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Posts from February 2014
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 28 2014 2:31AM

99Rock Music News:  Watch The Dirty Heads Perform ‘Warming Sun’ From Their Ernie Ball Set Me Up Session

The Dirty Heads and The Ernie Ball Set Me Up Series came together recently, resulting in an amazing rendition of “Warming Sun” from their 2013 release, Home – Phantoms of Summer: The Acoustic Sessions. Listen as the band talks about their formation, development, and their perspective on success, all the while watching a live rendition of “Warming Sun” recorded exclusively for The Ernie Ball Set Me Up Series.

Coming out of Huntington Beach, The Dirty Heads first garnered attention with their 2008 debut release, Any Port in the Storm, which featured the hit “Lay Me Down.” Since then, the rock/reggae/hip-hop band released a second studio album, Cabin by the Sea, in 2012.

The Ernie Ball Set Me Up is a one of a kind web series where they “visit with some of todays inspiring players and dig into what makes their instruments unique.” All performances are filmed at the Ernie Ball showroom in Los Angeles. In exchange for getting a all of the band’s instruments in top recording shape, Ernie Ball gets “stories of the instruments past, how an artist’s gear effects their craft and an intimate performance using the gear.”

To see more Ernie Ball Set Me Up series performances, visit www.ErnieBall.com.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 27 2014 2:28AM

99Rock Music News:  Green Day To Release 18 Demos on Record Store Day

Photo Courtesy Reprise Records

By Jay Tilles

In conjunction with this year’s Record Store Day, the celebration of vinyl slingers worldwide, Green Day have announced the release Demolicious. The 20-track set will include 18 demos, an unreleased track, “State of Shock,” and an acoustic version of “Stay The Night” from the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! trilogy recording sessions in Oakland, CA. According to the band’s Facebook page, the package will be offered on colored ‪vinyl, ‎CD and even ‎cassette on April 19.

This isn’t the first time Green Day has contributed unique offerings to Record Store Day. In 2011 the band released a 7” single featuring Hüsker Dü’s “Don’t Want to Know if You Are Lonely” as well as their take on the 1986 song. Two years prior, Billie Joe and crew honored record retailers by reissuing the classic punk album Dookie on green translucent vinyl.

As exciting as this news may be, several questions remain. Will the band release everything as a package or as individual singles? And, who knew there was a cassette manufacturing facility still in operation?

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 26 2014 2:21AM

99Rock Music News:  Watch Coldplay’s Video for Their New Song ‘Midnight’

By Jay Tilles

Coldplay surprised fans today with the unexpected release of a new track and accompanying video titled “Midnight,” presumably from their forthcoming album.

The Mary Wigmore-directed clip was produced with a black and white film negative look adding to the already atmospheric feel of singer Chris Martin‘s heavily effected vocals. Watch the five-minute video below:

Although not much is known about the band’s new record, one thing is certain, the album title won’t be as confusing as 2011′s record-turned comic book, Mylo Xyloto. Martin laughed about it with Australian radio station 2dayfm saying, “The next one we’re releasing is much easier to pronounce.”

Coldplay will perform at the iTunes Festival at SXSW in Austin, TX on March 11.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 25 2014 1:28AM

99Rock Music News:  Hear Foo Fighters’ ‘Everlong’ Played By an Old Dot Matrix Printer

By Shannon Carlin

Ever wonder what the Foo Fighters’ 1997 hit “Everlong” would sound like played on an old dot matrix printer? Well you’re not alone. Someone has actually figured it out. Someone with a lot of time on their hands.

Last year, MIDIdesaster uploaded a clip featuring their old modified printer planning a version of the song that sounded like it was straight out of an 8-bit videogame.

Dan Carroll, the mastermind behind this nifty trick, explained on his Vimeo page that the old 24-pin dot matrix printer has been converted into a MIDI compatible sound generator. It can play up to 21 notes at the same time and features up to 16 MIDI channels, each with their own individual volume and pitch.

But this printer doesn’t just play old Foo Fighters’ hits, it’s been trained to play Green Day’s “Having a Blast,” The Benny Hill theme song and Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.”

Watch this very talented printer play “Everlong” below.


And, as a bonus, here’s “Hysteria” by Muse.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 23 2014 2:58AM

99Rock Music News:  Most Wanted This Week!

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Cage The Elephant jumps to our Top spot this week with "Come A Little Closer" !  Catch the complete list Here !

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 22 2014 12:56AM

99Rock Music News:  3 Doors Down bassist arrested for DUI - again 

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3 Doors Down rocker Todd Harrell is knocking on trouble's door once again. 

