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THE COOL KIDS RELEASE FREE NEW MIXTAPE

Because summer’s almost here and wouldn’t be complete without the mixtape to rival all mixtapes, Chicago’s favorite duo of MCs, The Cool Kids, are releasing an album’s worth of new tracks on Gone Fishing (Cake Recordings) for free today! SKOPE IT HERE!

PATRICK WOLF SIGNS TO NYLON RECORDS

Patrick Wolf, the UK-based multi-instrumentalist known for his masterfully orchestrated and emotive songs will release his fourth studio album The Bachelor this summer on NYLON Records.   Patrick is the second signing to NYLON Records, the latest music extension for the influential magazine and brand that already publishes an annual Music Issue as well as…

AOL SPINNER PREMIERES OWL CITY “HOT AIR BALLOON”

Hailing from the quiet town of Owatonna, MN, Owl City is already something of a phenomenon, with over 200,000 tracks and 20,000+ albums sold digitally.   Most recently, the tracks “Hello Seattle” and “Rainbow Veins,” held spots in the top 10 on iTunes Top Electronic Tracks Chart alongside M.I.A., Daft Punk, and The Postal Service.…

JEFFREE STAR TO RELEASE FULL LENGTH DEBUT

JEFFREE STAR is set to unleash his debut album, BEAUTY KILLER, late this summer. The first single, “Prisoner,” debuted on MySpace on Friday and received almost 500,000 plays over the weekend. “Prisoner” now available on iTunes here. JEFFREE STAR is confirmed for the first half of this summer’s Vans Warped Tour and will follow that…

FRANZ FERDINAND TO OPEN FOR GREEN DAY

According to GreenDay.com, Franz Ferdinand will be the second supporting act on the trio’s upcoming tour. The Scottish band will open for Green Day from August 8th through the 26th. For tour dates visit GreenDay.com now.

NEW JAMES MORRISON EP

Singer-songwriter James Morrison has just released a brand new EP on iTunes.   It’s titled Live From Air Studios London and features three songs including his latest single, “Broken Strings” with Nelly Furtado.   Head to JamesMorrisonMusic.com for more information or simply go to iTunes and download your copy right now.

CHOOSE HOOBASTANK’S NEW SINGLE

Hoobastank are close to releasing the next single off of their latest album For(n)ever, but first, they want your input.   The three options are “The Letter,” “Tears of Yesterday” and “All About You.”   To vote, just send a text with the title of the song you want to 66937.   Head to Hoobastank.com…

MAT KEARNY AND KEANE TO HIT THE ROAD

Mat Kearny and Keane will be hitting the road starting this weekend in Los Angeles.   The first show takes place tomorrow at the Hollywood Palladium.   Be sure to frequent MatKearny.com as the singer-songwriter will be posting blogs and pictures from the trek.

M.I.A. NEEDS OPRAH’S HELP

M.I.A. is looking to Oprah to help her fight a cause. The “Paper Planes” singer wrote on her MySpace page about meeting the talk show host at an event honoring Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. M.I.A., who was born in London but is of Sri Lankan descent, is asking Oprah to help draw attention…

JAY-Z READIES NEW SNEAKER

It looks like Kanye West’s Air Yeezys just might have some friendly competition this season. Hip hop mogul Jay-Z is looking to drop a new sneaker just in time for the summer. Hova is currently promoting his new shoe collection called R+ from Rocawear. The kicks are due to hit stores June 1st. SKOPE IT…

EYE’Z DISCOVERS THE POWER OF THEBIZMO.COM

Pop artist Eye’z has placed her first single “Dedicated” for sale for $.99 through www.Thebizmo.com. She is also offering a limited edition CD cover with your purchase. CLICK HERE TO SEE EYE’Z ON THEBIZMO.COM   CLICK HERE TO SEE EYE’Z ON SKOPED OUT   Thebizmo.com is the ultimate online selling tool for musicians. Thebizmo.com lets…

MILEY CYRUS PERFORMS ON AOL SESSIONS

Skope just got the Miley Cyrus / AOL Sessions that she did, and it is really authentic. She does a couple duets with her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, and performs “The Climb”, “Full Circle”.  

