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Music Seen: Gym Class Heroes Warm Up, Goof Off, and Get Unplugged

Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged

Performing in front of glowing climbing nets, the Gym Class Heroes looked and sounded great at their VH1 Unplugged taping here in New York City a few weeks back. Stripped down to acoustic guitars and a brush sticks, they got us going with a set that included new favorites like “The Fighter,” old favorites like “Clothes Off,” and special guests like the beautiful Neon Hitch and Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump (with whom we spoke to exclusively before the show). The Heroes, Stump and Hitch go way back, and so in addition to the unplugging, there was also lots of catching up and goofing off. Our photographer Brendan Tobin was there to catch all. The warm up, the big show, the cool down — check his pictures out below!

VH1 Unplugged: Gym Class Heroes will make its online premiere tomorrow, Thursday, July 12, at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. You’ll be able to catch it on VH1 that night at 12 a.m. ET/PT.

Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged
Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged
Gym Class Heroes VH1 Unplugged
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Tuned In: B.o.B. Shows Off His “Ray Bands” on Jay Leno

Breaking from his “R You on the List” tour with Flo Rida and Cee Lo Green, last night B.o.B. stopped in on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to show off his “Ray Bands.” The Atlanta rapper delivered his fun groupie kiss-off decked in Adidas sneakers and a gold grill and, notably, no Ray Bans. A group of ladies shook their hips behind him, and green lasers swirled overhead. Why? Because — Forbes lists, bottles popped and name brand shades –  Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr. is fancy like that.

Check out the performance on RapRadar!

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Last Lap: Trent Reznor Composed The Theme Song For The New Call of Duty

TRENT REZNOR COMPOSED THEME SONG FOR NEW CALL OF DUTY GAME
With the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network past, we are grateful that there is nary a soundtrack project that the Nine Inch Nails frontman will turn down. [USAToday]

FORMER THAT METAL SHOW GUEST MICK BROWN ARRESTED FOR DUI
Ted Nugent’s drummer was pinched by the popo in Waterfront, Maine, over the weekend. The twist? He was driving a golf cart. [TMZ]

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Music Seen: Say “Ho Hey!” To The Lumineers (Plus, Enjoy A Free MP3 Download Of Their Song “Big Parade”!)

The Lumineers had us at firstHo Hey,” but their visit to VH1 headquarters a few weeks back really got our hearts and feet thumping. Looking the part in soft chambray shirts and suspenders, and with big smiles on their faces, they played a few songs before sitting down to talk about their move west from Brooklyn to Colorado and about hearing their music on television for the first time. All the while our photographer, Lauren Weissler, was tagging along to catch them setting up, hanging out, plugging in, and playing. We’ve named The Lumineers our You Oughta Know artists for July and August because we just can’t get enough of their warm, roots-revival rock; the rest of you, though, who have helped to propel their album to the #3 spot on Billboard’s Folk chart and #4 on the Indie chart, might have your own reasons for loving them. But check out the photos below and tell us: aren’t you so charmed, too?

But wait, we have a surprise for you! We have a special, free MP3 download of “Big Parade” by The Lumineers here for you!

DOWNLOAD “BIG PARADE” by THE LUMINEERS (right-click, save-as)




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The Killers Won’t Wait Until Tomorrow, Premiere “Runaways” Today

The Killers‘ fourth album — and their first in as many years — Battle Born, is due out this fall (September 18th), and this first single shows promising signs of a full return to form for the Las Vegas rockers. Premiering this morning on L.A.’s KROQ, “Runaways” seems most of all to have roundly reminded the internet (or at least us) of all that’s been missing in the electronic dance-rock world. And few spins later we can comfortably report that, after two years hiatus and apparently not a beat missed, The Killers are back and ready to rock arenas once more. Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Patrick Stump on Having The Best Seat In The House For Gym Class Heroes Unplugged

Earlier this afternoon we shared a sneak preview from Gym Class HeroesVH1 Unplugged taping, where they were joined by their longtime collaborator and Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump for a stripped down version of their smash hit “Stereo Hearts.” Stump, although filling in on the song, felt right at home. “Gym Class is a band I am more directly involved with than any other band except for Fall Out Boy,” he told us before the show, laughing that “the shortest call in the world” was all it took to get him there.

