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Here’s how you can play the Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War Alpha

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We’ve got some good news and bad news for you. The good news? You won’t have to wait long to sample the latest Black Ops multiplayer experience. The bad news? This comes with a crucial caveat: you’ll need a PlayStation 4 to take part in the exclusive Alpha weekend.

The Call of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War Multiplayer Alpha begins on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. PT and will run through 10 a.m. PT on Sept. 20. PlayStation 4 owners can preload the game as early as 8 a.m. PT on Sept. 17. Participants will have the opportunity to sample multiple modes, maps, and the Create-a-Class and Scorestreak systems. Unlike many previews, you don’t even need a PlayStation Plus subscription to take part. You can simply download it once the Alpha shows up in the PlayStation Store.

Xbox and PC gamers who want to try Cold War before its November launch will have to wait until the Crossplay Beta in mid-October. The Oct. 15-16 session will include Xbox + PC Early Access and PS4 Open Access, while the Oct. 17-19 session is open to all platforms. For Early Access to the Open Beta, you will need to pre-order a digital copy of Cold War.

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Watch Mastodon, Russian Circles Members Cover Alice in Chains

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Mastodon’s Brann Dailor and Russian Circles’ Mike Sullivan joined for a collaborative version of Alice in Chains’ “Rain When I Die” as part of the “Two Minutes to Late Night” quarantine cover series.

Dailor plays drums on the colorful rendition, adding harmony vocals alongside lead singer Justin Suitor (Painted Wives). Sullivan and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man) nail the song’s wah-wah guitars, and host Gwarsenio Hall adds bass. Midway through the track, the quintet break into the riff from another Nineties rock classic, Soundgarden’s “Spoonman.”

“Martin Scorsese’s Alice in Chains doesn’t live here anymore,” reads the video’s YouTube caption. “We covered ‘Rain When I Die’ and we did it with some added panache!”

The Alice in Chains cover is the 23rd installment of the “Two Minutes to Late Night” series, which features bedroom-style videos that benefit the participating artists through Patreon. Recent installments have included a take on Robyn’s “Ever Again” (featuring members of Mastodon and Royal Thunder) and an all-star version of Rush’s “Anthem” (with members of Mastodon, Coheed and Cambria, Tool and Primus).

In early September, Mastodon issued Medium Rarities, a 16-track compilation album featuring covers, soundtrack songs (including “White Walker” from Game of Thrones), live takes, instrumentals, B-sides and one previously unreleased cut (“Fallen Torches”). The band released a new track, “Rufus Lives,” as part of the Bill & Ted Face the Music Soundtrack.

Mastodon have reportedly started work on their eighth studio LP. They’ve yet to announce a release date for the project, which which follows 2017’s Emperor of Sand.

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Fleetwood Mac Shot Up The Spotify Charts & It’s Probs Due To That Dude Vibing On His Skateboard

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Remember that TikTok of the dude just vibing to “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac while skating down the highway? It’s probably the reason you’ve had the song stuck in your head over the past few days, and why a decades-old song is suddenly the 90th most-streamed song on Spotify globally.

The TikTok blew up outside the app when it was shared to Twitter on September 26 with the caption: “I don’t use this verbiage often but this is a whole vibe. Simple as that.”

Within just days it copped well over 200,000 retweets and over 828,000 likes. The view count has clocked an astronomical 21.3 million views and counting.

That’s not to mention the amount of times this video was embedded into other tweets, themselves getting tens of thousands of likes.

Now, it seems, all of us at home have had “Dreams” stuck in our heads and have been vibing with the dude from afar.

In Australia, “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac (specifically the 2004 remastered version) had been hovering around the 100-mark on the Spotify Top 200 chart for the past few months.

On the day the tweet went viral, the song shot up to 55 on the charts. The day after, it rose to become the 48th most-streamed song in the country.

It’s a similar story in the US, where the song went from hovering around the 200-mark all the way to being the 24th highest ranking song in just a couple of days. In the UK the song went from sitting comfortably around 150 on the charts to number 53.

In New Zealand – where people are apparently obsessed with the Fleetwood Mac banger – there was still a noticeable jump in the last couple of days days.

On the normal day across the Tasman, “Dreams” is apparently the 50th most-streamed song on Spotify, which is both nuts and awesome. However after the tweet blew up, it’s now the 33rd most-streamed song.

Globally, the song’s gone from not charting in the top 200 at all to suddenly being Spotify’s 90th most-streamed song around the world.

The original TikTok has also done pretty well. It’s got almost 15 million views and over three million likes since being uploaded less than a day before it blew up on Twitter.

@420doggface208Morning vibe ##420souljahz ##ec ##feelinggood ##h2o ##cloud9 ##happyhippie ##worldpeace ##king ##peaceup ##merch ##tacos ##waterislife ##high ##morning ##710 ##cloud9♬ original sound – gillytheanswer

@420doggface208 aka Nathan Apodaca was apparently known as Tío TikTok (Spanish for “Uncle TikTok”) but now the masses have simply crowned him as the Vibe King.

“Yesterday after I did that video, as you guys know the shit went viral – holy sheep shit,” he said in a followup TikTok.

“I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart from DoggFace, me and my family, to all you guys.”

It was enough for the official Fleetwood Mac Twitter account to share the video themselves, saying: “We love this!”

In one of the wildest comebacks of the year, a single TikTok has managed to make a mid-2000s remaster of a song from the 70s suddenly explode on Spotify.

“Reach for the stars,” Apodaca said in a message to fans.

He’s not wrong. Let’s see how high it ends up charting.

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Best Men’s Halloween Costume Ideas For 2020

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Guys, we know that shopping for a Halloween costume is a time-consuming task, and odds are you probably don’t even have to. If you want a funny costume that will be the best of the best, trust us when we say there’s something so gratifying about making your own Halloween costume out of whatever’s lying around the house, and sometimes you just need a little inspiration to make sense of the random clothes you have hiding in your closet. You know that flannel shirt you haven’t worn in ages will work for some kind of costume . . . but, what is it? Well, fellas, we have answers for you, ranging from simple ideas to ones that will take a little more effort. Keep reading for more than 50 DIY costume ideas that you can throw together with minimal effort with things you probably already have. These are scary good.

Additional reporting by Lauren Harano

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