The Riptides

The Riptides Five days in the working week – five new streams from Today we’re bringing you a selection of music from the Riptides‘ Red Scare debut Hang Out. The Ottawa, Ontario band plays a dynamic mix of classic pop punk a la Screeching Weasel and the Queers intertwined with tougher street anthems that just scream for audience participation.

Head to the Riptides’ Punknews profile to stream four songs from the record.

This marks our fifth brand new stream this week. You can still check out new music from Nothington, Statues, Sounds Like Violence and a joint project between Reel Big Fish and Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer.
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The Ergs! post new music

The Ergs! have posted some new music online. These include “Linus and Lucy,” a popular jazz piano piece written by Vince Guaraldi and popularized in the Peanuts animated television specials, and a track from their upcoming split 7″ with the Grabass Charlestons. The former is an online exclusive while the latter is expected later this year from No Idea. You can find both on their myspace page.

The band released Dorkrockcorkrod in 2005 and Jerseys Best Prancers last year. They’ll release their upcoming album, Upstars/Downstairs in April via Dirtnap Records.
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Jesu posts full album stream of “Conqueror”

Jesu Jesu has posted a full stream of their upcoming album Conqueror at this website.

The album is the first of three releases schedule this year by Justin Broadrick. The LP will be followed by a limited edition, 12″ EP with 2 “experimental compositions” is planned for release on Aurora Borealis. The other release is a limited edition 12″ split EP with Temporary Residence experimental ambient act Eluvium.

All of the above follows the outfit’s 2006 EP, Silver, as well as 2005s self-titled full-length, both of which were received with some critical acclaim.

Plans for a U.S. tour in support of Conqueror are expected, to be followed shortly by tours of Japan and Europe.
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Chris Cornell leaves Audioslave

Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell has announced he will be leaving the group due to "irresolvable personality conflicts as well as musical differences". There has been no further word on whether the band will continue without him, and if so, who would take over vocal duties.

Meanwhile, the remaining members of Audioslave will be taking part in the "knockout blow" reunion of the year, with their prior vocalist Zach de la Rocha, in the form of Rage Against the Machine at this year's Coachella festival. Guitarist Tom Morello has stated that the reunion is a one-shot deal.

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Nvidia and Transgaming Team Up For Mac Gaming

TransGaming Joins Forces with NVIDIA to Bring Top Tier Video Games to the Macintosh

TORONTO, ONTARIO ­February 6, 2007 – TransGaming Inc. (TSX-V:TNG – "TransGaming"), a leading developer of software portability products for the electronic entertainment industry, announced today a collaboration with NVIDIA Corporation, the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, to bring top tier video games to the Intel-based Macintosh platform using TransGaming’s Cider portability engine in conjunction with NVIDIA’s CgFX graphics system.

TransGaming’s Cider technology revolutionizes the migration and deployment of triple-A video games for the Intel Macintosh by eliminating the time and expense of porting Windows games to the Mac. Today’s video games deliver immersive graphics and game play using high-level shader language (HLSL) technologies pioneered by NVIDIA. The collaboration between TransGaming and NVIDIA now allows Cider to run high-level shaders created for Microsoft’s Direct3D platform using the NVIDIA CgFX framework. To accomplish this, TransGaming and NVIDIA have worked together to improve Cg in several areas, ranging from Effect (.fx) file compatibility through to performance, resulting in the ability to release more high-end games on the Mac with Cider.

”The collaboration between TransGaming and NVIDIA is an important step for Mac gaming. Our collaborative efforts with Cg provide a sophisticated alternative implementation of Direct3D compatible high level shaders on the Mac; this is important because Microsoft restricts the distribution of Direct3D on non-Microsoft platforms. We look forward to releasing many blockbuster titles this year with Cg”, stated Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming.

“NVIDIA’s work with TransGaming has greatly accelerated the development of the CgFX graphics system. TransGaming’s cross platform experience has allowed us to make CgFX more compatible with developer’s existing shader systems, and opens the door to a consistent developer model for deploying shader effects in different environments. The combination of Cider and Cg will give Mac gamers the best gaming experience possible and we’re pleased to be working with TransGaming to change the Mac gaming landscape”, said Roy Taylor, VP of Content Engagement for NVIDIA.

