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News Flashes 08.31.22: Mark Hoppus and Beauty School Dropout Music Video, Arctic Monkeys’ Special Show Request, and Accessible Festivals Continues to Do Good

— Today we talk about Mark Hoppus teaming up with Beauty School Dropout, Arctic Monkeys’ upcoming show in New York, and a grant that helps people with disabilities attend live shows. — Mark Hoppus Helps Beauty School Dropout Become Almost Famous Beauty School Dropout premiered a new music video on Billboard this morning that we can’t stop watching. Not only does the band crush it with their song “Almost Famous” but it features an incredibly fun addition: Mark Hoppus. In the video, Hoppus is trying to guide the band to music stardom as someone who has found that success himself.… Read more »

Music Reviews

Album review: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Humbug’

The history of rock is full of “Eureka!” flashes of brilliance. Chuck Berry had the idea to fuse country with the blues. Bob Dylan took folk music electric. Nikki Sixx realized that the line “I’d say we’ve kicked some ass” could rhyme with “I’d say we’re still kickin’ ass.” For the Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, the big light bulb idea came in 2005: Get huge by thinking small. Write scrappy little Brit-punk tunes about the humdrum town you’re stuck in, the pissy little pubs you can’t get into, the local girls who aren’t desperate enough to dance with you. Give… Read more »


Arctic Monkeys Could Eclipse Beatles Chart Record

Arctic Monkeys extraordinary success looks set to continue with their new album release “Favourite Worst Nightmare”, with new chart rules resulting in a possible singles placing for all 12 tracks. The Sheffield band’s second album is already on track to break their own album sales record, and internet downloads mean that 10 of the tracks are already charting in the Top 75 singles chart, according to music chain HMV. For every seven singles being bought in the UK, one is an Arctic Monkeys track. HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo reveals to press “The Arctic Monkeys are currently on course to have… Read more »


Arctic Monkeys face the music with 2nd album

Young indie rockers Arctic Monkeys, who made history with Britain’s fastest-selling debut album in 2006, are out to prove they are no one-hit wonders with their second record released on Monday. Critics wonder if the weight of expectation will be too much for the musicians from the northern city of Sheffield, among the first to make it big by harnessing the power of the Internet. Alexis Petridis, music critic for the Guardian newspaper, called “Favourite Worst Nightmare” arguably the most anticipated second album in a decade. Judging by early reviews and the reaction of fans at gigs across the country,… Read more »


Arctic Monkeys drop media-shy stance for new CD

The sophomore slump. Second-year blues. The “difficult” second album. None of these phrases are in Alex Turner’s vocabulary. As frontman for the Arctic Monkeys, one of Britain’s most successful and important bands of the decade, Turner is unfazed by the pitfalls of following up a zeitgeist-shaping debut. “Was it a difficult album to record? No,” Turner says from Milan, in the midst of a promotional tour, “because ever since we finished the first album (in September 2005), we’ve been writing songs for this one. So it wasn’t like a rush at the last minute.” Nonetheless, things have changed in Monkeyworld.… Read more »


Arctic Monkeys Take Two NME Music Awards

British bands swept the NME music awards on Thursday, with last year’s champions the Arctic Monkeys doing it again in 2007 with two more prizes. But the United States were also honored, with My Chemical Romance taking the Best International Band category and The Killers winning Best Video for “Bones.” “This is the verdict of the real passionate British music fans, the ones who keep the music scene alive at gigs up and down the country week-in and week-out,” said NME editor Conor McNicholas. “It’s a reflection of how strong the British music scene is that there’s so much to… Read more »


Killers, Arctic Monkeys Top Brit Awards

The Killers and the Arctic Monkeys, indie rockers from opposite sides of the Atlantic, took two trophies apiece Wednesday at Britain’s prestigious music-industry awards, the Brits. Las Vegas natives The Killers, who broke out in Britain before finding success at home, were named international group of the year at the British equivalent of the Grammys. They also took the international album prize for “Sam’s Town.” Infectious rockers the Arctic Monkeys – who released Britain’s fastest-selling debut album after building a cult Internet following – were named best British band. The Sheffield quartet also took the British album prize for “Whatever… Read more »


5 Most Surprising Covers Of “Hey There Delilah” To Celebrate Song’s 18th Birthday

Today, we wish a very happy birthday to “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s as the indispensable emo-pop song turns 18 years old. Not only that, but Fearless Records, who released the song on May 9, 2006, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the label’s inception this year. Over the past three decades, they have been home to some of the scene’s greatest acts, including Movements, Pierce The Veil, I Prevail, Plain White T’s, and more. It’s a whirlwind of celebrations for two monumental entities that molded the 2000s emo scene. Let’s be honest: “Hey There Delilah” had all… Read more »

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