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Mark Kozelek Challenges The War On Drugs To Let Him Join Them At The Fillmore Next Week

By Michael Nelson / September 30, 2014 - 1:19 pm

If you were making such bets at the outset of 2014, you could have gotten some seriously long odds on a wager that Sun Kil Moon and War On Drugs would have wound up embroiled in the year’s biggest beef (non-Morrissey division). And good for you, if you did make that bet, because you are… More »

Joyce Manor Frontman Clashes With Another Stage-Diver In Houston, Releases Statement

By James Rettig / September 29, 2014 - 9:08 am

Joyce Manor frontman Barry Johnson has been catching a lot of flak from a vocal subsection of the punk community after he called out a stage-diver during one of the band’s live shows. He did the same thing at a show in Houston on Friday night. After reportedly telling the audience at the start of… More »

Polaris Winner Tanya Tagaq Responds To PETA Takedown

By Miles Bowe / September 25, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Tanya Tagaq received some attention for her encouragement of eating and wearing seal along with saying “Fuck PETA” during her acceptance speech for the Polaris Music Prize. First, though, if you haven’t seen that performance, please go watch it. Tagaq (who formerly was best known for her performance on Björk’s Medulla) took something as ancient… More »

Does This Audi Commercial Rip Off SOHN?

By Tom Breihan / September 23, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Here’s case number 1,289,948 of the old “company doesn’t properly license a piece of music for a commercial, makes a ripoff of it instead” story. In this case, the ripped-off artist is SOHN, the British-raised and Vienna-based electronic producer who released his debut album Tremors earlier this year. The ripper-offer is Audi, who used a… More »

Laura Jane Grace Slams Ex-Against Me!/New Slipknot Drummer

By James Rettig / September 19, 2014 - 11:33 am

Laura Jane Grace has responded to rumors that ex-Against Me! member Jay Weinberg has joined Slipknot as their newest drummer. “Dear Slipknot, good luck with that. #shitbag,” she said, kicking off a series of tweets about the former drummer. Weinberg announced that he was leaving the band in a tweet during the 2012 recording sessio… More »

Hear Jack White Clown Rolling Stone, Foo Fighters From The Stage

By Tom Breihan / September 18, 2014 - 11:04 am

Last night, Jack White played a show at Boston’s Fenway Park, and he opened it up by making fun of the Foo Fighters for having a second guitarist onstage “playing the same parts” to cover up any mistakes. He then pointed out that you could probably read about his comments on the Rolling Stone website… More »

CBS Sports Officially Cuts Rihanna From Thursday Night Football

By Chris DeVille / September 16, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Last week, after the NFL spectacularly bungled its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, CBS Sports opted to cut a pre-taped segment with Rihanna singing the hook from Jay Z’s “Run This Town” from its Thursday Night Football broadcast. Producers said they were looking to cast a sober tone while analyzing “as big… More »

Sun Kil Moon: “The War On Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick”

By James Rettig / September 15, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek is known for his cantankerous on-stage persona, and recently got in a little trouble after calling a Hopscotch Festival audience “fucking hillbillies,” which he took in stride. Now, it seems as though he said some disparaging remarks about the War On Drugs during his set at last weekend’s Ottawa Folk… More »

You’ll Never Guess How Tyler, The Creator Feels About U2’s Apple Stunt

By James Rettig / September 13, 2014 - 12:33 pm

It’s pretty brave to come out against the new U2 album that was dropped onto everyone’s computer last week, considering all the unanimous praise it’s gotten. (Well…) Leave it to Tyler, The Creator to go against the grain: “GET OFF MY FUCKING PHONE. YOU COULDNT COME UP WITH AN ACTUAL MARKETING IDEA? FUCK @U2 I… More »

Thurston Moore Defends “Black Metal Is Made By Pussies” Remarks With More Trolling

By Michael Nelson / September 11, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Last month, a press release was circulated for a new album from the Thurston Moore-John Moloney collaboration Caught On Tape, and in that press release were a few lines of semi-comprehensible trolling from Moore on the musical genre called “black metal.” As you might remember, Moore’s admittedly decontextualized exact quote was: “Black Metal is musicMore »

