Transplants Release New Song, “In A Warzone,” for Free Download

Transplants "In A Warzone"

Punk/rap supergroup Transplants — which features Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Travis Barker of Blink-182 — will be releasing their third studio album later this year. The band has just released a stream and a free download of a brand new song, which can be found on their official website – click here for the track.

Armstrong’s Rancid will be releasing a new album in 2013 as well, and both Rancid and Transplants will be performing on a forthcoming North American tour.

Will Arnett Cast in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Reboot

Will Arnett cast in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Will Arnett has been cast in an unspecified role in the forthcoming reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Sources deny that Arnett will be playing Casey Jones; however, the roles of both Shredder and Splinter have not yet been announced.

Arnett joins a cast that includes Megan Fox as April O’Neil and Alan Ritchson as Raphael, as well as Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher who will play Leonardo, Michaelangelo, and Donatello. (via Paste)

The Flaming Lips Are Working on an Album With Ke$ha

The Flaming Lips

Today, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips took part in a Reddit AMA session and, among other things, revealed that he and his band are currently working on an album with their Heady Fwends collaborator Ke$ha.

“She’s funny, she’s humble. She’s badass. She’s everything. She’s awesome,” Coyne wrote. The album will apparently be called Lip$ha. (via P4k)

Click here to see Jessica Alexander’s photos of The Flaming Lips playing at SXSW 2013.

The Rolling Stones Announce 2013 Dates for 50th Anniversary Tour

Rolling Stones

According to Billboard, the Rolling Stones‘ “50 and Counting” tour will begin early next month with a string of dates along the West Coast, before hitting Toronto, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia. Billboard adds that the band plans to play up to 18 shows and presumes additional dates will be added in the already announced cities. Full dates are below.

Rolling Stones on Tour

TBA Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
5/05 Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
5/08 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
5/11 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
5/15 Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
5/25 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
5/28 Chicago, IL @ United Center
6/12 Boston, MA @ TD North Garden
6/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
6/26-30 Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
7/06 London, UK @ Hyde Park
7/13 London, UK @ Hyde Park

(via CoS)

Jane Henson, Wife of Jim Henson and Developer of The Muppets, Dies at Age 78

Jim Henson and Jane Henson on the set of "Sam and Friends," late '50s

Jim Henson and Jane Henson on the set of “Sam and Friends,” late ’50s

Jane Henson, who was married Muppets creator Jim Henson and was instrumental in the development of the world-famous puppets, died Tuesday morning, April 2, 2013, according to a representative for the Jim Henson Company. She was 78.

Henson died at her home in Connecticut after a “long battle with cancer.”

Jane and Jim met in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland in 1954. Jane Henson was a performer, puppet designer and builder, and Jim Henson’s business partner. She was a co-creator of the show “Sam and Friends,” which aired from 1955 to 1961, and though she quit full-time Muppeteering in the early 1960s to raise her and Jim’s children,  she continued to train new Muppeteers (including Frank Oz) and performed non-speaking muppets on “Sesame Street” through at least the ’80s. She was also responsible for the hiring of puppeteer Steve Whitmire in 1978, after he gave her an impromptu audition in an Atlanta, Georgia airport restaurant.

Jane and Jim Henson married in 1959; though they separated in 1986, they remained close until Jim’s death in 1990. (via CNN, Wikipedia)

Neon Indian Announces “ERRATA ANEX,” a New Remix EP Featuring Actress, Boyd Rice, Optimo, Twin Shadow, and Patten


Neon Indian will release a remix EP, ERRATA ANEX, on April 9, 2013 on Mom + Pop Music. The EP features remixes of tracks from the last album, Era Extraña, by Actress, Boyd Rice, Optimo, Twin Shadow, and Patten. The track listing is below.

Neon Indian Errata Anex Track Listing
1. Polish Girl (Optimo Mix)
2. Halogen (Boyd Rice Remix)
3. Heart Release (Patten Remix)
4. Blindside Kiss (Actress Remix)
5. Hex Girlfriend (Twin Shadow)

Rancid Announces Eastern North America Tour Dates in June 2013 With Transplants, Crown of Thornz

Rancid, Transplants, and Crown of Thornz June 2013 tour dates

Rancid, who are reportedly in the studio recording a new full-length album, have announced a short tour for June 2013. The dates will take place in the eastern part of the US and Canada, and will include Transplants and Crown of Thorns. Full dates are below. (via FtLoP)

Earlier this year, the band released a new song entitled “Fuck You,” which was included on the compilation Oi! This Is Streetpunk, Vol. 2. Click here to listen.

