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The Tragically Hip Frontman Gord Downie Dead At 53

(hennemusic) Gord Downie, the lead singer of the acclaimed band The Tragically Hip, died on October 17 at the age of 53 after a lengthy battle with terminal brain cancer.

"Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by," said the Downie family in a statement on Wednesday. "Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss… on the lips."

Downie was diagnosed with a form of brain cancer called glioblastoma, which was discovered after the rocker suffered a seizure in his hometown of Kingston, ON in December of 2015.

A brain scan revealed a tumour on the left side of the singer's brain that would be impossible to remove completely. Doctors at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, ON were able to surgically "excise the bulk of the tumour", following which the singer underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Read more here.

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Evanescence Blow Fans And Critics Away With Orchestra Show

Evanescence successful brought two musical worlds together earlier this week when Amy Lee and co were joined by a 20-piece orchestra for a special show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles that was received with praise by fans and critics alike.

The show was the second stop of the "Synthesis Live" Tour that band just launched to promote the upcoming release of their fourth studio album "Synthesis," which reimages some of the band's best love songs by recording them with electric and a full orchestra.

The album will be released on November 10th and fans have received their first taste with the release of the single "Imperfection", which can be streamed here.

Variety published a glowing review of the Greek Theatre show, writing in part "Lee firmly re-establishes herself as one of rock's pre-eminent vocalists, exhibiting an impressive range that still packs a wallop, this time cutting through a full orchestra." Read it here. Friends of antiMusic who attended this show can't stop talking about it.

Fans in different markets will have the opportunity to witness this special show where the group is joined by a different symphony orchestra in each city (directed by conductor Susie Seiter). Read more and see the dates here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Have Completely Finished New Album

Five Finger Death Punch lead guitarist Jason Hook reveals in a new interview that the band have completely completed work on their new studio album and also says they pushed themselves outside the box with some of the new music.

Hook sat down with here and revealed the following about their new album "We finished a brand new record. It's completely finished. We're trying to pick a release date. I think we're looking at an early 2018 release."

He was then asked about the musical direction of the record and responded, "We work very hard on these records. I think it's your standard percentage of meat-and-potatoes Five Finger Death Punch that everyone expects and likes, but then we took a couple songs and said, 'Let's try to push ourselves a bit and step outside the box, stylistically,' and I think we did that, too. So, I'm curious to see how the public will react to those songs that are slightly different for us."

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Tom DeLonge Crowdfunding A Spaceship

( Tom DeLonge really wants to go to outer space. After recently revealing the launch of his To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, the Angels & Airwaves frontman is raising money to literally travel to the stars in an "ElectroMagnetic vehicle," AKA spaceship.

"Hello, my name is Tom DeLonge from the Blink-182," he posted to Facebook. "We are aiming to build this ElectroMagnetic Vehicle to Travel instantaneously through Space, Air and Water by engineering the fabric of Space-Time," he added, next to an impressive image of a sleek and futuristic spacecraft.

"Our company is called To The Stars… and you can INVEST in our plan to revolutionize the world with technology that can change life as we know it." More recently, DeLonge posted a video elaborating on his ambitious plans.

"A lot of people are questioning, like, how we're going to build something so expensive, and what's the time line and all that kind of stuff," he said. "There's multiple steps to this. At To the Stars Academy, we plan on leveraging partnerships with places like DARPA, Air Force Office of Science Technology, NASA…they have a lot of programs to help companies innovate in the commercial and national security sector." Check out both posts here.

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At The Drive In Announce Special Record Store Day EP Release

At The Drive In have announced that they will have a special treat for their fans for this year's Record Store Day's Black Friday event on November 24th.

The group will be releasing a brand new EP exclusively for the special event that celebrated independent record stores. The 3 track 'Diamante' EP will be sold on 10-inch vinyl.