As Stump tells it, Gym Class Heroes first caught his attention with a shout out on an early demo of the 2004 time-capsule “Taxi Driver.” “We were super tickled by it,” he explains. “Unfortunately, it is very rare that something makes you sit up and be like, ‘Wow, this is great!’ And I was in the van and I was like, Pete [Wentz], listen to this, this is really good. And so he took it and ran with it, and before we knew it they were singed.”

The honor, though, he insists is mutual. “You have no idea how much they made themselves and how awesome it is to watch them,” he told us, making sure to point out that this will be his first Unplugged appearance with be with them and not his own Fall Out Boy. “I get to be a fan that has the best seat in the house.”

Before the tapping, we caught up with Stump to get the scoop on his work with Gym Class Heroes, his impressions (musical and otherwise), and what comes next:

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VH1 Unplugged Preview: Gym Class Heroes, “Stereo Hearts” (Featuring Patrick Stump)

“I’ve actually been dying for this day,” Travie McCoy admitted before the Gym Class HeroesUnplugged taping in New York City last month. “It gives us a chance to breathe new life into these songs as we strip them down, it’s very cool.” So down to acoustic guitars and brush sticks and strings they stripped for a catalog spanning set. And for their boombox-as-love anthem, “Stereo Hearts,” they stripped also Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, replacing his smooth crooning with — surprise! — Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump‘s singular, sweet wail. Read more…

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Last Lap: Beyonce Shows Support For Frank Ocean

BEYONCE TAKES TO TUMBLR TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FRANK OCEAN
In a short poem written for the man who wrote (and sometimes sings) “I Miss You” for her, Bey calls Ocean brave, free, and inspirational. Amen. [Beyonce]

PAUL MCCARTNEY IS TEAMING UP WITH HALO CREATORS FOR NEW PROJECT
The former Beatle has hooked up with the team behind the hugely popular video game Halo to make some new music for, well, nobody knows yet. Nevertheless, this sounds like a project worth keeping an eye on. [RS]
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The Wanted Are Planning To Tour With Justin Bieber

It looks like The Wanted are headed out on tour with the Biebs! In an interview with Scotland’s Daily Record, they let slip that their new manager Scooter Braun has hooked them up with the ultimate gig for an act looking to break: opening for Justin Bieber when he kicks off his Believe tour this fall. You can bet that the next time you see them, their name will lead.

“Hopefully with Scooter now as our manager, things will really take off,” said a grateful sounding Jay McGuiness, before went on to make two other interesting points: 1. that they are working on some new, “Justin-worthy” stuff; and, 2. that they hope Scooter will help make them “presentable to America.” Bieber really expanded his musical horizons with Believe, singing sweetly on “Die In Your Arms,” courting groupies with “Out Of Town Girl,” and even rapping on “Boyfriend.” In many ways, it seems like he is working hard to keep his musical horizon as open as possible. The Wanted, meanwhile, lodged themselves comfortably into the club-pop circuit stateside with their synthy, Ibiza-after-dark anthem “Glad You Came.”  It’s hard to say if, with this match, Braun is trying to highlight the dancier tracks from Bieber’s catalog or if he is hoping to draw The Wanted away from the smoke-and-lasers show and towards someplace a little more “swaggy.”

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Swedish House Mafia’s Dublin Show Gets Violent

Is all well in the state of electronic dance music? In the past year, the electronic dance music — or EDM for short, and for those in the know –  has burst through the seams of the genre festivals and rave basements that used to house it, and into the mainstream. The Swedish House Mafia is just one group that rode the scene to success, selling out Madison Square Garden last year with virtually no traditional “big media” support before announcing just recently that their current tour would be their last. The trio thanked their fans in a note posted to their website, and signed off by saying, “We came, we raved, we loved.”  Their last few shows should be a victory lap, a celebration of how far they have come from their early days of dj-ing in pizza shop. What, then, went wrong this weekend at their show in Dublin?

According to reports, nine people were injured during the group’s headlining set at Phoenix Park in Dublin on Saturday night. A 23-year-old man has since been charged in connection with multiple stabbings — at least one victim was left if critical condition — and another young man died of a drug overdose. Many more concert goers were arrested for assault, drugs and public order offenses. Some of the violence was caught on video. And as for the group themselves, they responded to the melee on Facebook, writing that they were unaware of what was going on until after the fact, and promising to “deal with it in the best way we can.” Read more…