exist†trace Announces New Visual and Upcoming Album

Japanese all-girl rock band exist†trace announced a new untitled mini-album to be released next March, which will contain six songs. Two tracks, “Twin Wings” and “Shout Out”, were released earlier this year as “one-coin” (500 …Read More

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Utah Lesbian Couple Fights to Keep Foster Child One Step Forward Two Steps Back For LGBT Rights

Beckie Pierce and April Hoagland’s case is the next logical step post legalization of gay marriage, the next logical progression in equality rights for all, the ability to create a family beyond biology. Rights we readily grant people who can’t have children…Single persons in pockets of the country who are wishing to adopt a child, sometimes from a struggling developing country, who are financially, emotionally stable but haven’t found Mr. right, desire to be a parent more than they desire a romantic relationship face less and less opposition from the traditional definers of what constitutes a family. Rights we willingly and expediently extend to couples, individuals coconscious enough to question the wisdom of adding to the planet’s population seen as already overcrowded, couples, individuals aware enough to comprehend the plight of children spanning all ages not lucky enough to have permanent stable, homes and decide to do something about that. Under those parameters what does a person’s sexual orientation have to do with it…Read More

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Schecter Guitar Research Announces World-Wide Distribution Deal With Zakk Wylde And Wylde Audio

L to R : Blasko (Mercenary Mgmt.), John Gaudesi (Schecter Custom Shop), Zakk, Michael Ciravolo (Schecter President), Marc LaCorte (Schecter EVP)SUN VALLEY and HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Schecter Guitar Research and Wylde Audio announce signing a world-wide distribution deal. Schecter will distribute Wylde Guitars, the creation of legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne),…

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Flashback: The Smiths Play an Epic Version of 'How Soon Is Now?'

“How Soon Is Now?” was the Smiths hit that never quite was. Their U.K. record company buried it on a B-side in 1985 because they thought the track – built around a swooping tremolo attack on a single F-sharp chord that sounded like guitarist Johnny Marr was surfing a tsunami – wasn’t representative of the band. And although the head of their American record company called it the “Stairway to Heaven” of the Eighties, it didn’t make a commercial dent in the States, either.

That didn’t stop the song from becoming a show-stopping anthem at Smiths gigs, as you can see in this concert they played on October 23rd, 1986, at the National Ballroom in London. The camerawork (by a fan in the audience) is a bit shaky, but the sound is excellent: The show was broadcast on the radio and later edited down into the live album “Rank.” (Alas, the record company rejected Morrissey’s suggested title of The Smiths in Heat.) Incomprehensibly, “How Soon Is Now?” was left off the record in favor of weaker material such as the instrumental “The Draize Train.”

Even with the wobbly cinematography, it’s easy to see how fully Morrissey was working it that night. Wearing jeans and an Elvis Presley T-shirt, he swiveled his hips so relentlessly that he appeared to be in danger of dislocating his pelvis. Traditionally, that dance move denotes raw sexuality, but here it felt like he was churning butter.

Meanwhile, Johnny Marr added to the song’s apocalyptic feel with some guitar solos that could rip open the seventh seal. The Smiths’ lineup at this gig also included a fifth member: Craig Gannon, who joined the band earlier that year during a period when bassist Andy Rourke had been fired because of his heroin problems, and stayed on as second guitarist even after Rourke’s return. Generally speaking, Marr was a nimble enough player that another guitarist was superfluous, but here, playing in tandem paid off.

Morrissey added lyrics that neatly summed up his approach to life: “I am the son and the heir to a shyness that is criminally vulgar/I am the son and heir of nothing in particular.” When he sang them, he made being awkward sound like a manifesto. And when he reached the chorus of “I am human and I need to be loved/Just like everybody else does,” it sounded like the only truth in the world.

The song got short shrift in the Smiths’ own career, but had a second life after the band broke up: Marr’s epic guitar riff was sampled in Soho’s hit single “Hippychick,” and Love Spit Love’s cover version of “How Soon Is Now?” appeared in the movie The Craft and served as the theme song to the TV show Charmed. The duo t.A.T.u. had some success with their own 2002 cover; asked about it by interviewer Andrew Harrison, Morrissey declared it “magnificent,” but admitted he didn’t know much about the group. Told that they were teenage Russian lesbians, Morrissey replied, “Well, aren’t we all?”

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Irish and Kenyan children launch song and video for the Thorn Tree Project

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — An across-the-oceans Holiday collaboration by schoolchildren in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland and schoolchildren of the nomadic Samburu tribe of Northern Kenya launches today with an up-tempo song and video called ‘Butterfly…

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Eagles of Death Metal Return to Bataclan, Thank U2

Eagles of Death Metal returned to Bataclan in Paris less than one month after gunmen interrupted the band’s show at the venue as part of a series of terrorist attacks around the French capital, The New York Times reports.

