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These Songs Were Made With The Cemetery In Mind

8/28/2015 3:24pm EDT
10 Songs About Death And Burial
Death is an eerie thing – understatement to the nth degree. Still, it’s real-life and as uncomfortable a topic it may be, it must be discussed. In the context of this article, death is approached from the postmortem practice of burial. There are no references to embalming, mummification or cremation. Who in their right mind would write a song about those things anyways? Well maybe somebody, but it doesn’t happen here! Still, these joints have the cemetery in mind.

1) Rick Ross featuring T.I., “Bury Me A G” (Self Made Volume 2, 2012)

On “Bury Me A G,” Rick Ross doesn’t seem to care a...

5th Album Is A Charm For Breaking Benjamin

7/2/2015 8:56am EDT
Breaking Benjamin Becomes The Latest Musicians To Score First No
2015 must be the year of chart dreams realized – at least for some artists. Not everybody can boast of the chart glory (looking at you Ciara). For Breaking Benjamin, a band on their fifth album, reaching the penthouse on the Billboard 200 had eluded them four times before. Finally, the fifth time proved to be charm and Dark Before Dawn earned the band their first #1 album. The numbers are rock solid, as Dark Before Dawn shows no darkness whatsoever with 141,000 units, most of which were album sales. BB is certainly doing its thing – kudos boys, kudos.

Being the jam-packed week it was...

New Music This Week: Lots Of New Faces And Some Familiar Ones

6/23/2015 8:30am EDT
Breaking Benjamin And Kacey Musgraves Among Albums To Check Out
Last week, the music release world was graced with new albums from James Taylor, Adam Lambert, and the return of Hilary Duff – not to mention others. This week, music listeners everywhere have their most choice of who and what they want to purchase beginning Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The best way to describe this music release week is STACKED. No, Kanye West hasn’t dropped his new album, but a lot of new faces and some familiar ones make this week a captivating one.

1) Breaking Benjamin, Dark Before Dawn (Hollywood Records)

Fifteen years in the game, rockers Breaking Benjamin return w...

Taylor Momsen's Band The Pretty Reckless To Release Debut Feb. 8; Tour Kicks Off Feb. 11

1/20/2011 9:59pm EST
The Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen, will hit the road in support of their full length CD, "Light Me Up" available digitally February 8th on Interscope Records. Runner Runner will support The Pretty Reckless on their headline tour which commences February 11th in Los Angeles concluding March 20th in Hartford, CT.

"Light Me Up" debuted on the UK's rock chart at #1, spending 6 consecutive weeks at the top of the chart. The single debuted on the main chart at #6. The Pretty Reckless performed at this year's Bamboozle Festival and on the entire nationwide run of this y...

Top Ten Close Call Albums of 2009

1/5/2010 8:12am EST
Even though there were a lot of cant miss records that saw a 2009 release, there are those were good enough to warrant year end consideration, but not quite Top Ten material, thus the need for this list, Top Ten Close Calls of 2009. These records are good, obviously, or else they wouldn't get their own list. Even though they are in their article and on this list labeled as close calls, they are far from it really. It's not like there are a bunch of throwaway records on this list. The likes of Breaking Benjamin, Static-X and Paul Oakenfold grace this list, one full of ten records that will w...

A Conversation With Sameer Bhattacharya Of Flyleaf

12/28/2009 4:29pm EST
Sure, sure. I have heard it all already. Everyone I know that is a fan of Flyleaf is upset that the band made the decision to take the road less traveled for them, one with less screams and a tad less aggression on their new album, Memento Mori. Yeah, their self titled album was teeming with a certain kind of rawness, a certain power all its own. This time out they took the path of melody and concentrated more of their hooks than anything else and guess what, it worked perfectly. Memento Mori is a great next step for the band, a natural progression if you will. So those that are miffed, res...

Mary J. Blige & Breaking Benjamin's New Videos, Girls Get Pranked & More (Videos)

8/24/2009 5:00pm EDT
Mary J. Blige & Breaking Benjamin
Mary J. Blige's "Stronger"; Breaking Benjamin's new video, "I Will Not Bow"; winning the 400m run; and hot chicks getting pranked. Check 'em all out!

Mary J. Blige's "Stronger" is the lead single from the official soundtrack for the true-life coming of age story about LeBron James & his high school teammates, "More Than A Game".


