Michael HaskoorIn a recent impromptu TMZ interview, Rage Against the Machine’s bassist Tim Commerford mentions a new record. However, the details are unclear. The band has been semi-active since their 2007 reunion at the Coachella Music Festival following a 7 year hiatus.This is the first mention made since frontman Zack de la Rocha’s confirmation of a new album in 2010, although guitarist Tom Morello retracted that statement in May 2011 (without ruling it out in the future).
Bob Weir & RatDog have announced additional dates to their summer tour, extending through September 14th. The initial tour announcement carried the band from June 4th to July 11th, and the second leg of the tour will run from August 14th through September 14th. Additionally, the band added a July 12th show in Ogden, CO.The second leg tour announcement includes some very special guest performances, including appearances from The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Devil Makes Three, and Dwight Yoakam. Weir is also set for numerous festival appearances throughout the summer, including a headlining spot at The Peach Music Festival, Lockn’ Festival, and Phases of the Moon Festival.You can see the full list of RatDog summer concerts below:Leg One:6/4 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY6/6 – Mountain Jam – Hunter, NY6/7 – Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA6/8 – Paramount Theatre – Asbury Park, NJ6/10 – DeVos Performance Hall – Grand Rapids, MI6/12 – Orpheum Theatre – Madison, WI6/13 – Northrup Auditorium – Minneapolis, MN6/14 – Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO7/2 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA7/3 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA7/5 – Pearl Concert Theatre at Palms – Las Vegas, NV7/6 – Humphrey’s By The Bay – San Diego, CA7/7 – Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ7/10 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater – Salt Lake City, UT7/11 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO7/12 – The Ogden Theatre – Denver, COLeg Two:8/14 – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA * 8/15 – The Peach Music Festival – Scranton, PA 8/16 – CMAC – Canadaigua, NY * 8/18 – JBL Live at Pier 97 – New York NY * 8/19 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH * 8/22 – North Charleston Performing Arts Center – Charleston, SC * 8/23 – Mizner Park Amphitheatre – Boca Raton, FL * 8/24 – St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL * 8/26 – Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA * 8/27 – Uptown Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC * 8/29 – Fabulous Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO * 8/30 – Freedom Park Amphitheatre – Sterling Heights, MI % 8/31 – Ravinia Park Amphitheatre – Highland Park, IL % 9/4-5 – Lockn’ Festival – Arrington, VA 9/6 – Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia, PA * 9/9 – PNC Pavilion – Cincinnati, OH * 9/10 – Jacobs Pavilion – Cleveland, OH * 9/12 – Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival 9/13 – TBA Venue – Asheville, NC 9/14 – The Woods – Nashville, TN ** = w/ Chris Robinson Brotherhood% = w/ Dwight Yoakam and The Devil Makes Three
An undercover narcotics operation called Mike Order has yielded authorities with $500,000 worth of ecstasy and 110 charges on 17 individuals. The drugs were apparently headed to Future Music Festival in Brisbane, which features performances from Avicii, Drake, Afrojack, The Prodigy, and more.About the bust, Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith said, “7500 pills is an indicator of the criminality of this syndicate and their associates, that’s easy money in the scheme of things and we’ve stopped that.” He continued, saying, “We have seen in recent months a number of people die from taking ecstasy around the country, hopefully we have prevented a death.” A majority of the convicted individuals were part of a motorcycle gang called the Bandidos.You can read more about the case via the Brisbane Times.
In our first look at the new documentary film Amy, singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse seems reluctant to become famous. “I’m not a girl trying to be a star or trying to be anything besides a musician,” Winehouse says in the archival footage, dated just before the release of her 2006 Grammy-award winning album Back to Black. “I don’t think I’m gonna be at all famous. I don’t think I could handle it. I’d probably go mad.”Amy was created using unheard recordings and archived video footage, tracing Winehouse’s rise from anonymity to fame, and eventually, to her untimely demise. The film is slated for a UK release on July 3rd, nearly four years to the day that Winehouse was found dead from accidental alcohol poisoning.At the end of the clip, the various archival segments are combined to form a mosaic image of Winehouse. Directed by Senna filmmaker Asif Kapadia and produced by Exit Through the Gift Shop’s James Gay-Rees, Amy is sure to be a moving tribute to Amy Winehouse and her legacy.