SWEET CYANIDE TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM JULY 7

New York’s post-hardcore outfit SWEET CYANIDE will kick-off the summer with the release of their self-titled debut CD, Sweet Cyanide on July 7th on Break Down Lane Music. SWEET CYANIDE has a knack for blending the energy of more abrasive bands with great pop hooks, spiked with hair-raising guitar solos. The first single aptly titled…

3OH!3 SCORES RIAA PLATINUM FOR BREAKTHROUGH FIRST SINGLE

“Don’t Trust Me,” the first single from Photo Finish recording group 3OH!3’s full-length debut, “WANT,” has been certified platinum by the RIAA for digital sales now exceeding 1.1 million.   The single has proven a top 10 sensation, currently standing at #9 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” as it bullets its way up the top 15…

KENNY CHESNEY’S NEW VIDEO “OUT LAST NIGHT”

MySpace Music, the world’s premier music portal, is excited to announce the exclusive premiere of country superstar Kenny Chesney’s new video “Out Last Night.” Beginning Friday, May 1, fans may view the music video in its entirety from Chesney’s highly anticipated Greatest Hits Vol. 2. The album is set for release May 19 on BNA…

THE FRIDAY NIGHT BOYS READY TO DIVE IN WITH DEBUT ALBUM

Fueled By Ramen/Photo Finish/The Party Scene recording group The Friday Night Boys have revealed details of their eagerly awaited full-length debut.   “OFF THE DEEP END” arrives in stores and at all online retailers on June 9th and is available for pre-order now at http://store.fueledbyramen.com. www.myspace.com/thefridaynightboys

THE WARLOCKS OFFER “RED CAMERA” MP3 OFF NEW LP

The Warlocks new LP, The Mirror Explodes, speaks and whispers from all of these places. But where the band’s last long player, Heavy Deavy Skull Lover, tweaked time in an icy-cool, white-noise swirl that evoked a decadent lysergic night, The Mirror Explodes is disorientation through a longer lens-pictures of luck, longing, losing, moods and fever…

THE DEFIBULATORS OFFER NEW MP3 “OL’ WINCHESTER”

THE DEFIBULATORS have made available a new MP3 for downloading and posting from their stellar debut, Corn Money out now through City Salvage Records.     Emerging from the thriving roots scene in New York City, this septet wields an arsenal of instruments (upright bass, banjo, fiddle, backhills harp, Telecaster, and junkyard percussion) with relentless…

MP3: MARK RONSON REMIXES NICKEL EYE

Dying Star, the most recent 7” single from Nickel Eye, includes a Mark Ronson remix of “Brandy of the Damned,” featuring a guest performance by underground rap sensation Wale.   For the “Brandy of the Damned” remix, Ronson adds a complete horn section on top of a hypnotic drum beat, while Wale’s verse ups the…

ELTON JOHN’S THE RED PIANO CONCERT SPECTACULAR ON DVD AND BLU-RAY

Universal Music is proud to present Elton John: The Red Piano on DVD.   Now available everywhere for the first time, this concert (available on DVD or high-definition Blu-ray format) contains the 14-song performance of The Red Piano show, including fan favorites such as “Candle in the Wind,” “Your Song,” “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer.”…

TANYA MORGAN OFFERS NEW SINGLE “MORGAN BLU”

Pea’s production, complete with guitar loop, vocal chops, and swinging drums. Blu jumps off and Von Pea, Ilyas, and Donwill follow suit with stream-of-consciousness flows, flexing their lyrical dexterity and each displaying their unique styles. With Brooklynati Tanya Morgan takes listeners into their own world of rhymes, fun, and classic hip-hop, and “Morgan Blu” is…

FASHAWN OPENS UP FOR IHIPHOP.COM / VIDEO

5-5-9 representative Fashawn chops it up with iHipHop about his upcoming album entirely produced by the infamous Exile, “Boy Meets World,” with features from Blu, Planet Asia, Evidence, Bravo, J Mitchell, and possibly Mistah F.A.B. SKOPE IT HERE!

STEPHEN PERKINS ENDORSES HEAROS HEADPHONES

It is a given, that frequent exposure to loud music can lead to hearing loss.   For musicians who spend their entire life constantly exposed to high sound-pressure levels, this constitutes a very real and very permanent risk.   While many musicians try normal ear plugs to help protect their ears, they are often left…

THE MOTION SICK OFFER PAY WHAT YOU CAN INITIATIVE

As CDs and mp3s serve more as a promotional tool than a revenue stream, The Motion Sick are adding themselves to a rising number of bands looking at innovative ways to distribute music. Recently inspired by a Digg interview with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, the pay what you can initiative available allows fans to…

THE ACADEMY OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC COMES TO OKLAHOMA

The Academy of Contemporary Music, a trailblazing music school, is set to create a new model for music education as it opens it first U.S. campus at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009. The new school, known as the ACM@UCO, will provide unique educational opportunities and targeted, innovative classes for U.S. students who aspire…

