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Awaken I Am Unveil Video for "Vices"

Awaken I Am has released a new video for “Vices”. Check it out right HERE.


Rhymefest Films Mistreatment by Police While Reporting Robbery

Chicago rapper Rhymefest tweeted about being robbed at gunpoint Saturday and later documented with cellphone video his mistreatment by police when attempting to report the robbery. “To the young brother that put the gun to my head this morning & took my wallet. You don’t know how you just damaged your community,” the Kanye West protégé tweeted.

“It’s 730am. you just put a gun in my face for $3 in my wallet. I defend you against police brutality, I work on your behalf you robbed me,” Rhymefest continued. “You don’t know what you did! And who you did it to. I lived here on the southside because I thought it mattered. I’m reconsidering. You were gonna shoot me in the face for a wallet, I had the power to give you a job! I’m not even mad, I’m fuckin’ hurt.”

The rapper then encouraged the mugger to contact him on social media and “apologize and talk to me like a brother.”

Rhymefest’s ordeal didn’t end there, however: When the rapper attempted to report the robbery at a local police station, he was asked to leave after filming an officer’s rude behavior toward him. “You wonder we don’t report crimes? The police treated me disgustingly,” the rapper tweeted, posting a video of his encounter inside the police station.

After Rhymefest posted the video, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted directly to the rapper, “Disappointing to say the least. On behalf of CPD, I apologize for how you were treated. We will be addressing this today.” The rapper replied to Guglielmi, “I would like to bring young people I work with and help you find solutions to help better Police our communities.”

The rapper born Che Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times, “I went from having a guy holding a gun to my head, telling me today is the day I’m going to die, to being treated like a criminal when I tried to make a report.”

According to CNN, Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller also called Rhymefest to apologize to the rapper, who won a Best Original Song Golden Globe and Academy Award in 2015 for co-writing the Selma track “Glory.”

Rhymefest continued to the Sun-Times, “I have police officers that I ride motorcycles with, that are my good friends. I’m not a rabble-rousing activist screaming epithets at the cops. I work with the police. I wanted to make a report… when I walked through the door, it was like (the officers) didn’t see me.”

Rhymefest added that he didn’t reveal to police that he was a well-known rapper until he was about to leave the police station. “I said ‘Oh, by the way, I have two Grammys and an Oscar. And that’s not it. I teach young people, I teach creative writing,'” he said. “And it was like, ‘Now I got your attention. But not when I told you I had a gun to my head.’ I’m sure they’re thinking, ‘We messed up, because that was ‘somebody.’ But that’s not how it should be. How would they feel if somebody that doesn’t have my resources was treated the same way?”

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Jack White Plays in Alabama Celebrity Baseball Game

Baseball enthusiast Jack White took part in a celebrity baseball game at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama, leading his Third Man Records team against the Texas Playboys, Alabama Slammers and other squads taking part in Florence-based designer Billy Reid’s annual Shindig, reports (via Pitchfork). The university itself confirmed that the rocker graced their field Friday.

White played first base and had a couple at-bats for the Nashville-based Third Man team that donned yellow-and-black jerseys, a 1950s-inspired flannel uniform that is also available for purchase through the Third Man online shop. It’s unclear how White fared in the game and whether the Third Man team was victorious.

White has a long history with America’s pastime: In 2009, it was rumored that the then-White Stripes singer had donated $170,000 in order to restore a baseball field in his hometown of Detroit. Five years later, White threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park in July 2014.

At the start of the 2016 baseball season, White announced that he had teamed with the Tigers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler to invest in a baseball bat company called Warstic; it’s unknown whether the Third Man team used Warstic bats during the celebrity baseball games.

See ya later, Jack White @thirdmanrecordsofficial @texasplayboysbaseball #billyreidshindig

A photo posted by Abigail Enright (@abigail.enright) on Aug 26, 2016 at 12:55pm PDT

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Death Koolaid’s Siren Discusses the Next Volume of Music

Hardcore punk rockers, Death Koolaid, have released volume 1 and 2 of their EP series, with further developments in the works, to release more tunes, playing some shows, and so much more.Frontwomen vocalist Siren Sycho, …Read More


Davey Suicide Releases New Single and Video for "Rise Above"

Davey Suicide has released a new single and video for “Rise Above”. Check it out right HERE.


Slipknot to Perform 'Iowa' in Entirety for First Time at Knotfest

Slipknot will perform their 2001 second LP Iowa live in its entirety for the first time during the band’s set at their annual Knotfest, which takes place September 24th and 25th at the San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. “To this day, [Iowa] has never been performed in its entirety. That is about to change,” Slipknot said in a statement.

