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Chuck D From Public Enemy Talks About Being This Year’s Record Store Day Ambassador

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This Saturday April 19th marks the return of Record Store Day, the annual holiday that encourages music fans to get out and support their local independent music retailers and pick up some of the limited edition goodies specially released for the day. The first Record Store Day was in 2007 and starting in 2009 each year has had an “Ambassador” to help spread the word and talk about how record stores serve a vital function in any healthy music scene. This year’s ambassador is one hip hop’s living legends, Chuck D of revolutionary rap group Public Enemy. Read more…

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Golden Gods Awards Come To VH1: Guns N’ Roses Play, That Metal Show Boys Host And You Can Livestream The Whole Show!

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The cat’s out of the f***ing bag! The 2014 Golden Gods Awards is going down next week in Los Angeles and it will be hosted this year by none other than That Metal Show‘s Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson! Read more…

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That Metal Gear: Richie Kotzen – The Winery Dog Talks Telecasters And Guitar Tricks


That Metal Show is over for the season but we’ve got one last That Metal Gear we want you to see. We’ve been talking to some of the show’s most talented guests about how they got started on their instruments and what gear they use to get their sounds.

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Surprise! The 12 Greatest Hidden Tracks In Music

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The switch from CDs to digital MP3s has changed the way we listen to music in many ways, but one of the things we miss most is the excitement of discovering a secret hidden song, unmarked on the track list! Just imagine kicking back and listening to the latest album from your favorite band, and right when you hit the end, ANOTHER song comes bursting out of the speakers like magic! It’s pretty potent stuff. We miss those days…it’s just not the same on our iPods! So today we pay tribute to a dozen of the greatest tunes that ever took our ears by surprise. Play it loud!

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12 Artists Who Died During A Performance

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“Dying onstage” is usually just a crass expression among entertainers meaning a rough gig. But for an unlucky few, the phrase prove tragically true. Some of music’s great ones have passed on while in the middle of performing for an audience. In a sense it’s a fitting way to go -doing what you love in front of an adoring crowd. But still, their loss fills music lovers with grief to this very day.

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Count Down Deep Purple And Rainbow Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s 10 Greatest Riffs In Honor Of His Birthday!

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69 years ago today one of rock’s greatest and most influential guitarists was born, Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame. He is arguably the first “shredder” in rock n’ roll, melding nasty blues licks with classical melodicisms and unparalleled technique, delivered with a devil-may-care attitude. Read more…

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Nirvana Reunite At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Surprise Club Set In Brooklyn!

Joan Jett fronting Nirvana for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was one of the worst kept secrets in rock n’ roll but it turned out to be a red herring. The news went viral Tuesday after The Foo Fighters posted an Instagram photo of Jett’s iconic Gibson Melody Maker guitar alongside the instruments of surviving band members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, but in the end the group had much more planned for the night…

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Stevie Nicks, Questlove and Tom Morello Weigh In On The KISS Hall Of Fame Controversy

By now the KISS Army are aware that the band’s induction into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame was marred by some serious infighting. The dispute centered around founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley’s desire to perform with band-mates past and present, including current drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer. The Hall of Fame were only honoring the original line-up that included Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, and wanted to limit the new member’s involvement. The whole matter gets complicated (our experts have broken it down here in great detail)  but in the end, the band did not end up performing during the ceremony. It’s sad that the disagreements got in the way of the music, and some of rock’s luminaries took the time to weigh in on the whole ordeal!

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That Metal Gear: Joe Satriani – Hear How He Tries To Keep Moving Forward As A Guitarist!

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That Metal Show might be over for the season but we’ve still got a couple more That Metal Gear’s coming your way. We’ve been talking to some of the show’s most talented guests about how they got started on their instruments and what gear they use to get their sounds. This week read an interview with one of the wizard’s of shredding, instrumental rock, Joe Satriani. Joe’s been in the top tier of guitar players since he came on the scene in the ‘80s and is also famous as the former guitar teacher of such well-known players as Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Larry LaLonde of Primus among others. As you’d expect from someone who puts so much thought and skill into his playing, Joe was a great interview and had insightful and even inspiring things to say about playing music and how to always push yourself forward as a musician.

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