LEONA LEWIS HAS A RUN IN WITH A STALKER

Leona Lewis has had a scary run in with a stalker.   According to British paper The Mirror, the “Bleeding Love” singer was followed home from the store to her new Hollywood Hills home, and was so freaked out that she actually decided to go back to her native London while she has security beefed…

OPEN FOR AEROSMITH

Want to open for Aerosmith?   Well soon you can.   When the rockers head out on tour with ZZ Top next month, as an opening act, they plan to bring up two worthy fans to rock out on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith onstage.   One winner from online and one winner from radio will be…

WRITE A SONG ABOUT PEACE AND WIN A GUITAR

Do you think you can write a song that furthers the message of peace?   If so, there is a new contest you should enter.   It’s called the Peace Song Challenge and the winning entry will be selected by a prestigious panel of judges which includes Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf), producer Bob…

BOB DYLAN TOPS ALBUM CHART

Bob Dylan’s latest album, Together Through Life, will debut on top of the Billboard album chart after it sold over 125-thousand copies.   It marks Dylan’s fifth number one album and gives him back-to-back number one records, as 2006’s Modern Times also bowed in the top spot.   The soundtrack to Hannah Montana: The Movie…

DAY26 HAS BEEF WITH DONNIE KLANG?

During MTV’s live finale of Making The Band 4, Donnie Klang stated — once again — his camera time was cut short due to the drama with Day26 and the remaining members of Danity Kane. LiveSteez.com reports Day26 has officially washed their hands of Donnie, explaining that his comment “was like a slap in the…

DAUGHTRY REVEALS ALBUM TITLE

Daughtry recently revealed that the first single off of their highly anticipated sophomore album was going to be the song “No Surprise” and now the guys have just released the title of the new effort.   It’s going to be called Leave This Town.   Chris and the band sat down with Entertainment Tonight to…

DEVIL MAKES THREE SF EXAMINER FEATURE / VIDEO

The Devil Makes Three quite possibly are the best band that you have never heard of. Constantly on tour, selling out dates across the country and in their neck of the woods on the West Coast, this band is busy packing their shows night after night, largely thanks to word of mouth. Feature in SF…

COMCAST & MYSPACE PARTNER WITH GREEN DAY

Comcast is providing exclusive, advance access to live performances from Green Day’s first new album in nearly five years, “21st Century Breakdown” due out on Reprise Records on Friday, May 15th, as well as more than 30 of the band’s videos and concerts in HD, the company announced today.     Comcast Corporation, (Nasdaq: CMCSA,…

PRIMAL SCREAM TO GO DIGITAL ONLY ON NEW ALBUM

‘BEAUTIFUL FUTURE’ is Primal Scream’s ninth studio album. The bulk of the album was produced by Björn Yttling [Peter, Björn and John] and Paul Epworth (Bloc Party). The album features guest collaborations from Lovefoxx of CSS, Josh Homme from Queens Of the Stone Age and folk legend Linda Thompson. As you would expect from one…

PREVIOUSLY ON LOST OFFER “LOST IN 2 MINUTES” MP3

Previously On Lost is a band of dreamers. Jeff Curtin and Adam Schatz who met in New York City on simple musical terms, but soon felt it was time to up the ante. From the ashes of their fiery collaborations birthed the new pop genre “Recapitulation Rock” and in turn, their band Previously on Lost.…

RIGGS’ MONSTER TATTOO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

America’s bloodiest band of heavy metal hellions, SCUM OF THE EARTH, is bringing the world of tattoos and piercing to this seemingly tranquil area of the country.   On April 26, the band’s singer/songwriter/guitarist RIGGS opened the doors to RIGGS’ MONSTER TATTOO parlor.   The new business venture is sure to overwhelm local residents and…

KERO ONE REMIXES TALIB KWELI / MP3

With Kero One’s recently released sophomore LP Early Believers receiving high acclaim and great reviews, the Bay Area-based rapper and producer is staying busy. Already back at work in the studio, Kero, whose production skills are featured throughout Early Believers, was hit up by DJ Deckstream to remix Talib Kweli’s “Keep It In The Pocket”…

MICK JAGGER ARGUES WITH MARLEY’S KIDS

Mick Jagger, Bono, Joss Stone and Bob Marley’s kids, Damian and Stephen, are all working on a charity album for the United Nations.   However, according to British paper The Sun, it isn’t all going smoothly.   Apparently Mick and the Marleys are clashing over when they should be working.   A source told the…