Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

Pope Benedict XVI has become the first pope in 600 years to resign. He’s stated that his resignation is due to his deteriorating strength and no longer being able to handle the physical and mental demands of the papacy. Benedict has chosen to live inside of the Vatican during his retirement. Now that his resignation is official, the 115 cardinals must vote on who the next pope will be.


Take A Walk with Passion Pit in Chicago

Saturday nights Passion Pit show at the UIC Pavilion proved to be worth it’s hype, and the audience was ready for everything the night had in store.

Openers Icona Pop came out with their deep bass “Manners” and ended with their hit “I Love It”, in between were small attempts to get the audience up from their seats but instead delivered an uptempo soundtrack for everyone’s conversations.

Matt & Kim followed and made it their own show. From mini hip-hop breaks, standing on drum sets, and references of their sex life, this show could have been carried away by the married duo.

The nights crowd was a mix of 20-something’s who may have made it out to see Passion Pit’s return to the stage at last years Lollapalooza, some were ready to see the band for the first time.

With only two albums to their discography, Passion Pitts may be this generations Coldplay. With laser lights, bouncing light balls, and deep enough lyrics to make you understand lead singers, Michael Angelakos, bi-polar disorder.

With songs like “Take A Walk”, “Carried Away”, and “Sleepy Head” and with power house remixes, Passion Pit has great potential to be a mainstay in the electro-pop music world. Other bands in the genre could take note that turning ones personal problems doesn’t always have to sound tragic, sometimes all it takes is a party.


Music News for February 22, 2013-February 24, 2013


Rock and Alternative

Jake Bugg has revealed an autumn headline tour, in which he will perform in his largest venues to date. This tour includes nine dates and it starts at Birmingham BIC on October 19th and will finish on November 6th at Manchester O2 Apollo. This tour will also include a date at London O2 Academy Brixton, on October 23rd. Tickets for this tour have gone one sale on Februray 21st. These dates will follow appearance at Reading and Leeds Festivals, and other dates will be in supporting The Stone Roses during the summer. Jake Bugg is nominated for best Album and Best Solo Artist in this year’s NME Awards, along with a nomination for British Breakthrough Act at the Brit awards. Jake Bugg’s headline tour dates include: Bournemouth BIC (October 19th), Plymouth (October 22nd), London Brixton O2 Academy (October 23rd), Swindon Oasis (October 27th), Birmingham O2 Academy (October 28th), Glasgow O2 Academy (October 31st), Doncaster Dome (November 2nd), and Manchester O2 Apollo (November 6th).

The Strokes have said that they do not have any current plans to tour their new album Comedown Machine. The Strokes will release their fifth studio album on March and have declined to speak to the media about the new music. Bassist, Nikolai Fraiture, however, spoke to Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe on Februrary 21st. Fraiture gave little away about plans for the new album, yet he did mention information about the recording process and the atmosphere within the band. For more information, be sure to visit:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/21544820. The new album will be released on March 25th. To listen to their new single, “All the Time”, go to: https://soundcloud.com/thestrokes/the-strokes-all-the-time/s-ghCGL.

Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Perry and the Heartbreakers, and Björk will headline this summer’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee. This festival will go from June 13th to June 16th. Other artists that will be performing include Wu-Tang Clan, The gaslight Anthem, The xx, Alt-J, The National, The Vaccines, Django Django, Passion Pit, Billy Idol, Tame Impala, Dirty Projectors, Of Monsters and Men, Foals, and more! Tickets for this event go on sale February 23rd at noon. For more information on this four-day event, visit: http://www.bonnaroo.com/.

David Bowie will release a new track titled “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” on February 26th. Bowie will also release his first new album in 10 years in March. This new album will be produced with his longtime collaborator, Tony Visconti, and will be released in most countries worldwide on March 11th. To view the complete tracklisting for The Next Day, be sure to visit: http://www.nme.com/news/david-bowie/68748.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs will soon reveal their new single called “Sacrilege”, next week. This song will be the first single from their new album Mosquito and it will premiere on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show on Monday, February 25th. Be sure to listen for the new song between 7 pm and 9 pm.  Yeah Yeah Yeahs have also confirmed that they will perform at this year’s SXSW. They will perform at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas on March 13th.

