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Joe Strummer To Be Honored In Spain

January 16th, 2013 3:59pm EST
Joe Strummer
The Clash frontman Joe Strummer will be remembered in the Spanish city of Granada after officials agreed to name a square in the late singer's honor.

The rocker spent a lot of time living and working in Granada in the 1980s and local residents have been campaigning for several years for a permanent memorial of the region's famous former resident.

Officials have now confirmed they will be renaming a square Plaza Joe Strummer in honor of the late musician.

City hall spokeswoman Maria Jose Anguita says, "A square has been identified and now the proposal has to be approved by the committe...
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One Direction: 'Live While We're Young' Is Supposed To Sound Like The Clash

September 30th, 2012 6:49pm EDT
One Direction
The stars of One Direction have insisted their new single is supposed to sound like a song by The Clash after they were accused of copying the famous rift from "Should I Stay Or Should I Go."

The boyband members have found themselves at the center of copying claims following the release of their track "Live While We're Young," with fans suggesting a large part of the song sounds just like The Clash's 1982 classic.

The young singers have now opened up about the controversy, insisting the similarities are deliberate.

Harry Styles tells the BBC, "It was kind of on purpose though. It's a gre...
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The Clash's Joe Strummer Honored With Rock Festival

January 3rd, 2012 12:43pm EST
The Clash
Late The Clash frontman Joe Strummer is to be honored with a music festival to mark the 10th anniversary of his death later this year.

The rocker passed away from a congenital heart defect in December 2002, at the age of 50, and bosses of the Strummerville charity are planning a musical showpiece in August, the month he would have turned 60.

The charity was set up by the British star's family to help up-and-coming musicians, and a spokesman revealed they are hoping the bill for the event in south-west England - dubbed the Strummer of Love - will include many bands influenced by The Clas...
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Q&A: 'Nikita's' Shane West Talks Season 2

October 21st, 2011 4:09pm EDT
Nikita
The show may be called Nikita, but it's Shane West, as the title character's partner Michael, who is the backbone of the series.

Nothing against Maggie Q, but Shane's doing a lot of heavy lifting. In just over a full season, Michael has been Nikita's trainer, ally, one-time possible love interest, enemy, ally again, and now her current love interest. We've seen how he lost his wife and daughter, left his longtime post as right-hand man at Division after finding out that boss Percy was behind their deaths, and now he's ditched the concrete walls of the secret agency for a life on t...
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Green Day Crowned The Kings Of Punk

August 3rd, 2011 10:05am EDT
Green Day
Green Day have been crowned the kings of punk in a new Rolling Stone online poll.

The California trio beat out The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols to land atop the fans' countdown of the best punk acts ever.

The Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, The Misfits and Black Flag also made the top 10.

The Clash

The Ramones

Sex Pistols

The Dead Kennedys

Bad Brains

The Misfits

Black Flag
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The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' Leads List Of Top Five Album Covers

June 17th, 2011 12:14am EDT
Beatles Sgt. Pepper's
The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" has topped a new poll of best album covers.

The colorful artwork on the 1967 classic, which features the Fab Four in a park, surrounded by cut-outs of icons and celebrities, saw off competition from George Hardie's "Dark Side of the Moon" creation for Pink Floyd in the RollingStone.com online poll.

Announcing the winner, editors write "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is, "without a doubt, one of the most iconic images in the history of rock & roll."

Third on the list is Nirvana's "Nevermind" and "Abbey Road" by the Beatles and T...
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The Slits Singer Ari Up Dies At 48

October 21st, 2010 8:50am EDT
The Slits
The Slits frontwoman Ari Up has died at the age of 48.

The punk pioneer passed away on Wednesday after suffering a "serious illness," according to her stepfather, Sex Pistols rocker John Lydon.

No further details of her cause of death were given as WENN went to press. Lydon, who is married to Up's mother Nora, confirmed the sad news in a post on his official website.

The message reads, "John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed. Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.Com w...
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Most Memorable Grammy Performances (Videos)

February 3rd, 2010 10:45am EST
Pink
Last Sunday, Pink's "Glitter in the Air" joined a list of many memorable Grammy performances since the award show's conception. Here are some of the great Grammy musical performances, from the simplicity of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" to the flashy collaboration between Madonna and the Gorillaz.

