Coldplay Release Music Video For New Single “Magic”

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Coldplay have revealed the video for their new single, “Magic.” The single is currently available on iTunes.

The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, and stars Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as a magician, with Chris Martin doubling up as both her loyal assistant and brutish husband.

“Magic” is taken from Coldplay’s new album, Ghost Stories, which will be released on May 19 on Parlophone/Atlantic Records. The album can be pre-ordered now from iTunes worldwide at itunes.com/coldplay.

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Asher Roth Concert Review From The Barbary In Philadelphia, PA

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(PCM) There are some nights when I absolutely adore my job, as it allows me to experience the very best of the best in every genre of music in a live atmosphere, and I experienced such a night when attending the recent Asher Roth performance at The Barbary in Philadelphia, PA.

The vibe of the show overall all took me back to my early days as a concert attendee, when me and a group of friends would crowd into a small, dimly lit bar with everyone packed together like sardines and the artist performing was able to get up close and personal with the crowd as everyone comes together to embark on the same musical journey. Sometimes it is a shame that I have to look at that as being something different now, as I truly feel this is the way that music is supposed to be experienced.

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As Asher Roth took to The Barbary’s tiny stage, all of those feelings rushed back to me and I thought to myself ‘this is real’. No outlandish stage production, no smoke and mirrors, just Roth and his band and believe me, that is all that was needed.

Roth and the band were giving the audience a taste of what’s to come by performing Roth’s upcoming new album “Retrohash” from start to finish and it was fantastic. The album is set to be self-released on April 22nd and Roth claims when speaking about the new album, “I made music that I would want to hear, music that felt good to me. We didn’t play by any rules and that makes me proud. There shouldn’t be any rules in making music. RetroHash is a genuine expression of the artist and person I am.”

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The songs that make up “Retrohash” truly do show a different side to Roth and it is refreshing to see an artist that isn’t afraid to experiment and create an album that is a bit more out of the box than what you would normally expect. I like to be surprised and I feel that the fans like to be surprised and this surprise was definitely a pleasant one.

Thank you, Asher Roth for reminding me again why I equally love both music and my job.

See more of our photographer Ken Schuler’s images from the show below!

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News Regarding Eminem’s Video For “Headlights”

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(PCM) The following image was posted to Eminem’s Instagram account a few hours ago, so appears that Em will be working with famed director Spike Lee on his next music video for the track “Headlights”

According to the post, the video was shot in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit. The track which features Nate Reuss is currently in the number 11 spot on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop digital songs and climbing.

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Remembering Kurt Cobain

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(PCM) It has been twenty years ago today since legendary rock artist Kurt Cobain of Nirvana took his own life in a move that sent a shock wave through the realm of rock n’ roll.

We are always left to wonder what he would be doing or how he would feel about the state of music, especially rock as it is today. Cobain’s influence on rock music and the grunge scene will always live on and the music of Nirvana has without a doubt created a legacy that will continue well into the future.

The music of Nirvana was the defining part of a generation and their songs continue to resonate with listeners to this very day. Songs such as “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Come As You Are”, “All Apologies”, and “Heart-Shaped Box” are timeless and without fail every time they come across the airwaves we feel a need to crank up the volume and escape, even if only for a few moments, to different place and time.

Much the same as when John Lennon was tragically murdered back in 1980, majority of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana fans can tell you exactly what they were doing the moment the news broke that Cobain had taken his own life.  We may never truly understand why, but we do know that his memory will live on forever through the music he and Nirvana created.

Almost just in time for the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death, the police department have revealed the first photos that show Cobain’s dead body, as well as, a series of other photos that show a heroin kit and other drug paraphernalia near his body. They were hard to stomach and I think I realized that I didn’t want or need to see them! I would much rather remember Cobain for the glorious art he has left us with and not some grainy crime scene photo. To use a quote from Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic made at one of Cobain’s public memorials “just catch the groove and let it flow out of your heart. That’s the level Kurt spoke to us on: in our hearts, and that’s where he, and the music, will always be, forever.”

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Stars Align For The Biggest North American Arena Tour Of Jesus Christ Superstar

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Jesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical will hit the road this summer with an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars. The 50+ city tour kicks off in New Orleans at the Lakefront Arena on June 9, and stops in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and more, before culminating in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Arena on August 17.

