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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 31 2014 9:32AM

99Rock Music News:  Muse Says Their Live Show Is Inspired By Nine Inch Nails


Muse’s Matt Bellamy (Photo: Alex Rauch)

By Nadia Noir

Primed to rock as headliners as Coachella, Muse has one of the world’s most jaw-dropping live shows that includes a plethora of lights, lasers, and loud instruments.

It’s exactly the way a stadium rock show should be. Many up-and-coming artists are inspired by Muse, but who is Muse inspired by?

Drummer Dominic Howard confessed that they took a lot of live show cues from Nine Inch Nails.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of what NIN have been doing with their live show because they’ve always been a band,” said Howard told VH1. “Over the last ten years or so, who’ve been really on the edge of technology and pushing just the kind of technology that’s available to them at that time and I think all their shows have been really, really inspiring.”

Imagine a double headlining bill with these two bands. That would be an ear-ringing and certain deafness that we’d be willing to live with.

 
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 30 2014 1:29AM

99Rock Music News:  Watch Young The Giant Play ‘It’s About Time’ & ‘Crystalized’ On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’



By Nadia Noir

Southern California’s favorite indie-poppers, Young The Giant, played two of their hit singles on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Their set included “It’s About Time” and “Crystalized.”
 

Young the Giant talked about their new album Mind Over Matter in an recent exclusive radio interview with LA's KROQ.

“I think it’s just us trying to figure things out and maybe trying to tell a story for everyone who’s trying to figure their life out,” explained Sammer Gadhia. Guitarist Jacob Tilley explained further: “I think this time around and this batch of writing that we did for this record, all of it was pretty much derived from our experiences of being on the road and growing up as five individuals together and all the challenges that we had to overcome.”
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 29 2014 2:25AM
2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival - Long Island, NY

99Rock Music News:  Perry Farrell Working On EDM Musical


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By Nadia Noir

Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell is always dabbling in something–or creating full-blown examples of artistic expression like the infamous Lollapalooza.

These days, the provocative singer-songwriter has ambitions to create an EDM musical that he hopes will have a long run in Las Vegas.

According to an interview with Rolling Stone, the musical will take place in Thailand and be calledKind Heaven. A “love story with a very modern scenario,” the audience will get to interact with the show that is set “amidst Thailand’s sex and drug trades, as the government bring sin soldiers to restore order.”

At some point, the love story unravels at a Buddhist monastery, which is where the title of the musical comes from.

Farrell will start testing some of his tracks during DJ sets, but something tells us with Farrell behind the wheel, this musical will come to fruition. Maybe it will star his hot dancer wife Etty Lau?
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 28 2014 2:17AM

99Rock Music News:  New Politics Get Stuck In Iceland In “Tonight You’re Perfect” Video

 

New Politics stormed onto the scene last year with their huge single “Harlem” (which landed at #3 on 99Rock’s Top 99 of 2013), and the band has now released a video for their follow up single “Tonight You’re Perfect.”

In the video, the band’s flight out of Iceland get cancelled, then they hit the road, their car breaks down, then proceed to get picked up by a few good looking Icelandic women. You’ll have to watch the video above to see how the rest goes down.
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 27 2014 4:12AM
Lollapalooza 2013 - Day 1

99Rock Music News:  Trent Reznor Scoring David Fincher’s Upcoming Film ‘Gone Girl’


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By Nadia Noir

All hail the sonic superpower of Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. The band has been pushing their recent masterpiece, Hesitation Marks, but that hasn’t stopped Reznor in re-dabbling in film scores.

In Reznor’s latest endeavor, the musician is working again with producer/composer Atticus Rossand notable director David Fincher on a film called Gone Girl.

The film is based on a novel by Gillian Flynn and tells the story of woman who disappears on her wedding anniversary. Batman himself, Ben Affleck, plays the male lead.

Fincher, Ross and Reznor have already worked together on two films, including The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network which won an Academy Award for Best Score.

 
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 26 2014 3:53AM
"Finding Bliss" - 2009 Slamdance Premiere

RNG Morning Show:  Ron Jeremy’s Version Of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ Video


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By Nadia Noir

In case you haven’t been disgusted enough today by general humanity, porn perviest film star, legend Ron Jeremy, has re-created Miley Cyrus‘ provocative “Wrecking Ball” video with the creative minds behind SpokenRad.

