Quick Hits: Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, U2, The Lumineers, MTV O Music Awards, Nelly / Lenny Kravitz, Aerosmith, Lollapalooza, Life is Beautiful Festival, Amos Lee, Sting, ThrottleFest Chicago
June 4, 2013

Nine Inch Nails will release a new single, "Came Back Haunted," this Thursday. CBS Radio's Radio.com reports the track will arrive on June 6 at 11:30 a.m. PT. The track is the first taste of the new NIN album, which Trent Reznor recently revealed would be out on Columbia Records later this year. KROQ/L.A. MD Lisa Worden told Radio.com that she has heard the song and that it "hearkens back to early Nine Inch Nails ... I think it’s in line with the first two albums. It’s got a great beat, it’s not the experimental material Trent’s done in the last five years."

Unsurprisingly, Scott Weiland has counter-sued the rest of Stone Temple Pilots, following their lawsuit against the singer last month. Rolling Stone reports that Weiland's suit asks, "How do you expel a man from a band that he started, named, sang lead on every song, wrote the lyrics and was the face of for 20 years, and then try to grab the name and goodwill for yourselves? You don't, but three of the instrumentalists from the band 'Stone Temple Pilots' (the 'Band') tried." Weiland says that according to a legal contract between the band members, the other three should be forced to perform under a different name if they play separately from him.

Bono (photo: Jim Rinaldi)
U2 has been in New York apparently working on their next album, as all four members have been spotted at Electric Lady Studios. According to a Rolling Stone report, Danger Mouse is completing his mixing work on the untitled set, reportedly due in the fall. Coldplay's Chris Martin was spotted at the studio as well, though it is unclear whether he was recording a guest spot or just visiting the band. In a recent interview with the Globe and Mail, producer/artist Daniel Lanois also revealed that Bono played him tracks from the new album. "It sounded amazing," Lanois told the newspaper. "Very, very big and powerful-sounding. Some of it was adventurous. There were shades of Achtung Baby."

The Lumineers have unveiled additional North American tour dates for September and October. The newly announced dates begin with two nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado on September 14 & 15 and they run through October 20 in Boca Raton, FL. The band is also playing many festivals along the way, including Bonnaroo next week. Furthermore, The Lumineers will be performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on June 11.

MTV/VH1/CMT has announced Live Music Day Festival, the world’s largest online/mobile music festival that will take place exclusively during the O Music Awards, which kicks off on June 19tat 7pm ET/4pm PT and last for 24 hours. Live Music Day Festival will feature more than 50 bands and "include an eclectic mix of Indie, Rock, Folk, Country, Hip-Hop, Pop and R&B artists."
      "O Music Awards have always served as a content lab to explore telling stories across multiple screens,” said Dermot McCormack, Head of Connected Content for Viacom Music and LOGO Group. "With this iteration, we’ve created the first-of-its-kind music festival that’s both connecting artists and fans and allowing them to participate in the awards and festival in new ways." The lineup includes Atlas Genius, Gavin DeGraw, The Features, Hanson, Kopecky Family Band, Kate Nash, Matt Nathanson, Oberhofer and many, many more.

Nelly has been added to the list of performers for the 2013 CMT Music Awards, where he'll join Florida Georgia Line for a version of their crossover hit, "Cruise." Lenny Kravitz also has joined the show, where he will team up with co-host Jason Aldean for an as-yet-unannounced number. Other performers will include Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum.

Aerosmith will offer its first live video release in 9 years, Rock For The Rising Sun, on July 23 in DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. The video offers a unique portrayal of life on the road with Aerosmith combined with live performances, as the band toured Japan in 2011 playing its string of hits. The DVD also includes extra live tracks, "Lick And A Promise" recorded at the Hiroshima Green Garden Arena and "One Way Street" taken from the Tokyo Dome.

Lollapalooza has announced its official list of aftershow events, and it includes special performances at various Chicago clubs from Imagine Dragons, Thievery Corportation, Lana Del Ray, Hot Chip, the Lumineers, Atlas Genius and more. The listings are available via

The first annual Life is Beautiful festival will double down in Las Vegas on October 26 and 27. The inaugural lineup features The Killers, Beck, Kings of Leon, Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Childish Gambino, Pretty Lights, Jurassic 5, Earl Sweatshirt, Portugal. the Man, Dawes, Imagine Dragons, The Joy Formidable, Haim, Capital Cities and more. Check out the website at www.lifeisbeautifulfestival.com.

Amos Lee will release his fifth studio album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, on October 1 via Blue Note Records.  Lee recorded the 12-song collection in Nashville with producer Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant). The new studio record is the first to feature Lee's longtime touring band - comprising Freddie Berman, Zach Djanikian, Andy Keenan and Jaron Olevsky - and it boasts guest appearances from Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin.

Sting will release an album of new songs in the fall, which will be his first full-length of original material since 2003's Sacred Love. His publicist told the New York Times that the album, dubbed The Last Ship, grew out of the songwriting Sting has been doing for a musical of the same name, which the producers hope will run on Broadway in 2014. The songs for The Last Ship were written to advance the play's plot, so the album will essentially have the hew of a soundtrack.

The ThrottleFest Chicago music festival will be staged from June 20-23 at Toyota Park. On June 21, Vince Neil headlines, with appearances from Pop Evil, The Last Vegas and Wayland. On June 22, Throttlefest organizer Jesse James Dupree's Jackyl headlines, with support sets from his son Nigel Dupree and American Motherload. The entire cast of the television show Full Throttle Saloon will be on-site for the festivities as well.

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