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Corey Taylor shares his thoughts on Kid Rock's potential Senate run: "No"

Daniel Boczarski/Getty ImagesCorey Taylor's never been shy about sharing his opinions -- a tradition he continued in an interview on Larry King's online talk show Larry King Now. When asked about Kid Rock's potential Senate run, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman simply replied, "No."

"I've never met him, I've heard he's really really cool," Taylor says. "But I think the worst thing that people can do is assume that you can fill a role that you have no experience in."

"I mean, we're kinda seeing that with the president right now, so there you go," he adds.

Rock, born Robert Ritchie, revealed that he was considering running for the Senate in his home state of Michigan earlier this summer. In his most recent statement, he said that he was still mulling whether or not he'll actually run, but he's planning to use his live shows to promote voter registration.

Elsewhere in the interview, Taylor talks about his friendship with Chester Bennington, Slipknot's next album, and his wish to collaborate with JAY-Z.

"His mind is so massive," Taylor says of the rapper, who collaborated with Linkin Park on the 2004 EP Collision Course. "I think it would be really, really cool."

You can watch Taylor's entire Larry King Now interview at Ora.tv.

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Brand New's surprise album "Science Fiction" headed for number one on "Billboard" 200

Procrastinate! Music TraitorsBrand New's surprise-released album Science Fiction is on track to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.

The long-awaited fifth studio effort from the emo cult heroes -- their first in eight years -- is looking to take the top spot on the chart with estimated sales of 55,000 units by the end of the week.

If the prediction holds true, Science Fiction will give Brand New their first-ever number-one album. They previously peaked on the Billboard 200 at number six thanks to their last album, 2009's Daisy.

Science Fiction would also be just the third rock album to debut at number one in 2017, following Linkin Park's One More Light and Arcade Fire's Everything Now.

After a mysterious teaser, Brand New digitally released Science Fiction last Thursday. The physical versions of the album will ship in October.

Brand New will hit the road in September on a North American tour in support of Science Fiction.

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Bleachers tapped for rebooted "MTV Unplugged"

ABC/Randy HolmesLast week, it was revealed that MTV Unplugged will be returning this fall. The premiere episode will air September 8 with a performance from pop singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, and the following week's installment will be headlined by Bleachers.

According to Variety, the episode will also feature appearances from Lorde and Carly Rae Jepsen, who perform with Jack Antonoff's band. The performance was taped at the historic Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey just after Antonoff finished Bleachers' sophomore album, Gone Now.

"It was all months before the world heard it and we got to change the arrangements at my favorite venue in the world with a small room full of people who had no cell phones," says Antonoff. "I grew up playing shows at the Stone Pony and watching Unplugged on TV. It was incredible to bring these two together."

MTV Unplugged premiered in 1989, and featured artists reinterpreting their songs acoustically. One of the most famous episodes was Nirvana's 1993 taping, which was released as the chart-topping live album MTV Unplugged in New York.

In other Bleachers news, the band will perform at a pre-show concert before the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday in Los AngelesThe show will stream live online via MTV.com and Twitter starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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Heads explode in Prophets of Rage's "Radical Eyes" video

ABC/Randy HolmesIt's no surprise that the video for the new Prophets of Rage song "Radical Eyes" has a political tone. The clip features archival footage from the civil rights era, and draws parallels between that and the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. You can watch the video now on YouTube.

The video pays tribute to figures including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Maya Angelou, and condemns members of the Trump administration -- including former member Steve Bannon --  by showing their heads exploding like in the 1981 horror classic Scanners.

"Radical Eyes" will appear on Prophets of Rage's self-titled debut album, which will be released September 15.

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Linkin Park thanks fans for "tremendous outpouring of love" following Chester Bennington's death

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park has shared a new statement thanking fans for their support in the wake of Chester Bennington's death.

"Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which was strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time," the band writes. "The five of us are so grateful for all your support as we heal and build the future of Linkin Park."

The group adds they are working on setting up a "special public event" in Los Angeles in honor of Bennington, the details of which will be announced "soon."

Bennington died on July 20, just a week before Linkin Park was scheduled to kick off a North American tour in support of their new album One More Light, which was released in May. His death was ruled a suicide.

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Mike Patton's "raring to go" following accident; Dead Cross to play LA's El Rey tonight

Credit: SAWADead Cross canceled their show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles Monday night after lead vocalist Mike Patton was involved in an accident. Luckily, Patton is on the mend, and the band will play a make-up show at the El Rey tonight.

"Mike Patton is OK, he is getting stitched up and is raring to go," reads a statement from the Faith No More frontman's rep. The statement also reveals details of the accident: it seems Patton tried to skateboard to Monday's show and "suffered a bad wipe-out on the way."

Dead Cross, which also features ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, was originally scheduled to play the Echoplex in L.A. tonight with Melvins, but that performance was scrapped in the wake of Patton's accident. The rest of Dead Cross' tour will go on as planned.

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Listen now: Angels & Airwaves unplugs for new "We Don't Need to Whisper" acoustic EP

Credit: Johnny BuzzerioAngels & Airwaves is releasing a new EP featuring stripped-down arrangements of songs from the band's 2006 debut album, We Don't Need to Whisper.

The four-track We Don't Need to Whisper -- Acoustic EP is available now to download via frontman Tom DeLonge's website, TotheStars.media. It'll officially be released on all digital platforms this Friday, August 25.

The acoustic version of the song "The Adventure" is streaming now on YouTube,along with a lyric video featuring studio footage from the We Don't Need to Whisper sessions.

Along with the EP, Angels & Airwaves are working on the soundtrack to the upcoming sci-fi film Strange Times, which DeLonge is directing.

"It's been about a year since we put out new music and I wanted to give the fans something while the band works on the soundtrack to the upcoming Strange Times film," says DeLonge in a statement. "Being in the studio brought back memories of AVA's first album and I thought it'd be fun to reimagine those tracks and play around with the arrangements a bit."

"It's the first time we've ever put out an all-acoustic release and it's great to be able to do it with these songs, which are all pretty special to me," he adds.

Here's the We Don't Need to Whisper -- Acoustic EP track list:

"Valkyrie Missile"
"Distraction"
"Do It for Me Now"
"The Adventure"

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