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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Given The 'Green Light' At Cypress Hill Festival

October 14th, 2010 10:02am EDT
Cypress Hill
Rappers Cypress Hill have scored a coup at their upcoming SmokeOut festival in California - the owners of a medical marijuana dispensary will be in business on site.

The group will take the stage alongside MGMT, Incubus and Erykah Badu, among others, at the event in San Bernardino on Saturday, but the live music won't be the major talking point. Peace in Medicine bosses have been given permission to sell pot onsite. Promoter Chang Weisberg tells Spinner.com he's convinced his festival will lead the way to all major musical events becoming marijuana-friendly sites.

He says, "It's not too...
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Kanye West Urges Musicians To Boycott Arizona

May 28th, 2010 8:20am EDT
Kanye West
Kanye West has urged his fellow musicians to boycott Arizona over the state's controversial new immigration legislation - calling on artists to follow in the footsteps of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Rage Against The Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is leading a campaign against Arizona's recently passed law, which makes failure to carry immigration documents a crime.

Cypress Hill, Juanes, Massive Attack, Jack Black, filmmaker Michael Moore and De La Rocha's band mates have also joined the campaign. And West is backing the action, insisting performers should not play any shows in the...
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Pitbull Scraps Phoenix Concert

May 14th, 2010 8:30pm EDT
Pitbull
Rapper Pitbull has shown his disgust at Arizona's controversial new immigration law by cancelling an upcoming gig in the state.

The Cuban American star, real name Armando Perez, has joined a host of celebrities who have protested the new bill, which requires police to determine if people are in the country illegally and calls for state residents to carry identification papers with them at all times. And Pitbull has chosen to show his solidarity to U.S. immigrants by scrapping his Phoenix show altogether.

In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "I am cancelling my concert in Phoeni...
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Cypress Hill Scrap Arizona Gig To Protest Immigration Law

May 11th, 2010 4:30pm EDT
Cypress Hill
Rap veterans Cypress Hill have cancelled an upcoming concert in Arizona in protest of a new state immigration law.

Arizona lawmakers recently passed the SB1070 immigration bill, allowing officials to detain anyone they suspect to be an illegal alien.

The new ruling has infuriated a string of stars including Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, and Cypress Hill have pledged their support to immigrants by scrapping their planned gig in Tucson on May 21st.

Explaining the move in a statement, the California-based Latin group says, "This decision was made in an effort to show support and so...
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Soundgarden Return To Rock Lollapalooza

April 6th, 2010 7:30pm EDT
Chris Cornell
Soundgarden will mark their rock reunion by headlining the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois this summer - 12 years after they split.

The group has been confirmed to join Lady GaGa and Green Day on the top billing for the weekend event in August, months after frontman Chris Cornell hinted that the Black Hole Sun hit-makers were planning a comeback in a post on his own website and his Twitter.com blog on New Year's Day.

Announcing the news on their official website, singer Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron write, "Soundgarden will ...
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Bring Down The House This Holiday Season With 'DJ Hero'!

November 12th, 2009 6:00pm EST
DJ Hero
Activision Publishing/RedOctane's latest entry into the world of music based video games expands on the concept of their flagship brand, Guitar Hero, and brings the club scene to your gaming console with DJ Hero, the latest title in the music game family. DJ Hero features innovative game play, a soundtrack that is second to none, and a rich experience that puts both wannabe DJs and regular folks literally right into the mix.

Instead of living the rock star fantasy through "Guitar Hero" by performing in a virtual band, this time we take it to the turntables - where mixing, scratching, cro...
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DJ A.M., Jay-Z & 93 Exclusive Mixes All Featured In 'DJ Hero'; Win It!

October 15th, 2009 6:30pm EDT
DJ Hero song list
Hailed in the press as one of the most fun, innovative and highly-anticipated games of the year, Activision Publishing Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) recently dropped the needle on DJ Hero's full set list featuring 93 exclusive mixes from the biggest stars in hip hop, R&B, rock, pop and dance and created by some of the greatest DJs of all time.

