This year’s Little Kids Rock Benefit concert has just added a few more artists to an already packed bill. The event, which will pay tribute to Joan Jett, recently announced that Cheap Trick, Mike Ness of Social Distortion and Kathleen Hanna featuring Ad-Rock as additions to their list of performers. Little Kids Rock is an organization dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools.



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Over the past decade, he’s been focused on painting, designing and sharing his talent for each with the next generation. He was recently in Omaha, Nebraska where he was the resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. He completed a “Love” mural on 24th Street in North Omaha in honor of the late Omaha jazz legend Preston Love. We got on the phone with the multi-faceted artist to discuss his origins in hip-hop culture, Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary and hip-hop’s evolution.



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"808, The heart of the beat that changed music." (coming 2015)

The Roland TR-808 is one of the most distinct, influential and beloved instruments of the early Eighties, with the electronic rhythm composer used by everyone from Talking Heads and Afrika Bambaataa to Marvin Gaye and the Beastie Boys. Even Kanye West devoted an album title to the instrument’s unmistakable sound. In 2015, the story behind the landmark machine will hit theatres thanks to 808, a documentary that focuses on the Roland TR-808 and its cult following […]

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A peek at the hidden history of NYC’s streets via a walking tour from the renowned photographer and downtown art scene luminary. […] Powell is straightforwardly disgusted by the city today, and he wants to ensure the posterity of its rich history before everything went to hell.



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Having been ordered to pay the Beastie Boys $1.7 million for copyright infringement earlier this year, the brand is now facing legal action from the band’s label and publisher, both now Universal subsidiaries. Capitol Records and Universal-Polygram International Publishing launched their own legal action this week, seeking $1.2 million in damages.



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