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AFI To Split? Management Insist Singer Davey Havok's Statement Is A Hoax

9/8/2011 9:55pm EDT
Mystery surrounds the future of rockers AFI after the band's management denied reports of a split just hours after frontman Davey Havok announced the break-up online.

Havok took to the band's Despairfaction forum to let fans know the group was splitting.

The "Miss Murder" singer's written statement read, "This is the end. Sorry, but AFI is done. After more than 15 years of being together, we as a band have decided to disband AFI... There will be no more AFI albums or shows.

"We have matured and have other things in life that we would like to attend to. Please forgive us for the random st...

Concert Review: AFI At The Riviera Theater, Chicago, Nov. 7

11/9/2009 6:00pm EST
AFI concert review
"I can die happy now." Those words came out of the mouth of a sixteen year old girl I befriended at Saturday's AFI show at the Riviera Theater in Chicago. I couldn't help but smile. The show really was that good. Watching Davey, Jade, Hunter, and Adam up on that stage with so much vivacity…it's hard to believe they've been making music for 18 years. They poured all of themselves into the show and made for one hell of an evening.

Starting off as an East Bay hardcore band, AFI has evolved through many stages in their long history, showing shades of pop-punk and electronica in recent ye...

Check Out An Exclusive Clip From AFI's Upcoming Album, 'Crash Love'

9/18/2009 11:00am EDT
AFI Crash Love New Album A Fire Inside
Starpulse brings you an exclusive preview of "Darling, I Want To Destroy You" from AFI's forthcoming album, "Crash Love", in stores September 29. Visit for news, tour dates and more info on "Crash Love".


"Darling, I Want To Destroy You" (Windows Media)

"Crash Love", the forthcoming album from AFI, is due out Sept. 29 and their new single "Medicate" is climbing the radio charts. For the song "I Am Trying Very Hard To Be Here" AFI enlisted the help of their fans for the track's gang vocals. Staying true to form AFI went to their fans, the backbone of the ba...

AFI Returns With 'Crash Love', Out Sept. 29

8/21/2009 4:17pm EDT
AFI New Album
Davey Havok, Jade Puget, Hunter Burgan and Adam Carson, collectively known as AFI, will release their eighth studio album, "Crash Love", September 29th on DGC/Interscope Records. Produced by Joe McGrath (Alkaline Trio, Green Day) and Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer), "Crash Love" is possibly AFI's most focused, direct and ambitious effort to date. "I am so proud of this record. I really believe it's the best AFI record. It honestly feels like we've made our first truly timeless record. We didn't set out to do that--you can't set out to do something like that--but it definitely feels like that's wh...

Listen To Green Day's New Album Before It's Released

5/12/2009 10:20pm EDT
Green Day
Green Day will release 21st Century Breakdown, the long awaited follow-up to American Idiot, on Friday May 15th. The album, produced by Butch Vig (Nirvana, AFI, Smashing Pumpkins), features the single “Know Your Enemy.”

While fans can buy the album in-stores on the 15th, those eager to hear the new record can do so now on where the album is streaming in its entirety.

Listen to all 18 tracks plus 2 live exclusives now here! For more information on Green Day, including tour dates, visit

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The Learning Curve: International Flavor Includes Tokio Hotel, 4LYN And More

2/17/2009 10:02am EST
Tokio Hotel
(The Learning Curve) I thought this week we would change things up a little bit. Here is the first International In the Shadows article. There are more to come, but people always seem to be remembering the first the fondest, even if you aren't multi-lingual.

Right out of the gates we have some of the heavier hitters from overseas, as Germany, New Zealand, Japan and Malaysia are all represented by some fantastic bands.

4LYN and the soon to be your favorite band Tokio Hotel hit US shores straight from Germany, Pop Shuvit want you to notice them coming straight out of Kuala Lumpur ...

'Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans' Soundtrack Out Now; Win It!

1/28/2009 6:00pm EST
Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans
Like the other two films in the series, the soundtrack for Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans boasts a top-notch lineup of rock, goth, and industrial acts remixed by the album's producer, Danny Lohner. Lohner is a former member of Nine Inch Nails and has performed with many of the artists who appear on the soundtrack including Puscifer and Black Light Burns. As a remixer Lohner uses the moniker of Renholder (re d.lohner backwards).

