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Tim Curry Suffers Major Stroke, Is Recovering at Home

Tim Curry in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Tim Curry, 67, is recovering after suffering a major stroke at his home in Los Angeles. Best known for his work in 1975′s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Curry is said to be “doing great” following the collapse, reports the Daily Mail.

The stroke is said to have happened Thursday night.

“Tim is doing great,” says his longtime Los Angeles agent Marcia Hurwitz. “He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor.” (via USA Today)

Deathfix Announce Fall 2013 East Coast Tour With Pinback

Deathfix

In September, Deathfix will join Pinback for a run of East Coast dates. The band — Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Rich Morell (Blowoff), Devin Ocampo (Faraquet, Medications), and Mark Cisneros (Medications) — released its self-titled debut album in February via Dischord Records, and since then, they’ve toured throughout the US and performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts festival.

Full dates are below, and all are with Pinback. Click here for our interview with Deathfix’s Brendan Canty, or click here for our review of the band’s debut record.

Deathfix on Tour
9/03 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
9/04 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
9/05 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
9/06 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
9/07 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place
9/08 Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End
9/10 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
9/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
9/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/15 Washington, DC @ 930 Club
9/17 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
9/18 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Eminem Sues Mark Zuckerberg for Copyright Infringement

As posted by the Hollywood Reporter, the Eminem’s company Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit claiming a Facebook ad wrongfully used music “substantially similar” to the track “Under the Influence,” off of 2000′s The Marshall Mathers LP. According to the lawsuit, which specifically cites reports of Zuckberg’s Slim Shady-referencing personal childhood web page, the ad agency W+K used the music “in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerberg’s personal likes and interests.” Shady alleges that W+K then changed track, demonstrating knowledge of their guilt.

For their part, W+K claims that Eight Mile Style has no standing to file because producer Dr Dre stole the core of ”Under the Influence” from a Michael Jackson track.

Eight Mile Style is seeking as much as $150,000 per infringement which is the maximum in damages available under the law.

Read more about the lawsuit here.

22-Year-Old Gus Wenner Named New Head of RollingStone.com

Gus and bandmate Scout Willis

Following his son’s role in the rebrand of their website and what is probably a healthy dose of nepotism, Gawker reports that Rolling Stone owner Jann Wenner has named his newly graduated son the new head of RollingStone.com.

In an email sent out to Rolling Stone staffers today, the elder Wenner explained:

Dear all:

David Kang and I are very pleased —and I am very proud —to announce that Gus Wenner, after leading the re-launch re-design effort for our website, will now continue by heading up the overall operations of RollingStone.com.

Jann

Gus Wenner, 22, is a graduate of Brown University known for playing in an alt-country band with fellow celebuspawn/Brown student Scout Willis. Listen to what will surely be the future of Rolling Stone by clicking here.

Henry Rollins Addresses Why He No Longer Plays Music

Henry Rollins

With two concurrent Black Flag reunions taking place in the summer of 2013 (Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes’s “official” Black Flag, and the Keith Morris-fronted FLAG), many have wondered whether the band’s longest-tenured and most-recorded vocalist, Henry Rollins, would be taking part in any tours, Black Flag-related or not.

Without specifically referring to either Black Flag incarnations by name, Rollins has addressed his take on reunions and musical performance in general in his latest LA Weekly column:

I got asked by someone if I was going to go on tour this summer and play what at this point is old music. I told the person that I wasn’t because that currently, my future is getting in the way of my past.

I tell you this because in the summer months, you can count on bands that have been gone for years who will reassemble and go onto stages all over the world playing “vintage music.” Perhaps they are on a Proustian mission to recapture that which has been lost. I read the interviews where the musicians claim that now they can really play this music. I don’t doubt them, but therein lies the problem. Musicians should not play Music. Music should play musicians…

This is why I stopped touring with a band. I put up my fists and there was no longer anything there. It was heartbreaking, but it was clear. Music had moved on. Such was my reverence for its limitless power, I faced this truth and moved on in search of new battles… To each their own. This is how I am running my show.

To read the entire article, click here.

Philip Chevron of The Pogues Announces That His Cancer Has Returned

Phil Chevron

Sadly, Philip Chevron, guitarist of The Pogues, has revealed that the head and neck cancer for which he received treatment in 2007 and a clean bill of health in April 2012 has returned.

In August 2012, Chevron and his doctors noticed a new tumor, and this one is in a position whereby treatment is ill-advised and would almost certainly cause a stroke. The cancer is therefore inoperable and will prove fatal in time, though it is at present impossible to measure life expectancy.

Chevron is currently taking a break from both The Pogues and his other band, the Radiators From Space. The Pogues are on a prolonged time out, emerging only in support of matters relating to their 30th anniversary this year. (via soundsxp.com)

Listen: TOKiMONSTA “The Force” feat. Kool Keith

TOKiMONSTA

TOKiMONSTA’s The Force EP is available now and features the title track (with vocals from the legendary Kool Keith), along with remixes from a number of producers, including Star Slinger, A. Chal, Miguel Campbell, Nick Hook, and Branchez. “The Force” is from TOKiMONSTA’s album Half Shadows.

Watch the official video for “The Force” featuring Kool Keith below.

