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mewithoutYou's Rick Mazotta was robbed at the Best Western in Bismark, ND. You can read an account of the incident on Yelp.
Around 5:54 am on June 27th 2013, my girlfriend was shaking me awake screaming that there was a man in our room, she saw a shadow rummaging through our bags. Immediately, instincts to protect her and another friend of mine had kicked in and I was off and running. What would have been otherwise undetected episode turned into a physical altercation. I was able to kick the man towards the door and it was then we both fell and he got up and took off.

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Jason Tate on 06/28/13 - 06:56 PM
You can read an update on Lostprophets' singer Ian Watkins case from this week here. He will go on trial later this year accused of 23 sexual offences involving children including two charges of raping a baby.

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Drew Beringer on 06/06/13 - 03:54 PM
Some new details on Tim Lambesis's case have surfaced, and he has switched lawyers.
Lambesis' next court date is currently scheduled for June 10th. At the bail hearing last week, Lambesis was accompanied by a new laywer, Thomas Warwick after originally being represented by Anthony Salerno. No word on why Salerno was let go, as he initially saved Lambesis from a potential life sentence. Salerno, in an interview alleged Lambesis was being set up as Lambesis' brother-in-law is a sheriff deputy. Lambesis new lawyer, Warwick claimed at last week's bail hearing that steroid use clouded Lambesis' judgement.

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Jason Tate on 05/24/13 - 10:34 AM
Maria Alyokhina, of Pussy Riot, went on hunger strike yesterday. An interview with her from prison can be found here.
need a lot of time. I don’t have a problem trying to explain, it helps me see the situation clearer, but clearly propaganda is doing its dirty job. At any encounter people tend to take a negative view on the situation. Everyone I speak to in person changes their opinion after a single conversation. And people become fascinated with the story, showing real and honest interest. There are a lot of people who actually do want to change the country for the better, who admit they have no rights and feel lost.
Jason Tate on 05/23/13 - 08:22 AM
Tim Lambesis' (As I Lay Dying) lawyer has claimed that steroids clouded Tim's judgement (he still holds to his plea of not guilty). The bail has been lowered to $2 million.
Thomas Warwick, the musician’s lawyer, said his client had gotten into body building and eating healthy, and later began taking nutritional supplements as a paid product spokesman. At some point, he also began taking steroids, he said. “His thought processes were devastatingly affected by his steroid use,” Warwick said.

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Jason Tate on 05/20/13 - 12:15 PM
Looks like Rolex has filed a lawsuit against Jonathan Cook of Forever The Sickest Kids.

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Drew Beringer on 05/17/13 - 10:34 AM
Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying has plead not guilty to attempting to hire a hit man to murder his wife. Bail is set at $3 million.
The prosecutor argued that Lambesis be held on $20 million bail, citing the musician’s wealth and global connections, but his defense attorney argued that the amount was unreasonable. If he bails out, he was ordered to stay away from his wife and their three children.
Jason Tate on 05/09/13 - 03:47 PM
Boston Police are posing as punk/indie-rockers online to get their catfish on and crack down on house shows after a nuisance control ordinance was recently passed.
Almost everyone in the DIY scene has had an experience with phony police emails, direct messages on Twitter, and interactions on social media. For some it's become just another part of the promotion business—a game of spot-the-narc in which the loser gets his show shut down. According to one local musician who asked not to be named, the day before a show this past weekend, police showed up at a house in the Allston neighborhood, home of many of these house shows, claiming that they already knew the bands scheduled to play....
Jason Tate on 03/29/13 - 09:57 AM
A UK band by the name of Twin Falls doesn't like that the new Twin Falls is using the name. I guess this is now awkward.
As it now stands, after seeking the small amount of legal advice that we could buy ourselves, the crux of this situation is that: regardless of how long we have been using the name, any attempt to stop the other party using it will have to involve a lengthy journey through the courts. In other words, at the end of the day, the person who has the most money and therefore the resource to fight their case to the bitter end, will win. We could pile all of our money into the situation, of course but eventually (probably quite quickly) our money will run out and our battle...
Jason Tate on 03/26/13 - 08:39 PM
Ian Watkins (Lostprophets) released a statement in regard to his latest court hearing.
Mr Watkins furiously denies all of the charges and allegations made. He intends to fight to the bitter end to clear his name. He wishes to thank the fans, family and friends for the constant love and support they have given and continue to give throughout this testing time.

