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Hatsune Miku Announces Miku Expo Heading to China

Hatsune Miku’s Miku Expo will be heading to China this holiday season for December, stopping in Beijing and Shanghai. Further details about this expansion of the tour can be discovered HERE and the official website HERE. …Read More


Asking Alexandria Reunites with Danny Worsnop

Asking Alexandria have reunited with original and former vocalist Danny Worsnop, since he was replaced with Denis Stoff. Dennis Stoff was with the band on several tours and showcases, including appearing on the band’s fourth …Read More


My Little Pony Equestria Girls Mini Figures Expanded

My Little Pony Equestria Girls miniature figures is continuing to expand it’s line by continuing with the movie series. Its done the first film “Equestria Girls” and is slowly expanding into “Rainbow Rocks” as well …Read More


Eric B. & Rakim to Reunite for 2017 Tour, Album Reissues

Eric B. & Rakim will reunite for the first time in 24 years when the legendary hip-hop duo embark on a 2017 tour, their rep, Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory, confirmed to Rolling Stone Saturday. “Back by popular demand,” Eric B. adds.

In addition to the tour, Gregory says the duo will look to remaster all four of their albums alongside filming new videos for classic tracks like “I Ain’t No Joke” and “Paid in Full.” While there are currently no plans to record new material, Gregory says the legendary group is taking it one step at a time.

“All too often we embrace our icons only after it’s too late,” Gregory tells Rolling Stone. “By having such an important group come together now, it’s an opportunity for parents and their kids to go to a show together and see music that created the foundation for what many of today’s artists were built upon.”

The genesis of the reunion happened around May or June at a Newark, New Jersey event that both musicians coincidentally attended. It was the first time the duo was in the same place for years. “They just started talking and organically reconnecting over time and realizing that they needed to do this,” Gregory says.

The surprise announcement seeped out earlier this week when the verified Eric B. & Rakim Twitter teased, “It’s official. You heard it here first. We are back.”

On Saturday morning, the Twitter feed brought news of the reunion tour, with the duo tweeting “Preparations are under way for #EricBandRakim’s return. It’s been a long time…” and asking where the Eric B. & Rakim tour should “jump off”; New York, Las Vegas, London and Australia were the options provided.

Gregory said that the current plan is a worldwide tour to start next year, though he adds, “I wouldn’t count out seeing something in December, but nothing is locked in.” He admits it’s too early to ascertain venue sizes, but the duo are looking into playing select festivals as part of the tour.

Eric B. & Rakim recorded four classic albums together – including their influential 1987 LP Paid in Full and its 1988 follow-up Follow the Leader – before splitting up in 1993. Rakim, who inspired an entire generation of rappers, including Nas and Jay Z, embarked on a solo career without reconnecting with his former DJ and partner.

Eric B. & Rakim were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 but were not inducted. Two years later, Rakim admitted in an XXL interview that he and his former partner weren’t really on speaking terms.

“[Eric B. is] not my enemy but we don’t really speak,” Rakim said of the producer. “I don’t wish him no bad luck, but I don’t call him. I guess Eric B., with what we went through… I’m a loyal dude, and you know doing certain things, especially when you are breaking [bread] with people, you gotta keep it 100 with that person. And it was a couple things in business that I felt that he didn’t handle right that left a real bitter taste in my mouth.”

Gregory says that’s all in the past. “They traveled in different circles for a while, but they always had that connection,” he says. “It’s like reconnecting with your brother.”

Additional reporting by Jason Newman

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Nobel Prize Member Calls Bob Dylan's Silence 'Impolite and Arrogant'

A member of the Swedish Academy, the group that bestows the Nobel Prize, has spoken out about Bob Dylan‘s overall lack of recognition about winning their literature honor. “One can say that it is impolite and arrogant,” writer Per Wästberg said.

“He is who he is,” Wästberg continued to Sweden’s SVT public television (via The Guardian). “This is an unprecedented situation.”

In a separate interview to the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Wästberg added, “We were aware that [Dylan] can be difficult and that he does not like appearances when he stands alone on the stage.”

Since announcing that Dylan would be the recipient of their Nobel Prize in Literature – the first American winner since Toni Morrison in 1993 – the Swedish Academy have tried fruitlessly to get in touch with Dylan, who has not acknowledged the award nor confirmed whether he would attend the December 10th Nobel fete in Stockholm.

Earlier in the week, the Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius admitted they have been unable to get in contact with Dylan. “Right now we are doing nothing,” Danius said. “I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.”

On October 13th, the Swedish Academy announced they were honoring Dylan for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Since then though, Dylan has remained silent on the matter, even at his high-profile performance at Desert Trip.

Dylan, or at least his official website, finally acknowledged that he was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature in the description for his upcoming book of lyrics The Lyrics: 1961-2012. However, less than 24 hours after the Nobel mention was made, the line “Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature” was removed from the product description without explanation, NBC reported.

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Tom DeLonge on Podesta Emails: 'Wikileaks Messed Some Important Stuff Up'

Tom DeLonge commented Friday on his unexpected appearance in a batch of leaked emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, where the former Blink-182 guitarist attempted to meet with Podesta in Washington, D.C. in order to discuss UFO matters.

“I am still here. Wikileaks really messed some important stuff up,” DeLonge wrote on Instagram Friday, nearly two weeks after his emails to Podesta leaked.

“What seems like ridiculous subject matter to most, is of massive importance to admirable National Security Leadership. It’s easy to poke fun about the topic from an armchair, but unless you’re invited to the meetings I have been a part of, then…no more laughing. Big things are coming. Project is still on, believe it or not, things just got bigger.”

