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Pearl Jam has launched a countdown clock online at the band's official website that is scheduled to hit zero on July 8th at 1:00 p.m. ET. The band is scheduled to make a major announcement at that time, with most of the speculation suggesting that the group will be unveiling details about its 10th studio album. The clock is also part of a revamped look for the site itself, which is now more basic and streamlined.
Rumors have been swirling for a while that a new Pearl Jam single called "Mind Your Manners" will arrive by the middle of this month, to be followed by an album in the fall.
The band has been working intermittently on the follow-up to 2009's Backspacer for the past eighteen months, with Tides being one rumored album title.
Pearl Jam currently has three shows on its schedule, including a July 16th gig in London, Ontario, a July 19th show at Chicago's Wrigley Field, and a headlining appearance at New Orleans' Voodoo Experience festival in November.