Watch the first official trailer for ‘Westworld’

Who’s ready to return to Westworld? Given how patiently fans have been waiting for the trailer for the second season of the hit HBO show, a lot are.  On Thursday (March 29), the first full-length trailer for the show’s sophomore season was released. The trailer, not to be confused with the teasers that were released at Comic-Con and during the Super Bowl, begins with Bernard talking to Dolores like he did throughout the first season of the show.

Throughout the clip, the viewer gets to see what is going on at the hub, how the hosts are getting ready to take down the creators, introduces the viewer to a brand new world all while a haunting, piano version of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” plays in the background.. The clip ends with Dolores creepily saying “why on Earth would you ever be frightened of me.” Watch the almost three-minute trailer for season two of Westworld above.

Westworld returns to HBO on April 22.

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Fall Out Boy to headline March for Our Lives benefit concert

A month after the senseless shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla., the students have become the vocal spokespeople for gun control and school safety. Following the shooting, the students were quick to join forces to speak out against gun violence and organize the March for Our Lives march which will take place later this month.

While the students are doing their part to speak out against the government, entertainers are doing their part to help them out. In conjunction with the flagship March for Our Lives march in Washington D.C., Fall Out Boy have announced plans to headline the Stay Amped concert the night before the protest.

On Tuesday (March 13), the Chicago-founded band, who all happen to be fathers, announced their plan to hold a benefit concert hours before all those marchers take to the streets of D.C.

“This is a time for action. We need to support the Parkland teens, and kids across the country,” Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz said in a press statement. “We have their backs, and we must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis.”

Joining Fall Out Boy on the bill will be G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo, and other unannounced surprise guests.

Proceeds from the Stay Amped benefit concert will go to two anti-gun violence organizations; Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence.

Everytown is the largest gun-violence prevention organization in the United States while Giffords was formed after former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in an attempted assassination in 2011. Since the assassination attempt, Giffords has been advocating for stricter gun laws.

“Music brings people together, fuels our energy and offers us inspiration. It’s for those reasons music played such an important role in my recovery,” Giffords said. “I’m thrilled that the night before students take to the streets to march in communities across the country, this concert will provide an opportunity for us to gather and show support for the activism of young people and to encourage them to stay loud as they demand a safer future.”

Tickets for the Stay Amped concert will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. ET on Ticketfly.

The Stay Amped benefit concert announcement comes weeks after Parkland/Coral Springs-founded band New found Glory announced plans to hold their own benefit show in Pompano Beach, Fla. in May. Last week, rock-centric music festival Fort Rock announced plans to offer 50 percent off discounts on all general admission weekend passes as long as you sign the Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won’t petition, take a screenshot of the signed petition (or forward the confirmation email), and send it to a specific email.

South Florida’s The Shark announces Sharkwrecked at the Riptide Music Festival

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If you were an alternative music lover growing up in South Florida in the 2000s, then you experienced the struggle of trying to find a radio station that would meet your musical needs. Between the constant loop of Top 20 hits, rap and hip-hop, and indie college stations, if you liked “alternative” music, then you were glued to your CD or mp3 player (or the iPod later on). To fill the much-complained about void, radio station 104.3 The Shark was launched in 2015, much to the delight of those people. Since then, the station has done a great job of bringing artist who would normally pass over the lower part of the Sunshine State in favor of other locations.

On Monday (Sept. 26), The Shark once again proved why they earned the title of “Best Radio Station” earlier this year during the Miami New Times‘ yearly “The Best Of” poll. During the broadcast of their daily show, “The Big Mistake” DJs Ashley O. and Toast announced the first annual Sharkwrecked at the Riptide Music Festival. The event, which will take place on Saturday Dec. 3 in Ft. Lauderdale, will feature performances by a slew of artists such as Good Charlotte, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Struts, Silversun Pickups, Saint Motel and many more. While unveiling the news, the station’s mass emails to the Chum Club (the name for their email subscribers) also announced that there will be “more to be announced.”

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the event will be exclusively sold on the Riptide Music Festival’s website here. For a limited-time (and while supplies last), tickets for Sharkwrecked will be $35. For more information about the event or to subscribe to the Chum Club, head on over to The Shark’s website here. Earlier this year, the radio station launched their successful first mini music festival, Undertow Jam. The show included performances by Young the Giant, The Stumbellas, Bearhands, Joywave, JR JR , Finish Ticket, and Sharkwrecked artist, The Struts.

Good Charlotte Update Fans on Their Return

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The Good Charlotte news just keeps coming in.

After announcing their return to music earlier this week, the pop-punk band has finally unveiled their brand new song in full. Taking to social media on Thursday morning (Nov. 5), the Maryland band unveiled that their new single’s title is “Makeshift Love.” The new song was to make its official debut on Apple Music and will only be available through iTunes until Saturday, Nov. 7. After that, the song will become available at all other digital media stores. Listen to “Makeshift Love” here.

