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Video: Maroon 5 sneak peak for “Misery”

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Maroon 5
Maroon 5
Check out a sneak peek of Maroon 5’s video for their new single “Misery.” The action packed, Joseph Kahn (Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, U2) directed clip is set to premiere across MTV’s platform on Thursday, July 1st. “Misery,” which impacted at radio today, will appear on Maroon 5’s third studio album, Hands All Over, due out on September 21st.

To kick off their summer tour, the band just announced they will take the stage at New York City’s Beacon Theatre for “Fuse Presents: Maroon 5 Live From the Beacon Theatre,” airing live in HD, Tuesday, July 27th at 9pm ET on Fuse TV.

Video: The Dirty Heads “Lay Me Down”

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The Dirty Heads
The Dirty Heads
The Dirty Heads’ official music video for their #1 breakthrough single, “Lay Me Down”! The laid back, summery music video follows two teenagers running through the streets of Mexico avoiding the cops and looking for a place to settle down. After the two find their way to a local halfway house, they have just enough time to take part in a round of drinks with The Dirty Heads.

“Lay Me Down,” the band’s first chart topper, was featured on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List,” and is one of the most added and requested songs at dozens of radio stations across the country. The Dirty Heads will continue to sell out shows across the U.S. while touring this summer in support of Sublime with Rome and Matisyahu, as well as performing their own headlining shows and festivals.

Fred the Godson biography

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Fred the Godson
Fred the Godson
Hip Hop is alive and well. For those of you who are skeptical meet South Bronx native, ‘Fred the Godson.’ Known for his cunning rhymes and smooth flow Fred has New York City Hip Hop enthusiasts believing again. Hailed as “The Next Great One,” he is impervious in his restoration of the genre where it emerged decades ago.

Born Fredrick Thomas into a household rich in music, R&B and Rap won his alliance at an early age. His father, who worked as security at the Tunnel, one of New York City’s most prominent Hip Hop clubs, frequently brought the hottest records home before they hit the air-waves, a cherished treasure among a household of seven children. Fred had fallen in love at the age of eight and would, despite being diagnosed with asthma, begin his ascent to achieving his dream of becoming a rapper.

Already known throughout Monroe High School for his quick wit, Fred began free-styling in the late 90’s turning his tongue into a lyrical gem. His delivery, seemingly effortless, and considering his severe asthma condition it was everything but. Years of maturation, over-coming personal hardships and tragedies so common to those who inhibit the ruthless streets of the South Bronx, Fred emerged as an exceptional lyricist. His astute talent for creating metaphors that register to listener’s hours later, is perhaps his most distinctive gift; a gift that won him “Best Male Rapper” at the 2007 Underground Music Awards and editorial in industry magazines such as Juice and XXL.

Attaining a devoted fan base with hugely successful mixtapes They Call Me Flow and American Gangster, and his most recent single “Get ‘em Fred,” currently flooding radio, Fred’s putting Hip Hop on notice, “The Bronx is back!” He’s gained the respect of music industries’ toughest critics and greatest tastemakers, New York’s DJs. DJ Enuff, Suss One, Self and Envy are just a few that are coining Fred the Godson as “Hip Hop’s Messiah.”

Still working with long time contributors TBM/Blockwork but under new management, Fred has returned to the studio. Now guided by famed music execs Shawn Prez (BadBoy Entertainment) and Jer-z (Interscope Records/TakeOver Entertainment), Fred the Godson forges ahead working on his first mainstream debut with his lead street single “Get ‘em Fred” already gaining momentum and “Flawless Victory” set to drop. In an industry flooded with artists claiming to bring rap back to its “Golden Era,’ Fred stands alone, capable with a myriad of talent and rhyming versatility.

Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 released today

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Lego Harry Potter
Lego Harry Potter
LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4, available now in North America for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and Windows PC.

Combining the quirky and fun gameplay of LEGO® with the magic of Harry Potter™, LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 gives gamers the chance to wield the magic and take on the adventure of the first four Harry Potter books and films: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneTM, Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsTM, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanTM, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireTM.