“15 years ago, something quite extraordinary happened. 9 men from ‘IOWA’ went in to a studio in California and created one of the most chaotic and destructive albums ever made. It was, and still is, a shockingly physical and ferocious recording,” the band continued. “On Sept 25, 2016, at Knotfest in San Bernardino, 30,000 people will experience an event that has NEVER been done before. It will be a dense and serious spectacle, both visually and sonically. But you’ll be able to say ‘you were there.’ So… Will You Be There?”

This year, Slipknot’s annual bash will merge with Ozzy Osbourne’s namesake nomadic festival to form a celebration called “Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.” The Ozzfest portion of the festival, September 24th, boasts performances by Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, Children of Bodom, Hatebeed, Dead Cross, Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails and many more.

The following day, in addition to Slipknot’s Iowa performance, the Knotfest lineup features Slayer, Anthrax, Amon Amarth, Suicide Silence, Emmure, Butcher Babies and more. In total, over 40 bands are set to perform over the course of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest.

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Monster High Releases New "Meet the Ghouls" Webisode featuring Frankie Stein

Monster High has released another new webisode of “Meet the Ghouls” featuring Frankie Stein! Check it out right HERE.



Los Angeles based rock outfit GEMINI SYNDROME have announced a new batch of US tour dates alongside Sevendust and Red Sun Rising. The West Coast run starts on October 12th in Dallas, TX and concludes …Read More


David Crosby Plots Fall Tour Behind 'Lighthouse' LP

David Crosby has announced a U.S. tour behind his upcoming fifth solo LP, Lighthouse. The 18-date trek launches November 18th in Atlanta and concludes December 16th in Ithaca, New York.

Crosby’s new touring band will feature Snarky Puppy bandleader/Lighthouse producer Michael League, along with album contributors Becca Stevens and Michelle Willis. The setlist will include Lighthouse material alongside tracks spanning Crosby’s career.

Lighthouse, which follows 2014’s Croz, is out October 21st via GroundUP Music/Verve Label Group. In July, Crosby teased the new LP by releasing “Things We Do for Love,” a delicate acoustic ballad written for his wife, Jan. Earlier this month, he debuted bluesy Manhattan tribute “The City.”

Crosby co-wrote several Lighthouse tracks with League and was surprised by the Snarky Puppy member’s versatility. “He’s an immensely talented musician,” the singer-songwriter told The Wall Street Journal. “He was very sneaky, too. He didn’t tell me he could play lead guitar. He didn’t tell me he could sing. And he never told me he could write words. But when we sat down at my house, we wrote three songs in three days. I think the only person in my life that has been that good at writing and co-working with [me] is my son James. I love writing with someone else because the other guy always thinks of something you didn’t.”

Crosby kicked off a North American summer tour earlier this month, with previously scheduled dates running through September 15th. 

David Crosby Fall 2016 Tour Dates

November 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
November 19 – Danville, KY @ Centre College @ Norton Center for the Arts
November 21 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
November 22 – Stuart, FL @ Lyric Theatre
November 26 – Melbourne, FL @ King Center for the Performing Arts
November 27 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theater
November 29 – Charlotte, NC @ McGlohan Theatre at Spirit Square
December 1 – Morgantown, WV @ West Virginia University
December 2 – Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre
December 4 – Roanoke, VA @ Jefferson Center
December 5 – Nashville, TN @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center
December 7 – Wilmington, NC @ Cape Fear Community College (Outdoor)
December 9 – Glenside, PA @ Keswick Theatre
December 10 – Ridgefield, CT @ Ridgefield Playhouse
December 12 – Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
December 13 – Tarrytown, NY @ Music Hall Theatre
December 15 – New York, NY @ The Town Hall
December 16 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre

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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Music Video of 2000s?

The MTV Video Music Awards will be held on Sunday night at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The big confirmed news of the night is that Britney Spears will perform on the VMA stage for the first time in nine years and Rihanna will receive the Video Vanguard Award (and have her own set of performances). But there will also be performances by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Future, Nick Jonas and Halsey. They will also find time to pass out a few awards.

Now we have a question for you: What is the greatest music video of the 2000s? We’re going to count anything that has come out since January 1st, 2000 all the way through the present. Feel free to vote for a classic like Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” or Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” a YouTube smash like Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and OK Go’s “Here It Goes Again” or even something goofy like Rebecca Black’s “Friday” or Lonely Island’s “Dick in a Box.” Pick whatever 2000s video you want, but please only vote once and only for a single selection.

You can vote on or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeekendRock. 

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