Kesha’s Rape and Abuse Claims Dismissed

All but one of Keshaʼs legal claims against Dr. Luke were dismissed by a judge. From Marc Hogan, at Pitchfork:

On Kesha’s claims that Dr. Luke violated the New York statutes commonly known as “hate crime” laws, Kornreich ruled that Kesha failed to allege Dr. Luke “harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha.” The judge added, “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”

Chat Announcement: Scott Russo from Unwritten Law

Unwritten Law

I’m excited to announce that we’ll be doing our first ever AMA chat on the new website tomorrow with none other than the lead singer of Unwritten Law, Scott Russo. Tomorrow at 3pm PST / 6pm EST we’ll be opening up this thread and members can talk with Scott about their new acoustic album, life on the road, or really anything you’d like. If you haven’t signed up for an account yet, now’s a great time to make sure you’re ready.

Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Punk Albums

Rolling Stone have put together a list of the Top 40 Punk Albums. No London Calling, but Enema of the State? I knew I was an absolute punk.

Punk rock started in 1976 on New York’s Bowery, when four cretins from Queens came up with a mutant strain of blitzkrieg bubblegum. The revolution they inspired split the history of rock & roll in half. But even if punk rock began as a kind of negation — a call to stark, brutal simplicity — its musical variety and transforming emotional power was immediate and remains staggering. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ toweringly influential self-titled debut, we’ve compiled a list of the 40 Greatest Punk Albums of All Time.

WhatsApp Turns on Encryption

Cade Metz, writing for Wired, tells the inside story of WhatsApp turning on end-to-end encryption.

More than a billion people trade messages, make phone calls, send photos, and swap videos using the service. This means that only Facebook itself runs a larger self-contained communications network. And today, the enigmatic founders of WhatsApp, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, together with a high-minded coder and cryptographer who goes by the pseudonym Moxie Marlinspike, revealed that the company has added end-to-end encryption to every form of communication on its service.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Is Out — Watch It With BB-8

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available on Blu-ray and digital download. Also, if you have one of those Sphero BB-8 toys, it’ll watch and react to the the movie with you.

Your new and improved BB-8 can actually “watch” the film with you and react to everything that happens. I’m sure he’ll have a thing or two to say when the onscreen BB-8 gets tossed around the Millennium Falcon in Rey’s first flight.

Hot Hot Heat Announce Final Album; Stream “Kid Who Stays In The Picture”

Hot Hot Heat will release their final album, Hot Hot Heat, on June 24th. You can stream the first single, “Kid Who Stays In The Picture,” below.

To be able to tour from 1999 to 2014 and play hundreds of shows a year was amazing. It changed all of our lives. It was the greatest experience I could ever imagine. I can relate to our fans and I respect our fans. They are the kind of people I’d hang out with. I’m proud of every single record, and of finding the ground between making it challenging and fresh, but also not being afraid to be entertaining and put on a crazy show. Every show we ever did was just a total high energy spectacle and that’s a great legacy to have.