According to the "Sun-Herald," Harrell was arrested on yet another DUI charge in D'Iberville, Mississippi Tuesday night.  Police made the arrest after a caller reported seeing a man slumped over the steering wheel of a car at about 7:00 pm local time.

Harrell was booked at the local police department.  The municipal court set a cash bond of $1,789. 

Harrell was previously arrested in D'Iberville on a drug-related DUI charge in July 2012.  A month after that incident, he was charged with vehicular manslaughter in Nashville, accused of causing another driver's death due to impaired driving. 
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 21 2014 1:19AM

99Rock Music News:  Korn Singer Says Obama Uses Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, & More To “Distract” People

Remember when the Miley Cyrus twerk incident that everybody would not shut up about back in the summer of 2013?

Korn frontman Jonathan Davis thinks that is just one example of how President Barack Obama is using Cyrus, and other celebrities, to become a dictator.

Davis explained the meaning behind the band's new song and video, Spike in my Veins, to TMZ.  The singer says:

"I think that our government uses those people to distract from what's really going on...the thing with Miley Cyrus at the VMAs, when that went down, I think Barack Obama passed a law that he is basically a dictator, he can imprison whoever he wants, he doesn't have to charge them, he can hold them as long as he wants."

It sounds like Davis is referring to the National Defense Authorization Act.  The president signed that bill into a law back in January of 2012.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 20 2014 2:20PM

99Rock Music News:  Remembering Nirvana's Kurt Cobain

Photo Courtesy Getty Images

Who would've turned 47 today. 

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, 11/18/93.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 20 2014 12:43AM
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99Rock Music News:  Trent Reznor Calls The Grammys “Utter Waste Of Time”

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By Nadia Noir

After playing one of music’s most arguably celebrated nights, Trent Reznor took to Twitter and admonished the night with an expletive, saying: “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt F*** YOU guys.”

The all-around musical genius and Nine Inch Nails frontman talked to a New Zealand news program and called the night “an utter waste of time.”

“When this came up as an option, ‘Hey, the Grammys would like you to play,’ you know, quite frankly it was flattering. I’m not a fan of the Grammys, as I’ve vocally expressed in the past, I don’t think I’ve ever sat through an entire broadcast. I know I’ve never attended one.” explained Reznor to 3 News.

“But the way my head works is, to try to approach it from, ‘Okay, if we did do it, what could be the upside?’ And Josh [Homme, Queens of The Stone Age] and I spent a long time talking about the pros and cons. You know, ‘Do we want to be on a shit show on TV? No, not really. Do we want to be affiliated with the Grammys? No, not really. Would we like to reach a large audience and actually do something with integrity on our terms? Well, yeah. Let’s roll the dice and go into it with the best intentions, with a performance we think is worthy and might – you know – stand out from the crowd. Or it might not!’”

In the end, Reznor says that the two rock stars weren’t expecting that “level of insult” from the awards. He says he doesn’t regret it per se, but that they would never, ever consider “possibly patronizing that event in any form.”

We’d say there will be no hesitation to how Reznor will promote Hesitation Marks from now on.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 19 2014 12:42AM

99Rock Music News:  Silversun Pickups Release ‘Cannibal’ Video With Help From Jimmy Kimmel

(Photo Courtesy: Autumn DeWilde)

By Jay Tilles

For the very first time last night (Feb 18), Jimmy Kimmel went head-to-head with Jimmy Fallon in the coveted 11:35 late-night spot.

And while Fallon was in New York showing off his hip-hop dance moves with Will Smith and having U2 perform at the Top of the Rock, Kimmel was once again sharing his Hollywood stage with Silverlake rockers, Silversun Pickups, who performed their alt rock classic “Lazy Eye” as well as a new single, “Cannibal.”

Following the live performance the band premiered their new video for “Cannibal” on the late night show’s new YouTube channel, Jimmy Kimmel Live Music, which gives Kimmel’s more musically inclined fans an outlet to find their favorite performances from the late night show, along with other treats from the host’s favorite artists.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 18 2014 10:22AM

99Rock Fox44 ABC22 SkyTracker Weather:

Storm Details as of now at 99Rock and Online here at WFRD.com !

Courtesy Fox44/ABC22 Meteorologist Steve Glazier.

"Hi all! Snow flurries/showers have begun and they will continue through about 9 p.m. tonight. Here's a look at how much to expect! It will be a fluffy snow and blowing around via gusty winds to 30 mph at times!" -Steve


UPDATE:  18:57 EST
Another snowy day across the North Country with light snowfall of a dusting-2" for northern NY and northern VT, but 2-5" for many in the central mountains, as well as southern VT and the Upper Valley. Farther east, in NH, some places picked up a fresh foot of snow. 