Swingin’ Utters Announce 2013 North American Tour Dates

Swingin' Utters

Swingin’ Utters kick off their summer tour at Punk Rock Bowling 2013 on May 25th. The band is currently supporting their latest album, Poorly Formed, and will cover most of the Midwest, the East Coast, and a few dates in Canada before heading off to Europe. Full US and Canada dates are below.

Swingin’ Utters on Tour
5/25 Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling
5/31 Des Moines, IA @ Gas Lamp w/ Goddamn Gallows, North of Grand
6/01 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Goddamn Gallows, Anger, The Kominas
6/02 Hamtramck, MI @ Small’s w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/03 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/04 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room w/ Goddamn Gallows, The Chosen Ones
6/06 London, ON @ Call The Office
6/07 Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern w/ The Lucky Ones, Skullians
6/08 Montreal, QC @ Katacombes
6/09 Cambridge, MA@t Middle East Downstairs w/ Ducky Boys, Goddamn Gallows, The Welch Boys
6/10 Providence, RI @ Feta Lounge
6/11 Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/12 New York City, NY @ Bowery Electric w/ Goddamn Gallows
6/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Face to Face, Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals, Joshua Black Wilkins, Goddam Gallows
6/17 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Goddamn Gallows, Scene of Irony

Dropkick Murphys, Bruce Springsteen Release Single to Benefit Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

Rose TattooToday, the Dropkick Murphys announced a special digital release with Bruce Springsteen. The band and Springsteen have reworked the track “Rose Tattoo,” and are also including two live tracks from a performance in California days after the bombings. The release is available for $1.29 at iTunes by clicking here. All proceeds benefit the Claddagh Fund. (via DS)

“Rose Tattoo” appears on the Dropkick Murphy’s latest album, “Signed And Sealed In Blood.”

Additionally, the Dropkick Murphys raised money by selling t-shirts to benefit victims of the bombing.

Former Mars Volta Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala Announces New Band Zavalaz, West Coast Tour Dates

Cedric Bixler-Zavala

Former Mars Volta front man Cedric Bixler-Zavala has announced the formation of his new band, Zavalaz.

The band’s lineup includes Bixler-Zavala on vocals and guitar, former Them Hills/Hella guitarist Dan Elkan, drummer Greg Rogove, and former Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete. The band will play a dozen West Coast gigs in June, starting June 15th in Las Vegas and wrapping up June 30 in San Diego.

Bixler-Zavala said that three songs on his forthcoming solo LP have been recorded, and promises “lots of desert ballad space jams, lots of harmonies, lots of lap steel and piano. Lots of AM radio love songs. Short bitter sweet luv songs.” He also warned that he’s “not making a rock record. It might lightly rock but not like I’m known for.” (via Antiquiet, Fact)

Following the demise of The Mars Volta, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the band Bosnian Rainbows. Click here for photos of Bosnian Rainbows performing in New York City, or click here for Jeremy Robert Johnson’s interview with Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

Black Francis to Wrap Up Tour With Acoustic Set May 17th at New York’s Symphony Space

Black Francis

There are few musicans as infamously and important to alternative rock than Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV – or, as you may know him, Black Francis, his pseudonym when he was fronting the genre-shattering Pixies, and the name he still often tours by.

On Friday, May 17th, he’ll be wrapping up his spring tour with Reid Paley at New York’s Symphony Space, where under the Black Francis moniker he’ll be performing a very special and intimate acoustic set. VerbicideMagazine.com is going to be there to cover it for all those who couldn’t attend – but tickets are still available, so click here while you can still get them. -Matthew Schuchman

Descendents/All Documentary “Filmage” to Premiere at NXNE 2013 Festival

Filmage

A full year after we first reported on it, The Descendents/All documentary Filmage will finally see it’s worldwide premiere. The film will be shown for the first time at the 2013 NXNE festival in Toronto on Saturday, June 15th.

The documentary chronicles the long history of punk bands ALL and Descendents, and the driving force behind both, drummer Bill Stevenson. The film took two years to make and features more than 40 interviews. Watch the trailer below, or visit the film’s official site for more information.

FILMAGE Teaser 2 from Deedle LaCour on Vimeo.

Wayne Brady to Bill Maher: “I Will Beat Your Ass In Public”

Wayne Brady

Yesterday, comedian Wayne Brady spoke to HuffPost Live about his distaste with how he has been characterized by “Real Time” host Bill Maher. All fun aside, Brady is genuinely irritated that Maher has compared Obama to him as a way of saying “he’s not sufficiently black,” according to interviewer Marc Lamont Hill.

“What he does on HBO, it’s great,” says Brady. “When he starts to drag me into [it], using me as the cultural linchpin for his ‘not black enough’ argument, that’s bullshit.”

You can watch an excerpt of the interview below. (via HuffPo)

Listen: Transplants “Come Around”

Transplants

The Transplants have officially released “Come Around” the new single from their forthcoming album, In A Warzone, which will be released June 25, 2013 via Epitaph Records.

The band – which features Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid), Travis Barker (Blink 182), and Rob Aston – will be taking their live show on the road for a North American tour opening for Rancid beginning on June 11th. Tim Armstrong will playing with both bands.

Stream the new song below, or click here to download “In a Warzone” by the Transplants.