Summer Justice

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Being that this is the last year of the wonderful journey we all have come to know and love that is Warped Tour, feelings are bittersweet. I remember seeing so many epic bands in my young years, and even moshing in pits with members of other bands in moments of music solidarity. 

A lot of people my age are wishing for that ultimate lineup…Blink-182, Yellowcard, MCR, All American Rejects and more. The “original” Warped Tour greats…Well, Warped Tour hears us and quickly had this to say…

It all seems innocent enough, but this is actually where it gets really ugly. Tyson Ritter from The All American Rejects had a lot to say…

 

It didn’t end there…The Story So Far‘s bassist called out the Festival for their supposed unprofessional behavior, throwing bands/individuals under the bus for not playing the tour and hinting at unannounced engagements, specifically referring to Paramore’s possible (and unannounced) summer tour. YIKES (The Tweets have since been deleted.)

The saga continued with Warped Tour not backing down…

I could go on about the back and forth (or you could click on the top Tweet, and read through the comments…but grab your popcorn first.)

 

Tyson Ritter had this final thought on the matter…

All I know is I loved Warped growing up, and I have so many fun memories. It will truly be missed!

An unlikely yet awesome duo:  Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland are making music together for an untitled project. Borland posted a video of Barker doing what he does best, and another photo of him and his girlfriend in the studio. Check em out below!

 

Doing drums with the man himself @travisbarker on a yet to be titled new project!

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David Duchovny is very talented in the arts; he acts, directs, writes, and even plays music! I didn’t know, and here he is releasing his sophomore album Every Third Thought! It’s a follow up to his 2015 full- length debut, Hell Or High Water. I can dig it…I love the dude no matter what he does; he’s just too cool. ( •_•)>⌐□-□ (⌐□_□)

Check out his single below!

Dropkick Murphys know what their fans like…BEER! So this St. Patrick’s Day if you’re looking for something new to drink, you’re in luck. The Boston-based band have collaborated with Magic Hat Brewing Company for a new ale (named after one of their songs) Barroom Hero!
 
Barroom Hero is the result of the brewer getting behind Dropkick’s non-profit charity, the Claddagh Fund. The two started brewing beers and came up with a new “pub ale”, Barroom Hero.
 
The beer is described as a traditional pub ale, dark amber in color and has a roasted coffee aroma. The finish is a smooth caramel and chocolate malt.
 
Barroom Hero starts shipping soon, just in time for Dropkick Murphys’ spring U.S. tour and St. Patrick’s Day. It will be available for a limited time through the summer in 4-packs of 16oz cans and on tap.

I’ve always loved the fact that Patrick Carney and Michelle Branch are an item; the two are now expecting! They had planned on sending out save-the-date invitations for their wedding, but got a big surprise instead! They’re expecting baby Carney this summer. Branch shared her sonogram via Instagram. 

The Strokes haven’t been making music as a band lately, but individually they’re all over the place. Julian Casablancas has his side band The Voidz, Nikolai Fraiture has been jamming with his other band Summer Moon (with Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins; Uh Huh Huh Her’s Camila Grey; and Airborne Toxic Event’s Noah Harmon), Fabrizio Moretti is chilling with his family, and Albert Hammond Jr. has been releasing music as a solo artist and just announced his fourth solo album Francis Trouble.

Francis Trouble has a dark inspiration, but the music wouldn’t leave you to believe it. It’s actually about Albert Hammond Jr.’s stillborn twin, Francis. The singer says he never knew about this twin until a finger nail was found embedded in him when he was 36 (apparently from the womb.)

Check out the entire bizarre article here, and the first single from Francis Trouble “Muted Beatings” Below:

Francis Trouble is out March 9 on Red Bull Records!

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo is everywhere anymore. Weezer released Pacific Daydream back in October, have announced the release date for The Black Album (May 25), guest-stars on AJR’s “Sober Up”, and now sharing the stage with The Foo. 

It was the final show for Foo Fighters in Australia and Dave Grohl brought out surprise guest, Rivers Cuomo to perform the KISS classic, “Detroit Rock City.”

Apparently it was more rock than can be comprehended.

See Weezer with The Pixies at Fiddler’s Green July 31! TICKETS HERE

Talk about scary! Just before singer Lana Del Rey was to perform at the Amway Center in Orlando, police received information about a “credible threat”;a man with a weapon planning to kidnap her.

Thankfully the police took this threat seriously, investigated and found Michael Hunt, 43 of Riverview Florida a couple blocks from the venue with tickets to the show and weapon in hand. He is now in custody and being charged with aggravated stalking & attempted kidnapping with a weapon.

According to the press release tweeted from the Orlando Police Department:

“On Friday, Feb. 2, Orlando police received a tip about a possible kidnapping threat to singer Lana Del Rey (Elizabeth Woolridge Grant), who was scheduled to perform at the Amway Center that night.”