Shall we do it again? Sure. We will manage another light coating of snow Wednesday, mostly across southern VT and the hills as a small system passes south of New England, just like today. The difference? Not as much moisture, and temps will be slightly warmer. So, snow accumulation Wednesday should be very light, a dusting-1" north, 1-3" south with most in the southern VT mountains. 

Thursday looks nice! Sunshine with temps in the upper 30s to around 40. As our next storm system churns to our northwest Friday, our area will see much warmer and windy conditions for the end of the week. A briefl period of snow or freezing rain Thursday night will turn to period of rain Friday with temps around 40-46 degrees! 

We'll dry out briefly Saturday with temps still hovering the low 40s. Snow showers and colder weather returns by Sunday. Next week looks seasonably cold with temps in the 20s for most. more...

Chief Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 18 2014 5:08AM

99Rock Music News:  Listen to My Chemical Romance’s Last Song Ever ‘Fake Your Death’

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By Jeremy D. Larson

My Chemical Romance have one more song they’d like to play for you at their funeral.
“Fake Your Death” was premiered on BBC Radio 1 earlier today (Feb 17), and is now embedded inside the trailer for their upcoming greatest hits album May Death Never Stop You. The last new song you’ll ever hear by My Chemical Romance is believed to be a leftover track from the sessions of their scrapped 2012 album, Conventional Weapons. 
Listen to the death knell of the band with the ironically titled, bittersweet song below. You can also cop the “regular” version on iTunes.


Last March, MCR announced the band’s end, saying in their website, “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
Related: My Chemical Romance Break Up: Gerard & Mikey Explain Why
After the news shocked their legion of fans, frontman Gerard Way took to Twitter saying, “My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die. It is alive in me, in the guys, and it is alive inside all of you. I always knew that, and I think you did too. Because it is not a band- it is an idea.”
The 19-track compilation hits stores March 25, containing a career-spanning collection of songs and three previously unheard demos.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 17 2014 7:34AM
DSN:  Dartmouth Dominant in 6-1 Victory at Clarkson 

Photo courtesy of: Doug Austin

POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Dartmouth men’s hockey team had not scored a goal at Clarkson’s Cheel Arena since November of 2010. That stretch came to an abrupt end Saturday night as the Big Green dominated No. 14 Clarkson in a 6-1 win.

Eric Neiley and Brad Schierhorn each scored twice as Dartmouth swept the North Country teams on the weekend after also defeating St. Lawrence Friday night. It was the first time since the 2012 first-round playoff series against the Saints that the Big Green swept a road weekend.

Winners of three-of-the-last-four games, Dartmouth will head back to Hanover set to host Brown and defending national champion Yale in the final homestand of the season next Friday and Saturday nights at Thompson Arena.

Sophomore Charles Grant was once again huge in the win, turning aside 31 shots in net. Though the game was nearly out of hand in the first period, Grant made numerous key saves to quell any Clarkson comeback bid, stopping all-but-one shot he faced all night.

The visitors erupted with four first-period goals to silence the usually boisterous Clarkson crowd. After the Golden Knights (17-13-2, 10-8-0 ECAC) seemingly controlled play for the first 10 minutes of the game, the Big Green (6-15-3, 5-12-1 ECAC) bounced back in a big way.

Rick Pinkston and Schierhorn scored two goals just 1:37 apart to build the lead to two by the 10:50 mark. That’s when Neiley began to take control, scoring two markers in the stretch run of the frame.

Neiley’s first of the night came less than two minutes after Schierhorn’s tally and chased Clarkson’s starting netminder Steven Perry from the crease in favor of backup Greg Lewis. The Warminster, Pa., native’s second of the night came with just 0.3 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Green and White the four-goal advantage headed into the first intermission.

A physical second period only saw one goal as the Golden Knights finally got on the board with Jordan Boucher’s power-play marker at 17:31.

Just 30 seconds into the third period, the home team looked to have some life as it appeared to score and close the gap to just two. However, the goal was waved off as the referee had blown the play dead with the puck under the leg pad of Grant and no longer visible from his vantage point.

Dartmouth answered the call and killed all the Golden Knights’ momentum with two more goals soon thereafter as Grant Opperman and Schierhorn netted a pair to push the lead to five. Neiley picked up an assist on the Opperman tally, his third point of the night.

The Big Green were 0-for-2 on the power play, but the team’s 4-for-5 showing on the penalty kill included a five-minute major late in the game that put a bow on the complete team victory.

In addition to Schierhorn and Neiley’s two-goal games, Tim O'Brien finished the night with two assists. In all, nine Dartmouth players recorded points in the 6-1 win.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 16 2014 7:25AM

99Rock Music News:  CHVRCHES Cover Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Do I Wanna Know?’

