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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 12 2014 2:48AM

99Rock Music News: Aloe Blacc Covers Coldplay's "Magic"

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Orange County native Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, better known as Aloe Blacc, is new to the scene compared to rock veteran Chris Martin.

However, he's seen a ton of success this year, most recently with his second single, "The Man," from his album Lift Your Spirit.

Aloe just took a trip across the pond and paid a visit to the BBC Radio 1 studios, where he covered Coldplay's "Magic."

Listen to the musical magic above.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 11 2014 1:52AM

99Rock Music News: Listen to New Song from Antemasque, Featuring Flea, Former Mars Volta Members

Photo Courtesy - Cedric Bixler-Zavala (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

By Jay Tilles

Former Mars Volta and At the Drive-In members Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, plus drummer Dave Elitch, have teamed with Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea to form a new band: Antemasque.

The group released a trailer and rehearsal video yesterday (April 9) via X-Games and Southern California clothing retailer Tilly's YouTube channel's channels, oddly filed under "Comedy." Today, the band made their their first single, titled "4AM" (above), available on iTunes.

Guitarist Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Bixler-Zavala have had an on-again, off-again relationship since forming At the Drive-In 1993. After briefly reuniting as the band at Coachella and Lollapalooza in 2012, little was known about the duo's future together.

According to a tweet from Flea this morning, he recorded several tracks with the group. It's not the first time he's had some sort of connection with Rodriguez-Lopez and Bixler-Zavala; he played bass on the Mars Volta's 2003 debut De-Loused in the Comatorium and contributed trumpet to that album's followup, Frances the Mute.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 10 2014 2:42AM

99Rock Music News: Gerard Way Records New Song for Kevin Smith Horror Film 'Tusk'

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By Jay Tilles

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way took to Twitter Tuesday (April 8) to announce he'd returned to "the grid" to record a song fordirector Kevin Smith's latest horror film, Tusk. Set to hit theaters this fall, the film stars include Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Ralph Garman, not only an actor, but one of our own DJs.

Tusk is based on an online ad Smith found for a retired Canadian man seeking a roommate. Although the man offers up the room for free, there is a string attached: the new roommate must wear a lifelike walrus costume and act the part. When the homeowner's obsession takes over, the new roommate finds he's been surgically transformed into a human walrus.

"It's an old English folk song written in the 1600s entitled 'Oh, Waly, Waly' and sometimes called 'TheWater is Wide,'" Kevin Smith told Radio.com. "At one point in Tusk, the Michael Parks character sings a few verses, so I thought it might be nice to end the film with the song itself. Gerard turned the piece into this achingly beautiful, haunting declaration of undying, hopeless love."

He added, "If you've ever been in that kind of love, this song will crush you. It's such a heartbreaker, you can't help but well up with tears. You could play this track at a wedding or at a funeral and it would be equally appropriate in both places. I love it."

Related: Listen to My Chemical Romance's Last Song Ever 'Fake Your Death'

According to Smith, the song "starts over the end of the film and takes us into the credits. The song's so beautiful that, even if you're hated the whole movie, you'll sit through the credits to hear the rest of the song."

Choosing the My Chem frontman was a no brainer for Smith. "I've always been in love with Welcome to the Black Parade and my daughter is a massive My Chem fan who learned to play the bass guitar because she wanted to be Mikey Way," he said.

Just over a year ago Smith invited Gerard and Mikey to be guests on 2 episodes of his weekly SModcast, "My Chemical Bromance" and "2 Way Street."

"After the shows the we kept in touch by email ," explained Smith. "But because I hadn't made a movie since Red State, there was really no reason to ask him to record a song for me without sounding like Kathy Bates in Misery. And then, out of nowhere, I made this weird movie Tusk," he explained. "So I reached out to Gerard and asked if he wanted to do the closing track. The man came over, watched the flick, and went to work. He's such a tremendous guy with talent to burn. Plus? He's from New Jersey. Naturally, that's always a plus in my book."

Smith tweeted today, "Holy s***! The cherry on top of the TUSK sundae? @GerardWay just recorded the most achingly beautiful closing song for the flick! #WalrusYes."

Way followed suit with a celebratory tweet of his own.

Except for an occasional mention of My Chemical Romance's greatest hits album which was released last month, Way has kept mentions of his former band to a minimum.

