Watch: “Ender’s Game” Starring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield Releases Teaser Footage

Ender's Game

Ender’s Game, this fall’s newest entry in the space-sci-fi genre, has unleashed its debut teaser footage.

Based on the 1985 Orson Scott Card novel of the same name, the film brings a conventional “chosen one” hero dynamic, taking a young primary cast and supporting them with some great veteran actors. X-Men Origins: Wolverine director Gavin Hood will be at the helm. (via G4)

Ender’s Game will be released November 1, 2013. Watch the teaser below.

Black Flag Release New Single “Down in the Dirt” for Free Download

Black Flag

Greg Ginn‘s newly reformed Black Flag have released their first new song in 27 years. The single, “Down in the Dirt,” can be downloaded for free here.

Black Flag announced its reunion in January, and will begin touring this month. The band will also be releasing a new album in 2013 — it’s first since 1985′s In My Head. The band features founding member Greg Ginn and second vocalist, Ron Reyes.

Concurrently, a second version of the band, Flag — featuring former members Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, plus guitarist Stephen Egerton of Descendents — is touring in 2013.

Click here for the top 10 Black Flag songs.

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at Age 49

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died due to liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital near his home. He was 49.

Hanneman was one of the founding members of Slayer in 1981, along with front man Kerry King and drummer Dave Lombardo. He had not been active in Slayer for the last few years, since suffering a flesh-eating bacteria from a spider bite. No word yet if that caused any complications leading to his death. The group played dates without Hanneman, using Gary Holt of Exodus as a temporary replacement.

He is survived by a wife and sister (both named Kathy) and his brothers Michael and Larry. Hanneman was 49 year old.

Here is Slayer’s official statement:

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed. Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)

(via LA Weekly)

Owen Announces 2013 Tour Dates

Mike Kinsella of Owen

Mike Kinsella of Owen, who will be releasing a new album on July 2nd, has announced tour dates for 2013. The tour kicks off tonight in Amityville, New York, and dates will continue to be scattered throughout May and June before wrapping up in Lansing, Michigan on July 13th. Full dates are below.

Owen on Tour
5/02 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall
5/03 Hamden, CT @ The Space
5/31 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
6/17 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
6/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Smiling Moose
6/20 Raleigh, NC @ Kings Barcade
6/22 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
6/24 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
6/26 Nashville, TN @ The End
7/13 Lansing, MI @ Adado Riverfront Park

Rapper Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly of Kriss Kross Dies at 34

Chris "Mac Daddy" Kelly, left, with Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith in 2013

Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, left, with Chris “Daddy Mac” Smith in 2013

Rapper Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly died Wednesday afternoon after being found unresponsive in his home. Kelly, 34, was part of the duo Kris Kross, known for their backward clothes and 1992 debut album, which featured the hit “Jump.”

Kelly was found unresponsive and transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Officer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The cause of death was not immediately known. An autopsy is planned for Thursday morning at the medical examiner’s office. (via Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

UPDATE: NBC 11 reports that “Fulton County authorities say the death looks to be a homicide, but they will wait until the ME’s office confirms through toxicology report.” (via CoS)

UPDATE 2: TMZ reports that drugs are likely the cause of Kelly’s death: “the night before Kelly’s medical emergency, he had taken a mixture of heroin and cocaine — commonly known as ‘speedballs.’”

Kriss Kross recently reunited for a show in February. Video from the performance, including hits “Warm It Up” and “Jump” is below.

Lil Wayne Hospitalized for Another Seizure

Lil Wayne

TMZ reports that Lil Wayne was hospitalized once again after suffering a seizure. He was reportedly taken to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles last night, where he was treated. He was released this morning.

Wayne has been hospitalized several times for seizures, including a recent episode in March when he was allegedly in critical condition for almost a week. Wayne denies that the seizures are drug-related, saying he suffers from epilepsy. (via P4k)

Jubilee Music and Arts Festival 2013 Dates Announced

Jubilee Music and Arts Festival will take place in the Arts District of Los Angeles on June 7 and 8, 2013. The festival’s eclectic bill includes The Drums, Black Lips, Free Energy, Kitten, Trash Talk and more.

In addition to music, there will be a craft fair, food trucks, and comedy (including Natasha Leggero and Joe Sib). At $50 for a 2-day pass, it’s one of the more affordable West Coast festivals this summer. Tickets are still available and can be purchased on the festival’s website.

Beck to Preview New Acoustic Album During Forthcoming 2013 Tour


A day after announcing his 2013 solo tour dates, Beck has revealed that he will preview a forthcoming acoustic album during the shows. According to a press release, “The record can best be described as a self-contained work, one that came in the form of a burst of inspiration following the completion of last year’s groundbreaking Song Reader sheet music album.” (via CoS)

Also, to correct the previous reports, the tour will feature both acoustic and electric performances. Click here to see the full list of tour dates.

Fred Armisen’s Punk Rock Alter Ego Releases Free EP, “The Best of Ian Rubbish”

Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish

Several weeks ago on “Saturday Night Live,” cast member Fred Armisen introduced us to Ian Rubbish, the misunderstood UK punk singer (with nods to John Lydon, Joe Strummer, and Billy Bragg) who was not afraid to be to sole voice of consent for Margaret Thatcher.

He just released a free EP, The Best of Ian Rubbish, including the hits “Hey Policeman”, “Sweet Iron Lady,” and more. You can download the EP at www.ianrubbish.com, and watch the skit from “SNL” below.