CHVRCHES (Photo: Eliot Hazel)

By Nadia Noir

Scottish synthpop band, CHVRCHES, have spent the last year going from Glasgow  clubs to playing around the world.

Lead singer Lauren Mayberry’s shimmery-soft voice has wooed many and it does well on the Arctic Monkeys‘ sexed-up single, “Do I Wanna Know?”

The trio covered the song for an Australian radio station and re-worked the song into something a lot more laidback and earnest than like a sonic booty call.

In an interview they called their cover a “departure” and apologized to Arctic Monkeys if the song sounded so different. But that’s the point of a cover song, right?

Listen to their version below.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 15 2014 7:22AM

99Rock Music News:  Bastille Perform “Pompeii” Backed By An Orchestra

Bastille live from Capitol Records (Photo: Courtesy Virgin Records)

Current enjoying success with the title track and second single from their hugely popular  album Bad Blood, Bastille has released a video from their live performance of their breakout song, “Pompeii.” Currently No. 3 on the Radio.com Top 100 chart, “Pompeii has recently crossed over from Alt-Rock to pop. Which means your mom will likely be singing the lyrics very soon.

Related: Bastille is Not a Rock Band

The boys from Britain recorded the impressive performance live at the historic Capitol Recordsbuilding  in Hollywood.


Last year Bastille released an orchestrated performance of “Oblivion”, also shot in the Capitol Records underground studio.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 14 2014 3:02PM

99Rock Music News:  Most Wanted This Week!

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Lorde jumps to our Top spot this week with "Team" !  Catch the complete list Here !

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 14 2014 11:26AM

99Rock Big Green Hockey: Friday & Saturday Night February 14th and 15th ! 

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The Men hit the road this weekend to Canton NY for Tonights Game at St. Lawrence!  

Catch the Action on 99Rock and Right Here LIVE at 7P EST on WFRD.com !

Find out what's in store for Dartmouth College Men's Hockey - Here at Dartmouth Sports.com

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 13 2014 3:45PM

99Rock Triple Doppler Radar:  Thursday 15:06 EST

Storm Details as of now at 99Rock and Online here at WFRD.com !

Courtesy Fox44/ABC22 Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin.

"Snow continues to creep northward. Dark blue is heavy snow shown here on Triple Doppler Radar" -Kerrin

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The storm is underway. One round of snow has traversed the region, with the heaviest snow still coming down for the Champlain Valley and northern NY, but a dry slot has come through for central and southern VT/NH. This will lead to patchy freezing drizzle for the next couple of hours there, before snow fills in for all. 

Snow will really intensify for VT and NH overnight/early Friday morning and the center of the storm lifts through Cape Cod. At that point, the snow will be *very* intense for interior New England. Under that band, snow could come down at 2" per hour for several hours. Current thinking is that that band will set up through central/eastern VT. 

Friday will feature morning snow, gradually tapering off to snow showers. A blustery Valentine's Day is expected with winds from the northwest around 10-20 mph. This will keep snow blowing around and roads, perhaps, icy. 

Another system will pass south of New England Saturday, bringing back snow showers for us. Amounts should be light, on the order of a dusting-2". 

Dry and colder Sunday and Monday. More snow and some rain will come through Tuesday. more...

Chief Meteorologist Kerrin Jeromin
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 13 2014 12:11AM

99Rock Music News:  Pharrell Wants to Reunite & Collaborate With the Gallagher Brothers

Photo: Courtesy Kevin Winter/Astrid Stawiarz/Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

By Shannon Carlin 

Pharrell’s Producer of the Year GRAMMY might have gone straight to his head or at least his hat, since he’s making some crazy suggestions about who he’d like to work with next.

Case in point: Noel and Liam Gallagher, the feuding brothers of Oasis, who Pharrell told BBC Newsbeathe’d like to reunite for a new collaboration. ”Who wouldn’t want to work with the Gallaghers? Yeah, both of them,” Pharrell said.

While it all sounds a little crazy, Pharrell does admit it’s a “dream project,” knowing that the chances of getting those two together is practically slim to none. The Gallaghers haven’t worked together since 2009 when Noel left the group and Liam started Beady Eye with the remaining members of Oasis.

In the same interview, Pharrell also said he would like to work with Elton John, whose song “Rocket Man” inspired his son’s name, “Rocket,” and Stevie Wonder. The latter isn’t that farfetched being that the two performed alongside Daft Punk and Nile Rodgersat this year’s GRAMMYs.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 13 2014 12:05AM

99Rock Music News:  Russian Police Choir Perform Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ at Olympics Opening Ceremony

By Jay Tilles

There may be nothing odder than watching the Russian Police Choir getting funky in front of the Winter Olympics crowd in Sochi, Russia. But what is definitely even weirder is to see these uniformed men getting their groove on to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Yes, it seems Vladimir Putin allowed them to stay up all night to get lucky.