Breaking Benjamin's new video for "I Will Not Bow". The video for the hard-hitting rock track features new footage from the upcoming action thriller movie Surrogates starring Bruce Willis. "I Will Not Bow," the first single from the ba...

The Learning Curve: Grunge, Dark Vibes And More

4/7/2009 12:43pm EDT
The Art of Dying
We have lots of diversity on this week's 'Learning Curve'. Tune in and check them out.

The Art of Dying

Hail from: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Label: None

Sounds like: Seether, Taproot, Evans Blue

You should be listening to: 'Self Titled' LP


I Should Care Why?: The world needs more bands like the Art of Dying and I'll tell you why. They aren't some whiny teenage Disney star who thinks they can sing, and they aren't emo. They are honest, that much is evident by listening to just one of their tracks (I recommend 'You Don't Know Me'). You would think that t...

The Learning Curve: Indie Heavy Hitters

2/3/2009 11:00am EST
ANew Revolution
(The Learning Curve) This week you are getting to hear about some serious heavy hitters on the indie scene right now. You'll find some bands from different genres, some bands signed to indie labels and some bands comprised of musicians from bands you probably have heard of before.

Feel free to check these bands out for yourself and to do that all you need to do is click on their website.

ANew Revolution - Rock

Hail from: Austin, TX

Label: Koch Records

Sounds like: Drowning Pool, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin

You should be listening to: 'ANew Revolution' EP


The Learning Curve: A Fresh Crop Of New Bands To Try

1/13/2009 10:20am EST
Driver Side Impact
(The Learning Curve) Red and the Confession bring the heavy, Driver Side Impact and Fair to Midland bring post-hardcore goodness that we all know and love and Black Light Burns features a familiar face playing unfamiliar music.

This week we get introduced to another fresh crop of bands for your aural pleasure, and there are good ones tossed in the mix.

Again, there is something for everyone in this weeks' lesson. We have some emo stuff, metal stuff, and as always some good rock and roll.


1.) Driver Side Impact - Emo/Post-Hardcore

Hail from: Cleveland, OH


Skillet Brings Explosive Live Show To Their Fans On 'Comatose Comes Alive'

10/16/2008 5:30pm EDT
Two-time Grammy® nominated band Skillet's explosive live show will soon be available for fans as their first-ever live concert CD and DVD combo, Comatose Comes Alive, hits on October 21st. This is the first live project from the band in their 12-year history.

Comatose Comes Alive features songs from their 2006 Lava/Atlantic/Ardent/INO release, Comatose, which has become their best-selling project to date, with sales over 400,000 units, along with their 2003 best-selling CD, Collide, and more.

Following a spring '07 tour with FlyLeaf, and fall '07 with Breaking Benjamin and Thre...

Seether And Pals Flyleaf Announce Eight Week Run Across The U.S.

2/10/2008 6:33pm EST
Seether and Flyleaf have announced an eight week run across the U.S. this spring. The tour will begin on April 8 in Denver, Colorado and continue through May 31. The two groups have shared the stage in the past, and have been close friends for quite some time.

Seether is currently enjoying one of their biggest hits to date with the song "Fake It." The lead track from Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces has been locked in the top position on the alternative rock charts for seven weeks, while also enjoying a run of 13 weeks atop the active rock airplay monitor. Over the past several mo...

Seether Return With New Studio Album, 'Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces,' October 23

7/28/2007 9:00am EDT
Hollywood, CA --- Rock band Seether have announced the release of their third studio album via Wind-up Records on October 23, 2007. The South African émigrés, who now live in the Los Angeles area, are coming off three consecutive gold certified studio albums. Their debut Disclaimer, was re-released following sales of over 500,000 copies with a DVD and bonus tracks which included the pop hit "Broken" from The Punisher feature film. This expanded version of the album titled Disclaimer II went on to sell 678,461 copies, making it the first debut album to be certified gold twice. The band's...

Three Days Grace Announce US Spring Tour with Breaking Benjamin, Puddle of Mudd

4/3/2007 5:00pm EDT
Three Days Grace
Jive Records recording artists Three Days Grace announce their U.S. Spring tour with Breaking Benjamin and Puddle of Mudd will be starting May 11 in Glen Falls, NY. Confirmed Tour Dates Below.

