by (@zaragolden)

Last Lap: G.O.O.D. Music Will Kick Off Their Cruel Summer At The BET Awards

Kicking off their Cruel Summer, Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music crew will join Usher, Nicki Minaj, and Chris Brown (not an award show does he miss!) as performers at the 2012 BET Awards on July 1st. [RapFix]

Do the knock-off versions of songs that float around on iTunes mess with sales? Clearly the answer is yes! [Billboard]

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Against Me!’s Tom Gabel Reveals Plans Of Beginning To Live As A Woman

Tom Gabel Reveals Transgendered Transition Plans

Against Me! singer Tom Gabel’s courage is remarkable. In the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone Gabel tells writer Josh Eells about her plans to move forward with beginning to live as a woman. She is the first huge rockstar to come out as transgendered, therefore she thought it was important to have an honest discussion about it, according to a brief post on Suffering from gender dysphoria for years, Gabel has decided to undergo electrolysis treatment and take hormones for the transition. Read more…


Rock on TV – The Shortlist

macphisto.jpgJonesing for music on your television set?? Well, you?ve come to the right place! Our Rock on TV schedule gives you plenty of choices. Here are today’s highlights.

Zoo TV – Live From Sydney, 8 p.m. (EST), VH1 Classic: U2 played Australia on the last leg of their Zoo TV tour — the one that began with the release of Achtung, Baby, and continued well past the time when people were wondering what, exactly, Zooropa was all about. Despite Bono putting on weight (so much so, he resembles Robin Williams here), and the relatively poor sound quality at the show, the band’s energy is high and Macphisto remains charismatic. When he calls the White House and asks to speak to George Bush, we still get an illicit thrill. Mainly because we tried the same thing this morning, and the operator hung up on us, too.

The Late Show With David Letterman, 11:35 p.m. (EST), CBS: Neo-punk saviors Against Me! play for Dave and Paul and everyone else. If you believe critics, then you’ll already know that the Florida band’s latest, New Wave, is out and that it’s good. We like how they’ve cleverly combined the rock-ier sensibilities of the Offspring with the swagger of the Dropkick Murphys. But mainly we like how they titled one of their earlier albums Reinventing Axl Rose. That’s balls, folks.