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Black Friday: Neil Young, 5SOS put spin on vinyl release

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Black Friday is more than a mad dash for price-slashed gadgets and garb. For vinyl lovers, it's a chance to head to participating record stores nationwide (found at and find exclusive, oftentimes never-before-heard releases from your favorite artists.

Celebrate this post-Thanksgiving companion to the annual Record Store Day event in Aprilwith some of the hottest vinyl selections to hit the turntables this Black Friday:

Neil Young, Official Release Series Discs 5-8
Limited to 3,500 pressings, this box set includes remastered editions of the rock legend's Time Fades Away, On the Beach, Tonight's the Night and Zuma albums. T-shirts designed to coincide with the albums are also being sold as RSD exclusives.

Wu-Tang Clan, C.R.E.A.M.
This 10-inch picture disc of the hip-hop group's breakout single C.R.E.A.M. not only features B-side The Mystery of Chessboxin', but is cut in the shape of the Wu-Tang logo.

Elvis Presley, Showroom Internationale
This two-LP live release features his full dinner show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 12, 1970, immortalized in the concert film Elvis: That's the Way It Is. Of the 17 songs included, 13 of the performances are previously unreleased.


DVD release details for Stephen King's Big Driver, starring Maria Bello

low resolution image Not Enlargeable BIG DRIVER had its world premiere back on October 18th and now it's already gearing up for its DVD release, which will see the Mikael Salomon-directed adaptation hit shelves on January 27th. From best-selling author Stephen King comes BIG DRIVER, a dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime. With a teleplay by Richard Christian Matheson, BIG DRIVER will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

Pre-order the DVD right HERE.

Tess Thorne (Maria Bello), a famous mystery writer who gets sidetracked during a long drive home from a book signing. After deciding to take a shortcut, she becomes stranded on a lonely New England road when her tire blows out. Thorne encounters another driver (Will Harris) who turns out to be a serial killer and assaults her. After being left for dead, Thorne escapes and plots her revenge.

BIG DRIVER stars Maria Bello, Olympia Dukakis, JOAN JETT, Ann Dowd, and Will Harris all star.


low resolution image Not Enlargeable We went to the Masquerade Kidney Ball on Saturday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. That means we got to dance to JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS.

This year marked the 34th anniversary of the ball, one of the largest events of the National Kidney Foundation nationwide, attracting over 800 guests and raising over $800,000.

Donors, medical leaders, patients and their families enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions and more. We snapped Mixology's Kim Rosenberg, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing's Stephanie Lemaitre and Kindred Kidneys' Rachel Schreibman.


Foo Fighters Sonic Highways: JOAN JETT Extended Interview (HBO)
from: HBO's channel

Foo Fighters Release Two New Songs From 'Sonic Highways,' Announce 20th Anniversary Concert

low resolution image Not Enlargeable "Outside," which was inspired by Los Angeles and "What Did I Do?/God as My Witness," which speaks of Austin, TX, are two of the songs the band released before their new record drops in stores on November 10.

The record contains eight tracks recorded in eight different American cities: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Austin, Nashville and Washington, D.C. Each song was also recorded with an artist who represents the city.

The band's frontman Dave Grohl described the album as "instantly recognizable as a Foo Fighters record" but with a twist in an interview with Rolling Stone.

"There's something deeper and more musical to it," he added. "I think that these cities and these people influenced us to stretch out and explore new territory, without losing our 'sound.'"


New Foo Fighters Album - Sonic Highways

low resolution image Not Enlargeable One of the highest profile releases of the fall is the new Foo Fighters album. Sonic Highways is due out on Tuesday via Roswell Records/RCA. We don't need to wait until Tuesday to hear the LP as iTunes is streaming the album as part of the First Play series.

Foo Fighters' eight-track album contains appearances from Joe Walsh, Zac Brown, Rick Nielsen, RDGLDGRN, Gary Clark Jr., JOAN JETT, Ben Gibbard and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Each song on Sonic Highways was recorded in a different studio with a guest a piece. The recording of the LP has been documented for a riveting HBO series of the same name that airs each Friday night.

01. Something From Nothing (feat. Rick Nielsen)
02. The Feast and The Famine (feat. RDGLDGRN)
03. Congregation (feat. Zac Brown Band)
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)
05. Outside (feat. Joe Walsh)
06. In The Clear (feat. New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
07. Subterranean (feat. Ben Gibbard)
08. I Am A River (feat. JOAN JETT)

Here's the Foo Fighters' July 4 RFK Stadium Show Line-up

low resolution image Not Enlargeable f you're like most of D.C., you missed out on seeing Springfield, Va.'s golden boy Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters at the Black Cat last month. It was the smallest venue the band had played since its last show at the Cat 11 years ago, and it made the city go absolutely nutso.

Riding high on the first few episodes of its road-tripping HBO miniseries, Sonic Highways, and ready to drop their album by the same name this Monday, the Foo Fighters are back to the arena circuit. And to celebrate their 20th anniversary (god, I'm old), they're hosting an all-day bash at RFK Stadium next Independence Day, with T-shirts to match.

The rest of the lineup, which was announced this morning with a poster in the go-go tradition, is far radder than the average stadium-show fare, taking cues from Sonic Highways' study of classic American music. Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, JOAN JETT, LL Cool J, and Trombone Shorty will join D.C.'s own Trouble Funk and the Foos at RFK.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Nov. 8, so set your alarm clock earlyâ€"unless you're one of the 350-or-so folks who showed up in front of the Black Cat the minute the band's last D.C. show was announced, in which case, leave some for the rest of us.

She loves rock 'n' roll fashion! JOAN JETT teams up with Hot Topic for her first ever clothing line

low resolution image Not Enlargeable The collection of zippered pants, motorcycle jackets, dresses and tops, priced from $32.50 to $64.50, hit stores this week.

Music legend JOAN JETT has designed her first ever fashion line, collaborating with clothing brand Hot Topic to create an edgy range of rock ‘n' roll-inspired ensembles.

The collection, which is priced between $32.50 and $64.50, features plenty of punk designs and includes a zip-up tank top and a pleather jacket complete with lace-up sleeves.

Hot Topic, a retail brand found mostly in suburban malls, unveiled the collection as part of its 25th anniversary celebration.

For her first foray into the fashion industry, the 56-year-old called upon the services of her longtime friends and fashion designers Daang and Ray Goodman, the brains behind popular brand Tripp NY, to help her create the perfect collection.

'I've talked about doing something like this over the years but nothing ever came to fruition,' Ms Jett told WWD.

'Daang and Ray really get my styles and I didn't have to do the nuts and bolts of the design. They take my essence and translate my vibe and we go from there.'

The BLACKHEARTS frontwoman was already familiar with the retailer from her time on the road.

'I've known about Hot Topic for years and years because on the road there are very few places in certain areas of the country where you can find kind of rock 'n' roll clothes,' she said.

Asked to describe her own aesthetic, she said: 'It's tough to put words to your own self. It sounds kind of cliche to say but minimalist, rock 'n' roll, edgy and dark, but they all apply to my style â€" androgynous because I don't have a bunch of curves.'


SONG BY SONG: BLONDIE to Premiere 11/11 on Ovation

Ovation, America's only arts network, continues its new season of the hit original series SONG BY SONG with the premiere of Song by Song: Blondie on Tuesday, November 11th at 10PM ET. Below is a promo from Song by Song: Blondie (or visit for more)!

The documentary music series will focus on the iconic band, currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary. In the series, four of Blondie's biggest chart-topping hits will be highlighted, and the half-hour episodes will include exclusive interviews and in-depth and behind-the-scenes insights from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke of Blondie, as well as interviews with fellow music icons Iggy Pop and JOAN JETT and NYC downtown legend Miss Guy. Viewers will also hear from hot new music acts like Betty Who and Los Rakas who have been influenced by Blondie's trend-setting style and cutting-edge sound. SONG BY SONG is produced for Ovation by Emmy nominated TH Entertainment.

The lineup of Song by Song: Blondie includes:
"One Way Or Another" -- Premiering November 11th at 10PM ET. The anthem ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

"Heart of Glass" -- Premiering November 18th at 10PM ET. Blondie's hit single from the 1978 album "Parallel Lines," which sold over 20 million copies.

"Call Me" -- Premiering Tuesday, November 25th at 10PM ET. The Grammy-nominated song featured in the film, "American Gigolo."

"Rapture" -- Premiering Tuesday, December 2nd at 10PM ET. The first song to feature rapping that went all the way to #1.

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low resolution image Not Enlargeable JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS created a potent mix of hard rock, glam, punk, metal and garage rock that sounds fresh and relevant in any era. Their biggest hit, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" (Number One in 1982) is a rock classic - as pure and simple a statement about the music's power as Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven." The honesty and power of their records make you believe that rock and roll can change the world.

As Jett once described rock and roll: "It's a feeling thing, it's emotion. You don't think about it. If you start thinking rock 'n' roll, you're fucked. That's when you're homogenized. That's when it's boring. And that's when it's bullshit." From her days as a founding member of the all-female RUNAWAYS, Jett has made loud, hook-laden records that convey toughness and joy. Sporting black leather and a shag to create a sexy and androgynous look, Jett took over a role formerly reserved for male rockers. She formed the BLACKHEARTS in 1982, and their classic four-piece sound muscled past the synthesizers that dominated the 80s and carried the flag for rock and roll. Three of their albums - I Love Rock 'N' Roll, Album and Up Your Alley - reached the Top 20, behind songs written by Jett and manager KENNY LAGUNA. By covering songs from all corners of the rock catalogue - from Gary Glitter to Tommy James to Sly and the Family Stone - the band effortlessly broke down barriers between genres and eras. In the 90s, Jett's no-nonsense attitude and vocal style was a major influence on the riot grrrl movement, and she went on to produce Bikini Kill and record with L7. She continues to be an inspiration for young female rockers.

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Rock Chic

low resolution image Not Enlargeable Attention rock chicks and fashion collab fans. The JOAN JETT X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic collection has just launched. The collaboration brings together the City of Industry, Calif.-based retailer, rocker JOAN JETT and rock ‘n roll clothier Tripp NYC, founded and designed by Daang Goodman.

The new collection will bow as Hot Topic prepares to celebrate "25 years of being "all about the music."

"Working with Daang and TRIPP NYC was effortless, as we approached this collection from the same fashion sensibility and DIY spirit," said Jett, in a statement. "I'm blown away by how the collection turned out - these clothes are some of my favorite new additions to my closet."

Goodman found inspiration in Jett's personal style and attitude, as well as her music to create eight "rock fashion basics," including skinny jeans, vests, moto jackets and tops, packed with details like pleather insets, metal zippers and lace-up details. Prices range from $32.50 for an asymmetrical tank to $64.50 for the moto jackets. You can see more pieces from the line in the video below.

"When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I'd known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her," Goodman said. "I've been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life! And I know the Hot Topic girl is going to love it!"

The new collection seems to be an indication that Jett and Hot Topic have buried the hatchet, so to speak. Last year, the two clashed over Hot Topic's Blackheart lingerie collection. Jett argued that the brand infringed on her independent label BLACKHEART RECORDS and her band's name The BLACKHEARTS.

To celebrate the launch of JOAN JETT X TRIPP NYC, Hot Topic's charitable arm, the Hot Topic Foundation, donated $250,000 to Little Kids Rock's "Modern Band" music program, which helps provide public schools with instruments, training, and other resources to teach popular musical styles. The gift was presented on Oct. 23 at the Little Kids Rock's annual benefit in New York, where Jett was named Rocker of the Year.

Founded in 2004, the Hot Topic Foundation has given nearly $10 million in grants to non-profit organization that "encourage young people to express their individuality through music and the arts."

JOAN JETT reflects on legacy

low resolution image Not Enlargeable NEW YORK â€" Punk pioneer JOAN JETT doesn't care if you lump her in with old folks.

The I Love Rock 'N Roll singer embraces aging while raging â€" and, at 56, relishes her gig as a rockin' role model.

Recently, the snarlingly sensuous singer-guitarist provided the three-chord thrash as she was named Rocker of the Year at the Little Kids Rock educational fundraiser. Alice Cooper presented the award. Other performers included Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Tommy James, who sang Crimson and Clover with Jett.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 nominee, who co-founded the seminal group the RUNAWAYS at age 16, spent decades fending off music industry men who snubbed and humiliated female rockers. Although the glass ceiling isn't entirely shattered, "There are girls playing rock 'n' roll in every city I go to," Jett said.

These days, her ferocious philosophy is tempered: Count your blessings; welcome challenges; find your passion; honor your parents; "be kind but don't take any crap."

"Aspects of me are very confident. I'm also very shy," confessed the woman who struts around the stage with flaring nostrils and arched brow, tenderized by a wink or wry smile.

Jett's parents bought her a $30 guitar when she was 13. Her teacher looked at her strangely when she wanted to rock.

"When you're a kid," she said, "you're naive" and "figure you can conquer the world. You don't think about obstacles."

Still, she acknowledged it was "life and death . . . scary" when 23 record companies rebuffed her first solo album.

The rejection was actually a "blessing" â€" prompting producer KENNY LAGUNA and his wife to sink their meager life savings into BLACKHEART RECORDS.

Jett peddled her vinyl "out of the trunk of the car."

"Some aspects of being young were difficult," she said. Even a rebel can "worry about what people think about you, say about you."

The grown-up Joan knows how to "take a step back and breathe."

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