On October 27th, living room legends and budding superstar DJs alike will start the party off right with an unprecedented array of talent DJs including DJ A.M., Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J. Period, DJ Shadow and DJ Z-Trip spinning trac...
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Slick Rick Among Honorees At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

October 6th, 2008 3:46pm EDT
Slick Rick
NEW YORK (AP) - Even though he's considered one of rap's all-time greats, when Slick Rick is asked about his most significant accomplishment, he doesn't mention having a platinum-selling record, classic hits like "Children's Story" or even his most recent accolade - getting saluted as a pioneer at the "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors."

Instead, he cites: owning a home. "I guess my biggest accomplishment would be to purchase some real estate in the Bronx ... to have something to fall back on a rainy day," Slick Rick, who's now a landlord, said in a recent interview. While that may seem rather mundan...
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Hip Hop Pioneers To Be Honored At 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors'

August 13th, 2008 2:43pm EDT
Cypress Hill
VH1 has announced the five honorees for their fifth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature and Too $hort.

Hosted once again by Tracy Morgan, this year's musical celebration will give viewers a chance to step back and reminisce on a time when hip hop music began to make its greatest impact on American pop culture.

Premiering on Tuesday, October 7, generations of hip hop will bridge the gap for one exceptional night to set it off with the original style and flavor that sparked a revolution and continues to fuel an evolution around the w...
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Music Is Meant To Be Heard Live

July 28th, 2008 9:03am EDT
Wu-Tang Clang
At last summer's Rock the Bells, less that two minutes after Wu-Tang Clang busted into their first song, which is to say five minutes after the yo-yo-yos concluded, my dad plopped himself down on the grassy knoll. "These guys suck," he muttered into the tattooed shins of the toking Latino in front of him.

It's not that my pop is the typical old guy who views rap as an example of all that is wrong with the world; he had just nodded along to Cypress Hill several sets before, even mouthing a few choice lyrics to "Insane in the Membrane." No, my dad is just not a fan of live music he can'...
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Warped Tour Festival Kicks Off With A Bang!

June 25th, 2008 10:36am EDT
Warped Tour
It's time for the Vans Warped Tour again! This year's nation sweeping festival kicked off last week at Fairplex Park in Pomona California with a bang. Like years past, the tour continued to include a new and fun mix of acts.

The bands participating in this year's Vans Warped tour are as innovative, original and punk rock as ever, even when the music they create isn't traditional classified as punk rock. This has helped make Vans Warped tour a diverse mix of music perfect for type of fans it has brought out for 14 years now. Every year the Warped tour brings out the best of punk rock m...
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Road Recovery's 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert

April 22nd, 2008 10:33am EDT
Jerry and Slash
It's not every day that you are given the opportunity to witness performances by top notch musicians including Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), Slash (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) Perry Farrell (Porno for Pyros, Jane's Addiction) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), as well as numerous other talented musicians all on the same stage. However, on Thursday evening, April 17th, thousands of music fans gathered together at the Nokia Theater in New York City, to watch these artists rock out in celebration of Road Recovery's 10th year anniversary.

Road Recovery is a pro...
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MySpace To Broadcast Projekt Revolution Concert Via MySpaceLive Today At 1:30pm

August 22nd, 2007 10:33am EDT
Linkin Park
Record Breaking Six Hour Live Streamed Concert to Feature Main Stage Acts Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K

Los Angeles – MySpace, America's most trafficked Web site, today announced that the Projekt Revolution concert tour stop at the DTE Energy Music theater in Clarkston, Michigan will be streamed as a MySpace LIVE! event on August 22, 2007 starting at 1:30PM PST. As one of the official sponsors of the Projekt Revolution concert series, taking place this summer across the country, NowWhat will host the stream of the concert on its MySpac...
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Vegoose Confirms Initial Line Up For 2007 Festival; Rage Against The Machine And Daft Punk To Headline

July 24th, 2007 5:04pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, creators of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, are proud to announce the initial line up for Vegoose 2007. The third annual installment of this dynamic entertainment experience will be staged in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, at Sam Boyd Stadium, encompassing the surrounding complex – highlighted by the 30-acre grassy Star Nursery Field with its stunningly beautiful mountain backdrop. Two-day passes to the event will go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 AM PST only at www.vegoose.com.

