‘School of Rock’ Musical to Rock Out on Broadway

The School of Rock is about to take Broadway to school.

Earlier in the day, news had hit that the Jack Black-starring film would be making its way from the big screen onto the brightly lit stages of Broadway.

School of Rock- The Musical is slated to begin its run at the Winter Garden Theatre on Nov. 15, 2015. Though many films have made the transition from the big screen to the stage without any incident, School of Rock has something or rather someone big on their side; Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The famed Broadway producer will be writing the music for the show while Glenn Slater will be taking care of the lyrics. As for the director’s position, Laurence Connor, who is currently behind the “re-imagined revival” of Les Misérables will be taking the position.

But that’s not where all the creative team ends. Three-time Grammy Award winner, Rob Cavallo will be joining Webber, Connor, and Slater. Cavallo has an impressive resume which includes being one of the top-selling record producers around.

If you’ve never heard of Cavallo, he has been albums from Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins and many more.

School of Rock is a wonderful film, a rock and roll story that transcends the genre with passion and heart,” said Cavallo in a statement.

“To be able to creatively collaborate with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, Julian Fellowes [writer of the book] and the rest of the team is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can’t wait to see School of Rock take on a whole new life.”

Officially, the show will open on Dec. 6, 2015. casting for the show will begin in January in cities across the country including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

School of Rock tells the story of a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star named Dewey Finn who takes a job at a prestigious school as a substitute teacher to make ends meet. There, he discovers the musical talents that his students have and help them form a rock band and win the battle of the bands.

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Music News, Movies


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Skate and Surf Festival Unveil First Batch of 2015 Performers

Skate and Surf Festival 2015 - Asbury Park, NJ - May 16th & 17th *RAIN OR SHINE

Skate and Surf Festival organizers had been dropping hints that they would be revealing some of the artists that will be going to New Jersey for the two-day festival in May of 2015. Now, the initial line-up of performers have been unveiled and so far, so good.

Bands such as a newly reunited From Autumn to Ashes, the Dropkick Murphys, Manchester Orchestra, The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Modern Baseball, Motionless in White, and many more have already been revealed. The full official flyer for the two-day show can be seen below.

Skate & Surf

Once again, Skate and Surf will be returning home to Asbury Park, NJ though last year, they almost weren’t allowed to do so, but as we saw, they were.

Tickets for the festival will officially go on sale tonight at 8 p.m., so we will suggest if you’re digging the line-up so far, go ahead and get them while you can, especially when there are still some acts that have yet to be announced.

Remember, last year we saw the reunion of Midtown and a super special reunion including Anthony Green rejoining Saosin for their performance. Of course, that reunion has led to Green rejoining the band he once fronted for an actual tour.

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Music News


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Frnkiero andthe Cellabration to Head Out on First Headlining Tour


Over a year after announcing the creation of his new music project, Frank Iero has now announced that Frnkiero andthe cellabration will be heading out on their first ever headlining tour.

Up until now, the band have been playing the role of supporting act for several bands including Taking Back Sunday and The Used, but now, they will be the headliners for their trek across the country.

The former My Chemical Romance guitarist had told fans yesterday to keep their eyes open for some exciting news, and like promised, today the tour was revealed as well as the tour dates.

The almost two month trek will begin on Feb. 18 in New York at The Studio in Webster Hall and visit several North American cities before wrapping up in Iero’s home state of New Jersey at Asbury Park’s The Stone Pony on Apr. 2.

“I’m really looking forward to finally bringing the whole record to the stage,” said Iero in a statement.

Stomachaches started out as a personal challenge to overcome how I felt and transform my adversity into something beautiful and creative. It has now taken on a completely new life and started to change and evolve the more I share these songs publicly. I’m excited to see how far the band and the work can grow as a result of touring it in its entirety.

The Homeless Gospel Choir and Modern Chemistry will be joining Iero and the rest of the band on the tour. Full tour dates can be seen below.


02/18 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
02/19 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs
02/20 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
02/21 – Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room
02/24 – Montreal, QC @ Underworld
02/25 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
02/26 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
02/27 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
02/28 – Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
03/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
03/04 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
03/05 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
03/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Gallery
03/07 – Boise, ID @ Shredder
03/10 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/13 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
03/14 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
03/16 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live
03/24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
03/25 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/26 – Tallahassee, FL @ Pug’s Live
03/27 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
03/28 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
03/30 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
03/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
04/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
04/02 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony


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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Music News


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Listen to the First 2014 Pop Music Mashup

In less than two weeks, we say good-bye to the year that was 2014 and to think, it feels like it was just yesterday that we were bringing in the new year with so much hope.

