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Oh, Deer! Blink-182's Hoppus Makes A Splash Saving Wildlife

Mark Hoppus has accomplished a lot in his music career, and now he can add another random accomplishment; he’s befriended a deer!
The Blink-182 bassist/singer shared in an Instagram post that he was cruising around Redfish Lake in Idaho and discovered a deer that somehow managed to end up in the lake.
“No idea how it got there. It was panicked, shivering, panting, tired, swimming in circles,” Hoppus explained in the post. “I got on the swim step and we pulled up alongside it and I was able to get my arms around the bottom of its neck and tried to pull it up but it was too heavy,” which was accompanied by a video of the incident.
Spin magazine reported that Blink-182 member Travis Barker teased some news about a new Blink song.
Blink-182 released a video for “Happy Days” that included both fans and their celebrity pals at the onset of quarantine.

Bowie A Live...in '95

David Bowie was on the verge of releasing “I’m Afraid of Americans” in 1995 with Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor. He also planned on releasing, Outside, his 19th studio album that same year.
With so much creativity expressing itself, it makes sense that a live document would surface that chronicled this era.
David Bowie Ouvrez Le Chien, a previously unreleased show from Dallas’ Starplex Amphitheater will be available on July 3rd.
In addition to the tracks from this show, it also features a couple of bonus tunes in “Moonage Daydream” and “Under Pressure” recorded live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham U.K. on Dec. 13, 1995.

Outside Lands 2021 Announced

The Strokes, Tame Impala, Tyler, the Creator, and Lizzo are the artists who will headline Outside Lands 2021.
This year’s event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Other artists on the bill include Vampire Weekend, the 1975, Kehlani, Brittany Howard, Nelly and a whole lot more.
The festival will take place Aug. 6-8 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Three-Day GA, VIP, Payment Plan and Golden Gate Club passes are on sale now at the festival’s website.
A direct link and full line-up can be found by clicking the image to the left.

Furs Make It Rain After 3-Decades

Earlier this year, the Psychedelic Furs announced the release of their first album in nearly three decades.
That record got pushed due to the coronavirus pandemic but didn’t stop the band from sharing new music and giving fans a sense of what’s to come.
So far four songs have emerged from the forthcoming, ‘Made of Rain’ album, which is now expected to hit the streets on July 31st.
The band’s last album, World Outside, arrived in 1991.

Linkin Park's Shinoda's Friendly Fire Back at Panel

Last week, Mike Shinoda was part of a panel of musicians and friends of Deftones who paid tribute to the 20th anniversary of White Pony.
He shared some interesting tidbits on that album and in a recent Twitch stream where he was playing Animal Crossing, he revealed some news about Linkin Park.
“There was a song, a ‘One More Light’ song,” Shinoda said, as the Alternative Press points out.
“Friendly Fire” was originally recorded during the One More Light sessions and recorded with the band’s late co-frontman Chester Bennington.
Despite folks clamoring to hear the song after he mentioned it, Shinoda quickly told them that they shouldn’t hold their collective breaths.
“You literally are going to have to wait years to hear that song FYI,” he said.
But if Linkin Park fans are into hearing new music from Bennington, Grey Daze has a new album that’s out now.

You'll Be Able To Hum Along To Hum Again

Alt-rock outfit Hum have been quiet for some — a long time, actually.
The Champaign, Illinois-based band known for their 1995 hit “Stars” has kept an extremely low profile since their 2000 breakup.
Sure, they reunited a handful of times since, but that’s been it. Until now.
The band dropped their first album since 1998’s Downward Is Heavenward this weekend, which came without any knowledge or previous notice from the broadcaster anywhere.
Inlet features the band’s original members and is out now via Polyvinyl.

Deadmau5 Plays With Lumineers and Leaves No Kid Hungry

DJ Deadmau5 and Lumineers founder Jeremiah Fraites joined forces, this past week, through gaming to give to the No Kid Hungry campaign.
The “Gaming 2 Give Back” stream saw the two artists teamed up with a pair of professional gamers for a 4-hour livestream of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
The stream ran on PUBG’s Twitch channel, with $1 donated by the PUBG Corporation for every unique viewer tuned into the stream (up to $100,000).

Sealed With A Kiss

This week we lost director Joel Schumacher at the age of 80, succumbing to cancer after a year-long battle.
One of his more famous movies were the late ’90s Batman movies: Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
Though they aren’t considered among the best in the franchise’s history, they did have pretty good soundtracks and with Batman Forever launching the career of British singer Seal.
In an Instagram video, the singer paid tribute to the director, thanking him for taking a chance on “Kiss From a Rose” by playing it during the movie and for directing the subsequent music video for the song that has since proven to be his biggest hit.
The song, which was released in 1994, was a flop until Schumacher reached about Seal composing a song for the film and ended up using “Kiss From a Rose.”

Queen Gets A Royal Licking

For the third time in history, the UK’s Royal Mail is honoring a legendary band by issuing a set of stamps.
After the Beatles in 2007 and Pink Floyd in 2016, Queen will now be seeing their faces in mailboxes in July.
The 13-stamp set — featuring eight legendary album covers, a classic photo of the group, and four live shots of the group — releases on July 9 and is now available for preorder.

Astley Never Going To Give Up on Foo

In case you missed it, Rick Astley has shown his strong appreciation for the Foo Fighters with a cover of “Everlong” over the weekend.
“Sometimes you just have to find the song that’s gonna lift your spirits and put you in another place, and I’ve been doing that a lot recently with music,” the ’80s pop singer said before the performance.
Since many know Astley for his 1987 hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” his decision to cover the 1997 Foo Fighters classic is a bit obscure.
But Astley has been a big fan of the band for a long time.
And he and Foos frontman Dave Grohl have been friends since Astley was invited to perform with the Foo Fighters at the 2018 Summer Sonic festival in Japan where they played Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
You can view the video here.

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