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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

Björk

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

Lollapalooza

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

Devo Archival Recordings “Hardcore” Volumes One and Two to Be Reissued

Devo "Hardcore"

Devo‘s Hardcore volumes one and two documents the group’s beginning as pre-punk outcasts in the fertile Akron, Ohio underground rock scene. Recorded on various four-track machines and in tiny studios, basements, and garages between 1974-1977, Hardcore reveals their strikingly clear vision. It’s no surprise that these transmissions would soon catch the eye and ear of Brian Eno who later produced their landmark 1978 debut album.

In 2013, Superior Viaduct is releasing Hardcore to a new generation of fans, packaged with Moshe Brakha’s stunning cover photography. For more info, click here.

Greg Ginn’s Black Flag Hires Dave Klein (of Screeching Weasel) to Play Bass

Black Flag

Earlier this year, Black Flag announced that they’d reunited with founding member and guitarist Greg Ginn, Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes, and drummer Gregory Moore. The band is also recording a new studio album — most likely with “Dale Nixon” (Greg Ginn’s pseudonym) on bass. However, it appears that, at least for the tours, Dave Klein has joined the band.

Klein has most recently been a member of Screeching Weasel, and according to a post on Facebook by Ben Weasel, “Black Flag came calling, and he answered the bell. And who can blame him? When Black Flag says they want to hire you, you suit up, give notice to the circus, and report for duty.” (via DS)

As of this post, no official announcement has been made by Black Flag. Also, in addition to the “official” Black Flag reunion and tour, a second band, known as FLAG will be touring this summer and features four former members of Black Flag.

The Shins Announce Spring 2013 North American Tour Dates

The Shins to tour in May 2013

In May, The Shins will kick off a spring tour, beginning with a performance on May 10th at Napa, California’s Bottle Rock Festival.

You can view the full list of The Shins’ upcoming tour dates below. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Shins on Tour
5/10 Napa, CA @ Bottle Rock Festival
5/11 Stateline, NN @ Montbleu Resort, Casino and Spa
5/12 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory SOLD OUT
5/13 Park City, UT @ Park City Live
5/17 Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest
5/18 Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
5/19 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
5/22 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
5/23 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
5/25 Boston, MA @ Boston City Hall Plaza
5/27 Richmond, VA @ The National
5/28 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva

(via Paste)

Gorillaz Collaborators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett Bringing “Monkey: Journey to the West” Opera to New York City

Monkey: Journey to the West

Monkey: Journey to the West, a musical theater production by Gorillaz partners Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and director Chen Shi-Zheng, will travel to New York City, with a series of performances this summer. The New York production will be staged 27 times from July 6-28 at the David H. Koch Theater.

Albarn composed the score, Hewlett did design, animation, and costumes, and Chen Shi-Zheng came up with the concept, wrote the libretto, and directs the production. The 100-minute show is based on a Chinese folktale about a monk on a journey from China to India, in search of sacred Buddhist scriptures. The monk is led by the Monkey King, accompanied by several animal friends. The trailer is below.

Monkey: Journey to the West Show Schedule:
Saturday, July 6 at 8 pm (preview)
Sunday, July 7 at 2 and 8 pm (previews)
Tuesday, July 9 at 8 pm.
Wednesday, July 10 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 11 at 8 pm
Friday, July 12 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 13 at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, July 14 at 2 and 8 pm
Tuesday, July 16 at 8 pm
Wednesday, July 17 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 18 at 8 pm
Friday, July 19 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 20 at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, July 21 at 2 and 8 pm
Tuesday, July 23 at 8 pm
Wednesday, July 24 at 8 pm
Thursday, July 25 at 8 pm
Friday, July 26 at 8 pm
Saturday, July 27 at 2 and 8 pm
Sunday, July 28 at 2 and 8 pm

(via P4k)

Top 10 Best Sidekicks and Supporting Characters That Are Much Cooler Than the Main Ones

Gizmoduck

It’s rare that a show’s side characters outshine the main ones. But every so often, a new star rises and the public takes notice, resulting in low-quality merchandising and  ill-fated spin-offs. I’m talking about real shitty production values too; not even good as mindless entertainment. Garbage, basically.

