Thrice Upload Suspicious Photograph on Tumblr

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It’s been a few years since Thrice announced they would be going on hiatus following a farewell tour, but now, the band have given fans something to look forward to in 2015.

This morning, an image appeared on the band’s Tumblr page which jump started talks of a reunion almost as fast as the image was posted online. The image was a black and white photograph of what appears to be a stage. Over the image in white print is the band’s name and “2015” below it.

Check out the image below.
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No confirmation has been made by the band yet, but considering the picture was just uploaded a little while ago, an official announcement as to what it means should be on the horizon. We’re hoping that it has something to do with a new album or even a potential tour in the near future, after all, Vheissu does turn ten next year.

All Time Low to Release New Album in March 2015

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All Time Low fans have something really great to look forward to in 2015. According to bassist Zack Merrick, the band will be releasing their brand new album next year.

In a recent interview, the musician revealed that the new album is set for a projected March release date.

“We just finished recording our new record,” said Merrick.

“It comes out in March. We are touring until February, we’re going to the United Kingdom with a band called You Me at Six for a small run.”

The All Time Low/You Me at Six United Kingdom tour had previously been announced in August after the band revealed they would be headlining Wembley Arena on March 20, 2015. They also informed fan that the show will be filmed for the band’s upcoming live DVD.

Check out Merrick’s full interview here.

This will be All Time Low’s first new record since 2012’s Don’t Panic, though last year they released a deluxe version of the record titled, Don’t Panic: It’s Longer Now! which featured a brand new song/lead single “A Love Like War” featuring Pierce the Veil’s Vic Fuentes.

As of now, the new record does not have an official name or release date, but we’re sure that’s right around the corner.

New Report from Steve Klein Trial Might Reveal Ages of Female in Videos

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New Found Glory might be in the middle of having a resurrection with their new album coming out next month and headlining this year’s Glamour Kills tour, but the resurrection might also have something to do with getting away from anything associated with former guitarist, Steve Klein.

The ex-band member was arraigned in San Luis Obispo, CA five counts of lewd acts on a child, one count of contact with intent to commit a sex offense, and possession of child pornography back in December, but did not make headlines until March of this year.

In April, his ex-wife, Amanda testified that she had discovered “at least 100 videos” of two-way chats between Klein and unidentified females who “appeared to be underaged.” She also admitted to the court she had discovered the drives while looking for evidence to support her suspicions that Klein was having an affair a few days after filing for divorce.

Earlier this week,Klein was back in court and the San Luis Obispo Tribute have posted a new report from the courtroom which might include the age of the females that were in the videos.

Read an excerpt of the report:

“On Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Julie Antos played five videos in the courtroom for Superior Court Judge John Trice, Klein and his attorney Ilan Funke-Bilu that allegedly showed audio-less, screen-captured video of Klein carrying on sexually explicit activity with girls on the stranger-based chat website Omegle.

The videos supposedly showed Klein masturbating and encouraging the females to remove clothes and touch themselves. The videos were not shown to the rest of the courtroom because of the estimated ages of the females.

Dr. Nisha Abdul Cader, a pediatrician with San Luis Obispo County and the prosecution’s expert witness on sexual maturity, said she estimated their ages between 9 and 16 years old based on their physical development.

On Monday, Funke-Bilu cross-examined Scott Sarmento, a computer forensic technician with the Sheriff’s Office who retrieved the videos from the hard drive for investigators.

The attorney asked Sarmento whether it was technically possible the videos could have been altered. “Anything’s possible — but it’s highly unlikely,” Sarmento said.”

Klein is due back in court on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Ultra Music Festival to Become 18-and-Over

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Thinking of hoping on a plane and heading to Miami for Ultra Music Festival next March? Well, you can, as long as you’re over the age of 18.

According to EDM.com, the Miami-based festival that has reached its 16th year of existence, has announced that they will now be strictly an 18-and-over festival as of 2015 after all the controversy and bad publicity that appeared during this year’s run.

News of this new implementation came during this weekend’s Electric Zoo Music Festival in New York City where flyers were handed out, breaking the news to the now underage attendees.

Aside from the new age requirements, the festival has taken a stand against the drug use that we all know occurs at these kinds of festivals. Ultra has officially taken to Twitter and the web to confirm the new policies.

“The safety and security of our attendees, artists/performers, and personnel are our utmost priority and concern. Event organizers maintain a zero tolerance policy respecting the possession, sale, contribution, or use of any illegal or illicit drugs of substances and any such possession, sale, contribution, or use is strictly prohibited.”