Quake Wars Ported To XBox 360 and PS3

id Software Confirms Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars for Next-Generation Consoles

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb 13, 2007: The war between the GDF and Strogg will soon be igniting on next-generation consoles as id Software and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI) today confirmed that Enemy Territory: QUAKE WarsTM, the team-based first person action title, and already one of the most anticipated new properties of 2007 is coming to next-gen platforms. In this epic multiplayer-focused game, players can choose to defend humanity as a part of the Global Defense Force (GDF) or destroy it as a merciless Strogg alien invader. Under the executive production of id Software, Nerve Software is developing Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars for the Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, while Z-Axis is the developer for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.

"We're pleased to be working with Nerve and Z-Axis to bring the highly-anticipated gameplay from Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars to the Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software.

Winner of more than 15 awards in 2006 and already selected as one of the most anticipated new titles in 2007 by more than eight publications, Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars is being developed for the Windows PC by Splash Damage – the Nerve Software and Z-Axis console versions will also feature strategic team play, persistent character promotions and online stats tracking. Players choose to battle as one of five unique classes in either the conventionally armed GDF army or the futuristic Strogg invasion force, each outfitted with specialist weapons and combat hardware. In this adrenaline pumping fight for survival, warring forces utilize a variety of different vehicles, deployable structures, and defense systems including quad-bikes, tanks, and alien walkers for epic ground assaults; or helicopters and anti-gravity ships to unleash airborne attacks. Throughout each battle, teams establish bases, deploy defense structures, artillery, radar, and advanced forward-command systems into enemy territory while constructing and demolishing obstacles to speed progress and gain a tactical advantage over the opponent. Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars features 16-player battles on the console systems, delivering the ultimate team-and objective-based multiplayer experience.

Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

Ozzfest 2007 for Free?

Heavy Metal Fans everywhere just got a little happier.  Livenation has announced that this year OZZFEST WILL BE FREE!!!!!! 
Full press release below….. 


"This will change everybody’s impression of the way touring in the summer in America should be."–Sharon Osbourne

Imagine a day of wall-to-wall hard rock.

Imagine the world's greatest headliner sharing a bill with cutting edge new artists.

Imagine if this brass-knuckled beast was hellbent on coming to your town.

Imagine this earth-pounding event…FOR FREE.

2007 will forever mark the year OZZFEST spiked the concert industry's punch and gave every head-banging American kid a reason to strap on an air guitar with the historic announcement that tickets to the summer’s premiere touring concert festival won't cost fans a dime.

Testing one, two, three…

That's right, OZZY and SHARON OSBOURNE and tour producer LIVE NATION broke the news today at the Concert Industry Consortium in Los Angeles that their 12th annual hard rock spectacular–a 25-date extravaganza launching July 7 in Los Angeles–is pulling the plug on ticket prices and giving the power back to the fans calling this summer’s OZZFEST "FreeFest." The other OZZFEST cities as of now are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, Charlotte, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Nashville. Note: a final confirmed list of cities and dates is forthcoming.

"For the last few years," says SHARON, "ticket prices have steadily climbed as artists demand more and more money for summer tours. We certainly want everybody to make money, however we also want the kids to be able to afford to come out and have an incredible experience. If we continued with the traditional touring festival model, we would have no choice but to raise ticket prices again this year."

Cited as “one of rock’s biggest juggernauts” in the cover feature of Sunday's New York Times' “Arts and Leisure” section (6/25/06), OZZFEST and Live Nation will turn to sponsors to provide added support for the festival's new incarnation. This summer’s OZZFEST will provide select sponsors with a unique opportunity to engage fans one-on-one utilizing one of music’s best known brands.

"We're reaching the same point we did years ago when kids no longer wanted to pay for overpriced CDs," compares Sharon. "As a result, they found alternative ways of getting music. That’s what’s happening with summer touring in this country, it’s out-pricing itself. We started this and we want to keep it and we want to make it bigger and bigger each year by getting bigger sponsors to be involved with the festival and underwriting the festival. That’s what it’s about."

“For the past 11 years, music fans have made OZZFEST the most successful and enduring rock music festival in the United States,” said Jason Garner, Live Nation President of North American Concerts. “What better way to say ‘Thank You’ to the music fans who have made this possible than inviting them to attend OZZFEST for free.”