Fall Out Boy have revealed that they will be releasing their new album called Save Rock and Roll, a month earlier than planned. Fall Out Boy, who reunited earlier this month, initially had plans to release their new album in May. They have decided that they will not keep fans waiting. The new release date for the album is now April 15th and 16th worldwide. To view the video for their song, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”, which features 2Chains, visit: http://www.nme.com/news/fall-out-boy/68702. Along with a new album, Fall Out Boy have announced that they will have some US tour dates. They will also perform live at the Underworld venue in Camden, North London on February 25th.

Phoenix have revealed further details for their upcoming new album titled, Bankrupt! They will release this new album on April 22nd, according to a message on their website. The tracklisting for the new album is: “Entertainment”, “The Real Thing”, “SOS In Bel Air”, “Trying to be Cool”, “Bankrupt!”, “Drakkar Noir”, “Chlorophorm”, “Don’t”, “Bourgeois”, and “Oblique City”. Phoenix will be headlining this year’s Coachella Valley Festival of Music and Arts, which takes place on April in California. They will also play the Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals in Germany, which take place from July 7th to 9th. To listen to Phoenix’s new single, “Entertainment”, visit: https://soundcloud.com/phoenix/entertainment.


Electronic and Dance

Swedish House Mafia have performed in Chicago for the first and last time this week, for their One Last Tour. The United Center’s sold out crowd was filled with excitement as the show started. The venue was filled as people scrambled over seats. It is not known if things have come into terms, but Chicago did love the first and last set.

Disclosure have revealed the music video for their new single “White Noise”. This single had recently debuted in the UK singles chart at No. 2. Disclosure’s forthcoming album is set to be released later this year. The duo is also set to embark on their second US tour in a few weeks. To view the video for the new single, visit: http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2013/02/disclosure-reveal-official-video-for-white-noise/.


Pop and R&B

Lady Gaga has been forced to cancel every date on her current US and Canada tour because she has to undergo surgery. She had previously postponed shows on her Born This Way world tour in Chicago. It has been said that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip and she will be having surgery in order to repair the problem, along with time to recover. Lady Gaga is also expected to release her third new album, ARTPOP, later this year.


Country singer, Mindy McCready has died of an apparent suicide at the age of 37, according to a report from BBC news. The police was sent to a home in Herber Springs, Arizona and it has been said that McCready’s body was found on the front porch  Arkansas sheriff, Marty Moss, has said that she has suffered an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound”. When speaking to NBC’s dateline about her partner’s death this January, McCready said she had “never gone through anything this painful”.

PlayStation 4: What Will it Look Like?

That’s the big question after Sony recently revealed that the PlayStation 4 will be going on sale this year during the holiday season. Although they didn’t reveal what it will look like, they did show off some of its capabilities. One new feature on the PS4 revolves around social networking. You’ll be able to broadcast video of your game play so others will be able to see what you’re doing online. On the other hand, there are some bad things about the PS4. For example, all of the money you’ve spent on past PlayStation games will all be for nothing, since past games will no longer be compatible with the new system. Sony is confident, however, that this console will be better than all the rest. They’ve even announced that although an official price has not yet been set, the debut price of the PS4 will be less than that of the PS3, which was around $500-$600. So start saving up!

Official MTV Artist-Chicago DJ, “DeeJay Thunder” to mix LIVE on “Doctor and Friends” 2/8/13

“Doctor and Friends” has an AMAZING show lined up for this Friday (2/8/13) from 4-7pm (Central Time)!

They’re going to have one of the youngest, talented, and upcoming DJ’s in Chicago, Chicago’s Premier DJ a.k.a “DeeJay Thunder!”

