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Newsday is reporting that Pandora has made a direct licensing deal with some artists.
That means Merlin-represented artists like Arcade Fire, Bad Religion and Lenny Kravitz could get more rotations as their representatives will be able to lobby Pandora to place their songs earlier in playlists where they fit. Artists will also get access to Pandora data for the first time, enabling them to make informed decisions about where to tour, who to tour with, what their concert set list should be and what songs they might release next. They will also have tools to directly communicate with fans on Pandora.

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 11:16 AM
The Civil Wars have officially broke-up.

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 11:13 AM
You can read our new interview with The Color Morale here. The band's Fearless Records debut Hold On Pain Ends comes out September 2nd - you can pre-order it here. Also head to the replies to check out the band's last tour update from Warped Tour.
No, the way I see it, my free time is when I get on the bus at 11pm at night until 8am the next day, that's when I have free time. The rest of the time is completely dedicated to everyone else, that's the only reason I'm here doing this.
Jake Denning on 08/06/14 - 11:12 AM
Buzzfeed has a "then and now" gallery of the pop-punk heartthrobs.
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 11:08 AM
The Lees of Memory (ex-Superdrag) have signed to to SideOneDummy for the release of their new album Sisyphus Says on September 16th. Hit the replies to see the video for their first single "We are Siamese."

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 11:04 AM
London 7-piece ska-punk outfit King Punch have released their new EP on Bandcamp.
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:48 AM
Damn, wish I had seen this last night -- I could have had three The Gaslight Anthem spots at the top of the page. Noisey sat down with Brian Fallon to talk about the band's new album and how Brian just wants a normal life.
So to save himself from himself, Fallon pulled the plug on all social media and vanished for most of the past year. "I'd had enough of myself," he remembers. "I was like, 'You’re an idiot. You just keep running your stupid mouth and you say things that you don’t mean. And you say them because you’re in the moment and you’re hot about something. So you know what, self? I'm cutting you off. You need to shut up.'"
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:40 AM
Anti-Flag's new song "Close My Eyes" can be streamed in the replies. It comes from the band's 20 Years of Hell 7" set.
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:34 AM
Foo Fighters have launched a new online store and are announcing "big news" on Monday.

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:32 AM
Rockfreaks.net recently interviewed Mark Hoppus of Blink-182. They talk of going into the studio at the end of the year to record a new album (Mark mentions moving back to LA at the end of the summer for the recording process). He also mentions that he'd "love to" do another +44 album at some point, but there aren't any plans yet for one.
We are basically at the very beginning of the process. We were going to start recording at the beginning of this year, but there were some things happening in some of our personal lives that prevented us from getting in the studio, so now we are getting in the studio at the end of this year instead. We have the beginning of song ideas at this point,...
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:28 AM
Another teaser video from The American Scene can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:24 AM
Motionless in White's new song "Puppets 3" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:22 AM
Brian Eno has penned a second article about the conflict between Palestine and Israel. The first was posted last week.
How do you think it looks to the rest of the world when they see Israel mincing the Palestinians in Gaza and then discover that America is (still) giving them about 18 million dollars in military aid each day – while righteously proclaiming about Human Rights? And how do they feel when they see Tony Blair receiving a $1 million dollar Peace Prize from some Israeli institution presumably for managing to remain completely unresponsive to the Palestinians?
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:20 AM
The LA Times is reporting that House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood will be torn down to make room for more hotels and condos. Pretty sure this is the first place I saw Something Corporate, Gym Class Heroes, The Juliana Theory, and countless other bands during my collegiate stint in California.
"Regarding the story, our legendary House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard – the flagship for 20 years of our popular venues around the country – will operate business as usual while we look for a new home," the statement said. "We have a terrific relationship with our landlord who has other plans to develop the property and we’re working together on a very smooth transition. We have...
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:17 AM
Hayley Williams of Paramore has penned a note to fans after having to cancel to shows due to illness.
Writing from my bunk to let you know that my doctor and my vocal coach have told me I can’t play tonight either. I have a chest infection and … Something called "exhaustion". Ha. Words in this tiny little message cannot begin to express my frustration, sadness, and overall loopiness (the latter is likely just from the cortisone and antibiotics…ugh.)

Corpus Christi, you’ve been on my mind since I woke up this afternoon and Dallas, you’ll be on my mind the rest of the night. I absolutely hate canceling anything. Admitting defeat is a tough thing for this gal.

Anyway. Thanks for...
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:13 AM
Finch can be found performing a new song live in Japan in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:10 AM
Sleepwave (ex-Underoath) have released a video for "Through the Looking Glass" -- it's in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:08 AM
Braid has posted a behind-the-scenes video for the making of No Coast. Hit the replies to see it.

