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American Rock Band Panic! At The Disco recently turned the tables around when protestors from Westboro Baptist Church picketed their show in Kansas City, Missouri!

If you do not know, Westboro Baptist Church is an organization known for extremist ideologies, mainly aimed towards people of the LGBT community. They are better known for picketing at shows involving pro-gay artists from Lady Gaga to Kesha.

Recently, they announced their intentions to picket at the Panic! concert and things took a turn for the worse for them as Panic! took advantage of their announcement to counter their protests.

The band tweeted on 21 July: “Today the Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket us. For every member of WBC that actually shows up we will donate $20 to Human Rights Campaign ‪#‎pride2014.

Despite the plan being published on social media, protestors still turned up at the concert. In response to the 13 protestors that turned up to picket at the concert, Panic! rounded up the figure and donated $1,000 to the Human Rights Campaign to combat what Westboro stands for.

In addition, they are also going to donate 5% of all merchandise sales from the same show to the Human Rights Campaign. Just how amazing is that!

Not only does the money go towards a good cause, it also increases awareness of the Human Rights Campaign. What do you think of this ingenious plan by the band? Check out the tweets below and let us know in the comments!




 

Photo Credit: Aria Charts

We all have that one friend in school who was so strange and odd, it was hard to relate to them no matter how hard we tried. 

Personally, I think Weird Al-Yankovic was one of those people. 

Keeping to his promise of releasing 8 music videos in the span of 8 days, the singer (?) recently released the music video for his song, Lame Claim to Fame. Much like most of his songs, Lame Claim to Fame is a parody of sorts. 

Share the same birthday with Kim Kardashian? Slept with the members of Motley Crue? Weird-Al is not impressed and he shows it with this southern rock number. 

As trashy as the song might be, I really find it extremely infectious especially when I've been listening to it in the office and singing along. 

The music video too is pretty darn cute. Watch it down below.

 

Photo credit: Capitol Records

Malcom Brickhouse, Alec Atkins, Jarad Dawkins. Remember their names, because they're going to make history as young metal legends. Malcolm the guitarist and Alec, the bassist, are both 13 while drummer Jarad is just 12. 

Together as metal band Unlocking The Truth, these three boys have already signed a S$2.2 million record deal with Sony. 

How?

A video of them busking in New York's Time Square went viral on YouTube, and a Sony executive who watched it contacted their manager. 

Jarad exclaimed, "I'm so excited! We've made it!" It's definitely hopeful and heartwarming to see talents being spotted for their work. Let's hope their debut album sells more than 250,000 copies, as that's when they'll get their cut of the deal.

You can marvel at their ferocious and kickass performance for their song Monster below! Let us know what you think of these little metal heads.

 

Photo credit: Rolling Stone

One name that insists on vying for attention in the race towards nu-pop punk notoriety is Illinois’ Real Friends.

Formed only in 2010, the quintet’s forthcoming debut LP, Maybe This Place Is the Same and We're Just Changing (out July 22 via Fearless), is undeniably one of summer’s most awaited records. The band has earned a name for themselves thanks to their brand of fervent lyricism (hence the “emo” allusions) and with a spot on the Vans Warped Tour, I Don't Love You Anymore is the third consecutive single to be released within two months.

Sticking to the timeless theme of heartbreak and unrequited love, expressionless woodland animals engage in various forms of intimacy within the track’s eccentric video as an alienated protagonist meanders past, obviously forlorn. According to Fuse, the faceless motif - with the aid of masks - is a visual to avoid typecasting and “much like Real Friends’ music, the masks add a little bit of fun to an unhappy situation,” elaborates director Eric Teti.  

Vocalist Dan Lambton’s coarse deliveries have yet to fail in conveying moroseness and his blunt words only abet it: “I can't believe you've got the nerve to say you love me and you left me for dead, I don't love you anymore.”

 

Photo credit: Jered Scott

Unlike Kings of Leon, who cancelled their gig for nature-related reasons, Paramore decided that the show had to go on while performing at the Banbury Festival in Ohio. 

Just as they were about to delve into Only Exception, lead singer Hayley Williams realized that a small commotion was taking place in the crowd and decided to stop to survey what was happening. 

Much to the crowd's dismay, a wild skunk had appeared and decided to spread its well, love to everyone.

Keeping her cool, Hayley decided to crack some jokes about the matter, "Apparently, it’s just a skunk that’s down down there, spraying all of you with its love and generosity. That’s never happened before!”.

I do have to say, it's pretty admirable how she managed to make such a joke of the whole matter. After all, the band's been at it for a while now and nothing could possibly surprise them right? 

Watch the video below: 

 

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