• Paul Ryan, likely quoting

    Paul Ryan Digs Rage Against the Machine

    Zach de la Rocha, Tom Morello and the rest of leftist rock agitators Rage Against the Machine are likely going to be pretty bummed to learn that MTV has spotted a recent New York Times profile of Paul D. Ryan, the politician Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has picked as his Vice-Presidential running mate, that reveals that the "Killing in the Name" rockers and Occupy Wall Street supporters are one of his favorite bands. Ryan, 42, is the first Gen Xer to run in a presidential campaign. So regardless of the fact that he cosponsored a bill that would ban abortions and voted against another that would help women get equal pay for equal work, his place in an evil empire won't prevent him from enjoying songs on Evil Empire.

  • Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta / Photo by Getty Images

    Anti-Defamation League Apologizes for Defaming Hatebreed

    Last week, Lonnie Nasatir, the director of the Anti-Defamation League's northwest chapter rounded up a few hatecore bands for CNN.com in the wake of discovering the shooter at the Wisconsin Sikh-temple massacre played in a white supremacist hardcore band. But among band names like "Angry Aryans" and "White Terror," he included Grammy-nominated Connecticut hardcore stalwarts Hatebreed. The thing is — and Nasatir of all people really ought to know this — you can't judge a band by its name (or, for that matter, the fact that it named an album Supremacy). After the group and its fans barraged the network's website with complaints, it issued a retraction. Over the weekend, British metal mag Metal Hammer interviewed Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta at a U.K.

  • Meet 'Yoshimi' and Other Characters From the Flaming Lips Musical

    Meet 'Yoshimi' and Other Characters From the Flaming Lips Musical

    African-American actors in their mid-30s who aren't afraid of heights, Asian men in their mid-50s who are "capable of moving," and 27-year-old Asian actresses who "comfortable with lifts and contact" take note: the Flaming Lips' production of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is now casting. As previously reported, the group has been working with Jersey Boys director Des McAnuff over the past few years on including songs from the 2002 album it shares a title with, as well as tracks from Lips discs The Soft Bulletin and At War With the Mystics. "It's hokey and wonderful and poignant and powerful," Coyne said last April.

  • Guns N' Roses Revive Controversial Robot Rape Artwork for Vegas Residency

    Guns N' Roses Revive Controversial Robot Rape Artwork for Vegas Residency

    In what could be a comment on the state of bipartisan politics, Guns N' Roses have revived the original cover art for their 1987 debut blockbuster Appetite for Destruction to promote an upcoming residency in Las Vegas. The artwork, originally done in 1978 by "lowbrow" art pioneer Robert Williams, depicts a robot who looks to have sexually assaulted a woman being attacked by an orange monster with knives for teeth (its title: "Appetite for Destruction"). The cover was replaced with an image of a tattoo painting Axl Rose and his then-bandmates as skulls and Williams' piece was tucked inside the sleeve. This time, though, the art could (maybe?) serve as some sort of commentary about the brutality as politics, as this run has been dubbed "Appetite for Democracy" and the band is performing on either side of Election Day. Maybe?

  • Karen O, Winona Ryder Sing on 'Frankenweenie Unleashed!' Soundtrack

    Karen O, Winona Ryder Sing on 'Frankenweenie Unleashed!' Soundtrack

    On the heels of guesting on dark-leaning noise-rockers Swans' latest LP and staging her "psycho opera" Stop the Virgens (not to mention last year's duet on Led Zep's "Immigrant Song" with Trent Reznor), Karen O is contributing a song to Tim Burton's forthcoming black comedy Frankenweenie Unleashed! The Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman has penned "Strange Love" specifically for the film, which is a black-and-white 3D IMAX remake of the director's 1984, Disney-sanctioned B-movie schlock short about a boy bringing his dog back to life. The soundtrack will also feature songs by the Cure frontman Robert Smith, occasional Burton muse Winona Ryder (who provides a voice in the film), Passion Pit, Kimbra, a duet between the Flaming Lips and Grace Potter and more.

  • Jaz Coleman / Photo by Getty images

    Killing Joke Find Frontman In Time to Announce 'Dub' Album With Nine Inch Nails Remix

    Industro-rock pioneers Killing Joke reported their frontman, vocalist-keyboardist Jeremy "Jaz" Coleman, had gone missing late last month after announcing a September tour with the Cult and goth O.G.s Mission U.K. that Coleman apparently wasn't happy about — he published some nasty comments on Killing Joke's Facebook page and went off the grid. At the time, Coleman's bandmates posted, "We are all concerned about our missing singer's welfare." Now, as Slicing Up Eyeballs reports, Coleman has been found alive and well and doing some fairly unusual things. Yesterday, the group's Facebook page announced (somewhat breezily) that Coleman "appeared today from his retreat in the Western Sahara bemused by all the fuss of his disappearance.

  • R. Kelly Bails on 'Love Letter' Caribbean Cruise

    R. Kelly Bails on 'Love Letter' Caribbean Cruise

    For anyone who was hoping to get trapped on the poop deck with R. Kelly on the R&B singer's Love Letter Cruise this October, your ship has sailed. Kelly's high seas adventure, which was supposed to depart Miami for the Caribbean and include two concerts by Kelly, a performance by Kelis, a stepping class and more, has been canceled. According to TMZ, Kelly pulled out of the engagement because the producer never paid him, and when you have $5 million in tax debt to pay off, we presume you don't want to do too many freebies. "R. Kelly had been looking forward to the cruise and was ready, willing and able to perform for fans," said a rep. "He is sorry for any disappointment but plans to see his fans very soon on a U.S.

  • Reunited Grandaddy Preview Outside Lands Set at Warmup Gigs

    Reunited Grandaddy Preview Outside Lands Set at Warmup Gigs

    After a six-year hiatus, spacey indie rockers Grandaddy reunited earlier this year and played their first show together earlier this week in California. At the first gig in Merced, they performed under the alias Arm of Roger and played a mix of songs that focused heavily on their high-water marks 2000's The Sophtware Slump and 2003's Sumday.

  • Titus Andronicus / Photo by Kyle Dean Reinford

    Titus Andronicus' October LP 'Local Business' Tackles Electrocution, Eating Disorders

    Titus Andronicus singer-guitarist Patrick Stickles has announced the group's third album, Local Business, will come out on October 23 via a Tumblr post that also promises the LP will be stripped-down and straightforward rock-focused. "Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings," the statement reads. "There is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band." After the departure of guitarist Amy Klein, the lineup now consists of Stickles, Eric Harm (drums), Julian Veronesi (bass), Liam Betson (guitar), and Adam Reich (guitar). The album was recorded at New Paltz, New York’s Marcata Recording in April and May in with producer Kevin McMahon, who has worked with Titus before (his credits also include Swans and Frightened Rabbit).

  • Beastie Boys

    Beastie Boys Sue Energy Drink for Monster Copyright Infringement

    Lawyers for the Beastie Boys, including the estate of Adam "MCA" Yauch, are currently suing Monster Energy Drink, as SPIN noted yesterday. The lawsuit, according to Variety, alleges that the beverage manufacturers violated copyright law by using the trio's music in promos and three-minute-plus videos for an event called Ruckus in the Rockies. The Beaties also claim Monster used their likenesses in a video on their website and in a social-media campaign, which linked to a 23-minute "mega mix" made by DJ Z-Trip of songs like "So What'cha Want," "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun," "Make Some Noise," "Paul Revere," and "Sabotage" (26 total songs are named in the suit). This mix was also posted to websites like snowboardmag.com.

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