The Evens Announce Pacific Northwest and California Tour Dates for September and October 2013

Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina of The Evens

In late September and early October 2013, The Evens – Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina — will head out on a tour of the Pacific Northwest and down into California, including stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and other cities.

Late last year, the duo released its third full-length, The Odds. The full list of tour dates below.

The Evens on Tour
09/27 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
09/28 Olympia, WA @ Eagles Ballroom
09/29 Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
09/30 Eugene, OR @ Paper Moon Studio
10/1 Sacramento, CA @ Sol Collective
10/3 Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley High School
10/4 San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

JK Rowling to Write Screenplay for “Harry Potter” Spinoff Film Entitled “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”

"Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" by "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling

Today, Warner Bros., the studio behind the eight Harry Potter movies, and author JK Rowling announced that the she will write her first movie series, which will be based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said on Facebook.

Fantastic Beasts will focus on Newt Scamander, author of the fictional tome that was frequently mentioned in Rowling’s original Harry Potter series.

“The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway,” Rowling wrote. (via Huff Post)

Song Premiere: Lake Effect “Jungle Sweet”

Lake Effect

Premiering today on VerbicideMagazine.com is “Jungle Sweet” by Lake Effect, a foursome from Montclair, New Jersey. They were once told by a sound guy that they “kind of sound like Pavement.” The track is available to stream below.

Overall, Max, Keith, Justin and Ryan are pretty easygoing. They don’t judge interviewers who throw up from drinking too much while interviewing them, and rarely get bummed about low show attendance.

On October 29, 2013, the band will release a three-track EP, Genuine Bonds.

“Jurassic World,” the Fourth “Jurassic Park” Film, to Be Shot in 3D, Released June 12, 2015

Jurassic World

Slightly more than a year after the film was rumored to be in the making, Universal Pictures have officially titled the name of Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming fourth installment of the Jurassic Park film series: Jurassic World.

The film will be shot in 3D, and the draft of the script is credited to Trevorrow and Derek Connolly.

Jurassic World will be released in theaters on June 12, 2015 — exactly 22 years and one day from the release of the first Jurassic Park film.

(via Bleeding Cool)

Bad Religion to Release “Christmas Songs” Holiday Album

Bad Religion "Christmas Songs"

For a band that uses a Christian cross inside a red no symbol as their logo, Bad Religion sure knows how to get into the holiday spirit. The band is known for performing live holiday songs, and has long joked that it would release a Christmas album — and this year they’re doing it…just in time for Halloween.

Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs will be released on October 29, 2013, and will include nine tracks: eight holiday classics (including ”White Christmas” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”), plus a remix version of their song “American Jesus.”

Listen to Nirvana’s “Forgotten Tune,” Plus the Original Steve Albini Mix of “Heart Shaped Box”

Nirvana | photo by Anton Corbijn

Recently, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana stopped by for an interview on NPR’s “All Songs Considered.” During their lengthy interview, the band shared memories of recording In Utero and working with engineer Steve Albini, and played several songs from the In Utero 20th Anniversary Edition, which will include a ton of bonus tracks, including “Forgotten Tune,” a previous unheard song.

The interview is available on NPR’s website, either to read or stream. To hear “Forgotten Tune,” stream the interview and scroll to about the 40-minute mark.

The band also allowed NPR to stream the Steve Albini mix of “Heart Shaped Box,” which sounds incredible — more explosive drums, less double-tracking on the vocals, and a distorted guitar solo reminiscent of how the band performed the track on ”Saturday Night Live” in 1993.

There is also a bizarre demo version of “All Apologies,” which almost tricks you into thinking it’s an instrumental — but no, there are some vocals in there.

To listen to the songs and check out the interview, visit NPR.

Nirvana’s In Utero 20th Anniversary Edition has a release date of September 24, 2013 — click here for the complete track listing, and click here to watch the director’s cut of the “Heart Shaped Box” music video.

(via CoS)

Listen to ALL Perform the “Everything Sucks” Album – The Original Demo Version of the Descendents’ 1996 Album

ALL "Everything Sucks" demo (pre-Descendents)

You learn something new everyday — even about one of your favorite bands. Turns out that the Descendents 1996 album Everything Sucks was originally recorded as a demo by ALL with Chad Price on vocals. Then, Milo Aukerman decided that he wanted to rejoin Descendents, and the band cut the album with him instead.

However, if you’ve never heard these demos, it’s worth a listen, even just as a curiosity. I still prefer the Descendents’ version, but this is still pretty cool — especially the hyper-aggressive version of the title track.

By the way — in case you didn’t hear, Descendents are recording a new album.