Contest: Win Proof Eyewear Wooden Sunglasses

Proof sunglasses

Proof Eyewear is a family-owned, Boise, Idaho-based company famous for creating stylish wooden glasses. A portion of each Proof sale goes to nonprofit organizations, such as a charity in India that provides surgeries to people with cataracts. And now, coinciding with an interview with CEO Brooks Dames, you have a chance to win a pair of your very own Proof sunglasses.

Enter your information below for a chance to win Proof’s Bird Lacewood Gold sunglasses. Features include:

  • Frames hand-crafted from sustainably sourced wood
  • CR39 lenses
  • 100% UVA / UVB protection
  • Stainless steel spring loaded hinges

Contest Closed! Announcement coming soon.

Competition ends May 7th. Entrants outside US/Canada are ineligible .

Top Seven Ridiculous Global Warming Hoax Quotes From Climate Change Deniers

Has our list of  anti-gay quotes left you drooling, stomach growling with a low moan, signifying your growing hunger for more stupidity? Rejoice! We have for you an all-you-can-eat buffet of slack-jawed skull-fuckery, led by some of our nation’s most vocal, professionally dishonest politicians, writers, and personalities. These “people” not only set the bar for corruption, but are true masters in the art of word murder.

And we should know. We’re Verbicide.

Is global warming an elaborate myth created by an ultra-left wing conspiracy, which has spread misinformation, faked melting icecaps, fabricated rising ocean levels, made up Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and a host of other severe weather swings, and paid off a vast majority of the impartial scientific community to lie, all in a grand scheme to…sell more board shorts and mittens? If you ask some of the people below, they might say yes, and that is as sad as it is frightening.

Ready to meet the enemies of science? Read below for the best of the worst.

Glenn Beck

“Al Gore’s not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalization… and you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did. That’s what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing].”

- Glenn Beck, comparing former Vice President Al Gore’s fight against global warming to Adolf Hitler’s use of eugenics as justification for exterminating six million European Jews, on his syndicated radio show, April 30, 2007.


Richard D. North

“It is deeply pejorative to call someone a ‘climate change denier.’ This is because it is a phrase designedly reminiscent of the idea of ‘Holocaust Denial.’”

- Richard D. North, author of The Right-wing Guide to Nearly Everything, making an unequal comparison and suggesting a conspiracy against the more sensitive constituents of his community, June 30, 2005.

Joe Barton

“When it’s hot, we get shade.”

- Rep. “Smokey Joe” Barton (R-TX), in a hearing on adapting to climate change, March 25, 2009.


Sarah Palin

“These global warming studies [are] a bunch of snake oil science.”

- Governor Sarah Palin, at a logging conference in Redding, California, February 8, 2010.


Michele Bachmann

“[Nancy Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said she’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that.”

- Senator Michele Bachmann, telling OneNewsNow that the US doesn’t need environmental advocates because Jesus already has got that covered, August 2008.


Donald Trump

“[Al] Gore wants us to clean up our factories…when China and other countries couldn’t care less. China, Japan, and India are laughing at America’s stupidity.”

- Donald Trump, ranting to a crowd at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, February 2010.


George F. Will

“According to the University of Illinois’ Arctic Climate Research Center, global sea ice levels now equal those of 1979.”

- George F. Will, columnist of The Washington Post, supporting his claims that glacial retreat caused by global warming is a myth, February 15, 2009. The “University of Illinois’ Arctic Climate Research Center” does not exist, and the scientists at the university who conduct Arctic research reprimanded both Will and the Post for publishing non-factual claims.

Beastie Boys Sign a Memoir Deal

Beastie Boys

Michael Diamond (Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), the surviving members of the hip-hop group Beastie Boys, have signed a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, for a book celebrating their history and aesthetic. A title has not been chosen, but it is planned to come out in fall 2015.

The book, to be edited by the hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins, will be loosely structured as an oral history. It will also have contributions by other writers, as well as a strong visual component. The proposed structure has been compared it to Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ acclaimed but short-lived magazine in the 1990s, which explored some of its wide-ranging pop-culture interests with curiosity and snark. (via NYT)

Neutral Milk Hotel to Reunite for Tour

Neutral Milk Hotel

Neutral Milk Hotel will be tour in 2013, 15 years after their last shows together. Only a handful have been announced so far, but apparently there is “more to come,” according to the band’s website. Dates are below. (via P4k)

Neutral Milk Hotel on Tour
10/22 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club *
10/23 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club #
10/25 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium #!
11/28 Taipei, Taiwan @ Hostess Club Festival
12/01 Tokyo, Japan @ Hostess Club Festival

* with Elf Power
# with Half Japanese
! with Daniel Johnston

Jimmy Eat World Announce Summer 2013 US Tour Dates

Jimmy Eat World

Recently, Jimmy Eat World announced an Arizona “Home State” tour during May. Now, additional US tour dates to support their forthcoming album, Damage (out June 11th), have been announced. The new dates are set to kick off June 30th in Pittsburgh, with more dates to be announced in the near future.

Full tour dates are below. Click here for Arizona dates in May and to stream the new track “I Will Steal You Back.”

Jimmy Eat World on Tour
6/30 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
7/02 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blue
7/03 Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
7/06 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
7/08 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
7/10 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
7/15 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
7/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
7/17 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
7/18 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
7/20 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
8/04 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
8/05 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
8/07 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage
8/10 Richmond, VA @ The National
8/11 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
8/13 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
8/14 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
8/16 Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
8/17 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
8/18 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre