The odd, acrimonious situation in Wu-Tang Clan over their 20th anniversary album A Better Tomorrow continues to escalate. This time, Raekwon took long winded, angry shots at RZA over the situation in a Rolling Stone interview. He says he's "on strike" from Wu-Tang, and says RZA's "like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fucking game plan." The interview is chock full of insight from Rae on a number of topics and is well worth the read.
Riot Fest has announced each weekend of its 2014 incarnation: It will hit Toronto on Sept. 6-7, Chicago on Sept. 12-14 and Denver on Sept. 19-21. Also, this is the 10th year of Riot Fest.
Riot Fest is back at it again! We’re hard at work putting together three rock & roll carnivals that will hit Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. To kick things off, we’re coming through Toronto September 6 & 7, then on to Chicago to celebrate our 10 year anniversary September 12-14, and wrapping up the party in Denver September 19-21.
With the help of friends and partners at Union Events and Soda Jerk Presents, Toronto and Denver will feature an expanded footprint with more carnival rides and...
Since Thursday was unable to do a proper farewell tour in the UK, frontman Geoff Rickly will be performing several Thursday songs solo as part of the 2014 Acoustic Basement UK Tour. Watch a video announcement in the replies, which features a clip of a cool electronic version of "Understanding in a Car Crash."
Shane Blay, the new frontman of Wovenwar, has posted an update to clarify that he will still be in Oh, Sleeper as well.
To put to rest the rumors that I'm leaving Oh Sleeper I tell you this: Micah and I started this band 8 years ago and have stayed with it through the thick and thin. That is still the case. Its tattoo'd on my chest for crying out loud. As long as Oh Sleeper is a band, I'll be in it.
How's this for light hearted? In this weeks episode of Bob's Burgers, the opening credit gag references Say Anything. The show has previously included songs about gravy by The National. Check out the image in the replies, and if you don't already, you should really be watching the show.
Next week, I The Mighty will be hitting the road with Architects (UK) and letlive. On Tuesday, the 22nd, they'll be chatting on the site homepage at 5pm PST. It's the day before the tour kicks off, so it should be a great time. Mark your calendars and come chat!
Today we're introducing you to New Jersey emo-rock quintet Sleep In, a band whose guitarist, Eric McNelis, was a member of Evan Weiss' former band The Progress. The group will release their debut LP, Settling, on April 29 (digital) and May 27 (vinyl; preorder here) via Hide Away Records and you can stream a new song from the release, "Sleep Sound," in the replies. Check out the song if you're a fan of Topshelf Records emo and enjoy some pop sensibility with your emo; you can also listen to the album-opening "I Do Know and I'm Not Sorry" here if you want another taste.
We have a brand new song premiere from Nashville's Bloom (Luke from Better Off's side project). The track is titled "You Can't Always Be Juggling Blood And Fire" and will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Pedro The Lion, Mansions, and early Death Cab For Cutie. Check out the song in the replies - it's off the band's upcoming new LP, Thousand Yard Stare, which will be available on May 20th and can be pre-ordered now via Broken Circles.
Rumor has it that Beyoncé and Jay Z are planning a national tour as co-headliners this summer. Supposedly called "The Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour," it will run from June 13 through August 6, with eventual European dates planned as well.
Recent Pure Noise Records signees Brigades have released a song called "Glass Casket" from the upcoming reissue of their Crocodile Tears EP; the lyric video is in the replies. The release is out on May 6 and can be preordered here. The South Carolina pop-punk act will be supporting Hit The Lights on their Skip School, Start Fights tour.
Sky Ferreira released her music video for "I Blame Myself" yesterday. At the time, she wrote that it was "obviously based off of real events," referring to her 2013 arrest alongside DIIV frontman/boyfriend Zachary Cole for possession of controlled substances. Now, she's taken to Facebook to defend herself against accusations of racism in the video. Read her response in the replies.
In case you were wondering how much more fun Aaron Paul is having than you post-Breaking Bad wrapping up, he was on stage for Arcade Fire's Coachella-closing set last weekend. Wearing a Pope Francis costume. Check out a photo in the replies.
Now that the five-month investigation into Dylan's case has been closed, the same charges he faced have been brought against Rolling Stone France publisher Michael Birnbaum, who faces up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of €45,000 ($62,000) for publishing the remarks. Neither his lawyer nor representatives from the U.S. edition of Rolling Stone gave comments to the Wall Street Journal.
"It's weird to talk about this, but it is interesting when you look at a song like 'Some Nights.' I remember when writing it, the thought was, 'No one’s gonna understand this. This isn't gonna happen. And this is the last chance, and then I gotta go get a real job,'" he said. "The first song on this new album is like the opposite of that, lyrically. You know, 'You got what you wished for. What the fuck are you wishing for now?'
Revelation Records will be re-releasing Soul Search's 2013 7” EP Nothing But A Nightmare -- which was originally released on Back To Back Records and soon out of print. This version has been remixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues), remastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and will be presented with brand new artwork. Look for a release later in 2014 along with the band's debut LP on Revelation.
As for things I’ve learned that aren’t about the craft of writing: Don’t say shit that’s controversial or antagonistic unless you’re sure you mean it or you REALLY don’t care. The internet is full of trolls and all they want to do is hurt people who make stuff (even stuff as inconsequential as a dumb blog or thought catalog listicle). That’s just their general MO. If you insult something they like, watch the fuck out.
Music attorney Lee Phillips believes that labels made a mistake by not doing a deal with Napster. Hindsight is twenty-twenty and all that -- but the article raises some good points.
“The labels will pay anything to keep prestige acts,” he says, pointing to his recent handling of negotiations on behalf of Barbra Streisand to re-sign with Columbia Records. “But there are only a handful of artists in that category. In signing new acts, it’s not only about talent, but what kind of following you bring to the table. That’s why labels have started signing these 360 deals. Since they’re not making money from albums sales, they want a piece of touring, publishing merchandising and endorsements.”
Following more than a year of straight touring, Josh is suffering from vocal exhaustion and is under doctor’s orders to rest his vocal cords for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Matt, Max, Chris, Dan, and of course, Josh, are therefore sorry and disappointed to announce the unavoidable postponement of their upcoming North America Tour, which was due to start in LA on April 21st. Given Josh’s need for rest, the band is unable to perform at the high energy level for which they’re known.
ALL VIP & GA tickets for the tour will be valid for the rescheduled shows, which will now run from September 15th through October 20th. The new shows...