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These Bands Have Bold And Controversial Names

5/31/2015 3:00pm EDT
15 Bold And Sexual Band Names
Not all band names were created equally. Some are clearly down to earth while others are bold and filled with controversy. A down to earth post of the best band names would be boring, SO, why not examine some of the boldest band names out there, shall we? No, this list doesn’t “go for the kill” – some are too hot for Starpulse or really anybody – but there are definitely 15 great, bold bands that grace this list.

1) N.W.A.

One of the boldest, most controversial names (and collectives) has to be N.W.A., which stands for N***az Wit Attitudes. As shocking as the name is outside of it...

Who's Performing At Coachella 2015?

1/7/2015 9:32am EST
Coachella Lineup To Include Headlining Acts AC/DC, Drake & Jack
AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will headline the Coachella music festival in California in April. The Australian rockers will perform on the Friday nights of the two-weekend event; alternative rocker White will sing on the Saturday nights of each weekend, and rapper Drake will be the closing act on both Sundays.

It will be the first time AC/DC performs in the United States without founding member Malcolm Young, who is battling dementia and quit the band last year. Young's nephew, Stevie Young, will take his place as guitarist.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is currently fighting allegations of dr...

'Community' Recap:'Home Economics'

11/6/2009 9:43am EST
After a nearly perfect Halloween episode, this week's Community feels like a bit of a let down. Jeff appears topless right away, revealing himself to be living out of his car. Again, this show continues to mime the various aspects of the community college experience, this time the compromises one makes with his pride. Jeff still wants to be a superficial lawyer with a lavish condo and a Lexus, but in order to become a real person, someone Britta would date, he'll have to set his sights lower.

He moves into Abed's dorm (yes, some larger community colleges have dorms), where he learns the ...

'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

7/14/2008 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...

The Most Underrated And Overrated Breakup Songs

6/27/2008 10:51am EDT
Of all the different types of songs, none is more essential than the Breakup Song. Sure, love songs are nice and dance songs are fun, but when you're feeling blue, a good breakup song is nearly a panacea. Knowing someone else has felt that low and hearing it perfectly articulated can pry the Jack Daniels from your hands for a minute and allow you to once again think that life is worth living.

Artists produce breakup songs with a prolificacy only outdone by love songs. With so many to choose from, and so many situations in which to listen to them, selecting the best breakup song is im...

AARP Tour: Bands That Shouldn't Be Touring Anymore

6/24/2008 10:25am EDT
Steely Dan
Sometimes it seems like a band just doesn't know when to quit. Just imagine how many times you've heard some classic rock DJ try to pawn off front row tickets to Steely Dan, or how many advertisements you've seen for a free REO Speedwagon show at the naval base followed by fireworks and the Glen Hill retirement community brass band. While I'll admit that the willingness of these groups to play every major outdoor amphitheater each summer showcases their tenacity, it doesn't exactly work wonders for their dignity. After a while, playing to half-empty audiences of drunken suburbanites has to ...

Goofy Rock Names

5/30/2008 8:58am EDT
Meat Loaf
There are lots of bizarre, random band names in the history of rock and roll, like the Strawberry Alarm Clock, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Electric Prunes, and it may have been a little embarrassing to say "I'm a member of The Electric Prunes." But, would you be willing to say, "I am the Electric Prune?"

Here at Starpulse, we would like to pay tribute to the individuals who have the courage to sign his/her checks, or introduce him/herself at a parent teacher conference with one of the below listed names.

10) The Edge: It's kind of a cool name when you think about it. Not Ed...

Idina Menzel Discusses Her New CD, Wedding Singer Days And More

2/18/2008 1:52pm EST
Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel is best known for her critically lauded roles in Rent and Wicked, but who knew she started out as a wedding singer and fronted rock bands in the bars of Greenwich Village? In this Starpulse Q and A, Idina reminisces about her nights as a teenage entertainer, driving illegally across state lines to perform at Temples and Reception Halls, what it took to channel all of her experiences and influences to make her latest album I Stand, and takes a stab at the age old question, "What is love?"

You worked with Glen Ballard on this album, who's best known for his work on Alanis Mo...

Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

9/11/2007 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...

Luciana Souza Releases Seventh Album, 'The New Bossa Nova'

8/29/2007 6:45pm EDT
Luciana Souza
"I wanted to make a record that would be accessible yet truthful," Luciana Souza says of The New Bossa Nova, her seventh album and her Verve debut. "The world is so loud and noisy and overwhelming now that it can be a challenge to get people to sit and listen to something that's quiet. But I have faith that they will."

The New Bossa Nova marks an exciting new chapter for the Brazilian-born vocalist and three-time Grammy® nominee, who's already widely acknowledged as one of jazz's most respected and accomplished vocalists. The 11-song album finds the artist crafting a fresh and highl...

Music Picks From The Stars Of 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters'

4/2/2007 4:10pm EDT
Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters hits cinemas April 13 and if you're like me, you gotta wonder what the four main characters of rock to in their boom boxes. What follows is an odd eclectic mix of tunes - from Carl's big hair rock to Master Shake's collection of tunes about promiscuous women.


Jailbreak - AC/DC

If you go to jail, why stay there? Get some friends with guns and dynamite to get you out.

Mr. Roboto - Styx

There's more to this song than meets the eye. He's like, in this jail for kick ass rockers, and he kills this robot and hides inside th...

Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

3/7/2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 10

1/10/2007 3:00am EST
Donald Fagen
Happy Birthday to NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme (1975), Crash Test Dummies singer Brad Roberts (1964), "Sunny Came Home" singer Shawn Colvin (1956), German guitarist Michael Schenker (1955), 80s singer Pat Benatar (1953), boxer George Foreman (1949), character actor William Sanderson (1948), Steely Dan singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen (1948), English singer Rod Stewart (1945), folk singer Jim Croce (1943; d. 1973), actor Sal Mineo (1939; d. 1976), baseball legend Willie McCovey (1938), historic author Stephen Ambrose (1936; d. 2002), film executive Roy Disney (1930), and "Casablanca" star Pa...

Styx Guitarist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger Frontman Jack Blades Release 2nd Disc, "Influence," Feb 07

11/22/2006 10:55am EST
Shaw Blades
What happens with two of today's most successful classic rockers join forces to create an album of songs that have been a source of inspiration for their respective multi-Platinum careers?

The result is "Influence", the sophomore album by Shaw Blades--led by Styx/Damn Yankees guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw and Night Ranger/Damn Yankees bassist/vocalist Jack Blades--which is set for release February 20, 2007 on VH1 Classic Records. The self-produced album was mixed by Noel Golden (Matchbox Twenty, Willie Nelson) and Great White keyboardist/guitarist Michael Lardie. The first single, "Yo...

Akon's "Konvicted" In Stores Today; Listen To Two Songs From It Here

11/14/2006 12:07pm EST
After winning music fans over with his 2003 multi-platinum debut Trouble, Senegalese singer Akon returns with more stories from his personal journey via his sophomore CD Konvicted. If Trouble was Akon's ode to redemption (before his music career took off he served time for car theft), Konvicted picks up at rebirth. His mission now is to reinvent himself through his salvation - music.

The son of accomplished jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was introduced to varied musical styles early on. "I grew-up listening to all kinds of music. Obviously I love soul songs, but I also like mixing in ot...

Prolific Modern Jazz Guitarist Lee Ritenour's "Smoke N' Mirrors" Available Now

8/25/2006 1:12pm EDT
Lee Ritenour
True to its intriguing and provocative title, Lee Ritenour's latest CD Smoke N' Mirrors takes listeners on a magical, multi-faceted global journey unlike any other in the legendary guitarist's three decade, nearly 40 album career. Inspired by his very first trip to South Africa in 2005, where he performed five hugely successful concerts at festivals in Johannesburg and Capetown, with Smoke N' Mirrors, Ritenour takes an expansive, polyrhythmic approach, working with musicians from South Africa, Cameroon-West Africa, Brazil, Columbia, Peru and India. Also joining him on this recording is an e...

Steely Dan Release New Hits Collection; On Tour Now

7/14/2006 12:30pm EDT
Steely Dan
Defying pop and rock conventions, Steely Dan's extraordinary three-decade-plus career has been filled with slinky grooves, inventive lyrics, and infectious hits. Now, as one of rock's most admired and innovative groups embarks on a major national tour this summer, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen marks its first career-spanning multi-label compilation--Steely Dan: The Definitive Collection (Geffen/UMe), released August 1, 2006.

(Editors note: click an album title in this article for a review and tracklisting)

Replacing and updating the 20-year-...

UK Soul Singer Terri Walker To Release New Album, "I Am", May 15

4/12/2006 2:42pm EDT
Terri Walker
This spring sees the return of the UK’s hottest soul singer, Terri Walker. 'I Am' is a fusion of intelligent styles, blended into an accessible and commercial sound. The album features ten stunning tracks which are sure to capture the imaginations of all generations.

Terri signed with London based independent label Dekkor Records directly after coming out of her deal with Universal. “The concept was simple” states Leo Alexander from the label, “Make the album you want to make”.

Terri has co-written and co-produced all tracks from the album, taking the sound back to her debut Mercu...

Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) Tour Dates And Song Clips From Upcoming 3rd Solo Album

2/24/2006 11:20am EST
Donald Fagen
'Morph The Cat,' the eagerly anticipated new solo album from Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen, has been set for a March 14 release; and 'H Gang,' the first single taken from the album, is already available as a digital download. Featuring nine new songs written and arranged by Fagen, 'Morph The Cat' is the multi-Grammy winning artist's first solo album since 1993's 'Kamakiriad' and the final installment in a musical trilogy that originally began with the release of 'The Nightfly' in 1982.

Written and arranged by Fagen with engineering assistance courtesy of Elliot Scheiner (a regular...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 10

1/10/2006 3:00am EST
Rod Stewart
Happy Birthday to NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme (1975), Crash Test Dummies singer Brad Roberts (1964), "Sunny Came Home" singer Shawn Colvin (1956), German guitarist Michael Schenker (1955), 80s singer Pat Benatar (1953), boxer George Foreman (1949), character actor William Sanderson (1948), Steely Dan singer/keyboardist Donald Fagen (1948), English singer Rod Stewart (1945), folk singer Jim Croce (1943; d. 1973), actor Sal Mineo (1939; d. 1976), baseball legend Willie McCovey (1938), historic author Stephen Ambrose (1936; d. 2002), film executive Roy Disney (1930), and "Casablanca" star Pa...