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Fall Out Boy Perform At Pro Bowl

fall out boyFall Out Boy recently performed at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show in Honolulu, Hawaii, playing  their latest hit, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up),” from their LP Save Rock and Roll, as well as their breakthrough track, “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” Although official footage has not yet been released, you can check out a fan video below, and catch Fall Out Boy on tour with Paramore this summer.

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Pete Wentz Blogs About Fall Out Boy’s Recent Activity

The return of Fall Out Boy has caused celebration and complaints across the blogosphere. If you’re not over the moon with excitement for their comeback you’re probably on the side of the fence that preferred them on hiatus. Either way is fine, but it’s becoming increasingly clear they are not going back to obscurity anytime soon.

Keeping fans in the loop on their activities, bassist Pete Wentz has blogged about everything going on in the world of FOB since their return became official at the end of January. It’s a short piece, but it covers a lot. You can read his thoughts below: Continue reading ‘Pete Wentz Blogs About Fall Out Boy’s Recent Activity’

Fall Out Boy Reunion Confirmed

After Property of Zack broke the news of a Fall Out Boy reunion this past Friday, the Internet has been buzzing with high hopes and anticipation. Coming nearly three years after the band announced their split, it’s all but confirmed that the hiatus is about to end, leaving fans speculating about the possibility of new music, new festival shows, and even new tours.

While we can’t tell you much, we will say that after a recent tweet from guitarist Joe Trohman, that read, ”The rumours are still untrue, unreal & totally outta this world! *shreds gnar, does surf’s up hand signal*. Seriously, it’s not going down,” we can’t help but join fans in wondering if the “denial” is a subtle reference to Skate & Surf Festival, which the band has been long rumored to play.

Check back for more updates, and let us know your thoughts on a reunion in the comments.

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Pete Wentz Announces Book Tour Dates

Former Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has announced several book tour dates to support his latest novel Gray, a semi-autobiographical story about a musician who struggles with identity, fame, and depression on the road with his band.

Though Wentz and the other members of Fall Out Boy have all been keeping busy with their respective musical and non-musical projects in recent years, the speculation surrounding a possible reunion tour has amplified as the ten-year anniversary of their 2003 album Take This to Your Grave approaches. The members have individually denied such a possibility in the past, but have stopped short from ruling it out entirely. Fall Out Boy fans should keep their ears open, though. Something big might be on the way soon.

If you can’t wait for a possible Fall Out Boy reunion, check out OurStage act Orange Avenue.

For the dates of Wentz’s book tour, read below the jump.

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Soundcheck: Hip Hop Hits…And Misses Playground Music Festival

Hip hop heroes did more than disappoint this weekend when headliners for the First Annual Playground Music Festival skipped their sets, leaving fans and promoters scratching their heads and looking for refunds.

The event was billed as a two-day hip hop, rock and electronic festival, suited for all ages, and promised 200 bands over thirteen stages.  Hosted by Nick Cannon and headlined by The Game, E-40, Too Short, Big Sean,  New Boyz, Panic! At The Disco and The Bravery, it even boasted appearances by Lindsay Lohan and Pete Wentz.

When gates at Hidden Valley, Irvine opened at noon on Saturday, the mostly vacant parking lot was an early warning sign that the 30,000 capacity outdoor venue might not be packed that day.  Once inside, fans found their way across thirteen stages strewn throughout the Hidden Valley property, ultimately leading to the main stage, where Game was expected to perform his Number 1 album, R.E.D. later that evening.

With no signage or announcements of show schedules and stages, it was tough for fans to find the sets they came to see.  Luckily, we caught OurStage’s own ForestPunk delivering one of the best rap performances I’ve seen in years. The twenty-year old Los Angeles native spit thirteen tracks in his hour-long set, which included an eclectic range of thought-provoking prose over heart-pounding dubstep beats, up against his softer-sounding songs like “Scary Monster” over acoustic guitar. His set-closing number, “Bad Monkey” had tinges of Lupe-inspired sound fused with the insight and confidence expected from an artist twice his age.