Rancid on Tour
6/11 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
6/12 Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
6/14 Montebello, QC Amnesia @ Rockfest
6/15 Montebello, QC Amnesia @ Rockest
6/16 Boston, MA House of Blues @ Boston
6/17 Boston, MA House of Blues @ Boston
6/19 Silver Springs, MD @ The Fillmore
6/20 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
6/21 New York, NY @ Terminal 5
6/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
6/23 Norfolk, VA @ NorVa

Bjork to Play California and Canada Shows Before 2013 Bonnaroo and Pitchfork Festivals


Prior to her appearances at Bonnaroo and Pitchfork Festival, Bjork will be playing several California shows in May and June and two Canada shows (including Ottawa Bluesfest) in July. As of yet, however, no East Coast dates have been announced. Bjork will also be appearing at the Twinkle Rock Festival in August in Taiwan, and at the Berlin Festival in September. Full tour dates are below.

Bjork on Tour

5/22 San Francisco, CA @ Craneway Pavilion
5/25 San Francisco, CA @ Craneway Pavilion
5/28 San Francisco, CA @ Craneway Pavilion
6/02 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
6/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
6/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
6/15 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
7/13 Ottawa, ON @ RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
7/16 Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach
7/19 Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival
8/10 Taipei, Taiwan @ Twinkle Rock Festival
9/07 Berlin, Germany @ Berlin Festival

“Punk’s Dead,” the Sequel to “SLC Punk!” Due Out in 2014

SLC Punk!

The long-awaited sequel to director James Merendino’s cult film SLC Punk!, which was released in 1999, is due out in 2014. SLC Punk! followed the lives of two punks, Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjian), who lived in conservative Salt Lake City in the 1980s. The film also starred Christopher McDonald, Devon Sawa, Annabeth Gish, and Jason Segel.

Punk’s Dead will follow the lives of the main characters 18 years after the events of the first film. Though it is not know who has signed on to be a part of the project, Matthew Lillard excitedly tweeted last November that he was reading the script.

The film has a Facebook page, which you can follow for the latest updates.

San Francisco’s City Lights Books Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary in 2013

City Lights Books 60th anniversary

Founded in 1953 in a small shop at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Broadway in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, City Lights Bookstore is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Still in its original location, the store has expanded over the years to fill the entire building, sharing it with the offices of the City Lights publishing company. City Lights Booksellers continues to be owned by its original co-founder Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

City Lights’ yearlong celebration will feature a number of special anniversary events, both in the bookstore and beyond. On Sunday, June 23, 2013 for a birthday party open house will be hosted at the bookstore. However, if you can’t make it in person, you can join in the celebration online. Throughout the year, City Lights will be featuring historical photos, stories, reminiscences, and more on the City Lights blog.

Lil Wayne Says He Has Epilepsy, Which Caused His Recent Seizures

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne has adamantly denied claims that his recent seizures were drug-related, and in an interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106 last nigh, the rapper revealed that he has epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes seizures.

“The bad news is, I’m an epileptic, so I’m prone to seizures,” he explained. “This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures; y’all just never heard about it.”

His most recent spell was so bad because he “got three of ‘em in a row” and his heart rate dropped dramatically. “Basically, I could’ve died,” he said. “That’s why it was so serious. But the reason for the seizures was just plain stress, no rest, and overworking myself. That’s just typical me, though.” (via P4k)

Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup Leaked, Confirmed


The entire Lollapalooza 2013 lineup leaked today, as an ad of the full lineup was published a full week and a half before the planned announcement date. Later this afternoon, the official lineup announcement from Lollapalooza was announced, confirming that this is in fact the real lineup.

The annual Chicago festival will take place over the weekend of August 2-4, 2013.

Headliners include The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, New Order, Queens of the Stone Age, The Lumineers, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Eric Church, Knife Party, Steve Aoki, and Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia.

Also playing is Ellie Goulding, Thievery Corporation, Grizzly Bear, Lana Del Rey, Flux Pavillion, Band of Horses, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Azealia Banks, Local Natives, Two Door Cinema Club, Crystal Castles, Dada Life, Tegan & Sara, Imagine Dragons, Beach House, Cat Power, Frightened Rabbit, 2 Chainz, Matt & Kim, Alt-J, Foal, Death Grips, Dillon Francis, Court Yard Hounds, Smith Westerns, Disclosure, Adventure Club, Ben Howard, The Vaccines, GRiZ, Father John Misty, Ghost, Modestep, Charles Bradley, DIIV, Alex Clare, Heartless Bastards, Baauer, Baroness, Liane La Havas, Emeli Sande, Wild Nothing, Jessie Ware, Atlas Genius, Haim, Angel Haze, Timeflies, Theophilus London, Monsta, Wavves, Io Echo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Icona Pop, Alvin Risk, Chance the Rapper, Lance Herbstrong, Jake Bugg, Wild Belle, Art Department, Ms Mr, St. Lucia, Shovels & Rope, Guards, Kill the Noise, Robert DeLong, Little Green Cars, and many more. (via ThisSongIsSick.com)

Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup leak