Michael Jackson, 1988

Clash Tribute, 2003 (Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, Steve Van Zandt and Elvis Costello)

Eminem and Elton John, 2001

Madonna and Gorillaz, 2006

Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, and Lil Kim, 2002

Linkin Park, Jay-Z, Paul McCartney,...
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Canadian Rockers Inward Eye Are Set To Conquer The US This Summer

March 29th, 2009 5:00pm EDT
Inward Eye
Canadian rockers Inward Eye are set to conquer the US this summer with their raucous sound and utterly dynamic live show. With dates supporting Sum 41, as well as a stint on the Warped Tour and a performance at Bamboozle, the guys of IE will be introducing American fans to their high energy club shows that have won over hoards of Canadian tastemakers.

With a sound reminiscent of The Jam, The Kinks, The Clash and The Who, the brothers Erickson, Dave (vocals/bass), Kyle (guitar/vocals), and Anders (drums), released their highly anticipated EP in Canada in January to satiate their rabid a...
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Concert Review: Los Campesinos! At The EARL In Atlanta

February 5th, 2009 9:53am EST
Los Campesinos!
The Welsh Indie-pop group Los Campesinos! rocked the EARL (East Atlanta Restaurant & Lounge) with loads of glockenspiel-laden selections. Frontman Gareth multitasked between a single drum and the glockenspiel, while adroitly handling vocals.

The band first came into prominence in late 2006, with the Dave Newfeld (Broken Social Scene) produced "We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives" / "Don't Tell Me To Do The Math(s)" double single. In June of 2007, the group released "You! Me! Dancing!" which, like several of their other creations, has a strange resemblance to a New Order song (mostl...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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Albert Hammond Jr.'s Sophomore Album, 'Como Te Llama?' Due July 8

June 9th, 2008 6:32pm EDT
Albert Hammond, Jr.
Como Te Llama? is the new album from Albert Hammond, Jr. and cohorts Matt Romano, Marc Philippe Eskenazi and Josh Lattanzi, and will be released July 8th.

Following his feted 2007 solo debut Yours To Keep, Albert Hammond, Jr. and his merry men return with a new album Como Te Llama? (or "What's Your Name?" if your Spanish is a little rusty). The title, rung out of casual conversation between Albert and Matt over some vino tinto, hints at the classic, summery music held within.

The record was recorded over 5 weeks at Electric Lady Studios and produced by Albert along with engineer G...
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Ism To Release Second Album, 'Urgency,' August 5

June 7th, 2008 9:00am EDT
ism
A lot of "isms" threaten to tear modern society apart at the seams: sexism, racism, extremism, radicalism, terrorism and more. In such an era of decay (moral, societal and otherwise), perhaps an apocalypse wouldn't be such a bad idea – at least that's how Andre Mistier sees it. The charismatic lead singer and songwriter for the New York-based quartet ism describes his band's potent blend of rock and electronica as "music for the party at the end of the world." After all, not all "isms" are bad: Altruism, activism and heroism could help make the next world a better place, and there's no re...
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Concert Review: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Atlanta, GA

April 29th, 2008 1:43pm EDT
Springsteen
There are a handful of acts that certain music lovers yearn to experience in their lifetime. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Doors. The Clash. When it becomes apparent that experiencing some of these acts may not happen, it's a bitter pill to swallow. I have never seen a Springsteen concert. I yearned to see one before it was all over. When keyboardist Danny Federici lost his long battle with cancer last week, the E Street Band's immortality was in question. This was one, I thought, that I must see.

Bruce began the show with a tribute to Federici. The lights stayed off w...
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'The Clash Live: Revolution Rock' Doc On DVD April 15; Airing On PBS Through March

March 6th, 2008 3:36pm EST
The Clash
The Clash Live: Revolution Rock is an exciting new documentary film directed by long-time Clash collaborator and Grammy-winning producer Don Letts (Westway To The World) that chronicles the electric live performances of one of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK.