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Jason Tate on 03/13/13 - 02:20 PM
After Baauer's "Harlem Shake" reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100, Baauer and his label (Mad Decent) are being asked to pay royalties for the uncleared samples.
Both Mr. Musson and Mr. Delgado are seeking compensation from Mad Decent Records, which put out the single last year. The label and Mr. Rodrigues declined to comment. But the tale of how an obscure dance track containing possible copyright violations rose to the top of pop charts illustrates not only the free-for-all nature of underground dance music but also the power of an Internet fad to create a sudden hit outside the major-label system.

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Jason Tate on 03/11/13 - 01:23 PM
Norman Markus, the driver during Baroness' terrifying bus crash earlier this year in the UK, has been charged with reckless driving.
Jason Tate on 02/06/13 - 10:57 AM
Randy Blythe's (Lamb of God) manslaughter trial has been delayed due to a key witness falling ill.

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Jason Tate on 02/06/13 - 10:02 AM
Randy Blythe, vocalist of Lamb of God, starts his trial for manslaughter in the Czech Republic today.

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Jason Tate on 02/04/13 - 02:11 PM
This is an odd story to try and follow - but this is what I've pieced together: Two days ago, a woman made an accusation that she was raped in her sleep by the lead singer of Gaza. The band responded on Facebook (message in the replies), and now the accuser has removed the aforementioned statement from her page and replaced it with a new one that says, "Neither of us are retracting our respective statements— instead we are deciding to not discuss it further and move on. This agreement means I will be unable to answer questions about this. I want to apologize to Gaza as a whole, my intention never was to damper the reputation or musical careers of the members, and I apologize to them."
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Jason Tate on 01/18/13 - 10:58 AM
Owl City, Matt Thiessen and Carly Rae Jepsen are among those being sued by Ally Burnett, a songwriter who alleges "Good Time" infringes on her track "Ah, It's a Love Song." Listen to both and judge for yourself in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 10/30/12 - 03:30 PM
Travis Barker (Blink 182) recently took to twitter to discuss (rant?) being pulled over, again, by the LAPD police.
Jason Tate on 10/22/12 - 09:23 AM
It appears that Pussy Riot may be getting freed from jail.
Dre Okorley on 09/13/12 - 02:51 PM
Last week in Salina, Kansas, all the members and road crew of I See Stars were arrested for drug possession. Of course some band members were tweeting about said experience.
Jason Tate on 09/04/12 - 09:31 AM
Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. Their sentence will be announced later today.

Update: The three members of Pussy Riot have been sentenced to two years in prison. You can read translated closing statements from each of them here.
Dre Okorley on 08/17/12 - 04:55 AM
Following his recent arrest, Ronnie Radke will be going to trial by jury beginning August 27th.

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Jason Tate on 08/15/12 - 02:04 PM
Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse was arrested on Monday in Glendale for "alleged domestic assault."
Jason Tate on 08/08/12 - 11:29 AM
Lord Finesse is suing Mac Miller for using the track "Hip 2 Da Game" without permission on his K.I.D.S. mixtape.
Dre Okorley on 07/11/12 - 11:41 PM
Lauryn Hill has pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges and could face up to three years in prison.
Dre Okorley on 06/30/12 - 10:33 AM
Brother Ali was recently detained for participating in an Occupy Homes protest. His court date is scheduled for July 6.

