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Jeff Giles

A professional pop culture junkie for more than 25 years, Jeff Giles regularly surfaces in a number of far-flung locations on the Web, including Rotten Tomatoes, Movies with Butter, and Ultimate Classic Rock. He's also the editor-in-chief of Popdose and the author of the book "Llanview in the Afternoon: An Oral History of 'One Life to Live.'"

Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy for Unlicensed Use of Songs; Adam Yauch’s Will Forbids His Music in Ads

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Brad Barket, Getty Images

The surviving Beastie Boys and the estate of late member Adam Yauch have filed a lawsuit against Monster Energy for the unauthorized use of their music in a new promotional campaign -- and as the recently filed will of Yauch makes clear, the group will never agree to license its songs for ads.

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Duff McKagan + Mike McCready Lend Their Talents to Seattle Supergroup Walking Papers

Duff McKagan and Mike McCready
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When Jeff Angell and Barrett Martin decided to form a new band, they didn't have to look very far for support. As two longtime members of the Seattle music scene, with time served in bands like Mad Season and Screaming Trees, they only needed to reach out to some old friends. Some very famous old friends.

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Jane’s Addiction Guitarist Dave Navarro Undergoes Flesh Hook Suspension

Dave Navarro
Jordan Strauss, Getty Images

When they announced their current 'Theatre of the Escapists' tour, Jane's Addiction searched out people who could do "outlandish" things on stage -- a request that guitarist Dave Navarro seems to have taken to heart, judging from a new video that shows him being pierced, rigged, and suspended by hooks.

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3 Doors Down and ZZ Top Cancel Alabama Show Due to Stage Concerns

3 Doors Down
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

Ticketholders hoping to see 3 Doors Down and ZZ Top in Atmore, Ala., on Saturday (June 9) were left disappointed -- but probably safer -- when the bands pulled out of the gig, citing concerns with "numerous safety issues concerning the structural integrity of the stage."

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The Black Keys Debut Harmony Korine-Directed Video for ‘Gold on the Ceiling’

Black Keys
YouTube

What do you get when you put Akron's hippest indie blues rock duo together with the director of 'Trash Humpers'? The Black Keys and Harmony Korine are glad you asked, because they've just debuted the new, Korine-directed clip for the Keys' latest single, 'Gold on the Ceiling.'

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Plan to Release a Number of New Songs Throughout 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers are nothing if not deliberate in the studio -- they've taken at least three years between each album since 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' and their two most recent releases, 'Stadium Arcadium' and 'I'm With You,' were preceded by four- and five-year waits, respectively. Fans have probably been prepared to wait until 2016 for new material from the band -- but the Peppers have some surprises in store.

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Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell + System of a Down’s Serj Tankian Appear in ‘Funny or Die’ Clip

Perry Farrell and Serj Tankian
Funny or Die

If you've watched the growing proliferation of reality singing competitions on TV and wondered how the networks could possibly add one more "unique twist" to the format, the folks at 'Funny or Die' are right there with you -- and they've parodied the genre with a fake commercial for 'U B Da Judge,' a show where celebrities compete to be the next judge on a reality singing competition.

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Sebastian Bach Is Open to a Skid Row Reunion

Sebastian Bach
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

By pretty much all accounts, the musical divorce between Skid Row and Sebastian Bach in the mid '90s worked out pretty well for everyone -- the band has moved on with singer Johnny Solinger, who's logged over a decade in the position, and Bach has pursued an eclectic solo career, while dabbling in reality TV. But there are still plenty of people who'd like to see a reunion -- including Bach himself.

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