The film follows the live transformation of the band, incorporating footage from all phases of the Clash's meteoric career, beginning with live-in-the-studio clips and climaxing with a blow-out performance at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1982. With rare and previously unreleased footage from all over the world, thi...
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Thievery Corporation Producer Rob Garza Releases 'Dust Galaxy'

November 11th, 2007 10:00am EST
Dust Galaxy
Having spent over the past ten years creating, producing, remixing and touring, Rob Garza has been influenced by an endless list of diverse artists. Some surprising, some not. In fact, for Dust Galaxy, he was more influenced by non-musicians… like Fernando Pessoa, Jose Orozco, Diego Rivera, Heinrich Zimmer, and Stanislav Grof.

"People often think that I spend all my time submerged in electronic music," but in reality, people are very surprised to find him at home in dive bars more often listening to rock, soul and psychedelic music. "What I love about some of my favorite records like...
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'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

October 29th, 2007 12:31pm EDT
Rock Band
Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, announced today the final song list for its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline game mo...
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Up-And-Coming Music: Zerobridge

September 12th, 2007 5:19pm EDT
zerobridge
New York, NY - It's not often you hear about a band like zerobridge. Lead singer/guitarist and songwriter Mubashir "Din" Mohi-ud-Din and drummer Mohsin "Mo" Mohi-ud-Din are two brothers whose parents are from the disputed territory of Kashmir, nestled between northern India and Pakistan. "The Quota", seasoned NYC bass player, rounds out the trio who have been playing their own unique brand of melodic, guitar driven rock n' roll for the last three years. With two independent releases behind them, zerobridge will release the Havre de Grace EP this summer that illustrates the band's penchant...
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'Tony Hawk's Proving Ground's Astonishing Soundtrack Unveiled

August 27th, 2007 3:00pm EDT
Foo Fighters
This October, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is bringing the sounds of skate culture to life like never before in Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground -- the deepest, most customizable skateboarding game ever. Featuring over 50 tracks including "The Pretender," the first single from the Foo Fighters’ forthcoming album and popular anthems from Nirvana, Bloc Party, Jurassic 5, Slick Rick, The Rolling Stones, and many more, players will be able to create their personal skate legacy to the songs that have fueled today’s skateboarding culture. Additionally, MCA of the Beastie Boys makes an appearance in ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 21

August 21st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Hayden Panettiere
Happy Birthday to "Bring It On: All Or Nothing" actress Hayden Panettiere (1989), French singer Alizee (1984), The Prodigy singer Liam Howlett (1971), System of a Down singer Serj Tankian (1967), "The Matrix" actress Carrie-Anne Moss (1967), "Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall (1956), The Clash singer Joe Strummer (1952; d. 2002), Australian film director Peter Weir (1944), singer Jackie DeShannon (1944), actor Clarence Williams III (1939), guitarist James Burton (1939), country singer Kenny Rogers (1938), basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain (1936; d. 1999), actor Melvin Van Peebles (1932),...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 26

June 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Gretchen Wilson
Happy Birthday to Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick (1980), "Rushmore" actor Jason Schwartzman (1980), New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter (1974), country singer Gretchen Wilson (1973), record producer Irv Gotti (1970), actor Chris O'Donnell (1970), Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood (1969), "The Kids In The Hall" actor Mark McKinney (1959), singer Chris Isaak (1956), The Clash guitarist Mick Jones (1955), Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil (1942), "The Lone Ranger" actor Jay Silverheels (1912; d. 1980), and Hungarian-born actor Peter Lorre (1904; d. 1964).
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The Good, The Bad And The Queen Ready To Rock Hammersmith Palais

March 22nd, 2007 9:59am EDT
The Good, The Bad And The Queen
British rocker Damon Albarn is excited by the prospect of playing the penultimate gig at legendary London venue Hammersmith Palais - as it will be the first time he performs there. Albarn's band The Good, The Bad And The Queen will play at the venue which is due to be demolished later this year.

The singer says, "We're going to play one of the last gigs there, it's one for Paul (Simonon, former bassist with The Clash) because him and Hammersmith Palais go back a long way.

"I've never actually played there. I tend to go and see African gigs there on a Sunday night, that's all I've ...
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New CD Reviews, Nov. 15, 2006 (The Game, Neil Young, Fat Joe, Akon, Tenacious D, Sublime, many more)

November 15th, 2006 4:19pm EST
The Game - Doctor
A number of rap and hip-hop albums come out this week including ones from Fat Joe, The Game and Akon. Plus check out fresh music from Damien Rice, Army of Anyone, Tenacious D and many more. Keep reading for info and reviews of this week's new CDs.