The EP was produced by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and mixed by Johann Scheerer. They recorded the effort at Clouds Hill Studio in Hamburg, Germany in the summer of 2017. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Voids' Eris

Voids just released their new record "No Character : No Crown" and to celebrate we asked vocalist Chad Yockel to tell us about their single "Eris". Here is the story:

So the inspiration behind our latest single, 'Eris' actually came from when we reached the end of the writing process for the record. Having less than a week to finalize vocals before going into the studio I ended up unfortunately getting writers block and it couldn't have come at a worse time. Up until the last day at the studio I felt completely worthless to the ones care for the most in my life, all because I couldn't write lyrics that were good enough for me. I stayed up all night with nothing but negative thoughts yet nothing could come to mind on what to base the song off of.

Then it dawned on me to just write with how I was feeling. That night I probably got two hours of sleep that night but I wasn't sleeping until I had something worthy of going on this record. After all of the stress, 'Eris' was born and its the song of the record that not only portrayed everything that was going through my head at that time in my life but it also ended up being personally my favorite song off of this new release.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Queens of the Stone Age Announce North American Tour

( Palm Desert rock gods Queens of the Stone Age have announced dates for the band's 2018 North American tour in support of their new album, Villains.

The new run of live dates are scheduled to begin on January 22 in Victoria BC and stretches through mid-February with a Feb. 17 show at The Forum in Los Angeles.

Tickets for all of the newly announced dates go on sale Oct. 27. Queens of the Stone Age fan club members will be able to purchase tickets a week early on Oct. 20. See the dates here.

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Loudwire Music Awards To Broadcast Live On TV

Fans that can not attend the inaugural Loudwire Music Awards concert and ceremony do not have to miss the show as it has just been announced that the event will be broadcast live by AXS TV.

The event is scheduled to take place at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 24th and AXS TV will begin their live broadcast at 7:00PM PT. Fans can also watch a live stream of via the Loudwire Facebook page.

Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining the event which will also feature performances from In This Moment, Anthrax, Halestorm, Body Count, Nothing More, Starset and Power Trip. here.

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Weezer Streaming New Song 'Happy Hour'

( Weezer has released an online stream of a new track called "Happy Hour." The song is taken from the forthcoming full-length, Pacific Daydream, which is set to hit stores on October 27th.

"Next up from the new album is 'Happy Hour,' which like many cool Weezer songs has a sad message wrapped in a sunny package," the band wrote on Twitter.

"Sort of a companion piece to 'Island in the Sun' from 2001, but instead of being a pure fantasy about an escape, the guy in 'Happy Hour' is chained to reality, looking around for a break from the routine. It's not hard to relate, but unlike that guy, fortunately we have new Weezer music to listen to!" Stream the song here.

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Deuce Announces 'Invincible 'Album and Release New Video

(TAG) Portland based and Los Angeles bred rapper, producer and singer Deuce has announced that his latest album, Invincible, will be released via Better Noise Records on December 1st and he has released a music video for the lead single.

Recorded in both Los Angeles and Portland, the recording process brought out polarizing emotions. "The material we did in L.A. was a little angrier," Deuce explains, "In Portland, it got more mellow and hip-hop. I think you can hear the difference."

Invincible includes "World On Fire", "Bitch This Is It", and the lead single "Here I Come" (out now on Better Noise Records) – which features eerie keys, chugging guitar, and an unshakable hook, "Until I die, I'm never fucking done." Watch the video for "Here I Come" here.

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2017 Q Gibson Les Paul Award Winner Revealed

(Gibson) Congratulations are in order for singer, songwriter and guitarist Kelley Deal, who was just announced as the winner of the Q Gibson Les Paul Award at the 2017 Q Awards.

From her work with the Breeders and beyond, Deal has created powerful, inspiring rock music and served as a positive influence for young women looking to get into the music field. caught up with Deal to find out what it means to her to be honored with the Q Gibson Les Paul Award. Read the full interview here.

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Travis Barker Throws Epic Birthday Bash for Son Landon

( Blink-182's Travis Barker threw his son Landon an epic birthday bash. The 14-year-old's party included a backyard filled with excited guests and a performance by rapper Lil Pump.

The young Barker shared a clip of himself performing on stage with Pump, and thanking his Dad "for the party of the century." Travis posted, "Best party of the year @lilpump x @landonasherbarker. Happy Birthday Lando."

According to TMZ, the birthday cake was shaped like a Louis Vuitton x Supreme-themed duffel bag. Check out some posts from the party, which contain explicit language, here.

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