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We get lots of emails demanding “Post your playlist!” We’re not ignoring you.  Its just a little funky for now, and until we streamline the process, we’re hoping this makes your life easier. With as much new rock as we’re always throwing at you, we understand how it can be hard to keep up, this link should help.



Angels & Airwaves Release New Song, “Tunnels”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Johnny BuzzerioWith just one week to go before the release of their new album, The Dream Walker, Angels & Airwaves have released a fourth song from the record, “Tunnels.” You can stream “Tunnels” via Billboard‘s website

“Tunnels” is a big, dramatic, sweeping track that lives up to AVA frontman Tom DeLonge‘s ambitious plans for The Dream Walker. Those plans include a comic book series, a novel written by Suzanne Young, author of the best-selling The Program series, an animated short film and a full-length feature film, all based around the story of lucid dreamer Poet Anderson, a character created by DeLonge and multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin.

The animated short film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Short Film Festival last month, where it won the “Best Animated Film” award.

Both The Dream Walker and Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker will be released on December 9. The other aspects of The Dream Walker project are due out in 2015.


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Original Band Aid’s "Do They Know It’s Christmas" Released 30 Years Ago

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 by

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Columbia RecordsThirty years ago today — November 29, 1984 — the craze for all-star charity singles kicked off with the release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” still a staple of holiday playlists everywhere.

The brainchild of Bob Geldof of the Irish band The Boomtown Rats, and Midge Ure of the U.K. group Ultravox, the single featured many of the biggest British music stars of the day, including U2‘s Bono and Adam Clayton,Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Sting, George Michael, Boy George and Jon Moss of Culture Club, Phil Collins, Duran Duran, Bananarama, Spandau Ballet and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Geldof was inspired to create the song after he watched a British TV report about the famine in Ethiopia, and wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with Ure.  The two singers then contacted Sting and Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon to sing on the track, as a guide for other vocalists, and set about assembling the all-star lineup they dubbed Band Aid.  Le Bon says he didn’t know that the project had turned into a star-studded affair until he arrived at the studio.

“As far as I knew, it was only me and Sting doing it,” Simon tells ABC News Radio.  “So when I walked in and Bono was singing, ‘Thank God tonight it’s them instead of you,’ I thought, ‘He’s singing my line!'”

Boy George remembers being awakened in New York City by a phone call.  “I’d just done Madison Square Garden with Culture Club and I was in bed,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “And the phone [rang] and it was Bob Geldof…he was babbling on about something that was happening in London — it sounded quite important.  I didn’t quite know he was talking about, but [I heard] the words ‘charity’ and ‘Africa’ and ‘starving people’…so I told him…’I’ll come back tomorrow.'”

George recalls the mood in the London studio.  “Everyone was cottoning on to the fact that something really exciting was happening,” he remembers.  “U2 were there, and suddenly Sting was there, and it was, ‘OK, they’re there, we need to be there.’  So I arrived as it was really kinda building up.” 

“Do They Know It’s Christmas” was recorded November 25, 1984, and released four days later.  “What was funny about that day was that everyone was on such good behavior…everyone was just being so great,” George recalls.  “‘Cause it was no pressure.  Nobody was special.  Everybody was just there for that.  And I don’t even think at that point people really quite knew what it was.”

What it was, was an instant hit that topped the U.K. chart for weeks, and remained, for years, Britain’s best-selling single.  It led to the equally star-packed 1985 charity single “We Are the World,” featuring top American artists like Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie and more, as well to the 1985 global charity concert Live Aid, which Geldof organized.  According to the British paper The Telegraph, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” raised $24 million for famine relief.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas” was re-recorded in 1989 by Band Aid II, with a different set of artists, and in 2004 by Band Aid 20, with yet another lineup, both times raising additional funds for famine relief.  This year’s fourth iteration, with new artists billed as Band Aid 30, features lyrics changed to reflect the Ebola crisis in West Africa.  The only artist from the original version who appears on Band Aid 30 is Bono.

Le Bon says he thinks the original song still holds up, 30 years on.  “It’s turned into a Christmas classic,” he tells ABC News Radio.  “It’s one of those things that make you feel all Christmas-y.  It reminds you to be charitable, as well.  You’re not the only person in the world, and maybe you’ve got it a lot better than some people have, and to help out a little bit.” 

As for George, he says his particular part of the song — “And in our world of plenty/ We can spread a smile of joy/ Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime” — is “so iconic.”  He laughs, “People are always asking me to do it!  I’m like, ‘Please!'”  


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Soundgarden Unveils Video for “Storm”

Monday, November 24th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Geffen/Universal MusicToday is a perfect storm for Soundgarden fans.  In addition to releasing their new rarities collection, Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path, the band has unveiled the video for “Storm,” one of the tracks from the compilation.  Directed by frequent Soundgarden collaborator Josh Graham, the moody “Storm” video essentially amounts to an incredibly ominous Rorschach Test. You can watch the video via NME.com.

Soundgarden originally recorded “Storm” in the mid-’80s as a demo, but was never released.  Earlier this year, the band teamed up with producer Jack Endino to re-record the track specifically for the Echo of Miles collection.

Echo of Miles features 50 tracks across three themed discs — “Originals,” “Covers” and “Oddities.” “Storm” is the closing song on the “Originals” disc.


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The Flaming Lips and Yoko Ono Team Up for “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

Friday, November 21st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of George SalisburyLast month, The Flaming Lips released a full-length tribute to The Beatles‘ legendary album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now, Wayne Coyne and company have teamed up with Yoko Ono to cover another one of John Lennon‘s classics, Lennon and Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”

The song starts off in signature spacey Flaming Lips style before Yoko comes in with the sweeping chorus. You can listen to their new version on YouTube.

