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The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

December 30th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
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The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...
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Five Music Takeaways from 2013

December 15th, 2013 1:00pm EST
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
Ah, there is always plenty to write about the music industry and the number of trends that come and go, as well as those remaining constant.  2013 was another interesting year, whether merely for its pleasant surprises or its disappointments.  Many observations will and can be made of the year musically and pop-culturally in regards to its artists.  While my inner musical nerdy side wishes that I could nitpick and analyze every facet microscopically, I’ll rely on a Childish Gambino rhyme to express why that’s not possible: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” What I do have time for is to shar...
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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

December 9th, 2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

October 11th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...
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Queens Of The Stone Age Singer Tells Jay Z To 'F--- Off' After Being Asked To Pose With Champagne

September 18th, 2013 6:07pm EDT
Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme has a big problem with what he and his band was asked to do at Jay Z's music festival.

The rock band played at Jay Z's Made In America festival in Philadelphia earlier this month. Homme told CBC Radio 2, "That guy's a kook, you know. He has his security frisking the bands on the way in. I just told him 'If you open up my bag, then we're not playing, so I guess it's up to you now to decide whether I'm playing or not.'

"The idea they frisked all my guys, means you’re in some different place, no-one has ever done that."

Later, Jay Z gave the band a ...
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Queens Of The Stone Age Reach No. 1 On Billboard 200 Chart

June 13th, 2013 9:54am EDT
Queens Of The Stone Age
For the first time, rockers Queens Of The Stone Age achieved a number-one album on the Billboard 200 chart. The band, led by singer Josh Homme, has sold 91,000 copies of "Like Clockwork."

Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" slid to number two after a two-week reign in the number-one slot. Hardcore rockers Sleeping With Sirens' "Feel" came in at number three.

Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story..." climbed to four, and Darius Rucker's "True Believers" rounds out the top five.

On the singles chart, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" hit number one in both the United States and United Kingd...
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Queens Of The Stone Age Unveil Mockumentary

December 29th, 2012 4:20pm EST
Queens of the Stone Age
Queens Of The Stone Age have filmed a hilarious spoof 'mockumentary' giving fans a sneak peek behind the making of the band's next studio album.

The rockers took inspiration for the nine-minute film from Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap, which follows the journey of a fictional heavy metal band.

In the YouTube.com video, entitled Secrets Of The Sound, British comedian Matt Berry and comic Steve Agee take on the role of bumbling interviewers who forget the band mates' names, insult their equipment and show a distinct lack of musical knowledge.

The band posted a link to the video on thei...
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Josh Homme Sues Former Kyuss Bandmates

March 11th, 2012 7:14pm EDT
Josh Homme
Rocker Josh Homme has filed a lawsuit against his former Kyuss bandmates in a dispute over a trademark.

The Queens of the Stone Age star, who played guitar in Kyuss until the band's split in 1995, did not take part in the group's reunion tour last year when they re-emerged as Kyuss Lives! and has now become embroiled in a legal battle over the band name.

Homme, along with former Kyuss star Scott Reeder, have filed suit against singer John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork, accusing them of "trademark infringement and consumer fraud" for attempting to trademark the band's name without them.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Singer Josh Homme Is A Dad Again

August 21st, 2011 8:00pm EDT
Josh Homme
Punk rocker Josh Homme has become a father for the second time - his wife Brody Dalle gave birth to a son earlier this month.

The Queens of the Stone Age star and the Spinnerette singer, who already have a five-year-old daughter, Camille, welcomed son Orrin Ryder on August 12.

In a post on Twitter.com Dalle writes, "We got us a very handsome red-headed baby boy - Orrin Ryder Homme born on Friday the 12th of August, 7 lbs., 12oz. Weez totes (we are totally) IN-LOVE."

The couple married in 2007.
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Former Queens Of The Stone Age Rocker Faces 15 Years In Prison After Police Standoff

August 14th, 2011 10:51am EDT
Queens of the Stone Age
Rocker Nick Oliveri has been charged with five felonies following a lengthy standoff with police last month.

Cops swooped on the former Queens of the Stone Age star's Los Angeles home following reports of a domestic bust-up, but the musician refused to allow them into the property.

A special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team was called amid fears Oliveri had a high-powered rifle at the residence and the rocker eventually gave himself up. He was booked for felony domestic violence and released on $100,000 bail.

However, new court documents, obtained by TMZ.com, show Oliveri is facing furthe...
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Rocker Nick Oliveri Arrested Following Police Standoff

July 13th, 2011 11:36am EDT
Queens of the Stone Age
Rocker Nick Oliveri has been arrested after a two-hour standoff with a SWAT team.

Cops swooped on the former Queens of the Stone Age star's home on Tuesday night after reports of a domestic bust-up, but the musician refused to allow them into the property, according to TMZ.com.

A SWAT team was called amid fears Oliveri had a high-powered rifle at the Los Angeles residence - but after a two-hour siege the rocker gave himself up.