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:06 AM
Prawn's new album Kingfisher can be streamed at the A.V. Club, or in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:04 AM
Hit the replies for a video interview with Ryan Key of Yellowcard. He talks about the band's new album, Lift a Sail, and mentions the first single will probably be "One Bedroom."
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:01 AM
Head to the replies to hear DragonForce's cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" via AV Club. It burns, burns, burns.
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/06/14 - 09:23 AM
Mayor Martin J. Walsh has declared August 6th as Godsmack Day in Boston. I weep for my state.
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/06/14 - 09:17 AM
Hit the replies to check out a video filmed from American Authors' Australia tour - it includes show footage, interviews, and more.
Zac Djamoos on 08/06/14 - 08:20 AM
Steve Renman will be hosting another episode of Renman Live today at 1 pm EST/10 am PST.
Zac Djamoos on 08/06/14 - 08:13 AM
Living With Lions is currently writing a new full-length record and to hold people over in the meantime the guys have recorded a cover song by Osker, one of their favourite bands. Head to the replies to hear the LWL version of "Disconnect Disconnect" originally off of Idle Will Kill and let us know what you think in the replies.
Deborah Remus on 08/06/14 - 07:30 AM
Sims will release Field Notes on September 2nd via Doomtree Records and is currently available for preorder on iTunes. First single "Uh Huh" can be heard in the replies.
Jonathan Bautts on 08/05/14 - 08:01 PM
Kris Crummett will host back-to-back CreativeLive courses starting tomorrow. "Flawless Vocals: Recording, Editing & Mixing" will take place on August 6th, and "Tracking & Mixing with Outboard Gear" on August 7th. Both courses will run from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT and will feature Pro Tools sessions from Issues. As always, CreativeLive classes are free to watch live.
Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 05:02 PM
Xerxes will release their new album, Collision Blonde, on October 21st via No Sleep Records. You can stream a new song titled "Chestnut Street" over at Spin and you can view the track listing below.

Track Listing:
1) I Was Wrong
2) Criminal, Animal
3) A Toast
4) Knife
5) Use As Directed
6) Chestnut Street
7) Collision Blonde
8) Exit 123
9) (but here we are)
10) Nosedive
Drew Beringer on 08/05/14 - 04:24 PM
Watch Slipknot's music video for "The Negative One" in the replies. It was directed by percussionist M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan.
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/05/14 - 01:18 PM
Angel and Airwaves' We Don't Need to Whisper is now up for pre-order on vinyl.
Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 12:33 PM
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a man was bitten by an unidentified assailant during Arctic Monkeys' set at Lollapalooza.
Lenet, who bought a three-day pass to the festival, did not go back Saturday and Sunday. He said he’s not missed more than a day or two of the festival in the last five or six years. "This will probably be the end of it for me," he said.
Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:57 AM
Ryan Hemsworth has announced the "Sucker for Punishment" tour, which will find the producer trekking North America this fall; he also says a new EP is on its way. Check out the dates in the replies, as well as his recent collaboration with UV Boi. More dates and support are yet to be announced.
Ryan Dennehy on 08/05/14 - 10:56 AM
The Ready Set's new song "Trash Talking Love" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:52 AM
Amazon has Coheed and Cambria's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 on vinyl up for pre-order in Canada.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:49 AM
State Champs will be co-headlining the upcoming Pure Noise Records tour. Dates in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:45 AM
Mercy Street, which features Scott and Taylor of Rufio, have finished their new album. It'll be titled Let Me Live and be released shortly. Hit the replies to stream a song sampler.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:40 AM
Tricot's music video for "Break" is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:37 AM
August Burns Red has signed to Fearless Records; new album will be coming next year.
Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:35 AM
Protest the Hero have released a video for "Mist." It's below.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:30 AM
Counting Crows' lyric video for "God of Ocean Tides" can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:29 AM
Fueled by Ramen Records have signed Oh Honey. The band's video for "Be Ok" can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:27 AM
Cayetana's new song, "Scott Get The Van, I'm Moving," can be streamed in the replies via AV Club.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:24 AM
Superheaven (formerly Daylight) have signed with SideOneDummy Records.
We're happy to share that we have recently signed with SideOneDummy Records. We are set to begin recording a new LP this October with Will Yip at Studio 4. You can expect to hear some new music from us in early 2015.

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Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:17 AM
New Found Glory's new album Resurrection is now available for pre-order. The band will also be heading out on the Glamour Kills tour with Fireworks and We Are The In Crowd -- tickets can be purchased here.
Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:11 AM
New Found Glory's new video for "Selfless" can be seen in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/05/14 - 10:07 AM
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