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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: 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 ...

It's All In The Name: Current Music Acts With The Worst Names

6/12/2008 1:47pm EDT
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
So, what's in a name you may ask? Apparently, everything. A music act or band's name should be concise, easy to remember, easy to say, and make some sort of cognitive impression. We've compiled a list here of current bands with names that just don't make a lot of sense.


The Goth Rock band HIM strangely carries a name that has long been traditionally regarded as a religious associative term. Plus, finding the band on some music search engines is still like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus may have first ...

Guyliner: Hot Or Not? You Decide

2/21/2008 12:00pm EST
Marilyn Manson
It may be an anomaly, but there are some men in the entertainment biz today who won't go anywhere without their guyliner. We can't help but notice that out of the few to publicly don make-up, the ones who wear it so well make the guyliner quotient go up big time! There are also some guyliner looks that are just not making the grade. Let us know what you think!

Jared Leto

Leto, who graduated straight from his acting stint on "My So-Called Life" to lead band man for alternative rockers 30 Second To Mars, looks as if he never leaves home without his guyliner on.


Due To Overwhelming Fan Demand, Warner Bros. Records Releases 'Transformers' Score

10/11/2007 3:15pm EDT
Transformers - The Score
Due to strong demand from fans, including an online petition, Warner Bros. Records will release Transformers - The Score - a CD of the instrumental music from this summer's blockbuster live-action robot adventure film Transformers.

None of the film's orchestral music, composed by Steve Jablonsky who has also composed music for the hit TV series Desperate Housewives, as well as the films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror, was included on the official album soundtrack to the film, which was made up of hit songs from Linkin Park, Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, The U...

MySpace To Broadcast Projekt Revolution Concert Via MySpaceLive Today At 1:30pm

8/22/2007 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...

Projekt Revolution, Vans Warped Tour Battle It Out On Xbox Live

8/14/2007 5:55pm EDT
Halo 2
-For The First Time In History, Eight Members Of Bands On Each Tour Compete To Save the World In Halo 2

Los Angeles, CA (August, 14, 2007) – On August 15th while the Projekt Revolution tour is at Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, NY and Vans Warped tour is at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, KS, the finest Xbox 360 Halo players from select bands on both tours will prepare for the upcoming launch of "Halo 3" video game for Xbox 360 with a head-to-head battle playing "Halo 2" over Xbox LIVE. Winner takes summer tour bragging rights! Fuse will be onsite at bot...

Transformers: The Album Released July 3; Win A Copy

6/29/2007 7:00pm EDT
June 26, 2007 (Burbank, CA) - Warner Bros. Records will release the original soundtrack to DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures' live-action robot fantasy film TRANSFORMERS on July 3rd, the same day the Michael Bay-directed movie hits theaters nationwide. Transformers: The Album features hit songs from some of the hottest established and emerging rock bands, including Linkin Park, Taking Back Sunday and The Used, as well as brand-new tracks from Goo Goo Dolls, Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed, HIM, Armor For Sleep, Styles of Beyond, and Mute Math, who contribute an electronic remake of th...

Linkin Park Reaches Platinum Status Once Again in 'Minutes'

6/20/2007 7:00pm EDT
Linkin Park
Los Angeles, CA (June 20, 2007) – Further solidifying their place as one the world's leading rock acts, Linkin Park's third studio-release "Minutes to Midnight," has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales exceeding 1 million copies in the U.S. in just 4 weeks. "Minutes to Midnight" debuted at #1 and sold 623,996 copies in its first week alone, making it the highest debut of the year. "It's not a stretch to say that they could be the biggest act on the planet," says James Montgomery of MTV.

"Minutes To Midnight" has already shipped over 3.3 m...

Check Out The Goo Goo Dolls' 'Before It's Too Late,' From The 'Transformers' Soundtrack

6/14/2007 7:30pm EDT
Transformers – The Album will be released on July 3. The album features 9 brand new songs from today's hottest bands. Here's the Official Track Listing:

1. Linkin Park "What I've Done"

2. Smashing Pumpkins "Doomsday Clock"

3. Disturbed "This Moment"

4. Goo Goo Dolls "Before It's Too Late (Sam and Mikaela's Theme)"

5. The Used "Pretty Handsome Awkward"

6. HIM "Passion's Killing Floor"

7. Taking Back Sunday "What It Feels Like To Be A Ghost?"

8. Styles Of Beyond "Second To None"

9. Armor For Sleep "End Of The World"

10. Idiot Pilot "Retina and the Sky"

11. Julien-K ...

Linkin Park Projekt Revolution Tour Launches July 25

5/8/2007 9:49am EDT
Linkin Park
Amidst a groundswell of rumors and anticipation, Linkin Park confirmed today the fourth installment of Projekt Revolution beginning July 25 and culminating on September 3 in Denver at the Coors Amphitheatre (routing below).

