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I feel pretty out of the loop since I have not yet played ROCK BAND 4. No, this longtime ROCK BAND enthusiast has yet to upgrade to the Xbox One, so for now I have to admire the latest installment of the Harmonix franchise from afar. This week, the "Off the Charts 01" Pack has been released, a fresh batch of DLC including Beck – “Dreams”, BØRNS – “Electric Love”, Catfish And The Bottlemen – “Cocoon”, Cold War Kids – “First” and X Ambassadors – “Renegades." Check out a video preview below...

The rumors are true. As I speculated back in January, ROCK BAND 4 is real, and it's coming in 2015. The game franchise that became the reason I got an Xbox 360 (thanks, Jen!) and learned to drum (modestly) is now going to be the game that becomes the reason I end up getting Microsoft's XBOX ONE. More details will be revealed in May (expect a Fall release, if not sooner), but I have the full announcement from Harmonix, who is partnering with Mad Catz for the new game. Check it out!

Could Harmonix really be releasing the "next-gen" version of ROCK BAND this year? Rumors have been swirling since last fall that ROCK BAND 4 (though that may not be the title) is in-the-works, and last week it appeared that the waters were being tested when the ROCK BAND Music Store on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 "sprung to life" after nearly two years of dormancy following the final DLC release back in April of 2013 (which I wrote about here). New tracks from AVENGED SEVENFOLD and ARCTIC MONKEYS arrived for ROCK BAND alongside FOO FIGHTERS' "Something From Nothing" (aka the "Chicago" song from SONIC HIGHWAYS), presented in the classic vocals/guitar/bass/drums format of earlier releases. So the question is... do YOU want a new ROCK BAND game? And if so, would you make your voice heard? 

It's times like this that I actually wish I had an iOS device floating around. You see, Harmonix - makers of ROCK BAND (one of my favorite game franchises of all-time), and SuperVillain Studios have released a new, "Freemium" App (free to download, with paid, in-app purchases available) called RECORD RUN. The game uses songs from your music library to build levels in which you have to run through a city, collecting records and backstage passes while avoiding obstacles and racking up points. Check out a trailer below...

Today is the day that I've been mentioning with every ROCK BAND DLC update for the past couple of months. After more than five years... 281 consecutive weeks... April 2, 2013 will be remembered as "The Day the Music Died." With the addition of DON McLEAN's 1971 hit "American Pie," weekly DLC for the ROCK BAND platform of games comes to an end, and Harmonix just hit The Rock Father with a special, 4-minute video entitled THE STORY OF ROCK BAND. Watch it below.

As the final countdown continues leading up to the April 2 end of ROCK BAND DLC after an impressive run of more than five years, there's a few more songs yet to hit the platform. This Tuesday brings a pair of hits from the 1980s, with the OINGO BOINGO classic "Weird Science" along with the cheesy TOTO hit "Rosanna" coming to the platform. Full details below...

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