The Beastie Boys Call It Quits in Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
The Beastie Boys are no more. Following founding member Adam 'MCA' Yauch's death in 2012, the remaining Beasties, Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and 'Mike D' Diamond, have announced they will not release any new music under the Beastie Boys namesake.

"Adam started the band, so we couldn't do anything without him," Ad-Rock recently told NME. However, fans should remain optimistic: there will be a Beastie Boys memoir (slated to be released in 2017) and Ad-Rock revealed to NME that there is previously unreleased material "in the vault" that he hopes to someday release, including hours of "really bad jamming" and priceless outtakes from recording. Licensed To Ill, the Beastie Boys' debut album that was released nearly 30 years ago, has now sold over 10 million copies and is certified diamond by the RIAA.

Ad-Rock and Mike D worked together with the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band for 'Bad Dancer' in 2013, but are currently pursuing non-musical interests: Mike D and his wife Tamra Davis teamed up with architects Jill and John Bouratoglou to build multi-million-dollar townhouses in Brooklyn, while Ad-Rock is pursuing acting and can be seen in Noah Baumbach's While We're Young, alongside Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

Here's what Ad-Rock and Mike D have said about the bittersweet end to the Beastie Boys. Quotation above via

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Zac Brown Talks Staying Humble and Hating Country Music

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Jena Ardell

Zac Brown is a collaborative genius who has successfully infiltrated the rock genre with his country roots, but he's not stopping there. Brown has worked with artists who span multiple genres, including Chris Cornell, Dave Grohl, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Sturgill Simpson, Blackberry Smoke, The Wood Brothers, and The String Cheese Incident.

Despite his success, Brown remains humble. Brown founded a non-profit organization called Camp Southern Ground, a state-of-the-art facility, located on over 400 acres in the farmlands of Georgia, that serves children ages 7-17 with both typical and special needs. According to Camp Southern Ground's website, the camp is "currently in the development stage and "seeking partnerships and funding in order to bring this vision to fruition."

Zac Brown Band celebrated their debut Saturday Night Live performance last week and recently announced a North American stadium tour which begins this summer. If you can't wait that long, you can catch Zac Brown Band, Rihanna, and Lady Antebellum headline this year's NCAA March Madness Music Festival April 3-5. Kacey Musgraves and Bleachers will also perform.

Zac Brown Band's new album, Jekyll + Hyde, drops April 28.

Here is what Brown has said about staying humble and hating country music. Quotation above via

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Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock Talks About Obstacles

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Modest Mouse is ending an eight-year hiatus with 'Strangers to Ourselves', the band's sixth album which drops on March 17. The album's cover features an aerial image of our personal hell: an RV resort located in Mesa, Arizona.

According to the band, the album's second single, "Coyotes", was inspired by the true story of a coyote that rode Portland's MAX light rail train in 2002. You can watch the music video below:

In a recent interview, Rolling Stone eloquently listed Brock's personal hurdles: "...belligerent gigs (he reportedly unleashed a knife on his torso onstage in 2007) and a 1999 date-rape allegation (which was later dropped) -- and, by his own account, he even spent about a week in jail on an attempted-murder charge in the early 2000s (according to Brock, the charge stemmed from a DUI accident in which a friend suffered a thumb injury)."

Here are more, benign obstacles frontman Isaac Brock faced while creating 'Strangers to Ourselves'. Quotation above via

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Juicy Excerpts From Kim Gordon's Memoir

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Riot Grrrl Kim Gordon isn't afraid to address some of her peers in her new memoir: Girl in a Band.

Readers should expect more cynicism than fluff: in a particularly juicy chapter, Gordon digs into Courtney Love, alluding she is "manipulative" and "egomaniacal," then calls Billy Corgan "a crybaby" before criticizing The Smashing Pumpkins for being "in no way punk rock". (However, Gordon only had nice things to say about Kurt Cobain).

The Sonic Youth frontwoman is receiving acclaim from critics who find her story "brutal," "interesting," and "appealingly rough around the edges."

Gordon's memoir addresses the end of her 27-year marriage to Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore and airs minor grievances, like her beef with Lana Del Rey, the homogenization of New York City, and Gordon's past-life in the up-and-coming art world where "no-one liked Jeff [Koons]."

"No one could understand how Thurston, who always had a good nose for the user, the groupie, the nutcase or the hanger-on, had let himself get pulled under by her," Gordon writes about her ex-husband's mistress. Ouch.

Here are some quotations from Girl in a Band. Quotation above via The Guardian

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Brandon Flowers' Best Zingers, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

The title for "The Nicest Dude in Rock" may unanimously belong to Dave Grohl, but we're thinking The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers deserves second place (for being a bit of a cream puff). You will never hear Flowers talk smack about his peers in the future, so enjoy a couple of rare "zingers" from past interviews.

Flowers announced he will be releasing a new solo album by posting a handwritten note to his official site and Instagram followers. The album, titled The Desired Effect, is slated to be released May 18, 2015. This will be Flowers' sophomore solo album, a follow-up to 2010's Flamingo.

