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Spotlight on Summer Concerts

May 13th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Bonnaroo Music Festival
During the summer of 2011, plenty of music will be playing across this great land of ours. While by no means an exhaustive list of summer tours, we're shining our spotlight on some of the hottest tickets of the hottest season. Whatever your musical taste or monetary budget, there's bound to be something for everyone.

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U2 - One of this summer's most highly-anticipated events is U2's 360º Tour, especially considering that many fans have been waiting with tickets in hand since last summer, when the North American leg of the tour was postponed due to Bono's back injury. The tour begins wit...
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John Entwistle Named Greatest Bassist Of All Time

April 1st, 2011 8:02pm EDT
John Entwistle
Late The Who star John Entwistle has topped a new online poll to find the best bassist.

The rocker, who died in 2002, beat out Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea and Paul McCartney in the Rolling Stone readers survey.

In naming Entwistle the top man, the publication's editors state, "His solo on My Generation is probably the most famous bass solo in rock history."

"The Who have carried on since his sudden death in 2002, but their music has lacked Entwistle's thunder and been considerably weaker as a result."

Also making the top five: Rush's Geddy Lee and Les Claypool from Primus.

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Matisyahu Discusses His New Album 'Light'

August 24th, 2009 1:28pm EDT
Matisyahu Light
Matisyahu, best known for his hit 2004 reggae album "Shake Off the Dust… Arise" has a new album, "Light", that drops Tuesday, August 25th. Matisyahu discusses his inspiration behind the album, the recording process and how he learned to sing with a Patois accent.

Starpulse: Your new album "Light" comes across as being a beautiful, catchy and enjoyable work of art. Can you tell us a little bit about "Light" and what some of your influences and inspirations were going into the recording process?

Matisyahu: It's a product of a little bit of soul searching, who I am and my take on the ...
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Greatest 'South Park' Episodes

March 12th, 2008 11:06am EDT
South Park
It's that time again…A new season of South Park is on the way. Yes, the four little boys from South Park have been offending, swearing, making us all think and making us all laugh for 12 years. We walked down memory lane, went through all the seasons and picked some of our favorite episode from each season (This wasn't as easy as it sounds since there were a couple of seasons that had 4 or 5 really good episodes). Here are our picks of the greatest "South Park" episodes:

Season 1:

Mecha Streisand (Episode 12)

Kyle's discovery at an archaeological dig catches the attention of Bar...
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Starpulse Q&A: Les Claypool's Quest for Electric Apricot

November 2nd, 2007 3:09pm EDT
Les Claypool
As the front man of Primus, Les Claypool's sense of humor has always been on display, and it takes center stage in National Lampoon Presents Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo. Written, directed, and starring Claypool, the film chronicles the journey of Electric Apricot, a jam band recording its first album and hoping to perform at Festeroo, a popular music festival. As outrageous as the situations that the band faces may be, Claypool explains that everything was grounded in his own experiences as an entertainer. Suddenly fame isn't as glamorous if it means having severed hog limbs thrown...
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Serj Tankian To Release Debut Solo Album, 'Elect The Dead,' Oct. 23

October 8th, 2007 2:24pm EDT
Serj Tankian
Serj Tankian, the visionary frontman for multi-platinum rock band System Of A Down, has set a date to release his debut solo album, entitled Elect The Dead, which will be released on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records on October 23rd.

Known for his work with hard-rock agitators SOAD, Tankian says he had no clue he was about to make a rock record when he began to record at his home studio in Los Angeles last summer. "I was writing more traditional type songs on my piano and acoustic guitar, with a classical, almost operatic flavor; and lo and behold, it ended up being a rock record. Funny ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 29

September 29th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Les Claypool
Happy Birthday to Playboy Playmate/Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak (1969), Primus bassist Les Claypool (1964), "Desperate Housewives" actor Roger Bart (1962), singer Jennifer Rush (1960), comedian Andrew Dice Clay (1957), Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farmer (1948), TV host Bryant Gumbel (1948), jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (1942), "Deadwood" star Ian McShane (1942), "Young Frankenstein" actress Madeline Kahn (1942; d. 1999), "M*A*S*H" actor Larry Linville (1939; d. 2000), singer Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), director Stanley Kramer (1913; d. 2001), English actor Trevor Howard (1913; d. 1988), actor/...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Family Values Tour Expands With Second Stage And 'Guitar Hero II' Competition!