Frontman and co-founder Jesse Hughes did not offer a comment to reporters gathered outside the venue, though he and his bandmates added flowers to the makeshift memorial site and read their own tributes. Eighty-nine people were killed in the attack at Bataclan, including the band’s merch manager, Nick Alexander.

On Facebook, Eagles of Death Metal addressed their poignant return to Paris, which was prompted by an invitation to join U2 onstage at the end of their Monday gig at the AccorHotels Arena. 

“The bad guys never take a day off, and therefore we rock ‘n rollers cannot either … and we never will,” the band wrote. “We are incredibly grateful to U2 for providing us the opportunity to return to Paris so quickly, and to share in the healing power of rock ‘n roll with so many of the beautiful people — nos amis — of this great city.”

At the show, Eagles of Death Metal and U2 performed a rendition of Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” after which the Irish rockers left the stage and allowed the group to play their Zipper Down cut, “I Love You All the Time.”

The band has been asking other groups to cover “I Love You All the Time” as both a show of solidarity and a way to raise money for victims of the attack. So far, My Morning Jacket, the Dean Ween Group and Savages have all covered the tune.

Eagles of Death Metal closed out their Facebook note thanking the members of U2, the people of France and “everyone in the world who continues to prove that love, joy, and music will always overcome terror and evil. We look forward to fighting the good fight on many more fronts very soon, especially when we pick up our tour in 2016.

“See you again in February, Paris,” the note concluded.

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Laurie Anderson, Gary Numan, GZA Lead Moogest Lineup

Laurie Anderson, Gary Numan, GZA and Odesza top the perpetually eclectic lineup for Moogfest, the annual celebration of all things synth set to take place May 19th through 22nd across various venues in Durham, North Carolina.

Also scheduled to perform during the weekend: Blood Orange, Explosions in the Sky, Sunn O)), Oneohtrix Point Never, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Yacht, Tim Hecker, Daniel Lanois, King Mez, Tory Lanez, Ryan Hemsworth, Simian Mobile Disco, Robert Hood, DJ Harvey, Julianna Barwick, Julia Holter, the Haxan Cloak, Grouper, Hundred Waters and Kyle Hall.

The entire Moogfest lineup is available to view on the festival’s website, though comedian Reggie Watts — also set to perform — delivers a far more entertaining and bizarre rundown of this year’s offerings. The official Moogfest poster is also below.

The festival will also feature several “Durationals,” multi-hour audio-visual experiences conducted by Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, producer and frequent Kanye West collaborator Mike Dean and Brian Eno protege Suzanne Ciani. Ambient pioneer Robert Rich is even scheduled to play a 10-hour “sleep concert.”

Moogfest will also host a free, all-ages event featuring DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba with special guests Mark Mothersbaugh and Bootsy Collins.

Along with its variety of musical offerings, Moogfest will host films, art installations, masterclasses and workshops, as well as conversations on topics like Afrofuturism, art and artificial intelligence and transhumanism. 

Tickets for Moogfest are on sale now, with three-day general admission passes priced at $249, while VIP passes are $499.

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Country Music Star Craig Morgan Partners With LINE-X As A Symbol Of The Brand's 'Indestructible' Lifestyle

LINE-X, leading developer of high performance protective coatings, offers scientifically formulated polymers that permanently bond to a wide range of surfaces for unmatched durability. LINE-X products are utilized in automotive, commercial, industrial, agricultural, military, marine and custom applications. LINE-X aims to consistently produce the highest quality and most reliable materials available. Twitter: @LineXprotects, Facebook: LINE-X Protective Coatings, YouTube: www.youtube.com/LINEXProtectsNASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Country music entertainer, military veteran, award-winning TV host and philanthropist, Craig Morgan, has partnered with LINE-X as a spokesman and authentic representative of the brand’s adventurous, outdoor action lifestyle. As a global…

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Cadence Tensilica HiFi DSPs Now Support Dynamic Speaker Management Software from Maxim Integrated

Cadence Logo.SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced that the Dynamic Speaker Management (DSM™) software from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. has been ported and optimized to efficiently run on Cadence® Tensilica®…

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Today's Hottest High-Energy Hits & Remixes Gathered For NOW That's What I Call A Workout 2016

Just in time for the holidays and New Year's fitness resolutions, NOW That's What I Call Music! refreshes the wildly popular 'NOW Workout' series with the digital release of 'NOW That's What I Call A Workout 2016,' the sixth volume of high-energy hits and remixes from NOW, the world's bestselling multi-artist album franchise. Beginning December 18, 'NOW That's What I Call A Workout 2016' will be available for download purchase from all major digital service providers. The first five volumes of the 'NOW Workout' series all debuted at No. 1 in the iTunes Fitness store.LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Just in time for the holidays and New Year’s fitness resolutions, NOW That’s What I Call Music! refreshes the wildly popular NOW Workout series with the digital release of NOW That’s What I Call A Workout 2016, the sixth volume of high-energy hits…

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