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Punk Greats Join Forces for a Good Cause

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Green Day might be going head to head for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t mean the two punk icons can’t join forces for a good cause.

At the Little Kids Rock Benefit which took place last night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Joan Jett was named “Rocker of the Year” a well deserved honor considering Jett’s contribution to the world of punk music. Jett performed at the benefit, but not without a little help from Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong.

Instead of picking a mainstream, well-known song from either of their lengthy catalogs, Jett and Armstrong went on to perform a song titled, “Don’t Abuse Me.” “Don’t Abuse Me” might not be a widely known song, but it was featured on Jett’s 1980’s album Bad Reputation.

Check out the joint performance below.

The Little Kids Rock Benefit is an event held every year since 2009. The event honors rock greats who help support music education in public schools; a stance that many musicians have taken. Since its creation, the foundation has raised millions of dollars to the cause.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Music News

 

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Tyson Stevens’ Cause of Death Reportedly Revealed

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Scary Kids Scaring Kids fans were hit with horrible news early this week when it was confirmed that former frontman Tyson Stevens had passed away.

What began as a rumor on Twitter with people sharing their condolences on social media was quickly confirmed by Stevens’ new band, Coma Prevails.

Coma Prevail posted on Facebook that they would reveal what led to Stevens’ death, but out of respect for the family, they would do so at a later time.

Unlike the band and several media outlets, TMZ have already gotten the cause of death or at least what is believed to be the cause of death.

According to the gossip site, Stevens’ mother and girlfriend, who found him on Monday in his Tuscan home, told cops that his death was caused by a drug overdose, possible heroin though he had recently been clean.

Read the full statement from TMZ below:

Scary Kids Scaring Kids singer Tyson Stevens died from a drug overdose, possibly heroin … that’s what his mom and girlfriend told cops. 

Stevens died Monday and the official cause of death is unknown. But law enforcement sources tell TMZ … there’s smoke. The girlfriend and mom say Stevens had struggled with heroin addiction for a long time, although he was recently clean.

Our sources say Stevens’ body had “old track marks” that had scabbed on his inner right ankle. We’re told there was no heroin in the house where he died, but cops did find weed and pipes.

The toxicology report should reveal precise cause of death. It’s due in a few weeks.”

Even though TMZ is usually right on when it comes to these kinds of things, all we could truly do, is wait for the toxicology report to be released which like the report says, can take up to a few weeks.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Music News

 

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Stream The Foo Fighters’ Washington D.C. Track

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It’s finally Friday and the Foo fighters are celebrating by releasing another song from their upcoming new album, Sonic Highways.

The song “The Feast and the Famine” is the other tracks that was teased during the last trailer for the band’s HBO documentary also titled Sonic Highways; the other song that was featured in the trailer was “Something For Nothing” which was released last week.

The song will appear on tonight’s episode of the series which shows the band going to Washington, D.C. where the track was record.

Check out the “The Feast and the Famine” in full in the video below.

Sonic Highways continues tonight with the band visiting Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA with guest Bad Brains.

Sonic Highways, the album, will be released on Nov. 10 through Roswell Records, frontman Dave Grohl’s imprint from RCA.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Music News, Streaming

 

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Man Overboard to Begin Recording New Album

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It’s been over a year since Man Overboard released their last studio album, Heart Attack, and in a less than a week, the New Jersey-based band will be releasing a five song EP titled Passing Ends through their own record label, Lost Tape Collective.

In support of the EP’s release, the band sat down to speak with Alternative Press at their headquarters about everything that has been going on with them, including: postponing their UK Heart Attack tour due to vocalist/bassist Nik Bruzzese’s ACL surgery, the misfortune of their supporting act (Hostage Calm) disbanding, and if they think they will always refer to themselves as a pop-punk band.

With all that good information, one of the biggest pieces of information came when the band revealed that they were currently working on their fourth studio album already.

“We’re writing and demoing songs right now. We’re gonna go and record it next year,” guitarist Justin Collier said.

“We’re trying to do everything the way we used to as far as hanging out in Nik’s studio a lot which is how we started our band,” vocalist/guitarist Zac Eisenstein said.

“We’re just trying not to do anything different, but we’re getting stuff done [and that's why I came here tonight]. We’re gonna work on some ideas. Without process, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But for those across the pond who were worrying that Man Overboard won’t make it there next year for those postponed dates, don’t fret because the band confirmed that the will be finding an act to take the dearly departed Hostage Calm’s place.