OK Go Say Apple Ripped Off Their Video

By Chris DeVille / September 10, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Apple’s annual product rollout shebang, the one that ended with U2 forcing its new album onto your computer, began with a video called “Perspective” that was pegged as a tribute to original thinkers “who have always seen things differently.” Alas, OK Go believe “Perspective” is far from original. The band’s manager Andy Gershon told BloombergMore »

Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Says Phantogram Ripped Him Off, Too

By James Rettig / September 8, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Last year, Geoff Barrow accused Abel Tesfaye of sampling Portishead track “Machine Gun” on the Weeknd’s “Belong To The World” (which he denied) and brought it up again in May when he shared a sampling clearance letter that Tesafaye’s label had sent the artist. Now, Barrow has also accused Phantogram of sampling him without permission. More »

Deadmau5 Pwns Disney Lawyers With His Own Claim Of Copyright Infringement

By James Rettig / September 4, 2014 - 11:05 pm

On Tuesday, news broke that Disney filed a claim against Deadmau5 to stop him from receiving a trademark in the United States for his signature mouse ears because of their similarity to Mickey Mouse’s ears. At the time, the EDM artist told TMZ that “he won’t be bullied, and is prepared to fight to protect… More »

Disney Says Deadmau5’s Logo Is Too Similar To Theirs

By James Rettig / September 2, 2014 - 9:37 pm

TMZ reports that Disney has filed a claim to stop Deadmau5 from receiving a trademark in the United States for his signature mouse ears, saying that they are too similar to Mickey Mouse’s and would cause brand confusion. The EDM artist — who makes about $16 million a year, according to Forbes — has bee… More »

Riff Raff To Sam Smith: “Your Face Is Super Huge”

By Tom Breihan / August 29, 2014 - 12:23 pm

This past Sunday, Riff Raff was Katy Perry’s date to the VMAs. They wore matching denim leisurewear, an apparent tribute to the outfits that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears had worn to the show during the peak teenpop era, and they looked terrifying. Both of them were seated in the front row, so the world… More »

Aphex Twin Reveals How Kanye West Tried To Rip Him Off On “Blame Game”

By Tom Breihan / August 25, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Aphex Twin interviews are rare beasts, but with Richard D. James about to return with SYRO, his first proper studio album in 13 years, they’re suddenly a little thicker on the ground. Both FADER and Pitchfork have recently spoken with James, and both publications have unveiled a few highlights from their conversations before publishing those… More »

Morrissey Details Label’s “Botched” Album Launch In Latest Screed

By Scott Lapatine / August 20, 2014 - 9:06 pm

UPDATE: In his screed, Morrissey predicted that World Peace Is None Of Your Business would “instantly disappear from iTunes and record stores and every download-upload-offload outlet on the planet, because Harvest technically have no right to sell it.” It appears that this was not idle talk. As Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, the album ha… More »

Earl Sweatshirt Says Taylor Swift’s New Video Is Offensive, But Hasn’t Watched It Yet (UPDATE: And Mark Romanek Responds)

By Tom Breihan / August 19, 2014 - 8:49 am

As a Taylor Swift fan, her new “Shake It Off” video is obviously a fucking disaster, a humblebraggy liberation-of-the-bad-dancers things set to a sub-“Hollaback Girl” anti-hater cheerleader chant that substitutes a fucking Taylor Swift rap verse for a bridge. (Music-video OG Mark Romanek directed the video, which doesn’t really make anything better. You made “99… More »

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Won’t Name Names, But He’s Still Pissed At Billy Corgan

By James Rettig / August 18, 2014 - 9:06 pm

The Soundgarden/Billy Corgan beef has been going on for decades now. Just when you think you can forget about it, one side throws some shade in the media and brings it all back up again. Most recently, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil alluded to Corgan’s recent projects in an interview with The Dallas Observer. “We feel confident… More »

ATP, Zeitgeist Release More Statements In Ugly Jabberwocky Fallout

By Miles Bowe / August 15, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Since All Tomorrow’s Parties cancelled the Jabberwocky Festival three days before it was supposed to take place, we’ve witnessed a massive clusterfuck of public statements and legal action as organizers argue online about who should refund disappointed fans. In its latest statement, ATP address contradictory claims made by ticket broker Dash: “We know you are… More »

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