Known for setting the high standard i...
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Talib Kweli Releases Sixth Album, 'Eardrum,' On Warner Bros. Records/Blacksmith Music; Aug. 21

July 18th, 2007 4:56pm EDT
Talib Kweli
New York, NY (July 2007) – Talib Kweli, the Brooklyn wordsmith, returns with his eagerly awaited sixth album Eardrum, in stores on August 21 on Kweli's own label, Blacksmith Music and Warner Bros. Records. With this career defining new album, Kweli mixes hard hitting beats with inventive rhymes that serve to not only entertain, but also to educate.

Hailed by USA Today as "Hip-Hops most inventive lyricist" the MC's penchant for being a lyrical mastermind is reflected in his album title, aptly called Eardrum. Talib explains, "The image of the ear and of the drum are powerful enough by t...
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'Rock The Bells' With Rage and Wu-Tang Expands Dates; Adds Nas, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill & More

March 27th, 2007 2:40pm EDT
Rage Against The Machine
Guerilla Union--the presenters of the 2007 Rock The Bells hip-hop experiences July 28 at Randall’s Island, New York; August 11 at the NOS Events Center San Bernardino, CA; and August 18 at McCovey Cove Parking Lot (near AT&T Park), San Francisco with headliners The Wu-Tang Clan and Rage Against The Machine--have announced further details about their 2007 North American festival series.

Artists confirmed for exclusive live performances on these three Rock The Bells summer shows include: Rage Against The Machine, The Wu-Tang Clan, Nas*, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Mos Def, EPMD, MF Doom*, P...
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Rage Against The Machine Add Shows With Wu-Tang Clan

February 26th, 2007 4:37pm EST
Rage Against The Machine
First it was the reunion of the Wu-Tang Clan in 2004. Then it was A Tribe Called Quest later that year. Now, Rock The Bells will make history again as Rage Against The Machine announces their plans to perform three exclusive engagements with the critically acclaimed world-class hip-hop festival this summer. The epic line-up will see Rage Against The Machine join Wu-Tang Clan for two dates on the west coast (August 11--NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, CA, August 18--venue TBA, San Francisco) and for Rock The Bells’ inaugural venture into New York City (July 28-- Randall’s Island) for their...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 28

January 28th, 2007 3:00am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Happy Birthday to "Lord of the Rings" hobbit Elijah Wood (1981), Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (1980), *NSync elder Joey Fatone (1977), Minnesota Viking Daunte Culpepper (1977), "Cold Case" actress Kathryn Morris (1969), Eric B.'s partner Rakim (1968), Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs (1968), Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan (1968), model/actress Barbi Benton (1950), English musician Robert Wyatt (1945), MASH actor Alan Alda (1936), and modern artist Jackson Pollock (1912; d. 1956).
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Snoop Dogg Set To Release "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" In Nov.; New Single Debuts Aug. 30

August 23rd, 2006 3:08pm EDT
Snoop Dogg
Multi-Platinum, Award Winning rapper Snoop Dogg is set to release his eighth solo LP, "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment," this November through Doggystyle/Geffen. "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" is one of the most highly anticipated new albums of the year and will continue to solidify this hip hop icon as one of the most influential musical entertainers of today.

