The Killers are back with their fifth studio album! According to singer Brandon Flowers, Wonderful Wonderful is the closest thing they’ve done to their 2006 album, Sam’s Town. Get the new album, Wonderful, Wonderful from The Killers now at Independent Records for just $10.98 this week only! Independent Records-So Much More Than a Record Store!
I don’t know about you, but I think the pumpkin spice craze has run its course. I mean, they even have stupid pumpkin spice flavored hummus. HUMMUS! THE HUMANITY!!
Anyway, Starbucks released some new fall drinks, and one in particular may be in the running to replace that coveted Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL.) The Maple Pecan Latte made its debut in Starbucks stores on the first day of fall, and I hear it’s pretty tasty. Apparently so tasty, it’s earned the nickname of “MPL” already.
The drink is comprised of shots of espresso, steamed milk, with the foam of a latte, and a dusting of naturally-colored sugar sprinkles (brown, yellow and orange.)
— Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) September 22, 2017
OK OK, if you’re the #1 fan of the PSL, don’t worry, you can still get one.
Let’s see if Chris & Coba will try it for “We try it so you don’t have to!”
Will you be trying the MPL this season?
Next week, Stone Temple Pilots will release a special 25th anniversary reissue of their debut album, Core. The reissue boasts over two hours of unreleased live demos and performances, including the early version of “Sex Type Thing”, as well as a previously unheard demo track titled, “Only Dying.”
“Only Dying” was originally written for inclusion in the 1994 movie, The Crow. However, it was left out of the final film because its themes of mortality conflicted with the tragic on-set death of the movie’s star, Brandon Lee. “Big Empty”, was chosen as the single instead, and it turns out, STP didn’t really like “Only Dying”.
guitarist Dean DeLeo said about it, ” I remember Scott really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that … I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.”
Check it out below:
Later this month, Chris Cornell will posthumously receive a Human Rights Hero award at the second LA Chefs for Human Rights (LACHR) fundraising dinner in Santa Monica.
Kim Luu-Ng and Chef Bryant Ng (LACHR co-founders) will host the dinner at the restaurant they own together, Cassia.
The LACHR will honor Cornell on September 25 for his song “The Promise”which was written for the movie by the same name about the Armenian Genocide as well as his charitable and humanitarian efforts. His widow, Vicky Cornell, will accept the award on his behalf.
In a press release, Kim Luu-Ng said it’s an honor to celebrate Chris and Vicky’s accomplishments, stating, “Their support of and dedication to Syrian refugee children languishing in refugee camps raises awareness for this ongoing, six-year crisis and provides hope to so many who have lost it.”
100% of the proceeds will go toward the Program for Torture Victims (PTV), a nonprofit that treats torture survivors from all over the world and helps them reclaim their lives.
You’re no stranger to John Stamos and Weird Al Yankovic by now, and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, IT) is quickly becoming a household name. That’s why it’s exciting that all three are to star in a live musical production of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory November 3 and 4 at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A.
What else is pretty awesome? The whole thing will be in SMELL-O-RAMA! Audience members will receive a scratch-and-sniff Golden Ticket with numerous smells that coordinate with certain scenes. It’s billed as a “Live to Film Celebration,” so we’ll see if it can be viewed outside of L.A. as well.
Concert director Richard Kraft told Variety, “We are mixing in film, live music, singers, dancers, effects and special guest artists to create an event that pays homage to the original movie but also delivers something that could only be experienced live.” He continued, “Our creative mantra for this show has been, ‘Anything you want to: Do it.’”
DID SOME ONE SAY SMELL-O-RAMA!?! Come celebrate with me and my friends as we perform songs from one of the greatest family films of all time as it screens at the Hollywood Bowl aka #willywonkabowl !! P-p-presented in – YES!! – Smell-O-Rama, with Scratch-N-Sniff cards and costume contests galore at the @HollywoodBowl on Nov. 3 and 4th! Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 23rd at 10am PT. Use code: CHARLIE to get your tickets early on Thursday, Sept. 21st at 10am PT. https://m.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/90150/2416409. Come see how much we love this film and the late, great Gene Wilder. Get on it, y’all!
Let’s face it. Music videos are awesome, and they’re still alive and well, but they can lose their luster quickly. That’s why this concept is so cool. X Ambassadors took a simple approach for the video for their latest single, “Ahead of Myself.” The video features the band walking through the streets of Rochester, NY led by singer Sam Harris. The coolest part? The band isn’t using the studio recording for the vocals. Sam sings the entire thing live while walking with his bandmates. It starts off small, and soon other instruments come in and by the end, there’s a full instrumental to his on-point singing. Check it out below:
Spotify is in hot water with musicians yet again. The streaming company has decided to settle a $43 million mechanical licensing suit (and an additional $5 million for attorneys’ fees) and hundreds of artists are fighting back. In laymen terms, $43 million is an insult to their works, and here’s why:
Spotify doesn’t always get a license to use the content they provide unlike other companies like Apple Music. This leaves songwriters an easy target to not get paid because the company doesn’t know where to channel royalties in most cases. This isn’t anything new to Spotify. It’s upsetting to the songwiters because after legal fees, the entire class of writers and publishers have $28.7 million to pick from. After dividing that by over 7.5 million potential claimants, the per-award fee is about $3.84.
