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The Mars Volta returns with new song, “Blacklight Shine,” and US tour dates

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The Mars Volta is officially back.

The long-defunct band has reunited after a 10-year hiatus to release a new song called “Blacklight Shine.”

In a statement, vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes “Blacklight Shine” as a reflection of “a wave of rolling blackouts washing memories onto shore, a heartbeat that still remembers everything.”

You can listen to “Blacklight Shine” now via digital outlets. The song is accompanied by an 11-minute short film, which is streaming now on YouTube.

“Blacklight Shine” arrives after The Mars Volta directed fans to a mysterious cube in Los Angeles’ Grand Park over the weekend, which allowed fans to hear a preview of the new song. A digital version of the instillation will be unveiled on July 1.

Along with the new music, The Mars Volta has announced a U.S. headlining tour, running from September 23 in Dallas to October 21 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 24 at 10 a.m. local time.

For the full list of dates and all ticket info, visit

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