“The threats were reportedly made by Michael Hunt, 43, of Riverview, Florida. OPD Detectives considered the information a credible threat, and took investigative measures to locate Hunt.”

“OPD Officers came in contact with Hunt at Hughey Avenue and Central Boulevard on Friday evening, one block from the Amway Center. When he was taken into custody, Hunt was in possession of tickets to the Lana Del Rey performance and a knife. At no time was he able to make contact with Ms. Grant.”

Hunt is currently being held at the Orange County jail on no bond.

 

Is it really over? I still remember the first CD I saved up to buy and I made my dad drive me to Media Play to get. It was The Sundays with Blind, and that trip started a bi-weekly trip to Independent Records, Media Play, or Sam Goody to add to my collection.

Fast forward to 2018, where Best Buy has broken the news to music suppliers that the company will pull all CDs from its stores by July 1. The reason? Sales of CDs fell 18% and with its small offering of what customers can buy, Best Buy has decided to just stop selling them. (Though the retailer will continue to carry vinyl and turntables for the next two years.)

Best Buy isn’t alone in this trend; Target has also stepped up to the music industry, threatening to follow suit if their terms aren’t met. (You can read all about their terms here.)

Will we be putting our CDs next to our Laserdiscs in storage? It’s sad to me now that once upon a time we used to be able to OWN music…now we just lease it…What are your thoughts?

While Weezer may have just released Pacific Daydream, they’ve made it no secret that they’ve been working on a new album, The Black Album (a follow-up to 2016’s The White Album.)
 
Recently the band revealed the release date to The Black Album, and it looks like May 25 is the magic date. Originally, The Black Album was supposed to follow The White Album, but singer Rivers Cuomo said that the songs for Pacific Daydream  “kind of materialized,” and he filled that folder on his Dropbox a lot faster than the songs for The Black Album.
 
According to Cuomo, this upcoming album will be darker and “a lot more modern and electronic and not-’90s sounding.”
 

 

You can get your sweetheart that one-of-a-kind Valentines Day gift you’ve been searching for and you won’t even have to break the bank. 

Hallmark is releasing the first-ever Vinyl Record Cards this Valentine’s Day. The collection includes three cards with exclusive 7-inch vinyl records featuring songs from legendary Atlantic Records artists Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin and INXS.

GET THEM HERE.

 Though for now, these are the only artists available, Hallmark will do something simliar in the near future for birthday cards. 

What do you think? Will you be getting one?

Tom DeLonge has been very busy with his To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, documenting alien existence, and putting together a movie for his “Strange Times” series. He’s also been hard at work on his latest release, the follow-up book to Poet Anderson…Of Nightmares, Poet Anderson…In Darkness. It’s the second book in the trilogy with New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young
 
The books were inspied by a Stanford University study on how dreams can affect your reality.
 
Here’s the synopis:
“In the Waking World, Jonas Anderson works as a doorman for the Eden Hotel, dividing his free time between seeing his girlfriend, Samantha Birnham-Wood, and visiting his comatose brother Alan. In the Dream World, he is Poet Anderson, a Dream Walker, a guardian of the Dreamscape charged with protecting sleeping innocents from the nightmares that threaten both worlds.
 
But Jonas remains tormented by his own nightmare—his failure to rescue Alan from the Dreamscape and free him from his coma. Together, Jonas and Alan fought side-by-side against the night terror entity known as REM. Even though they defeated the vicious monster, Alan continues to waste away in a hospital bed while Jonas’ guilt eats away at his soul.
 
REM may have lost a battle, but the war continues. His Night Stalkers roam the Dreamscape, hunting for Jonas and the other poets capable of traversing the waking and dreaming realms. And now, demonic shadow creatures are possessing the spirits of dreamers and using their bodies to enter the Waking World.
 

Jonas can no longer avoid his destiny. To save reality from the maelstrom of nightmares, Poet Anderson will have to sacrifice the Dreamscape…”

Check out the trailer for the first installment below:

Jack White released another song from the forthcoming album, Boarding  House Reach(It’s definitely one of the songs on the mash up from a while back…)

He ALSO revealed details about the collaboration he did with Jay-Z on a song called, “Over and Over and Over” in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. The song was recorded 13 years ago, and White has been sitting on it since. 

 “It was sort of my white whale,” he stated. “I chased it and chased it, and finally, all of a sudden, it worked.”
 White says that his new album is a mix of “punk, hip-hop and rock’n’roll… into a 2018 time capsule.”

Boarding House Reach hits stores March 23rd! Check out the lastest release from it, “Corporation” below:

I’ve been waiting since forever and ever to finally see Umbrella Academy as an option on my Netflix screen, and we’re now one step closer according to creator and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.
 

Way shared an amazing drawing of the first table reading with the full cast by Umbrella Academy’s illustrator Fabio Moon.

“This was a particularly exciting day, as we got to hear the full cast read through the script,” Way wrote. “The show is coming out great— great cast, great crew, great everyone!”

