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Nashville Police Release Cause of Earle's Death

The likely cause of death of singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle has been revealed.

According to Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron, the local police responded last Sunday just after 5 pm CST to Earle’s apartment for a welfare check after a friend called the police since he hadn’t been heard from since Thursday. The fire department came first to his apartment and found Earle. Aaron said there is no foul play suspected and an autopsy is pending. Following a preliminary investigation, the death was “likely related to a drug overdose.” The death is currently unclassified as of now, according to Aaron.

Earle, the son of singer-songwriter Steve Earle, had been transparent about his issues with substance abuse, beginning when he was 12.

A private service will be held for the musician next week, with a public memorial planned for 2021.

JBJ 'Does What He Can' To Stay Alive

Bon Jovi offers some inspirational words to New Yorkers during the Covid-19 pandemic in their new video, “Do What You Can.”

The clip depicts Jon Bon Jovi hitting the New York streets, mask securely on his face, as the city is in lockdown. In the song, he paints a picture of what the city has been through over the past few months: schools shutting down, makeshift hospitals in Central Park, a Red Cross boat floating on the Hudson.

Scenes of essential workers, social distanced graduations and more play throughout the video, which ends with Bon Jovi singing atop the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson, along with a dedication to “the everyday heroes fighting to rise above this pandemic.”

The single will be featured on their upcoming album, due out October 2nd.

Carter Will Rock You

The latest trailer for an upcoming documentary about former President Jimmy Carter has been released, and features artists like Bob Dylan, Bono, Nile Rodgers, Willie Nelson, and Gregg Allman. The title, Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, shows just how music minded the former President was.

Carter’s lifelong love of music is on full display in the documentary’s latest trailer. Artists like Bob Dylan, Bono, Nile Rodgers, Willie Nelson, Gregg Allman and more are interviewed about their friendship with the 38th president.

The trailer begins with Carter saying “The one thing that has held America together is the music we share and love,” He also said that he considers Dylan and Nelson among his best friends.

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President will hit theaters and virtual cinemas on Sept. 9. It will be available for home viewing (and a physical release) on Oct. 9. Greenwich Entertainment will release the documentary.

PJ Will Hang For Your Vote

Pearl Jam and their Vitalogy Foundation have partnered with online fundraising platform Omaze to not only raise funds to help ensure voting access this November but also to give one lucky fan and their guest the opportunity to hang out with Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament in their native Seattle.

Pearl Jam is asking all their fans—if able—to join the band in pledging to vote by mail in the 2020 election.

In addition to meeting Vedder and Ament, you’ll also get a private after-hours tour of the Pearl Jam: Home and Away exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture and tour London Bridge Studios, where Ten was recorded. You’ll also get to ask your pressing fan questions over some beers if you’re over 21.

Flights and a stay in the Pearl Jam Suite at The Edgewater Hotel are also included. No donation or payment is necessary to enter or win.

Prince Song Is Still Timeless

Over the past few weeks, Prince’s estate has steadily released a barrage of unheard tracks from the iconic artist’s vault. The songs will be on the upcoming Sign O’ the Times box set and this week, they shared “Forever In My Life (Early Vocal Studio Run-Through).”

The track, which was recorded on Aug. 8, 1986 at Prince’s Galpin Boulevard home studio, features Prince (who originally recorded the song on acoustic guitar) playing every instrument, including drums and bass, and he added guitars and backing vocal tracks to it. The upbeat, yet laid-back song displays his vulnerability of that time.

So far, Prince’s Estate has shared “Witness 4 the Prosecution (Version 2),” “Cosmic Day” “Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1)” in June and the 1979 version of “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” which was released last month.

'Out of The Darkness' Comes Some Synthetic Silver

Silver Synthetic, the New Orleans-based psychedelic-garage band, will drop their four-song Out of the Darkness EP on Jack White’s Third Man Records on Oct. 2, with a full album set to arrive in 2021.

The quartet, which formed in 2018, is comprised of Chris Lyons and Lucas Bogner of the band the Bottomfeeders, bassist Pete Campanelli and Kunal Prakash from Jeff the Brotherhood. Their first show was fittingly at ManRay Records in New Orleans.

The tracklist includes songs Anyway I Can, Unchain Your Heart, Making Time, and Out Of The Darkness.

You can now pre-save Silver Synthetic’s Out of the Darkness EP on the streaming platform of your choice.

'Mother Don't Be Sad' About Your Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips have shared a gracious amount of videos in the build-up to their upcoming album, American Head, and today, they added to that stunning array of clips with “Mother Please Don’t Be Sad.”

The lyrics focus on singer Wayne Coyne’s teenaged near-death-experience. The song’s socially-distanced video was cautiously filmed during quarantine in the band’s native Oklahoma and directed by Coyne and longtime collaborator George Salisbury.

So far from the album, the Lips have released “Will You Return/When You Come Down,” “You N’ Me Sellin’ Weed,” “Dinosaurs on the Mountain,” “Flowers of Neptune 6” and “My Religion Is You.”

American Head will be available on all platforms on Sept. 11

Pumpkins Are Still Smashing 'Colors of Love'

A couple of weeks after teasing activity, the Smashing Pumpkins are officially back.

Billy Corgan and company released a pair of new songs, “Cyr” and “The Colour of Love,” the first songs from an upcoming album they’re working on that will be out on Sumerian Records.

The Pumpkins last released new music in 2018, with the Rick Rubin-helmed SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.

Before the Pandemic hit, this year was supposed to be a fairly active one for the Pumpkins. They had booked a quick run of the southeast on their Rock Invasion 2 tour and were slated to open for Guns N’ Roses on select stadium dates.

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