This Opening Ceremony rendition isn’t just an elaborate lip-sync. No, no, these officers are seen letting loose and belting out the lyrics while dancing the way only middle-aged white Russian police officers can.

According to Time, this isn’t the first time the officers have gotten lucky. The Russian Interior Ministry’s ensemble performed the disco hit last November.


While we’re impressed with the officer’s performance, we’re not sure which version is better, the Russian offers or this band of excitable chickens. We will of course let you decide.


Watch more from today’s (Feb. 6) Olympic opening ceremonies here.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 12 2014 12:58AM

99Rock Music News:  The Glitch Mob Team With Strangeloop For New ‘Fly By Night Only’ Video [Exclusive]

The Glitch Mob (Photo:  Courtesy Glass Air Records)

The Glitch Mob has recently teamed up with renowned visual artist Strangeloop to create a proper interactive experience for each track on their anticipated albumLove Death Immortality, hitting stores this Tuesday (Feb 11).

Famous for their high-profile and sometimes less-than-authorized remixes, The Glitch Mob are giving fans an exclusive look at their new track, “Fly  By Night Only” featuring haunting by vocals from Yaarrohs and motion graphics from Strangeloop, whose elaborate electronic artistry has graced videos from Erykah Badu toSkrillex.

“The main difference between the last record and this one is this one’s just much more epic,” explained Edward “eDIT” Ma to Radio.com.

The L.A.-based trio will play two significant festivals back to back this summer with Miami’s Ultra Music Festival March 28-30 and Indio’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival April 11 & 18. “Having the opportunity to play the Sahara Tent at Coachella is a high honor,” said Ma. “This will be our second time. It’s every artist’s dream come true to play Coachella.”


The Glitch Mob Tour Dates 2014
3/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
3/12 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
3/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
3/15 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
3/17 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
3/18 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music
3/19 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
3/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
3/21 – New Orleans, LA @ Buku Festival
3/22 – New Orleans, LA @ Buku Festival
3/24 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
3/25 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
3/28-3/30 – Miami, FL @ Ultra Music Festival l
4/11 & 4/18 – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
4/25 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
4/26 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
4/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
4/29 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
5/1 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
5/2 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/3 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market
5/9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
5/19 – Vienna, Austria @ Augartenbrucke
5/20 – Zurich , Switzerland @ Komplex Club
5/21 – Darmstadt, Germany @ Centralstation Halle EG
5/22 – Hamburg, Germany @ Uebel & Gefarhrlich
5/23 – Berlin , Germany @ Gretchen Club
5/24 – Toulouse, France @ Festival Weekend Des Curiosites
5/26 – Prague , Czech Rep. @ Roxy
5/27 – Brussels, Belgium @ Vaartkapoen
5/28 – Paris, France @ La Machine
5/30 – London, England @ Forum
6/6-6/8 – NYC, NY @ Governors Ball Festival

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 11 2014 1:20AM

99Rock Music News:  Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O Covers Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot The Sheriff’

(Photo by: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Karen O, frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, has masterfully taken Bob Marley’s classic song of defiance, “I Shot the Sheriff,” and with a little help from the hip-hop duo N.A.S.A., turned into a slick, dance friendly tune.

The cover made its debut in a Sonos commercial during the GRAMMYs, which, if you own a DVR, probably explains why you missed it.

“I Shot the Sheriff” was originally released by reggae legend Bob Marely in 1973. It tells the story of a man who admits to killing the sheriff in self-defense, but claims he is falsely accused of also killing the deputy. Eric Clapton covered the song one year later, his version becoming the most commercially successful.

While Marley and Clapton both maintain a sense of urgency in their versions, Karen O takes a somewhat lighter approach, which is helped along by N.A.S.A.’s bouncy beat and synthesized effects.

Take a listen to the remake below and let us know what you think.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 10 2014 1:40AM

99Rock Music News:  American Authors - Live @ Dartmouth!

American Authors (Photo: Google Images)

The band American Authors performed at this year’s Dartmouth Winter Carnival concert on Friday night, Feb. 7th. Giving the Brooklyn-based indie rock band, who will release their first album in March '14 the chance to perform their stuff live in Hanover courtesy of the student programming board.  Along with their nationally recongnized single “Best Day of My Life” which has just recently jumped into Alt-Top 30 and has been gaining popularity since it debuted on the 7 O'Clock Cage Match last month at 99Rock.

