The Used Calls Walmart "an Evil Corporation"

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Kane Hibberd

It's safe to say that the Used is doing better than it ever has before. Currently, it's co-headlining a U.S. and Canada tour with Taking Back Sunday, and shows are pretty much all sold out. If this success wasn't enough, the band has hit number one on the Billboard Independent Chart. Yet, the Used seems to only care about their time on the road. "We're not sure about CD sales, which is whatever, but we rather have people feel our music than spend money at Walmart any day," says Jeph Howard, bassist. "It's an evil corporation, they don't help anybody."

Wait, what? There's a band out there that actually cares about the good of people and not for their own publicity? "I'm all for people buying records and supporting bands." Howard continues, "But I'm against supporting the wrong people, like a corporation."

Not that this should be a surprise to anyone. The Used is known to never shy away from addressing wrongdoing in the world, and they openly express that in their music. Their lyrics are the opposite of radio sounds that brag about hoarding money or throwing it at strippers, humping, and Tom Ford.

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John Legend Performs in Both Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach

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For a man who started his career doing session work in the shadows, most notably on Lauryn Hill's "Everything Is Everything," Alicia Keys' "You Don't Know My Name," and a gaggle of Kanye West confections, you would think Ohio's John Stephens would have picked a more humble stage name than John Legend. But over the course of the past decade, the R&B singer/songwriter/pianist has lived up to his moniker.

Each of his four solo albums (along with Wake Up!, a 2010 collaboration with the Roots) has garnered massive critical and commercial success. His latest album, Love in the Future, is no exception.

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Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials Perform B.B. King's Blues Club Friday Night

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Paul Natkin

If you want a taste of Chicago, you don't have to bite into a deep dish pizza, instead you can stop into B.B. King's Blues Club this Friday night and get a listen to Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials.

Headed by Lil' Ed Williams -- who sings while playing his slide guitar -- and backed by his half-brother James "Pookie" Young on bass, Mike Garrett on guitar, and Kelly Littleton on drums, these folks aren't just legends of the Chicago blues scene, they also were the winners of 2011's Best Live Band award from Living Blues critics' poll.

New Times caught up with Lil' Ed from his van as the band drove from their hometown to Florida to start the tour that Lil' Ed promises, "will have songs from throughout my career," adding, "You know I have eight CDs so there's a lot to choose from. People want something different and they want a good time so we give it to them."

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Mad Decent Block Party 2014 Brings Action Bronson, DJ Snake, Zeds Dead to Fort Lauderdale

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Alex Markow

The bass, booties, and bros are headed back to Revolution Live for the 2014 Mad Decent Block Party. Last year, Major Lazer and company got us wet with sweat from dancing and drooling. We roasted in the steamy summer sun, chatting it up with Diplo's devoted disciples.

This year, the expanded 22-city tour kicks of in Fort Lauderdale. It's months away and the website says it's already sold out. Though other cities will have the chance to see Outkast, A$AP Ferg, Dan Deacon, GTA, Jack U, and a ton more, read who's coming to Fort Lauderdale after the jump.

See also: Top Ten Diplo Disciples You'll Meet at a Mad Decent Block Party
Photos: Mad Decent Block Party at Revolution Live

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Manchester Orchestra Is Bringing the Noise to Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale

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Daniel Arnold via Wikimedia Commons

Manchester Orchestra had one ambition when recording their newest album Cope. They wanted it to be loud. Really loud.

Chris Freeman, the band's keyboardist and percussionist told the New Times, "Everyone in the alternative world is trying to be quiet playing with acoustic guitars. We wanted to go the other way and create something that would require earplugs."


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Fireworks Play the Talent Farm; Still Banned from Culture Room

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Photo courtesy of Fireworks

By Emily Bloch

Some things are inevitable at a good rock show. Someone will try to get in for free, someone will get kicked in the face by a crowd surfer, and someone's going to stage-dive.
But not if Culture Room has anything to say about it.

In August 2009, Michigan pop-punk band Fireworks performed at Culture Room as a supporting act on the Gig Life tour, featuring Polar Bear Club and Set Your Goals. Fireworks went on second. "[The crowd] instantly set it off," recalls J.R. Cedeno, who was in the crowd and 17 at the time. "I remember a kid got kicked out for stage-diving, and the band wasn't having it."

