Simon Vozick-Levinson
March 07, 2009 AT 05:57 AM EST

Take it from Trent Reznor: Nine Inch Nails’ summer tour with Jane’s Addiction “just got that much cooler.” Bear in mind that this is a tour whose acronym spells NIN/JA, so it was pretty cool to begin with. Anyway, the reason Trent’s so extra revved up right now is that they’ve just added Street Sweeper, the new project from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and The Coup‘s Boots Riley, as an opening act. Apparently, this little radical superduo has been kicking around for a while already, but this is the first I’ve heard of it, and I’ve gotta agree with Trent. Morello and Riley are a match made in protest-music heaven.

Street Sweeper’s subtly titled song “Fight! Smash! Win!” (currently streaming over at their site) suggests that their sound tends more toward the funk-rap-metal Rage template than the mellow Guthrie-ite Nightwatchman side of Morello’s music. Riley’s revolutionary lyrics are on point as always. Sounds like these guys could have some great work in store. Anybody else looking forward to hearing what else Street Sweeper is cooking up?

More on Tom Morello and Boots Riley:
Tom Morello’s top five protest songs
Morello’s last album, The Fabled City, got an A– review
So did the Coup’s Pick a Bigger Weapon

addCredit(“Morello: Douglas Mason/Getty Images; Riley: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images”)

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