99Rock's own Bridget-Kate McNulty had the chance to catch up the guys Friday in Hanover NH.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 9 2014 2:09AM

99Rock Music News:  Will Ferrell Reveals That He’s Actually Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith

Chad Smith… or Will Ferrell? (Photo: Courtesy Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

By Scott T. Sterling

Quick: have you ever seen Red Hot Chili Peppersdrummer Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell in the same room together?

The almost uncanny resemblance between the rock star and the funnyman is a well-documented and long-running joke, with the internet  rife with memes highlighting their twin status.

During a freewheeling Reddit AMA session, the man behind fictional San Diego newsman Ron Burgundy addressed his similitude to the drummer for the Chili Peppers, who are still facing down a firestorm of controversy following the band’s performance with Bruno Mars at Super Bowl XLVIII after it was revealed to be in large part pre-recorded.

“It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers , share a resemblance to each other,” Farrell stated during the session, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith.”

Among the fans lobbing questions at Ferrell during the AMA was Snoop Dogg, who hit up the comedian to bring “some more cowbell on tha next album.”

Ferrell rolled with Snoop’s joke, adding, “I’ve also got some beats that I want to run by you. I’m warning you now, they’re not good. In fact, I just talked myself out of it. I’m not going to show them to you.”

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 8 2014 2:06AM

99Rock Music News:  Mike Shinoda Gives Linkin Park Fans First Studio Update Of 2014

"I’ve been spending 10-12 hours a day in the studio–jamming, experimenting, writing, recording, re-writing, re-recording…searching for the sound that truly captures where we’re at as a band right now."
Photo: Courtesy Linkin Park

By Cody Black

Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda posted a new Linkin Park studio update on his blog last night, the first official band update of 2014.

Shinoda gives LP fans some insight on the recording process of their forthcoming 6th studio album, stating that the album is being recorded at a new studio than their previous 5 albums, the band is inspired and trying new things, and he’s been “spending 10-12 hours a day in the studio–jamming, experimenting, writing, recording, re-writing, re-recording…searching for the sound that truly captures where we’re at as a band right now.”

Read Shinoda’s full statement via MikeShinoda.com:

As many of you have already noticed, I’ve been away from my blog / Twitter / Instagram for a while, since we’re pretty deep into the writing and recording process.  I wanted to take a moment to tell you about what’s going on.

As most Linkin Park fans know, the sound of each album is usually quite different from the last.  The new album is no exception.  But as usual, the album’s sound twists and turns as it is created, so any attempt at estimating what it sounds like today would be silly.  The moment I tell you it sounds like “X”, the songs will automatically take a drastic turn and evolve into something different within a week.

But what I can tell you is I’m inspired.  We’re inspired.

The band is trying all kinds of things we haven’t before.  First of all, we’re not in the same studio.  All our previous albums (except MTM) were recorded at the same studio; this album is not being done there.  All our previous albums were done with a producer at the helm; this album has largely been self-produced.  We normally write in a organized and regimented style, recorded into the computer; this album has been the product of a mix of focused experimentation and free form jamming.  We’re even tracking parts to tape instead of going exclusively digital.

I’ve been spending 10-12 hours a day in the studio–jamming, experimenting, writing, recording, re-writing, re-recording…searching for the sound that truly captures where we’re at as a band right now.  Something bold and energetic.  Something with a balance between the chaos and order.

As ever, we’re digging deep to craft the best songs that will set the tone for the next step, that will draw a line between what we’re doing and everything else.

We can’t wait for you to hear it this summer.


It was announced that the band’s January Philippines benefit concert, which was hosted by Stryker at Club Nokia, will air on AXS TV  Saturday February 15th at 5pm PST. Find AXS TV in your area here. Following the televised broadcast the concert will also be available on demand on the Music For Relief YouTube channel.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 7 2014 2:00AM

99Rock Music News:  Watch Foster The People Mature in ‘Coming of Age’ Video

(Photo:  Courtesy of Columbia Records)

By Shannon Carlin

In Foster the People‘s new video for “Coming of Age,” off their upcoming album, Supermodel (out March 14), the band shows how rough growing up can be. We’re talking punched in the face, running from the cops, bullied on the basketball court, kind of rough.


The clip features vignettes of different guys and one girl trying to grow up and not fade away including the wanna-be boxer, the rebel without a cause, the uncool school mascot and the perfect student. But, spoiler alert, by the end of the video everyone seems to get their act together thanks in part to a trusty right hook or a pretty girl. Sometimes both.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 6 2014 12:51AM

99Rock Music News:  Watch The Neighbourhood Perform New Song, “Lurk”

(Photo: Courtesy Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

“This is the beat that makes your mother cry,” singsThe Neighbourhood frontman Jesse Rutherford during their performance at CBS’ GRAMMY Gig of Lifetime at Club Nokia.