Edit: You can read the interview concerning his arrest here.
Dre Okorley on 06/25/12 - 11:20 AM
Morrissey's libel case against NME has been put to rest.
From the Article NME is pleased that it has buried the hatchet with Morrissey in respect of the libel case he brought against us in 2007. Morrissey sued over an article based on interviews with him which he believed accused him of racism. After an on-going dialogue with Morrissey and his representatives, NME today publishes a clarification in the magazine and online which makes it clear that we do not believe we ever called Morrissey a racist and nor do we believe he is. We have said sorry to Morrissey for any misunderstanding that may have arisen. The settlement with Morrissey does not involve payment of any damages or legal...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/14/12 - 09:36 AM
Looks like someone stole Axl Rose's gold and diamond necklaces valued at around 200k.

Update: Looks like they've been found by a model that woke up with them in her purse, "by accident."


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Jason Tate on 06/07/12 - 11:45 AM
Jacobi Wichita's singer, Brendan Coleman-Rodriguez, has been charged with "a violent sexual assault."
From the ArticleSgt. Thomas Roncinske, a detective bureau supervisor, said Coleman-Rodriguez's arrest was the result of a "three-month intensive investigation," and Detective David Orr was the lead investigator on the case. "The victim was very courageous in coming forward," he said. "Her actions probably saved someone else from becoming a victim."
Jason Tate on 06/07/12 - 11:27 AM
Joe Escalante from The Vandals is campaigning to become a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. The Atlantic wrote a story about Escalante and the free-speech issue he is currently facing in his campaign.
From the Article After racking up 20 years as an attorney and some 480 hours as a volunteer temporary judge presiding over everything from unlawful detainer lawsuits to small-claims cases, Escalante this year decided to put his name on the ballot for an open judicial seat for the upcoming June 5 election. He even has a red-, white-, and blue-hued campaign poster designed by Shepard Fairey, the artist behind the iconic HOPE image of President Barack Obama.

But it hasn't exactly...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/02/12 - 01:16 PM
OneRepublic's Eddie Fisher was arrested on Tuesday in Denver on suspicion of assault, disturbing the peace and destruction of private property, according to police.
Jason Tate on 05/16/12 - 10:43 AM
The man who was accused of attacking Madina Lake's bassist has been found: "not guilty."
From the ArticleLeone - who suffered a fractured skull, broken nose and fractured jaw during the attack - was treated at Chicago's University of Illinios Department of Neurosurgery. There, he had one-third of his skull removed to allow the swelling in his brain to go down.

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Jason Tate on 05/07/12 - 11:33 AM
Ex-guitarist for Bury Your Dead, Eric Ellis, is on trial in Florida after being arrested for home invasion robberies, extortion and selling drugs.
Jason Tate on 04/05/12 - 12:25 PM
It may soon be illegal to troll in Arizona. Have fun policing that one.
From the ArticleArizona House Bill 2549 passed both legislative houses last Thursday and is now awaiting approval from Arizona's governor Brewer. The statute states that: "It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person."