In addition to the new song, the band also revealed why they kept teasing “one night only” on social media recently. As it turns out, they will reunite on stage at Los Angeles’ Troubadour for one night only on Thursday, Nov. 19. The event, which is sponsored by Alternative Press will not only be the first time the band has performed together on stage since their hiatus, it also marks a return to the beginning for them.

“We played the Troubadour and [producer] Eric Valentine came out to see us in front of our fans. That night we decided we would go into the studio together and make the next record, which would become The Young and The Hopeless,” guitarist Benji Madden revealed to Alternative Press.

As for their reunion, it’s more of a thank you for the fans who stuck it out while they took some time off. “We all wanted to stand on stage together again, as a band,” explains Madden about the band’s decision to reunite after five years. “We wanted to do it especially for our fans at home in America, and share this special moment.”

In the interview, Madden was also asked about the idea behind the new song which turns out, is not so different from songs from their past.

“Like all our breakup songs, it’s kind of a ‘non-break-up break-up song’,” he laughs. “In our music, there has always been some hope that it will all work out and, just like all of our affectionately sarcastic songs of the past, there is the same duality in this song too.”

And if the new song, the one night only show, and the reunion announcement wasn’t enough, Madden did go on to tease that 2016 is the 20th anniversary of the band. “2016 marks the 20 year anniversary of GC. These days, we are all operating on feelings, so we will see how it feels!”

Now, that make us wonder if Madden is just being a troll or if it’s some kind of teasing that fans might get something like a new album or a 20th anniversary tour next year. Like he said, we are “operating on feelings” which is why anniversary tours are a thing now.

Tickets for the Good Charlotte reunion show will go on sale on Friday, Nov. 6, beginning at 10 am PT. For more information about the show, especially about tickets, head on over tot eh band’s website.

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Brand New Frontman Hints at Band’s End

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Could the Brand New reunion be over just as fast as it began? If we’re going to take what frontman Jesse Lacey said during a recent show seriously, which we might have to because of the emotion behind the speech, then yes, maybe the end for the band is near.

During their final tour of 2015 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday (Oct. 11), Lacey took to the microphone to give a heartfelt speech to the audience before launching into “Play Crack the Sky.” In the speech, which sources recorded video of, he talks about how it might be the end of the group. But, before jumping to conclusions, it might be good to point out that he says that the group “can’t do this forever,” but nothing in his speech confirms that the band are disbanding after the next record.

“This [is] the last show we’ll play for a while. Things will be different the next time we play. I’ll have a brand new daughter! The next time we play, we’ll have a brand new album for you. This won’t last much longer, we can’t do this forever.”

Before speaking about their inevitable end, Lacey shed a few tears when speaking about his band mates Garrett Tierney, Vincent Accardi, and Brian Lane while also revealing his inner demons of not being enough.

“Being in a room like this is really special. Personally, I don’t feel adequate, or worth it, playing on this stage, but I know that Garrett, and Vinnie, and Brian are absolutely worth it.”

Watch two videos taken from the show below and make your own judgement on the matter.

Mark Hoppus Joins Mumford and Sons on Stage

So what happens when you combine a folk band, one-third of a pop-punk band, and an 80s staple? One collaboration that, in a way, works.

During their show last night (Aug. 18) at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, Mumford and Sons brought Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on stage to join them for a cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams.” But Hoppus wasn’t the only one putting his hat in the ring for this version of the song; Mumford’s tour mates Jack Garratt and the Vaccines joined in on the performance as well.

Watch some videos from the show below.

As it turns out, it isn’t the first time the United Kingdom band covered the 1983 song. They debuted their version of the song back in late July while performing at BBC’s Maida Vale Session, but recently, they added to their touring setlist.

Mumford and Sons is just about to wrap up their summer festival tour which they embarked on in support of their recently released album, Wilder Mind. Their next stop will be at the Gentlemen of the Road festival in Salida, CO this upcoming weekend (Aug. 31-22).

NOFX Call Out “Beardo” Hipster at Show

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We know that everyone has a problem with hipsters nowadays for some really unknown reason (yes, we know it’s probably their pretentiousness and narcissists tendencies), but, apparently just the mere presence of a hipster at a recent show had the guys from NOFX a little more than annoyed.

During their warm-up banter at the Halifax, Nova Scotia stop of the ‘Fat Wrecked for 25 Years’ tour, guitarist El Hefe noticed a guy, right in front of the stage wearing a tie-dyed shirt who didn’t seem to be enjoying the banter on stage. Apparently, just his presences was irritating frontman Fat Mike to the point that he even offered the “beardo” money to leave the show.