Brandon Boyd, Grammy® nominated lead vocalist of rock band Incubus, is confirmed for the role of ‘Judas Iscariot’, Grammy® nominated *NSYNC vocalist, JC Chasez, will play ‘Pontius Pilate’, Grammy® Award winner and member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, will take the female lead as ‘Mary Magdalene’, English singer-songwriter and lead singer in Public Image Ltd. (PiL) and Sex Pistols, John Rotten Lydon, will play ‘King Herod’ and introducing British actor and singer, Ben Forster, who won England’s ITV Superstar competition in 2012 and played the lead role in the UK and Australian arena tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, will revive his role as ‘Jesus.’ With over 50 cast and musicians on stage this is one arena show that can’t be missed!

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Tickets for the first 22 shows, New Orleans through Edmonton, will go on sale beginning Friday, April 11 at www.jesuschristsuperstar.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, April 4 at 10am local time. All subsequent market on-sale dates will be announced locally in the weeks to come. Tickets for the first 22 shows, New Orleans through Edmonton, will go on sale beginning Friday, April 11 at www.jesuschristsuperstar.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Friday, April 4 at 10am local time. All subsequent market on-sale dates will be announced locally in the weeks to come. Tickets prices vary by market. They range from $29.50 to $125 plus applicable fees and service charges. In addition, a limited number of Gold Circle tickets and Superstar Premium VIP packages are available.

Jesus Christ Superstar began life as a rock album…probably because nobody believed back in 1969 that you could present a stage musical about the last days of the life of Jesus Christ. I shall never forget its first live performance in the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh on July 12th 1971. Of course JCS subsequently became a legit theatre stalwart, but I, personally, have always hankered after seeing it again in the arenas where it started,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber.

In 1971 Andrew and I were thrilled by the first-ever Jesus Christ Superstar tour of the United States,” said Tim Rice. “We certainly did not imagine then that 43 years later we would be witnessing another America-wide tour of our first big hit show. We are delighted and grateful that enthusiasm for Superstar has been maintained over the years and this new production presents the work in its most powerful format – as a true rock experience.

I’m excited to be involved with Jesus Christ Superstar,” said Michael Cohl. “The show has evolved greatly over the past 40 years and it is exhilarating to be a part of a project that marries this incredible property and its extraordinary music with the new, innovative technology that has become available for live shows. This arena rock spectacular is a whole new experience for fans.” 

I am so thrilled to be a part of this amazing production!” said Brandon Boyd. “I grew up on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classics and never imagined I would be playing a role in one, let alone with such an incredibly diverse cast of players. Truly an honor!”

When I heard Jesus Christ Superstar was coming to the States, I was excited at the idea to be a part of telling one of the most influential stories in history through the scope of such a talented composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber,” said JC Chasez. “I’m excited to work with such a dynamic cast, and to bring Jesus Christ Superstar back to its roots as a rock arena experience.” 

“I am so excited to be part of such a legendary production alongside an amazing cast!, said Michelle Williams. “I am truly looking forward to this experience!”

“I’m here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?” said John Rotten Lydon.

“I feel so excited to bring this production to North America,” said Ben Forster. “America has to experience this rock arena spectacular as Andrew Lloyd Webber envisaged it. I am the real life Billy Elliot, from a coal mining city in the north of England to touring huge arenas across North America! You are about to witness my dream come true!”

The Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular North American Tour is presented by S2BN Entertainment and The Really Useful Group.

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Miley Cyrus Goes Topless And Straddles A Horse In Leaked Single Cover

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(PCM) The unedited cover art for Miley Cyrus’s new single which is a remix to “Adore You” has been leaked out. The artwork features a topless Cyrus straddling a horse statue, wearing only a white thong and a raven haired wig and holding a blunt.

Cyrus has certainly not been one to shy away from any controversial acts these days and she is completely comfortable showing off her figure and being in the nude. Cyrus feels that being naked is away of expressing “purity and emotion” The image that has leaked is speculated to be the unedited version of a promo shot that Cyrus tweeted out back in February announcing the remix single’s release.

The promo shot that was originally posted feature a close-up on Cyrus’s face and her chest area was completely cropped out of the shot. There is some speculation that the image was purposefully leaked out to garner some attention for single that has only managed to reach #21 on the Billboard charts.

Cyrus is currently in the midst of her Bangerz tour and has been absolutely delighting fans with her over-the-top and highly energetic performance each and every night.

 

 

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Toadies Release 20 Year Anniversary Edition Of Breakthrough Debut Album “Rubberneck”

Toadies.Rubberneck(PCM) I seriously can’t believe it has been nearly twenty years of rocking out to the Toadies, as it seems like only yesterday I was blasting “Possum Kingdom” in my car back in high school. Nevermind, I still blast “Possum Kingdom” to this very day, so we were super excited with the news that Toadies have released the 20 Year Anniversary Edition of their platinum-selling breakthrough debut album “Rubberneck” and are gearing up to hit the road as well!