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Jason Tate on 04/03/12 - 04:38 PM
Kanye West is being sued over an allegedly uncleared sample used in his remix of Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls," which appeared on the 2006 mixtape Freshmen Adjustment 2.
Jason Tate on 04/02/12 - 11:34 AM
Paramore has posted a blog letting fans know that yesterday the frivolous lawsuit claiming Paramore plagiarized another band's work regarding "The Only Exception" was officially dropped.
From the BlogThere was never a doubt in our minds that the case would go any further, as this song, which Paramore wrote every note of, is very personal to them and one they are extremely proud of.
Jason Tate on 03/21/12 - 11:57 AM
The Vandals guitarist (and lawyer by day) Joe Escalante is looking to become a judge in LA County.
From the ArticleI'm still smarting from a defending frivolous lawsuit for eight years so I want to effect change. I beat Fulbright & Jaworski and a giant media company that actually owns LexisNexis as well as Variety. They have 900 attorneys in their firm and I beat them in Federal Court, representing me, the band, the members and the record label. Whether I win or lose. I just want my campaign to make a difference. I do. I've watched too much corruption go on around me for too long and I really want to make a difference. When voters look at a ballot, they should know who they are voting...
Jason Tate on 03/14/12 - 12:50 PM
Boston says: No more moshing!!
From the ArticleThe Boston Herald reports that police cited the House of Blues for a license violation because of a mosh pit that broke out during a Feb. 21 show by Flogging Molly. Police say 60 concertgoers engaged in slam dancing.
Jason Tate on 03/13/12 - 10:32 AM
Came across an interesting article about how you can't pass your digital music collection down to your kids.
From the ArticlePassing your iTunes collection down to your kids isn’t the modern day equivalent to your dad passing his vinyl collection down to you. Once you take away the physical element, there is no sense of nostalgia inherent to that file itself. While there may be many a memory associated with a specific album or song, any copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy that you hand down holds no more sentimental value than a copy of that same song sitting on YouTube. You’re not giving them something of yours, but a distant manifestation of something you paid for.
Jason Tate on 02/21/12 - 02:52 PM
Variety has settled its lawsuit with The Vandals. The magazine sued the band for their 2004 parody version of the logo from Hollywood Potato Chip.
From The ArticleThis was the worst thing that's ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I've ever done. However, as my wife says, the crash course in federal court litigation made me a better lawyer. Hopefully this will be a lesson to other media companies and law firms with respect to how they deal with First Amendment issues in the Internet Age.
Jason Tate on 02/13/12 - 02:54 PM
Looks like Vevo, a music label joint venture for music videos, got caught illegally streaming an NFL game at a Sundance party. While the hypocrisy is ridiculously ripe - I think it also points out just how much easier piracy can be than legal options. Odds of any legal ramifications for the executives involved?
Jason Tate on 02/10/12 - 10:02 AM
With last week's takedown of MegaUpload, more attention is being brought to the story that the people behind MegaUpload had been planning the launch of a new music service called MegaBox. MegaBox, in its beta stages, would allow artists to upload and sell their music to fans, all while keeping 90% of the earnings. MegaBox would also pay artists even if people download their music for free - as a result, some suspicion around the internet is that major labels like UMG were pushing for MegaUpload's recent takedown because of the threat MegaBox would present to traditional models of music distribution.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/24/12 - 11:41 AM
Danielle Delottinville, vocalist of Pantychrist, has been charged with murder.
From the ArticleThe retired antiques dealer was found dead in his John Street South apartment Dec. 22. Kovacs, 55, was discovered lying tied and taped with his hands behind his back. Police believe he’d been dead since Dec. 19. Two Port Hope men are also facing first-degree murder charges. George Cooke, 41, his nephew Matthew Cooke, 28, and Delottinville were all arrested without incident Wednesday.
Jason Tate on 01/20/12 - 09:04 AM
Megaupload is getting the axe. Federal prosecutors have shut it down and charged its founder and others with violating piracy laws.
Jason Tate on 01/19/12 - 12:16 PM
The Gainesville, Fla.-based digital music service Grooveshark has been in the midst of an enormous lawsuit with major record company EMI Group, Ltd. since late last year/early this year. The lawsuit originated when this expose appeared on Digital Music News, about an artist unable to get his music removed from Grooveshark; and Universal Music/EMI sought legal action after reading what an anonymous commenter, claiming to be an employee of Grooveshark, had to say about the situation. In short, the highlights of the supposed Grooveshark employee's statement include: "...Are the above legal, or ethical? Of course not. ... And, to confirm the fears of the members of King Crimson, there is no...
Thomas Nassiff on 01/18/12 - 06:55 AM
Russell Brand and Katy Perry are divorcing.
Jason Tate on 12/30/11 - 12:12 PM
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