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Watch: Veruca Salt Plays Their First Live Performance in 17 Years, Plays “Seether” on “Conan”

Veruca Salt on "Conan," May 21, 2014

In 2013, the original lineup of Veruca Salt reunited for the first time since breaking up in 1997. Then, in 2014, the band released an excellent new single on Record Store Day, “The Museum of Broken Relationships,” and then announced a summer tour.

Now the band has performed live together for the first time in 17 years. Watch Veruca Salt perform their 1994 hit “Seether” on “Conan” below.

Pearl Jam Announce 2014 US, European Tour Dates

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam have announced a slew of American and European tour dates in support of their latest album, Lightning Bolt. Following a tour of shows and festivals in Europe, the band will go on a 10-city in October, kicking off in Cincinnati and finishing October 22nd in Denver.

Pearl Jam on Tour
06/16 Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
06/17 Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
06/20 Milan, iT @ San Siro Stadium
06/22 Trieste, IT @ Nereo Rocco Stadium
06/25 Vienna, AT @ Stadthalle
06/26 Berlin, DE @ Wuhlhelde
06/28 Stockholm, SE @ Friends Arena
06/29 Oslo, NO @ Telenor Arena
07/03 Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/05 Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/08 Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
07/11 Milton Keynes, UK @ Milton Keynes Bowl
10/01 Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
10/03 St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
10/04 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/05 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/08 Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
10/09 Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
10/10 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/11 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/12 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/14 Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
10/16 Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
10/17 Moline, IL @ iWireless Center
10/19 St. Paul, NM @ Xcel Energy Center
10/20 Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
10/22 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Arena

(via CoS)

The Muffs Announce “Whoop Dee Doo,” Their First New Album in 10 Years – Listen to Lead Single “Up and Down Around”

The Muffs | photo by Kim Shattuck

The Muffs, comprised of Kim Shattuck (vocals and guitar), Ronnie Barnett (bass and backing vocals), and Roy McDonald (drums), will be releasing their sixth full-length album on July 29, 2014. The album, entitled Whoop Dee Doo, is the band’s first album since 2004′s Really Really Happy and will be released on Burger Records.

You can listen to first single, “Up And Down Around,” below, and check out the album art as well.

The Muffs "Whoop Dee Doo" album cover art 2014

Watch: Michael Jackson Hologram Performs at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Continuing the odd recent tradition of resurrecting dead performers as holograms, Michael Jackson appeared in hologram form at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. An odd, Jackson-ish-looking image — overlaid on a performer who did his best to imitate the King of Pop’s signature dance moves — was projected while the newly released single “Slave to the Rhythm” was played over the PA system. Watch below.

2014 Northside Festival Adds More Than 150 New Bands, Sets Live Schedule

Northside Festival

The music portion of the 2014 Northside Festival, which will take place in Brooklyn from June 12th the 15th, has announced the addition of more than  150 bands to its lineup.

Northside Music has added Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear & Department of Eagles), Pallbearer, Marnie Stern (solo), Marissa Nadler, Klingande, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ka, White Rabbits, Frankie Cosmos, Syd Arthur, Tweens, Alvvays, Kiesza, HOLYCHILD and Heliotropes. These acts join such previously announced artists as CHVRCHES, Beirut, The War on Drugs, Thee Oh Sees, Sharon Van Etten, Talib Kweli, Fuck Buttons, Titus Andronicus, Courtney Barnett, Dan Croll, Eagulls and Mas Ysa, with still more to come.

For the most up-to-date lineup, click here.

Sonic Youth to Reissue Six Albums

Sonic Youth "Daydream Nation"

In summer of 2014, Sonic Youth will reissue a number of their most iconic albums, as well as some of their out-of-print titles. On June 10, the band will first release a 2xLP and CD edition of their 1991 release Daydream Nation and their 1988 Ciccone Youth album, The Whitey Album. Both of those will be released via their own imprint.