According to the filed documents:
“As the Court is well aware, Spotify faces potential liability of up to $150,000 per infringed composition for willful infringement and $30,000 for nonwillful infringement, plus attorneys’ fees and costs. While a discount of some amount is to be reasonably expected as part of a compromise settlement, the discount potentially afforded Spotify in this case is a 98.7% discount for nonwillful infringement and a discount for willful infringement so close to 100% as to give Spotify a practical free pass on willful infringement.”
The list of artists unwilling to put up with this settlement is long. Everyone from Tom Petty, to The Black Keys, Hope Sandoval, Rancid, Travis and more are all asking Spotify for more money to play their songs. Check out the full list here.
As we’ve seen, Jared Leto is no stranger to really getting into his roles. This couldn’t be more true for his role in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. Leto plays a blind android manufacturer named Niander Wallace who is kind of creepy. In order to prepare for the role, Leto blinded himself by using contact lenses which made his eyes look opaque and limited his visibility. (He had to have someone walk him around the set and backstage. *I’ll sign up for that job next time kthx*)
According to the film’s director Denis Villenueve, Jared Leto brought a sense of energy, tension and excitment to the set, and his approach was moving for most. Villenueve himself was moved to tears.
Blade Runner 2049 also stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, and Dave Bautista, and hits theaters on October 6th.
**ALSO Win tickets to the sold out Muse/30 Seconds to Mars show (9.18 Red Rocks) AND a Meet & Greet with 30STM before the show! RXP will pick one lucky winner this Friday!**
How it works:
Be listening in the 9a and 5p hours for the sounder. Be caller #9 when you hear it, and you qualify! On Friday morning, precisely at 9am, Coba will call one random qualifier. The qualifier will have to answer the phone and do something silly (at Coba’s discretion) for 30 seconds on the phone to win! Stay tuned!!**
The Front Bottoms debuted a new song from their forthcoming album, Going Grey titled “Vacation Town,” and it talks about all of the pressures of growing up.
Going Grey will be released Oct. 13.
Over the summer, Alabama Shakes bandleader Brittany Howard shared music she did with two Nashville-based singer-songwriters, Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser, calling the project Bermuda Triangle. It looked like a one-time deal until recently when the trio shared a new single, “Rosey.” Check it out below!
Green Day is hosting a special Facebook Live performance later today to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Proceeds raised will go to Americares. who are in Texas now, providing aid, distributing water, and mobilizing medical outreach with their local partners.
Green Day is going live at 4 p.m. EST to raise money for the cause. There will be a donate button, or by texting HERO to 20222, you can donate $25 to Americares. Check back here for the live feed!
There has been no shortage of celebrities reaching out for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and this time, it’s Lifehouse and Switchfoot! My early 2000s dreams are coming true, because they’ve written a song together titled, “Shine Like Gold” (it’s pretty awesome) and the benefits will be donated to aid in Houston’s recovery in partnership with Food for the Hungry. They are currently at 70% of their goal. The song is “pay to download,” so you can donate what you want.
Lifehouse and Switchfoot are currently on tour with each other for the first time on the “Looking For Summer” Tour. The bands will perform the song together at the September 5 House of Blues show in Houston.
Check it out below:
Last week, Hurricane Harvey forced Coldplay to cancel its concert in Houston. Like many, the city is clearly on the band’s mind. At its concert last night at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, the band performed a song it wrote in tribute for the city in crisis.
“This is because we all grew up loving country music, and of course that’s kind of what we think of when we go to Texas,” frontman Chris Martin told the crowd just before playing adding, “This is a new song and we’ll never play this again. It’s a one-off and it’s called ‘Houston.'”
So very heartfelt…
Check out the lyrics:
Tired of hosting your friends for football? Thunder & Buttons and RXP are here to help! Bring your friends because RXP is live at Thunder & Buttons for every Denver game this season! (Did we mention it is absolutely free?)
RXP will give away prizes every time Denver scores! Plus, play the squares board for prizes between quarters and we’ll give away a trip at the end! YOU MUST BE 21+ to play.
Next Game: Sunday October 1 vs. Oakland. Kick-off is 2:25pm, but we’ll be there starting at 1pm!
We’ll have your chance to win tickets and prizes, and we’ll give a trip away to Las Vegas with hotel stay and companion airfare!
