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Review: Cold War Kids – Audience (Live)

Cold War Kids - Live

Live albums are typically used by a record label to either fill in the time between album releases by an artist, or to take advantage of when a band is at its peak popularity. With no shortage of catalog material, Cold War Kids have released their first live album entitled Audience. The band has released six studio albums to date, with very little lag coming in between each of the releases. Recorded on September 24, 2017 in Athens, GA, Audience capitalizes on the band’s live strengths, which is to keep the music flowing from song to song, all the while engaging the crowd in belting out each memorable hook.

Review: Hidden Hospitals – Liars

Hidden Hospitals - Liars

Hidden Hospitals have cemented themselves as one of my favorite current rock bands. As I was listening through Liars, I was taken back to what got me into the band in the first place. Their 2015 album, Surface Tension, was a breath of fresh air. They didn’t sound like anything on the radio. They aren’t afraid to try new things when it comes to their music and with Liars they encapsulate rock ‘n roll in their own way.

Forever the Sickest Kids Announce ‘Underdog Alma Mater’ Vinyl

Forever The Sickest Kids are celebrating the ten year anniversary of Underdog Alma Mater by pressing it to vinyl:

In honor of the 10 year anniversary of our first full-length album, “Underdog Alma Mater”, we are officially announcing the limited edition vinyl! Oddly enough, “Underdog Alma Mater” is the only Forever the Sickest Kids full-length album so far that never got a vinyl edition, so we are in the process of getting these pressed and ready to ship as fast as possible!

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Mark Hoppus Talks Las Vegas Residency

Mark Hoppus talked with Las Vegas Magazine about Blink-182’s upcoming residency:

Well, we want to make a show that appeals to people who are huge blink-182 fans, who have been following us forever and want to see some of the older stuff, some of the deeper cuts, but we also want to put on a great show for people who are in Vegas for the weekend, who decide, “I want to see blink-182,” so we’re trying to put together a set that will appeal to hardcore fans as well as people who are coming out to their first blink-182 show.

When discussing the idea of something for the 20th anniversary of Enema of the State (next year), Mark said:

Next year will be 20 years of Enema of the State, so it’s definitely something we’ve talked about and is on the horizon. I don’t know that we’ll do a whole album for the residency in Vegas, but it’s definitely something that we plan to do in the future.

Tidal Hits Back Against Rumors of Wrongdoing With Its Own Investigation

Amy X. Wang, writing at Rolling Stone:

As the list of fraud accusations against Jay-Z’s Tidal lengthens, the music-streaming service is countering with its own investigation – not into the accuracy of its data, but into how that data had been potentially breached. […] In a statement provided to Rolling Stone on Friday, Tidal CEO Richard Sanders emphatically rejected DN’s claims – but, in what may appear a bit of a contradiction, said the company is asking an “independent, third party cyber-security firm” to review a potential data breach.