Band reunions, anniversary tours, new albums, random music news, and much more have kept us busily writing for you guys (old and new followers) and we would like to thank you for taking a couple of seconds of your day to read a post, like it and even reblog it if you have this year.

As the year comes to an end, we are surely going to begin to see many mash-ups of the year’s most infectiously catchy (and most often than not, annoying) songs of the year.

DJ Daniel Kim who puts out his yearly “Pop Danthology” out around this time is at it again with his mash-up of 66 of the biggest songs of the year.

Check out his 2014 year in review which features songs such as Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” Pharrell’s “Happy,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off,” Maroon 5’s “Animals,” and many more clocking in at over six minutes.

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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Music News, Music Videos


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Watch Patrick Stump Perform National Anthem at Chicago Bears Game


Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump’s 2015 is already shaping up to be a good year.

The band is coming out with a new album in January, some tour dates worldwide have been announced, Stump’s wife welcomed a baby and he’s been chosen to fill a void at the judges’ table on The Sing-Off. Oh, and just last night, they performed on NBC’s hit singing competition show, The Voice. So what more could this Chicago guy ask for?

How about the chance to sing the National Anthem before one of your hometown teams’ games?

Stump did just that on Monday night before the Chicago Bears took on the New Orleans Saints, even though they did lose.

Check out Stump’s performance including “bombs bursting in air” below.

Fall Out Boy’s new album, American Beauty/American Psycho is due out on Jan. 20 through Island/DCD2. Pre-orders are currently available while the band recently revealed vinyl versions of the album will be available soon.

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Music News


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The Devil Wears Prada Announce “Zombie 5″ Tour


The Devil Wears Prada will be celebrating the fifth birthday of their Zombie EP in a big way; by going on a tour.

Taking a page out of several other bands’ book, The Devil wear Prada will perform the record, in full, at each of their stops.

The tour will begin on March 15 in Nashville at Rocketown and will wrap up April 16 in Chicago at the House of Blues. Full tour dates can be seen below.

Going along for the North American trek as the supporting acts are Born of Osiris, The Word Alive, and Secrets.

In a message fans, TDWP frontman Mike Hrancia wrote:

“When we started discussing the idea of playing the Zombie EP front to back, it was clear and evident that the five-year anniversary would be the perfect time to commemorate. I love seeing old records and releases performed and celebrated years after their release, and with that I know how excited we are to announce the Zombie 5 Tour.”

But as if the “Zombie 5″ Tour wasn’t enough, the band have also released a new music video for “War” from 2013’s 8:18.


Mar. 15 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

Mar. 17 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall

Mar. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theater

Mar. 20 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon

Mar. 21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

Mar. 22 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

Mar. 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live

Mar. 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theater

Mar. 27 – Dallas, TX @ The Door

Mar. 28 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre

Mar. 29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live

Mar. 31 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre

Apr. 01 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

Apr. 03 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Apr. 04 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater

Apr. 06 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Apr. 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts

Apr. 08 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Apr. 09 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza

Apr. 10 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Apr. 11 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre

Apr. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall

Apr. 14 – Rochester, NY @ Anthology

Apr. 15 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls

Apr. 16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Music News, Music Videos


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Jury Rules in Apple’s Favor in Antitrust Lawsuit


A couple of weeks ago, Apple was taken to court in a class-action lawsuit which accused the company of purposely erasing music from customers’ iTunes which were not purchased directly from iTunes, but from other digital music sites.

On Tuesday, a jury sided with Apple on the case.

The eight-person jury came to a unanimous decision following just three-hour of deliberation. It should be pointed out that the short deliberation was a kick in the head for the plaintiffs who were building up the lawsuit and trying to take it to trail for nearly 10 years.

The jury determined that Apple did in fact use the iTunes software updates, the ones that supposedly erased the music, to deliver improvements for older iPods. The iPods that were reportedly affected by this were those purchased between September 2006 and March 2009.

Throughout the trial, lawyers for the company discovered that two of the plaintiffs initially named in the suit did not buy iPods in the relevant time period.

“There’s not one piece of evidence of a single individual who lost a single song, not even a complaint about it. This is all made up at this point,” said William Isaacson, Apple’s lead lawyer about the case.

“We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music,” an Apple spokesperson said after the verdict was reached.

“Every time we’ve updated those products over the years – we’ve done it to make the user experience better. “

As the trail made headlines at the beginning of the month, it was reported that if Apple lost, they would be out $350 million in damages which could have reached up to $1 billion under the antitrust laws.

To read the full report about the case, head on over to the New York Times.

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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in Music News


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