July 4th, 2007 9:00am EDT
Korn
This summer's biggest tour, Family Values, has teamed up with RedOctane's Guitar Hero to sponsor a second stage on the tour with an additional five bands making a total of 13 acts performing. A likely pairing, rock's biggest outing including co-headliners Korn and Evanescence, Atreyu, Flyleaf, Hellyeah, and Trivium partnered with the ultimate rock star experience, Guitar Hero, will foster hot newcomers Five Finger Death Punch, Invitro, Twin Method and others to be announced shortly, on the second stage all for an added value and the best-priced lawn tickets of the summer at $9.99!

The...
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Primus Front Man Les Claypool Set To Release Solo Tour DVD, 'Fancy'; Win It

May 30th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Les Claypool
(Los Angeles, CA) - On May 29, renowned bassist and legendary Primus frontman Les Claypool released Fancy (Prawn Song), his first solo live concert DVD from his 2006 summer tour with his latest group of accomplished players. A major market tour commences May 23 in Minneapolis and wraps July 14 at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV.

Fancy shows the latest band at its peak performance. With long time associates Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, marimba and percussion (both of Garage a Trois and Critters' Buggin'), the band is rounded out by Cake drummer Paolo Baldi and mu...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 10

April 10th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Mandy Moore
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Amanda "AJ" Michalka (1991), "The Sixth Sense" actor Haley Joel Osment (1988), New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra (1987), American singer/actress Mandy Moore (1984), "Final Destination 3" actor Ryan Merriman (1983), British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor (1979), R&B singer Kenny Lattimore (1970), comedic actor Orlando Jones (1968), Primus drummer Tim Alexander (1965), bandleader/former Stray Cat Brian Setzer (1960), South Bronx DJ Afrika Bambaataa (1960), R&B/pop singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (1958), "Ally McBeal" actor Peter MacNicol (1954), tough-guy-actor...
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Morello's Festival Show Becomes An All-Star Jam

March 16th, 2007 4:19pm EDT
Rage
Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello thrilled fans at his South By Southwest festival appearance last night when he turned his show into an all-star jam.

What was supposed to be a solo acoustic set at the Parish club in Austin, Texas turned into a star-studded festival highlight as pals like Slash, Perry Farrell, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer and Primus frontman Les Claypool joined the rocker onstage.

The unannounced jam session continued well into this morning and ended when a jubilant Morello told fans, "I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend, 'cos you ai...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...
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Happy Holidays From The Family Values Tour

November 23rd, 2006 9:00am EST
Family Values Tour
On December 26, hard rock fans can get another taste of one of the music world's most successful tours when The Family Values Tour 2006 CD and separate DVD are released on Firm Music. The CD and DVD will feature live tracks from Korn and the Deftones, as well as select cuts from all the bands on the bill: Stone Sour, Flyleaf, Dir en grey, 10 Years, Deadsy, Bury Your Dead, Bullets and Octane and Walls of Jericho. Highlights include: one-of-a-kind duets, acoustic tracks and cover songs including a special appearance from Richard Patrick (Army of Anyone, Filter). This upcoming release marks...
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Tony Hawk's Project 8 Track List Revealed

October 17th, 2006 1:49pm EDT
Tony Hawk
Activision, Inc. is rocking gamers with an all-star musical line-up for the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Project 8 video game, including the debut of a track from the highly anticipated Plus-44 album, When Your Heart Stops Beating. The track Lycanthrope, is among 56 heart-pounding songs that will be featured in-game from such artists as Wolfmother, Gnarls Barkley and Kasabian. Full List Below!

