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iHeartRadio Festival Announce First Batch of Artists

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iHeartRadio have revealed some of the artists who will be taking the stage during this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.

The festival, which will be celebrating its fourth year, announced the first batch of artists which include many of those that are constantly on a loop on majority of the iHeartRadio stations. Ariana Grande, Steve Aoki, Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Paramore, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Usher, Eric Church, Train and the Zac Brown Band, Coldplay, Bastille have been confirmed to perform already with many more to be announced in the near future. 

Though the posters for the two night event claim that “The Legend Returns,” we still don’t understand that since most of these artists have performed on at least one of the “music” awards that have already happened this year. 

One thing we can say might be legendary is the fact that they somehow managed to get Mötley Crüe on the line-up for the event. Mötley Crüe announced earlier this year that they will be officially calling it a day at the end of their upcoming tour, so for them to be playing a festival like iHeartRadio is a pretty big departure from the hair metal fans that usually flock to their shows.

Who else is wondering how One Direction/Ariana Grande fans will feel about the infamous band?

Anyways, the iHeartRadio Festival is set to take place on September 19th and 20th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast a week or so after the actual event on The CW, so keep and eye out for that in case you can’t make it to Vegas. 

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Music News

 

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Smalls Member Leaves Band Due to Homophobia

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We all know homophobia is a big issue in the world at the moment and no matter what your stance on the matter, people should be accepted for who they are.

Sadly, majority of the time that’s not the case. It’s one thing to be looked and talked down to by strangers, but what happens when people who are supposed to be your friends do that to you?

That is the case with Ashley Cadwallader from a band named Smalls. Last night, Cadwaller quit the band after the homophobia within the group reached an all time high with members accusing her or being a “poser” and that she was riding the coattails of the latest trend of “being gay is cool.”

Oh yeah, did we also mention one of the members throwing insults is her ex-boyfriend?

Check out the full statement from someone close to the situation below.

As it has come out, my best friend, Ashley Cadwallader has quit her band Smalls tonight after her Long Island show.

Ashley has talked to me the past two months about this tour, often worried that things wouldn’t go as well as she’d hope after her coming out as gay to her friends, family, and bandmates. One bandmate being her ex. At points she was done, she was going to get up and quit the band because she just couldn’t do it because she was so upset at how her ex was treating her after the break up because he just couldn’t believe she was gay. I told her many times that things would be okay, that she has an amazing opportunity getting to do this tour with two really great and talented bands, and that she should try and stick it out. Ashley took my advice and went on the tour and has toughed it out the past two and a half weeks across the US.

All this made me question the advice I had given my friend. I would often get frantic phone calls in the middle of the night with her on the other end saying she was done, but I continued to tell her to keep going at least until she got out East.

Lots of people, even today, have to shelter the fact that they are gay. Often times by making themselves be in unhappy relationships in order to not lose the people close to them. It’s an incredibly hard step for many and to be told you’re not really gay and just confused is a huge slap in the face of the person that has come out. The same argument that is often used by religious fundamentalists is what was used against Ashley. Being told that you’re just confused about being gay just so someone can keep you around for their own selfish reasons is completely wrong. Even one of Ashley’s bandmates called Ashley’s current girlfriend an “experiment” as well as calling two non-heterosexuals in my band “poser gay.”

If you planned on going to one of the last dates of the current tour, please still do so as our good, good friends in On My Honor (who are one of my favorite pop punk bands and all around amazing musicians) are still playing and could use the support.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Music News

 

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George Harrison’s Tree Destroyed by Beetles

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In what might be one of the funniest twist of fates, a tree that was planted in memory of George Harrison has died after being infested with beetles. 

Yes, beetles; we can’t make this stuff up. 

The pine tree was planted at Los Angeles’ Griffith Park near the Griffith Observatory in 2004 as a tribute to the late Beatles guitarist who passed away three years before in 2001, in the city. 

Sadly, the tree which was measured at 12 feet had been under siege by bark beetles and ladybug beetles. These same insects have also been responsible for attacks on other nearby trees.

“Trees in Griffith Park have occasionally been the victims of bark beetles and ladybug beetles, among other tree-unfriendly creatures,” the Los Angeles Times reported. 

The LA Times also reports that councilman Tom LaBonge has promised that a new tree will be planted in its place to honor Harrison. 

Funny enough, the plaque on Harrison’s tree read “For the forest to be green, each tree must be green.”

Apparently, those beetles beg to differ. 

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Music News

 

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Watch Full Alternative Press Music Award Performances

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We’ve already given you the winners from last night’s inaugural Alternative Press Music awards, and like we promised we have gone ahead and looked for all the performances that took place and will be putting them up below.

Instead of talking about each of the bands performing, we will let the music speak for itself.

Enjoy.

ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARD PERFORMANCES:

“Luck Be A Lady” and “Fly Me To The Moon” (Frank Sinatra covers)// Brendon Urie (Panic! at the Disco) feat. the Contemporary Youth Orchestra:

“City Of Ocala” and “Right Back At It Again”// A Day to Remember feat. Neck Deep’s Ben Barlow:

“Devil’s Rain,” “Where Eagles Dare,” “Dig Up Her Bones,” and “Die Die My Darling.”// The Misfits feat. Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack:

“A Love Like War”// All Time Low feat. Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil:

Medley of “Dear Maria, Count Me In” Yellowcard’s “Lights and Sounds”, New Found Glory’s “All Down Hill From Here”// All Time Low feat. members from Yellowcard and New Found Glory:

“If You Can’t Hang”// Sleeping with Sirens:

“There Goes the Neighborhood” and “Talk Shit=Get Shot”// Ice T and Body Count:

“See My Tears”// Machine Gun Kelly:

“Guns for Hands”// twenty one pilots:

“Car Radio”// twenty one pilots feat. the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and featuring Issues’ Michael Bohn:

“Gangsta’s Paradise” (Coolio cover)//Falling in Reverse feat. Issues’ Tyler Carter:

“The Phoenix” (Closing performance)// Fall Out Boy:

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Music News, Music Videos

 

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Inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards Winners

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The first annual Alternative Press Music Awards have officially come and gone. Months of fans waiting and voting for their favorite artists who have graced the covers and the pages of the alternative music magazine have finally paid off. With many awesome performance, which we will definitely upload for you when they become available and great musicians such as Joan Jett and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan getting recognition, it looks like there’s finally an alternative award show to look forward to here in the United States.

Winners of the night included Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, All Time Low, Bring Me the Horizon and many more. Check out the full list of winners from last night’s inaugural event.

ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARD WINNERS:

Best Vocalist – Brendan Urie (Panic! At the Disco)

Best Live Band – Pierce the Veil

Breakthrough Band – Crown the Empire

Best Bassist – Jamie Preciado (Pierce the Veil)

Best International Band – Bring Me the Horizon

Artist Philanthropic – All Time Low/Skate4Cancer

Best Guitarist – Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)

Alternative Press Vanguard – Billy Corgan

Best Drummer – Mike Fuentes (Pierce the Veil)

Alternative Press Icon – Joan Jett

Most Dedicated Fans – Black Veil Brides

Guitar Legend – Slash (Guns & Roses)

Best Song of the Year – A Love Like War (All TIme Low w/ Vic Fuentes)

Album of the YearSempiternal (Bring Me the Horizon)

Artist of the Year – Fall Out Boy

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Music News

 

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iTunes Festival to Return to London for Eighth Year

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The iTunes Festival will be returning home this September and taking a few American artists with them back to the United Kingdom. The festival announced that they will be returning to London for the 30 days of live performances. 

The iTunes Festival will celebrate its 8th year with acts such as Maroon 5, Pharrell, Kylie Minogue, Calvin Harris, 5 Seconds of Summer and many more, though those are just some that have been announced.

The popularity of the event was so big that earlier this year, the event made its American debut. At the end, there should be a grand total of 60 acts taking the stage at the end of September. 

Fans who are interested in winning tickets to see any of the performers, have the chance to do so by entering official ballots which can be accessed through the iTunes store. Winners will be chosen via lottery system. 

And like every year if you are not from the U.K., then don’t plan on entering because this is strictly for those who live across the pond. (Sorry.) But, like previous years, the concerts will be filmed and streamed online by Apple with fans getting a chance to watch the performances from their computers, iPhones, iPads and iPod touch device or through Apple TV. Apple is attempting to broadcast the shows, live, to more than 100 countries. 

The legendary Blondie, Robert Plant, Beck, Kasabian have all been confirmed to be headlining at some point during the month-long event. 

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Music News

 

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Go “Back to the Shack” with Weezer

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The first official song off of Weezer’s ninth studio album has been released. The song, “Back to the Shack” has now become the lead single for the band’s upcoming record, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. 

If you have been keeping an eye on our “Weezer Watch,” then you know that this was the “new” song that was performed live during the band’s Weezer Cruise earlier this year.

At the time, we all assumed it was a new track that they just randomly had lying around and decided to treat fans to something different on the open seas. Turned out, months later, that it was foreshadowing for the new record that is set to be released this September.

Check out the studio version of the song.

Everything Will Be Alright in the End will be released on September 30 through Republic Records. The album was produced by The Cars’ Ric Ocasek who has produced several of Weezer’s other album including the Blue and the Green Albums.

For those wanting to pre-order the album, it is currently available on PledgeMusic.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Music News, Music Videos

 

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