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Passion Pit Cancel Six Shows For Michael Angelakos To Deal With His Mental Health

Passion Pit Cancels Six Shows

As Passion Pit gears up from their upcoming Gossamer album dropping on July 24th, the group has some unfortunate news. Rolling Stone reports the band’s lead Michael Angelakos apologized for the six cancelled shows on the group’s website. Michael wrote, “In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health.” He thanks the fans for their support and looks forward to seeing “all of you very soon in a much different light.” Shows have been cancelled in Nashville, TN, Knoxville, TN, Charlotte, NC, Dover, DE, Norfolk, VA and New York, NY. Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Founding Deep Purple Keyboardist Jon Lord Dead At 71

Heavy music fans the world over are mourning the death today of Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord. He died from a pulmonary embolism this morning after battling pancreatic cancer for several years and passed away surrounded by family at the London Clinic.

Lord was a founding member of the seminal hard rock band who are known as one of “The Big Three” of early heavy metal, alongside fellow countrymen Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Formed in London in 1968, the band’s galloping rhythms and neo-classical flourishes expanded and forever influenced metal’s musical language. Their landmark 1972 release Machine Head is one of rock’s essential albums, containing such standards as “Smoke On The Water,” “Highway Star” and “Space Truckin.’” Throughout their discography, Lord’s virtuosic keyboard playing might be the bands most innovative aspect. In a genre primarily known for loud and distorted guitar riffs, his thick and aggressive keyboards gave many of Deep Purple’s heaviest songs their actual heft.

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Mumford and Sons Are Set To Return With Babel This Fall


Since their 2007 debut, Mumford & Sons have exploded from London porch-stomping, You Oughta Know artists past into the Grammy nominated, chart-topping, Unplugged playing, movie star marrying, scene-leaders they are today. And all this with just one album, Sigh No More, to their name. To be sure, all these years later we still have those twelve tracks in regular rotation on our iPods. But it’s time that the “Dust Bowl Dance” goes on. Thankfully, the Mumford & Sons have at long last confirmed that a sophomore album is on the way. Babel will hit shelves September 25th and will include twelve new songs to take us into the fall.

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Meek Mill And Drake Have An “Amen” Party, But Not In Church

Meek Mill’s recent dispute with local Philadelphia pastor over his song “Amen,” which Pastor Jomo Johnson believes to be blasphemous, didn’t phase Meek. Bright and early on Sunday morning he dropped the NSFW video to the controversial song featuring Drake. So, we’re assuming the Philly rapper wasn’t in church when he tweeted out the link to “Amen” followed by, “#amen? video is 100% real footage! Really my whips, really club liv, really my friends, really on a jet, really drake show! #mmg.” Everything is real footage, but we hypothesize the women passed out on the sofa and in the bathtub after a long night of partying isn’t “real.” But we get the drift. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Green Day Are Back With “Oh Love”

Like No Doubt, Green Day, too, are back and doing the 90s proud. The pop-punk heroes have a trilogy of albums called ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tre! lined-up for release beginning this fall (September 25th, November 13th, and January 15th, respectively), and today they debuted the first cut from the bunch. “Oh Love” finds the band back in fine form.

This Rob Cavallo-produced single is a bit more produced than some of the band’s earlier stuff, and the punchy-guitars might sound straight classic rock were it not for Billie Joe Armstrong‘s still distinctive — and at times almost pained sounding — voice and trademark angst. “Far away, far away/ waste away tonight/ I am wearing my heart on a noose,” goes the chorus, and you know that Green Day have still got it.
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Madonna Parties In The Backseat Of A Convertible In “Turn Up The Radio”

Living la dolce vita is the motto in Madonna’s “Turn Up the Radio” video. As one of the world’s biggest pop stars, life gets hectic. But when life hands Madonna lemons she doesn’t make lemonade, she rides through the countryside of Italy in a vintage convertible escorted by a young, hot chauffeur. She escapes the noise of the flashes from paparazzi, but picks up various interesting individuals on the way. Nobody is off limits for Madge’s joy ride– breakdancers, random guys at the gas station, prostitutes, hitchhikers– they all have a place in her whip for fun times. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

No Doubt Won’t “Settle Down” With Their New Single

No Doubt don’t want to “Settle Down,” and we are thankful for that! It’s been more than a decade since Rock Steady, but today the band is back with the first single off their upcoming album Push and Shove and they clearly have wasted no time getting back into their grove.