The adventure builds from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes players through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game.

“We are very proud to launch LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, bringing LEGO creativity and humor to the rich characters and wonderful storytelling of the Harry Potter books and films,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “The game is our best LEGO game yet and offers a magical building adventure that families will be able to enjoy playing together.”

Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley™ and Hermione Granger™, as well as more than 170 other favorite characters, fans will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn rewards.

In LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4, players will have the freedom to play alone or in two-player co-op as they explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade, as they relive the adventures like never before with the fun and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames.

Lady Gaga, Rihanna added to DJ Hero

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Axe shredding rockaholics, virtual mix maestros and all of their friends will come together and party this holiday weekend with new downloadable content for Activision Publishing Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero® and DJ Hero®. Available today and featuring some of the biggest hits from global pop sensations such as Lady Gaga, Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Duran Duran and Maroon 5, the Pop 1 Track Pack for the Guitar Hero Music Library and the DJ Hero Dance Party Mix Pack will provide hours of nonstop, party rockin’, beat blastin’ entertainment for the whole crew to enjoy.

Setting the ones and twos ablaze today, the DJ Hero Dance Party Mix Pack delivers a trio of new mixes – Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” Mixed With “Girls On Film” by Duran Duran, Pussycat Dolls’ “Buttons” beat juggle and Rihanna’s “S.O.S.” beat juggle – that will have digital DJ’s spinning, scratching and battling as they take their 4th of July parties to the next level.

Guitar Hero fans looking to pick up their axes, grab their drum sticks or rock the mic right are in for a treat this weekend with a trio of hit pop artists in the Pop 1 Track Pack for the Guitar Hero Music Library that will have these budding musicians rocking out with all their friends to Lady Gaga’s club anthem, “Just Dance,” Maroon 5’s hit single, “This Love” and the Synthpop hit, “Fireflies,” by Owl City.

The Guitar Hero Pop 1 Track Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 440 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation®Store for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system for $5.49 and for Wii™ for 550 Wii Points™. All songs in the track pack will also be released as downloadable singles for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft for 160 Microsoft Points, PLAYSTATION 3 system for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each.

The DJ Hero Dance Party Mix Pack will be available on Xbox 360 for 640 Microsoft Points and PLAYSTATION 3 system for $7.99. All mixes will be released as downloadable singles for Wii for 300 Wii Points each.

Pretty Reckless announce Vans Warped tour

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Pretty Reckless
Pretty Reckless
The Pretty Reckless are kicking off the 2010 Vans Warped Tour today in California. Stay tuned for the release of their debut album, Light Me Up, due out later this year. A brand new EP is available now.

2010 Vans Warped Tour dates:
June 25 / Los Angeles, CA / Home Depot Center
June 26 / San Francisco, CA / Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 27 / Ventura, CA / Seaside Park
June 29 / Phoenix, AZ / Cricket Pavilion
June 30 / Las Cruces, NM / N.M.S.U. Practice Field
July 1 / San Antonio, TX / AT&T Center
July 2 / Houston, TX / The Showgrounds at Sam Houston
July 3 / Dallas, TX / Superpages.com Center
July 5 / St. Louis, MO / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 6 / Indianapolis, IN / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 7 / Pittsburgh, PA / Post Gazette Pavilion
July 8 / Cleveland, OH / Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
July 9 / Toronto, OH / Arrow Hall
July 10 / Montreal, QC / Parc Jean Drapeau
July 11 / Hartford, CT / The Comcast Theatre
July 13 / Boston, MA / Comcast Center
July 14 / Buffalo, NY / Darien Lake PAC
July 15 / Scranton, PA / Toyota Pavilion
July 16 / Philadelphia, PA (Camden) / Susquehanna Bank Center
July 17 / Uniondale, NY / Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 18 / Oceanport, NJ / Monmouth Park Racetrack
July 20 / Washington, D.C. / Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 21 / Virginia Beach, VA / Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 22 / Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 23 / Tampa, FL (Saint Petersburg) / Vinoy Park
July 24 / Miami, FL / Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 25 / Orlando, FL / Firestone Amphitheatre
July 26 / Atlanta, GA / Lakewood Amphitheatre
July 28 / Cincinnati, OH / Riverbend Music Center
July 29 / Milwaukee, WI / Marcus Amphitheatre
July 30 / Detroit, MI / Comerica Park
July 31 / Chicago, IL / First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 1 / Minneapolis, MN / Canterbury Park
Aug 2 / Kansas City, MO (Bonner Springs) / Sandstone Amphitheater
Aug 5 / Edmonton, AB / Northlands Grounds
Aug 7 / Salt Lake City, UT / Utah State Fairgrounds
Aug 8 / Denver, CO / Invesco Field
Aug 11 / Pomona, CA / Pomona Fairplex
Aug 12 / Sacramento, CA / Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug 13 / Boise, ID / Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Aug 14 / Seattle, WA / Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug 15 / Portland, OR / Washington County Fairgrounds