“We’re going to replace Hostage Calm with another band; we don’t know who yet. Everything will come together,” Collier assured. Postponed tour dates can be seen below.

UK HEART ATTACK POSTPONED TOUR DATES:

04/11/15 – Tessenderlo, BL @ Tessloo

04/12/15 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo Kelder

04/13/15 – Cologne, DE @ MTC

04/14/15 – Berlin, DE @ Comet

04/15/15 – Krakow, PL @ Off Kijow Klub

04/16/15 – Vienna, AU @ B72

04/18/15 – Milan (Assago), IT @ Live Forum

04/19/15 – Stuttgart, DE @ Juha West

04/20/15 – Luzern, CH @ Treibhaus

04/21/15 – Paris, FR @ Batofar

04/24/15 – London, UK @ Islington Academy

04/25/15- Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach

04/26/15 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange

04/28/15 – Leicester, UK @ Scholar Bar

04/29/15 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms

04/30/15 – Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank

05/01/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio

05/02/15 – Manchester, UK @ Soundcontrol. (Pinky Swear Fest)

05/03/15 – Liverpool, UK @ Fury Fest

05/04/15 – Leeds, UK @ The Key Club.

05/05/15 – Belfast, UK @ Sub Bar

05/06/15- Dublin, IR @ Fibber Magees

Man Overboard’s EP, Passing Ends is due out Tuesday, Oct. 28.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Music News

 

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Watch the Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

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Avengers Assemble?

Late last night, the official trailer for the upcoming second installment of The Avengers series, Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, was leaked, but instead of letting this breach get to them, Disney and Marvel decided it was better to just release the official trailer for everyone to see five days ahead of schedule.

If you are one of those viewers who are still tuning in to watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC every Tuesday, then you knew that this upcoming Tuesday, Oct. 28, the mega-companies were going to premiere the trailer during the show.

But with such a highly anticipate film and all the picture that were constantly popping up during filming, did they really think they were going to be able to keep this trailer secret for that long? Come on, even Tony Stark messes up once in a while.

Check out the official trailer below which introduces us to Ultron, voiced by James Spader as well as newcomers, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who we briefly met at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released on May 1, 2015, so start making plans to line-up for the film because if this week ahead of time leak is any indication, it’s going to be a hit.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Movies

 

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American Music Awards Announced Performers

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The American Music Awards already announced the nominees for this year’s award show earlier this month, as well as the identity of this year’s host; once again Pitbull will hold down the fort as the MC of the evening, but the performers were left out.

Dick Clark Productions, who produce the award show, have revealed that Mary J. Blige as well as newcomers 5 Seconds of Summer and Sam Smith will take the stage at this year’s event due to take place next month.

All three recently added performers are also nominated for awards this year. Mary J. Blige is nominated in the “Favorite Female Artists- Soul/R&B” category while  Smith and the boys of 5SOS, both will go head to head in the “New Artists of the Year Award presented by Kohls” category.

Previously, Charli XCX was confirmed to perform at the AMAs when the initial nomination announcement was made a few weeks back. The British singer is also nominated for an award for her contribution on Iggy Azalea’s Summer staple, “Fancy.” Her breakout song “Boom Clap” was featured on The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack which also earned a nomination for “Top Soundtrack” though its got tough competition from the Frozen Soundtrack and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Awesome Mix.

The American Music Award will take place on Nov. 23 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles while the show will be broadcast live on ABC.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Music News

 

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Listen to Jessica Lange’s Cover of “Gods and Monsters”

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After weeks of rumors and a confirmation from American Horror Story: Freak Show creator, Ryan Murphy, the highly anticipated Lana Del Rey cover has happened.

Earlier this week, a snippet of the “Gods and Monsters” cover by series star, Jessica Lange was leaked and quickly taken down, but fans of American Horror Story didn’t have to wait that long because last night’s episode of the Freak Show gave us the long awaited cover and it was pretty awesome.

Check out the video below as Lange’s Elsa Mars gives her glamourous performance, you know the one to upstage Dot’s “Criminal” cover from last week.

Murphy started a tidal wave of freaking out when he confirmed that Lange would be performing Del Rey’s cover on Twitter a few weeks when a fan asked him a question about it and he told them to keep an eye out for upcoming musical performances.

Lange’s cover of Del Rey will be the third song covered featured in this season’s incarnation of the hit FX show. Lange previously covered David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” in the season premiere dressed like Bowie in a powder blue tux while co-star Sarah Paulson covered Fiona Apple’s 90s hit “Criminal” during last week’s episode.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Music News, Television

 

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