Jeremy’s portrayal of Cyrus isn’t exactly a tongue-in-cheek parody. He acts out scene-by-scene with a naked, unabashed accuracy.

Like, really completely and creepily naked.

Like, hairy nether regions against a swinging wrecking ball naked.

Just make sure your lunch has had enough time to digest before you watch this.

And don’t say we didn’t warn you.

 
 
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 25 2014 3:48AM

99Rock Music News:  Nine Inch Nails, QOTSA, Dave Grohl & Lindsey Buckingham to Perform at GRAMMY Finale


Queens Of The Stone Age (Photo Courtesy Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

By Jeremy D. Larson

The 2014 GRAMMY Awards plan to close the night out with a hail of guitars from some of the foremost rockers in the world. To round off what is already a spectacular lineup of performers, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl and Lindsey Buckingham will perform together and close out the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards this Sunday.

The latest addition of performers comes at the heels of the announcement that Jay Z and Beyoncé will hit the GRAMMY stage, as well. At this point, it’d be easier to say who is not performing at this year’s GRAMMY awards.

As SPIN reports, GRAMMY executive producer Ken Ehrlich was excited about the announcement, saying in a statement that this “is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.”

With all four of these performers have no more than two degrees separation from each other —with Grohl having performed on QOTSA’s Songs for the Deaf and Nine Inch Nails’ With Teeth, and Buckingham having played on Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks for one — the coming together of the four is almost obvious synergy. At least a little more on the nose than when Foo Fighters performed with Deadmau5 in 2012. It will be the first-ever Grammy telecast performance for Nine Inch Nails and QOTSA.

 
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 24 2014 2:05AM

99Rock Music News:  Foo Fighters Back At Work On New Album


Foo Fighters (Photo: Courtesy Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

By Nadia Noir

According to a picture posted on the Foo Fighters‘ Instagram, the veteran  band is working on their eighth studio album.

They hint with a picture of their masters, reading “LP 8″ and a caption underneath that says “It’s f**king on.” Two of the tapes appears to say “No Doubt.”

If you don’t believe us, click on this link to see their Instagram picture. Who knows what that means, but maybe a collab is in the works?

Their last album was the Grammy Award winning ,Wasting Light. The Foos told Rolling Stone last Novemeber that their new album would be “badass.”

“We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s f**king rad,” said Grohl in the interview. “We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.”

 
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 23 2014 1:57AM

99Rock Music News:  Ice Cube Talks ‘Ride Along,’ Music, Movies, and The Lakers


"I wanted to do these movies that I loved, that I grew up on. We called them hood classics.”

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By Carlos Delgado

When it comes to legends of Hip Hop, it doesn’t get much bigger than Ice Cube. From his early days as a founding member of N.W.A. to his subsequent and hugely successful solo career, Cube has done it all and more, shaping Hip Hop as we know it along the way. But perhaps most impressive of all was Ice Cube’s ability to transcend the very musical movement he helped create, becoming an accomplished actor, screenwriter, director, and movie producer.

It’s a feat that isn’t lost on Ice Cube. He reflected on his long film career and to talk about his latest project, Ride Along, starring Kevin Hart, Laurence Fishburne, and, of course, Ice Cube himself. He even claims that the N.W.A. era young Ice Cube would be “impressed” with what he has been able to achieve in his near 25 years since he first began acting.

“I would, no doubt,” Ice Cube said. “I ain’t just saying that cause it’s me. That’s how I thought back then. I was a big movie fan.”

Ice Cube made the transition from “movie fan” to movie maker with his portrayal of “Doughboy” in 1991’s Boyz n the Hood. Surprisingly enough, however, Ice Cube wasn’t entirely confident about his ability to deliver onscreen.

“When (director) Jon Singleton approached me to be in Boyz n the Hood, I was like ‘Man, no. What are you talking about?’ Ice Cube admits. “I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t think I was qualified. I’m like, ‘I ain’t no actor. I can’t do what these big-time actors can do on the screen.’ But (Jon) convinced me. ‘I got you. I’ll make sure it’s right. I know you can do it.’ I’m just glad he believed in me.”

