Posted on March 3, 2015 by Derek
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What Is the LPA Monthly Mix-Up?
LPA Monthly Mix-Up is an ambitious concept intended to showcase the massive amount of musical talent currently unheard among the Linkin Park fan community. Every month, we will be challenging fans to compete and show off their musical skills, using any and all tools available to them to create their entry. At the conclusion of each competition period, our staff will then go through each entry submitted, and pick our absolute favorite to be featured on the site as the "Winner Of The Month". To promote fairness, runner ups will also be shown, but only one lucky Linkin Park fan will walk away with the honor of being featured as the "Monthly Winner". Now that we have that out of the way view this month's theme below.


Our official theme for the month of March 2015 is:

DUBSTEP (AND IT'S SUBGENRES)

After over three years of successful Monthly Mix-Up competitions, two remix albums, and various mentions and shoutouts from Mike Shinoda, we felt it was time to bring the remix competition back to where it all began. To bring back the first genre we ever did, and one of which we haven't touched for several years. The best part is, unlike the first time...you are not limited to just traditional dubstep. You are welcome to do any of the subgenres of dubstep including (but not limited to) Chillstep, Trapstep, Brostep, Liquid Dubstep and so forth. As long as it is dubstep or one of it's subgenres? You're golden.

Also, we will open this to DBS, Fort Minor, and even A Light That Never comes. So if any of you have acapellas of any of those? Today is your lucky day.

Deadline is March 31st 2014 11:59 PM PST.

Good luck. Please note that since this is not a free-for-all month, mashups will not be allowed this round.


OFFICIAL RULES

 
Posted on March 1, 2015 by Joe
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Steve Aoki performed at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois last night and the show was streamed live on Yahoo Music. During the performance Aoki played a portion of the new track Horizons which features Linkin Park and will be on his upcoming album Neon Future II which releases May 12th, 2015. Check out a video of the performance below and let us know what you think on the LPA forums.




Source: Yahoo Music
Posted on February 28, 2015 by Zane
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Since the last two weeks of February, whispers of a reinvigoration of Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda's musical side-project, Fort Minor, have begun. Though based on speculation amongst fans, the signs are tangibly there. Fort Minor was the chosen pseudonym of Mike Shinoda's hip-hop side-project nearly a decade ago in late 2005 when The Rising Tied was released to critical acclaim. At the time, Mike Shinoda felt that his interest in hip-hop would not fit in with the musical style of Linkin Park and thus pursued an alternate musical outlet.

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And now, ten years later, there have been sudden updates to Fort Minor's Facebook page and the creation of brand new Twitter and Instagram accounts under the Fort Minor name all within the last two weeks. In addition the official site, fortminor.com, has been renewed for the first time in six years although at the moment the site only redirects to Mike's blog. As of right now, the social networking sites currently only contain pure black photos, giving away little hints as to the new direction.

Creative fans are already editing the photos. Some believe that the blacked out photos actually contain hidden images. Is that a red dragon?

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Now, this cannot be just a random coincidence or a sudden interest by Mike Shinoda to throw down fresh new paint on his old social networking sites, can it? The accounts have been followed by Mike Shinoda and by Lorenzo, Linkin Park's Marketing Assistant/Office Manager. So what does this all mean and is it possible that this has nothing to do with a new musical project? Yes, it is possible that this could all mean nothing. But all signs tell me it's not just a coincidence. Mike Shinoda has publicly stated in recent interviews that he is interested in pursuing a new Fort Minor album when time is right. And perhaps that time is now.


During Mike's Montreality interview (8:45), we know that Mike is interested in pursuing a new sound for Fort Minor if he ever decides to pursue a sophomore effort for the project.

Could it be another hip-hop album focusing more so on Mike's current interests in hard-rock or electronica? Or perhaps a new Fort Minor direction won't involve rapping at all? Mike has posted recent photos on his instagram page of himself with Machine Gun Kelly and Tallywood. As a reminder to fans, Machine Gun Kelly performed with Linkin Park during Bleed It Out in last year's Warped Tour.

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For now, fans should keep an eye on these social networking sites as I am sure more signs will come...

Posted on February 25, 2015 by minuteforce
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Hot on the heels of a couple of other tour-related announcements, a post on linkinpark.com tells us that Linkin Park have added more European dates to their current 2015 schedule. The band will be performing a show in Minsk, Belarus on August 27, before heading to Rome, Italy to play a headlining slot as part of the 2015 Rock In Roma festival on September 6.

Rock In Roma has been an annual event in Rome for over a decade now; this year, it boasts a lineup which includes modern rock heavyweights Muse and Slipknot.

We are bringing The Hunting Party Tour to Minsk, Belarus on August 27, 2015 and for the first time ever we are playing Rock in Roma in Italia on September 6th, 2015. See you soon. -Mike
Linkin Park Underground pre-sales for both events begin on Wednesday, February 25 at 12 PM, CET, (i.e. very soon) including meet-and-greet opportunities for members who might attend the Belarus show.

