‘Angry Birds’ gets metal with Iron Maiden tribute

‘Angry Birds’ gets metal with Iron Maiden tribute

Apparently the team behind Angry Birds are big metalheads. A new character is coming to the mobile game Angry Birds Evolution: a bird version of Iron Maiden’s undead mascot, Eddie. For a limited time, Angry Birds Evolution players have a chance to unlock Eddie the Bird and wreak heavy metal havoc. Players can unlock Eddie the Bird starting Oct. 18. Sick. Read more… More about Mobile, Music, Gaming, Angry Birds, and Iron MaidenRead full story

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Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotify before it’s too late

Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotify before it’s too late

Tuhin Roy is hoping to find the next big thing in music—before it’s too late.  “Not only are we looking for the next Spotify or Pandora or consumer music service, but a lot of the startups we interact with are helping in less visible ways,” said Roy, vice president of new digital business at Universal Music Group, one of the three major record labels. The times they are still a-changin’. The music industry is finding its footing after almost two decades of upheaval. Once-maligned streaming services are now driving serious…

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Johnny Cash’s smart-alecky to-do list

Johnny Cash’s smart-alecky to-do list

The late-great Johnny Cash had a playful sense of humor, as evidenced by this to-do list. According to a 2012 New York Times article, the note, which was hand written by the legendary Man in Black, was sold at auction in 2010 for $6,250. Julien’s Auction reports the list appears on page 64 of the 2005 book, Cash: An American Man. (bookofjoe) photo by Jim Marshall (the story of Cash flipping the bird is here)Read full story

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1980: Gene Simmons rocks a photo studio in full ‘Demon’ mode

1980: Gene Simmons rocks a photo studio in full ‘Demon’ mode

Image: Waring Abbott/Getty Images After a slow start in the early 1970s, New York glam-metal band KISS rose to stardom after adopting their signature makeup and stage personas. The Starchild, Demon, Catman, and Space Ace achieved massive commercial success not only through their albums and concerts but through their characters, which they licensed to comic books, costumes, toys, board games and other merchandise. In the spring of 1980, just after the release of their eighth studio album Unmasked, bassist and lead vocalist Gene Simmons visited a cramped New York studio…

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A fun, multi-instrument cover of ‘Hey Ya!’ by Walk off the Earth

A fun, multi-instrument cover of ‘Hey Ya!’ by Walk off the Earth

You probably remember indie Canadian band Walk off the Earth from their 2012 viral cover of Gotye’s “Somebody that I used to know.” In the video, five band members cover the song by playing just one guitar… all together. Well, they’re still doing their thing, and by “doing their thing,” I mean “covering pop music in clever and unusual ways.” They pull out some wacky instruments for their latest, a fun and entertaining cover of Outkast’s 2003 hit “Hey Ya!” The band starts a U.S. tour in March 2018. (reddit)…

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How musician Dan Deacon collaborated with real rats for the Rat Film soundtrack

How musician Dan Deacon collaborated with real rats for the Rat Film soundtrack

Today, Dan Deacon, composer of avant-EDM, freaky electro, and contemporary classical works, released his score for Theo Anthony’s new documentary Rat Film, about the history of Baltimore told through its rodent population. Deacon’s collaborators for the score? Actual rats. From NPR’s All Things Considered, Deacon’s explanation of how the rats worked with him on the track above, titled “Redlining”: At the onset of the project, [director] Theo [Anthony] asked me if I could make music with rats. After some thought, my brain landed on the concept of an enclosure made…

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