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Keep calm but fight the power. Under the glow of the Washington Monument, The Roots, Public Enemy and Living Colour delivered a rousing free concert Saturday night (Sept. 24) to herald the opening of the National Museum of African American Heritage & Culture to a sprawling, exceptionally courteous crowd dotted with baby strollers and reverence. (Billboard.com)

The Freedom Sounds show punctuated a weekend of D.C. celebrations that saw a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Center, a surprise late-night parade through a downtown corridor led by Dave Grohl and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a formal dedication of the museum by President Barack Obama and performances on the mall by acts including Angelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello and Experience Unlimited.

Fusion rockers Living Colour kicked up a high-energy set that accented their tight, cohesive musicianship on hits, including “Cult of Personality,” “Funny Vibe” and “Time’s Up,” plus covers of Robert Johnson’s “Preachin’ Blues,” which will be on the band’s upcoming new album Shade, and somewhat odd choice of the Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go.”

The centerpiece was their boisterous reboot of Notorious B.I.G. song “Who Shot Ya,” which the band recorded this summer in reaction to the rampant gun violence both from police and within the African American community. Guitarist Vernon Reid introduced the song with a sober message: “There’s a lot of bad shit going on… how many more names do we need to memorize?” and reminder that “any of us could be at the wrong place at any time because bullets don’t discriminate.”

Public Enemy’s performance was delayed a half-hour but as the clock wound down so did the sun, providing a fittingly dramatic backdrop for the prolific, prophetic hip-hop masters to bring the noise. Accompanied by the full PE camp, including Professor Griff and DJ Terminator X, Chuck D and Flavor Flav unleashed their oral history — and some synchronized stage moves to boot.

There were condemnations and inspiration. At one point Flavor asked an obliging crowd to put up their middle finger and say “F–k Racism, f–k separatism,” then asked them to make a peace sign for the future. Chuck D instructed eyewitnesses to keep “fighting the power that don’t allow you to be a human being.”

But on this stage it was PE’s songs that spoke loudest as their tirades coursed through classics including “911 Is A Joke,” “Don’t Believe The Hype” “Can’t Truss It” — with Chuck D noting, “You can trust the museum” — “Shut ‘Em Down” and set closer “Fight the Power,” which the band dedicated to Radio Raheem, aka actor Bill Nunn, who played the street philosopher in the Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing.” Nunn passed away Saturday at age 63.

And there was humor. Flavor, who dedicated a striking bass solo to jazz great Stanley Clarke, whom he said was in the house, took his moment in the nation’s capital to a deliver a soliloquy asking for an invite to the White House, imploring, “All I want is to take a picture, I want to get an autograph and I want to keep the pen.”

The Roots brought the party vibe in a rollicking hour-long “late night” closer (the concert had a hard end time of 10 p.m.) that showcased their soulful hip-hop. They wove in a Philly tribute in the theme from Rocky, which band leader Questlove said was “in the name of freedom and liberty, in the name of justice” and a tone-perfect cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” which they’ve been performing for years but resonated particularly strongly on this night.

Questlove dedicated the band’s set to “anyone, anywhere who has ever lifted a camera or a voice, who’s ever lifted a fist or a flag, or taken a knee against social injustice.”

His remarks seemed to reflect the spirit of the night — that if those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it, then the new museum’s testimony provides a beacon of hope for the future.

(Content from Billboard.com

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Behind the Music: ISLANDER

Shortly after the start of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Korn bassist Fieldy invited Avenged Sevenfold drummer Arin Ilejay to check out a band called Islander, which was playing hours before the two headliners were scheduled to perform.

“I watched their set and instantly fell in love,” Ilejay says. “Their sound was so cool and diverse and I became good friends with those guys and went back every day to watch them. The song ‘Counteract’ [from the band’s 2014 album, Violence & Destruction] especially blew my mind. I was like, ‘Dude, I wish I could sit in on the drums just for that song!'”

P.O.D. Release Touching New Video for ‘Beautiful’

P.O.D. have revealed their brand new music video for their track beautiful via VEVO. The song is the band’s third single off of their latest album, ‘Murdered Love.’

The video was directed by Rich Ragsdale, who has also directed clips for The Sword and Lenny Kravitz, with co-direction from Brooks Jones.
The clip starts off with a boy who gets bullied and tossed in a dumpster. In the dumpster he finds these surreal goggles in which he sees an eerie looking man who turns out to be a very ‘Beautiful’ friend.
The song ‘Beautiful’ is available for 69 cents for a limited-time only at iTunes. P.O.D. fans will be able to give fans a ‘Beautiful’ experience this summer as they have recently announced that they will be embarking on a co-headlining tour with Flyleaf. The trek kicks off on July 13 in Wisconsin and wraps up Aug. 17 in Wyoming. For a full list of dates, click here.

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Motörhead Motörboat announce Slayer Blood Moon show

Motorhead‘s Motorboat Cruise is going to make for some pretty choppy waters with all the rocking going on. Organizers have made several additions to the lineup, while also announcing a very special performance on the opening night of the cruise and revealing some of the theme nights in store for those on board.

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Show Review From: crypticrock.com

With the winter season upon us, music lovers have had the pleasure of seeing the unveiling of several amazing tours, bringing together some unexpected but incredible talent. December saw the revealing of the Snocore 2015 line-up, which includes Fit For Rivals, Framing Hanley, Adelitas Way, and Flyleaf.

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VOLBEAT returns to USA and CANADA next spring!

Volbeat has announced a Spring, 2015 tour with Anthrax serving as very special guests and Crobot opening the show. A pre-sale goes live on October 29 at 10AM local time in all markets, and can be accessed by all Rebels’n’Angels members! On Halloween, general on-sale begins at 10AM in all markets excluding Grand Forks (9AM) and both Oshawa and Ottawa which will go-live at Noon. Over the past two months, Volbeat has been drawing near capacity crowds in arenas with co-headliner Five Finger Death Punch. Their return to North America in 2015 will feature multiple Canadian dates, alongside appearances coast to coast in the U.S. The itinerary begins on April 24 in Denver, CO.

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Crobot Book Tour With Chevelle | Unveil ‘Night of the Sacrifice’ Visualizer

Posted from Loudwire.com – The fall got a little more rocking with the announcement that Chevelle and Crobot will be teaming up for a late year tour. Dates have just been announced for the run. Meanwhile, Crobot are showing off a little bit more of their new ‘Something Supernatural’ album by exclusively premiering the new visualizer clip for ‘Night of the Sacrifice’

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SEVENDUST has announced the third and final leg of their acoustic U.S. tour in support of their critically acclaimed acoustic album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, which kicks off November 4 in Knoxville, TN at The International. It’s the first time the band will play these cities this year, including the band’s hometown of Atlanta. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 4 at 10:00am EST. They’ll be joined by the Alabama rock band A.Z., who’ll also be performing acoustic.

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Phil Anselmo, Scott Ian, Rex Brown, Chris Broderick, and More Play Pantera Covers on Motörhead’s Motörboat

Pantera’s Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown recently performed as part of the the Metal Allegiance on Motorhead’s Motorboat. Watch fan footage of “A New Level” and “Fucking Hostile” below.

Other members of the allegiance were Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater.

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