• KISS 2014 Tour Cruise Melvins King Buzzo Fans White Lung Mish Way

    It's 2014 and KISS is Unexpectedly, Inexplicably Everywhere

    Somehow 2014 has turned into the year of KISS. Perhaps sparked by their joining the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and turning The Tonight Show into the 1976 Destroyer tour set earlier this year, there's an revitalized onslaught of activity surrounding the face-painted band. Gene Simmons' tongue and Co. are currently on tour with Def Leppard in support of American military troops and personnel, but without original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. As BrooklynVegan points out, this has been a source of major argument amongst the KISS community, not least among which is Melvins co-founder King Buzzo, who has been quite vocal about his opinion on the subject."As far as I can tell, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are fucked-up alcoholic junkie guys," he told the Missoula Independent.

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    Scott Weiland Wants 'Easy Money' From Velvet Revolver Gigs

    Scott Weiland's had a rough few years, and he needs some cash. This is understandable.* Still, for one of rock's most dynamic frontmen, talking to the press about his bankroll (or lack thereof) isn't a good look. Weiland allegedly told French-Canadian newspaper La Press, he's hoping to perform some festival gigs with Velvet Revolver soon for some easy money.Like, he actually says those words:"Velvet Revolver, there is no problem," he said about his status with the group that gave him the boot in 2008. "I even called the guys to propose the idea of doing some shows together in a few months. We are on good terms, but I do not want to be a member of Velvet Revolver full time. If possible, I would like to only play at festivals. You know, to make easy money."But the problem is, the others don't need "easy money":"Dave [Kushner, guitarist] made ​​music for TV.

  • NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton Racist Casting Call

    N.W.A Movie Casting Call Conflates Black Skin With Unattractiveness

    Progress on long-awaited N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton marches ever forward, but the latest development in casting seems a bit backward to say the least. Last month, we got a peak at the actors who will play the rap legends, with the support of original members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, and now the filmmakers are recruiting extras as they start shooting.

  • Weird Al Handy Iggy Azalea Fancy Video

    'Weird Al' Is a 'Handy'-man in Parody Video of Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

    "Weird Al" Yankovic's #8videos8days campaign is really hitting its stride. The promotional campaign for his new album, Mandatory Fun, has already unveiled parodies of Pharrel's "Happy" ("Tacky"), Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" ("Word Crimes"), and Lorde's "Royals ("Foil"). Now we round the halfway mark with "Handy," a skillful twist on Iggy Azaela's "Fancy." Therein, Al's an artfully adept Tim Taylor-type, expertly rerouting the Aussie rapper's flow and lyrical lines for his own personal plumbing pleasure: "I'm so handy, you already know," he sings on the chorus. "I'll fix your plumbing when your toilets overflow. I'm so handy, I'll bring you up to code. When your dishwasher's about to 'xplode."Also: All 49 "Weird Al" Videos, Ranked. You're welcome.

  • Drake Cleveland LeBron James Real Estate

    Will Drake Follow LeBron to Cleveland?

    The biggest news in sports today is, of course, that LeBron James will be headed back to his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the day would not be complete if music's biggest sports fan, Drake, didn't weigh in on the decision.The verdict? The lint-rolling courtside rapper/singer is so excited he consider purchasing an extra home in the Forest City (yeah, that's Cleveland's nickname). On a conference call to promote his upcoming EPSYS hosting role next week, via Complex, the diehard Toronto Raptors and Kentucky Wildcats fan said, "I definitely have to look into some real estate in Cleveland and spend some months of the year out there."Drake  also responded to accusations of being a bandwagon fan: "Despite what everyone on the Internet thinks, I do not team jump.

  • SoundCloud Nears Deal Major Record Labels

    SoundCloud Reportedly Close to Inking Major Label Deal

    SoundCloud is reportedly closing in on deals with the major record labels that would trade equity in the startup for the ability to continue sharing copyrighted songs via its popular music player, app, and site.The company is currently discussing giving Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music 3-5 percent stakes in the business, as well as a percentage of future revenue, reports Bloomberg, essentially to prevent the top three labels from suing the Berlin-based platform. Sources say the agreement would value SoundCloud between $500 million and $600 million, though the timing of any announcement is unclear because some labels are closer to inking the deal than others.So far, despite heavy customer usage estimated at 12 hours of audio uploaded every minute, SoundCloud has not yet figured out a promising, sustainable business model.

  • Katy Perry Iggy Azaela Clueless Musical

    Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea Considered for 'Clueless' Musical

    Noted chart-topper, philanthropist, and man-zapping Cleopatra Katy Perry is interested in adding "Broadway star" to her résumé, it seems. The "Dark Horse" singer has reportedly expressed interest in appearing in a musical adaptation of Clueless, according to the film's director and writer, Amy Heckerling.Heckerling told Vulture Thursday (July 10) she has written both lyrics and a book for the live adaptation. She's in the "really, really, early, early stages" of this thing, but the question of who might play Alicia Silverstone's Cher is at the forefront of her mind. "Katy Perry has expressed interest, and I love her to death," she said. Of course Perry's superstar schedule might present difficulties.

  • Jeff Tweedy Son Spencer Stream Wait For Love Wilco Sukierae

    Jeff Tweedy and Son Share Swaying 'Wait For Love'

    This new Jeff Tweedy solo project/family band with his son Spencer continues to pay out. June delivered the gritty "I'll Sing It" and Monday brought the languid "Summer Noon." Now the group called Tweedy serve up the gently swaying "Wait for Love" just in time for the weekend, recalling some of Wilco's earlier simpler songs and reminding us why we first fell for this Chicago songwriter so many years ago. And now, he's effectively doubled."When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing," the elder Tweedy said previously. "Solo to me meant that I would do everything — write the songs, play all the instruments, and sing. But Spencer's been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape.

  • Justin Timberlake Cover Ray Lamontagne Jolene

    Justin Timberlake Covers Ray LaMontagne's Painful Beauty, 'Jolene'

    When he's not singing and dancing with Michael Jackson, charmingly disarming bird-flipping fans, and hanging out on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show set, it seems Justin Timberlake is staying current with the contemporary folk scene. The pop star took a minute (or three) out of his private show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom last night, as Stereogum reports, to pick up an acoustic guitar and cover Ray LaMontagne's "Jolene," introducing it as one of his favorite songs. To be sure, it's an especially tender, refined, and tasteful choice. Not that we're surprised, following Timberlake's turn in Inside Llewyn Davis. He's teased a possible country album in the future, could a folk record be in the works too?Hear LaMontagne's original below:

  • Bahamas Stronger Than That Video Strongest Man Bahamas is Alfie

    Bahamas Asks Tough Guys Hard Questions in 'Stronger Than That' Video

    "Strength is a relative term," Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas tells usin the video above. "And if one man's strength is another man's weakness, how can we really know who the strongest man of all is?" It's a poignant question with an obvious solution: The world's strongest man competition. In the soulful songwriter's new video for the modestly funky "Stronger Than That," Jurvanen and director Nick Walker take us behind the scenes at that competition (not the real competition), exposing the muscle men's inner-sensitivity."How in the hell does one heart swell, to the size of of a beast with a bark like a big kick drum?" he asks buff guy Omar Deckard sensitively. The fellas go on to compete on the tire flip, keg tossing, boulder marches, and truck pulls, as Jurvanen plays the poised interviewer opposite former wrester Ed Ferrara and actor Cazzey Cereghino. Stick around for the surprise ending.

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