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Governors Ball 2013 Is Approaching

Governors Ball 2013

The weather is warming up, music festival season is ramping up, and we couldn’t be more excited. Last year we brought you coverage of The Governors Ball, one of the handful of New York City music festival trying to stake the claim as the premiere East Coast fests, and from the looks of things, The Governors Ball is truly in the lead.

Expanding from two days to three, The Governors Ball has a list of performers this year that appeals to all tastes. Kicking off on Friday June 7th on Randall’s Island, the festival opens with a grouping of up and coming artists including Dillion Francis, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and St. Lucia. Saturday the 8th houses the brilliantly eccentric works of artists such as Edwin Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Bloc Party, Beirut, Crystal Castles, Twin Shadow, Alt-J, Portugal the Man, and my personal favorite, Dinosaur Jr. Closing out the festival on the 9th is a slam-bang day of acts ranging from all styles of music. Nas, Pretty Lights, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, The xx, Feist, Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation and others will jam through the day, building up to three headliners; Guns ‘n Roses, Kings of Leon, and Kayne West. -Matthew Schuchman

Click here for the complete lineup.

Governors Ball 2013

Austin City Limits 2013 Lineup Announced

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013

Austin City Limits Music Festival has revealed its 2013 lineup. The festival will take place over two weekends (October 4-6 and 11-13) at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.

The lineup includes The Cure, Depeche Mode, Atoms For Peace, Kings of Leon, Muse, Wilco, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, Passion Pit, Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala, Local Natives, Portugal. the Man, Neko Case, Grimes, Jimmy Eat World, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, Purity Ring, Divine Fits, Toro Y Moi, The Shouting Matches, Haim, Smith Westerns, Savages, FIDLAR, Parquet Courts, Autre Ne Veut, Phosphorescent, Wild Belle, and Hundred Waters.

Also playing are Lionel Ritchie, Kaskade, Silversun Pickups, Grouplove, The Black Angels, Okkervil River, Shuggie Otis, Wild Nothing, Pinback, Foxygen, Reignwolf, Deap Vally, Bright Light Social Hour, Lissie, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, White Denim, The True Believers, Mona, Roadkill Ghost Choir, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Typhoon, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dan Croll, Shovels & Rope, Electric Guest, Valerie June, The Band of Heathens, Red Baraat, Jacuzzi Boys, and Widowspeak.

Three-day and VIP passes are on sale now through the festival’s website. (via CoS)

Singer Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Three Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Lauryn Hill

According to the Associated Press, Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay $970,000 owed in federal taxes. Following her prison stint, she’ll serve an additional three months of home confinement.

Hill was unable to evade prison despite her best efforts. According to her lawyer, Nathan Hochman, ”Ms. Hill has not only now fully paid prior to sentencing her taxes, which are part of her criminal restitution, but she has additionally fully paid her federal and state personal taxes for the entire period under examination through 2009.” (via RS)

Watch: The Full “McBain” Movie on “The Simpsons”

The "McBain" movie from "The Simpsons"

Most fans of “The Simpsons” are fully aware of the character Rainier Wolfcastle (a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger), whose most famous character is McBain (a parody of Bruce Willis’s JohnMcClane from the Die Hard films). However, many fans may not realize that during season two of “The Simpsons,” brief clips of McBain movies shown during various episodes can be stitched together to actually create a short film with a story line.

Below is a video of the entire McBain film. The first clip is from McBain’s first appearance, in “The Way We Was” (season two, episode 12), and the film is wrapped up in “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” (season two, episode 15).

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

Black Flag Spring/Summer 2013 Tour Dates

Black Flag in 2013

Ever since announcing their reunion several months ago, the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes version of Black Flag just keeps adding new dates to their itinerary. Every time new dates are announced, they say that “more dates will be added.” I’ve been holding off posting dates until a complete tour schedule would finally be released, but since that’s apparently not going to happen, here’s what we have so far. The tour is nearly upon us, so it should be pretty close to complete.

You can check the tour dates below, or click here for the top 10 Black Flag songs.

Black Flag on Tour
5/14 Luxembourg @ Rockhal Club
5/15 Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
5/16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Dynamo
5/17 Rome, Italy @ The Orion
5/18 Hünxe, Germany @ RUHRPOTT RODEO
5/20 Wien, Austria @ Arena Wien
5/23 Austin, TX @ Infest
5/24 Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/25 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
6/06 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
6/07 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
6/08 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
6/09 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
6/10 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
6/11 Erie, PA @ The Crooked I
6/12 Albany, NY @ Bogies NY
6/13 Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
6/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
6/15 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw @ The Polish National Home
6/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/18 Roanoke, VA @ Growlers
6/19 Lexington, KY @ Buster’s
6/20 Newport, KY @ Southgate House
6/21 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
6/22 Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue
7/10 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
7/11 Tempe, AZ @ Club Red/Red Owl
7/12 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/13 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Vex Arts
7/15 San Diego, CA @ SomaSanDiego
7/16 Santa Cruz,CA @ The Catalyst
7/17 Redway, CA @ Mateel Community Center
7/18 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
7/19 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
7/20 Vancouver, Canada @ Chinese Cultural Centre
7/23 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse
7/24 Ventura, CA @ The Majestic Ventura Theater

Punk Rock Bowling 2013 Pool Parties and Comedy Show at The Gold Spike, Golden Nugget, and Plaza Announced

Punk Rock Bowling pool party at the Gold Spike. Photo by Shahab Zargari

Photo by Shahab Zargari

The Punk Rock Bowling pool parties have been announced for the 2013 festival. Parties will take place over all three days of the festivities, and will be held at the Gold Spike, Golden Nugget, and Plaza. TSOL, The Inciters, and many more will be performing.

Below are the flyers for the shows. Click here to see photos and a video of the Real McKenzies’ pool party at Punk Rock Bowling 2012.

Punk Rock Bowling 2012 punk rock pool parties

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.