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by Unknown // Saturday, April 30, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Hanson think of themselves as a 70s rock band.

The Oklahoma-based brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson - who shot to fame with their debut single 'MMMbop' in 1997 - have been heavily influenced by music from the 70s and Taylor says it shows on their new album 'Shout It Out.'

He explained: "The last two records we were definitely leaning away from the old school R&B that we had been doing, we've been going a little bit more layered and textured, more pop rock and with this album we've tried to create it in a way that captures a certain energy that we love about albums from our past.

"We joke that we're a 70s rock band because we grew up in the Midwest with a little bit of roots music around us but also listening to 50s and 60s soul music and as a result this album is a mid 70s pop rock album made in 2011."

While Taylor - who will play a series of five shows in London in June called 'Five of Five' with Hanson - admits the siblings do have their fair share of rows, he says their "mutual respect and admiration" will keep the band together for a long time to come.

Asked if he gets sick of working with his brothers, Taylor told BANG Showbiz: "How many times a week, would be the answer to that. Of course we don't always get along. But the truth is we have a mutual respect and connection and sometimes it's actually the clash that makes great art. We have a positive message and story in that we don't get into fights in public and act like idiots but the difference is we don't air our dirty laundry in the middle of the street."

by Unknown // Friday, April 29, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) has a full calendar for the month of May!

It all kicks off days tonight with its next master class featuring Mark Volman - AKA Flo - of 1960s band the Turtles.

The  Los Angeles native found fame with his band's 1967 hit single "Happy Together," and will engage students with an in-depth discussion of his career and performance. Tomorrow, April 30, The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie will perform at an ACM@UCO fundraiser.

On May 4, AMC@UCO will hold its inaugural graduation ceremonies, bidding farewell to its first class of students, including those who have landed high-profile jobs in the music industry. Flaming Lips multi-instrumentalist and former master class speaker Steven Drozd is confirmed as the special guest speaker for the event.

In addition, on May 5, 60 AMC@UCO-affiliated bands will perform across 11 venues in Oklahoma City's historic district as part of ACM@UCO's Bricktown Takeover.

On May 10, ACM@UCO will host a master class with guitar legend Robben Ford.

On May 7, ACM@UCO's student-run Performance Lab will play host to a performance by Man Man, followed by The Black Angels on May 20.

by Unknown // Thursday, April 28, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Slipknot promise to play their "biggest and most emotional" shows ever this summer.

The 'Spit It Out' group will return to performing for the first time since bassist Paul Grey died of a drugs overdose last May, and although they admit it will be hard without him, they will put their all into their shows.

Percussionist Shawn Crahan said:"I'll be in tears before I even hit the first stair. And I need it very much - and we need it. So I'm looking forward to it, but it's gonna be very hard."

Drummer Joey Jordison added: "I've been in rehearsal over the last few weeks with our new bass player, Donnie Steele, and my feeling is that these will probably be the biggest and most emotional shows that we've ever had.

"I'm just speaking for myself and the rest of the band that we can't wait. Everything's on fire right now."

The pair also confirmed they are hoping the group will continue, write more material and release a fifth album after the tour is done.

Shawn said: "Do I want another Slipknot record? Absolutely. I'm not a fortune teller. Do I know if that will happen? I don't know."

Joey added: "As far as I'm concerned, yeah. I personally have, now- I don't know, probably over 17 songs."

Slipknot will headline the Sonisphere festival, which takes place in various countries across Europe, this summer.

by Unknown // Thursday, April 28, 2011 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

This summer will mark the debut of IDENTITY, the first-ever touring electronic only music festival.

The festival will visit major outdoor amphitheatres throughout North America in August and September and give fans the full electronic music experience.

Approximately 20 shows are on tap for this exciting new traveling extravaganza with top-tier artists performing on multiple stages in the afternoon and into the night. Specific markets and shows will be announced in May with the artists performing at each date to be unveiled soon.

The lineup for IDENTITY - which is set to furth galvanize the electronic music explosion - is highlighted by the hottest cutting-edge artists of the genre including Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Rusko, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Disco Biscuits, DJ Shadow, Skrillex, Pete Tong, Chuckie, Booka Shade, Modeselektor, the Crystal Method, Nero and many more.

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The lineup for IDENTITY is:

Pretty Lights   
Steve Aoki
Disco Biscuits
DJ Shadow
Pete Tong
Booka Shade
The Crystal Method
Holy Ghost!
Erol Alkan
Chad Hugo (N.E.R.D.)
La Riots
White Shadow
Jessie and the Toy Boys
The Eye