The new rules and regulations come on the heels of many negative stories from 2014’s weekend.

On the first day of the show, a security guard was almost trampled to death after a mob of people broke through the barricades that had been set up on the perimeter of the location.

Then, a 21-year-old man was pronounced dead after he fell ill. His friends reportedly took him to their car to “sleep off” the affects of the drugs he had taken, but when they returned they noticed he had died. After much investigations and back and forth, it was ruled an overdose.

At the end of the weekend, 76 festival-goers were arrested, 28 of which were for felonies and 118 were treated by paramedics.

The news got so bad, that at one point the City of Miami had decided that it would be in the citizens’ best interest if the festival found a new home. After a few weeks of debate, it was ruled that the festival would be able to return to their home of Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami.

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Robin Williams Passes Away at 63

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UPDATE (sadly):

The corner’s office and the Marin County police department said in a press conference earlier today that Robin Williams had passed away from “an apparent hanging.” The actor had hung himself with a belt and was discovered Monday by his personal assistant.

He was found unconscious Monday and now the police department have revealed that Williams was found hanging and rigor mortis had set in.


 

For us, one of the hardest things to write about is the death of a celebrity, but what’s worse to report is when that celebrity is an actor which played an important part of your childhood.

Earlier today, it was reported that Robin Williams had passed away from an apparent suicide by asphyxiation. The actor had been battle severe depression and had checked into a rehabilitation center around the time his CBS comedy, The Crazy Ones was officially cancelled. This wouldn’t be the first time that Williams had checked into a rehab center; he had done so before in the past.

Williams played some of the most funny characters that as a kid growing up in the 90s kind of shaped what we thought was comedy (we even still watch Mork & Mindy on the Hub when they do play it). If you were to ask us what was out favorite Robin Williams film, three will instantly pop into our mind, though in reality it would more like five: Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, and Hook. For all the laughs that he gave us, no one really knew what was going on behind closed doors.

Williams’ publicist did confirm that he had recently entered a 12-step rehab stint for drug abuse while also battling depression as of late. The comedian and Oscar winner was found dead in his home after the Marin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from Williams’ house in the afternoon. He was not breathing when paramedics showed up, and was pronounced dead at 12:02 p.m.

Sadly, the last time his wife, Susan Schneider saw him, was yesterday evening. Today, she had the horrible task of revealing what had happened in a statement where she asked for privacy for the family. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

We hope people do as she request, in memory of the man that managed not to creep us out as a cross-dressing nanny. The actor leaves behind his wife and three children.

His autopsy is scheduled to take place tomorrow, August 12 at the Marin County Coroner’s Office in San Rafael, CA.

“Genie, you’re free.” –Aladdin

Riot Fest Denver Unveil New Location

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After Riot Fest Denver was denied their permit to have the festival take place at May Farms, festival organizers have finally revealed the new venue.

The show will now “go on” at the Sports Authority Field at the Mile High Stadium. Though it seems that a stadium would not be the best place to house this event, don’t worry, organizers also felt your pain, especially if you had purchased camping space. 

In a release, Riot Mike wrote, “After much thought about the pros and cons about moving to the stadium versus other venues, the fact that the stadium is willing to allow us to recreate Byers and May Farms swayed our decision.”

If this is your first time hearing about this, last week, Arapahoe County and the city of Byers, CO had denied the festival’s requested permits for the event citing the insanity that comes with having so many attendees in the venue of choice.

The full announcement of the alternate space can be read on their Facebook page and for any questions revolving around the venue, they have provided FAQs about it on their website

All tickets purchased for May Farms will be honored, while those who purchase camping space will be refunded their money. 

The weekend-long festival is slated to take place from September 19 through September 21. Acts, which have been previously announced, will include The Cure, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Rise Against, Social Distortion, and many more. 

Former New Found Glory Guitarist Arraigned

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UPDATE: 

Things are starting to get more intense on the Steve Klein arraignment case.

If he is convicted of all his charges then he can face around 27 years in prison even though he has not been registered as a sex offender in California’s Megan’s Law, a database where sex offenders must register themselves.

The breakdown for the charges can be seen below and how many years he can serve for each charge.

  • 2 counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14 — 3, 6 or 8 years per count (state prison)
  • 3 counts of lewd conduct with a minor 14 or 15 — 1, 2 or 3 years per count (state prison) or not more than 1 year per count (county jail)
  • 1 count of intent to commit lewd acts with a minor — sentence varies
  • 1 count of possession of child pornography — up to 1 year (state prison or county jail) and/or a $2,500 fine

The time of the violation, according to the docket, was April 14, 2011, but there seems to be public documentation of Klein and his two daughters bowling. As for what happened after the bowling date, there’s nothing on his whereabouts until the next day when he took a plane to Hartford, CT for an April 16 gig with New Found Glory.