Still, we’re not suggesting that these characters haven’t earned their stripes. In truth, all of them are simply better than their counterparts with more screen time. You know it, Verbicide knows it, everyone knows it. So, how about it, internet? I think it’s time we give these characters the recognition they deserve.

Soundwave – “Transformers”

As a transforming boombox, you’d think that Soundwave was the robot equivalent of a thumb wrestler with no hands. But you’d be wrong. In fact, during the 1980s run of the cartoon, Soundwave proved not only to be a reliable surveillance expert and a capable fighter, but also ridiculously loyal to his Decepticon master, Megatron. How loyal to Megatron was he?

There is Megatron/Soundwave fanfic. Proceed with caution.

Add to that the fact that he could house several smaller tape robots in his chest and has a voice that is the Daft Punk version of Barry White’s smooth bass vocals, and you’ve got a winner. Soundwave is universally popular. It’s time we start acting like it.

Cheetara – “Thundercats”

Cheetara is fast. Really fast. But she really makes this list because for many young boys, she represented a first Saturday morning cartoon crush. While most stories focused on the whiny lion-themed hero, Lion-O, and his battles with the ancient mummy Mumm-Ra (apparently written by Captain Obvious), a few girls and guys watched every episode solely to see what happened with the quick and ferocious Cheetara. This likely led to a generation of people who understood women as strong, independent, and sexual creatures capable of fighting their own battles while supporting their friends and family. It also probably led to this. Guess you can’t win ‘em all.

Trunks – “Dragonball Z”

Women will say that Trunks is on this list because of his outgoing personality. Men will say it’s because of his sword. But if they’re both being honest, they’ll say it’s his hair that makes him “Dragonball’s” most popular second-tier character. Introduced as the first Saiyen without the trademark black, pointy hair, the futuristic Trunks quickly became a fan favorite. His aggressive nature haunts your dreams. He rules the social media universe. He has his own soda. He’s the total package.

Snake Eyes – “GI Joe”

Ninjas always get special consideration, but when you’re the world’s finest latex-wearing, mute, special forces ninja…well, let’s just say that “G.I. Joe” should have been changed to “The Snake Eyes Kickflip Action Hour” somewhere around season three. Plus, he eventually ends up with Scarlett. Not bad, Snake Eyes.

Most telling? Snake Eyes wasn’t even a major player in the original cartoon and yet was voted the most popular G.I. Joe character of all time, the coolest action figure of all time, and the most anticipated character of the 2009 G.I. Joe movie and its upcoming sequel.

Kato – “The Green Hornet”

Kato was played by Bruce Lee in a role so iconic that in Hong Kong the program was marketed as “The Kato Show.” Green Hornet actor Van Williams is probably still aching from that one.


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Nickelodeon Teases Never-Before-Seen Episode of “Rocko’s Modern Life” to Be Shown Sunday at Midnight

Rocko's Modern Life

“Never-before-seen episode of ‘Rocko’s Modern Life,’” promises a new video ad from TeenNick. “It will blow your face right off your face. It will shock you. You really can’t miss this.”

So, supposedly, on Sunday night at midnight EST (9 PST) — the exact moment April 1st begins — Nickelodeon will be showing a long-lost episode of “Rocko’s Modern Life.” Is Nickelodeon actually cruel enough to pull such a heartless April Fool’s gag? Or is this the real deal? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Click here to see the teaser video.

Great GoogaMooga Featuring The Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Coming to Brooklyn May 17-19, 2013

The Great GoogaMooga Festival

Great GoogaMooga, an amusement park of food, drink, and music, will return to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park May 17-19, 2013. In its second year, GoogaMooga will feature a three-day format, up from two days in 2012. Adding to its stellar culinary personality, whereby 85 of New York’s top restaurants are paired with 75 brews and 100 wines, this year’s GoogaMooga will see 20 live performances from the likes of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, Matt & Kim, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Darkness, Jovanotti, Father John Misty, and De La Soul.

Tickets to Friday night’s kick-off concert with Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Flaming Lips, and The Darkness, along with tickets to the VIP Cocktail Experience for Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th will go on sale Thursday, March 28th at noon EST. Complimentary general admission tickets for Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 will be available in an online giveaway running Monday, April 1st through Wednesday, April 3rd. Complimentary tickets will be awarded at random and recipients will be notified by email on or before Wednesday, April 10th. All tickets will be available at googamooga.com