The Counting Crows’ new album is all covers — and the long-lasting alt-rock band’s giving away a sampler via BitTorrent. Grab the download bundle of ’Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation)’ here.
We knew that when Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong introducedGuns N’ Roses at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction last April, the crowd booed at the mention of Axl Rose. We didn’t know that Armstrong almost filled in for Rose during a retrofitted GNR set that night.
Flash back to the early 2000s: the Foo Fighters had fallen from ‘Everlong’ era glory, drummer Taylor Hawkins nearly died of a drug overdose in 2001, and the stadium-packing heavy rock band was on the verge of breaking up — all while recording 2002 album ‘One by One,’ an album that had entire recording session junked before re-recording. Demos from the left-for-dead first draft have now leaked online.
With the news that Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the Beastie Boyspassed away today (May 4), the rockers have been tweeting their feelings — and so have the fans. Below is a post of the most telling tweets from Beastie-heads the world over — be on the lookout for more, we’re going to keep them coming. MCA’s heavy bass reached more than one generation of hip-hoppers, punk rockers and everybody else. His growth from egg-throwing goofball to compassionate (and still goofy) activist makes him a folk hero for our time.
Always game for going green, noise pop thrashers Wavves have done the ultimate in extended adolesence: they’re now starring in their very own weed-themed video game. Choose either frontman Nathan Williams (on bike) or bassist Stephen Pope (on board) to rip through three levels of drug dealing and cop dodging: first through suburbia (be sure to aim for the doors) then through the city (wait for the streetlight to flash) and then in a hellish demon level (throw it at the demon! demons love weed!).
The album title could not be more apt: a blunderbuss is a 17th century firearm, an early antecedent of the shotgun, known to be loaded with just about any matter of ammunition — bullets, kitchen utensils — and shot broad and short against the enemy. The eponym
Week one of the 2012 Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival was awesome on all accounts: it broke attendance records and offered up a plethora of viral music offerings (though many now sadly shut down). We’ve selected the cream of the first weekend’s handsome crop — check our top 5 below.
Now in its fifth year, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival is bringing a variety of tastes to the Bay Area on August 10-12, with sweet-and-sour Jack White, the savory Foo Fighters, and spicy Beck appearing as top acts — and a whole smorgasbord of West Coast food and drink, suitable to the country’s only “gourmet” festival–check the full line-up below.
A moldy piece of ’90s history has failed to find a home: The ‘Melvan,’ a broken-down van once owned by stoner-rock pioneers the Melvins, did not sell on eBay – again — despite a media flurry and a Kurt Cobain-drawn “mural” of Kiss on its side. Owner Ben Berg is still in a financial c
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