At the time, Klein was married through January 2012. As of Sept. 21, 2012 there was a lawsuit regarding property ownership filed by his wife, Amanda Klein who now goes by Amanda Mcculloch.

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It’s been about three months since New Found Glory revealed that they had fired guitarist and founding member Steve Klein, but until now, the reason behind the abrupt release was unknown.

Today, a report surfaced on idobi.com that Klein had been arraigned in San Luis Obispo, CA court on multiple charges, including lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 14.

On Dec. 12, 2013, the former NFG band mate was arraigned and plead not guilty to the lewd conduct charge as well as three counts of lewd conduct with a minor 14 or 15, one count of intent to commit lewd act with a minor, and one count of possession of child pornography.

Klein was not arrested and booked after the arraignment, but rather was let free until his next scheduled court appearances on March 20 and April 10.

Coincidentally, the same day that Klein was arraigned, New Found Glory took to their Facebook to advise fans that he had been removed from the band, but assured those fans that they would solider on without him especially since they were already booked for the Parahoy! cruise among other scheduled events.

Earlier this week during an interview with Billboard, Chad Gilbert revealed that the band were in no hurry to find someone to replace Klein and are currently doing fine with just being a four-piece.

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Skate and Surf Fest Announce Line Up

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The Skate and Surf Festival had revealed a few weeks back that they would be returning to their roots with 2014’s line-up; anything to make up for the chaotic mess that was 2013’s. Turns out, they stuck to their vows with the reveal of this year’s punk/rock-inspired bill.

Last week, festival organizers had revealed the official flyer for this year’s event, but there was a catch; the actual names of the performers had been covered with duct tape.

The perfect way to troll their attendees.

Hoping to soothe the pain from their game, organizers advised fans not to worry because the tape would be removed on Monday (today).

Performers had been revealed to include Saosin with original vocalist Anthony Green, The Early November, Emmure, Hidden in Plain View, and many more including a band who pulled a similar troll, Midtown.

Late last week, Midtown’s drummer Rob Hitt, posted a picture of his drum kit on the band’s official Twitter. The picture got the ball rolling on rumors of their reunion. Turns out, that is exactly what that picture turned out to be: a clue.

Skate and Surf is set to take place on May 17 and 18 in Middletown, New Jersey. The untaped flyer can be seen below as well as ticket information which goes on sale tomorrow afternoon.
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Kickstarter Customers Get Hacked

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Hacking scandals are no longer a things of 2013, because it seems that one of our beloved crowdsourcing website has met the same exact fate. Earlier this week, hackers gained access to some of Kickstarter’s customers’ data, but as of yesterday, the breach had been repaired.

“No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts,” Kickstarter Chief Executive Officer Yancey Strickler said in a blog post on the website. 

“While no credit card data was accessed, some information about our customers was. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords,” Strickler’s post continued.

“Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one.”

The post does continue to urge Kickstarter customers to change their passwords just too further protect themselves from hackers gaining anymore information than they already have.

Kickstarter now joins Target Corp and Neiman Marcus as part of the “we’ve been hacked” club.

The Used Ask Fans to “Please Stand By”

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UPDATE: Looks like Amazon had ruined the surprise for fans of The Used. The band have officially confirmed that they will be releasing a new album on April 1st titled, Imaginary Enemy.

Along with the news, they also revealed the cover art which looks very similar to the cover art from 2004’s In Love and Death, just with a realistic heart instead of an animated one.

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The album can be pre-ordered at the band’s website here.

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The Used are up to something, but what exactly is still unknown.

Last night, the band posted up a 13-second “Please Stand By” video which could mean a lot of things to fans including information about their new album or an upcoming tour that they have been planning. For sometime now, there had been a rumor that The Used would help resurrect the Taste of Chaos tour which called it a day back in 2010.

A few days before the video had been posted, guitarist Quinn Allman had revealed in a Facebook post that the band were currently finishing up last-minute details with the new album. But the hints can be traced back even further than that; the band had posted a message on New Year’s Eve revealing that “BIG things are coming in 2014 so get ready…”

Last year, the band released their The Ocean of the Sky and EP and were last seen taking the stage at last Summer’s Vans Warped Tour as well as the Australian version of the traveling festival.

For now, check out their announcement below: