Quick Hits: Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Jay-Z, The Hold Steady, Newport Folk Festival, Killswitch Engage, Gregg Allman
April 10, 2013

Metallica will have their own pinball game, featuring classic tunes like "Creeping Death," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "Master Of Puppets," "Fuel," "Enter Sandman" and many more. The machine is likely to make an appearance at the band's second annual Orion Music + More festival, which will take place in Detroit on June 8 and 9. Check out a trailer for the game below:



Now that Queens of the Stone Age have unveiled a new single, "My God Is The Sun," fromtman Josh Homme has opened up a little bit about what's been going on in the six years since the band's last album. Backstage at Lollapalooza Chile, Homme told MTV News, "We went through a particularly dark period in the last couple of years, trying to figure out what it all means and how to get through all that. And in some ways, artistically and mentally, it was almost like waking up in the middle of nowhere. This record was like finding a way out from there to where we are now. And you're writing lyrics and music about a situation that happened yesterday, and so this is the most current, real, raw thing that we've ever made, from a band that's always trying to make it raw and real. And so, for us, that means something." ...Like Clockwork is tabbed for a June 4 release via Matador Records, and things are definitely looking up for Homme and the band. "If we ever had any troubles, we'd play our way out of them," he said. "And this [album] was definitely us trying to play our way right out of them. And it feels good to let it all go now. It's your problem now, in the most beautiful way."

Jay-Z has begun the process of selling his ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets so that he can function as a sports agent. The rapper, who recently signed New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to his management company Roc Nation in a partnership with Creative Artists Agency, must divest his share of the Nets in order to represent athletes, per NBA rules.

The Hold Steady has a ton of new material to sort through for their next album, which they hope to complete this year.  "It's almost to the point of having almost too much material to choose from," guitarist Tad Kubler told Billboard.com. "I'd really like to have some kind of external force come and say, 'Alright. These songs work well together. Letís focus on these,' because otherwise you could be working on 25 songs and it becomes a little diluted." He added that the band is currently "talking to producers and figuring out how we want to tackle the recording," but in the meantime, the Hold Steady will celebrate Record Store Day on April 20 by releasing a limited edition 7" which features a new song titled "Criminal Fingers" as well as "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," a track they recorded for an upcoming episode of Game of Thrones.

Beck, the Avett Brothers and Feist have been tapped to headline this year's Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island. The lineup also includes The Lumineers, Jim James, Old Crow Medicine Show, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Amanda Palmer, The Mountain Goats, Father John Misty and many more. This year's festivities will take place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI from July 26-28.

Hard rockers Killswitch Engage, whose new album Disarm The Descent debuted this week at #7 on the SoundScan sales chart, have announced a new tour. Kicking off May 30 in Oklahoma City, dates run up to July 8 in Joliet, IL.

The filmmakers behind the upcoming CBGB movie have announced that their next project will be a biopic on Gregg Allman. Randall Miller and Jody Savin have picked up the rights to My Cross to Bear, Allman's New York Times best-selling memoir co-written with Alan Light. Allman will serve as an executive producer on the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.




 
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