As announced back in April, 311 and The Offspring are hitting the road for the Never-Ending Summer Tour with Gym Class Heroes. Well, it looks like the tour hit a bit of a glitch. While 311's Nick Hexum and The Offspring's Dexter Holland were hanging with Adam Carolla for an interview, 311's P-Nut and The Offspring's Noodles got pulled over by none other than the Super Troopers. Check out the video evidence below!
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The 90s were a strange and wonderful time, and for me, the highlight of my personal music growth. While I've always considered myself to be "musically schizophrenic," the 90s are largely to blame - an era when grunge, industrial, the big band revival, nu metal and "third wave" ska came into play. The latter is being explored in a new documentary, Pick It Up! - Ska in the '90's, and film that's already building excitement by becoming fully-funded on Kickstarter in just 7 days (121% funded with 27 days to go, as of this writing). Check out the trailer and details below, and if you dig it - you can still get involved. They've opened up new perks and goals that will help the filmmakers craft the best film possible.
#TrumpKimSummit: United States Officially Releases Propaganda Video while Donald Trump & Kim Jong-un form Nuclear Power Trio...Written by James Zahn
As prophesied last July, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have come together in Singapore for a historic meeting - the first between a North Korean Dictator Leader and a sitting U.S. dictator-wannabe President. The Trump-Kim Summit took place earlier today, and in a shocking twist, the duo recruited Dennis Rodman Mike Tyson to become the NUCLEAR POWER TRIO. Believe me, even though the band says "It's a song to promote world peace!" it is not the weirdest thing you'll see today, but I have that too.
The Gods must be crazy... I was browsing Spotify out on my deck this past Friday afternoon, taking a scroll through all the new releases when I stopped on Weezer - "Rosanna." My friend Shaun turned to me and asked, "Weezer covered Toto?" Within a few seconds, our kids' playdate was soundtracked by the smooth sounds of Rivers Cuomo and the crew covering the lead single from Toto's 1982 album, Toto IV. Entertaining, yes - but not exactly the Toto cover that Weezer fans had been asking for. Well, all was made right this morning with the release of "Africa." Listen to both below...
Houston-raised, LA-based rock/rapper HYRO THE HERO first hit my radar nearly a decade ago. I distinctly recall covering his 2011 debut album "Birth, School, Work, Death" for another site (shuttered around the same time), but seven years later Hyro is back! Set for release on June 29, 2018 via RED Music / SONY, Flagged Channel puts HYRO THE HERO back in the spotlight with his crushing blend of hip-hop and rock. Check out the new music video for the lead single, "Bullet" and crank it up!
Preview: REELZ New Series "Breaking the Band" features Epic Breakups of The Beatles, Van Halen and More...Written by James Zahn
On June 10, REELZ Channel will drop the curtain on their new original docu-series, Breaking the Band. Season one will take a look at the battling egos, power struggles and inter-band rivalries that split up The Beatles, The Supremes, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, N.W.A, Van Halen and Sonny and Cher. From crippling drug addictions to scandalous affairs Breaking the Band uncovers the incredible true stories by recreating the key moments the cameras missed in addition to using rare band interviews and off-stage footage to piece together each dramatic tale. The folks at REELZ sent over a short clip, which I debuted on Twitter this morning. Check it out below...
It doesn't happen very often these days - that moment where you hear a song from a new band and immediately have to hear more... only to find disappointment that there isn't more, yet. In fact, I think the last time that situation really hit me hard is when I first heard Product of Hate back in 2009, but now it's happened again. "Walk Run Crawl" is the debut single from Ultraphonix, a new band featuring Living Colour frontman Corey Glover alongside Dokken/Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch with drummer Chris Moore and bassist Pancho Tomaselli. The track comes from the band's debut album, Original Human Music, which hits stores on August 3 via earMUSIC. I've been digging this one for days and I think you will, too. Check out the video below and crank it up!
When I was in L.A. for the World Premiere of Avengers: Infinity War last month, I happened to pass by AJ McLean on the purple carpet as we both browsed the Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years display. We didn't speak, but there was a small flashback to when the Backstreet Boys were superheroes themselves for a short period of time - turned into toys for Burger King alongside a comic that they collaborated on with Stan Lee. Feeling old, that was nearly 20 years ago, and today comes news that the Backstreet Boys have signed to RCA Records on the heels of their 25th anniversary. Doing up the signing announcement right, the news comes alongside a new single - “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” today May 17th, along with its official music video directed by long time BSB collaborators Rich + Tone. Check it out below...
Chicago's REPENTANCE will make their live debut on May 23 in support of TRIVIUM and TOOTHGRINDER at The Forge in Joliet, Illinois and today we have our first taste of music from the new band. For the past several months, REPENTANCE has been feverishly writing at Chicago’s Superior Street Studios, recently making the move north to Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL to record for the first time with engineer Scott Creekmore (Product of Hate) on the boards. "Collide" is the first single from REPENTANCE, mixed and mastered by Chris Collier (Prong). Crank it up below, and stay tuned for more!
Earlier today, Spin Master's official Etch A Sketch Instagram did a repost of an incredible creation from Willie Witte aka M.C. Etcher aka happy.little.etch. It's a quickly-iconic shot from Childish Gambino's "This Is America" music video - a clip directed by Atlanta helmer Hiro Murai that's racked-up nearly 60 million plays in just under four days. The incredibly multilayered video (see it here) has been a subject of intense discussion and dissection that began immediately following the performance of the song by Gambino (Donald Glover) on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. See the Etch A Sketch creation below, and be sure to swipe left on the Instagram embed to see video of it's making in progress.
With three decades of storied history, acclaimed singer/songwriter Kevin Lee continues to inspire generations as one of the best big-hook, power pop songwriters in the business. Flanked by his incredible band, The Kings, Lee recently released Sticks & Stones on Sigus Records. With an infectious sound of modern pop/rock packed with big guitars, indelible hooks, and soaring vocal harmonies, the songs deliver the kind of car-radio magic that turn winter nights into summer bright. Tracks like “On Top of the World,” “Tell the Truth,” the Tom Petty-esque, “All We Have Is Now,” and the ultra-catchy “Hold On to Yourself Tonight,” remind you of why you loved rock and roll in the first place. Ahead of some summer live dates and an upcoming performance at Joe's Live in Rosemont, IL to benefit Lurie Children's Hospital, our writers caught up with Kevin to talk a little bit about the new album, the music business and the Chicago sound.