The World Is A Beautiful Place “Space Exploration…” Little Elephant Session

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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The World Is A Beautiful Place will be releasing Between Bodies on October 7th via Broken World Media. Watch a Little Elephant Session of “Space Exploration To Solve Earthly Crises” below.

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Artists Should Be Curators On Streaming Services

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Virgin published an article pondering the question of how artists should use streaming services to their general advantage. Curation seems like a very smart answer.

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Andrew McMahon Looks Back On Stem Cell Transplant Nine Years Later

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Andrew McMahon spoke with AltPress recently and touched on what its like nine years following his stem cell transplant. Read what McMahon said below. 

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Who Buys Music Anymore?

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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BuzzFeed Music dug into who buys music in today’s landscape. Middle-aged people buy the most CDs and while males used to dominate digital downloads, that doesn’t seem to be the point anymore. See a graph with demographics below.

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Top 40 Musical Colleges In The United States

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2014

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Spotify has published a report of the top 40 music listening colleges in the United States based on those who use the service. Find out insight into the results here and the full list below.

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Emarosa Release “I’ll Just Wait” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

Emarosa have released a new music video for “I’ll Just Wait.” Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Apple, U2 Working On New Music File Format

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

It looks like Apple and U2 are working on a new file format for music (think: MP3, WAV, FLAC). Bono hinted that the format will not be able to be pirated, and will bring back album art in a powerful way. Read a report from Billboard below. 

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Texas Is The Reason Frontman Garrett Klahn Announces Rise 7”

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

Texas Is The Reason’s Garrett Klahn is releasing a 7” on Rise Records on Novemebr 18th. Stream “I Don’t Care At All” below.

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Circa Survive Add Date To Fall Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

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Circa Survive have added a date to their tour in Chicago. Check out the routing below after the jump.

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GWAR Announce New Frontwoman: Vulvatron

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

GWAR have announced a new frontwoman in place of David Brockie. Vulvatron is her name. Read a report from Wondering Sound below.

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Idiot, Revisited

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

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by Jeffrey Webb, edited by Erik van Rheenen

The thing about the Jesus of Suburbia is that he doesn’t start out as a nihilist— he starts out bored. Victimized by his broken home and his own peculiar slice of suburban hellscape, sedated and titillated by the alternating lows and highs of television and Ritalin, the “son of Rage and Love” flees the “land of make believe [that] don’t believe” to the Big City in a Sartrean search for meaning. All set to alternating windmilled guitars and soft-keyed interludes, multi-layered harmonies and fury-fueled shrieks. By the end of the nine-minute, Pete-Townshend-on-speed anthem that is the opera’s introduction, Billie Joe Armstrong has shown that anarchy begins at home, and apathy is its gateway drug.

The story that follows—the story of Green Day’s 2004 magnumopus, American Idiot—is a bildungsroman that’s equal parts Joseph Campbell and J.D. Salinger, and all the tension that pairing entails: hero (whiny jerk?) leaves home, faces adversity (but not real adversity?), and returns home redeemed (a total failure?). Any attempt to appraise its merits thus acts as a Rorschach test of one’s aesthetic gestalt. The JoS’s quest is either inspiring or entitled, epic or annoying. Given the ubiquity of the maturation theme, and the delusions of grandeur that usually accompany so-called rock operas, it’s a story that should be overly affected, passé.  Instead, ten years later, somehow, miraculously, it still pulses, snarls, demands attention. Why?

The reason is not because the album is one of the great protest rock records of all time, though it certainly is that. It’s difficult for teenagers now to imagine the swelling of indignant rage Americans felt after September 11th, rage that metastasized into a kind of dyspeptic autoimmune disorder that we voted upon ourselves: the Patriot Act, whack-a-mole adventures in the Middle East, surrealist color-coded threat levels that shifted like a terrorism mood ring. So it’s difficult for those teenagers —hell, it’s difficult for the rest of us — to remember how subversive it was in 2004 for a band to sneer at our self-righteousness, to stand athwart the military-media complex, yelling, “stop.”

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Jack White Issues Statement On RS, Foo Fighters Call Out

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

Jack White has released a statement through his publicist that his remarks last night about the Foo Fighters were a joke, though there as no mention on the Rolling Stone call out. Read the statement below.

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To Die On Stage By Your Side

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

The night before Hostage Calm announced the release of their new record, they cryptically took to the Internet to tease the big news, tweeting/Instagramming out “One last time. Die on stage.” No context offered, no explanation provided – just the indication that something climatic was nigh. And the Internet, hungry as ever for drama, took this futile message to heart and began to speculate; this surely couldn’t mean the looming dissolution of the charming five-piece band from Connecticut, could it? Considering that Hostage hadn’t toured or even surfaced their heads in almost a full year, it was all too easy to jump to the conclusion that a lack of activity, combined with the “one last time” declaration, was a sign of the band’s demise. But as it turns out, the mantra behind Die on Stage isn’t as much a death rattle as it is the core of their artistic expression, the centerpiece of the Hostage Calm spirit, and moreover, the complete opposite of an imminent breakup.
 
“The ethic behind Die On Stage is one of giving yourself to the art,” vocalist/songwriter Chris Martin explained in a recent phone interview. “The concept of that first word, ‘die,’ is that death is the finale of effort. It’s the last time, the last of your material existence, the last of your life’s big push. And then after you’re done, whether it’s a band or a human or a relationship, all that survives of it is the memory. And that legacy is what we are constantly chasing, the concept that we would go and make art so bold, so powerful, and so singular that it could live on long after we do.”
 
Die On Stage is Hostage Calm’s fourth studio LP and the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed Please Remain Calm, a record that was pointedly focused on bringing forward the unspoken disillusionment and heartbreak of American youth amidst the economic downturn. An enduring portrait of the times told through thoughtful, contemplative metaphors and propped up by a lively kaleidoscope of vintage rock n’ roll influences, PRC pulled the curtain back to reveal the widespread societal unrest of an entire generation. But if PRC strived to converse about the embittered attitudes of American youth at large, the stories told on Die On Stage zoom in on a much smaller microcosm of that unrest by depicting the daily manifestations of it. “On a lot of the songs, there’s this sense of carpe diem, of shedding the chains of subdued social life and not being afraid to do what you want,” Martin pointed out. “But other parts of the record are terrified, and they feel guilt, and there’s this sense of disillusionment. Both are very much at work. And that’s something that I think connects with as many people, if not more, than the nuanced political speak that flows more heavily across some of our prior records.”

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Aaron West Looking For Extras To Be In Music Video Next Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties are shooting a music video in the South New Jersey area on Wednesday, September 24th. They are looking for extras aged 25+ with access to formal wear, i.e., be fancy. If interested, find details below.

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Laura Jane Calls Jay Weinberg A #ShitBag As He Joins Slipknot As New Drummer

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 18, 2014

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Update: Laura Jane has expanded her comments.

Laura Jane Grace took to Twitter to wish Slipknot luck with their new drummer, Jay Weinberg. Check out a tweet from Grace below. 

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