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Election Movies: When Real Life Campaign Drama Isn't Enough

9/11/2008 9:30am EDT
Somehow, if you think that the American political system doesn't have enough pageantry or drama, the only possible place for you to turn are the movies. You can find a campaign movie for just about every level of politics. For the most part, they all tell the same story. You have your candidate, and there's an election going on, and from high school to the presidency, there's going to be a debate on using negative campaigning, a starry-eyed speech about sticking to your ethics, and then some sort of sex scandal. Sounds about right.

Election (1999)

It seems that the chance for a pe...

Yellowcard To Release Digital Live Album January 22

1/18/2008 6:00pm EST
Breakout alt-rockers Yellowcard will release a digital live album, entitled Live From Las Vegas At the Palms, exclusively though the iTunes Store beginning January 22nd, 2008.

Recorded in October at Las Vegas' renowned Palms Casino Resort's intimate Pearl Concert Theater, where the farthest seating is just 120 feet from the stage, the album captures the Jacksonville, FL, quartet's fiery blend of rock, punk, and classical at its most explosive best.

"We were honored to record Live From Las Vegas At the Palms for iTunes and we're really proud of the record," said frontman Ryan Key...

Faber Drive's Long-Awaited Debut Album 'Seven Second Surgery' To Hit Stores Oct. 9

9/21/2007 1:07pm EDT
Seven Second Surgery
Faber Drive broke onto the Canadian music scene in 2006 by winning the 'Battle of the Bands' at 99.3 The FOX and came Vancouver's #1 band. Now in 2007, Faber Drive has recorded their first album with producers Brian Howes (Hinder) and Joey Moi (Nickelback). Faber Drive has toured with everyone from MxPx to Nickelback.

When Faber Drive decided to submit a song to Vancouver radio station 99.3 The Fox's battle of the bands last year, their goal wasn't to win the contest. They weren't even sure they were good enough to enter. In fact, when frontman Faber brought his band's CD to the stati...

MxPx Returns July 17 With A 'Secret Weapon'

7/4/2007 12:00pm EDT
MxPx is Mike Herrera on vocals and bass guitar, Tom Wisniewski on guitar, and Yuri Ruley on drums. Formed in 1992 by Herrera and Ruley, the Bremerton, Washington-bred band's line-up has remained constant since Wisniewski joined the group in 1995. Over the course of seven studio albums, an array of EPs, a live disc and a DVD, MxPx has become a fixture on the pop/punk scene, with numerous songs appearing on TV and alternative radio, including "Punk Rawk Show," "Chick Magnet," "Move To Bremerton," "I'm Okay, You're Okay" and "Running Out Of Time."

MxPx is releasing their eighth studio e...

Puddle Of Mudd Return July 24 With 'Famous'

6/18/2007 8:00pm EDT
Puddle Of Mudd
"It's about passion and writing music that connects with other people and somehow heals them. I really want to try to crawl under peoples' skin and at the same time make some kick-ass rock 'n roll music," says Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin about his band's imminent third album, Famous.

After their 2001 debut, Come Clean, sold over 5 million copies and spawned no less than 4 radio hits (including "Blurry", the most played song of 2002); and their gold-certified follow-up Life On Display, Puddle Of Mudd were able to step back a little to create Famous.

"We had a lot of ti...

Seattle-Based Amber Pacific To Release Sophomore Effort, 'Truth In Sincerity,' on May 22.

4/15/2007 10:00am EDT
Amber Pacific
Heralded by Alternative Press as one of the most anticipated albums of 2007, five-year-old Seattle quintet Amber Pacific has remained true to its sound, foregoing to jump on any pop-punk bandwagons. But the band's maturation is obvious, enough so that they teamed up with the Seattle Symphony who played strings on much of the album.

Working once again with producer Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Presidents of the United States of America), the band has crafted a record that is undoubtedly Amber Pacific. "This is who we really are," guitarist/vocalist Will Nutter declares.

Joining ...

Relient K Premieres New Music Video "Must Have Done Something Right" On Yahoo!

2/7/2007 2:29pm EST
Relient K
Pop-punk band Relient K is back with their fifth album in seven years cleverly titled, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, in stores March 6. Their highly anticipated new music video "Must Have Done Something Right" premiered yesterday on Yahoo! "This song represents something that I've wanted to create for a long time," explains lead singer Matt Thiessen. "It's not a political commentary or a tear jerking emotion-piece, it's just a feel good, fun song. Written at 3 a.m. with a smirk on my face, the song turned out to be something that you can tap your foot and smile to."

The Ohio nativ...

New CD Reviews, October 24, 2006 (My Chemical Romance, John Legend, Brooke Hogan & more)

10/24/2006 10:58am EDT
My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
A number of big releases hit stores this week, including the highly-anticipated return of My Chemical Romance with 'The Black Parade.' Plus look for the John Legend's sophomore album 'Once Again' and debuts from Brooke Hogan, Jibbs and more. Continue reading for reviews and info on this week's CD releases...

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
My Chemical Romance intended to dispel all such misconceptions with their third album, The Black Parade, an unabashed, old-fashioned concept album, complete with characters wandering through a vague narrative that concerns very big themes like...

The Starting Line Signs With Virgin Records; Announces Tour Dates

1/19/2006 10:43am EST
The Starting Line
Virgin Records has announced it has signed punk-pop outfit The Starting Line via a worldwide deal. The Philadelphia-based quartet will record and release their much-anticipated follow-up to 2005's smash Drive-Thru/Geffen release, "Based on a True Story" later this year.

"I cannot express how excited we all are about this," says TSL guitarist Matt Watts. "Everyone at Virgin that we've met with are fans of the band and we're looking forward to this relationship and making the best TSL record possible. To have a new life with Virgin adds a fresh level of enthusiasm to our band and to our ...