As the night moved on, Shiny Toy Gunz and The Cataracs gave lackluster performances to an eager but small crowd.  As the lock neared 8PM, the sound plug was abruptly pulled and an announcement followed that “Game won’t be performing tonight. Show is over. Please proceed to the exits.” No talk of refunds or rescheduling followed, only herds of fans rushed through the grounds with no explanation as to why.  Too Short and E-40 also missed their headlining slots, with the entire night going up in smoke.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Call: 2011′s Most Anticipated Rock Albums

Last week, we covered ten of our favorite rock albums for 2010, which included records from My Chemical Romance, VersaEmerge, Foxy Shazam and more.

With new records from Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Coldplay and Beyoncé scheduled to drop, 2011 is already shaping up to be a big year for music.  This week, we’re taking a look at ten of the most anticipated rock releases, which stretch across subgenres from hardcore to electronica to indie rock.

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin

Jack’s Mannequin – TBA

After 2008′s heartfelt release The Glass Passenger, Jack’s Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon is ready to release new material. Passenger, which chronicled McMahon’s battle with leukemia, was a darker record then sunny debut Everything in Transit. But going on what we’ve heard so far, the new release will be yet another masterpiece, with plenty of well-executed piano-drenched pop rock.

Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys (Spring)

Indie rock kings Death Cab for Cutie will be releasing their seventh album early next year. Frontman Ben Gibbard promises that this record will be “less guitar-centric” than any of Death Cab’s previous records, which have typically been of slower, chord-based song structure. Lyrically, bassist Nick Harmer insists that this album will have a much broader emotional scope than 2008′s Narrow Stairs.

Pete Wentz and Bebe Rexha of Black Cards

Black Cards – TBA

After the band announced their hiatus, Fall Out Boy‘s Pete Wentz decided to keep doing what he does best—make undeniably catchy pop music. Teaming up with then-unknown vocalist Bebe Rexha, Saves the Day drummer Spencer Peterson and The Receiving End of Sirens guitarist Nate Patterson, Wentz created Black Cards. The group’s music (especially Rexha’s vibrato-soaked vocals) is reminscent of early No Doubt, with an influx of dance-worthy electronic beats.

Taking Back Sunday – TBA (Spring)

Taking Back Sunday‘s lineup has changed so many times that their Wikipedia page has a full chart to help fans understand the eleven-year timeline of the group’s career. After a few missteps with new members—even frontman Adam Lazzara apologized for 2009′s New Again—the original lineup is back, making this one of the most anticipated releases for any fan of TBS’ genre-defining album, Tell All Your Friends. From the sounds of the demos that have already been posted, it looks like TBS is returning to their roots and ready to make a big comeback.

No Doubt – TBA

No Doubt

It’s amazing to think that ska-princess-turned-pop-superstar Gwen Stefani had any time in 2010 to return to the studio and make a brand new record with her band, No Doubt. Since the band’s humble beginnings in the late ’80s, Stefani has become a powerhouse solo artist, entrepreneur, fashion designer, wife and mother. But, somehow, she was able to make some time for writing music, and No Doubt’s comeback album is eagerly awaited by fans young and old. As of now, details have been pretty hush-hush about this release, but we’re betting that the new No Doubt will be bigger and better than ever.

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S.) – February

After a full-year hiatus from the stage, charismatic ex-Chiodos frontman Craig Owens is back. Joined by members of Underminded, From First to Last, Story of the Year and Matchbook Romance, Owens has already made a huge splash on the modern rock scene with his new project, D.R.U.G.S. The band will be releasing their album in February, before they head out on Alternative Press’ AP Spring Tour 2011. From the sounds of the tracks already released, this post-hardcore supergroup is poised for a massive takeover.

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fun. –  TBA (Summer)

As we learned in our Q&A with Nate Ruess of fun., the group is hard at work on their sophomore LP and are hoping to release it next summer. The band’s debut album, Aim and Ignite, was an exciting, refreshing and eclectic mix of everything from indie pop to showtunes. Fans are definitely on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what this band will do next.

Cobra Starship – TBA

Still riding high off the success of their latest record, Hot Mess, Cobra Starship have already begun recording their next album. Hot Mess spawned the 2009 smash “Good Girls Go Bad” and launched the band from the small-scale modern rock scene to rulers of Top 40 radio. Though no details have been released about the new album, Cobra’s history dictates that it will be chock-full of undeniably catchy, dance-worthy rock numbers.