Fans can expect to see Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K on the Main Stage and Mindless Self Indulgence, Saosin, The Bled, Styles of Beyond and Madina Lake on the Revolution Stage.

Tickets go on sale nationwide on May 19. The few dates not announced due to radio shows will be announced shortly.

Projekt Revolut...

New CD Reviews, Nov. 15, 2006 (The Game, Neil Young, Fat Joe, Akon, Tenacious D, Sublime, many more)

11/15/2006 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...

HIM Cancels Fall Tour Dates

9/27/2006 10:47am EDT
Finnish rock quintet HIM -- Ville Valo, Mige, Linde, Burton, and Gas -- have announced the cancellation of their fall tour. The band will not be playing scheduled U.S. shows in favor of entering the recording studio (see cancelled dates below).

HIM hopes fans will not be let down, but rather will look forward to seeing them back on the road with new songs to share. The band has been steadily writing material for their forthcoming album and are eager to start preliminary rehearsal of very early tracks. HIM has not been able to test any new material due to their busy touring and promotio...

Papa Roach Returns With The "Paramour Sessions," Sept. 12

9/1/2006 11:31am EDT
Papa Roach
In 1933, oil heiress Daisy Canfield was on her way home from a party when her car veered off a Mulholland Drive cliff, plummeting 300 feet and instantly killing the wife of silent movie star Antonio Moreno. In the decades that followed, the couple's 14-bedroom Hollywood Hills estate would see time as a school for girls, then a convent before falling into disrepair, later being devastated by a 1987 earthquake. Born again more than a decade later, the renovated mansion has served as a recording studio for the likes of H.I.M. and Gwen Stefani, and recently hosted television's "Rock Star" reali...

Lostprophets Launches US Tour Later This Month

8/14/2006 11:31am EDT
The Welsh rock band Lostprophets will return to the states in late August to begin a series of tour dates including headline club and theater gigs as well as an ongoing slot on the Finnish quintet HIM's "No Sleep Till Halloween" Tour beginning October 18.

The Lostprophets' latest North American tour comes in celebration of Liberation Transmission. Liberation Transmission entered the Billboard Top 200 bestselling albums chart at #33, mirroring the U.S. debut (also #33 in the Top 200) of Start Something in February 2004.

Lostprophets Tour Dates:


08/30/06 Fresn...

HIM Say 'No Sleep Till Halloween' On Fall Tour

8/4/2006 10:31am EDT
Finnish quintet HIM announce their fall 2006 tour in support of their highly acclaimed Sire Records release, "Dark Light." The first leg of the No Sleep Till Halloween tour kicks off October 18 in Lowell, Massachusetts, with Papa Roach, Lostprophets, Kill Hannah, and ends on Halloween in Los Angeles, California (see dates below).

On this upcoming tour, the band will reach half a million copies of 2005's "Dark Light," making HIM the first Finnish band to go gold in the U.S. The album debuted in the Top 20 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart and has so far spawned two major hits, "Wings of a Bu...

Fireball Ministry To Support H.I.M.; Tour With Disturbed Kicks Off This Saturday

5/18/2006 10:00pm EDT
Fireball Ministry
L.A. hard rock quartet Fireball Ministry will support Finland's H.I.M. at the House of Blues in Hollywood, Calif. on June 11. This will be H.I.M.'s final U.S. performance of the summer, and the groups' first West Coast show together. (They performed five concerts along the East Coast late last year as part of Bam Margera's inaugural "Viva La Bands"tour.)

"We had a really good time with H.I.M. last fall on the Bam tour," says Fireball Ministry vocalist/guitarist James A. Rota. "It'll be fun to do a hometown show with 'em."

In other Fireball news, the fifth leg of their tour in supp...

Lacuna Coil To Drop 'Karmacode' April 4th

1/22/2006 3:52pm EST
Lacuna Coil
Lacuna Coil are set to release their latest full-length effort, Karmacode, on April 4th via Century Media Records. Says vocalist Cristina Scabbia, 'I imagine it's easy for everyone to understand how truly exited we are for the world to hear the new material. It'll give everyone the chance to hear the growth that the band has experienced over the past couple of years. I simply cannot wait to get out and play the new songs live, there will definitely be a lot of energy coming from the stage next year!'

Guitarist Cristiano Migliore adds, 'It's taken a long time to put together these song...

Roadrunner Concert Features Impressive List of Metal Legends

12/9/2005 10:37am EST
The lineup for the Roadrunner 25th Anniversary concert at the Nokia Theater in NYC on 12/15/05 is now official. Until now a closely-guarded secret list of metal luminaries, the rumors that have been circulating within the rock community and on many websites are being confirmed as this new information is brought to light...

Boasting one of the most impressive line-ups ever assembled on one stage, the concert will feature over 35 artists who will perform 24 classic Roadrunner songs ranging from the King Diamond era, all the way through the recently released Roadrunner United album.


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...