The platinum-selling rock band has emerged as one of the top bands in the country. Last year Three Days Grace released their sophomore album One-X which debuted at #5 on the Top 200 chart. Their first single, "Animal I've Become" won the Billboard Award for "Rock Song of The Year," and was also the #1 song overall at the Active Rock format, and #2 song overall at Alternative Rock for 2006.


The Burden Brothers On Tour In February With Breaking Benjamin

1/14/2007 9:00am EST
Burden Brothers
Ex-Toadie Todd Lewis is taking his band, the Burden Brothers, out on the road in February. They'll be supporting their latest album, Mercy, and touring with supporting act Breaking Benjamin. See below for tour dates...

2/6 - Lynchburg, VA - Cattle Annie’s

2/7 - Johnson City, NY- Magic City Music Hall

2/9 - Youngstown, OH - Wildwood Entertainment Center

2/10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom

2/11 - Bethleham, PA - Stabler Arena

2/13 - Toledo, OH - Headliners

2/14 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts

2/16 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont

2/17 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater


2006: Year In Music (Pt. 3)

12/31/2006 2:00pm EST
Syd Barrett
...During July, co-founder and original Pink Floyd guitarist/singer Syd Barrett, who had spent the better part of the last 35 years as a hermit, died at age 60 from diabetic complications... Weezer singer Rivers Cuomo pretty much confirms rumors that the band is done, "unless," he says, "it becomes really obvious to me that we need to do one."

New albums from: Muse, Johnny Cash, Thom Yorke, Peachez, Sufjan Stevens, Cheyenne Kimball, Phish, Soul Asylum, Seether, Moloko, Alien Ant Farm, Black Stone Cherry, Eighteen Visions, Helmet, Third Eye Blind, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, New York Dolls...

Hourcast To Tour With Godsmack And Breaking Benjamin

10/5/2006 1:10pm EDT
In perhaps the ultimate example of 'taking care of your own,' rockers Godsmack will be taking out fellow Boston, Massachusetts residents Hourcast, on a month's worth of arena dates.

Touring in support of their just-released debut full length, 'State of Disgrace,' the group - which is comprised of Patrick McBride: vocals, David Henriquez: guitars, David Sullivan: bass, and Jerry Clews: drums - should have no problem gaining a legion of new fans with their tough, industrial metal sound.

"I think I'm speaking for all of us when I say that we are honored to be keeping such company on...

The Exies Sign With A New Label; Featured On "Van Wilder 2" Soundtrack

10/4/2006 1:03pm EDT
The Exies
Los Angeles modern rock band The Exies have signed with Eleven Seven Music to release their forthcoming album, "A Modern Way Of Living With The Truth," the band's first studio album in two years. The Exies first two studio albums (Inertia & Head for the Door, Virgin Records), have yielded such hits songs as "Ugly" and "My Goddess." The new studio album on Eleven Seven Music will be part of the label's "upstreaming" business model with ADA and is slated for release in March of 2007. Eleven Seven's model was proven to work via the label's inaugural release (Buckcherry's new album 15) whic...

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Joins Warped Tour In Support Of Debut, "Don't You Fake It," Out July 18

6/5/2006 11:00pm EDT
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Ringing the alarm against domestic violence with a searing volley of blunt-force guitar, razor-sharp melody and near-existential screaming, the debut video "Face Down," by Virgin Records’ new band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus is set for its debut on Monday, June 5. The video was directed by Texan director Paul Minor (James Blunt, BT, Louis XIV, Funeral For a Friend), who shot with the unmistakable eye of a photojournalist, as well as the empathy of a true storyteller.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus -- frontman Ronnie Winter, guitarists Duke Kitchens and Elias Reidy, bassist Joey Westwood and...

Smallville Soundtrack Features Lifehouse, Josh Kelley, More

10/26/2005 9:17am EDT
As "Smallville" fans know, the Man of Steel was once the Teen of Steel, and he had plenty of cool tunes on his iPod. To prove the point, Hollywood Records is set to release a CD of songs heard in the hit WB series "Smallville." Comprised of an eclectic assemblage of bands, the "Smallville" CD features songs that have been or will be heard on the show. The Hollywood soundtrack CD arrives in stores November 8.

In keeping with "Smallville's" contemporary retelling of the Superman saga, all of the artists' songs included on the album either have been or will be featured on episodes of the...