Throughout each record on the forthcoming release, Snoop takes it back to the basics…back to the 'hood, showcasing the original gangsta sound that made this Long Beach rapper an instant household name when he made his debut in 1992 on D...
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New Album From Tego Calderón Coming August 29th

August 9th, 2006 12:18pm EDT
Tego Calderon
Atlantic Records has set August 29th as the street date for the eagerly anticipated label debut from Latin rap superstar Tego Calderón. Released on Calderón's own Atlantic-distributed Jiggiri Records, the album is already being hailed as a landmark in the Latin hip-hop and reggaetón movement. When Calderón inked a worldwide deal with Atlantic last year, he became the first artist in the Latin hip-hop field to ink a global pact with a major label.

Calderón describes his Atlantic debut as "a musical journey through the Afro-Caribbean culture." It showcases poetry from the heart and is a ...
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DJ Quik To Release Live Hits Disc June 6

June 5th, 2006 11:41am EDT
DJ Quik Greatest Hits Live
In February of 2006, DJ Quik compiled a live 12-piece band, the horn section coming from the Rolling Stones' touring band, and did 3 sold out shows in Southern California at the world famous House of Blues.

Artists like B-Real (Cypress Hill), Nate Dogg and Chingy are a few names amongst the celebrity guest list that appeared on stage to perform alongside Quik and his band. For over 2 hours, the sold out crowds were entertained with classic material from all of DJ Quik's albums.

The shows were recorded and the result, "Greatest Hits Live At The House Blues," will go down in histor...
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HUGE Hollywood Cast For 'Scarface: The World Is Yours'

May 4th, 2006 1:30pm EDT
Scarface: The World Is Yours
Vivendi Games' ("VG") Sierra Entertainment has unveiled part of the A-list talent that will help bring drug-lord Tony Montana's criminal empire to life in the upcoming video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. Attracting an unprecedented array of Hollywood's brightest film and television stars as well as returning cast members from the 1983 classic film, the hotly-anticipated game will plunge players deep into the seedy underbelly of 1980s Miami as they rebuild Tony Montana's empire and seek vengeance on his enemies.

The cast includes stars from the original film including Robert Loggia...
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Debut Album From Reggaeton Artist Kulcha Don Hits Stores March 21

March 9th, 2006 2:22pm EST
Beenie Man
Blending hip-hop, dancehall, reggaeton, and Caribbean roots, up-and-coming artist Kulcha Don is turning heads and hips coast to coast with his debut album for RuffNation Music, "It's All About You." Set for release on March 21st, the album's first single, "Drive You Crazy" featuring Beenie Man is currently already getting spins on New York's Hot 97 "On Da Reggae Tip" with Bobby Konders and Jabba.

"It's All About You" is bound to capture audiences far and wide with Kulcha Don's crossover sound. He's bringing reggae music to the masses with his passion for evolutionary island music a...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 28

January 28th, 2006 3:00am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Happy Birthday to "Lord of the Rings" hobbit Elijah Wood (1981), Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (1980), *NSync elder Joey Fatone (1977), Minnesota Viking Daunte Culpepper (1977), "Cold Case" actress Kathryn Morris (1969), Eric B.'s partner Rakim (1968), Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs (1968), Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan (1968), model/actress Barbi Benton (1950), English musician Robert Wyatt (1945), MASH actor Alan Alda (1936), and modern artist Jackson Pollock (1912; d. 1956).
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New CDs This Week (Dec. 13)

December 13th, 2005 11:26am EST
Beck
There's not a whole lot of new releases this week since it's almost the holidays. But there are some noteable albums hitting shelves this week from artists such as Beck, Cypress Hill, Daddy Yankee, Fuel, Lamb of God, Snoop Dogg and Youngbloodz. Check out this list of noteworthy releases (many with reviews) for Tuesday, December 13th, 2005...

Anthony Hamilton - Ain't Nobody Worryin'

Beck - Guerolito

Billie Holiday - The Complete Verve Studio Master Takes

Bo Bice - Real Thing

Cypress Hill - Greatest Hits From the Bong

Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino en Directo

Disturbing Tha Peace...
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