Aaron Neville Has a New "Stompin' Ground"

Scott Dudelson/WireImageR&B singer Aaron Neville premiered his new track called "Stompin' Ground." 

Laden with horns and spotlighting the smooth vocals of Neville, the head-swinging jam will appear on the Grammy Award winner's new album, ApacheApache which will be released on July 15 through Tell It Records and Kobalt Label Services.   

Neville is set to go on tour in America this July into December.  

Here are the full list of dates to watch and hear Neville in action:  

7/14-15 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/22-23 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
8/4 -- New York, NY, Apollo Theater, 75th Birthday Concert Celebrating 50th Anniversary of “Tell It Like It Is” 
8/6 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Nugget
9/16 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at Ludlow Garage
9/23 -- Durham, NC, Baldwin Auditorium  
9/24 -- Wilmington, NC, CFCC Fine Arts Center
10/7 -- Brownfield, ME, Stone Mountain Arts
10/8 -- Lincolnville, ME, Cellardoor Winery
10/22 -- Reno, NV, MontBleu Resort & Casino 
11/11 -- Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre
12/3 -- Bossier City, LA, Margaritaville Resort & Casino
12/9 -- Baton Rouge, LA, L’Auberge Casino
12/10 -- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Lewis Family Playhouse
12/11 -- Orange, CA, Musco Center
12/13 -- Redding, CA, Cascade Theatre
12/15-16 -- San Francisco, CA, SFJazz Center
12/17 -- Santa Rosa, CA, Luther Burbank Center 

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'N SYNC, John Legend & More to Get Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for MTV'N SYNC, get ready for people to walk all over you.  The top-selling boy band -- Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez -- is just one of the musical acts who'll be receiving their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

Along with 'NSYNC, another famous boy band, New Edition, will get a star, as well John Legend, rap legend Ice Cube, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Hall & Oates and the late Latina singer Selena, who was murdered by her former employee in 1995.  Jennifer Lopez portrayed Selena in a 1997 biopic, and Selena Gomez was named after her.

Exact dates for the Walk of Fame ceremonies have not yet been scheduled.  After a celebrity has been selected to receive a star, they have two years to schedule their appearance in Hollywood to attend the ceremony.

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Rivers Cuomo to Guest on "Brave Enough," New Album from Violinist Lindsey Stirling

ABC/Randy HolmesRivers Cuomo will collaborate with electric violinist Lindsey Stirling on her new album, Brave Enough. The Weezer frontman guests on a track called "Don't Let this Feeling Fade."

Brave Enough also includes contributions from Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, who's featured on the song "Something Wild," and Robert DeLong, who produces the track "Prism."

Stirling previously collaborated with Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale on the song "Shatter Me," which appears on the violinist's sophomore album of the same name.

Brave Enough will be released August 19. Here's the track list:

"Lost Girls"
"Brave Enough" (ft. Christina Perri)
"The Arena"
"The Phoenix"
"Where Do We Go" (ft. Carah Faye)
"Those Days" (ft. Dan + Shay)
"Hold My Heart" (ft. ZZ Ward)
"Mirage" (ft. Raja Kumari)
"Don’t Let This Feeling Fade" (ft. Rivers Cuomo & Lecrae)
"First Light"
"Love's Just a Feeling" (ft. Rooty)
"Something Wild" (ft. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness)
"Gavi's Song"

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Paul Simon Says He's Mulling Retirement

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of FamePaul Simon is one of the most prolific songwriters and performers of his generation and at 74 he's still making new music. His most recent album, Stranger to Stranger, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the highest debut of any solo album of his career.  But, Simon tells The New York Times, he may be "coming towards the end."

"Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me," Simon tells the paper. "None."

Simon is gearing for the final shows of his current North American tour in Queens, New York, this week, where his career with Simon & Garfunkel began.

"It's an act of courage to let go," Simon says. "I am going to see what happens if I let go.  Then I'm going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did?"

Simon explained that he struggles to write songs but suddenly finds himself thunderstruck by breakthroughs.  "I was 21, maybe 22, when I wrote 'The Sound of Silence,' which seems to me like quite a big jump from where I was before that," he says. "I thought the same thing when I wrote 'Bridge over Troubled Water' -- whoa, that song is better than what I've been doing."

