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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.



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.


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New U2 Album Will Be Band’s Lowest-Charting Disc Since 1984

Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by

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Interscope RecordsIf you give something away for free, people won’t really be interested in paying for it.  That’s the lesson that U2 is learning, thanks to the not-so-great sales projections for its current album, Songs of Innocence.  Yahoo! Chart Watch reports that according to those projections, the album will be the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s lowest-charting disc since 1984.

U2 gave away the new album to more than 500 million iTunes customers, and according to Apple, about 81 million users listened to the record, including 26 million who downloaded the entire thing.  Songs of Innocence became commercially available in stores on Monday, but it’s on track to sell just 24,000 copies.  Compare that to the band’s previous album, 2009′s No Line on the Horizon, which sold a whopping 484,000 copies during its first week of release.

As a result, Songs of Innocence will likely enter the Billboard chart at #7.  That will make it the band’s lowest chart placing since 1984, when The Unforgettable Fire peaked at #13.  Since the Irish rockers’ breakthrough 1987 smash The Joshua Tree, every single one of their albums except for one has either debuted at #1 or reached the top spot.  The only one that didn’t, 2000′s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, debuted at #3.

During a Facebook interview session, one participant accused U2 of being “rude” by releasing the album in such a way that it automatically downloaded into people’s iTunes playlists.  Bono apologized, saying, “Oops, I’m sorry about that.  I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.  Artists are prone to that kind of thing.  Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.”

He added, “There’s a lot of noise out there.  I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”


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Bono Apologizes for the Way “Songs of Innocence” Was Released

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy of UMusicIf you’re one of the people who wasn’t thrilled when U2‘s latest album showed up uninvited in your iTunes account, Bono has something he’d like to say:

“Oops.”

That’s the U2 frontman’s initial response during a Facebook Q&A to a question asking the band to “never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people’s playlists ever again?  It’s really rude.”  Songs of Innocence was automatically downloaded into the account of every iTunes user September 9, when Apple announced the new iPhone 6.

“I’m sorry about that,” Bono continued. “I had this beautiful idea, one that we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing — drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the past few years might not be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there, I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”

Not everyone was unhappy with the way Songs of Innocence was distributed: the album was downloaded in full 26 million times.

The four members of U2 also answered some lighter questions during the Q&A, such as why bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. didn’t get cool names like “Bono” or “The Edge.”

“I think that’s a little unfair,” Mullen joked in response.

You can view the entire Q&A session on Facebook.


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Hear Trent Reznor’s “Gone Girl” Soundtrack Music

Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by

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Image Courtesy The Fun StarThese days, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is almost as well known for his work scoring film soundtracks as he is for rocking out with NIN.

Fans can sample music from his latest soundtrack  — for the upcoming movie Gone Girl — via a SoundCloud page streaming four of the score’s tracks.

The music, co-written with Reznor’s frequent collaborator Atticus Ross — ranges from industrial soundscapes to moody electronic tunes to soft piano music.  Earlier this month, Reznor told The Wall Street Journal that Gone Girl director David Fincher asked for a soundtrack that sounded like “spa music that has curdles and unravels.”

Reznor and Ross won an Oscar for their score of another Fincher film, The Social Network. Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel, stars Ben Affleck.  It hits theaters October 3.


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