“Yeah, you know what? You have no business being here. I will pay you $100 to leave this show,” said Fat Mike.
“Are you going to stand in front and bother me all day with your fucking tie dye shirt and your beard?” he continued.

Instead of taking the money, the guy decided to stand his ground, so Fat Mike did the only thing he could do; he “bought” the shirt from the guy for $20.

Watch the complete exchange below around the 1:46 mark.

Slipknot Bassist Rushed to Hospital During Show

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UPDATE:

Slipknot has commented on bassist Alessandro ‘V-Man’ Venturella’s hospitalization last night in Connecticut.

“After a medical emergency during last night’s show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex ‘V-Man’ Venturella, is well on the road to recovery. Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family. All being well, Alex will be back onstage with us tomorrow in Mansfield, MA. We thank everyone who reached out with messages and well wishes for Alex and we look forward to be being back at full tilt for the rest of the Summer’s Last Stand tour.”

ORIGINAL:

Slipknot were down a member last night (Aug. 2) during the Hartford, CT date of their “Summer’s Last Stand Tour.”

The metal band was a couple of tracks into their set when all of a sudden they left the stage. As it turned out, bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella had an unknown medical emergency and was rushed to the hospital. After a 20 minute break, the band returned to the stage as an eight-piece.

Before restarting the show, frontman Corey Taylor went on the microphone to update the fans on what had just taken place.

“I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now,” began Taylor.

“I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… Something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make fucking noise for him. Send him some fucking love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some shit, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would fucking want.”

Video of Taylor’s speech can be seen below.

At the time of this article being written, there had been no update on what exactly happened to Venturella. Slipknot did post on both Twitter and Facebook a short video featuring the Hartford crowd chanting Venturella name. The video of the united crowd can be seen below.

Tonight, the band has no shows scheduled, but tomorrow, they will hit the Xfinity Center in Boston. Here’s hoping that Venturella is feeling a little bit better.

Mini My Chemical Romance Reunion at Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines Show

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For fans of the now defunct My Chemical Romance, nothing would be better than hearing the news that the band had gotten back together to put out new music. Though we don’t see that happening in the near future (and that’s coming from a die-hard My Chemical Romance fan) there’s always hope of a mini reunion to suppress our appetite momentarily.

Last night (July 7), our wish for a mini reunion finally came true at the final Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines show at Los Angeles’ The Lyric Theater. Former My Chem bassist Mikey Way had revealed last week he would be playing bass for the Deryck Whibley’s side band during their three shows stint in California.

In support of the bassist, two special guests attended the show; former My Chem frontman/Mikey’s brother, Gerard Way, and guitarist Ray Toro. The only person missing from the mini reunion was the group’s other guitarist, Frank Iero, whose band Frnkiero andthe cellabration is currently on tour with Against Me! and Annie Girl & The Flight.

While there’s no footage of the appearance, there was a photo from backstage posted on Instagram, showing the reunion in action.

So, can we keep our hopes that the next step is a real reunion?

Green Day Perform Secret Hometown Show

Ever since the announcement that they would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day seemed to come out of hiding.

Last month we found the California band being inducted into the Hall of Fame and soon after revealed they were in the middle of working on a brand new album.

Now, the group are giving back to the community that helped shape them.

During the weekend, the band revisited 924 Gilman Street, a Bay Arena punk venue that they used to perform at until they inked a deal with Reprise back in the 90s and were banned from performing there again.

In 2012, Mike Avilez, a representative for the venue, told SF Weekly that they weren’t ruling out the possibility of Green Day returning to the small venue.

“We’d have to have a meeting on it and vote – but I’d be for it,” he said and three years later, it looks like they came to an agreement.

The venue, who like to stick to their non-sell out performers, allowed them back in after all this time (we’re not counting 2001’s sneak attack performance) for a good cause.

The show was to help raise money for two local independent publishing houses, AK Press and 1984 Publishing, whose shared warehouse caught fire back in March. The event was to help raise money for not only the publishing companies, but for those whose homes also burned down due to the fire.

Though the band’s set list, which can be seen below, consisted mostly of songs from Dookie and American Idiot, they did sneak in some goodies from their pre-major label days as well as a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge” featuring fellow Berkeley boy and Operation Ivy guitarist, Tim Armstrong.

Check out the set list and some video of the show below.

GREEN DAY’S 924 GILMAN STREET SET LIST (05/17/15):

“99 Revolutions”
“Know Your Enemy”
“Holiday”
“Welcome To Paradise”
“2000 Light Years Away”
“Private Ale”
“Christie Road”
“Paper Lanterns”
“Stuart And The Ave”
“She”
“Going To Pasalacqua”
“Burnout”
“Longview”
“Basket Case”
“When I Come Around”
“Are We The Waiting”
“St. Jimmy”
“Knowledge (Operation Ivy Cover)”
“American Idiot”
“Jesus Of Suburbia”
“Minority”