Another familiar artist returns to the Underworld series. Puscifer -- the alias of Tool and A Perfect Circle's Maynard James Keenan, contributing the tune "L...

Rise Against Returns With 'Appeal To Reason' Oct. 7

9/19/2008 12:24pm EDT
Rise Against
On October 7th Rise Against will release Appeal To Reason, the follow up to their breakthrough record, The Sufferer & The Witness which featured the anthemic smashes "Ready To Fall" and "Prayer of the Refugee."

With their new album, Rise Against returned to their team of producers, Bill Stevenson (NOFX, Evan Dando, Comeback Kid) and Jason Livermore and mixer Chris Lord Alge (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, AFI). The album's first single is the straightforward, four-chord heavy rocker "Re-Education (Through Labor)," which is currently being previewed at the band's official MySpace page ...

Slideshow: Male Musicians Who Look Like Girls

8/31/2008 9:30am EDT
Guys who look like girls
We've noticed an abundance of male singers and musicians who look remarkably like women. Take a look at some of the most girly men in music. Are these guys hot or not?

Who did we forget? Leave a comment when you're done!

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'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

7/14/2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...

Guyliner 2.0

3/19/2008 1:00pm EDT
Tokio Hotel
Okay, so Starpulse ran an article on February 21 titled "Guyliner: Hot Or Not? You Decide," but we left a number of big names off of that list-- enough, in fact, to make a second list of more men who publicly wear the dark penciling around their eyes.

Some find it sexy and attractive, while others find it downright disgraceful; but in either case there are plenty of guys doing it lately. While our first article may have taken a positive slant on the issue at hand, this writer is only creeped out by these men who are obviously more concerned with their image than anything else. Some a...

Tokio Hotel Release Live Video From Their First Ever U.S. Show; Watch It Here

3/6/2008 5:16pm EST
Tokio Hotel
Jay-Z was there. Jade Puget (AFI) was there. Tokio Hotel was definitely there along with hundreds of screaming girls! Now you can be there too!

Tokio Hotel has posted live video from their first ever U.S. show at the Roxy in Hollywood on their official Imeem page. See what everyone from the NY Times to Gawker to Artist Direct were ranting and raving about as Tokio Hotel rock through "Scream," "Don't Jump," "Break Away," "Rescue Me," and "Final Day."

And watch it all here:

"Scream," the first English full-length will be available everywhere April 29th.

Warner Bros. To Release 'Live Earth Concert' CD & DVD December 4

11/27/2007 5:15pm EST
Al Gore
On July 7, 2007, 150 musical acts performed at a series of worldwide concerts called Live Earth to raise awareness for the climate crisis and deliver a solutions-based message to a global audience. On December 4th, Warner Bros. Records will release Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis - a CD and 2-DVD package that brings together the most popular artists, best performances, and the solutions-based messaging showcased at this truly global musical event staged in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, with special events broadcast fro...

Tokio Hotel triumphs At MTV European Music Awards

11/7/2007 4:16pm EST
Tokio Hotel
Tokio Hotel have cemented their position as one of the biggest acts in Europe by picking up the 'InterAct' award at this year's MTV European Music Awards.

The band's performance of their #1 hit 'Monsoon' on the show was watched by a television audience of millions worldwide, and was in the Top Ten of all music videos on Youtube the next day. MTV in the U.S. will be airing the performance during their broadcast of the awards Nov 11 @ 12 Midnight EST/PST, and M2 U.S. will air on Nov 16 @ 9 PM EST/PST, and 17th at 4 AM EST/PST.

The InterAct Award honors the band that has generated t...

Highlights From Live Earth Concert Come To CD And 2-Disc DVD November 20

10/17/2007 5:54pm EDT
Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis
On July 7, 2007, 150 musical acts performed at a series of worldwide concerts called Live Earth to raise awareness for the climate crisis and deliver a solutions-based message to a global audience. On November 20th, Warner Bros. Records will release Live Earth - The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis - a CD and 2-DVD package that brings together the most popular artists, best performances, and the solutions-based messaging showcased at this truly global musical event staged in New York, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg and Hamburg, with special events broadcast fr...

AFI's Davey Havok And Jade Puget's Side Project Blaqk Audio To Release 'CexCells' August 14

7/3/2007 6:30pm EDT
Blaqk Audio
Blaqk Audio, the electronic side project of AFI's Davey Havok and Jade Puget, will finally see the light of day August 14th in the form of the debut album CexCells.

Recorded by the band in between AFI's extensive touring for Decemberunderground and mixed by Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Placebo), CexCells expands upon and fully indulges the dark electronic textures and influences increasingly prevalent in AFI's recent work. The results range from evocation of prima era Depeche Mode and early Ministry ("Stiff Kittens," "Bitter for Sweet," "Where Would You Like Them Left?...

Taking Back Sunday And Keith Urban Join Line-Up For Live Earth New York

6/26/2007 3:53pm EDT
Taking Back Sunday
LOS ANGELES – Taking Back Sunday, the New York-based melodic hardcore quintet, released Louder Now on April 25, 2006 and it skyrocketed to Number Two on Billboard's Top 200 chart a week later, scanning more than 157,000 copies. Now gold-certified, Louder Now has led to multiple sold out U.S. headlining arena tours. Taking Back Sunday has established itself as a pioneering leader and industry role model on the issue of global warming. The band has implemented a set of sustainable standards to all of its tours, such as tour bus and venue recycling programs, organic cotton merchandising altern...

Good Charlotte To Release Fourth Studio Album, 'Good Morning Revival,' March 27

2/23/2007 12:02pm EST
Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte will launch today. The site allows fans to personalize the video for "The River," the first single off their fourth studio album Good Morning Revival, set for release March 27 on Epic/Daylight. Users will be able to create their own customized version of the video by uploading up to ten personal photos which will be incorporated onto huge screens in the background. Fans can then watch the video, send it to their friends, use the link that is generated to post their personalized video on social networking sites and get a co-directing credit on their video.


Jake Gyllenhaal & Jeremy Piven Host 'SNL' This Month

1/12/2007 10:28am EST
Jake Gyllenhaal
NBC's Saturday Night Live returns for the New Year with back-to-back shows featuring two of the hottest actors around: Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeremy Piven.

On January 13, "SNL" welcomes Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal for his hosting debut. Firmly established as one of the most promising actors of his generation, Gyllenhaal has impressed audiences and critics alike, most recently with his universally praised and multiply nominated performance in Brokeback Mountain.

Joining Gyllenhaal in their "SNL" debut as musical guest are "indie rock kingpins" (Billboard) The Shins. A guita...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...

'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' Stuns 'Gears of War' At Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006

12/12/2006 11:26am EST
In a result that will surely send fanboys into a rage, action-RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion beat out favorite Gears of War for Game of the Year at Spike TV Video Game Awards 2006. You can watch the star-studded event on Spike TV this Wednesday, December 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. List of nominees below, winners in bold:


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Bethesda)

Okami (Capcom/Clover Studio)

Gears of War (Microsoft/Epic Games)

Guitar Hero 2 (Red Octane/Harmonix)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (Ubisoft)


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I Am Ghost Set To Release Their Debut Album, "Lovers' Requiem," Oct. 10

9/26/2006 4:50pm EDT
I Am Ghost
I Am Ghost - the revered Long Beach, California-based dark rock sextet - will release its debut full-length album through Epitaph on October 10, 2006. Titled Lovers' Requiem, the follow up to the band's 2005 debut EP, We Are Always Searching, was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Iggy Pop, Incubus, Chevelle, Cold).

Fresh off stints on The Warped Tour's Smart Punk and Hot Topic stages, the group - which counts vocalist Steven Juliano, violinist/vocalist Kertih Telestai, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Brian Telestai, guitarists Gabriel Iraheta and Timoteo Rosales and drummer Ryan S...

Saosin Release Video For Their First Single, "Voices;" Debut Disc Comes Out Tomorrow

9/25/2006 4:40pm EDT
Saosin – a five-piece emo outfit from Southern California made up of guitarists Beau Burchelle and Justin Shekoski, singer Cover Reber, bassist Chris Sorenson, and drummer Alex Rodriquez, was founded in 2003 by guitarists Burcelle and Shekoski. It was only three years ago but it was a crowded but still largely underground emo scene where only a handful of bands had broken into the mainstream. Since then, the scene has expanded even more making it hard for bands looking to be heard. While Saosin wants what every band wants – to do what they love and be able to eat while doing it – they've...