The band performed a new song called “Lurk” to a screaming audience.

The moody black-and-white performance has Rutherford sorting through his dichotomous feelings, the black-and-white of his desires and emotions.

Fittingly, the bands new album The Black and the White (apparently featuring RiFF RaFF) is coming out soon.

Watch The Neighbourhood perform their new song below.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 5 2014 12:46AM

99Rock Music News:  GRAMMYs Executive Producer Apologizes to Trent Reznor

(Photo: Courtesy Maria Ives for Radio.com)

By Annie Reuter

As previously reported, Trent Reznor was less than thrilled about his GRAMMY closing performance being cut short Sunday (Jan. 26). After Reznor expressed his anger on Twitter, GRAMMY Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and issued a small something of an apology to the NIN frontman.

Related: 2014 GRAMMY Performances, Ranked

“I’m sorry he was upset,” he told THR. “I was really thrilled that we were finally getting him on the GRAMMYs. The final jam started with Arcade Fire a few years ago, and LL Cool J last year. I want to end on a high, an up note. I did tell them we’d take it as long as we could. The number was about five, six minutes long, and we got to within a minute twenty of the end. We got as close as we could possibly get.”

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 4 2014 12:42AM
Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

99Rock Music News:  Watch Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Last year, Beyoncé turned the lights off in the Superdome, but this time around Bruno Mars lit things up for the Super Bowl halftime show. We’re talking fireworks overload.


The Pepsi Half-Time Show  went down at the Super Bowl  XLVIII with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars coming together in the chilly weather to rock the Met Life Stadium.

The show started off with a kids choir singing their hearts out Mars’ song “Billionaire,” made famous by Travie McCoy. Bruno Mars  decided to let the kiddies take center stage, while he took his place behind the drums— designed in honor of his mother— in a little gold jacket custom made by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane to pound out ”Locked Out of Heaven” as the platform he was sitting on moved him back to the stage.

Soon, Mars was in the spotlight with his band, the Hooligans, who nearly stole the show away from the singer with their impressive synchronized dance moves.

Not that Mars stood still while belting out “Locked Out of Heaven” from his latest album, 2012′s Unorthodox Jukebox, he instead to do a little Elvis hip-swiveling, Michael Jacksonmoonwalking and some James Brown ”I Feel Good” moves for good measure. This song also ushered in the fireworks, which would make an appearance throughout the rest of the performance.

As Bruno’s hype man got the people to put their hands together, Mars started in on “Treasure” before launching into “Runaway Baby” off his 2010 debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. This song offered a stepping stone to the Red Hot Chili Peppers , who popped out—shirtless, none the less— to rock out “Give it Away.”

Though Anthony Kiedis was hard to hear, Mars’ band jumped their hearts out. No easy feat for his brass section, who jumped with their saxophones and trumpets.

To end the night, Mars pulled at the heartstrings with a performance of his debut single, “Just The Way You Are,” introduced by soldiers from the United States Armed Forces over seas who stated their requests for the sweet song.

Mars soon appeared on a far-off platform in the middle of the field where he crooned with a firework split screen. Proving, he’s pretty amazing just the way he is.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 3 2014 1:46AM

99Rock Music News:  Trent Reznor Feels ‘Disrespected’ by the GRAMMYs

Trent Reznor performs during the 56th GRAMMY Awards. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

(Jan. 26) GRAMMY finale, Nine Inch Nails teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age, Lindsey Buckingham and Dave Grohl for a hard rock finale. Viewers at home only got a tiny taste of music’s biggest night’s final act, since it was cut short by a word from the sponsors — something NIN leader Trent Reznor is not too happy about.

Related: The 2014 GRAMMY Winners List

After the show, Reznor took to Twitter to express his ire towards the GRAMMYs and, most likely, its parent network CBS for switching to credits and a commercial before their performance was all said and done. (Full disclosure: Radio.com is owned by CBS Radio.)

In the tweet, Reznor simply writes: “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt F*** YOU guys.”

The GRAMMYS were expected to run for  three and a half hours, but like most awards show, it went over the allotted time. This left very little time for the finale, which, based on what did air, was an arena-sized rock show that brought together some exciting and unlikely characters from all corners of the genre. (A quick shout-out to Buckingham, who rocked out to NIN’s “Copy of A” and QOTSA’s “My God is the Sun”  like he was playing “The Chain.”)

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 2 2014 1:41AM

99Rock Music News:  Daft Punk, Lorde, Macklemore, Imagine Dragons Dominate 2014 GRAMMY Awards

Kendrick Lamar performing with Imagine Dragons at the GRAMMY Awards (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

This year’s GRAMMY Awards showcased several incredible performances from many of today’s biggest artists, including some very special collaborations from artists like Imagine Dragons andKendrick Lamar, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong and Miranda Lambert, Metallica and Chinese pianist Lang Lang, plus the Nine Inch Nails/Queens Of The Stone Age/Dave Grohl/Lindsey Buckingham performance that we were all waiting for.