DeeJay Thunder has played BIG name events like “Lollapalooza” and is even an OFFICIAL MTV ARTIST…and he’s ONLY 18!

DeeJay Thunder will be our guest and spinning LIVE on the air!

DeeJay ThunderThey’ll have some contests for the show this Friday as well, so be sure to tune in from 4-7pm (Central Time)!

Check out DeeJay Thunder’s Facebook page, Twitter: @deejay_thunder, or his website : http://www.mixinmymind.com/#!book/c187h

Tune in to “Doctor and Friends” this Friday by tuning into 88.9fm WARG – Your Radio Alternative, going to http://www.warg889.net to LISTEN & WATCH LIVE, or by using the FREE “Tune IN” Radio app for all Smart Phones and Devices!

Flaming Lips Offer a Sweet Surprise

ipsThe Flaming Lips have found a new way to promote there new album and it’s Valentine’s Day themed. According to Pitchfork, the band from Oklahoma, has joined forces with a Dallas chocolate company called Dude. This upcoming album includes many surprises. You will find a cover of the band’s song “All I Need is Love” by members of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and a song called, “Songs of Love” which is in fact a mix of two of their songs, ““What is the Light?” and “Spiderbite Song”. Make sure to check out this themed album from the infamous Flaming Lips.

Power Outage at Superbowl XLVII

For those who watched the Superbowl this past Sunday, you’d know that the power went out for over a half an hour. This worried and puzzled many officials, since they had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading the old utility system of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. The cause of the power outage has not yet been discovered. The game did go on, however, once the lights decided to turn back on. The Baltimore Raves defeated the San Francisco 49ers with a final score of 34-31.


February 2013 New Releases!


Are you looking for some new albums to listen to this month? Look no further! Here is list of new album releases for February 2013 to look forward to!

February 4th

Pure Love- Anthems

(Debut album; Alternative Rock)


Ron Sexsmith- Forever Endeavour



Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite- Get Up!

(Indie Rock)


The Courteeners- ANNA

(Third studio album; Indie Rock)


February 5th

Josh Groban- All That Echoes

(Sixth studio album; Operatic Pop, Classical)


Red- Release the Panic

(Fourth studio album; Alternative Metal)


Coheed and Cambria- The Afterman: Descension

(Seventh studio album; Alternative Rock)


Unknown Mortal Orchestra- II

(Second studio album; Indie Rock)


Silverstein- This is How the Wind Shifts

(Seventh studio album; Post-Hardcore)


Tim McGraw- Two Lanes of Freedom



Eels- Wonderful, Glorious

(Tenth studio album; Indie Rock)


February 11th

Darwin Deez- Songs for Imaginary People

(Second studio album; Indie Rock)


Foals- Holy Fire

(Third studio album; Indie Rock)


February 12th

Tamar Braxton- Love and War

(R&B, Pop)


Azealia Banks- Broke with Expensive Taste

(Electro House)


Bullet for My Valentine- Temper Temper

(Fourth studio album; Metalcore)


February 18th

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Push the Sky Away

(Fifteenth studio album; Alternative Rock)


February 19th

Puscifer- Donkey Punch the Night

(Third EP; Alternative Rock)


Beach Fossils- Clash the Truth

(Seccond studio album; Dream Pop)


Buckcherry- Confessions

(Sixth studio album; Hard Rock)


February 22nd

Stratovarius- Nemesis

(Fourteenth studio album; Heavy Metal)


February 25th

Johnny Marr- The Messenger

(Debut album; Alternative Rock)


Atoms for Peace- Amok

(Debut album; Experimental Rock)


Ólafur Arnalds- For Now I Am Winter

(Neo-Clasical, Instrumental)


Steven Wilson- The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories)

(Third solo album; Progressive Rock)


February 26th

Orianthi- Heaven in This Hell

(Third studio album; Rock)

Music News for February 1, 2013-February 3, 2013


Rock and Alternative

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the newest song in the set of 18 new singles they are releasing. These singles are released via their website to fans. The new track is titled “In Love Dying”. It is eight minutes long and now available for download. To hear the new single, visit:  http://www.nme.com/news/red-hot-chili-peppers/68489. Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to headline this year’s Coachella Festival, alongside Phoenix and Blur. This event will take place in California.

