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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.
  

Looking to Metal For Help

Investigators try to ID Venom fan, Miles Davis called is an iconic singer and music is not selling so well these days

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Investigators are hoping Metal fans can help identify the body of a man discovered 20 years ago wearing a Venom T-shirt, the Miles Davis biopic picks up a distributor, which promptly praises Davis as an "iconic singer" and a recent Disney Channel movie soundtrack sets a new sales low for a No. 1 album on the Billboard chart.
  

Birthday Celebration

"Happy Birthday" might go into the public domain, "T.S. 1989" merch goes to China and Ted Nugent says Cecil the Lion was fair game

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
The "Happy Birthday" song might go into the public domain, Taylor Swift's unintentionally rebellious "T.S. 1989" merch to go on sale in China and — shocker! — Ted Nugent says Cecil the Lion was fair game.
  

Grateful and Well-Paid

The Dead set records, band sues over doobies and hologram rapper's concert shut down

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The Grateful Dead smash music pay-per-view records with farewell show simulcasts, The Doobie Brothers are suing a cover band with a much-more-clever name than their own (Doobie Decibel System) and, after officials forced the cancelation of a Chicago charity concert featuring Chief Keef, police shut down an appearance in a nearby Indiana town by Hologram Keef.   

Add Outkast to Stone Mountain

Petition circulates to add Hip Hop duo to Confederate landmark, The Times criticized for Cave story and the Pop star who doesn't exist

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Petitioners request that Outkast be added to Confederate landmark Stone Mountain, U.K. newspaper kicks Nick Cave when he's down and if you've bought music by Lucia Cole, you've really just bought old Jessica Simpson music.
  

Creativity in Closed Captioning

Kanye West gets "ducked" by closed captioning, Katy Perry fights nuns and Sean Hannity doesn't get it (again; still)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Those watching Kanye West's anticipated set at the Glastonbury fest in the U.K. on television with closed captioning on were treated to some amusing substitute "bad words"; Katy Perry is very rich, hated by nuns; and
Sean Hannity says if we can't buy Confederate flags then we shouldn't be able to buy Rap albums.
  

Swift Smack Down, Swift Response

Plus, aggressive music may be soothing and the Piano Man gets bumped by the freakin' Pope

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Indie label's complaints about Apple's new streaming service not paying artists during its free trial period didn't seem to sway the company, but Taylor Swift's sure did. Plus, a study finds that fans of aggressive music are mellowed by it in times of anger and stress and Billy Joel has a Madison Square Garden show postponed due to The Pope's visit.
  

Residents Lose an Eye

Plus, Art Garfunkel slams Paul Simon and sensationalistic "drugs at music fests" study questioned

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
One of the giant eyeballs worn by pioneering art rockers The Residents has reportedly been stolen, Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon an idiot and a jerk, but still wants a reunion and colorful "drugs at music fests" infographics making the rounds is dressed down by Electronic music site Thump.  

The Physicist as Rock Star

Stephen Hawking does Glastonbury, Killers singer saves shaved facial hair and Pop hits aren't too bright

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Stephen Hawking ups his Rock Star credentials with a scheduled appearance at giant U.K. music fest Glastonbury, The Killers' Brandon Flowers reveals he has a bag full of seven years' worth of his facial hair and an analysis of recent chart toppers reveals that most are written at a second- or third-grade reading level.
  

Death of the Country Guitar Solo?

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Billboard reports that due to radio/attention-span restraints, guitar solos are being cut more and more from Country singles, a new Jimi Hendrix biopic is announced, this time with the guitarist's estate's blessing and a data analyst has compiled a curious collection of musical genres and the words most distinct to the genre's song titles.