The big winners of the night were Daft Punk, Lorde, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. We’re not quite sure how Led Zeppelin beat out Queens Of The Stone Age or Kings Of Leon for Best Rock Album, but we’re definitely stoked that the Nirvana (Dave, Krist and Pat) and Paul McCartney took home the Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack.” Vampire Weekend also won the Best Alternative Music Album over bands like Nine Inch Nails, Tame Impala and The National.


Album of the Year

Sara Bareilles, The Blessed Unrest
Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
Taylor Swift, Red

Record of the Year

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, “Get Lucky”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Lorde, “Royals”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, “Blurred Lines”

Song of the Year

Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”
Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven”
Katy Perry, “Roar”
Lorde, “Royals”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love”

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Vocal Album

Lana Del Rey, Paradise 
Lorde, Pure Heroine
Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience 

Best Pop Solo Performance

Sara Bareilles, “Brave”
Lorde, “Royals”
Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry, “Roar”
Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell, “Get Lucky”
Pink feat. Nate Ruess, “Just Give Me a Reason”
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko, “Stay”
Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I., “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z, “Suit & Tie”

Best Rock Album 

Black Sabbath, 13 
David Bowie, The Next Day 
Kings of Leon, Mechanical Bull 
Led Zeppelin, Celebration Day 
Queens of the Stone Age, …Like Clockwork 
Neil Young With Crazy Horse, Psychedelic Pill

Best Rock Song

Gary Clark Jr., “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round”
Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, “Cut Me Some Slack”
The Rolling Stones, “Doom and Gloom”
Black Sabbath, “God Is Dead?”
Muse, “Panic Station”

Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes, “Always Alright”
David Bowie, “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
Led Zeppelin, “Kashmir”
Queens of the Stone Age, “My God is the Sun”
Jack White, “I’m Shakin’”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

J. Cole feat. Miguel, “Power Trip”
Jay Z feat. Beyoncé, “Part II (On the Run)”
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar feat. Mary J. Blige, “Now or Never”
Wiz Khalifa feat. the Weeknd, “Remember You”

Best Metal Performance

Anthrax, “T.N.T.”
Black Sabbath, “God Is Dead?”
Dream Theater, “The Enemy Inside”
Killswitch Engage, “In Due Time”
Volbeat feat. King Diamond, “Room 24″

Best Alternative Music Album 

Neko Case, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
The National, Trouble Will Find Me
Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks
Tame Impala, Lonerism 
Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City

Best Dance/Electronica Album

Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
Disclosure, Settle
Calvin Harris, 18 Months
Kaskade, Atmosphere
Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun 

Best Rap Performance

Drake, “Started From the Bottom”
Eminem, “Berzerk”
Jay Z, “Tom Ford”
Kendrick Lamar, “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”

Best Rap Album

Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist 
Kanye West, Yeezus

Best Rap Song

A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar, “Fuckin’ Problems”
Jay Z feat. Justin Timberlake, “Holy Grail”
Kanye West, “New Slaves”
Drake, “Started From the Bottom”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop”

Best Dance Recording

Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E* and MNEK, “Need U (100%)”
Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, “Sweet Nothing”
Kaskade, “Atmosphere”
Armin Van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie, “This Is What It Feels Like”
Zedd feat. Foxes, “Clarity”

Producer of the Year

Rob Cavallo
Dr. Luke
Ariel Rechtshaid
Jeff Tweedy
Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video: 

Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
Jay Z, “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us”
Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z, “Suit & Tie”
Jack White, “I’m Shakin’”

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Feb 1 2014 1:37AM
Neon Trees Perform At Couture Las Vegas Jewelry Show

99Rock Music News:  Neon Trees Debut ‘Sleeping With A Friend’ Video

(Photo by Ethan Miller//Getty Images)

By Nadia Noir

“Sleeping With A Friend” can metaphorically trip you up romantically, but Neon Trees did a good job of literally tripping us out with the pop-art inspired video for the song of the same name.

Complete with brightly-colored hyper-saturated visuals, frenetic prints, and Rorschach effect graphics, Neon Trees’ new video is retro-cool while also being like a Timothy Leary-esque acid trip.

The artistry behind the video is thanks to director duo, Brad and Brian Palmer.

They’ve done music videos for TV on the Radio, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and The Killers‘ “Mr. Brightside.”

Watch what happens below when Tyler Glenn tries out the complicated chaos of friends with benefits.

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