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  • Wu-Tang Affiliate Who Cut Off His Own Penis Explains Himself

    May 12

    Last month, there was a bizarre story about Andre "Christ Bearer" Johnson, a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate who cut off his own penis and tried to commit suicide by leaping from the second story balcony of his North Hollywood apartment. Johnson was one half of Northstar, a California duo who were signed to Wu-Tang's label and had their 2004 album produced by RZA under his Bobby Digital alias.  RZA gave an interview in which he said, "what he did—is incredible. That shit sound mythical...I feel sad for...

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  • Stream Coldplay's New Album, Ghost Stories

    May 12

    Coldplay will release their newest album, Ghost Stories, on May 19 via Parlophone/Atlantic. The whole thing is now streaming on iTunes. Previously, they shared the videos for "Magic" and "Midnight", along with the audio for "A Sky Full of Stars".  Watch the video for "Magic":

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  • Local Glam, Rock acts needed for 6/5 at Blue Lamp Lounge in #Sacramento CA: http://ow.ly/wKU8k #gigging...

    May 12

    Local Glam, Rock acts needed for 6/5 at Blue Lamp Lounge in #Sacramento CA: http://ow.ly/wKU8k #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Local/regional Alternative acts needed for 7/28 at The Crux in #Boise ID: http://ow.ly/wKUgh #gigging...

    May 12

    Local/regional Alternative acts needed for 7/28 at The Crux in #Boise ID: http://ow.ly/wKUgh #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Local Alternative acts needed for 7/15 at Caledonia Lounge in #Athens GA: http://ow.ly/wKUgh #gigging...

    May 12

    Local Alternative acts needed for 7/15 at Caledonia Lounge in #Athens GA: http://ow.ly/wKUgh #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Last minute band or solo act needed for 5/17 at Alphabet Lounge in #NYC : http://ow.ly/wKUt3 #gigging...

    May 12

    Last minute band or solo act needed for 5/17 at Alphabet Lounge in #NYC : http://ow.ly/wKUt3 #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • La Roux Announces New Album Trouble in Paradise, Shares "Let Me Down Gently"

    May 12

    British synth pop singer Elly Jackson, aka La Roux, has announced a followup to her eponymous 2009 debut. Trouble in Paradise is out July 7 on Polydor. Hear the track "Let Me Down Gently" above. It premiered today on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. Update: That's the album cover up there. For Trouble in Paradise, Jackson worked with co-producer Ian Sherwin. The last record was written and produced with Ben Langmaid. La Roux recently announced a North American tour. Today, she's also announced...

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  • Is Beats Music Worth 3.2 Billion? 3 First Time Users Review The Overhyped Music Service

    May 12

    Subcribe to the Upward Spiral podcast in iTunes, play recent shows on SoundCloud, or follow us on Twitter.  Beats Music executives have been overhyping their product for a long time. So the co-hosts of the Upward Spiral, Cortney Harding and Kyle Bylin, asked several friends to use the mobile app for a week and conducted research interviews over Skype to collect their feedback. Now everyone is speculating on whether Apple is buying Beats Electronics and what motivated the potential deal. Is...

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  • American Analog Set to Reissue Know By Heart, Share "Amish Rake Fight" Demo

    May 12

    Austin indie rock outfit American Analog Set's great 2001 album Know By Heart has been long out-of-print. That changes on June 3, when Barsuk will give the album a pressing on 180-gram vinyl. It comes with a download code featuring 21 previously unreleased demos, including the demo "Amish Rake Fight" (above), an early version of the title track. The LP will also come packed with liner notes and never before seen photos from the Know By Heart era.  Know By Heart: 01 Punk As Fuck 02 The Only...

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  • LANDR Establishes A "Gold Standard" For Free Automated Music Mastering

    May 12

    If you know you need mastering but your needs exceed your skill level or your wallet, you might have found a new friend at LANDR. LANDR is an online mastering service that automates the mastering process for quick results. There is a free option and the service is designed to get you onboard and testing it out right away. The goal, as they explain, is not to replace engineers but to establish a "gold standard" baseline for free mastering. LANDR officially launches today featuring...

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