Those releases will be followed up by LP and CD releases of the band’s out-of-print pre-Geffen recordings, including Confusion is Sex (1983), Bad Moon Rising (1985), EVOL (1986), Sister (1987), and Screaming Fields of Sonic Love (1996).

The band, which consisted of  Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, and Steve Shelley, has no plans at this time to reunite.

(via Prefix)

Summer Nationals 2014 Tour Dates Announced With The Offspring, Bad Religion, and Pennywise

The Offspring

In 1994, Epitaph Records sponsored Summer Nationals, selling out three days at the Hollywood Palladium. The Offspring, having just released Smash, headlined with Bad Religion and Pennywise.

Twenty years later, that same trio will join together for the first time since that memorable moment and bring the event across North America. Starting in late July through the end of summer, these and other bands on select dates (including Stiff Little Fingers, Naked Raygun, and The Vandals), will hit the road for Summer Nationals 2014. On this tour, The Offspring will be performing Smash in its entirety. See full date listing below.

Summer Nationals 2014 Tour Dates:
7/29  Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*
7/30  Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion*
8/01 Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage*
8/02  Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory*
8/04  New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
8/05  New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
8/07  Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach*
8/08  Burlington, VT @ Waterfront Park (Lake Champlain Maritime Fest)*
8/11  Boston, MA @ House Of Blues*
8/14  Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre#
8/15  West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre#
8/16  Cape Canaveral, FL @ Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral#
8/19  St. Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre#
8/20  Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Music Park#
8/22  Oklahoma City, OK @ Downtown Airpark#
8/24  Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre#
8/26  Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair**
8/27  Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino#
8/29  Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre#
8/30  Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre*
8/31  Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre Grounds*
9/07 Cincinnati, OH @ Horseshoe Cincinnati^
9/09  Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom^
9/11  Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Ballroom^^

* w/ Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals
# w/ Bad Religion, Pennywise and TBA
** w/ Pennywise and TBA
^ w/ Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and TBA
^^ w/ Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and Naked Raygun

Larry Wilmore to Replace Stephen Colbert’s Time Slot on Comedy Central With “The Minority Report”

Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore, well known as being the “Senior Black Correspondent” on “The Daily Show,” will replace Stephen Colbert in 2015 on Comedy Central. Colbert, host of “The Colbert Report,” will be succeeding David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show.”

Replacing “The Colbert Report” will be “The Minority Report”. According to Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless, it will “provide an opportunity for underrepresented voices out there.”

Wilmore has been involved in many projects over the years, including co-creation of “The PJs” with Eddie Murphy, as well as “The Bernie Mac Show.”

“I’m beyond excited to have this chance to continue my relationships with Comedy Central and the brilliant Jon Stewart,” said Wilmore. Together, Stewart and Wilmore will serve as executive producers of the show.

Watch: John Oliver Discusses the Death Penalty on “Last Week Tonight”

Former correspondent of “The Daily Show” John Oliver hasn’t been hosting his new show, “Last Week Tonight,” for very long — however, he is already making quite an impression. After his successful stint filling in for Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show” in summer 2013, Oliver is showing that he is no fluke.

His entire segment on capital punishment on the May 4, 2014 episode is fantastic and worth watching. Plus, he ends it with a video of a hamster eating a burrito. Watch below.

(via Mother Jones)

“15 Years of GC Records” Concert Celebration to Take Place in Las Vegas on June 29, 2014

15 years of GC Records

Geykido Comet Records, a longtime punk label run by husband-and-wife team Shahab Zargari and Heela Naqshband, turns 15 years old in 2014, and to celebrate, they’re throwing a “Super Celebration and Block Party.”

The event takes place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Civilian Clothing HQ, 6460 South Windy Road in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is free, all-ages, and starts at 7 p.m.

