Listen to Nine Inch Nails’ new tune ‘This Isn’t the Place’

Less than a week after confirming their upcoming new EP, Nine Inch Nails has returned with another new song from the impending release. On Tuesday (July 18), the Trent Reznor-led group unleashed  “THIS ISN’T THE PLACE”; the second song off ADD VIOLENCE. Watch the Alex Lieu-directed clip above.

“THIS ISN’T THE PLACE” will join lead single “LESS THAN” on ADD VIOLENCE which is set to be released later this week. ADD VIOLENCE is set to be released digitally on July 21 while the CD and vinyl versions of the upcoming record will be released on Sept. 1. Pre-orders for the album can be found on Nine Inch Nails’ website.

ADD VIOLENCE is the second installment of Nine Inch Nails’ upcoming EP trilogy. Last year’s Not the Actual Events was the first installment of the trilogy while the name and/or projected release date for the final album has yet to be mentioned. In support of the upcoming EP, the group has a handful of festival appearances scheduled for later this year. Those dates can be found here.

Nine Inch Nails announce new EP with new song

After confirming to fans that new music was on the horizon, Trent Reznor and the rest of Nine Inch Nails have come through. On Thursday (July 13), the industrial icons revealed that they will be releasing a new EP at the end of July. The new five-track record, which has been titled ADD VIOLENCE, will be the second installment of their EP trilogy. At the end of 2016, the band released the first installment, Not the Actual Events. To accompany the ADD VIOLENCE announcement, Nine Inch Nails has also released the lead single from the record, “Less Than.” Watch the Brook Linder-directed clip for the new tune above.

ADD VIOLENCE is set to be released digitally on July 21, but if physically copies are your thing, you will need to wait a little longer. The CD and vinyl versions of the upcoming album will see a release date of Sept. 1. Pre-orders for the record can currently be found on Nine Inch Nails’ website. In addition to the new songs, fans will reportedly receive a “physical component” to the album. The group did the same when Not the Actual Events was released. The physical component for the 2016 release was a mysterious black powder which was packaged with a warning that read: “This will make a mess.” No details have been given about what ADD VIOLENCE’s physical component will be.

ADD VIOLENCE’s release confirmation comes a month after Reznor unveiled that the group will be releasing a trio of EPs with last year’s effort being the first installment. The full track listing for the album can be seen below while the group’s upcoming festival appearance can be seen below that.

ADD VIOLENCE TRACK LISTING:

1. “Less Than”
2. “The Lovers”
3. “This Isn’t the Place”
4. “Not Anymore”
5. “The Background World”

NINE INCH NAILS TOUR DATES:

July 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
July 30 – New York, NY @ Panorama Festival
Sept. 15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Oct. 21 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Fest

Nine Inch Nails to Release ‘Pretty Hate Machine’ Exclusive for Record Store Day

If you’re a hardcore fan of Nine Inch Nails, then this Record Store Day might have the perfect treat for you. On Wednesday (Oct. 28), the complete listing for Record Store Day Black Friday 2015  was announced. On the massive list, it was revealed that the Trent Reznor-led band will be releasing a massive boxset for the music lover’s holiday.

The boxset has been named Halo I-IV and will feature music from the band’s hit, debut record, Pretty Hate Machine. The boxset will feature four vinyls, three of which will feature different takes and remixes of the singles from the record (“Down In It,” “Head Like a Hole,” and “Sin”). As for the fourth vinyl, it will feature Pretty Hate Machine in the configuration that was originally released back in October 1989.

Pretty cool, huh? Check out the complete listing for the release below. For more information about Record Store Day Black Friday 2015, which will take place on Nov. 27, and the other releases head on over to their official website here.

HALO I-IV TRACKLIST:

Halo I:
Side A:
01. Down In It (Skin)
02. Down In It (Shred)
Side B:
03. Down In It (Singe)

Halo II:
Side A:
01. Head Like a Hole
02. Terrible Lie
03. Down In It
04. Sanctified
05. Something I Can Never Have
Side B:
06. Kinda I Want To
07. Sin
08. Thats’ What I Get
09. The Only Time
10. Ringfinger

Halo III:
Side A:
01. Head Like a Hole (Slate)
02. Terrible Lie (Sympathetic Mix)
03. Head Like a Hole (Clay)
Side B:
04. Head Like a Hole (Copper)
05. You Know Who You Are
06. Head Like a Hole (Soil)

Halo IV:
Side A:
01. Sin (Long)
02. Sin (Dub)
Side B:
03. Get Down, Make Love
04. Sin (Short)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Nominees Announced

It feels like it was just yesterday that we were announcing the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2015 and now, the class of 2016 nominees have been unveiled. On Thursday (Oct. 8), the official list of nominees which includes 15 potential inductees was released. Making it onto this year’s list are Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Cars, Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Janet Jackson, and more.

Other potential inductees include Chic, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller, Yes, Los Lobos, The Spinners, The J.B.’s, and season 21 Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaka Khan.

This year’s list marks the second year both Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths are eligible to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while it’s the first year Janet Jackson, The Cars, and Cheap Trick can rightfully be nominated. In a twist, this year marks the tenth time that Chic has been nominated for this honor. (Can we just give it to them already?)

N.W.A.’s nomination comes on the heels of the success of their biography-based film, Straight Outta Compton, while Jackson released her new album, Unbreakable, earlier this month and is currently in the middle of touring in support of the new record.

In order for an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago. But, being nominated is just half the battle for this honor. From now until Dec. 9, a group of artists, historians, and music industry members will get to decide who gets entry to the museum in April 2016.

Recently, fans have been given the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists by using the “fan’s ballot.” The “fan’s ballot” will count as one of the more than 600 ballots used to determine who gets inducted next spring. Currently, fans can head on over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s official website to cast their votes. The polls will officially close on Dec. 9 with the top five artists being announced later that month.

Last year,  Green Day, Lou Reed (posthumously), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band were inducted into the iconic Cleveland museum.

Apple and Beats in the Midst of Developing Music Streaming Service

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Remember how last year when Apple purchased Beats for $3 million speculation began that the two mega companies would be forming a new music streaming service that could “rival Spotify”?

Well, it sounds like that time is coming closer.

In a recently published article in The New York Times, it appears that not only is Apple working on a new music streaming service, it will also be saying good-bye to the Beats name, something that they promised back in September would not happen.

One thing that has remained a constant since the announcement of the merge is that Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor will be playing a part in the creation of this streaming service. Reznor, whose previous title was Chief Creative Officer of Beats Music before the acquisition, previously revealed he would be part of this new project, but what he would be actually doing has remained a secret.

“Beats was bought by Apple and they expressed direct interest in me designing some products with them. I can’t go into details, but I feel like I’m in a unique position where I could be of benefit to them. That does mean some compromises in terms of how much brain power goes toward music and creating. This is very creative work that’s not directly making music, but it’s around music.”

Sadly, according to NYT, this new streaming service will not have a free tier. The free tier has become a staple in luring customers to shell out big money for more music choices and no commercials.

Reznor had also voiced his opinion on this new era where people want music for free as opposed to paying to get the music that they want.

“I think paying for music is a relic of an era gone by. And I’m saying that as somebody who hopes you pay for music. I’ve spent my life trying to make this thing that now everyone thinks should be for free.”

Another difference between the current streaming services of the world and this new project? The pricing, at least that’s what Apple was trying to do.

Apple attempted to persuade record labels to agree to lower licensing costs resulting in Apple being able to sell subscriptions to its streaming service for $8 a month; the standard for services like Rhapsody, Rdio, and yes, Spotify is $10 a month. But that did not pan out the way they wanted. As the article points out, it reflects just how far behind Apple is in the music streaming game.

As for now, nothing is concrete on what Apple is trying do with this new music streaming service, but if people have to pay for it without a free trial, do you really think the consumer give it the time of day?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Nominees Announced

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It’s that time of year again; the time when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce the nominees for the class of 2015.

Among the 15 artists being considered for inclusion at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland are: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, N.W.A., Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chic, War, and Bill Withers.

In order for a musician to be considered for a nomination into the Hall of Fame, their first recording (or debut record) must have been released at least 25 years ago.

For Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, this is the first year that either band have been eligible for consideration. Green Day’s debut record 1,000 Hours and Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine were both released in 1989.

Unlike Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, The Smith have been eligible for years now, but this is the first time they have been nominated. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts as well as N.W.A have been nominated a total of three times now, while Kraftwerk have been nominated one time before.

Lou Reed was previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of Velvet Underground while Sting was inducted as a member of The Police.

Ballots will now be sent out to an international voting body of over 600 rock experts which include artists, historians, and music industry members. The top five nominees with the most votes will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in April 2015.

Fans can also vote on their worthy nominees with the “fan’s ballot” which accounts for one of the 600 ballots. Fans have until Dec. 9 to put in their votes over at RollingStone. com.

Brand New Cover Nine Inch Nails in Manchester

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Brand New have been taking some cues from Bruce Springsteen and have begun to cover some tracks during their sets on their current tour.

During their show in London last week, the band played “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot” from Deja Entendu when they decided to do something a little different by including covers of Coldplay’s “Yellow” and Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash.”

Like London, the band did the same things at their show last night (April 18) in Manchester, but rather than including it as a live mix to one of their own songs, they went on to cover Nine Inch Nails’ “Wish” on its own. Watch the fan shot video below and tell us if there’s a song in your opinion that the band should cover in the future.

