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2009's Music Festival Rundown

February 5th, 2009 12:04pm EST
NOFX
The music festival season is upon us! Line-ups, dates and venues are continuously being announced for this summer's crop of festivals. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest American musical smorgasbords:

Warped Tour

Location: U.S. and Canada

Dates: June 26-August 23

Band Highlights: Less Than Jake, NOFX, Forever the Sickest Kids

Celebrating it's 15th anniversary, the Vans Warped Tour is set to begin and end it's journey in California, conquering other locations in the U.S. and Canada in between. In the past few years, the Warped Tour seems to have shied away from big-na...
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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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The Bush Administration: A Musical Tribute

January 14th, 2009 9:21am EST
George W. Bush
It's been a long eight years for America…longer for some than others (see New Orleans). Luckily, we have some very creative musical artists out there suffering along with us. For them, the first amendment is expressed through their music.

These 30 selections may relate to the War in Iraq, the Katrina debacle, our shaky mantle as "The Greatest Country In The World," our desire to have a President smarter than us (see "nucular"), and the list goes on.

As we all hopefully look forward to our next President, let's take one last look back (and good-bye) at George W. Bush, and some so...
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Chris Cornell & Timbaland To Play Eight Shows In Support Of New Album

October 14th, 2008 8:06pm EDT
Chris Cornell
Throughout his storied career, Chris Cornell has clearly never been an artist that is content sitting in one creative comfort spot for too long. The versatile rocker who became a household name from his success in Soundgarden and Audioslave has teamed up with perhaps the most celebrated producer of this era: Timbaland. Scream is the result of their genre-defying sessions.

Cornell and Timbaland are set to kick off a string of eight live shows on October 17th to support the project. Scream will be performed in its entirety to mimic the experience of listening to the LP from start to fini...
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AC/DC Comes Exclusively To 'Rock Band'

September 30th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Rock Band
AC/DC comes exclusively to Rock Band beginning this November for the worldwide release of AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band® Track Pack™ by Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom's MTV Networks, (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

This exclusive deal with Columbia Records and AC/DC marks the first time ever the band has included an entire album for video game play, with 18 live tracks from their prolific live performances becoming available in one electrifying, standalone game. The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack allows players to experience this amazing set list...
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A Quick Look At Some Top Rap Feuds

August 22nd, 2008 9:12am EDT
Eminem
The music industry has always thrived on fabricated competition to generate publicity; The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles vs. Elvis Presley, Madonna vs. Cyndi Lauper, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, and Jonas Brothers vs. Tokio Hotel, are all apt examples of this. In comparison to the examples given here however, competition is never more prevalent than in the Hip Hop arena. It is a platform where the verbal expression of ego driven beefs and putdowns have now become part of the art itself upon which success thrives. Whether recorded or done on video, it sets Rap music apart from a...
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Overrated/Underrated Diamond Award Albums

August 15th, 2008 11:30am EDT
Beatles
In 1999, the RIAA, providers of platinum and gold records to recording artists, decided it was time to honor those who had reached a higher sales plateau and created the Diamond Award.

The newly minted award went to the albums that had shipped 10 million or more copies. Since the award's inception, 103 diamond albums have been handed out to everyone from The Beatles to Kid Rock. Receiving this award ensures that an album will always be recognized as a classic. After all, with millions of albums released over the years, joining a club with slightly over 100 members is as exclusive as...
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Slideshow: Sexy Rock Stars Over Age 40

August 11th, 2008 8:54am EDT
Bono
They rock, they're hot, and they bring it - whether it's through their guitar, their vocal chords or other body parts (yummy!). These guys are over 40 and still they make fans quiver when they get on stage. Check out our photo slideshow of sexy middle aged rockers:

Jon Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

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Anthony Kiedis

Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam

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More Eddie Vedder Pictures

Chris Cornell

Soundgarden, Audioslave

44

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How Will We Categorize Our Current Decade of Music?