The Who have released details regarding a 10-date UK and Ireland arena tour. They will completely perform their album Quadrophenia in this tour, along with other classics. The tour starts in Dublin on June 8th and ends in Liverpool on June 30th. Tickets for these dates go on sale February 1st at 9am. The list of tour dates that The Who will play is: Dublin The O2 (June 8th), Belfast Odyssey (June 10th), Glasgow SECC (June 12th), London The O2 (June 15th), Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (June 18th), Newcastle metro Arena (June 20th), Manchester Arena (June 23rd), Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (June 25th), Birmingham LG Arena (June 28th), and Liverpool Echo Arena (June 30th).

Muse have announced that they have already started plans for their next studio album. Muse have released their sixth studio album The 2nd Law last September and they are already planning for their seventh. Despite having early plans for the album, the band have said that it will be some time before a new album surfaces. Muse have also revealed that they will perform their song “Supremacy” at this year’s Brit Awards, with a full orchestra. They will also do a four-date stadium tour this summer in the UK. This tour starts with shows at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on May 22nd, London’s Emirates Stadium on May 25th and 26th, and it ends at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 1st. For ticket availability, be sure to visit: http://www.nme.com/tickets.

Two Door Cinema Club are one of the first acts that were announced to perform for this year’s BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend. This annual and free nusic event is to take place from May 24th-26th. It will be held in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Olly Murs has been announced to perform at the event, as well. Headline artists and a full line-up is still to be confirmed. For more information on this event, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/21246595. Two Door Cinema Club are now touring the UK with dates in Edinburgh and Wolverhampton. They will also play London’s Alexandra Palace on April 27th. To check for the availibility of tickets for these shows, visit: http://nme.seetickets.com/Tour/two-door-cinema-club?src=id1nmestory.

Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Tame Impala, Django Django are acts that have been added to this year’s Optimus Alive Festival line-up, which will take place in Oeiras, Portugal. The previously announced headliners for the event include of Kings of Leon and Depeche Mode. Other new acts that have been added include Alt-J, Editors, Twin Shadow, and Of Monsters and Men. This festival will take place from July 12th to July 14th and tickets have already been made available.

The Strokes have confirmed that they have a new album set to be released on March 25th, called Comedown Machine. The Stroke’s record label, Rough Trade Records, confirmed that the new album will be released in March and that it will include a new single called “All the Time”. Last week, The Strokes had a song called “One Way Trigger” on their official website available to be heard. Be sure to check out: http://www.thestrokes.com/us/onewaytrigger, to hear the new song.

Electronic and Dance

It has been said that Daft Punk have left EMI and are now signed to Sony/Columbia for their forthcoming fourth album. Daft Punk are currently in the process of finalizing their contract with Sony/Columbia, for their upcoming album’s release for this spring. Although little else is known about the new album, the duo are definitely set for a new release in 2013.

Dirty South has announced that a new full length studio album will be released on March 5th. Dragan had announced that his new album will be called Speed of Life at an exclusive listening party and this caused a social media buzz. Those that did attend the listening party had only good words for Dragan’s latest material.

Pop and R&B

Miley Cyrus has announced that she has recently signed a deal with RCA Records for her new album. The album is set to be released sometime in 2013 and remains untitled. Cyrus has said that she will be working with Dr. Luke for this follow-up album. This marks her first album release without Disney backing her. Pharrell Williams, Hit-Boy and Da Internz, and Tyler, the Creator are other people Cyrus has said to be working with.


Lady Antebellum have debuted their new single “Downtown” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They have also spent some time shooting the video for the new single. “Downtown” has been Lady Antebellum’s highest charting debut to date. The single landed at No. 25 on the Billboard Country Chart.