Brand New are currently on tour in Europe, scheduled to perform in Germany, England, and Italy followed by a touring stint in North America for selected stops in the United States and Canada.

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Team Up for Upcoming Tour

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Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden announced during the weekend that the two bands will be heading out on tour. Speculation about the tour began when Spin Magazine asked Soundgarden if the rumors were true during an interview at South By Southwest last week. The band side-stepped the question which typically means that the rumors are true.

This past weekend, the rumors had been confirmed when the bands both announced that the tour was definitely happening. The official announcement is set to happen later today, but the tour dates had already been released when the confirmation had been made.

Nine Inch Nails will be going from one big tour to another. The Trent Reznor-led group are currently wrapping up an Australian tour with Queens of the Stone Age while Soundgarden just finished performing at the inaugural iTunes Festival here in the United Stated during SXSW. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral and Soundgarden’s Superunknown.

Long live the grunge.

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NINE INCH NAILS, SOUNDGARDEN TOUR:

July 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
July 21 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
July 24 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 26 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 27 – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
July 29 – Mansfield, MA @ XFINITY Center
July 30 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 01 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
August 02 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 04 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 05 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
August 07 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavillion
August 08 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood
August 10 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Ampitheatre
August 11 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Ampitheatre
August 14 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Ampitheater
August 16 – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
August 17 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavillion
August 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater
August 21 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
August 22 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
August 24 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheater
August 25 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Queens of the Stone Age Announce 2014 Tour Dates

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Does it seem to some of you that Queens of the Stone Age never sleep? You might be a little right about that because the band have just announced more tour dates.

The new dates were released yesterday and appears to be an extension of last year’s tour in support of their new album, …Like Clockwork. For the tour dates in Australia and New Zealand, Nine Inch Nails will be joining them, so maybe we can finally get a finished version of their highly publicized Grammys’ performance that was not completed.

More tour dates isn’t the only good news coming from the QOTSA’s camp, it was also revealed during an interview with Rolling Stone that they are looking forward to working on some new music in the near future.

The full list of newly released dates can be seen below and don’t forget that they’ll be appearing at Coachella Music Festival and Sasquatch! this spring.

Queens of the Stone Age 2014 Tour Dates:

02/11 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
02/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint

03/06 – Sydney, AU @ Entertainment Centre ***
03/07 – Sydney, AU @ Entertainment Centre ***
03/08 – Newcastle, AU @ Entertainment Center ***
03/11 – Perth, AU @ Arena ***
03/13 – Adelaide, AU @ AEC Arena ***
03/14 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena ***
03/15 – Melbourne, AU @ Rod Laver Arena ***
03/17 – Brisbane, AU @ Entertainment Centre ***
03/19 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena ***
03/20 – Wellington, NZ @ TSB Bank Arena ***
03/22 – Christchurch, NZ @ CBS Canterbury Arena ***

04/11-13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/15 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
04/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/18-20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
05/06 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
05/07 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Riverside Theater
05/09 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
05/13 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
05/14 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
05/16-18 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
05/23-25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival

05/29-31 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/29-06/01 – Bologna, IT @ Rock in Idro
05/30 – Lisbon, PT @ Rock in Rio
06/03 – Rome, IT @ Rock in Roma
06/05 – Crans-Pres-Celigny, CH @ Caribana Festival
06/05/08 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock am Ring
06/06-09 – Nürburg, DE @ Rock im Park
06/13 – Warsaw, PL @ Warsaw Orange Festival
06/15 – Aarhus, DK @ NorthSide Festival
08/05-08 – Oslo NO @ Oya Festival
08/14-16 – St. Polten, AT @ Frequency Festival
08/15-17 – Grosspoesna, DE @ Highfield Festival
08/22-24 – Saint-Cloud, FR @ Rock en Seine

*** = w/ Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor Receives Apology From Grammy Producer

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It was probably one of the most anticipated performances of the Grammys,Trent Reznor, Queens of the Stone Age, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham and Dave Grohl, but apparently that didn’t cross the mind of the people behind the yearly award show.

Instead of replacing one of the other lackluster performances during the three-hour show, the runner decided to end the show with a high by putting the show at the end.

Understandable, keep the best of last and end on a high note, but how they did it is what drove Reznor nuts to the point that he took to Twitter to air his grievance about the decision to cut the performance short and put in all the advertisements for the event in its place.

Reznor tweeted the following about the decision: “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.”

It took three days, by Reznor received an apology from Grammy executive producer, Ken Ehrlich. “I’m sorry he was upset,” Ehrlich told the Hollywood Reporter. “I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the Grammys.”

He continued, “The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I want to end on a high, an up note. I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get.”