The Mars Volta – TBA

Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta

GRAMMY-award winning experimental rock group The Mars Volta have kept pretty quiet about their upcoming release, which will be the sixth in the band’s career. The band entered pre-production back in May, and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez recently announced via Twitter that they were putting the finishing touches on the record. This will also be the first record where vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala will be writing all of his own lyrics, with no guidelines or concept provided by chief songwriter Lopez.

Emery – TBA (January/February)

Seattle-based rock group Emery delighted their fans when they returned to their roots on 2009′s …In Shallow Seas We Sail. Full of charging instrumentation, sweeping vocals and shimmering with top-notch production, the record left Emery fans satisfied, but also craving more. The band announced that they are planning to release the album in the early months of 2011, hopefully with some tour dates to follow!

What records are you most looking forward to hearing in 2011? Let us know in the comments!

Behind the Mic: The New Age of Album Promotion

Over recent years, we’ve seen major changes in the music industry. CDs are becoming digital downloads, MySpace profiles are being traded in for Twitter accounts and the number of artists available at your fingertips is growing exponentially everyday.

Because there are so many artists out there, it’s becoming tougher to stick out in the crowd and keep fans engaged. Artists have taken notice, and have ramped up their shows, music videos and album promotion.

Here are some examples of 2010′s best album promotion campaigns. From movies to puzzles to song leaks, take a tip from these rock bands and keep fans excited about your next big release!

My Chemical Romance

MCR's mysterious TV channel

When My Chemical Romance pick a theme for their record, they really commit to it. With the release of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, MCR  launched an extremely impressive promotional campaign, which fully immersed fans into the world of their record. It began with a cryptic Web site, which simply showed an antique television. The television knobs could be turned to show static or a video of a man wearing a fox suit wandering around in the desert. Some channels had noise in the background, including one that played a very static clip of the then-unreleased track “The Only Hope For Me Is You.” Over the next few weeks, more details about the album were revealed, along with a release date and rapid-fire leaks of four new tracks. When the music video for lead single “Na Na Na” was released, the fox costume mystery was solved—it had been vocalist Gerard Way all along. The band even went as far as to have a Web site set up for Better Living Industries, the fictional company that the Killjoys fight in the video, along with a series of YouTube clips (such as this) from BLI themselves.

D.R.U.G.S.

When post-hardcore poster boy Craig Owens was unceremoniously kicked out of his band Chiodos, he went straight to work. Unbeknownst to his fans, Owens began forming a supergroup and writing new music, not saying a word to anyone about what was going on. Rumors began to fly, especially when it was announced that Fall Out Boy/Black Cards member Pete Wentz was somehow involved in the project.

Craig Owens being interrogated in Part III of D.R.U.G.S' short film

Fans were anxious to learn more about this mystery band, and Owens made sure to keep them on the edge of their seats. He did this by announcing each band member one at a time through introductory YouTube videos. A few weeks after the last member was announced, he told his fans that the new band would be called Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (D.R.U.G.S) and would be on Wentz’s label, Decaydance. The band, which consists of  members of Underminded, Matchbook Romance, From First to Last and Story of the Year, then released four parts of a film over the course of a few weeks. The fourth clip ends with the music video for D.R.U.G.S.’ first single, “If You Think This Song is About You, It Probably Is”. The full film is now available for free download on the band’s Web site.

Underoath

Underoath's 600 pre-order postcards came together to form their album cover

Christian metal band Underoath sent their fans on an online scavenger hunt in September, before the release of their album, Ø(disambiguation). Their official Web site became a blank puzzle board, and they encouraged fans to take a photo if they think they had a piece of the puzzle. The puzzle pieces were soon revealed to be postcards that were sent to 600 people who pre-ordered the album. Once all the pictures were uploaded, the puzzle showed the new album art. On September 21st, the band wrote on Twitter, “tracklist reveal using fb & twitter: titles will be posted one at a time, scrambled. 1st to unscramble wins shirt & unlocks next title.” Next, the band leaked a song in a very creative way—by posting different layers of instrumentation over the course of a few days, and the final product, “Illuminator” at the end.

What are some of the most creative ways you’ve seen an album promoted? Let us know in the comments!

 


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