Tina Fey, Arcade Fire to Appear on “SNL” Season 39 Premiere

Tina Fey

On September 28, 2013, “Saturday Night Live” will return to the air for its 39th season, and its host will be former cast member and writer Tina Fey. Arcade Fire will also be on-hand as the first musical guest of the new season. The band last appeared on the show during the season 37 finale, performing with Mick Jagger and Foo Fighters.

Following Fey and Arcade Fire, Miley Cyrus (who recently created a mini-scandal at the MTV Music Awards) will be the host/musical act on October 5th, followed by Bruce Willis and Katy Perry. (via NYT)

NOFX Announce US Tour With Dillinger Four, Masked Intruder


NOFX performing at Punk Rock Bowling 2012 - photo by Shahab Zargari

NOFX performing at Punk Rock Bowling 2012 – photo by Shahab Zargari

NOFX have announced that they will be embarking on a three-week US tour with support from Dillinger FourMasked Intruder, and Implants — a trio of dates also will include Off With Their Heads. The tour will kick off in November and wrap up shortly before Christmas. NOFX’s last album, Self Entitled, was released a year ago on Fat Wreck Chords.

Full tour dates are listed below.

NOFX on Tour
11/29 Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston^
11/30 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza^
12/01 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts^
12/03 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Chicago^
12/04 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland”
12/06 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring”
12/07 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte”
12/09 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
12/10 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Orlando^
12/12 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
12/13 Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
12/14 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues New Orleans^
12/17 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues Sunset Strip*
12/18 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim*
12/19 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego*

*no D4
^NOFX/Implants only
“NOFX/Implants/Off With Their Heads

(via DS)

Watch: They Might Be Giants “You’re On Fire” Music Video Starring Lauren Lapkus of “Orange Is The New Black”

They Might Be Giants "You're On Fire" music video starring Lauren Lapkus of "Orange Is The New Black"

“You’re On Fire” is from They Might Be Giants’ 16th studio album, Nanobots, released in January 2013 via Idlewild Recordings. The band has just released a music video for the track, which stars Lauren Lapkus, who plays the rookie correctional officer Susan Fischer on “Orange Is The New Black.” It was directed by Hoku Uchiyama and Adam Bolt. Bizarre video alert — watch below.

(via Paste)

Eazy-E Performs as a Hologram Alongside Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Rock The Bells

Eazy-E hologram at Rock the Bells

Back in April 2012, Tupac Shakur appeared at Coachella as a hologram, performing alongside Snoop Dogg. And the fact that the company that created the hologram filed for bankruptcy hasn’t stopped the, uh, dead hip-hop star hologram industry from moving forward.

On Saturday, September 7, 2013, on what would have been his 50th birthday, NWA’s Eazy-E performed alongside Bone Thugs-N-Harmony at Rock The Bells — this, despite the fact that he died at the age of 31 in early 1995. Bone Thugs-N-Holo-Eazy performed “Straight Outta Compton,” “Boyz-n-the-Hood,” and “Foe tha Love of $.” Watch a fan video below.

(via CoS)

Cam Neely, Kathleen Turner, and Brady Bluhm Join the Cast of “Dumb and Dumber To” Alongside Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels

Sea Bass

It has been a long and complicated road getting the sequel to 1994′s Dumb and Dumber off the ground. In early 2012, Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey were confirmed to be reprising their roles as Harry and Lloyd. Then, in June 2012, Jim Carrey pulled out of the project, only to be once again reattached to it three months later. And then, of course, in June 2013, Warner Bros. officially dropped the sequel.

Regardless of all this, the movie is on, and filming is supposedly getting underway this month. Plus, in addition to Carrey and Daniels, a number of new names have appeared on the cast, including Kathleen Turner, Brady Bluhm, and Boston Bruins president and Hockey Hall of Famer Cam Neely, who will reprise his role as Sea Bass.

Carrey is showing his enthusiasm for the project — on September 8th, he tweeted ”GESS HUUZ BAK BICHEZ?” with the following photo:

Jim Carrey tweeting about "Dumb and Dumber To"

(via NME, Jim Carrey Online, Reddit)

First “RoboCop” Reboot Trailer Released


The first full trailer of director José Padilha’s RoboCop reboot of the 1987 film of the same name was released today by Sony Pictures. The trailer features actor Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy/RoboCop. Other notable actors starring in the movie include Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Keaton.

RoboCop will be released in theaters on February 7, 2014. You can watch the trailer below.

(via Paste)

The Julie Ruin Make Their Late-Night TV Debut on “Jimmy Fallon,” Perform “Oh Come On”

The Julie Ruin on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

On September 4th, The Julie Ruin made their late-night TV debut on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” just one night after kicking of their first-ever tour in New York City. You can watch the video below of their performance, or watch their music video for “Oh Come On.”

The band’s debut album Run Fast will be released on September 3, 2013 via TJR Records and distributed via Dischord.

(via CoS)