At the celebration, vendors and artists will be set up, and a lineup including Illicitor (featuring former members of Holding Onto Sound), Four Letter Words, Kill the Scientist, The Quitters, Rush & Attack, and Gasoline Kills will perform. The show also marks the release of GC’s brand new compilation album featuring all-Vegas musicians.

Check out the flyer below, and visit the Facebook event page for more information. (via Punks in Vegas)

GC Records 15th anniversary

“SLC Punk! 2: Punk’s Dead” Principal Cast Announced

SLC Punk! 2: Punk's Dead

The sequel to James Merendino’s SLC Punk! is coming later in 2014. SLC Punk! 2: Punk’s Dead is expected to see a release in November of 2014, and now the principal cast has been announced.

First, this is who may not be returning — though nothing is confirmed officially. It appears as though the lead from the original film, Matthew Lillard, who played Stevo, is not taking part — Matthew himself tweeted last October that he and SLC Punk! 2 are “not a thing.” This could mean then that the characters played by Christopher McDonald (Stevo’s father) and Summer Phoenix (Brandy, Stevo’s girlfriend) are also being axed. No mention has been made of Til Schweiger’s (Mark) involvement, and Annabeth Gish’s character, Trish, has been recast with Sarah Clarke (“24″/Twilight).

As previously reported, Jason Segel will not be returning to reprise his role as Mike.

However, a significant amount of the cast of SLC Punk! will be returning. Devon Sawa (Sean), Adam Pascal (Eddie), and James Duval (John the Mod) are all returning, as is Michael Goorjian, who is somehow going to bring back his character, Heroin Bob. The producers are also promising “two surprise cameos,” likely from the old cast, which have not yet been revealed.

New leads have been announced as well. In addition to Clarke as Trish, Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief/Warcraft) will play Ross, Heroin Bob’s Son, while Machine Gun Kelly will play Crash, and Hannah Marks (The Runaways/The Amazing Spiderman) will portray a character named Penny.

12 “Simpsons” Shorts From “The Tracey Ullman Show”

"The Simpsons" shorts from "The Tracy Ullman Show"

You probably already know that the long-running TV show “The Simpsons” started as a series of shorts on “The Tracy Ullman Show” — but did you know that a total of 48 shorts were created? From April of 1987 until May of 1989, Tracy Ullman’s variety show featured America’s favorite animated family, with the final short airing just seven months before “The Simpsons” made its prime-time debut on Fox.

Sadly, not many of the shorts have been officially released. Though collectors and die-hard fans of the show would be glad to get their hands on the complete series, only several have leaked out onto DVD and YouTube. Here are 12 shorts that give you a glimpse of the Simpson family’s humble beginnings.

“Good Night” (April 19, 1987 – The First-Ever “Simpsons” Short)



“Babysitting Maggie” (May 31, 1987)



“Bart’s Haircut” (November 15, 1987)



“World War III” (November 22, 1987)



“The Pagans” (February 14, 1988)



“Family Portrait” (March 6, 1988)



“Scary Movie” (February 12, 1989)



“Echo Canyon” (March 12, 1989)



“Bathtime” (March 19, 1989)



“Maggie In Peril (Chapter One)” (April 30, 1989)



“Maggie In Peril (The Thrilling Conclusion)” (May 7, 1989)



“TV Simpsons” (May 14, 1989 – The Final “Simpsons” Short)



Click here for 100 Funny Signs From Around Springfield on “The Simpsons”

Song Premiere: Black Girls “On the First Night”

Black Girls

Richmond, Virginia’s Black Girls released their second full-length studio album, Claire Sinclaire, on April 1, 2014 – a mastery of hazy, psychedelic soul injected with dollops of glam, surf, and pop. The band has supported diverse acts such as Alabama Shakes, The Head and the Heart, Wavves, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore, and are now premiering “On The First Night,” a song reminiscent of Roxy Music and LCD Soundsystem.

The album was self-released by the band on both CD and in digital formats.