There has always been a lot of mixed feelings about cell phones at concert venues. Bands like The Lumineers, A Perfect Circle, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are just a few of the artists who have banned cell phones at their shows completely.

Now, it looks like we can add Jack White to the list. The artist is getting ready to head out on a Spring tour in support of his new album Boarding House Reach, and in advance, sent out a statement to venues letting fans know that shows on the tour will be “phone-free,” with “no photos, video or audio recording devices allowed.”

“We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON,” from a statement on the Live Nation site. It continued:

Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show. You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.

For those looking to do some social media postings, let us help you with that. Our official tour photographer will be posting photos and videos after the show at jackwhiteiii.com and the new Jack White Live Instagram account @officialjackwhitelive. Repost our photos & videos as much as you want and enjoy a phone-free, 100% human experience.

What do you think? Personally, I love being able to re-live those video snippets I take, but I know a lot of people who record and then never look at them again.

See Jack White at 1STBank Center on August 8th!

Sad news this morning out of London, Dolores O’Riordan the singer for The Cranberries has passed away at age 46 in her London Hotel. The singer was staying in London while performing with the band, D.A.R.K. The passing was sudden and unexpected according to her family. No details of the cause of death have been released at this time. 


This was the last Tweet she sent

We’ve been waiting for the Arctic Monkeys to bless us with their presence, but they’ve been working on their sixth album. However they’ve finally announced a tour date, and more can be expected in coming weeks. The band’s first confirmed date of 2018 is with the Firefly Music Festival, and they’re headlining alongside The Killers, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.

Check out the rest of the awesome lineup.

Record Store Day has grown so much since its inception 10 years ago. Each time, you can score some pretty unique and special records on those specific days. Looks like the first one of 2018 is happening on April 21, 2018, and while no releases have been announced yet, I bet they will be just as awesome as in the past. What do you want to see released?

One could argue that music is so vast, that somewhere, someone is bound to come across identical chord progressions other bands/artists have already written. So it’s no surprise in recent years, copyright infringment cases are rampant in the industry. That seems to be the case with a new song by Lana Del Rey called, “Get Free.”  Radiohead is accusing Lana Del Rey of “ripping off” their hit song “Creep.”

Right now there is no litigation, as the artists are trying to settle the matter behind the scenes.

According to The Sun, “It’s understood that Radiohead’s team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties.”

What do you think?

Fall Out Boy are known for using creative ways to give back to fans, and it looks like Pete Wentz has made a list and has shown the world FOB’s upcoming plans including a music video release date of 1/12 for the song “Wilson (Expensive Mistakes).” from the upcoming album   M A N I A  due 1/19. Also teased, a BATHTUB Q&A.

The list reads:

TO DO:
-Mix Llamania
-Finish album
-Build MANIA Experience
-Get Bath Bomb for Bathtub Q&A
-Biggest thing we’ve ever done in Chicago
-Film Wilson video
-A&K
-Drop Wilson Video 1/12

There’s some mystery here…and a “llama” reference. “Biggest thing we’ve ever done in Chicago”? “A&K” (Which could be a reference to this place.) Hmm…

 
 
 

✔️? #repost @petewentz Back on our bullshit ?

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FOALS Bassist Walter Gervers is exiting the band after 12 years. The band broke the news via Social Media, saying he was leaving to “pursue a new life.” 
The band went on to say, “The parting has been so sad but we remain firm friends, he’ll always be our brother, we love him and wish him well in his future endeavours,” and confirmed they are working on new music (a fifth LP.) See their full statement below:

In my best granpappy voice, “What the heck is a Mee-ow Wolf.” 

Meow Wolf is a really cool artist collective located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and it is home to a fully submersive art exhibit called the “House of Eternal Return.” (see video below)

The really cool thing is? They’re opening one in Denver in 2020. The new $50 million project will rise 30 feet above I-25, Colfax Avenue and Auraria Parkway viaducts which will wrap it on three sides in an old warehouse and office building once owned by Elitch Gardens.

According to The Know, “Meow Wolf Denver will be similar to the Santa Fe space, albeit more ambitious. It, too, will include an immersive narrative experience designed to transport its patrons through the looking glass. Santa Fe’s House of Eternal Return offers the mystery of the Selig family, whose home has become riddled with portals to other universes. Denver’s concept is being kept under wraps for the time being, but expect more info on it later this year.”

The building will host: an exhibition space three times the size of the Santa Fe space, a cafe, bar, retail space, and an 800-capacity music venue!

How about seeing your favorite RXP bands here?!

You can purchase passes and even LIFETIME passes now! Click here for the whole article.

It seems there are Festivals popping up left and right, and according to my research, this one’s been around a while, but I’m just now hearing about it for the first time. It’s the Boston Calling Music Festival in Allston, Massachusetts, the lineup is impressive and this festival is now on my bucket list.

Check out the massive lineup below:

Also, a recap video of last year’s festival:

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