March 26, 2014 Q101 Music News
For the video for their new single, “Guilty All The Same (featuring Rakim),” Linkin Park has decided to offer fans something different: a playable video game. Fans can take apart the pieces and remix both the song and the game in any way they want, using the tools provided in Project Spark, a free software platform created by Microsoft Corp. that lets players make their own video games on Xbox One and Windows 8 computers.
Linkin Park has posted their own seven-minute version of the video/game on their website, writing: “Here it is: our collaboration with Project Spark. Instead of a traditional music video for GUILTY ALL THE SAME (feat. Rakim), we are giving you this as a starting line for you guys to create and share. This is the first interactive, remixable game. We look forward to seeing what you make with it.” The band also provides a link where fans can get started on their own interpretations of the song and game.
The idea for the project was first hatched last year, when LP’s Joe Hahn attended video game convention E3 in June. “I saw this cool demo for Project Spark, and it just blew my mind,” Hahn told Billboard in a recent interview. “For me, the next step was to see if we could showcase our next song as a game instead of a video.”
Check out the band’s version of “Guilty All The Same” below:
Foster The People’s new album, Supermodel, has finally hit stores in the U.S., and frontman Mark Foster says the album really shows the juxtaposition of life in the U.S. versus that in other countries. Foster traveled the world for inspiration for the 11 new songs, and then the trio moved into a home in Malibu, CA to record. “It’s really about the difference between the culture that we live in in L.A. and looking at the rest of the world and seeing how other people live with the focus on community, communication, real connections, social media and how social media is affecting our culture now,” Foster told Billboard.com. “I think it’s looking at isolation in the U.S. and that being something that’s kind of growing, and comparing that to other cultures that are really very in tune with how people have been living for thousands of years.” The band’s U.S. tour kicks off on April 8 in Pomona, CA.
Sevendust has added a second leg to their An Evening With Sevendust acoustic tour, which kicks off April 1 in Athens, GA. The trek is now set to run until June 28 in Kent, CT. The band is hitting the road to promote their forthcoming acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires, which will be released on April 15 via 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. To craft the set, the group took suggestions from fans about which Sevendust songs they should re-record acoustically. The final choices that made the cut are: “Black,” “Gone,” “Denial,” “Karma,” “Trust,” and “Crucified.”
After some extensive reunion tours in recent years, the Pixies have decided it is time to release a new album as well. The band’s new collection, Indie Cindy, will be their first full studio album since 1991’s Trompe le Monde, and it will be released on April 29 in North America on the band’s own independent label, Pixiesmusic. The album will be comprised of the previously released song “Bagboy;” the eight tracks from EP-1 and EP-2, released September 3, 2013 and January 3, 2014 respectively; plus the three new tunes from the just-released EP-3. “We started seriously talking about recording new music about four years ago,” said drummer David Lovering. “New music seemed like something we just had to do, we just couldn’t continue to go out and tour without anything new. So the talk evolved into writing and recording, and we’re all very happy with the way everything worked out.”
Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, known to fans of the theatrical shock rock band as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his home in his Richmond, VA on Sunday. Brockie was only 50-years-old. Richmond police reportedly do not suspect foul play, and the Medical Examiner’s officer has yet to determine the official cause of death. Gwar manager Jack Flanagan issued a statement that reads: “It is with a saddened heart that I confirm my dear friend, Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR, passed away at approximately 6:50 PM Sunday, March 23, 2014. His body was found Sunday by his bandmates at his home in Richmond, VA. A full autopsy will be performed. More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”
Australian trio Wolfmother took fans by surprise on Sunday when they unexpectedly dropped their third album, New Crown, via their Facebook page, linking to a Bandcamp account where fans can buy the 10-track album or stream it in full. The band is still fronted by longtime singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale, along with newer members, bassist/keyboardist Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele.
Twitter announced on Friday that is dropping its Twitter #Music app, one year after the much-hyped app launched. The #Music app has disappeared from Apple’s App Store, and will stop working altogether as of April 18, exactly a year after its debut.
The app allowed users to discover music via others’ tweets, as well as stream via Spotify or Rdio, watch videos on YouTube or VEVO and purchase songs through the iTunes Music Store. Twitter said in a latter tweet on Friday that “We continue to experiment with new ways to bring you great content based on the music activity we see every day on Twitter.”
Both EDM America TV and Q101 will be featuring this weekend’s massive Ultra Music Festival streaming live on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we’ll have the links up for you on the slider of the Q101 homepage for you to link to the broadcast.