In a series of tweets he announced he'd no longer be addressing fan correspondence aimed at My Chemical Romance.

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 9 2014 1:23AM

99Rock Music News: The Neighbourhood Release "Honest" From 'Amazing Spider-Man II' Soundtrack

Photo Courtesy The Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood's epically cinematic new song "Honest" is taken from the soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man II out on April 22, 2014.

The minimalist monochromatic uses The Neighbourhood's black-and-white aesthetic combined with a simple font and television static.

Emotionally, the song is a painful testament to betrayal, lack of personal honesty, and the hope that whomever the song is about can find a way to "be themselves someday/in weakness and in strength."

Watch the lyric video above.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 8 2014 11:27AM

99Rock Music News: The Offspring Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of 'Smash'

The Offspring Celebrate 20th Anniversary Of 'Smash'April 8, 2014 11:15 AM

By Nadia Noir

It's the 20th anniversary of The Offspring's album, Smash. The album from the Southern California-based punk band came out in 1994 and "was, at the time, the best-selling album ever released on an independent label." When The Offspring first broke, they had been playing around for ten years and weren't allowed to do the Roxy or The Whisky said Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman in an interview.

"Come Out And Play" was the first smash-hit single from Smash. "Right away we started playing it, and that sort of sparked everything. I think it was Jed the Fish playing us as his "Catch of the Day." And then the song made it onto the Furious 5 at 9. It was in heavy rotation, for sure," said Nick.

"It got a really good response from listeners. I know I was calling every time I heard it!"

The Orange County-based band who won the Impact Award from the OC Music Awards in 2014are planning on perpetuating that impact with a 20th anniversary CD and Vinyl edition of Smash; one option with a collector's box full of goodies like patches, pins, a replica of the Smash tour all-access pass, and more. There will also be anniversary merch like t-shirts and The Offspring will beperforming the entire Smash album live at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa on July 11th. For more information, go to offspring.com.

For now, kick back and re-listen to snippets of Smash. After all, music soothes even the savage beast.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 7 2014 1:21AM

99Rock Music News: The Black Keys' New Album Features Sampling, Band's Longest Song

"Turn Blue" is out May 13 on Nonesuch

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By Kevin Rutherford

Are you a Black Keys fan that wishes the Akron rock duo would experiment a bit more with their upcoming releases? How does a little sampling here and there sound?

In an interview with NME, the band confirmed that one of their new songs on forthcoming LP Turn Blue actually includes an entire sample as part of its makeup, something they've never done before.

According to drummer Patrick Carney, the song "Year in Review" includes a sample of Nico Fidenco, an Italian singer and movie soundtrack composer best known for his work on spaghetti westerns.

Related: Listen to the Black Keys' New Song 'Fever'

Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach added that Turn Blue includes the band's longest song to date. "Weight of Love," which opens the record, clocks in at nearly seven minutes. The band previously hit nearly six minutes on "Goodbye Babylon" from 2006′s Magic Potion, plus six minutes, 45 seconds on 2006 cover album Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbroughwith "My Mind is Ramblin.'"

In addition, Auerbach mentioned that he's "never done a guitar solo like that" on "Weight of Love," which could get the band's fans hoping for a head-banging good time after first single "Fever"'s relative tameness chomping at the bit.

Read more on Radio.com

by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 4 2014 1:12AM

99Rock Music News: Memphis May Fire Cover Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song" For 'Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2′

"We're happy to cover songs for fun, but we don't ever want to use that as a way to gain fans. Originals are definitely what this band was cut out for."

Memphis May Fire (Photo by JerryJohn Photo)