The caption had a hashtag #SekretMachines, referring to DeLonge’s 704-page hardcover “based on actual events” novel, Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows, the first installment in a planned trilogy that focuses on the subject of unidentified aerial phenomena.

In the Podesta emails, leaked by Wikileaks, DeLonge reached out to Clinton’s campaign chairman in an effort to set up a Washington, D.C. meeting between them and two people “in charge of most fragile divisions, as it relates to Classified Science and DOD topics. Other words, these are A-Level officials,” DeLonge wrote in October 2015.

One of the officials, a January 2016 email revealed, was General William McCasland, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where pieces from the Roswell UFO crash were purportedly shipped. [“McCasland] not only knows what I’m trying to achieve, he helped assemble my advisory team,” DeLonge wrote to Podesta in a second email. “He’s a very important man.”

While another leaked email, a calendar notification, suggested that Podesta did schedule a time to meet with DeLonge and McCasland, it’s unclear whether the meeting actually took place.

Podesta, who also served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama, expressed disappointment in February 2015 that his time in the White House didn’t result in the revelation of the existence of UFOs. “Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files. #thetruthisstilloutthere,” Podesta tweeted.

However, in April, Podesta said that Hillary Clinton had promised him that she would declassify all documents pertaining to extraterrestrials if elected president.

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Ashes Of My Regrets’ Brandon says Music is Our Lives and Gives a Feeling We Can’t Describe

Ashes Of My Regrets have been writing and recording for their latest EP, “Caricatures”, really liking the direction, they have taken with this EP. They have plans on wanting to play as much as possible, …Read More


Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Scariest Song of All Time?

Songs that are typically associated with Halloween like “Monster Mash” or Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” tend have a party-starting effect, but there are many more haunting and chilling alternative across musical genres that can drum up some actual fear for the holiday. Rap songs like Eminem’s vicious “Kim” or Suicide’s hellish new wave classic “Frankie Teardrop” are just two genre-spanning examples that exemplify what it means to truly terrify with music, and are part of our “25 Songs That Are Truly Terrifying” list.

Now we have a question for you: What is the most terrifying song of all time? Any song counts as long as it’s the song itself that truly spooks as opposed to a visual accompaniment. Feel free to choose a song that made our list like the Doors’ Oedipal acid trip “The End” or PJ Harvey’s swampy “Down by the Water,” a bone-chilling re-interpretation of a song like Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” or Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” or selections of musical masters of horror and gore like Alice Cooper’s “The Ballad of Dwight Fry” or Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses.” Just please only vote once and for a single selection.

You can vote here in the comments, on or on Twitter using the hashtag #WeekendRock.

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Review: D.R.A.M.'s 'Big Baby D.R.A.M.' Solidifies Rap's Drunken Master

Right now, Virginia-raised 28-year-old D.R.A.M. is hip-hop’s drunken master. His lovestruck, singing-in-the-shower style – imagine a cross between Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Chance the Rapper and a private-press R&B record from the Seventies – is bent, delirious and totally intoxicating. His pop-star coup is taking that moment in “La Di Da Di” where Slick Rick brokenly croons a few bars from “Sukiyaki,” and turning that into his main flow. He’s actually a pretty decent rapper too, as tracks like “Monticello Ave.” from his debut album Big Baby D.R.A.M. show, but there’s no doubt that the drawl is the draw.

When his novelty hit “Cha Cha,” an ode to Dominican ladies with a Super Nintendo sample and Magic School Bus shout-out, hit the Internet last year, D.R.A.M. became a fast favorite of Beyoncé (who danced to “Cha Cha” on Instagram), Chance (who gave him an interlude spotlight on Coloring Book called “D.R.A.M. Sings Special”) and Drake (who swagger-jacked “Cha Cha” for his monster hit “Hotline Bling”).

As Drake-endorsed viral hitmakers go, D.R.A.M. has already proven more durable than many, producing the Top 10 hit “Broccoli” and Big Baby D.R.A.M. shows his style is durable too ­­– doing his instantly recognizable sing-song on a tune that sounds like a cinematic reboot of Billy Joel’s “Pressure” (“Misunderstood”) or working out his falsetto over some chiptune blips (“Cute”). Mostly he’s a lothario with a huge wink and grin, a modern Humpty Hump out to tell ladies “You don’t know what the fuck you been missing/I done learned ’bout eight new positions” or, on his hit “Broccoli,” rhyme “sleazily” with “greasily” in one of the sleaziest, greasiest choruses of the year. By album’s end, his thirsty messages are caught by his main squeeze: “Infiltration in 15 minutes,” he sings on “Password.” “I wish my password wasn’t my name.” Love or hate his broken style, he’s the Biz Markie for the era where it goes down in the D.M.

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Review: The Pretenders Team With Dan Auerbach for Brass-Knuckled 'Alone'

Chrissie Hynde launched the Pretenders’ 1980 debut by telling some hot thing to “fuck off.” She reprises the sentiment on the band’s 10th studio LP, with “Alone,” a cocky celebration of rolling solo. At 65, she’s still mouthing off over brass-knuckled rock & roll, flexing command and carnality with no apology. Producer Dan Auerbach embellishes her genre fetishes: “Holy Commotion” quotes the Ronettes; twang-guitar hero Duane Eddy turns up on “Never Be Together.” And befitting a memoirist (see last year’s Reckless), her introspect is unsparing. “I Hate Myself” is a slow-dancing laundry list of self-loathing. 

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