But he says the moments that lead to those breakthroughs don't happen very often.

So will he actually retire after his European tour this fall?  He's not saying definitively yes or no, but, he tells the Times, "I don't have any fear of it."

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"Mustang Sally" Songwriter Mack Rice Dead at 82

Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesMack Rice, the songwriter behind Wilson Pickett's "Mustang Sally" and the Staple Singers' "Respect Yourself," died Monday at 82.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer's disease, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Rice had been a member of the vocal group The Falcons with Pickett in the early 1960s. He originally recorded "Mustang Sally" himself in 1965 -- after changing the name of the song from "Mustang Mama" at the urging of Aretha Franklin, according to the Free Press. Rice's version made #15 on the R&B chart, but the next year Pickett took his cover of the tune to #6 on the R&B chart and #23 pop, making it an R&B standard.

Rice co-wrote "Respect Yourself" for the Staples in 1971.

Born Bonny Rice in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1933, Rice was briefly mentored by Ike Turner, the Free Press reports.

A memorial service for Rice will be held July 7 at Detroit's New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin's late father, C.L. Franklin, was the longtime pastor.

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Florida Georgia Line Takes Audiences to Church with "H.O.L.Y."

BMLGNot only is the lead single from Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots album already a top-five hit, Brian Kelley says it’s also been a game-changer for the duo on the road.

"'H.O.L.Y' is spiritual on tour. I don't know if we've had a song that's connected us to our fans that quick. It's amazing,” he says.

Brian believes the song is also special because it hearkens back to the beginning when he and Tyler Hubbard first performed together.

“It takes our set and our show to a place that we've never been, a place that we've longed to be. We are diggin' our roots harder than ever,” he says. “We got our start writing, singing, playing in church, and it sounds kind of like those songs that we grew up singing. It's got a worship, kind of church-feel, meets a love song.”

Florida Georgia Line’s third album, Dig Your Roots, is due out August 26.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Vince GillRicky Skaggs and Patty Loveless sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain” Tuesday evening at Ralph Stanley’s funeral in McClure, Virginia.

Dierks Bentley and Elle King did their duet “Different for Girls” Monday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. If you missed it, you can watch their performance online.

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Wanna "Work From Home?" Keep It Simple, Say Fifth Harmony

David Becker/Getty Images via ABC"Work from Home" has become Fifth Harmony's biggest hit to date, reaching the top 10.  The popularity of the single helped their sophomore album, 7/27, debut in the top five on the chart.  Why is the song such a big hit?  Simple, say the girls.

"I think just the change of music that’s happened throughout the years, simplicity is becoming the most favorable thing and most effective thing," Dinah Jane tells ABC Radio. "So I think that’s what resonates best with people. They love songs they can sing back with, you know? So I feel like that’s what’s so fun about it."

Even still, the girls had no idea that the song would become as big as it has.

"We definitely did not predict the success of it at all," Lauren Jauregui tells ABC Radio. "I don’t think you really ever can with a hit so we’re really excited about how well it did and how well people received it." 

Fifth Harmony are now on tour overseas. The North American leg of their tour starts on July 27, in keeping with the title of their latest album.

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Hall & Oates Getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentThey've already been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and now Daryl Hall & John Oates will be honored with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The pop duo is one of several music acts that have been chosen to receive the honor in 2017. The others include boy bands 'N SYNC and New Edition, R&B singer John Legend, rap legend Ice Cube and late Tejano singer Selena.

Exact dates for the Walk of Fame ceremonies have not yet been scheduled. After a celebrity has been selected to receive a star, they have two years to schedule their appearance in Hollywood to attend the ceremony.

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In "Flux": Ex-Black Crowes Guitarist Rich Robinson Says New Album's Title Describes "Where Things Are"

Eagle Rock EntertainmentFounding Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has been experiencing a period of transition in the wake of his famous band's 2015 breakup, as his main focus is now on his solo career. That change is reflected in the title of Robinson's just-released fourth full-length studio album, Flux, which he says is a word that best describes "where things are" for him.