The Game - Doctor's Advocate

Toying with expectations and respect is the dangerous tightrope the Game walks brilliantly, and while this is nothing new, the fact remains that every track here is as good as or better than those on his debut. Read review...

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Crazy Horse at the Fillmore 1970

This was the origi...
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The History Boys Soundtrack Spotlights An Eclectic Mix Of Songs From The 80s; Film And CD Out Nov. 21

November 13th, 2006 12:05pm EST
The History Boys Soundtrack
After winning five Tonys earlier this year-including honors for Best Play--The History Boys is set to conquer the big screen this November with Fox Searchlight's film adaptation of the Broadway phenomenon.

Rhino Records brings together the film's biggest musical moments with a soundtrack that features classic alternative rock cuts from the '80s, cast recordings, and more. The History Boys Original Soundtrack will be available November 21.

Featuring 14 songs, the film's soundtrack helps evoke the story's setting in 1980s England with songs such as The Smiths' "This Charming Man," N...
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Damon Albarn's New Supergroup 'The Good, The Bad and The Queen'

October 20th, 2006 2:09pm EDT
Damon Albarn in Blur
The Good, The Bad and The Queen is a new project featuring Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash), Tony Allen (Fela Kuti/Africa 70) and Simon Tong (The Verve).

The first seeds of the endeavor can be traced back to 2002, when Damon Albarn first worked with Tony Allen. Two years later Tony and Simon Tong (The Verve) would join Damon at Aphrodisia studios in Lagos for two weeks of recording.

Then in 2005 Damon met with Paul Simonon (The Clash) to discuss the idea of working together. Damon invited Paul to hear the Nigeria recordings and upon hearing them, he commented...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 21

August 21st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Hayden Panettiere
Happy Birthday to "Bring It On: All Or Nothing" actress Hayden Panettiere (1989), French singer Alizee (1984), The Prodigy singer Liam Howlett (1971), System of a Down singer Serj Tankian (1967), "The Matrix" actress Carrie-Anne Moss (1967), "Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall (1956), The Clash singer Joe Strummer (1952; d. 2002), Australian film director Peter Weir (1944), singer Jackie DeShannon (1944), actor Clarence Williams III (1939), guitarist James Burton (1939), country singer Kenny Rogers (1938), basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain (1936; d. 1999), actor Melvin Van Peebles (1932),...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 26

June 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Gretchen Wilson
Happy Birthday to Atlanta Falcons QB Michael Vick (1980), "Rushmore" actor Jason Schwartzman (1980), New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter (1974), country singer Gretchen Wilson (1973), record producer Irv Gotti (1970), actor Chris O'Donnell (1970), Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood (1969), "The Kids In The Hall" actor Mark McKinney (1959), singer Chris Isaak (1956), The Clash guitarist Mick Jones (1955), Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil (1942), "The Lone Ranger" actor Jay Silverheels (1912; d. 1980), and Hungarian-born actor Peter Lorre (1904; d. 1964).
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New York Dolls Biopic Set For April 4 DVD Release

March 29th, 2006 9:05pm EST
New York Dolls
Visual Entertainment and First Independent Pictures are proud to announce the release of the critically acclaimed film New York Doll on DVD on April 4th, 2006. Released in theaters in October 2005, the film is director Greg Whiteley's debut effort and was a Grand Jury Prize Nominee at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The film includes interviews with all the surviving New York Dolls, as well as Morrissey, Iggy Pop, Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissy Hynde (Pretenders), Mick Jones of The Clash and many others close to or influenced by the Doll's legacy. The DVD's bonus features include the full 20-m...
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The Legacy of Chris Whitley

November 23rd, 2005 3:37pm EST
Chris Whitley
As we reported here yesterday, singer/songwriter Chris Whitley passed away this past Sunday after losing a battle with lung cancer. Bradley Bambarger over at Chris' record label Messenger Records posted this message that we thought was worth sharing:

We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Chris Whitley. Chris was a kind man and immensely talented artist whose music has become an intimate part of many of our lives. We are pained to acknowledge this loss and we grieve along with those who knew and loved him and his music.

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