Transformers: War for Cybertron trailer

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Transformers: War for Cybertron
Transformers: War for Cybertron
Transformers: War for Cybertron challenges players to become the ultimate weapon as a TRANSFORMERS character in the final, epic war that will determine the survival of their entire race. Armed with a diverse arsenal of lethal, high-tech weaponry and the ability to instantly convert from robot to vehicle at any time, players will engage in heart-pounding battles on land and in the air in this gripping, 3rd person action shooter set in the TRANSFORMERS’ war-ravaged homeland. Complete with several multiplayer modes, Transformers: War for Cybertron allows gamers to play through story missions with their friends in drop in/drop out online co-op, and also create their own TRANSFORMERS character for competitive head-to-head multiplayer modes, choosing among four distinct character classes, personalizing its look and selecting from a huge variety of weapons, skills and abilities.

Alicia Keys starts summer tour

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Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
With her current single “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” claiming the #1 spot for 5 consecutive weeks on the Urban Mainstream Airplay chart, 12-time Grammy winning singer and multi-platinum superstar Alicia Keys will illustrate why she remains on top of the charts with two upcoming television performances and a headlining concert at the Essence Music Festival.

This Friday, June 25th, Keys will be in an “Empire State of Mind” when she performs her hit songs on Good Morning America’s Concert Series. Held at the Summerstage Rumsey Playfield in New York City’s Central Park, fans can join the New York native as she also announces the winner of her www.iamasuperwoman.com Head Blogger job search, powered by Monster.com.

Topping Billboard’s Artists of the Decade list, Keys will grace the stage at the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday, June 27th with a career retrospective performance. The recipient of four previous BET Awards, this year Keys has been nominated for four BET Awards including Best Female R&B Artist, and three nods for her collaboration on Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” in the categories of Best Collaboration, Video of the Year and Viewers Choice.

On July 3rd, Keys returns to New Orleans for a 3rd time to headline the 16th annual Essence Music Festival. Keys 90-minute set will include all of her hits spanning from her 2001 debut album Songs in A Minor to her current smash album The Element of Freedom.

Celebrating a decade in music, Alicia’s has sold over 30 million critically acclaimed albums and has garnered 12 Grammy Awards amongst other noteworthy awards and honors during her illustrious career. Alicia’s current album, The Element of Freedom, sold 417,000 copies in its first week of release and reached platinum within one month. Alicia recently capped off her sold-out U.S. and international tour with an amazing live performance at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where she continues her unwavering commitment to provide medicine to families with HIV/AIDS via her non-profit organization Keep A Child Alive (KCA).

Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge is now available on the Xbox 360

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505 Games U.S. and Field & Stream, the world’s leading outdoor magazine, today announced that Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge is now available on the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft. In Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge, players master a variety of authentic hunting skills, including bullet trajectory, weapon aim and expert tracking techniques on their quest to become the ‘Total Outdoorsman’.

“Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge is a hunting sim created to meet the outstanding expectations of the respected brand behind it,” said Adam Kline, president of 505 Games U.S. “With this new title, hunting game fans and loyal readers of Field & Stream can now hone their skills in a year-round hunting season that offers more realistic gameplay and more big game than ever before.”

Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge drives players to sharpen their sixth sense and test their mettle against the great outdoors to ultimately earn the coveted title of ‘Total Outdoorsman’. Through a true-to-life, first-person perspective, players will track over 30 big and small game species on land and in the air across authentic environments featuring realistic wildlife activity and varying weather conditions. To become the ultimate tracker, gamers must listen for animal calls, search the ground for tracks, and use ‘Scent Vision’ to spot and hunt their prey. Players can close in on targets using special scents and decoys, as well as permanent hideouts and vantage points as their hunting skills become more advanced.

“Now whether you’re in the woods or in the comfort of your own home, you will be able to test your skills to see if you have what it takes to be a Total Outdoorsman,” said Eric Zinczenko, group publisher of Field & Stream. “Our staff worked hard to ensure the game portrays realistic hunting scenarios and players are really going to see the impact of their input in Field & Stream: Total Outdoorsman Challenge.”

Virtual hunters and marksmen will test their worth in the outdoors in both serious and casual modes. Beginning with Practice Mode, players must work to perfect their aim with skeet shooting, a first step for any great hunter. Free Hunt Mode allows gamers to hunt any animal without restrictions, regulations or licenses. Ultimate Hunt Mode lets players truly experience the thrill of the hunt with challenging gameplay requiring players to use traditional tracking and stalking techniques to hunt prize catches and brave the wilderness.

Sublime with Rome announce tour

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Sublime
Sublime
One of the most notable and successful ska-punk bands of all time, Sublime, has sold over 17 million albums worldwide. The group痴 success stems from their multi-platinum landmark debut album, 40oz. to Freedom, lo-fi follow up, Robbin’ the Hood and the multi-platinum self-titled major label debut (a virtual greatest hits set in itself) all widely regarded as music collection staples.

The founding members of Sublime, drummer Bud Gaugh and bass player Eric Wilson, along with new front man, singer/guitarist Rome make up Sublime with Rome. The group will kick off their summer tour on July 7th in Redmond, WA and will make their way across the US. Stopping along the way to play a number of festival dates, Sublime with Rome is finally giving a number of songs their proper stage debuts including “Under My Voodoo,” 釘urritos,” and the fan favorite, “What I Got.” Accompanying the band on a number of headlining tour dates will be the The Dirty Heads who currently have a #1 single with “Lay Me Down.”

Fans who are anxious to see the band live can now watch never before seen footage from Sublime with Rome’s performance at last year’s Smoke Out Fest! For a full list of tour dates, head to the band’s official website!

Sublime with Rome Tour Dates:

07-Jul Remond, WA Marymoor Amphitheater
10-Jul Morrison, CO Red Rock Amphitheatre
11-Jul Kansas City, MO City Market – KRBZ’sBuzz Under The Stars
13-Jul Chicago, IL Charter One Pavillion
14-Jul Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
16-Jul Detroit, MI The Fillmore
17-Jul Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
18-Jul Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion
20-Jul Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
21-Jul Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook Pavilion
23-Jul Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
24-Jul St Augustine, FL St Augustine Amphitheatre
25-Jul Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove Amphitheater
27-Jul New Orleans, LA The Howlin’ Wolf
28-Jul Dallas, TX Superpages.com Amphitheatre
30-Jul Las Vegas, NV The Beach at Mandalay Bay
13-Aug Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
14-Aug Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
15-Aug Bethlehem, PA Musikfest
19-Aug Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
20-Aug Toronto, ON Kool Haus
22-Aug Montreal, Que Metropolis
24-Aug Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
25-Aug Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage
29-Aug Hamburg, GE Wasserski-Arena Pinneberg
10-Sep Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
11-Sep Indianapolis, IN WRZX XFEST
18-Sep Tempe, AZ Tempe Beach Park
08-Oct London, ENG Shepherds Bush Empire