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a “Rickroll.” The popular internet thing-to-do had its heyday in the early 2000s of the interwebs. I’ve fallen for it I don’t know how many times…
Mondo is celebrating a vinyl reissue of the JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS Original Motion Picture Soundtrack by getting the band “back to together.” While the band didn’t exist in real life, and the movie was a total flop at the Box Office, Josie and the Pussycats has become a sort-of cult classic. On September 26th in Los Angeles, Mondo is teaming up with Alamo Drafthouse and Birth.Movies.Death. to celebrate!
If you’re a superfan, the epic reunion screening is tailor-made for you! The magic will go down at LA’s famed Ace Hotel. Guests include the film’s co-directors/writers Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, along with Josie and Alan M. themselves, stars Rachael Leigh Cook and Gabriel Mann. That’s not all!! Singer Kay Hanley, front woman of ‘90s band Letters to Cleo and Josie’s singing voice in the film, will rock the house with a set of JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS songs.
After credits roll, the entire gang will answer questions.
The vinyl edition of the soundtrack will be available for purchase at the theater.
It looks like there was a mix-up during the vinyl pressing of Villains, Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album (August 25.) The band Gordi was set to release their new album on the same day titled, Reservoir LP. Fans took to Reddit to report that their vinyl copies of Reservoir featured the second half of Queens’ album on the B-Side. The songs, “Head Like a Haunted House,” “Un-Reborn Again,” and “Fortress” were all there.
According to Pitchfork, “Chris Swanson of Secretly Group (the family that includes Gordi’s label Jagjaguwar) confirmed the mishap and explained it was due to a mix-up with the pressing.
‘This is a pressing defect that we’re working diligently to resolve as quickly as possible. It’s not the first time this sort of thing has happened, but we’re all hoping it’s the last.’”
Gordi shared a statement that reads: “Obviously I was aware that the Queens of the Stone Age album was coming out the same week as mine and I was aware it would probably garner all the limelight, so the logical solution was to just chuck a bunch of their songs on ‘Reservoir’. I anticipate either people won’t notice or they’ll appreciate the dynamic shift.”
Whoops. Here’s Gordi’s music. For good measure. Also, I liken her to a female Bon Iver. (Did you know she went to med school?)
Chances are you’ve set foot in a Chuck E. Cheese’s at some point in your life. Don’t tell me you never said out loud that the animatronic robot band was “creepy.” They, no doubt, creeped me out as a kid and I can imagine kids of all generations. Well that all ends now.
The CEO of Chuck E. Cheese is taking a new approach to the business due to the ever-evolving world we live in. Kids are more in tune with tablets and cell phones, and to some, the robots are more like something their grandparents would love. RIP Chuck-E-Cheese band (who interestingly enough, was voiced by Bowling For Soup‘s vocalist Jaret Reddick.)
*Even Father John Misty penned a memoriam to the band via Social Media:
If you’re like me and were left scratching your head at Arcade Fire’s newest ways of promoting their new album Everything Now, then you’re not alone. If you’re not familiar, well….first there were to be “dress code rules” at their Everything Now release show including a “phone-free viewing policy,” which took a big backlash online. Then it was the announcement, that you too, could be a proud owner of an Arcade Fire fidget spinner, for just $109! I think after that point, I stopped being interested. It was just all a bit too weird for me. Well, I guess Arcade Fire wasn’t having anymore of it either. See, they weren’t even behind any of the publicity stunts. It was their now fired Publicist by the name of Tannis Wright. Arcade Fire released an apology for their social media campaign, stating that Tannis was entrusted to bring the album to the forefront using techniques which they were unfamiliar and uncomfortable with, but decided to try anyway. (Hell, he’s the publicist here right?) or should I say–WRIGHT? Anyway, he was also dishonest with the band, the fans, and therefore was let go. The band will be handling all of their own social media accounts from now on. I guess you could say we ARE talking about the album, and…Tannis was Arcade Fired…
— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) July 31, 2017
— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) August 10, 2017
ANNNNNNNNNND TANNIS WRIGHT Had this to say:
— Arcade Fire (@arcadefire) July 24, 2017
What were you doing between about 9:30-10:30pm on July 20? If you answered anything but screaming your head off because “There’s an asteroid-a-comin’!” then you’re probably correct…because you didn’t know. No one did, that is until a few days after the close call happened. A high-tech telescope in Hawaii discovered that an asteroid got about 1/3rd of the “Earth-Moon” distance to Earth.
According to the Florida Space Report, “A space rock now designated as asteroid 2017 OO1 was detected on July 23, 2017 from the ATLAS-MLO telescope at Mauna Loa, Hawaii. An analysis of its trajectory revealed it had been closest to Earth on July 20 sometime between 10:27 p.m. to 11:32 p.m. EDT (between 02:27 to 03:32 UTC on July 21).”