By Cody Black

This past Tuesday (April 2) Fearless Records released Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2, the latest (and 15th) release in their Punk Goes series. The compilation features covers of KROQ bands like Lit, Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, Bush, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, and several more. One song in particular that we enjoyed was Memphis May Fire's cover of Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song."
We sat down with Memphis May Fire's frontman Matty Mullins before their sold out show at House Of Blues Sunset March 25th to discuss the new Punk Goes 90s compilation, what it's like being a part of the Punk Goes legacy, and the band's new album Unconditional.
"Kellen McGregor, our guitarist, does all of the writing for the instrument portions of our music. He grew up on Stone Temple Pilots, just a huge fan of the band. They definitely influenced the way that he writes, structurally, sonically…so about a year and a half ago, he sat down in his bedroom and just recorded an instrumental cover of 'Interstate Love Song,' made it heavy, and turned it into a Memphis May Fire track," says Mullins. "We never had time to finish it until Fearless approached us."
When the topic turned to STP frontman Scott Weiland, Mullins says that he was "sheltered musically" growing up and wasn't introduced to them until later on. "I can't claim to be influenced by Scott, but a ton of respect… nothing but respect for what he did with music."
The Punk Goes series came to life back in 2000 with the inaugural record, Punk Goes Metal, and have since put out 14 more albums. Memphis May Fire made their Punk Goes debut in 2012 with a cover of Bruno Mars' "Grenade" for Punk Goes Pop 5.
"When they [Fearless Records] approached us for the first one, for the Bruno Mars cover (Punk Goes Pop 5), we were ecstatic. We just went into it thinking 'let's have fun with this,' then they ended up picking that as the #1 single for the record and they put it as track 1 on the album. It was such a huge blessing and we were stoked on it," says Mullins.
"We loved how the song came out, and I think that song we were able to represent the way the band sounds a little bit more than we were with the STP song, but it's still so cool to be able to do a STP song."
"We're happy to cover songs for fun, but we don't ever want to use that as a way to gain fans. Originals are definitely what this band was cut out for."

Track List for Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2:
1. Get Scared "My Own Worst Enemy" (originally performed by Lit)
2. Memphis May Fire "Interstate Love Song" (originally performed by Stone Temple Pilots)
3. Asking Alexandria "Closer" (originally performed by Nine Inch Nails)
4. The Color Morale "Everlong" (originally performed by Foo Fighters)
5. Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! "All Star" (originally performed by Smash Mouth)
6. Mayday Parade "Comedown" (originally performed by Bush)
7. Motionless in White "Du hast" (originally performed by Rammstein)
8. Yellowcard "Today" (originally performed by Smashing Pumpkins)
9. Hands Like Houses "Torn" (originally performed by Natalie Imbruglia)
10. The Ghost Inside "Southtown" (originally performed by P.O.D)
11. Falling In Reverse "Gangsta's Paradise" (originally performed by Coolio)
12. Ice Nine Kills "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" (originally performed by Green Day)
Pick up a copy of Punk Goes 90s Vol. 2 via Fearless Records now.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 3 2014 1:19AM

99Rock Music News: New Politics & Fat Joe Perform "Lean Back" On The MLB Fan Cave

(Photo: Gabriel Olsen)

By Nadia Noir

The combination of rap and rock fusing together into either a winning musical home run or a total musical strike is nothing new, but the combo of Big Apple rapper Fat Joe with international threesome New Politics was never something we saw getting to third base.

But the two musical entities came together on the MTV's segment Off The Bat from The MLB Fan Cave and got the audience into a frenzy.

Fat Joe got to strut around the stage being badass and bald and New Politics showed off their quintessential dance moves.
It was a win-win for everyone involved.

Peep the performance below.

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Apr 2 2014 1:35AM

99Rock Music News: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea to Pen Memoir

Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Red Hot Chili Peppers' always animated bassist Flea has been keeping busy in recent years; outside of the Chili Peppers, he has also collaborated with Radiohead's Thom Yorke in Atoms for Peace, Blur's Damon Albarn in Rocket Juice & The Moon. But he's also been spending some time writing: he's currently working on his memoirs.

According to Grand Central Publishing, who acquired the rights to Flea's story, the self-written memoir will detail the bassist's move from a "normal" upbringing in the suburbs of New York to Los Angeles, where he lived a bohemian life with his jazz musician stepfather.

In the book, Flea will also detail his "sometimes complex friendship" and collaboration with RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis, his drug use and give a closer look at the over 30 year career of RHCP.

"Grand Central is thrilled to publish Flea's memoir," said Ben Greenberg, the company's Executive Editor. "Besides being a voracious reader, he is an utterly unique musician, thinker, and creative force—whether with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, or his Silverlake Conservatory which fosters music education in Los Angeles. His story is epic."

Read more at Radio.com

– Jay Tilles, Radio.com

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