“I’m a rough and tough, and nothin’s gonna knock this girl down,” sings Gwen Stefani on the hook of “Settle Down,” declaring herself back. The bouncy, six-minute reggae-inflected jam should sound right at home on the radio this summer. Particularly so between songs like Maroon 5‘s “One More Night” and Santigold’s “The Riot’s Gone.” As Stereogum’s Tom Breihan wisely points out, “The track echoes Santigold in the same way that Santigold’s music echoes No Doubt.” This is probably so because, in the many years since we’ve last heard No Doubt, the music-scape has evolved to include their influence and their upbeat, dance-hall inspired sound has become popular in pop music. That doesn’t mean we haven’t missed Stefani’s own stylings, though. It’s hella nice to have the originals back on the scene, making fresh music again.

The video, directed by long time No Doubt collaborator Sophie Muller, drops later today. Until then, have a listen below and let us know what you think of No Doubt’s return.
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Tuned In: Nicki Minaj “Pounds The Alarm” Caribbean Style On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Nicki Minaj brought Caribbean flavor–specifically Trinidad flavor (where the video was shot)– to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Fresh off her Europe tour and prepping for the U.S. leg of the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded tour that begins at the end of the month, Nicki stopped by Leno to perform her next single “Pound The Alarm” for the first time live in the U.S. Read more…

by (@zaragolden)

Mandy Moore Is Working On A New Album With Her Husband Ryan Adams

In the 13 years since her debut, Mandy Moore has taken up acting, gotten married, and — so it seems, with the good influence of her singing/songwriting hubby — grown out of her pop princess days and into a more mature sound. Moore has revealed that she’s at work on the follow-up to 2009′s Amanda Leigh, and that she’s getting help from her Ryan Adams for this next round. As she tells CBS News, the two have “been writing a little bit together” and Adams “has a studio, so I definitely want to make my record there.” The collaboration is more than one of just convenience, though, as Moore also credits Adams with broadening her musical horizons. “There’s tremendous influence right now around the house — from music I’ve been introduced to, and being very happy and in a healthy, happy relationship,” she said. “I think that still garners a lot of material to write about.” Aww! Fueled by more than just the sugary sweet calories of “Candy,” this love-felt return will be something to watch for.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Still Crazy: Paul Simon Closes Hard Rock Calling With Epic Graceland Performance

Paul Simon closes Hard Rock Calling festival

The party’s over, the circus has left town, the finale of the 2012 Hard Rock Calling music festival is over and done, and we’re getting so misty-eyed that we can barely see the keyboard. Luckily the powers that be gave us one hell of a parting gift: Paul Simon performing all of Graceland with the original Ladysmith Black Mambazo backing group! It’s hard to feel too bad with music like that swirling in our ears. Rest assured folks, he’s still crazy after all these years.
 
But we’re getting way too ahead of ourselves. Today was something of a gentler day for the HRC lineup. If yesterday was a competition to see who could rock out the hardest (and loudest), today was more of an exploration of the many different possibilities within music, from country to gospel to african rhythm to reggae and beyond. It was truly a grab-bag in the finest sense: every set was an unexpected winner, full of songs you never knew you loved. There was something of a late sixties NorCal festival vibe in their air when we arrived. The English summer sun was shining, and we saw young women brandishing tambourines wandering the muddy grounds in lacy shirts with daisy chains in their hair (really). Plus we saw some seriously outstanding mustaches, which were definitely worth the price of admission.
 
We got there just in time to hear Robert Randolph ripping it up on a pedal steel guitar with his Family Band. Part blues, part funk and all awesome, their  break-neck jams gave us as badly needed wakeup jolt. “We only got two hours sleep last night!” Robert yelled from the stage in between numbers. So did we Bob, and right now we barely have enough energy to lift a can of Red Bull to our lips! How does he do it?!

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