July 24th, 2008 8:45am EDT
50 Cent
We all know that the 70s was the decade of classic/arena rock, the 80s was the decade of hair metal/synth pop and the 90s was the decade of grunge/alternative rock. This brings up a question that a lot of music lovers must wonder: how will we categorize our current decade of music?

It's funny how music tends to change every generation. The 70s was the era of classic rock where groups such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Lynyrd Skynyrd took over the entire music scene. Next up was the 80s, where both hair metal rockers such as Guns 'N Roses, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi reigned, along with ...
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Fiction Plane Q&A

July 21st, 2008 12:59pm EDT
Fiction Plane
The band talks about Santa's Boyfriend, living in the shadow of Sting, and a little bit of politics. The members of Fiction Plane took time before their Kansas City show to talk.

Along with Snoop Dogg, they are supporting 311 on the 2008 Unity Tour. Drummer Pete Wilhoit, singer/bassist Joe Sumner, and guitarist Seton Daunt are enjoying a laid back summer of touring after their opening slot for the Police ended in April.

So, I've read that Nirvana had a big impact on you guys.

Joe: Yes.

Pete: I was already in a band by the time Nirvana was already going but they were s...
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'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

July 14th, 2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...
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Five Must-See Concerts Before You Die

July 14th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Led Zeppelin
Picture this scenario: you're on your deathbed, all of your finances are in order and amends have been made in every single one of your personal relationships. Something is wrong though; something keeps persistently gnawing at your emotions of regret until you realize that, as a fan of Rock and Roll, there were too many missed opportunities throughout your life. Too many nights, watching concerts from the latest fad, instead of seeing the true greats of arena history. If only you could go back in time, perhaps forgo that night wasted on The Spin Doctors and trade that experience for a night...
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Legendary Rock Band The Who Paid Tribute In Third Annual 'VH1 Rock Honors'

July 3rd, 2008 7:00pm EDT
The Who
VH1 recently confirmed that critically acclaimed, multi-platinum rock bands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters along with the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at the network's third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" celebration honoring legendary rock band The Who.

This year's event will deliver a night of high-voltage tribute performances by the three bands all leading up to the spectacular grand finale performance by The Who as they rock the stage. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. As a result of The Who's revol...
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Eddie Vedder Embarks on Second Leg of Solo Tour

July 2nd, 2008 5:56pm EDT
Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder will embark on a month-long solo tour beginning August 1st in Boston and ending August 22nd in Chicago with select dates in Canada. Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, July 11, 2008 through www.ticketmaster.com or at Ticketmaster outlets.

The base ticket price for all shows is $75 plus additional venue, service and handling fees. There is a four-ticket limit for the public on sale.

A special, limited ticket pre-sale for current active members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club will begin at 9 am PDT on July, 7, 2008 and run through 5 pm PDT on July 9, 2008 ...
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'The Best of The Who: Rock Band Edition' Available For Download July 15

July 1st, 2008 1:28pm EDT
Rock Band
There have been several important dates in the history of The Who: May 23, 1969 – Iconic rock album Tommy is released and rockets to No. 4 on the U.S. charts. May 31, 1976 – The Who's second concert at Charlton football ground earns them an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's loudest rock band." July 13, 1985 – The Who re-form to perform at Live Aid and whip Wembley Stadium into an absolute frenzy.

Now, July 15, 2008, joins these dates, as a dozen classic songs by The Who get new life as Rock Band™ game levels. MTV Games and Harmonix announced today that many of the ...
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Tribute To Legendary Rock Band The Who Marks Third Annual 'VH1 Rock Honors'

May 25th, 2008 11:00am EDT
The Who
VH1 has just confirmed that critically acclaimed, multi-platinum rock bands Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters along with the Grammy Award-winning rock band The Flaming Lips will perform at the network's third annual "VH1 Rock Honors" celebration honoring legendary rock band The Who.