Ice Cube also had some help from what he calls “The Lawrence Fishburne School of Acting.”

“(Lawrence) taught me like ‘Do you know who Doughboy is?” Ice Cube recalls. “I was like, ‘yeah, hell if I know anything, I know who Doughboy is.’ So then he says, ‘So what the hell are you trying to act for? Why are you trying to act? Go do Doughboy!’”

Since his acting debut, Ice Cube has been in the movie industry for nearly 25 years, starring in over 20 movies and even forming his own production company, Cube Vision Productions. It’s an experience he calls “fun  and humbling.”

“It’s everything I always wanted it to be,” Ice Cube said. “I wanted to do these movies that I loved, that I grew up on like Car Wash, Uptown Saturday Night, Let’s Do it Again, Hollywood Shuffle… movies that touched me growing up. The movies I always enjoyed to watch a lot. We called them hood classics.”

As successful as his film career has been, though, Ice Cube still find the time and energy to record new music, including his upcoming 10th studio album, Everythang’s Corrupt, due out May 13th.

“I’m a b-boy at heart,” Ice Cube declared. “If I wasn’t doing any movies I’d still be doing music. It’s where I can be the most creative. When you become a part of a movie you just really become part of a big project. It’s like building a house . You can’t really do it on your own. You can really only help with other people to get it done. With a record, it’s the freedom of doing what I wanna do, saying what I wanna say, creating what I wanna create.”

Having been born and raised in L.A., Ice Cube is also a passionate Lakers fans and can often be seen courtside during games . But even he is having a hard time handling the turmoil the Lakers are facing this season.

“You know, even though I knew it was coming; it’s still hard to watch,” Ice Cube admits. “You know you’re going to the dentist but it’s always hard to get that root canal. Even though you know what’s going to happen and after you get it you’re going to feel better, it’s still hard to go through it. That’s where we are right now. We’re getting a root canal.”

But in the end, Ice Cube’s passion lies in filmmaking with the aim of producing movies “that people can watch over and over again. I try to do movies that you can see more than once.”

Ride Along opened (Jan. 17) at theaters everywhere.

 
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 22 2014 1:50AM

99Rock Music News:  Interview: Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace Face (and Rock) the World with ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’


Against Me! (Photo: Courtesy Ryan Russell/Big Hassle)

By Scott T. Sterling

“Your tells are so obvious/ Shoulders too broad for a girl/ Keeps you reminded/ Helps you to remember where /You come from” – “Transgender Dysphoria Blues”

From the very first line, Against Me!’s sixth full-length album dives right into the heart of frontwoman Laura Jane Grace‘s life experiences around her decision that she would be living as a transgendered woman after spending most of her 30-some years as a man, born Tom Gabel.

Grace channels all of the rage, fear, doubt and bravery that inevitably comes with such a choice into the album’s 10 tracks, which roar by in less than 29 minutes with the precision and energy of the Ramonescombined with taut songwriting chops reminiscent of classic Cheap Trick.

While the album’s emotional core powers Transgender Dysphoria Blues, what shouldn’t be lost in the conversation is that through Grace’s many personal discoveries, Against Me! has produced arguably the best album of their career that is already well in the running for one of the best rock full-lengths of 2014.

“The thing is that having been a band for 17 years is that unfortunately, most of the time people aren’t actually paying attention to the music, and they’re picking out some other inconsequential thing to focus on to talk about in an interview or whatever,” Grace says with a sigh during a recent interview with Radio.com. “And for years, our band was always about what label we were on, and ‘oh, you’re sellouts ’cause you sold to a major label’ or ‘you’re sellouts ’cause you’re on Fat Wreck Chords’ or whatever, and that was always the focus. That completely overshadowed the music for years.

“So now if the focus has shifted to something else, it’s just inconsequential,” she added. “The people who are gonna listen to the music and know what it’s about are those people, and there are always going to be those people. But otherwise, people are gonna focus on things that don’t really matter.”


 
 


Still, it’s hard not to be inspired by Grace’s bravery by being so forthright in regards to her transgender status, which has made her something of a new folk hero to many in the LGBT community and beyond.
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