• Andre Johnson PCP Wu-Tang Clan Suicide

    Wu-Tang Affiliate on PCP During Genital Mutilation

    Earlier this week, rapper Andre Johnson was found severely injured on a Hollywood, California sidewalk after apparently severing his penis and leaping from the second story of a building. Now E! News has learned that Johnson was reportedly under the influence of PCP when he began to remove his genitals bit by bit with a serrated steak knife. E! has even gorier details, if you're not already nauseated. According to that same source, Johnson (who records under the name Christ Bearer) was on a balcony when police arrived, at which point they asked him to come down and speak with them. Johnson reportedly said "OK" and jumped from the balcony. The remains of his penis were recovered upstairs, but attempts to reattach it at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center failed.RZA signed Northstar, a duo that Johnson was a part of, to Wu-Tang Productions ten years ago.

  • Fatal SXSW Crash New Charges Filed

    More Charges Filed in Fatal SXSW Crash

    According to the Austin-American Statesman, Rashad Owens, the suspect in the tragic SXSW car crash last month that killed four and injured over 20 others, now faces four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in addition to his previous charges of capital murder and 20 counts of assault. These new charges reportedly result from injuries that range from minor lacerations to a neck fracture. Each count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony and carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.

  • Prince New Song The Breakdown Stream

    Hear Prince's Sugary, Sentimental 'The Breakdown'

    Yesterday, Prince announced a new deal with Warner Bros. Records that would provide for a reissue celebrating the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, as well as the release of "long-awaited, previously unheard material," and "a brand new studio album." Well, he's already making good on some of those promises with the release of a new studio single (his first since a March collaboration with Zooey Deschanel) called "The Breakdown," which hit iTunes just before midnight last night. It's four minutes of tensile piano balladry that seeps and sulks before hitting a dramatic, if a bit saccharine, coda. During his takeover of the Arsenio Hall Show in February, as Dr. Funkenberry points out, he called this track his favorite of the new batch, and if the rest lives up to this one we're looking at a record that'll easily eclipse his last effort, 20Ten. 

  • The Replacements Billie Joe Armstrong Coachella

    Replacements Enlist Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong For Coachella

    Reports from the reunion shows thus far have been relatively tame, but the Replacements may have been up to their old games last night at Coachella. Frontman Paul Westerberg walked to the stage with a cane where a couch was prepared for him, on which he spent most of his band's second weekend performance. It's not entirely clear at this point whether Westerberg was actually suffering from an injured back, as some suggest, or if his performance from the couch was a joke. Either way, Replacements acolyte and Green Day main man Billie Joe Armstrong was fortunately on hand (and upright) to pick up the slack caused by Westerberg's repose. That's him to Westerberg's left in a matching 'Mats suit in the video above. Check out a few clips below (via Slicing up Eyeballs) featuring the Green Day frontman, as well as Westerberg and his sofa.  

  • Courtney Love Hole Reunion Interview

    Hole Might Not Actually Be Reuniting

    Earlier this week, Courtney Love told The Quietus that a reunion of the most beloved version of her band Hole was already underway, and that new music was in progress. In an interview that appeared yesterday on The Telegraph, however, Love suggested that she may have jumped the gun."We may have made out but there is no talk of marriage," she says of the lineup of Hole that recorded Celebrity Skin. If anything, it appears that Love's comments to The Quietus may have hampered the chances of the band getting back together. "It's very frail, nothing might happen, and now the band are all flipping out with me," she explains.Given that the conversation fell close to both the anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death and to Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Love is unusually reflective over the course of the conversation.

  • St. Vincent Nirvana Lithium Cover

    Watch St. Vincent Cover Nirvana's 'Lithium'

    Those who've followed Annie Clark's career closely might already know that she's not shy about busting out a cover or two as a tribute to her influences (or in celebration of her Portlandia appearances), but last night in Chicago, on tour in support of St. Vincent, her cover of choice served a more powerful purpose. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's passing and St. Vincent paid tribute with a faithful, searing rendition of Nirvana's "Lithium," which was fortunately captured by an enterprising fan, albeit in phone-camera quality and from a distance. For comparison's sake, and for proof that it doesn't necessarily take great minds to think alike, you can also watch a version of the same song performed by Muse last night at Lollapalooza Brazil.Catch our tributes to Cobain by checking out a few stories we've unearthed from the SPIN vaults.

  • The Gates of Slumber Bassist Death

    Jason McCash, Ex Gates of Slumber Bassist, Dies at 38

    Jason McCash, former bassist for the Indianapolis doom-metallers the Gates of Slumber has died at 38. As Blabbermouth points out, vocalist/guitarist Karl Simon informed the world of the passing of his former bandmate in a note posted to the band's Facebook page. "My best friend died last night," wrote Simon. "There will be no reunion—no more of TGoS. It's dead beyond dead, and I've lost a brother. Please be respectful or silent. It's a small world and I'm still alive. Remember that shit."No cause of death is being reported at this time, nor are any details outside of Simon's Facebook post readily available.The Gates of Slumber formed in 1998 in Indianapolis, Indiana, and chunked out five records of grimy riffs over the course of their 15-year career.

  • Nine Inch Nails Austin City Limits Trent Reznor

    Watch Nine Inch Nails' Entire 'Austin City Limits' Set

    It's a rare occasion that Nine Inch Nails make their way to television, but they did so last night in a big way, bringing a whole host of tracks from last year's Hesitation Marks to Austin City Limits. This episode isn't properly part of an ongoing ACL season (the 39th iteration ended back in February with a Kacey Musgraves-featuring episode), but instead serves to preview the long-running show's 40th anniversary this fall. Trent Reznor notes early on that it's not the typical NIN show, but tracks new and old are given their proper due on the ACL stage. It's a pretty compelling advertisement, both for ACL's new season and for the band's upcoming co-headlining tour with Soundgarden. Check out all the footage above, and read our 2013 cover story on Nine Inch Nails.

  • Pharrell Happy SNL MArilyn Monroe sketch Anna Kendrick

    Watch Pharrell Bring Happiness to 'SNL'

    Pharrell's whirlwind promo tour for his recently released solo album, G I R L, has already plastered him over a whole host of hallowed television institutions. After performing at the Grammys, the Academy Awards, and the NBA All Star Game, Saturday Night Live may be just another notch in the bedpost, but man and hat made their appearance at 30 Rock last night for a couple of special performances. He was joined on "Happy" by a crew of tweenage backup dancers and on "Marilyn Monroe" by a Hans Zimmer-led string section. In addition, Pharrell put his acting chops on display in a skit that also prominently featured not only his famous headwear, but last night's host, Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick. Icona Pop, too, in town on Miley Cyrus' Bangerz tour, made an appearance in a skit. Check out all of last night's highlights below 

  • Gwar Final Interview

    GWAR's Oderus Urungus Spoke of Death in Recent Interview

    Nearly 30 years after the inter-dimensional merry pranksters in GWAR first made their presence known to us Earthlings, it's clear what the band is about: death, destruction, perversion, guts, and gore. It's all the traditional metal fare raised to cartoonish proportions. Dave Brockie, the man who played singer Oderus Urungus, recently passed away in his Richmond home. And today, one of his final interviews, with the Hardcore News on DigRadioBoston, has surfaced. The idea was always to be loud and rude as hell, and have as much fun as possible along the way. That effort extended over to the band's interviews which were invariably in character, combative, and hilarious.

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