, he says that Soundgarden songs have “very hard, strange timings but Chris Cornell makes the vocals memorable over the top of that. That, in itself, is an art.”

McCready says that Superunknown “is my favorite Soundgarden record…[because it] made me think, ‘Okay, this is what can be done.’”

Pearl Jam itself has an album turning 20 this year: Vitalogy, which contained several hits including “Better Man,” “Spin the Black Circle,” “Corduroy,” and “Not for You.” The album was released on vinyl on November 22, 1994 and on CD on December 6, 1994.

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Coldplay Reads, Listen to Music, Shares Recommendations on Facebook

Image Courtesy Parlophone RecordsIn between news flashes when the band streams a new video or releases a new single, Coldplay would like to tell fans about other cool media in the world — namely new music, a film, and a book the band mates have been enjoying.

In a Facebook post, frontman Chris Martin writes, “Some new songs that I really like: ‘Never Gonna Love Again’ by Likke Li, ‘Wash Away’ by John Gold and ‘To Live and Die’ by Jhene Aiko. And maybe watch the brilliant Pulp film, Life Death and Supermarkets it’s so good.”

Bookwise, it seems Coldplay guys say, “If you’re looking for your next summer read, we’d like to recommend Sphinx: The Second Coming by our friend and ClientEarth CEO James Thornton. There’s action, adventure, code-breaking, ancient secrets and an intriguing cast of characters, some of whom are definitely not from this planet!”

There’s a bit of a self-serving motive behind that last recommendation: the band is a patron of ClientEarth, which is a semi-political organization based in England, the purpose of which is to make it a legal right for citizens to bring environmental cases against corporations. Brian Eno is also a patron of ClientEarth.

The band most recently wrapped a short string of dates in support of Ghost Stories. The next Coldplay-related new music is likely to be the opening anthem for Prince Harry‘s first-ever Invictus Games — Chris Martin has been asked to compose a song for the sports competition for wounded service personnel and has also agreed to perform the song at the opening ceremony, which will take place in London on September 10.

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