No, it’s not 2004 and this is not a #tbt — OG punk rockers Brand New have premiered a new song; their first in six years. The band performed at the Fillmore in Denver last night and opened the show with the brand new…Brand New track, titled “Don’t Feel Anything.” Check out fan-shot footage and setlist below. You can catch Brand New at a number of festivals this summer, including Coachella, Bunbury and Lollapalooza.Brand New at the Fillmore, Denver, 4/8/15:Don’t Feel Anything Sink Gasoline Millstone You Won’t Know Sic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light Okay I Believe You, but My Tommy Gun Don’t The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows Mix Tape Untitled 04 (Missing You) At the Bottom You Stole Brothers Sowing Season Luca Degausser Jesus Encore:Soco Amaretto Lime (Performed solo by Jesse Lacey)[Via CoS]
Andre 3000, known for his work in Outkast, is tackling a new media: Television.Andre will star in the upcoming series of the popular ABC series, American Crime. This is by no means his first acting role, as Andre most recently portrayed Jimi Hendrix in the biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side. In fact, the creator of American Crime is John Ridley, who was the director for the Jimi biopic.Andre 3000 will portray Michael Lacroix, a respected architect in the Midwest whose son gets involved in a scandal at a private school. Cast members Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King and Lili Taylor will all be returning to the show, cast in different roles, as the plot of American Crime changes from season to season.“Personally, I couldn’t be more excited than to work again with Andre”, said Ridley. “He is an amazing individual, a true artist, and All is by my Side is one of the reasons I was given the reins on American Crime. Folks at ABC were absolutely moved by Andre’s performance in the film, and by the overall language of cinema we used in telling the story. It’s fair to say American Crime might not exist were it not for our previous collaboration.” [Via The Hollywood Reporter]
The full gallery of photos by Lauren Seaman can be seen below: Load remaining images Spanning from August 29-30 in Atlanta, GA, Imagine Festival brought some of the best performers out to the Historic Fourth Ward Park & Masquerade Music Park, including Dada Life, Datsik, GRiZ, Chromeo, Tipper, Lil Jon, Papadosio and more! Between the musicians and all of the breathtaking performance artists that were on hand, Imagine was definitely the place to be!Check out our favorite photos from the event, as captured by photographer Lauren Seaman! Full gallery at the bottom.
Straight out of Austin, TX, psychedelic rock band White Denim has announced the release of their sixth studio album called Stiff. With the record due out March 25th, they graciously shared the first track entitled ‘Holda You (I’m Psycho)’ earlier today. Enjoy this rocking new tune!You can pre-order a physical copy of ‘Stiff’ today. The first 250 vinyl orders (US only) get a signed poster, which according to their Facebook, “will be folded.” Visit their store for more.
The jam band Twiddle came out with some big news today, as the group will be performing four sets at the first-ever Tumble Down event in Burlington, VT. Held from July 29-30 as part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, the event will see the jammers perform songs from their recently-released PLUMP album, and many more hits from their classic catalog.Twiddle Takes Fans Behind The Scenes Of ‘PLUMP’ With New DocumentaryThe announcement also promises that more band will be added to the lineup soon, as well as local activities and details about a disc golf tournament for charity. Hosted by the Higher Ground venue, the outdoor accommodations and more will make for a perfect musical experience.For tickets and more information, head to the venue’s website here.
Gen. David H. Petraeus, chief of the United States Central Command, spoke at Harvard April 21, offering his perspective on leadership and lessons learned in Iraq, and his take on the United States’ strategy for the future security of Afghanistan and Pakistan.His appearance at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum was a special ticketed event under tight security. Outside, a handful of protestors with signs stood in the rain on the sidewalk along the Littauer Building. But inside, the mood was friendly as Petraeus engaged in a conversation with David Gergen, professor of public service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) and director of its Center for Public Leadership.“When you went to Iraq people said it was hopeless … and it turned around,” said Gergen. “What leadership lessons did you learn from Iraq?”“We sat down and we tried to get the big ideas right,” responded Petraeus.Four primary ideas emerged from this analysis, he said, the first and foremost of which was the notion of securing and serving the people — something that could only happen by American forces living directly with the Iraqi population.“You can’t ‘commute to the fight,’ as we say. You can’t drive through the neighborhood a couple of times a day and go back to your big base and expect them to feel a sense of security.”Educating commanders about key strategies, overseeing their execution, and effectively exploiting lessons learned from the strategies’ employment were the other top three “big ideas,” said the general, who admitted to reading Bruce Catton’s “Grant Takes Command,” as a source of inspiration and guidance at the end of particularly difficult days in Iraq.Clearing an area of insurgents, holding it, maintaining its security, and building up the area are other essential moves in the securing of any hostile region. Equally important is the next step: promoting reconciliation.“You have to promote reconciliation. You can’t kill or capture your way out of an industrial-strength insurgency like that which we faced in Iraq,” noted Petraeus, adding that the process involved separating hard-core radicals who would be “part of the problem forever” from those who were reconcilable and could become part of the solution.Petraeus took command of the multinational force in Iraq in 2007 and is widely considered responsible for the success of the troop surge and the subsequent reduction of violence and attacks on U.S. forces.The general, who is known for his ease at connecting with troops, praised the effectiveness of e-mail, a tool that he said enables him to communicate directly with his junior officers, a key component of good leadership.“It’s a wonderful tool, it does allow you to reach down. … It also allows them to reach up.”Many of the lessons learned and the ideas developed from the conflict in Iraq can be applied to the situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, said Petraeus, but not without modification.The goal in working with Pakistan, whose Afghanistan border has become a haven for insurgents, is to help its officials understand that their country’s biggest threat comes from internal extremists, not from neighboring India, said Petraeus. He noted the difficulty of communicating this relatively foreign concept to many Pakistanis, calling it “intellectually dislocating.”Afghanistan was the subject that raised the most questions among the forum crowd, many of whom wondered about the best way forward.While many of the same strategies and lessons learned from Iraq apply to Afghanistan, said Petraeus, numerous other factors are at play. Understanding institutional structures and influences, important cultural differences, and the rampant drug trade (the “oxygen of terrorist movements”) are all critical.Above all, he noted, the process of securing the country will take time. The United States is committing additional troops and financial aid and is training civilians who will complement local security forces in the coming months, but the security situation won’t improve right away.“We do believe that we can achieve progress,” Petraeus said, “but it’s going to get worse before it gets better, just as it did in Iraq.”