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Rest in Peace Bo Diddley: Dec. 30, 1928 - June 2, 2008

Ari Surdoval
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06.02.2008

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Gibson has just learned that the great Bo Diddley has passed away at home of Archer, Florida. He was 79. A true pioneer of rock and roll, Diddley was a brutal guitar minimalist and a lifelong musical innovator and inventor. From the stomp of “Hey Bo Diddley” and “Who Do You Love?” to the sweet rhythm of “Mona” and “Dearest Darling,” Diddley took the driving one-chord blues of the Mississippi hills and added Chicago’s electricity and rock and roll’s style and swagger to create sonic gold. It was in this beautiful experimentation that rock and roll was born. With raw, stripped-down songs hollered over a snapping snare, maracas, and a reverb-and-tremolo drenched guitar, nobody sounded like Bo Diddley. His music and influence will live on forever. Rest in peace, Bo. –Ari Surdoval
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Kurt Cobain's Ashes Stolen

06.02.2008

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According to reports, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's ashes have been stolen from the home of his widow Courtney Love, along with some clothing and jewelry. "I can't believe anyone would take Kurt's ashes from me," Love said. "I find it disgusting and right now I'm suicidal. If I don't get them back I don't know what I'll do." Love revealed that she stored the ashes inside a pink teddy bear shaped bag with a lock of Kurt’s hair. "I used to take them everywhere with me just so I could feel Kurt was still with me," Love said. "Now it feels like I have lost him all over again."
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Pink Floyd to Play Again?

05.30.2008

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Following Pink Floyd's 23-minute reunion for a London Live8 concert in July 2005, fans have been clamoring for more. Acknowledging talk of another reunion, David Gilmour told BBC 6Music, "Who knows? Who knows the future? I haven't absolutely said no to the possibility but I think that in reality any sort of long-term thing together is not going to happen.
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Trey Anastasio Announces First Show in 2 Years, Fuels Phish Reunion Hopes

05.30.2008

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Beloved Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will soon make his first public performance in two years—at the inaugural Rothbury festival in Rothbury, Michigan during the July 4th weekend. Anastasio has been out of the spotlight since Phish played their final show in 2004 and since pleading guilty of felony drug charges in 2007. Last summer, Anastasio released the instrumental album The Horseshoe Curve. Billed as a "sustainable camping festival celebrating music, art, and action," the Rothbury festival will take place July 3 - 6. There, Anastasio will perform a one-hour acoustic set, Billboard.com reports. Former Phish band members Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon will also perform separate sets, Fishman with the Yonder Mountain String Band.
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System of a Down Sideband Sets Date for Debut Release

05.28.2008

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Scars on Broadway, the side project of System of a Down frontman/guitarist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan, has been "marinating" long enough, and now the two have set a release date for the band's self-titled debut—July 29. "I like to let my songs marinate over time," Malakian has said about the Scars on Broadway songs, many of which had their beginnings years ago. "That helps determine which ones speak to me the loudest." Malakian produced all of the album's 14 songs, and wrote the majority of them.
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Remembering Andy Griffith Composer Earle Hagen: July 9, 1919 - May 27, 2008

05.28.2008

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Earle H. Hagen, the composer behind the themes for The Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, and The Mod Squad passed away at his Rancho Mirage, California home on Monday at the age of 88. Hagen wrote original music for over 3,000 TV episodes and TV movies, but is perhaps best known as the whistler behind the Andy Griffith theme song.
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Paul McCartney Earns Yale Degree

05.27.2008

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Billboard.com reports that former Beatle Paul McCartney was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale on Monday. "Here, there, and everywhere," said Yale University President Richard Levin at the New Haven, Connecticut ceremony, "you have pushed the boundaries of the familiar to create new classics. We admire your musical genius and your generous support of worthy causes." A band played "Hey Jude" when 65-year-old McCartney got up to accept his award. Yale also awarded honorary degrees to former U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills, astronomer Martin Rees, architect Cesar Pelli, poet John Lawrence Ashbery, and others. For more, click here.
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New Weezer Music Video Parodies YouTube Sensations

05.27.2008

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Check out Weezer's new video for "Pork and Beans," off their forthcoming June 3 release The Red Album. The video's only been on YouTube for four days and has already racked up more than three million views!
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Be Your Own Pet's Banned Songs to See Light of Day in U.S.

05.23.2008

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The sophomore album of Nashville rock band Be Your Own Pet was censored before its U.S. release this past March, with three songs getting the axe after Universal Records deemed them too violent (the songs remained on the international version). Now, XL Recordings—the band's international label—has announced that the excluded tracks are being repacked as a mini EP. On June 24, "Becky," "Black Hole," and "Blow Yr Mind' will be released in stores under the name Get Damaged, a play on the title of Be Your Own Pet's LP, Get Awkward.
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Matt Sorum Slams Scott Weiland, Cuts Axl Rose Some Slack

05.23.2008

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In a new report from Artisan News Service, Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum airs out his feelings about Scott Weiland’s recent departure from the band. Weiland fronted Velvet Revolver for five years, but called it quits with the band on April 1 and is back at the helm of his former band Stone Temple Pilots.
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