Pretty scary right? The likelihood of something like this actually colliding with Earth is pretty small, however the fact that it wasn’t discovered until it would have been too late is unnerving. What’s also unnerving? The asteroid in question “is about three times as big as the house-sized asteroid that penetrated the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February, 2013, breaking windows in six Russian cities and causing more that 1,000 people to seek treatment for injuries, mostly from flying glass.”
In case you forgot:
I guess you can…never judge a book by its cover? I dunno, Stephen King is the master of horror, so he’s already pretty cool…in my book. Ok I’ll stop! Anyway, the horror novelist was seen rockin’ out in Bangor Maine at a show featuring Jake Burns (of Stiff Little Fingers,) Dropkick Murphys, Rancid and Bouncing Souls.
He loved it so much, he hit up Facebook to gush about it.
Celebrities…they’re just like us!
— Consequence of Sound (@consequence) July 28, 2017
Lyft and Taco Bell have teamed up for a partnership I could get on board with. The new app lets you choose a stop at Taco Bell, pay for your food via the app, and head over to your destination in one shot.
Basically on those nights out, it’s just an all around win-win. In a recent interview with Mashable, Lyft’s head of marketing Melissa Waters stated, “We enjoy bringing new experiences to life for our passengers, and Taco Mode allows them to extend the night in a way that hasn’t been done before.”
She continued,“We’re combining two of our passengers’ favorite activities—a night out with friends and enjoying Taco Bell—which means there is even more of the night to love.”
According to Waters, the service is different from other food delivery services in that, it’s not delivering food to you, you’re extending the night out with your friends and getting grub in the process.
When you choose to use the Lyft to stop at Taco Bell, you get a free Doritos Locos taco. Right now it’s only available in beta mode in California from July 27 to 29 and Aug. 3 to 5 from 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., with other markets utilizing it by the end of the year. The nationwide launch is planned for 2018.
— Lyft (@lyft) July 25, 2017
“Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family,” Murphy wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Always wanted to work together, and now we r!”
Thrilled that my talented friend Lena Dunham is joining the AMERICAN HORROR STORY family. Always wanted to work together, and now we r!
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 20, 2017
The internet had mixed reactions:
— mlamotte (@matttlamotte) July 20, 2017
— AHS CULT (@hypodermic_lana) July 20, 2017
Are you excited?
Me when I saw this headline:
But really though! Umbrella Academy, if you’ve never had the pleasure, is a graphic novel written by My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. It’s based on a group of special kids (akin to Marvel Comics Fantastic Four) in an alternate history where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated and is mostly set in 1977 (the year of writer Way’s birth.) It gets more complicated from there, but it’s really good (according to me, so trust me.) Now Netflix has picked it up for a 10-episode, live-action series slated for release in 2018 and I couldn’t be more excited! YOU SHOULD BE TOO! Did I mention how good it is?
Here’s what Way had to say: “I am thrilled that The Umbrella Academy has found a home at Netflix. I couldn’t think of a better place for the vision Gabriel Bá and myself had when creating the comic and cannot wait for people to experience that world as a live-action show.”
Neither can I!
Bill Murray will open a Caddyshack-inspired restaurant near his hometown of Rosemont Illinois (near Chicago and O’Hare airport) later this year. The restaurant and bar takes inspiration from the film written by none other than Bill’s older brother Brian Doyle-Murray. In fact, all of the Murray brothers will be in the business.
This isn’t the first Caddyshack restaurant in the Murray brother’s repertoire. In 2001 The flagship venue opened in St. Augustine, Florida at the World Golf Village. Featuring a golf-themed menu, from salads named “greens” to potato golf balls, the new restaurant in Illinois will be a sure-fire hit.
Judah & The Lion will always have a place in my heart, because Nate Zuercher hails from Colorado Springs. However, what’s cooler than this?? Design a t-shirt with your original artwork, submit it on Instagram, and you could win $250, a meet and greet with the band, and have your shirt be featured as their new merch! COOL!! Official Rules Here. Also at that link, are the submissions which are beautiful, holy crap!
— Judah & the Lion (@judahandthelion) July 6, 2017
Yes, one video per day using some pretty awesome Artificial Intelligence which searches video clips on the interwebs of people saying the lyrics to “Dig Down.” According to the Muse website:
“The brand new video from Muse uses the latest in AI technology to create a lyric video for new single ‘Dig Down.’ Using the latest in machine learning capabilities the AI tool has been tasked with scraping hundreds of hours of footage searching for occurrences of words from the ‘Dig Down’ lyrics and produces a library of video clips. The clips are then pieced together using timed information from the original song to create a lyric video where each lyric is voiced by a different person. The process will be repeated every day – check back tomorrow to see the updated video.”
— muse (@muse) July 8, 2017