Robinson wrote and produced Flux's 13 tracks, while also handling lead vocals, guitar duties and most of the bass parts on the album. Flux finds the 47-year-old rocker exploring roots-rock, blues-rock and psychedelic sounds reminiscent of much of The Black Crowes' work, while adding his own fresh and modern twist.

In The Black Crowes, Rich was content with his brother, frontman Chris Robinson, being the man in the spotlight, but he tells ABC Radio that with regard to being a solo artist, "It's really interesting and really cool to be able to have this platform…to express myself on this level."

Robinson reveals that Flux came together in a similar way as his previous solo album, 2014's The Ceaseless Sight, which he says he mostly wrote in the studio.

"[With The Ceaseless Sight,] I only had a few completed songs…but I really used the energy of the studio to create that record," he explains. "And I enjoyed it so much that with this record I went up with even less. I had a bunch of just parts, but no songs yet."

As previously reported, Robinson currently is filling in for Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs on that band's U.S. co-headlining tour with Joe Walsh. After the trek winds down this Sunday, Rich will launch his own North American outing on July 19 in Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Here are all of Robinson's upcoming dates, according to his official website:

6/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion*
6/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion*
7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastian Park Amphitheatre*
7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre*
7/19 -- Whitesburg, KY, Appalshop Room - Summit City
7/21 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall
7/22 -- Chicago, IL, City Winery
7/23 -- Cincinnati, OH, Live at the Ludlow Garage
7/24 -- Ferndale, MI, The Magic Bag
7/25 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players
7/26 -- Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, Peter's Players
7/28 -- Sellersville, PA, Sellersville Theater
7/29 -- Floyd, VA, Floydfest
7/30 -- Washington, D.C., The Hamilton
7/31 -- Annapolis, MD, Rams Head On Stage
8/2 -- Fairfield, CT, FTC Stage One
8/3 -- Haddon Heights, NJ, Sundown Music Series
8/5 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Bears Den Theater
8/6 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
8/7 -- Uncasville, CT, The Wolf Den
8/10 -- Pawtucket, RI, The Met - Hope Artiste Village
8/11 -- Londonderry, NH, Tupelo Music Hall
8/12 -- Allston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
8/13 -- Hudson, NY, Club Helsinki
8/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Shakas Live
8/16 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh
8/18 -- Northampton, MA, Iron Horse Music Hall
8/19 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016
8/20 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016
8/21 -- Woodstock, NY, Applehead Studios - Woodstock Sessions 2016
9/4 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre*
9/8 -- Columbus, OH, Woodlands Tavern
9/9 -- Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom
9/11 -- Atlanta, GA, City Winery
9/16 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery
9/17 -- Ferdinand, IN, Ferdinand Folk Festival
9/24 -- Austin, TX, Stateside - The Paramount
9/25 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for Performing Arts

* = playing with Bad Company.

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Gucci Mane May Get His Own Reality Television Show

Jonathan MannionFirst, he went to prison. Then he released a song the day after his prison stint. Now, following the recent announcement of his latest album's release date, Gucci Mane is reportedly in talks to become a television reality star. 

BET reports that Oxygen Network may be the new home of a Gucci Mane reality series. The paperwork is being drawn and negotiations are underway! 

Oxygen is home to other popular reality programs such as Bad Girls ClubSisterhood of Hip Hop and Douglas Family Gold. A Gucci Mane reality show could fit right in with the current reality roster on the network.  

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25 Years Later, Marc Cohn Remembers "Memphis": "It Sounded So Different and Out of Place" 

Drew GurianIt's been 25 years since Marc Cohn released his 1991 self-titled debut album, which included his signature hit "Walking In Memphis." He's marking the milestone with shows that feature him playing the album in its entirety, as well as with a disc illustrating the evolution of the tune. 

The album, Careful What You Dream, includes demos of unreleased songs Marc had forgotten about and multiple early versions of "Memphis." Looking back on "Memphis," the Grammy-winning singer tells ABC Radio it became a hit because it was unlike anything else on the radio in 1991. 

"When that solo piano came was such a stark contrast that, in the end, it helped it," he explains.  "It sounded so different and out of place, but...that’s what made it work."

During the anniversary shows, Marc actually plays "Memphis" twice, because he does the entire album in order. "'Memphis' is the first song and if you come five minutes late you miss it," he laughs. "So we reprise it at the end."