Check Out 'Spankin' Free Music Week' on MTV

9/22/2006 2:44pm EDT
MTV: Music Television just announced the line-up for Spankin’ Free Music Week – the network’s annual nod to the best in music. From Monday, September 24, to Friday, September 29, every channel, platform and network of MTV including MTV Overdrive,, MTV2, mtvU and more will collectively team up to showcase the hottest music and artists for over 75 hours of music programming. In addition, MTV will offer simultaneous live coverage of “Total Request Live”, on-air and on "Spankin Free Music Week” will offer music lovers free music, free giveaways and much more ...

In additi...

"A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box" Features 53 Influential Tracks On 3 CDs And 12 Videos on DVD

9/12/2006 4:17pm EDT
The Gothic Box
Long before its black velvet and pale skin fashions crept into American malls, Goth music represented an underground movement led by fans who favored songs that tapped into the antisocial energy of punk but celebrated dark introspection, tempestuous atmospherics and visual panache. Rhino brings together influential bands that rarely or never participate in Gothic music compilations to create a fascinating cross-section of all matters pertaining to Goth with "A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box"his four-disc boxed set-three CDs and one DVD-will be available September 19.

In support of th...

Big Wins For James Blunt And Gnarls Barkley At Messy MTV VMAs

9/1/2006 9:46am EDT
Gnarls Barkley
Gnarls Barkley's Crazy and James Blunt's You're Beautiful were the big winners at last night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York, claiming two prizes. Gnarls Barkley's artistic video claimed Best Direction and Best Editing prizes before the awards had even started, while Blunt's You're Beautiful claimed the Best Male Video and Best Cinematography honors. Full List of Winners Below

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were big losers, failing to win any of the seven awards they were nominated for, and Shakira only claimed one of her seven nominations.

Another big loser was the awards show it...

Shakira, Chili Peppers Lead List Of Nominees For MTV Video Music Awards

7/31/2006 12:20pm EDT
Hip-shaker Shakira and the rejuvenated Red Hot Chili Peppers lead the field with seven noms each, followed closely by the majestic Madonna and upstart Las Vegas rockers Panic! at the Disco, both with five nods. Christina Aguilera is next with four.

Nominations in the major categories are:


Christina Aguilera: "Ain't No Other Man"

Madonna: "Hung Up"

Panic! at the Disco: "I Write Sins Not Tragedies"

Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Dani California"

Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean: "Hips Don't Lie"


Busta Rhymes f/ Mary J. Blige, Rah Digga, Missy Elliot...

Madden 07 Soundtrack Announced

6/23/2006 2:52pm EDT
Madden NFL 07
Crank it up, gamers! The football pre-season kicks off with a bang as Electronic Arts reveals the 35 songs that will be featured in Madden NFL 07, becoming the de facto soundtrack of the 2007 football season. The bone-crunching action and heart-pounding adrenaline of the grid iron is intensified by the game's one-of-a-kind mix of rock and hip hop. Full List Below!

"Year after year, the music selected for inclusion in EA's smash hit football series invariably becomes the soundtrack of the football season, moving beyond the game to turn up in football stadiums and on live TV broadcasts, ...

Jessica Alba To Host 2006 MTV Movie Awards

6/1/2006 8:00pm EDT
Jessica Alba
Covering Hollywood’s most anticipated blockbuster from every angle, MTV News will present exclusive pre and post show coverage of the "2006 MTV Movie Awards." From backstage to the red carpet, the MTV News team will cover every angle of the big show including exclusive celebrity interviews, musical performances, and much more. Additionally for the first time, fans will be able to access MTV News’ comprehensive Movie Awards coverage on-air and through broadband network, MTV Overdrive ( — each with a unique and exclusive take on the show.

MTV News pre show coverage...

More Celebrity Presenters Added To 'MTV Movie Awards'

5/22/2006 11:50am EDT
Jessica Simpson
MTV just announced that Colin Ferrell, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook will join the star-tudded cast of presenters at the "2006 MTV Movie Awards." They join previously revealed presenters Kate Beckinsale, Jamie Foxx, Owen Wilson, Justin Timberlake, Matt Dillon, Will Ferrell, T.I., Kate Hudson, Ludacris, Rebecca Romijn, Kate Bosworth, Famke Janssen, John C. Reilly and Brandon Routh.

The dynamic and hugely popular Gnarls Barkley will take to the stage rounding out the highly anticipated line-up of performers that also include Christina Aguil...