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Mumford & Sons are pleased to unveil the first single from their forthcoming new album, 'Wilder Mind'.

'Believe' is released on the 27th April, and precedes the band's third album, released on 4th May through Gentlemen of the Road/Island Records. 

'Wilder Mind' was recorded at Air Studios, London and produced by James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, HAIM, Florence & The Machine). It features twelve new tracks, written collaboratively by the band in London, Brooklyn, and Texas. A number of the new songs were written and demod at Aaron Dessner's (The National) garage studios in Brooklyn. 

This new album marks a significant departure for the young British band from their previous records, 2009's 'Sigh No More', and 2012's 'Babel'. The early sessions in New York and London witnessed a change in the band's approach not just to writing and recording, but to texture and dynamics, too. 

Following the recent announcement of the band's headline performance at this year's Reading & Leeds Festivals, and appearances at Bonaroo, Open'er Festival, Bilbao BBK Live, Nos Alive Festival, and Squamish Festival, Mumford & Sons are very pleased to announce the first details and line-ups for their 2015 Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers.

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This silly rap about why school is useless—based on this kid’s definition of “practical”—and you’ve got something really mystifying. Also, I don’t really believe that he wasn’t taught “what laws there are” at some point during his schooling. I mean maybe there wasn’t a class called What Laws There Are, but probably laws were covered in some way, maybe in several different classes. (Also, how is knowing that it’s illegal to, I dunno, practice taxidermy without a license any more practical than knowing basic concepts of mathematics?) He states the true meat of his case with some text at the end of the video, clarifying that speciality subjects, like math and history (??), should only be taught to children who express an interest in them. Huh. That'll work great! Really what he’s arguing for is a better health class, a more rigorous civics and economics curriculum, and maybe the return of home economics. Which is fine! Those are all worthwhile causes to champion. This kid doesn’t really want to ban school, he just thinks some things are superfluous. Yes, the guy filming himself wandering around in a wood rapping thinks that something is unnecessary.

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On June 8th Muse will release their new album 'Drones'. Co-produced by Muse and Robert John 'Mutt' Lange, the album contains 12 tracks, see below. 

Matt Bellamy said today, "To me, 'Drones' are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behaviour with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. This album explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors."

The first single from the album, 'Dead Inside', will debut the week of March 23rd. The band will premiere the album track 'Psycho, via their YouTube channel at 6:00pm GMT on 12 March. The song will be available worldwide immediately when pre-ordering the album Drones, beginning at 7:30PM GMT that same day.

See track listing below.

1. Dead Inside
2. [Drill Sergeant]
3. Psycho
4. Mercy
5. Reapers
6. The Handler
7. [JFK]
8. Defector
9. Revolt
10. Aftermath
11. The Globalist
12. Drones

The band have also announced that beginning on Sunday, March 15th at Belfast's Ulster Hall they will embark on a six date smaller venue UK tour. The Psycho UK Tour also plays Glasgow, Newport, Exeter, Manchester and Brighton.

Full dates are:

MARCH
15 BELFAST ULSTER HALL
16 GLASGOW BARROWLANDS
19 NEWPORT CENTRE
20 EXETER GREAT HALL
22 MANCHESTER ACADEMY
23 BRIGHTON DOME

Tickets go on sale at 9:30am on Thursday, March 12th. A fan club presale takes place from 6pm Wednesday, March 11th.

As previously announced Muse headline Download Festival on June 13.

Muse have sold 17 million albums worldwide. Their last album 'The 2nd Law' was released in October 2012 and topped the chart in 21 countries including the UK. The album was their highest ever debut in the USA, entering the chart at No 2.

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System of a Down reunion?

 

We got really excited last week when System of a Down announced their first show back in a really long time for a Los Angeles radio station's Christmas fest "KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas."

We pondered if maybe the band might decide to be active again. Well, here is some news that will make us ponder that even harder. The band just announced a new headlining gig for April 25th, 2015 in Moscow at the Olympinsky. That's a lot of time between December and April. Seems pretty trivial that System would fly all the way to Russia for just one show. They'd probably book a few dates around it, no? And maybe since they're all warmed up they could possibly decide to throw in some stateside dates as well?

To add fuel to the fire, shortly after the show was announced, drummer John Dolmayan tweeted this:

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Yes, it's true

— John Dolmayan/SOAD (@JohnDolmayan)
November 17, 2014

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WHAT'S TRUE?! 

Is it true that System of a Down is getting back together to tour?

Is it true that System of a Down is getting back together to write a new album?

Is it true that the Kennedy assassination was an inside job? Back and to the left???

Obviously, Dolmayan's cryptic tweet leaves much to the imagination. We do know that he and Shavo are ready to reunite. Dolmayan was hopeful for new music this year but that didn't pan out. But does that mean everybody's schedules have aligned for next year? As we previously reported, Shavo egregiously contemplated the band moving on without Serj a few months ago although those comments were quickly retracted. At the time, Serj was busy with his solo project. A quick check of his solo site reveals no dates for the forseeable future.

Could it be time that System comes back? My body is certainly ready.

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They're a band well known for their rowdiness and bizarre on-stage antics, but this story about Slipknot's Mick Thomson is a bit too close to the bone - literally.

The metal band's guitarist has been hospitalised after being stabbed in the back of the head,according to KCCI8 News.

They reported that Thomson and his brother Andrew were involved in an 'altercation' in the former's home in Iowa yesterday, which spilled out onto the road and resulted in Thomson's injury. Both men were reported to have been 'intoxicated' when police were called and both were taken to hospital with "serious injuries consistent with a fight."

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Stevie Wonder has commented on the 'Blurred Lines' vs 'Got To Give It Up' court case. The music legend says the court made the wrong decision.

'I don't think it's a steal from Marvin Gaye,' Wonder told TMZ. 'I've been through lawsuits for songs and all that. I think that the groove is very similar but you have to remember he is a big fan of Marvin Gaye's so that's okay. But the song is not like Marvin Gaye's. It is not the same'.

Earlier this week Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye $7.4 million for ripping of Gaye's 70s soul classic 'Got To Give It Up' with their 2014 hit 'Blurred Lines'.

Wonder doesn't think the ruling was the end and that next time it could go ugly for the Gaye family. 'If the family should hear this, don't let your lawyer get you into losing money on some of the crap out there,' he said.

Williams and Thicke will now seek an appeal.

Howard King, acting for Williams and Thicke, said in a statement, 'We owe it to song writers around the world to make sure this verdict doesn't stand,' King said. 'My clients know that they wrote the song 'Blurred Lines' from their hearts and souls and no other source.'

The Gaye family is currently investigating the similarity between Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' and Marvin Gaye's 'Ain't That Peculiar'.

'Pharrell has readily admitted that Marvin Gaye is one of his idols, but it's silk and rayon,' King said in his statement. 'If this is the way the law is going to go, then the creator of rayon better look behind him for lawsuits from the owners of silk, because, even though they feel the same they are structurally, completely different just like these songs.'

The Gaye vs Thicke case has set an interesting precedent for songwriters. Similarities between Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' (written by David Bowie) and Jet 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' could develop into legal arguments. Derivative band Airbourne and Wolfmother could face legal action from AC/DC or Black Sabbath. AC/DC could face legal action from Chuck Berry. The list goes on.

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