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Jack's Drum's Roll

Jack White and Third Man Records will auction off guitars, amps, personal items, stage equipment and other exclusive items from the label’s archives and White’s musical career and collection. Included in the online auction will be drum sets used in the White Stripes’ “Hardest Button To Button” video, an autographed guitar by Wanda Jackson and a chandelier.

The auction begins at 9 a.m. CST Aug. 26 and runs to 9 pm CST Aug. 30. Visitors must create and register an account to bid, and bids of $1,000 or higher will be approved by an auction house.

Items on offer include stage monitor covers and pedalboards used on tour by the White Stripes, guitars from White’s personal collection, clothing used in video shoots, and other curios and equipment. All items come straight from Third Man Records and have a certificate of authenticity.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the John Peel Centre, Gideon’s Army, and the Detroit Phoenix Center.

Deftones Fade To Black

Last weekend, the Deftones blacked out their social media accounts, and since then, started sharing throwback lyrics.

In addition to the lyrics, the profile photos on their socials have been replaced with the color black. And on the band’s website, you can only see a sign-up option for something — possibly some sort of special release? And the most eye-raising thing about the Deftones’ website is the URL, which ends with “0925,” which could be a nod to a Sept. 25 release date.

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham said that he hoped for new music to drop in September. So the speculation of the website URL isn’t so far-fetched. And while there haven’t been other details about new music this year, Cunningham accidentally shared a snippet of new music in April.

Butler Does It With His 'Eyes' Closed

Fans of Will Butler are in for a treat, as he’s returned with not just a new album but also a new single to accompany it.

The Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist has shared “Close My Eyes” — a track that features a lighthearted melody while intertwining lyrics that touch on many other emotions.

In a statement, the artist said the lyrics were meant to be a straightforward and honest description of an emotion he feels often. He also said the song was created to make him dance to keep him from crying.

Close My Eyes” is the lead single off his upcoming album, Generations, which is set to release on Sept. 25 via Merge Records.

Butler’s new music announcement follows news that Arcade Fire was working on a new LP, that was, until the global pandemic hit. He previously released Policy in 2015 and his 2016 live record, Friday Night.

Currie & Darling Go Under Cover In 'Blackhole'

Former Runaways frontwoman Cherie Currie and musical partner Brie Darling have released a cover of the Chris Cornell-written Soundgarden hit “Black Hole Sun” to aid the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation.

In a statement, Currie explained why she and Darling wanted to be involved in the project: She stated that Chris’ artistry showed in everything he touched, and that he loved people more than he loved himself.

Cornell’s Foundation was founded in late 2012 with the mission to protect vulnerable children around the world, supporting organizations that offer shelter and resources for homeless, abused and at risk youth, and children living in refugee camps and victims of human trafficking.

This single is the third offering from Blue Élan’s We Are The Highway project, an upcoming charitable collection of Chris Cornell cover singles. The collection will include five cover versions of songs written and performed by Chris Cornell.

Deftones Announce their 'Ohms'

After cryptically teasing fans via social media, Deftones’ announced that their ninth album, Ohms, will be out Sept. 25 on Reprise Records, while the single — which is the album’s last song and title track — drops Aug. 21.

Ohms is comprised of 10 songs, and includes spunky titles such as “Errorr” and “This Link is Dead.” Further playing on the spiritual album title, songs “Urantia” (a name used to refer to earth in a tome called The Urantia Book) and “Genesis” may also deal with philosophical/spiritual matters.

Ohms was produced by Terry Date, who also oversaw the group’s Around the Fur, White Pony, and the self-titled album.

In other Deftone’s news, their White Pony album recently turned 20!

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Grande Stage-Bomber Gets A Venti Sentence

On Thursday, the brother of the Manchester Arena suicide bomber was sentenced to a minimum of 55 years of jail time for the murder of 22 people, according to the Guardian.

Hashem Abedi, 23, assisted his older brother Salman Abedi in planning the terror attack during an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017. The attack took the lives of 22 people, the bomber himself and also injured 100 others.

Abedi was found guilty “of murder, attempted murder and plotting to cause an explosion likely to endanger life” on March 22.

Abedi refused to appear in the London courtroom and stayed in his cell during sentencing. Justice Jeremy Barker said that if he had been 21 or older at the time, Abedi would have been given a life sentence.

'Wildflowers & All The Rest' Are Far From Being Petty

There have been talks of the re-release of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers & All the Rest for a while now, and finally, the Petty Estate has announced a release date.

The long-awaited reissue has been slated to release on Oct. 15 via Warner Records.

The box set commemorates his 1994 album, co-produced with Rick Rubin and Mike Campbell, and was put together by his daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty, and wife Dana Petty.

Only 475 copies will be printed. The package contains five CDs and nine LPs including a live version of Wildflowers, home recordings and demos as well as “Alternative Takes” that contain one unreleased song and 10 unreleased versions.

In other Petty-related news, “Wildflowers (Home Recording),” which is a solo demo rendition of the track, has dropped with a Martyn Atkins-directed video showcasing never-before-seen clips of Petty at home while recording the ’94 LP.

Artists Call BS in SB Police Accountability Bill

Eddie Vedder, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Rihanna and the Jonas Brothers are among the hundreds of entertainment and sports figures who signed a letter this week advocating for police reform in California, calling on state Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state legislature to approve two bills addressing police accountability.

Other artists who added their signatures include Blondie, A$AP Ferg, Grimes, Death Cab for Cutie, Future and Jack Johnson.

The first bill, SB 731 (Bradford), would formulate an effective system to revoke a police officer’s certification based on criminal conviction and serious misconduct and update liability rules, while SB 776 (Skinner) would increase transparency and reporting in use of force incidents involving officers.

Both bills are making their way through the Legislature and may be voted on the floor of the Assembly as soon as next week.

The letter was addressed to California politicians including Gov.Newsom, Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer, and Assembly Member Ken Cooley.

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