He was booked for felony domestic violence and later released on $100,000 bail.
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Queens Of The Stone Age Expanded Remastered Debut Reissue out April 19

March 8th, 2011 1:16pm EST
Queens of the Stone Age
The expanded, remastered reissue of Queens Of The Stone Age's classic 1998 debut out digitally March 8 and on CD and vinyl April 19 on Rekords Rekords/Domino can now be streamed in its entirety at the band's website and social media channels, as well via the site of the band's own Rekords Rekords imprint and label partner Domino.

Queens Of The Stone Age will be available on CD, double vinyl LP and via digital download. Pre-orders for the vinyl or CD formats will receive an instantly available digital download of the full record.

Queens Of The Stone Age is commemorating the upcoming rei...
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Queens Of The Stone Age Performed Appendectomy On Fan In Germany?

February 24th, 2011 9:05am EST
Queens of the Stone Age
Rockers Queens Of The Stone Age once performed an emergency appendectomy on a female fan in Germany, according to the band's guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen.

The group had just finished a concert in Munich when Leeuwen and his bandmates were called upon to help a sick fan.

The rocker insists he knew what he was doing - but was too drunk to do it properly.

He tells FasterLouder.com, "We forgot the anesthesia. I do know how to perform these operations, but I'd had too much to drink that day. But she's OK.

"It's actually a legal matter... It's a medical, slash legal matter and I can't say much ...
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Queens Of The Stone Age To Return

December 30th, 2010 2:18pm EST
Queens of the Stone Age
Rockers Queens Of The Stone Age are set to end their two-year hiatus by heading back to the recording studio in 2011.

The band has not released any new material since 2007's Era Vulgaris, and in 2008 they embarked an extended break which saw frontman Josh Homme form Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones.

Guitarist Dean Fertita also focused on a side-project, playing with Jack White's The Dead Weather, but the musician admits the No One Knows hit-makers are now ready to work together again.

He tells The Pulse Of Radio, "Things are going really good. Everybody seems ...
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Eagles Of Death Metal Bassist Diagnosed With Cancer

June 16th, 2010 10:15pm EDT
Eagles of Death Metal
Eagles of Death Metal bass player Brian O'Connor is to undergo surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday after doctors diagnosed him with cancer.

The rocker insists his prognosis is good and he's looking forward to getting back onstage after beating the disease through ongoing treatment and chemotherapy.

A statement from O'Connor to fans reads, "With the remarkable support and love from my amazing friends and family, I am receiving the best medical and moral attention one could ask for. I cannot thank everyone enough for their continued support and involvement.

"I am excited for my full recove...
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Them Crooked Vultures Spoof Dave Grohl's 'Coffee Addiction'

March 17th, 2010 12:02pm EDT
Them Crooked
Dave Grohl's Them Crooked Vultures band mates have released a spoof video detailing the rocker's "coffee addiction" during their studio sessions.

The footage, posted on YouTube.com, shows the musicians recording their upcoming second album, and pokes fun at the Foo Fighters frontman's love of hot beverages.

The two-minute video is titled "Dave Grohl in Fresh Pots!" and was filmed by his bandmates, Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

The clip's onscreen text jokingly states the rocker was "rushed to doctor due to the onset of unwanted physical...
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Taylor Swift Featured In 'Band Hero'; New Songs Announced

October 2nd, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift, Band Hero, Band Hero Song List
Video game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero's in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favorite chart-topping hits "You Belong With Me," "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story" in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season - "Band Hero". Today, Activision puts fans front and center in the concert of a lifetime, as they debut Swift's never-before-seen in-game performances in "Band Hero", the perfect game for family and friends to jam out and sing along to their favorite tunes togethe...
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Papa Roach Announce Summer Tour With Nickelback

July 10th, 2009 11:15pm EDT
Papa Roach Announce Summer Tour With Nickelback
Multi-platinum Grammy-nominated rock sensation Papa Roach has been scorching stages across the globe in support of their new release and fifth studio album Metamorphosis, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Album Chart. Rolling Stone calls the album "hard-riffing and accessible" and Billboard lauds it as "polished and wide-ranging." The band, which is Jacoby Shaddix (vocals), Tobin Esperance (bass), Jerry Horton (guitar) and Tony Palermo (drums), is fresh off a European run of sold out headlining and festival dates and will kick off their tour with fellow powerhouse Nickelback on July 10th...
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The Learning Curve: Grunge, Dark Vibes And More

April 7th, 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

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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...
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Where Do Bands Get Their Names?

November 11th, 2008 11:01am EST
The Band
Sometimes the music doesn't matter. A band that channels the combined genius of John Lennon, Strauss and The Spice Girls can still fall flat with the wrong name. After all, who wants to tell people that their favorite band is called "Truck" or "Lug Nut?" A bad name can kill the potential of any group of musicians. It took more than a few tries to get it right for many of the most popular groups of all time. A few young gents from Britain started off their career calling themselves The Detours and then The High Numbers before ultimately settling on The Who.

Rock history is rife with lor...
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UNKLE Return With 'End Titles...Stories For Film' Sept. 2

June 30th, 2008 5:33pm EDT
UNKLE
This summer sees the return of UNKLE as they release their spectacularly beautiful End Titles...Stories for Film, a collection of eclectic recordings from line up comprised of James Lavelle and Pablo Clements.

This pioneering act are never prepared to stagnate or run out of fresh ideas about musical styles and collaborations and so they have teamed up with some of today's most exciting and cutting edge acts with this album including Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Black Mountain, Gavin Clark, Joel Cadbury (South) James Petralli from White Denim, Chris Goss (Masters of Reality, Q...
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MTV2 Selects Next 'Rock Band' Singles

June 9th, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Rock Band
Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the next addition to the Rock Band Music Store will be tracks from MTV2's "Circuit Breakout" band contest winners The Material, The Myriad and Them Terribles, available on Tuesday, June 10. The three up-and-coming acts will join the ranks of some of the greatest rock bands including Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Boston, The Grateful Dead, Queens of the Stone Age and more, as part of the Rock Band downloadable content catalog with more than 170 songs to date. Each track will be available for $.99 per track (80 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360®), or $2.99 ...
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UK Electro-Rock Band Pendulum To Release Debut Album, 'In Silico,' May 12

April 13th, 2008 11:00am EDT
Pendulum
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 ...
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Dub Trio: These Cats Have Claws

March 21st, 2008 9:48am EDT
Dub Trio
As the backing band for Mike Patton's Peeping Tom, DP Holmes, Stu Brooks, and Joe Tomino have performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and in front of 10,000 fans at Madison Square Garden as openers for The Who; individually they've performed with 50 Cent, The Fugees, and Mos Def; and together, as Dub Trio, they create a sound Holmes describes " a cross between metal, punk, rock, ambient, and dub music." Starpulse spoke with Holmes about the trio's latest release, Another Sound is Dying, how fireworks make the recording process easier, and the notion of Funishment.

What significance ...
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'Rock Band' Set List Finalized

October 29th, 2007 12:31pm EDT
Rock Band
Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 29, 2007 – Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, announced today the final song list for its highly anticipated music videogame Rock Band. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes 58 tracks and spans every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. With multiple instruments and an impressive selection of online and offline game mo...
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MySpace To Broadcast Projekt Revolution Concert Via MySpaceLive Today At 1:30pm

August 22nd, 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...
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UNKLE Makes Debut As Live Band With Fall North American Tour Dates

August 8th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
UNKLE
Following a successful summer run of high-profile shows overseas including headlining the mainstage at Benicassim in Spain after Muse and the Glade Festival in Reading, U.K., UNKLE has announced it will come to North America this October for a short run of tour dates. Spearheaded by frontman James Lavelle, releases Psyence Fiction and Never, Never, Land. Check out live footage from the aforementioned Benicassim show here.

The 's only U.S. festival show this year at the Vegoose Festival. Tickets for all the tour dates, except for Vegoose which are available now, go on sale this Friday,...
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Vegoose Confirms Initial Line Up For 2007 Festival; Rage Against The Machine And Daft Punk To Headline

July 24th, 2007 5:04pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, creators of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, are proud to announce the initial line up for Vegoose 2007. The third annual installment of this dynamic entertainment experience will be staged in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, at Sam Boyd Stadium, encompassing the surrounding complex – highlighted by the 30-acre grassy Star Nursery Field with its stunningly beautiful mountain backdrop. Two-day passes to the event will go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 AM PST only at www.vegoose.com.

Known for setting the high standard i...
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Queens Of The Stone Age Announce More Tour Dates, Secret Shows, And Live Q&A

July 18th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
QOTSA
Queens of the Stone Age have announced via www.QOTSA.com more US tour dates as well as a secret show in LA that fans can win tickets to only by attending the Bakersfield, CA show, July 23, which is the first stop on the band's sure-to-be epic "Duluth Tour." Details regarding the secret LA show have yet to be announced, but the band has added new cities to their tour including Dallas, Atlanta, Norfolk, and Baltimore. Visit www.QOTSA.com for more information.

Fans also have an opportunity to win tickets to the "Duluth Tour" by downloading and photographing Bulby in their home towns. For ...
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Queens of the Stone Age - Duluth Tour 2007

June 16th, 2007 9:15am EDT
Queens of the Stone Age
Oh, how these gypsies run amok! Limping along in their dusty caravan of creaky wheels, fake gold and questionable medicines; Queens of the Stone Age are coming straight to you like an elephant packed into a truck.

The Duluth Tour -- specifically created by Josh Homme and Co. with the truest fans in mind -- is already causing tearful tantrums in the crowded cribs of Los Angeles and New York City. Only this band would have the courage to deny the major cities of our great nation their usual first dibs. Chicago? Miami? This time you wait.

This summer, in celebration of their Era Vulg...
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