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Rest In Peace: G.R.L. Member Simone Battle (1989-2014)

This is a rough way to start the day.

G.R.L. member and one-time X Factor contestant Simone Battle has passed away. She was 25.

News of Battle’s death began to spread across the internet early Saturday morning. Her passing was first confirmed by longtime producer Derek Butler over Instagram, then later by her label and management. Details of her death have not been revealed at this time, so it is unclear whether or not foul play is suspected, but a spokesperson for G.R.L. has released a statement on behalf of the group. It reads:

“We are deeply saddened by

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Rest In Peace: Jimi Jamison (Former Lead Singer of Survivor)

The world of rock and roll has lost one of its most iconic voices.

TMZ broke the news last night that Survivor frontman and longtime rock legend Jimi Jamison has passed away. He was 63.

Jamison’s booking agent, Sally Irwin, told the gossip site that Jamison died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis. No information on funeral services or memorials is available at this time.

Age had not slowed Jamison’s passion for music in the slightest. He had just performed with the band Saturday night, August 30, in Northern California. You can view a video of Jamison …

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Rest In Peace: Richard Attenborough (1923 – 2014)

Word is breaking this evening that Lord Richard Attenborough, iconic actor on stage and screen, has passed away. He was 90.

Attenborough died Sunday, his son Michael told the BBC in London. The cause of Attenborough’s death is not known at this time, but the famed actor suffered a stroke five years ago that left him in a coma for several days and confined him to a wheelchair since.

In total, Attenborough appeared in more than 70 major motion pictures, including The Great Escape, The Flight Of The Phoenix and the 90s remake of Miracle On 34th Street. …

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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 …