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Abandon All Ships Break Up, Announce Final Show

Canadian hardcore outfit Abandon All Ships have announced plans to disband before the end of September.

“We’d like to start this off with a thank you. Thank you to our fans, friends, and family for the last 8 years,” wrote Angel Aita of Abandon All Ships in an open letter released Friday afternoon. “After many ups and downs, good times and bad, it’s time that Abandon All Ships comes to an end. There’s no hard feelings or inner turmoil, it’s just time that we all move on to the next chapter of our lives. We’d also like to say thank …

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Rest In Peace: Skye McCole Bartusiak (1992 – 2014)

Skye McCole Bartusiak, who is probably best known for her roles in The Patriot and Riding In Cars With Boys, has passed away. She was 21.

Bartusiak’s parents broke the news of their daughter’s death to members of the press earlier today. “We lost our girl,” Helen McCole Bartusiak told CNN. “She was a kind and really beautiful girl.” A cause of death has not been determined at this point, but Bartusiak’s mother has commented that she believes her daughter’s long-running bout with epileptic seizures may be responsible. She worries the actress “had a seizure and choked and …

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Rest In Peace: James Garner (1928 – 2014)

A rough week of celebrity losses just got a whole lot worse.

Just days after the world said goodbye to Johnny Winter and Elaine Stritch, news is breaking that iconic screen actor James Garner has also passed away. He was 86.

Garner, who rose to fame with his role on the 1950s television series Maverick, was found dead of natural causes at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday. Officers responded to a call at Garner’s home around 8:00 P.M. PST and confirmed Garner’s identity …

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Rest In Peace: Elaine Stritch (1925 – 2014)

First Johnny Winter, and now this? Today sucks.

News has been breaking for the past hour that broadway and screen legend Elaine Stritch died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Michigan. She was 89.

Stritch started her entertainment career more than half a century ago. She landed a few small TV roles at the end of the 1940s, but most Broadway historians will likely tell you that Stritch originally rose to fame in the 1952 revival of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s once controversial production, Pal Joey. Stritch was required to strip as part of her role, …

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Rest In Peace: Johnny Winter (1944-2014)

News is breaking this morning that iconic blues musician Johnny Winter, whose career spans half a century, has died. He was 70.

Winter’s publicist confirmed the news to members of the press this morning, adding that Winter died in a hotel room in Zurich earlier this week. A statement released along with the announcement said his wife, family and bandmates were all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.

At the time of his death Johnny Winter was still considered a full-time touring musician. His last performance was Saturday, July 12, at the Lovely Days Festival …

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Take a Step Back and Listen to a Full Stream of Anberlin’s Final Album, ‘Lowborn’

Sure it’s taken a while to get to this day, no thanks to a push back, but the conclusion of Anberlin‘s epic musical career is beginning to feel more real than ever now that their final album is streaming in full on Pandora.

Lowborn will be releasing on June 23 through Tooth & Nail Records and is still available for pre-order through their webstore. We’d love to know what you think of the record, so please share your thoughts in our comments section.

Want to catch the Orlando, FL band one last time? Anberlin are currently …

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Rest In Peace: Bobby Womack (March 4, 1944 – June 27, 2014)

The world just lost a legend.

Reports have been coming in for the last hour that legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has passed away at the age of 70. The news was confirmed by his label, XL Recordings.

No cause of death has been found at this time. That said, in recent years Womack has battled colon cancer and was rumored to have begun developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Bobby Womack was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1944. When he was 10, Bobby partnered with his brother, Curtis, to form a musical group known as the Womack Brothers. Sam Cooke, the legend …

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THE END IS NEAR: The Swellers Begin Booking Farewell Shows

It’s a sad, sad day for fans of punk.

After twelve years of hard work and great music, Michigan based punk outfit The Swellers have revealed that they are currently planning what will eventually become their farewell tour. Yes, the end is near and the brightest light in the midwest punk scene will soon be put out for good, but before you get down on everything try to remember the good: There will be one more tour.

Taking to Facebook earlier today, The Swellers posted an update that read:

We had our first band practice twelve years ago today. It’s

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In Fear And Faith Clarify Previous Comments, Will “Probably” Play More Shows

Hey there, internet. We have a confession to make. Though we try our absolute best to bring you accurate news in a timely manner we sometimes slip up and cause a bit of digital chaos. If we kept you up in recent days with our previous post on In Fear And Faith, fear not! We have much more exciting news to share this time around.

Following reports over the weekend that In Fear and Faith would no longer be performing live, a few dozen fans began posting on the band’s Facebook crying foul and asking for an explanation. When one …

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Rest In Peace: Rik Mayall (Star of ‘Drop Dead Fred’)

The world has lost another one of its shining stars.

News is breaking that actor Rik Mayall, known for his starring role in the classic comedy Drop Dead Fred, has passed away at the age of 56. A spokesman for Mayall’s management company confirmed the news to members of the press this morning.

Mayall was the star of many television series during his career, including critically acclaimed appearances on The Young Ones, Blackadder, The New Statesman and Bottom. US audiences will likely know him best from the film Drop Dead Fred, which originally hit theaters in 1991. …

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Rest In Peace: Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

The world lost one of the most influential icons of the last century this morning.

Legendary poet and author Maya Angelou passed away Wednesday at her North Carolina home. Her literary agent, Helen Brann, confirmed the news to members of the press earlier today.

Angelou originally began taking an interest in the world of poetry after a childhood tragedy stunned her into silence for years. After graduating high school, she took an interest in music and dance that eventually lead her to join a touring production throughout Europe in the 1950s. That same decade she would go on to record …

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RIP: ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ Director, Malik Bendjelloul

Documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul was found dead today in Stockholm, Sweden at the far too young age of 36. Police spokesperson Pia Glenvik has reportedly confirmed the death, but specifics are currently being withheld from the public.

Bendjelloul’s most recognizable work to date was his Oscar award-winning rockumentary, Searching for Sugar Man, which debuted in the summer of 2012. Coincidentally, our very own Derek Scancarelli had recently posted a photoset and review of a Greenvale, NY concert put on by Sixto Rodriguez, the very subject of the film.

It truly is a tragedy to see the passing of one who …