The Lips and Ono’s rendition of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” is part of a holiday themed playlist on Amazon entitled “All is Bright.” Amazon plans to accompany the playlist with videos of live performances, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.


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Angels & Airwaves Release Third New Song, “Bullets in the Wind”

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Johnny BuzzerioAs the release of The Dream Walker approaches, Angels & Airwaves continue to unveil news songs from their upcoming album. After issuing “Paralyzed” and “The Wolfpack,” AVA have come out with a third track, “Bullets in the Wind.” “Bullets in the Wind” isn’t as heavy as “The Wolfpack,” instead offering for a dancier approach.

“Here’s a left turn for the vintage Angels fans,” AVA frontman Tom DeLonge tells Alternative Press, which premiered the track. “[It’s] a song referencing the ‘transistor radio’ — a dream of bringing rock and roll back to the forefront of modern music.”

Along with the two songs released before it, “Bullets in the Wind” will appear on The Dream Walker album, which will be released on December 9. AVA will also release their animated short film, Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, on December 9. The rest of The Dream Walker project, which will include comic books, novels and a feature-length live-action film, is due out in 2015.


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Angels & Airwaves Release New Single, “The Wolfpack”

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of Johnny BuzzerioAfter releasing “Paralyzed” earlier this month, a preview track of their upcoming album The Dream Walker, Angels & Airwaves have unveiled the record’s first official single, “The Wolfpack.” You can stream the song now via SpinMedia.

The Dream Walker, AVA’s fifth studio album, features Tom DeLonge joining forces with Nine Inch Nails multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin, and his influence certainly stands out on “The Wolfpack,” giving the song a certain NIN vibe.

In addition to the album, the entire The Dream Walker project will consist of an animated short film, a comic book series, novels, and a feature-length live action film, all centered around a character of DeLonge and Rubin’s creation named Poet Anderson. The trailer for the animated short film, entitled Poet Anderson: The Dream Walker, was released last week, and will premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Short Film Festival, taking place November 12-14.

The Dream Walker album will be released December 9.


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Phish Announces LivePhish+ Subscription Streaming Service, Upgraded LivePhish App

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by

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JEMP Records/Autumn DeWildePhish is going full-on digital, launching the LivePhish+ subscription streaming service, which gives fans access to every Phish concert since 2003, plus archive releases, studio albums and side projects. LivePhish+ will be run through the newly-upgraded LivePhish app, which now has the ability to create and save playlists.

The LivePhish+ subscription rates are $9.99 per month, or $99 per year. If you’re a Phish fan unsure of the commitment, you can also try it out free for ten days. 

The app itself — available for free to iOS and Android users — does not require a subscription. Users will still be able to stream featured shows and content purchased at LivePhish.com via the app without signing up for the service.

In other news, Phish will be staging a three-night stand in Las Vegas starting Halloween night, and they’ll close out 2014 and welcome the New Year in Miami, Florida with a four-night run starting December 31. Frontman Trey Anastasio will be touring with the Trey Anastasio Band in-between his main band’s big holiday shows.


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The Real Reason U2’s Bono Always Wears Sunglasses

Friday, October 17th, 2014 by

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A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaIf you’ve ever thought U2 frontman Bono‘s habit of always wearing shades was merely a rock star affectation, well, get ready to eat some crow: turns out there’s a serious medical reason behind it.

On Friday’s episode of BBC TV’s The Graham Norton Show, when host Norton asks Bono if he ever takes off his sunglasses, the 54-year-old singer replies, “This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years.”

Glaucoma results in a buildup of pressure around the eye, which if untreated can led to nerve damage and even blindness.  The eyes of glaucoma sufferers are sensitive to light, which is why many wear shades.

Bono calmed fans’ fears by adding, “I have good treatments and I am going to be fine,” but jokes, “You’re not going to get this out of your head now, and you’ll be saying ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono.'”

The singer also addressed the controversy over the recent release of U2’s new album, Songs of Innocence, which was provided for free to iTunes users worldwide.  Many fans resented the fact that the album automatically downloaded into their iTunes playlists.

“We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don’t believe in Father Christmas,” Bono tells Norton on Friday’s show. “All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it’s an improvement.”

The full interview with Bono and the rest of U2 airs Friday night in the U.K.


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The Real Reason U2’s Bono Always Wears Sunglasses

Friday, October 17th, 2014 by

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A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael YadaIf you’ve ever thought U2 frontman Bono‘s habit of always wearing shades was merely a rock star affectation, well, get ready to eat some crow: turns out there’s a serious medical reason behind it.

On Friday’s episode of BBC TV’s The Graham Norton Show, when host Norton asks Bono if he ever takes off his sunglasses, the 54-year-old singer replies, “This is a good place to explain to people that I’ve had glaucoma for the last 20 years.”

Glaucoma results in a buildup of pressure around the eye, which if untreated can led to nerve damage and even blindness.  The eyes of glaucoma sufferers are sensitive to light, which is why many wear shades.

Bono calmed fans’ fears by adding, “I have good treatments and I am going to be fine,” but jokes, “You’re not going to get this out of your head now, and you’ll be saying ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono.'”

The singer also addressed the controversy over the recent release of U2’s new album, Songs of Innocence, which was provided for free to iTunes users worldwide.  Many fans resented the fact that the album automatically downloaded into their iTunes playlists.

“We wanted to do something fresh but it seems some people don’t believe in Father Christmas,” Bono tells Norton on Friday’s show. “All those people who were uninterested in U2 are now mad at U2. As far as we are concerned, it’s an improvement.”

The full interview with Bono and the rest of U2 airs Friday night in the U.K.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio



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