There's no sign of new material being released from The Killers, but the band will be headlining Kaaboo Festival in San Diego this September with No Doubt and Snoop Dogg.

Keep reading to find out why Flowers keeps his comments positive. Quotation above via

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Blur Talks About Feelings, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Blur is back: cue countless headlines that begin with "Woo Hoo."

April 28th will mark the band's first new record release in 12 years. The album, titled The Magic Whip, began in a studio in Hong Kong and is heavily influenced by visits to China. The cover art features an ice cream cone, track four is titled "Ice Cream Man" and the the video for their new single "Go Out" features a woman making ice cream from scratch. We sense a theme.

Learn how to make a delicious creamy treat while watching the video below:

Here's what frontman Damon Albarn and his musical-genius cohort Graham Coxon have said about their feelings. Quotation above via

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Celebrities Continue to Bash Kanye Over Grammy Stunt

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Jena Ardell

Kanye West's biggest character flaw is he can't keep his mouth shut. His little stunt at the Grammys could have been viewed as a self-deprecating parody had he not opened his mouth backstage. Instead, West created more reasons for us to dislike him.

We don't agree with The Guardian who feels West's Grammy rant was "an act of brave solidarity". Beyoncé is far from a struggling artist who needs her voice heard, and interrupting someone's deserved recognition is the lowest form of protest.

The question we have is: who arranges the seating chart for the Grammys? And why was West allowed to sit near the front of the stage after his 2009 incident with Taylor Swift?

We hope that if/when West wins a Grammy in the future, a barrage of musicians--not just Beck and Swift--will rush the stage and thwart his acceptance speech. And then Beyoncé will descend from the ceiling on a golden throne, approach West, take the Grammy from his hands, and walk offstage.

Here's what West said about Beck's win at the E! After Party:
"I don't know what he said, all I know is if the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. Flawless, Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it."

Beck took the high road: "You can't please everybody. I still love him and think he's genius," Beck said of West. "I aspire to what he does. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?"

Celebrities have not been holding back their opinions of West's latest faux pas. Here are the latest disses. Quotation above via Shirley Manson's Facebook page.

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Missy Elliott Explains Her Hiatus, In Illustrated Form

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Despite what the twitterverse thinks, Missy Elliott never really went M.I.A. She released two singles with Timbaland in 2012 and has been producing and writing songs with other artists like Faith Evans and Monica. Elliott's currently scheduled to appear on a remix of Jack Ü's (Diplo and Skrillex) dance hit "Take Ü There", so get ready to hear her... roar.

Since Elliott hasn't released a solo album in a decade, it's easy to forget this Grammy award-winning artist has collected a total of 166 awards and dropped five platinum albums (one reaching double-platinum status) during her career, but this year's NFL Super Bowl XLIX has placed Elliott back on her throne.

Billboard reported:
"Industry sources suggest Elliott's catalog of songs could earn a sales increase of around 1,000 percent in the week ending Feb. 1, jumping to perhaps 70,000 (or more) downloads sold. That would be up from just 6,000 in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music."

"I think it's cool new kids think I'm a new artist," Elliott tweeted. "That goes to show you that I'm still on [fire] & will rip down stages 20 years later."

Here's what the artist has said about her hiatus. Quotation above via

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Blink-182 Reflects On Happier Times, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
It seems like all the small things have added up to spell trouble for Blink-182. Earlier this week we mentioned Blink's latest spat and how it will affect their performance at Musink 2015.

"Travis and I and the whole Blink-182 organization have bent over backwards for years to accommodate all of the stuff that Tom wanted to try," Hoppus told Rolling Stone. "It feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologizing for one person all the time. That's how it's felt for a long time."

"It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful," Barker said during the same interview. "[For Tom] to say, 'I didn't quit the band' is just not true. It's disingenuous."

"So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday--without my knowledge--about the band's future," Tom DeLonge posted on his personal facebook page. "This is new to me. It's not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.

...And even as I watch [Hoppus and Barker] act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday. Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."

Here are some quotations from the band during happier times, as they recall what kept them together in past years. Let's hope they stay together for the kids.

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Bjork on Being Bjork, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Björk's new album, Vulnicura, was released this week--earlier than anticipated--after the album leaked online last week.

Björk has expressed in recent interviews that Vulnicura is her most personal record to date. The album contains subject material that stirs strong emotions and may require some tears and emotional outbursts on stage, Björk' told Pitchfork.

Vulnicura features Venezuelan producer Arca, aka Alejandro Ghersi, who produced six of the songs and co-wrote two songs on the album with Björk.

"I'm sort of doing my own thing," Björk told Spinner in 2007. "I've been quite lucky and I'm not trying to please anyone, and yet people are still interested in me." The same sentiment rings true now.

The Icelandic songstress is slated to perform a series of shows at Carnegie Hall in March and April, before playing Governer's Ball festival in New York in June. Something else to look forward to: the possibility of new SNL impersonations of Björk. We can't forget this gem from Wionna Rider.

Here are Björk's thoughts on being an unconventional woman in the music industry. Quotation above via

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