This year's event will deliver a night of high-voltage tribute performances by the three bands all leading up to the spectacular grand finale performance by The Who as they rock the stage. Additional performers, presenters and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. As a result of The Who's rev...
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10 Years To Release 'Division' May 13; Check Out 'Beautiful'

May 11th, 2008 9:00am EDT
10 Years
10 Years will release their new album, Division, on May 13th. After spending the better part of two years on the road supporting their debut album, The Autumn Effect, 10 Years went back into the studio, this time with acclaimed producer Rick Parasher (Pearl Jam, Nickelback, Soundgarden). Musically eclectic, technically adept and emotionally poignant, the songs shatter preconceptions, revealing a tapestry of previously unexplored influences and a larger array of stunning melodies.

The quintet got their start in the Knoxville, TN, music scene and swiftly made a name for themselves when t...
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Can Guitar Hero Top Itself?

April 10th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Guitar Hero
When the first Guitar Hero was released for the Playstation 2 in November 2005, it was met with both critical acclaim and a lot of buzz: a video game that substituted a simulated guitar for the standard controller? Why, it was unheard of! The game sold a modest 1.5 million copies and was popular enough to launch an entire franchise that has only gotten better with time.

Take, for example, the setlists. The original game, with a mere 47 songs, was composed of almost entirely cover versions. Guitar Hero II, on the other hand, contained 64 songs, four of which were actually recorded by th...
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Pearl Jam Announce East Coast Summer Tour Dates

March 26th, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam announced a ten date East Coast tour, which begins June 11th in West Palm Beach, FL and wraps June 30th in Mansfield, MA. Kings of Leon will open the June 11-17th concert dates. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will open the remaining dates from June 19-30th.

Public on-sale dates and ticket information will be announced in local markets in the coming days.

Pearl Jam’s East Coast tour dates are as follows:

11-Jun West Palm, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre

12-Jun Tampa, FL St Pete Times Forum

13-15 June Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival **

16-Jun Columbia, SC Colon...
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The Best Songs About Girls From A To Z, Part 2

February 1st, 2008 1:49pm EST
David Bowie
Here's part two of the best songs about girls with every letter of the alphabet, regardless of whether or not the subject of the song is the same as the title. There were two considerations in making the list: How good the song is versus how cool the chick sounds. See A to M here, and check out N to Z:

N: Darling Nikki by Prince because, if you will recall, all her masturbating with a magazine got Tipper Gore's panties all in a bunch, which in turn prompted the Explicit Lyrics stickers.

O: Ophelia by The Band. Pretty cool song, but mostly because there weren't many "O's."

P:...
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Dispatch Set To Release Concert Doc, 'Dispatch: Zimbabwe – Live At Madison Square Garden'

January 25th, 2008 7:30pm EST
Dispatch
Boston-based band, Dispatch, will release to DVD "Dispatch: Zimbabwe – Live at Madison Square Garden", a concert film exploring the trio's on-going efforts to raise money for the frightening situation in Zimbabwe.

Set for a January 29, 2008 DVD release through self-owned Bomber Records (in partnership with AEG Network Live and VDI Entertainment), "Dispatch: Zimbabwe - Live at Madison Square Garden" was directed by renowned photographer Danny Clinch and filmed around the band's three-night sold out run at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden in July.

The release will include...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 23

December 23rd, 2007 3:00am EST
Eddie Vedder
Happy Birthday to "Planet of the Apes" actress/model Estella Warren (1978), Canadian singer Esthero (1978), 80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim (1971), Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder (1964), southern singer Victoria Williams (1958), Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray (1956), King Crimson guitarist/music producer Adrian Belew (1949), soap-opera actress Susan Lucci (1947), U.S. General Wesley Clark (1944), Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer (1943), musician/songwriter Tim Hardin (1941; d. 1980), and Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (1940).
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Two Powerfully Charged Films About The Who Come To DVD Nov. 6

October 15th, 2007 2:39pm EDT
The Who
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who and Amazing Journey: Six Quick Ones, two exhilarating feature-length films about one of the seminal and most influential rock bands in history, produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Trinifold Management, will be released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on DVD on November 6, 2007.