"Memphis" is one of three songs that Marc says he's got to play at every show, and all three are on that debut album: "Memphis," "True Companion" and "Silver Thunderbird."

"When I do those songs, you can just feel people reliving where they were and what the songs mean to them," he tells ABC Radio. "And that keeps it fresh for me."

Since its release, "Walking In Memphis" has become a favorite number for bar bands, but Marc says he doesn't care if he's happens to hear one totally destroying his song.

"Walking into a bar and hearing somebody play your song, even horribly, is still fantastic," he laughs. "'Hopefully my version comes across a little more authentically, but I just love hearing people play it. It’s great."  

Marc's next string of shows kicks off July 21 in Layton, Utah and continue through November.

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Big Freedia Speaks Out About Orlando Shooting; Says "We Are All Orlando"

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesBig Freedia is speaking out about the recent shooting at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando that targeted the LGBTQ community, calling it "heartbreaking" and "senseless." But she's focused on being a voice that continues to speak out for gay rights.

The performer and reality star, whose Fuse TV show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce chronicles her life on tour and at home, tells ABC Radio the shooting has been "heartbreaking, so much devastation to our community especially with all of the people that lost their lives for the senseless crime that happened in Orlando. And I'm just praying for their city for all of those families for everybody that's affected by it."

"It has not only hit Orlando, it has hit home, around the world for our community," Freedia says. "And I'm just steady praying, we are all Orlando."

Born Freddie Ross, and later adopting the stage name Big Freedia, the New Orleans native has been credited with helping to popularize the hip-hop genre called bounce music. In 2013, Freedia was given her own reality show on Fuse TV that started its 5th season June 8th. As an active participant in the LGBTQ community, Freedia says it's been "scary" to learn that there are people determined to hurt her community, but she's focused on standing her ground.

"I'm going to keep powering through, you know and to help try to embrace what has happened and to be a voice to speak out. And to keep people who, I would say, not a good spirit -- but keep them to know that they have supporters that are supporting them and behind all of the situations that are happening in our community."

Big Freedia: Queen of the Bounce airs Wednesdays at 11pm on Fuse TV. 

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Linkin Park Plans to "Get Weirder" on New Album

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has released another update on their forthcoming seventh studio album. In a newsletter to fans, the band shares an email written by Mike Shinoda to the rest of Linkin Park about the direction of the album.

"Right now, in the studio, the foundations of the songs are there...I think it's time to shift into the next gear," Shinoda writes. "Let's discover the voice of this album...I want to get into experimentation mode, get weirder, and record more live instruments."

"I said at the beginning, I want this album to be our best," he adds. "Let's do this!"

In addition, Linkin Park has also released a video of Shinoda giving a tour of the studio, which you can watch in 360 degrees now on YouTube.

Linkin Park's last album was 2014's The Hunting Party.

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Elvis Presley Guitarist & Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Scotty Moore Dies at 84

Robert Knight Archive/RedfernsGuitar legend Scotty Moore, who accompanied Elvis Presley on his original Sun and early RCA recordings, helping to lay the foundation for rock guitar, died Tuesday at 84, reports Memphis' Commercial Appeal.

Phillips Record Service engineer Matt Ross-Spang confirmed the news on Instagram.  "We lost one of the finest people I have ever met today...The guitarist that changed the world...especially mine; I hope you don't mind if I keep stealing your licks. Love you Scotty," he wrote, posting a picture of himself with the late guitarist.

Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis' early hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock."  He reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special Elvis, which launched the King's late career comeback.

Moore was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the "Sideman" category in 2000, and in 2002 received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gibson guitar company.

Moore was elected to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame last November.  Although he was too sick to attend the ceremony, Keith Richards accepted the award on his behalf.  "I started out on an acoustic guitar, then I heard Scotty Moore and I went electric," Richards said at the ceremony, according to the Commercial Appeal. "That was the kick-off for me and a lot of guys."

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Jennifer Hudson Signs with Epic Records And Starts Work on New Album

ABC/Craig SjodinJennifer Hudson has cemented her place as a worldwide superstar. 

