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The Mars Volta Kaput!

1/24/2013 4:02pm EST
The Mars Volta
Cult rockers The Mars Volta are splitting up after the departure of singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

The frontman took to his page to break the news, and appeared to blame his bandmate Omar Rodriguez-Lopez for neglecting the group while working on new side project band Bosnian Rainbows.

He writes, "I tried my hardest to keep it going but Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta... For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for (last album) Noctourniquet but Omar...

Q&A: Meet 'Gone' Star Sam Upton

2/25/2012 10:00am EST
Sam Upton
If you catch the new Amanda Seyfried thriller Gone this weekend, you'll catch another interesting actor: Sam Upton. Who is he? An incredibly versatile player.

In Gone, Upton plays McKay, one of the police officers that Jill (Seyfried) turns to in order to catch the serial killer who once came after her and has now targeted her sister. The flick has a cast of names that TV buffs will adore, from Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter to Justified boss Nick Searcy, but don't overlook the affable Upton, who recently chatted with me about the film and the many other interests he has.

Let's start at t...

The Mars Volta's 'Octahedron' Out June 23

6/17/2009 2:20pm EDT
The Mars Volta new album Octahedron June 23 release
The Mars Volta's fifth studio album, "Octahedron", will be released June 23 by Warner Bros. Records. The record will be preceded by its first single, "Since We've Been Wrong."

"Octahedron" follows up last year's The Bedlam In Goliath, which featured "Wax Simulacra," the track that took "Best Hard Rock Performance" honors at the recent 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

"Octahedron" was written by The Mars Volta - Omar Rodriguez Lopez (music, arrangements, direction) and Cedric Bixler Zavala (vocals, lyrics)--and performed by The Mars Volta group: Marcel Rodriguez Lopez, Thomas Pridgen, John F...

More Rock Stars Have Died At 27 Than Any Other Age

4/7/2009 9:30am EDT
Jimi Hendrix
"The 27s: The Greatest Myth of Rock & Roll," which comes out today, reveals that more rock stars have died at 27 than at any other age.

Famous 27s include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones, and members of The Gits, Big Star, Badfinger, Grateful Dead, Minutemen, The Stooges, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Mars Volta, American Head Charge, Manic Street Preachers, and many more.

Starpulse broke the story late last year that Amy Winehouse is terrified of joining the 27 Club and Britney Spears is too, according to author and journalist ...

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


UK Electro-Rock Band Pendulum To Release Debut Album, 'In Silico,' May 12

4/13/2008 11:00am EDT
A seamless fusion of pounding dance beats and aggressive rock, In Silico features the recent UK smash singles "Propane Nightmares" and "Granite." After a legendary set at last year's Glastonbury Festival, Pendulum will bring their dynamic live show to this year's installment of Coachella on April 25th.

The bulk of In Silico was recorded at the band's studio (the acoustic drums were the only exception, recorded at London's Olympic Studios). Influenced by an eclectic array of sounds including Led Zeppelin, Tool, Underoath and Atreyu, In Silico is the perfect way to introduce Pendulum to ...

Edison Glass Draws On Indie Rock, Smart Pop and Classical Influences

10/11/2007 3:30pm EDT
Edison Glass
Edison Glass, the hypothetical collaboration of Thomas Alva Edison and composer Philip Glass, formed in 1999 when Joshua Silverberg (singer/guitar), brothers Joe (drums) and Mountain (singer/bass) Morin, and James Usher (guitar) came together for a singular cause - making rock music for the kids.

Each member of the Long Island band found music to be their creative outlet at an early age. While some in the band began piano lessons at around the age of 8 years old, Silverberg penned his first song in kindergarten. Being stuck in piano lessons at the same time you are forming a band mean...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 1

9/1/2007 3:00am EDT
Gloria Estefan
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy guitarist Joseph Trohman (1984), The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez (1975), new INXS singer J.D. Fortune (1973), Cuban singer Gloria Estefan (1957), TV talk show host Dr. Phil (1950), Bee Gee Barry Gibb (1946), comedienne Lily Tomlin (1939), singer Conway Twitty (1933; d. 1993), "Throw Momma From The Train" actress Anne Ramsey (1929; d. 1988), boxer Rocky Marciano (1923; d. 1969), "The Munsters" actress Yvonne De Carlo (1922), and 'western' actor Richard Farnsworth (1920; d. 2000),

Fair To Midland's New Album, 'Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True,' Out June 12

4/3/2007 2:30pm EDT
Fair to Midland
Founded in the quiet farm town of Sulphur Springs, Texas—"Where people still say 'please' and 'thank you,'" as its chamber of commerce notes—Fair to Midland have become one of the most idiosyncratic musical forces in the Lone Star State. But as singer Darroh Sudderth—who rounds out FTM's current lineup with guitarist Cliff Campbell, drummer Brett Stowers, bassist Jon Dicken, and keyboardist/electronics manipulator Matt Langley—explains, idiosyncrasy also helps give the band its internal power.

"For the most part, our musical tastes are completely different," Suddereth begins. "All of...

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...

Swedish Rock Quintet Europe Reunites; Will Release "Secret Society" On Nov. 7

10/6/2006 3:01pm EDT
Few songs in the history of hard rock can whip up a concert frenzy like "The Final Countdown." And Europe, the composers of that anthemic classic, are back for more with a brand new album, Secret Society, out November 7, via Sanctuary Records.

With their original lineup - singer Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist John Leven, keyboardist Mic Michaeli, and drummer Ian Haugland - back in place, Europe reunited in the early 21st century, before issuing their first studio album in thirteen years, Start from the Dark, in 2004.

As evidenced by such standout tracks as the Led Z...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 1

9/1/2006 3:00am EDT
Gloria Estefan
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy guitarist Joseph Trohman (1984), The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez (1975), new INXS singer J.D. Fortune (1973), Cuban singer Gloria Estefan (1957), TV talk show host Dr. Phil (1950), Bee Gee Barry Gibb (1946), comedienne Lily Tomlin (1939), singer Conway Twitty (1933; d. 1993), "Throw Momma From The Train" actress Anne Ramsey (1929; d. 1988), boxer Rocky Marciano (1923; d. 1969), "The Munsters" actress Yvonne De Carlo (1922), and 'western' actor Richard Farnsworth (1920; d. 2000),

Pure Reason Revolution Are Heavily Influenced By Pink Floyd

8/8/2006 1:30pm EDT
Pure Reason Revolution are british psychedelic rockers that take everything they love about Pink Floyd and wrap it up with layered vocals reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, with male and female counter playing and call and response in lush beautiful melodies.

Here's what critics are saying about Pure Reason Revolution:

"If the mood of the last two years has been all short spiky and 1980s then Pure Reason Revolution are here to present the idea that the future could be long hairy and 1970s & alongside of Mew and Mystery Jets they are in good company. Our own mini-Floyd" - The Guardian.

New CDs This Week (Nov. 8)

11/8/2005 4:42pm EST
Beastie Boys
A number of notable new releases this week including new albums from Kenny Chesney, Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper, Floetry, Kate Bush and Young Buck; greatest hits collections from the Beastie Boys, Lenny Kravitz, Eurythmics and Limp Bizkit; live albums from Jeremy Camp, The Mars Volta, Tanya Tucker and Sepultura; and a whole bunch of other stuff. There's lots out this week, so check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 8th (many with reviews)...

AZ - A.W.O.L.

Beastie Boys - Solid Gold Hits

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Africa Unite: The Singles Collection