Vaden Todd Lewis, Mark Reznicek (drums), Clark Vogeler (guitar/vocals), Doni Blair (bass) — announced a major US headlining tour in support of the Rubberneck 20-Year Anniversary Reissue that was released on April 1st on Kirtland Records. The nationwide trek kicked off at this year’s SXSW and will have the band hitting notable venues across the US including the Troubadour in Los Angeles, First Avenue in Minneapolis and Irving Plaza in NYC. Toadies will be bringing out special guests and close friends the Supersuckers and Battleme for the entire run.

I’m really excited to take the Supersuckers and Battleme on the road with us. I figure we have all rock bases covered. Each band brings something different to the table, but they all fit on the bill perfectly. If you come to one of these shows, YOU WILL BE ROCKED! – Clark

The Toadies have been playing together for the past two and half decades. As they reach another milestone in their career with the reissue of Rubberneck, they’re excited to take it on the road and play the album that started it all from beginning to end for longtime fans.

20 years ago I would have never imagined that the album would have not only caught on, but held on for so long. The fans that album brought us have stayed with us over the years and continue to spread the word. I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces. – Vaden

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Frankie Knuckles “Godfather Of House Music” Is Dead At Age 59

Frankie-Knuckles1(PCM) One of the most prolific house music producers and remixers from the eighties and nineties, Frankie Knuckles has passed away at the age of 59. His immediate cause of death has not yet been revealed, however some rumors claim that he may have been suffering from Type II diabetes. Frankie Knuckles is credited with laying the groundwork for electronic dance music culture as well know it today.

Frankie Knuckles is legendary in the electronic music scene. He was never afraid to be experimental and many feel that his accomplishments over the years were under appreciated in music realm.

Knuckles was born in New York City and then relocated to Chicago in the 1970′s and began his DJ career spinning at The Warehouse, a club that is credited with the birth of house music. Knuckles reached such heights of success at The Warehouse that he was able to open his own club The Power Plant in 1983.

Over the year’s Frankie Knuckles has worked with a wide variety of artists including Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, and Michael Jackson to name a few.  He released his debut album title “Beyond The Mix” in 1991 which contained well-known tracks such as “The Whistle Song” and “Workout”.

In a statement to the popularity of Frankie Knuckles in 2004, the City of Chicago renamed a stretch of Jefferson Street near the site of the old Warehouse “The Godfather of House Music” Frankie Knuckles Way.

Knuckles had some upcoming tour dates scheduled for this month and had just recently performed a DJ set at the UK’s famed Ministry Of Sound club.

Our sincere condolences go out to Frankie Knuckles family and friends during this difficult time.

 

 

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The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Announces Official 2014 Line-Up

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The world’s biggest heavy music touring festival, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL in its seventh annual sojourn, is pleased to announce the official 2014 artist line-up with the boldest, largest, loudest and most diverse lineup to date! Not only will this year’s festival include the massive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE and COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE, but will also present two additional stages— the SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE, and the VICTORY RECORDS STAGE.

The ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE will boast a collection of some of the biggest bands in heavy music—including multi-platinum headliners Avenged Sevenfold, as well as Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. The COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL FLAVORED WHISKEY STAGE will feature headliner Cannibal Corpse as well as Suicide Silence (featuring new singer Eddie Hermida), Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810. THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE will feature headliner Body Count featuring Ice-T as well as Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour and the local Headbang For The Highway winner. The VICTORY RECORDS STAGE will feature headliner and Revolver Magazine cover band Emmure as well as Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, and Erimha.

“We are very excited that in the seventh year of the festival we can bring our biggest lineup ever to heavy music fans across North America. With such a diverse lineup of great bands and festival attractions, 2014 will give fans an awesome day of Metal and Mayhem.” – John Reese and Kevin Lyman, Festival Producers

Tickets for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL go on sale on April 4th at 10:00AM local time. This year’s odyssey will include four stages of heavy music and 20 bands. Also, look for Freestyle Motocross legend Jimmy Fitzpatrick and his FITZ ARMY of riders and a Motorsports exhibition area featuring Unknown Industries Harley Davidson Freestyle Riders, as well as many other surprises and attractions throughout the festival midway.

The festival will kick off on July 5th at San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino, CA and will hit a total of 26 cities, ending at The Woodlands, TX (Houston) at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on August 10th.

 

 

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