“The Tony Hawk’s Project 8 soundtrack features an eclectic collection of original and licensed music from punk rock and hip hop to metal,” said Tim Riley, worldwide executive of music at Activision. “T...
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Primus To Release Retrospective CD And Tour DVD

October 13th, 2006 12:22pm EDT
Primus
The mighty Primus--bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry Lalonde and drummer Tim Alexander--return this fall with a formidable one-two-three punch. October 17 will bring twin releases: their first-ever retrospective CD They Can't All Be Zingers (Interscope/UMe) and a new DVD Blame It On The Fish (on their own Frizzle Fry Inc. imprint), subtitled "An Abstract Look at the 2003 Primus Tour De Fromage," their triumphant reunion trek.

The digitally remastered 16-selection They Can't All Be Zingers spans the band's career from 1990 to 2003, featuring all of its original Modern Rock hits--"Je...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 29

September 29th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Les Claypool
Happy Birthday to Playboy Playmate/Baywatch actress Erika Eleniak (1969), Primus bassist Les Claypool (1964), "Desperate Housewives" actor Roger Bart (1962), singer Jennifer Rush (1960), comedian Andrew Dice Clay (1957), Grand Funk guitarist Mark Farmer (1948), tv host Bryant Gumbel (1948), jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty (1942), "Deadwood" star Ian McShane (1942), "Young Frankenstein" actress Madeline Kahn (1942; d. 1999), "M*A*S*H" actor Larry Linville (1939; d. 2000), singer Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), director Stanley Kramer (1913; d. 2001), English actor Trevor Howard (1913; d. 1988), actor/...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 12

September 12th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Neil Peart
Happy Birthday to "Phantom of the Opera" actress Emmy Rossum (1986), "The O.C." actor Benjamin McKenzie (1978), "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard (1978), "Into the Blue" actor Paul Walker (1973), Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde (1968), musician Ben Folds (1966), Fishbone bassist John Norwood Fisher (1965), actress Amy Yasbeck (1963), French singer Mylene Farmer (1961), British actress Rachel Ward (1957), XTC keyboardist Barry Andrews (1956), "Bosom Buddies" actor Peter Scolari (1954), America co-founder Gerry Beckley (1952), author and Rush drummer Neil Peart (1952), "The Matrix" actor J...
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Celebrity Birthdays, April 10

April 10th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Mandy Moore
Happy Birthday to actress/singer Amanda "AJ" Michalka (1991), "The Sixth Sense" actor Haley Joel Osment (1988), New Zealand singer Hayley Westenra (1987), American singer/actress Mandy Moore (1984), "Final Destination 3" actor Ryan Merriman (1983), British singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor (1979), R&B singer Kenny Lattimore (1970), comedic actor Orlando Jones (1968), Primus drummer Tim Alexander (1965), bandleader/former Stray Cat Brian Setzer (1960), South Bronx DJ Afrika Bambaataa (1960), R&B/pop singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (1958), "Ally McBeal" actor Peter MacNicol (1954), tough-guy-actor...
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Les Claypool Readies DVD, Mockumentary, Book & New Primus Album

November 14th, 2005 8:52am EST
Les Claypool
As previously reported, on November 15 virtuoso songwriter, frontman, bassist, and visual alchemist Les Claypool will release the eye-popping DVD compilation "5 Gallons Of Diesel," spanning over a decade of Claypool's eclectic and creative material. But that's not the only thing Claypool has up his sleeve:

Claypool has just finished work on his first feature film. Entitled "Electric Apricot: Quest For Festeroo," The "mockumentary" spoof of the jamband scene features cameos from many of the biggest artists in that genre, and stars Claypool (who also wrote and directed the picture) as La...
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Les Claypool DVD Features Primus, Oysterhead & More

October 21st, 2005 9:03pm EDT
Les Claypool
Virtuoso songwriter, frontman, bassist, and visual alchemist Les Claypool will release the DVD "5 Gallons Of Diesel" -- a comprehensive overview of Claypool's solo projects and collaborations including over 3.5 hours of live performances and video footage -- November 15th on his own Prawn Song Records. The first ever video release of Claypool's solo career, '5 Gallons' follows on the heels of two wildly succesful Primus DVD's, the platinum 2003 release 'Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People' and 2004's gold 'Hallucino-Genetics Live.'

The eye-popping compilation spans over a decade...
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