That's when Fireworks told everyone to bum-rush the stage.

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Train's Jimmy Stafford: "We're in a Place Where We Can Afford Risk"

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Photo by Jim Louvau
Nowadays, bands that indulge in old-school, radio-ready pop seem to be something of a rarity. The music biz tends to embrace acts that are outrageous, ostentatious, and unusual. And because Train takes a traditional tack that dictates it provide a steady supply of chart-topping hits, it's managed to reach the highest rungs of stardom without resorting to hype or gimmickry. 

Still helmed by the original core trio -- singer Pat Monahan, guitarist Jimmy Stafford, and drummer Scott Underwood -- they began their trek to the top in San Francisco with a self-released debut album 15 years ago. Six albums on and the Train keeps on rolling with nonstop success with tunes like "Drops of Jupiter," "Calling All Angels," and "Drive By."

Fresh off its latest venture, the Sail Across the Sun music cruise that they curate, the band is making a rare return to South Florida for the second-annual Tortuga Festival on April 12.
 
New Times recently caught up with guitarist Stafford for a discussion of the Train template.


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Aces High Music Festival Brings Wayward Parade Artists to the Stage

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Los Bastardos Magnificos at Tobacco Road.

John Wylie, the local hardcore musician and established entrepreneur, gives corporate synergy a good name next Saturday. One of his current influential record labels, Wayward Parade (the other is Eulogy Records), and his tattoo shops, Aces High, present the now-annual Aces High Music Festival.

It features nine bands on two stages with something for every circus punk, night owl, and country bumpkin. Headlined by Everymen with its crustabilly punk rock and the Darling Sweets dirt floor Gypsy Americana, even New Times has a semistake in the eclectic lineup. Frequent contributor to the paper and resident provocateur David Von Bader is playing guitar at the fest for outlaw country act Los Bastardos Magnificos.

Von Bader, who goes to more concerts than anyone you know, swears on the bona fides of the Aces High Music Festival. "Even if I wasn't playing in it, this is a show I would go to. Wylie's shows are always a blast. Fans are really appreciative. Most of the people go with the intention to dance, and those in the crowd that don't get dragged along with them."

See also: Los Bastardos Magnificos Make Country Music "About Drinking and Fighting"


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The Psychedelic Furs Head to Culture Room Monday Night

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Thirty years plus and the Butler brothers are still going strong with their new-wave concoction, the Psychedelic Furs.

Led by singer Richard, with his sibling Tim on bass, the group emerged from Britain's late '70s postpunk scene to become one of the genre's founding troubadours. Thanks in large part to John Hughes' naming his Brat Pack romance film after the group's seminal '81 hit "Pretty in Pink," a deluge of mainstream success came the Butlers' way. And with it arrived hordes of tween gals dressed head to toe in pink outfits at shows.

The group crafted a cult following through the mid-'80s, but with the Hughes flick and their sound shifting from arty new wave to a more pop sound, they gained international fame.

See also: 5 Little Known Facts about Psychedelic Furs Bassist Tim Butler


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Todd Rundgren Challenged by the "Exhibitionism That Comes With Performance"

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Village Voice

When Todd Rundgren dubbed an early album A Wizard, a True Star it might have seemed somewhat presumptuous at the time, given that his recording career was practically in its infancy. Four decades later, that title has come to sum up one of the most remarkably prolific careers in rock's vast lexicon. In fact, there's little Rundgren hasn't done, whether as a performer, producer, engineer, or video pioneer.

Indeed, since making his bow with his first band, Woody's Truck Stop, in his native Philadelphia and then creeping into the national spotlight with the Nazz, Rundgren has freely delved into a dizzying array of musical pursuits -- from pop to prog, rock to retro, and almost everything in between. He scored hits on his own and produced them for others: Badfinger, Meat Loaf, and Patti Smith, to name only a few. He also helmed the experimental outfit Utopia while occasionally taking the opposite tack as part of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.

"The more music you write, the more likely you are to repeat yourself, and that's the actuality for most artists," Rundgren insists. "But I didn't approach music as a performer, which is what lots of other people do. They figure out afterwards what kind of music they want to make."

See also: Todd Rundgren's Summer Camp in the Catskills


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