Marking 40 years since The Who's first U.S. appearance in North America, Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who made its worldwide debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2007.

Spanning over four decades, Amazing Journey:...
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Pearl Jam To Release Live Italian Concert Film, 'Immagine In Cornice,' Sept. 25

September 13th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam announces the release of Immagine in Cornice "Picture in a Frame" (Monkeywrench Records, distributed by Rhino Entertainment), a live concert film chronicling the band's performances with behind-the-scenes footage from the five Italian concerts that took place as part of the band's 2006 European tour. Featured cities and venues include: Pala Malaguti in Bologna, the Arena di Verona, the Forum in Milan, Palaisozaki in Torino and Duomo Square in Pistoia, Italy.

Immagine in Cornice was directed by renowned photographer, filmmaker and long-time friend of the band Danny Clinch (Br...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 20

July 20th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Josh Holloway
Happy Birthday to All-American Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty (1980), Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bundchen (1980), actor Simon Rex (1974), "Lost" bad-boy Josh Holloway (1969), British actor Julian Rhind-Tutt (1968), Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (1966), ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell (1964), actor Frank Whaley (1963), "Spies Like Us" actress Donna Dixon (1956), Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook (1956), prolific Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana (1947), singer/songwriter Kim Carnes (1945), screen legend Natalie Wood (1938; d. 1981), and actress Lola Albright (1926).
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Rhino Unlocks The Grateful Dead Vault With The Long-Delayed 'Three From The Vault'

July 4th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Grateful Dead
If you want to understand why people obsess over live Grateful Dead recordings, the historic From The Vault series of releases holds the answer. The story begins in 1991 when the band quietly and unintentionally launched a musical revolution with back-to-back live concert releases, One From the Vault and Two from The Vault. These superior-quality recordings of fan-favorite shows not only delighted Deadheads everywhere, but also inspired artists like Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam to eventually follow suit with releases of their own classic concerts.

Setting a gold standard by whic...
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Pearl Jam To Release Seven-Disc Box-Set 'Live At The Gorge 05/06' On June 26

June 13th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Pearl Jam
SEATTLE, WA - Pearl Jam announces the release of "Pearl Jam Live at the Gorge 05/06" (Monkeywrench Records), a seven disk box set of the band's three scorching sold-out George, Washington shows that kicked off and concluded the band's extensive world tour.

"Live at the Gorge" is comprised of seventy-six individual songs that aptly capture the energy of the band and 75,000 hometown fans over the course of three memorable nights. The setlists span Pearl Jam's 17-year career, including the band's classics, their rarely-played but oft-requested rarities, and their most-loved cover songs. ...
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Elvis Costello & The Imposters To Perform An Exclusive Live Webcast Concert May 14

May 10th, 2007 11:51am EDT
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello & The Imposters will perform an exclusive live webcast concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday, May 14, following the taping of their appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. The concert will be streamed on The Late Show website at CBS.com (www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow) that evening at approximately 8:25 PM, ET/5:25 PM, PT.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Costello's seminal debut album, My Aim is True, which was released in the summer of 1977. He and The Imposters will perform songs from his two new releases: The Best of Elvis Costello: The F...
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Lollapalooza 2007 Lineup Announced

April 12th, 2007 12:13pm EDT
Pearl Jam
Tickets are now officially on sale for Lollapalooza 2007, August 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Among the 120-plus artists are behemoths Pearl Jam — in their sole U.S. show this year — as well as Daft Punk, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Muse, Iggy and the Stooges, Interpol, Kings of Leon, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party, Snow Patrol, The Roots, Paolo Nutini, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, and many more.

The 2006 edition of Lollapalooza filled Grant Park with more than 166,000 attendees of every stripe—figuratively and literally—...
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