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A Toothy Holiday Classic?

U.K. holiday special on Shane MacGowan's teeth planned, Florida cop jams with Death Metal band and Jimmy Iovine apologizes for sexist remarks

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 24, 2015
U.K. TV audiences will be treated to a holiday-time special about Shane MacGowan's teeth; a Florida cop causes a stir by singing "Let the killing begin!" with Death Metal band Vital Remains; and Jimmy Iovine apologizes for saying Apple Music helps poor lost women discover the right music for when they're sitting around "complaining about boys."

Obama Denies Being Korn Singer

Plus, a "trivially stained" GG Allin dress can be yours and a town in the U.K. uses bagpipes to chase away the homeless

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Barack Obama becomes the first sitting president to publicly mention the name of a Nü Metal band; if you have a die-hard GG Allin fan on your holiday shopping list, an online auction may have the perfect present; and a town in the U.K. inflicts bagpipe music on the homeless to keep them from gathering at a bus station.

The Art of Laundry

Matmos recorded an album of washing machine sounds, Ozzy says sorry for messin' with Texas and Ben Carson targets black voters with bad rap ad

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Electronic duo Matmos is releasing an entire album made from washing machine sounds, Ozzy Osbourne visits the Alamo 33 years after peeing on it (and, subsequently, being banned from it) and a new Ben Carson campaign commercial uses horribly-done Rap music to try to win over black voters.

Did He Start the Fire?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Fans of the New York Mets are joined by Billy Joel on a sing-along to "Piano Man" during the only World Series game in which the team didn't choke, Tom Jones wants to have a DNA test to see if he is black and Phil Collins is a goddamn liar.

Faygo Kills Concert

ICP soda-spraying gets show canned, Ryan Adams thinks Taylor Swift is like Shakespeare and there is a musical based on the Beastie Boys' career

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A soft drink causes an Insane Clown Posse concert to be cancelled, Ryan Adams says Taylor Swift is like Neil Armstrong, The Smiths and Shakespeare and a U.K. theater is presenting a new musical based on the career of the Beastie Boys.

‘Clockwork’ Petition Auctioned

Mick Jagger wanted 'Clockwork Orange' role, label goes on sale on Craigslist and Urban Outfitters gets in on the cassette trend

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 20, 2015
A letter signed by The Beatles petitioning filmmakers to cast Mick Jagger in the A Clockwork Orange lead goes up for auction, extreme Metal label Handshake Inc. is being sold like an old coffee table (via Craigslist) and Urban Outfitters sets out to kill this whole cassette revival thing once and for all.

Rock Hall’s Next Class

Plus, a new biography reveals that Tom Petty was a heroin addict in the ’90s and musicians are losing precious demos because they can't hang on to their phones

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its initial list for potential 2016 inductees, Tom Petty talks about his ’90s heroin addiction in a new biography by Warren Zanes and guitarists for Iron Maiden and Metallica lost demos for forthcoming projects because they didn't back up their phones before losing them.

Albini vs. EDM

Plus, Rage Against the Machine bassist espouses conspiracy theories and Avril Lavigne becomes the source of one

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Steve Albini responds to an EDM artist's request to use a sample with a scathing rant against EDM (and a "yes" to the sample request), Rage Against the Machine's bassist says "sorry for Limp Bizkit," adds that ISIS and moon landings are fake and Avril Lavigne was replaced by an actress after her initial success (allegedly).

Dope Pope to Drop Debut Album

Plus, Elton John talks to the actual Russian president and Collect Records cuts ties with pharmaceutical villain

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pope Francis has a debut album ready to drop this fall and the music's reportedly in a Pop and Prog Rock (?!) style. Plus, after being pranked, Elton John gets a call from the actual Vladimir Putin, with whom John would like to speak to about Russia's horrendous LGBTQ-rights record, and Martin Shkreli, the rich dick who announced a huge price increase on a drug he acquired rights to that is used by AIDS patients, loves Emo music, but the label he invested in no longer wants anything to do with him.

Dead for Super Bowl Halftime?

Plus, Viet Cong announces name change and a Beatles clip causes controversy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Bruno Mars is rumored to be in the running to perform at the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show (again!), but a fan is asking, "Why not the Grateful Dead?" instead. Plus, Canada's Viet Cong is planning to change its name due to feedback on its insensitivity and a Beatles-era clip of John Lennon mocking the learning disabled has shocked and disappointed many fans.   

Campaign Music Trolling

Plus, Whitney Houston (the hologram) to go on world tour and Hardcore band's singer fakes cancer

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Conservatives continue their trend of using music at campaign events by artists on the opposite end of the political spectrum; the people behind Hologram Tupac announce Hologram Whitney Houston world tour; vocalist for Pennsylvania Hardcore band allegedly fakes cancer for cash.

The Ultimate Wedding Gift?

Plus, Merle Haggard and Keith Richards diss modern music and Chrissie Hynde's rape comments cause controversy

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2015
If you don't buy your soon-to-be married friends the original manuscript for Richard Wagner’s “wedding march," do you really care about them? Plus, Keith Richards hates Metal and Hip Hop and Merle Haggard thinks modern Country music mostly sucks, and Chrissie Hynde's comments about rape have critics calling her out for victim blaming.

Kanye For President

Plus, giant, inflatable pieces of Rock history go up for auction and a government scientist/Folk singer in Canada gets suspended for singing a song critical of the prime minister

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Kanye West gives a confusing, meandering Trump-like "acceptance speech" and announces his future presidential bid after receiving the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs; a giant pig's head from a Roger Waters' Wall concert is among the large-scale pieces of music memorabilia coming up for auction soon; and a scientist who works for the Canadian government (and also happens to be a known Folk singer) was suspended after writing a song critical of Canada's prime minister.  

Laibach Does North Korea

Plus, Neil Young's hi-res streaming service is having funding issues and Jimmy Buffett fans are disgusting

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Industrial rockers Laibach play songs from The Sound of Music (as well as Europe's "The Final Countdown" and other covers) during rare concert in North Korea, Neil Young's high-fidelity Pono music service appears to be having funding issues and Jimmy Buffett fans are the WORST.

An Out-of-this-World Demand

Plus, Ned Flanders earns some Metal cred and LMFAO sues over beer

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Pharrell's 2015 concert rider includes a weird demand, a Metal band from Arizona is all the rage after adopting Ned Flanders personas and Pop duo LMFAO thinks a beer called LMFAO Stout is an infringement on its trademark.