Instagram Launches Its Own Music Channel

While everyone is battling to see who has the best music streaming service around, Instagram has decided to go in another direction and launch their own music channel; @music.

“For the past four years, we have become the home for artists big and small — a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity, and connect directly with fans,” founder and CEO Kevin Systrom wrote on the company’s blog, this morning (April 29).

According to Billboard, out of the company’s 300 million+ users, a quarter of them (and their top accounts) are musicians or users who are part of the music industry in some aspect. This channel is a way to shed some light on these musicians, music photographers, album illustrators, instrument makers, and fans.

In the past, musicians have managed to use Instagram in several great ways that pushed the boundaries of the social media platform. Modest Mouse announced the release of their much-anticipated new album, Strangers to Ourselves; Tom DeLonge debuted some new songs; and last year, Georgia-based band Issues streamed their self-titled album in full.

The report also states the music channel will begin to post six items a week, from Tuesday to Sunday while also hosting 11 series which will span the “globe of music.” The first act to be featured on @music will be Questlove.

Since 70 percent of Instagram activity comes from international users, @music will equally focus on shining the light on foreign talent including J-Pop trio Tricot, the United Kingdom’s Until the Ribbon Breaks, and Korean group No Brain.

“One of our goals with this is to say ‘How can we help facilitate artists discovery?'” said Jonathan Hull, head of strategic partnerships/music for Facebook.

In addition to new aspects, Instagram will also be expanding their long-form blog which recently took an in-depth look at Madonna’s “colorful feed.”

CHVRCHES Frontwoman Responds to Sexual Assault Threat

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While we are a music blog and like to post happy things like our favorite bands’ upcoming tour or new music, there is something in the music industry that seems to always be present even though many don’t like to talk about it; sexually explicit abuse towards women and misogynistic threats.

Back in 2013, CHVRCHES frontwoman, Lauren Mayberry wrote an op-ed piece for The Guardian where she proclaimed she would not “accept online misogyny,” something that she admits she expected since her band’s success came because of the internet.

Turns out, not everyone received the memo that threatening to rape a woman is not only not cool, but also offensive, disrespectful, and all-around disgusting.

Yesterday, the singer posted an image of one of the many threats of sexual assault that had been sent her way. Instead of “letting it slide,” she called out the troll on her Instagram.

“These people never learn that violence against women is unacceptable. But they also never learn that women will not be shamed and silenced and made to disappear,” she writes on her personal account.

She also fights back by telling those trolls that she isn’t “going anywhere” and to “bring it on, motherfucker. Let’s see who blinks first.”

Mayberry’s response to the trolls mirrored the sentiments in her op-ed piece.

“What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from ‘a bit sexist but generally harmless’ to openly sexually aggressive,” she wrote.

“Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not.”

And that she definitely did not.

Check out Mayberry’s Instagram post below. And if you would like to read her op-ed piece, click here. It’s a really good read.

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Green Day Thank Fans After Hall of Fame Induction

Fresh off of a busy week, Green Day have taken to the internet to thank their fans for allowing the opportunity to be able to do it all.

This past weekend saw the California-based band being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, and Ringo Starr.

In a post on Instagram, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wrote a short letter on behalf of the trio to their “Idiot Nation” who have supported the band through all of their highs and lows as well as almost 20 years of being called sell outs.

Armstrong writes that the Hall of Fame award is a lot more than just an award, it’s what allows the band to do what they love most which is to “play music, write songs and follow this psychotic passion called rock n roll” and it’s all thanks to those who stood behind them.

Read Armstrong’s complete post below.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a video making its rounds on the internet today of teenage Green Day performing at their high school; four years before they were known worldwide.

Kind of cool, right? Enjoy.

Alexisonfire to Announce Something This Upcoming Monday

“What are they teasing?”

That’s probably the question on the mind of all Alexisonfire fans at the moment.

The band, who announced their break up back in 2011 and eventually did call it a day on the act in 2013 following a farewell tour, just pulled a major troll move making fans wonder what they have up their sleeves.

Earlier in the day, all Alexisonfire social media accounts posted a link to an Instagram account which was recently created for the band. The one and only picture posted on the account came with a caption that read #AOF2015.

Those looking at the picture of a skull in a heart didn’t have to look too far to know that something was coming. On the image itself was the date “03/09/15” also know as this upcoming Monday.

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But it appears the Alexisonfire social media accounts weren’t the only ones to post the link to the Instagram account. Former frontman Dallas Green’s Facebook and Twitter for his other band, City and Colour also posted the link to the picture.

Though at the moment there’s been no indication as to what this “big reveal” might be, some are speculating a series of things. Some say a reunion. Others say a new album or maybe another boxset. All we know if that we will be sitting here, waiting for the Canadian band to give us a straight answer.

Originally, we were putting money on some kind of anniversary, but the dates are off to be the tenth or 15th anniversary of anything. (The band formed in 2001, their debut album was released in 2002, their sophomore album was released in 2004, and their third album was released in 2006.)

So we’re taking guesses. What do you think the big news for Monday is going to be?

Incubus Debut “Absolution Calling”

Incubus promised us a new song last week, and now we have received it.

Th new track, the band’s first new official song since 2011’s If Not Now, When?, is titled “Absolution Calling” and can be heard below.

As if the new song wasn’t enough, the band also revealed that they will be releasing two new EPs this year.

According to some sources the first of the two album could be released as soon as the end of this month while the second album has a projected release time frame of this Summer.

“Absolution Calling” will join “Make Out Party,” “Dance Like You’re Dumb,” and previously performed song, “Trust” Fall,” which made its performance debut back in December at KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas.

Tom DeLonge Instagrams “Songs without a Home”

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When the Blink-182 drama began last week, everyone was so flabbergasted by the feud between the three bandmates that some forgot they had been attempting to record a brand new record; something that contributed to the inevitable inner band turmoil.

As more information from the feud was made public, it was revealed that each member had been recording their own music at their own studios for this new Blink album. The he said/ they said got so bad last week that we began to wonder if any of the songs would see the light of day.

Turns out, the answer was yes.

During the weekend, Tom DeLonge took to his Instagram to upload two snippets of a song. Both short videos were tagged #SongsWithoutAHome and #March1. When asked by a fan if the tracks the snippet was taken from was a Blink song, DeLonge responded by posting an emoji of hands clapping; not a complete confirmation, but we took it.

Check out the Instagram snippets below.

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As of now, we’re going to take a shot in the dark and assume that the full song will make its debut on March 1.

Incubus to Debut New Song Next Week

Incubus fans, get pumped because new music is officially on the horizon.

After posting pictures from the studio, alluding to a new recording being produced, and dropping hints in interviews, Incubus have now confirmed that new music will be coming our way soon.

Taking to Twitter, and Instagram, frontman Brandon Boyd posted a picture of himself smiling with a caption on the bottom revealing that their first new song since 2011’s If Not Now, When? is set to debut next Thursday, Feb. 5. The song will be titled, “Absolution Calling.”

Boyd had been hinting at new music for a while now, even confirming during a radio interview that 2015 would bring a brand new record to the hands of excited fans. Guitarist Mike Einziger would later reinforce the statement when asked about the topic on Twitter.

Shortly after that, Einziger began to post pictures of the band in the studio recording new music, cementing the talk about an eighth studio album being made. (Maybe fans should be grateful that the Jesus Christ Superstar tour Boyd was supposed to a part of got cancelled last year.)

As of now, there has been no mention of an album title or a release date, but we should feel lucky, at least we got a song title.

Bonnaroo 2015 Line-Up Confirmed

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The Bonnaroo 2015 line-up reveal is currently underway and already a good chunk of the performers have been unveiled.

Many fans took to Twitter to reveal that not only did the 1-844-ROO-2015 number actually worked, but also that they were gifted certain performers names.

Check out the full line-up for the weekend-long festival due to take place June 11-14 in Manchester, TN.

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Tickets for Bonnaroo 2015 go on sale beginning this Saturday, Jan. 17 at Noon on the festival’s website.

Electric Century Back in the Studio

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When Mikey Way revealed to fans the reason behind why he and his electro-pop group had not released their debut record yet, everyone started to realize that it was in Way’s best interest to get better and face his demons than to go forward with his new act and get worse.

Turn out, that his post about battling heavy addiction has led to more than just clean living; now he’s heading back into the studio to work on Electric Century and get that album out to the fans who supported him through his recovery.

Both Way and his partners in the act Dave Debiak (Sleep Station) and Justin Siegel (ex-Stars in Stereo) are officially in the studio working on what can only be assumed to be Electric Century’s full-length debut that was supposed to be released this year.

Way posted a picture from the studio on his Instagram with the simple caption “(((studio vibes))).”

We hope those studio vibes are nothing but the best for him.

Even though we haven’t gotten a full album yet, EC did give us a taste of what we can expect earlier this year in the form of their lead single, “I Lied.”

Selena Gomez Covers Corinne Bailey Rae

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Drama might be a word associated with former Disney star and current pop star Selena Gomez as of lately, but that doesn’t mean that’s all there is to her.

For weeks now, things have been rocky at best for the actress-singer, from her on-and-off again relationship with Justin Bieber,  to her stint in rehab to firing her parents as her managers and most recently deleting everyone from her Instagram and Twitter feed following a reportedly crazy weekend at Coachella with those spawns whose names start with Ks.

Even though her personal life might be a mess, her professional life is pretty much on track with recent news of her hiring Katy Perry’s management team last week and even began updating her Facebook with scenes from her shoots for sportswear company, Adidas.

Earlier today (April 30), Gomez posted up two 15-second clips of herself covering Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Like a Star” with moody sepia filter and all.

Check out the covers and tell us if you think she did the songbird justice.