To gain entry into the event, fans will go to or to find links that will direct them to special sponsor sites where tickets can be secured. More details regarding the process are forthcoming.

As OZZFEST’s founder and namesake, OZZY will make his triumphant return to the headlining position on this year's mainstage after surprising fans last year by performing on the down-and-dirty second stage at a handful of dates. Audiences can expect the Prince of Darkness to unveil new songs from his forthcoming studio album, OZZY’s first disc of new material since 2001. While the rest of the in-progress bill is under wraps, Sharon points out, "we have bands committed, but we’re hoping that after today's announcement we’ll have a whole influx of artists who want to be a part of something this ground breaking. We know there aren't any major headlining acts that would tour all summer for nothing, but we're confident we can turn some of the genre's biggest bands on to what we're doing and have them come out to play a date or two. If they're in town and want the rush of performing in front of 20,000 frenzied kids, they're more than welcome to join us. They can sell their t-shirts, CDs and whatever else they've got. They're also welcome to book their own shows in local venues on the day of OZZFEST. I’m not stopping them. People have to be creative and think of alternatives."

Since 1996, OZZFEST has been a virtual breeding ground for rising bands. The festival has been instrumental in igniting the careers of platinum-selling artists like System of a Down, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Incubus, Slipknot, Queens of the Stoneage and Godsmack. Along with supporting bands on the rise including Avenged Sevenfold, Mudvayne, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coli, among others.

“OZZFEST was created to keep this genre of music alive by showcasing new talent," states Sharon. "You better believe we’re going to keep perpetuating that by hand-picking compelling new bands that are hungry for OZZFEST's career-making exposure."

First new song from The Almost (Underoath, Sunny Day Real Estate)

The Almost have released the first track from their debut album Southern Weather which will be released through a joint venture between Tooth & Nail and Virgin Records. The band began as the solo project of Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie and features collaborations with Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk as well as The Starting Line’s Kenny Vasoli.

The band will also be supporting the album on this summers Warped Tour.

You can check out “Say This Sooner” in Windows Media or Real formats.

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Hifi Handgrenades (ex-Suicide Machines) debuts song, first show info

Detroit, MI’s Hifi Handgrenades, who feature Ryan Vandeberghe, formerly of the Suicide Machines, as well as (ex-)members of Hoarse, the Grand Nationals and Hey Sailor, have posted a song and announced info for their first show. The band attests to playing “melodic punk in the tradition of Descendents, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion, the Replacements and Hüsker Dü.”

The tune, entitled “Carry On,” is available for streaming on the band’s newly unveiled MySpace page. The show will take place Friday, March 9, at Small’s.

The Suicide Machines broke up in May 2006.
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Tours: Love Equals Death with AFI, Smoke or Fire

Love Equals Death has announced some March dates supporting AFI and co-headlining with labelmates Smoke Or Fire. The AFI dates will also feature Viva Hate while the Smoke or Fire dates will include both the Shook Ones and Love Me Destroyer.

The band continues to support their 2006 Fat Wreck Chords debut, Nightmerica.

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More updates from Lifetime’s Dan Yemin

Lifetime‘s Dan Yemin has posted the latest update from the band to their Myspace page. In it, Dan discusses the band’s touring plans, touring mates and also mentions his other project, Paint It Black.

You can click Read More to check it out.

Lifetime released Lifetime this week. It is their first new studio record since 1997’s Jersey’s Best Dancers

Editor’s note from Chris: I will also be interviewing Dan and Lifetime later this week, so if you have something that you’re dying for Mr. Yemin to answer, clarify or explain, post away below.
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New Found Glory and the Automatic added to Warped Tour

New Found Glory Warped has announced the latest additions to the tour this year. First, is long-running pop-punk outfit, New Found Glory and the second is UK-based post punk outfit The Automatic.

The former is touring in support of their latest full length, Coming Home and you can find two songs from the album on their Profile.

The latter will be appearing from late June through Jule 24th. They are a critically acclaimed act which has drawn comparisons to Fugazi, Bloc Party, Interpol and the Blood Brothers. Some music is available on their myspace page.
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