From her start as an American Idol finalist to Hollywood celebrity, the Grammy and Oscar-award winning vocalist has just signed an exclusive contract with Epic Records

A press release confirms that Hudson will collaborate with music moguls LA Reid and Clive Davis on her forthcoming album, which will also mark her Epic Records debut. Reid and Davis will perform executive production duties on the upcoming release.  

"Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation," Mr. Reid states.

"I signed Jennifer in 2007 and believe her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation's Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston," adds Mr. Davis. 

Epic Records congratulated Hudson via Twitter, with a heartfelt welcome message.   

Hudson herself is filled with joy regarding the news and is looking forward to working with Reid and Davis.

"I couldn't be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation," says Hudson. 

"There is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very special collaboration and I know that the result will be something unforgettable." 

Hudson is riding high after her recent performance at the 2016 BET Awards -- she sang a moving version of "Purple Rain" as a tribute to Prince.  

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Demi Lovato Says Her New Music Is "Sexier"

Yu TsaiDemi Lovato's album Confident came out less than a year ago, but she's already working on new music -- specifically, the first single from her next album.

Demi tells USA Today that she may debut the new single during her #FutureNow tour with Nick Jonas.   So what does her new music sound like?  "This new sound is definitely sexier," Demi reveals. "It's more adult and there's also some songs...that have more of a country influence. We'll see where it goes -- you never really know until it's finished." 

Demi teamed up with country superstar Brad Paisley for the duet "Without a Fight," so the country influence may not be so surprising.  The "sexier" and "more adult" description isn't surprising either, given Demi's recent songs like "Cool for the Summer" and "Confident."

USA Today also reports that in addition to making new music, Demi and Nick will spend their downtime on tour binging on their favorite show: both love Game of Thrones, Demi enjoys The Walking Dead and Nick likes Silicon Valley.

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Ludacris Will Perform at Guantanamo Bay on America's Birthday

Vallery Jean/FilmMagicLudacris has decided to perform at none other than Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba this Fourth of July. 

But, do not be alarmed -- the Grammy-award winning rapper will make his grand appearance at the Navy base's Windward Ferry Landing, not the prison. 

The military base's annual "Freedom Festival" concert is hosting Ludacris as one of its headlining acts. Other music groups that have performed at the base in past years include Magic!Plain White T's and the Bella Electric Strings.  

The Miami Herald reports that the festival is free of charge for the 5,000 plus troops, Navy families and other residents who may attend.  

Ludacris has continued to entertain his fans this year -- he co-hosted the 2016 Billboard Music Awardsin May, alongside R&B chanteuse, Ciara.  

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Roger Waters Signs New Deal for Management of His Pink Floyd Catalog

Credit: Sean EvansFounding Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters has signed a long-term publishing agreement with BMG to represent the song catalog he amassed while he was a member of the famous U.K. rock band. The deal covers songs that Waters wrote beginning with the group's 1967 debut album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and running through his last record with the band, 1983's The Final Cut.

Waters noted in a statement that BMG had supported him when he organized and performed at the Music Heals benefit show for wounded veterans last October in Washington, D.C., adding, "I'm very glad to be back in the same team."

Meanwhile, BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch says of the deal, "We are honored that Roger Waters has chosen BMG, the youngest of the big international music companies to represent his legendary and exquisite catalog. To win the endorsement and trust of one of the world's most successful songwriters is a significant milestone less than eight years after our launch."

Among the many classic songs Waters wrote or co-wrote for Pink Floyd are "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Another Brick in the Wall," "Hey You" and "Comfortably Numb."

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The Strokes Uncover a Conspiracy in "Threat of Joy" Video 

Daniel Zuchnik/WireImageThe Strokes have premiered the video for their song "Threat of Joy." The clip follows a variety of shady characters, including men wearing pig masks, as they try to uncover a reel of missing footage. You can watch the conspiracy-filled visual now via

"Threat of Joy" appears on The Strokes' new EP, Future Present Past, the band's first batch of new material since their 2013 album, Comedown Machine.

In other Strokes-related news, frontman Julian Casablancas appears in the video for "Augustine," a new song from indie-pop band Blood Orange. You can watch that clip now on YouTube.

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