Too early for Christmas music?

November 10th, 2012

Is it too early for Christmas music? Today’s Rock it Out! Blog episode finds Sami letting off some steam as he heads downtown in Chicago to catch all the Christmas decorations that are already in place a month and a half before the holiday. He also has a gripe with the Starbucks Christmas compilation album that was released on Halloween. Read more

An interview with Zane Lowe

November 10th, 2012

It seems like an appropriate day to run Rock It Out! Blog’s interview with Zane Lowe given how frequently the BBC Radio DJ has appeared in the headlines. Just this week he brought us new tracks from The Weeknd and Crystal Castles as well as the news of Dave Grohl rejoining Queens of the Stone Age. Read more

Black Friday at Daves Records

November 10th, 2012

While the rest of your family members fight off throngs of consumers looking to get a 55″ HDTV at a big box retail store this Friday, why not be the sane one and visit your local, independent record store for Record Store Day, instead? For this year’s Black Friday installment, limited edition vinyl from The White Stripes, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and more will be available, and here’s the kicker: You won’t have to pepper spray someone to get to the front of the line. Read more

Deftones meet dubstep

November 10th, 2012

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Deftones meet dubstep? Yes, it’s true! In today’s episode of Rock It Out! Blog, Sami discusses the new collaboration between Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and Bassnectar, along with the dates for next year’s Bonnaroo festival, the new, animated video from Sigur Ros, and the debut album from Gary Clark, Jr. Read more

Predicting the Grammys

November 10th, 2012

On today’s episode of Rock It Out! Blog, Sami Jarroush and CoS Managing Editor Jeremy D. Larson break down the 2013 Grammy nominees, predicting the winners for for Album, Record, and Song of the Year, Best New Artist, and the rock music sub categories. Read more

Alanis Morissette = Violent Music?

November 10th, 2012

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Alanis Morissette’s music makes people violent? That’s apparently the case in Florida, where a man allegedly assaulted his boyfriend after claiming he listened to the Canadian songstress’s songs one too many times. Sami discusses the story on today’s episode of Rock It Out! Read more

Samis Top Five Rock Albums of 2012

November 10th, 2012

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It hasn’t been the strongest year for rock music. Plenty of albums were released but not many really stuck to the ribs and latched on tight. However, there were some exceptions, and on today’s episode of the Rock it Out! Blog, Sami shares his top five picks for the best rock albums of 2012. Read more

An interview with Dan Deacon

November 9th, 2012

On today’s episode of Rock it Out! Blog, Sami finds himself surrounded by piles upon piles of old-school toys — and then, of course, Dan Deacon. Recently, the two met at Ka-Pow Collectibles in Chicago, where they waxed nostalgic on childhood toys. Read more

Orion Music + More Interviews: The Gaslight Anthem, Baroness, Cage the Elephant APTBS

November 9th, 2012

During the Orion Music + More Festival in Atlantic City earlier this month, Rock It Out! Blog’s Sami Jarroush spoke with The Gaslight Anthem, Baroness, Cage the Elephant, and A Place to Bury Strangers. You can watch all four video interviews below. Read more

Trivia with Titus Andronicus

November 9th, 2012

What is the official bug of New Jersey? What exit off the turnpike is Bruce Springsteen’s hometown? Where was the first drive-in movie theatre built? These questions may not mean much to you, but to Titus Andronicus, a band who lives and breathes Jersey, their answers to the questions determined whether or not they claimed their prize of freshly sliced Taylor Ham — not an easy find in the Windy City. Read more