Source: linkinpark.com
Posted on February 25, 2015 by minuteforce
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According to this linkinpark.com news post, it has just been announced that Linkin Park are set to be one of the headliners at the FM4 Frequency festival later this year. The festival, which is celebrating its fifteenth year in 2015, will take place in Green Park, St. Poelten, Austria from August 20 to August 22.

Alongside Linkin Park, electronic music juggernauts The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers will also be filling out headlining slots at FM4 Frequency this year. The exact time and date for Linkin Park's set has yet to be confirmed.

Austria - We are headlining the 15th Frequency Festival at Green Park St. Polten. The festival takes place from August 20th to the 22nd. Stay tuned for more info on our headline date. See you soon. -Mike
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In the meantime, information regarding tickets can be found on the festival's official site.

Source: linkinpark.com
Posted on February 24, 2015 by minuteforce
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A linkinpark.com news post announces that Linkin Park have scheduled a pair of shows in Russia and Finland, respectively, later this year in support of "The Hunting Party". The band will perform a date in Moscow, Russia on August 29, and another date in Jamsa, Finland on August 31.

We are bringing The Hunting Party Tour to Moscow, Russia on August 29th and to Jamsa, Finland on August 31st, 2015. We look forward to seeing you there. -Mike
Ticket details, including a pre-sale for Linkin Park Underground members, will both likely be coming soon.

Source: linkinpark.com via Elaine
Posted on February 18, 2015 by Kevin
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In an act of kindness, and as a thank you for the support, Linkin Park has decided to upload and share a stripped down acoustic version of Final Masquerade for us fans to enjoy. Both Brad and Mike gave the quotes for the song. Check them out here below.

Mike - from MikeShinoda.com

Hey everyone,

We made something cool the other day, and we wanted you to have it. Here’s a special unreleased acoustic version of Final Masquerade. Stripping it down to bare bones brought the sentiment of the song right to the surface. Thanks for all your support over the past couple months – we hope you enjoy the song.
Brad - from LinkinPark.com
In this stripped-down intimate version, the words and storytelling lead the way. I loved working on this special recording of "Final Masquerade", and we're excited to share it with our fans.
Check the song out here.

What do you think of this version of Final Masquerade? Come and discuss in our forums

 
Posted on February 18, 2015 by minuteforce
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The splash page at stonetemplepilots.com has been updated with the announcement of an U.S. tour which Stone Temple Pilots will embark upon later this year. The band have planned a string of fourteen shows throughout the month of April and, in a brief video announcement, they also mention that new Stone Temple Pilots music is in the works.


Presale tickets for every show are available now via Ticketmaster; links can be found on stonetemplepilots.com. The presale code can be obtained by RSVP'ing via a link on Stone Temple Pilots' Facebook page. For further information about tickets, there is a news post on stonetemplepilots.com:

RSVP here and you’ll receive a code to get pre-sale tickets to the show nearest you tomorrow at 10 AM local time: http://cncrt.ly/stp

Tickets go on-sale to the general public this Friday, 2/20 at 11 am local time. VIP packages will be available through Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

$1 per ticket will be donated to Music For Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disaster relief and environmental protection. Funds raised will support long term Hurricane Sandy recovery in New Jersey including housing assistance and home repairs, mental health and social services as well as tree planting.
Tour dates:

Apr. 08 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Apr. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Apr. 12 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 15 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
Apr. 17 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Apr. 19 - San Antonio, TX @ House of Blues
Apr. 20 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Apr. 24 - Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
Apr. 25 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Apr. 27 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr. 28 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Apr. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA Center

Source: stonetemplepilots.com via Broman
Posted on February 13, 2015 by minuteforce
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This news post on linkinpark.com informs us that Linkin Park are scheduled to headline 2015's Amnesia Rockfest. Amnesia Rockfest is said to be "the largest rock festival in Canada" and is now in its tenth year. The festival will run from Thursday, June 18 through to Sunday, June 21 in Montebello, Quebec, at Marina de Montebello.

Linkin Park will play their headlining slot on Friday, June 19 as part of an eclectic lineup of over 100 acts including System Of A Down, The Offspring, Deftones, Slayer, Thrice and Snoop Dogg.

General sale for the festival tickets have now begun via the festival's official website.

Source: linkinpark.com via Filip
Posted on February 4, 2015 by minuteforce
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Linkin Park band member Mike Shinoda has collaborated with the world-famous watchmakers Bamford Watch Department to produce a unique high-end timepiece. The collaboration was first hinted at last month in an Instagram post.


The limited-edition M.SHINODA x BWD Daytona is a Super Matte black Rolex Daytona which features Bamford's unique titanium coating. Shinoda's personal contribution includes custom artwork on the clock face - specifically, a skull image which eagle-eyed fans of his work may remember from his 2009 art show "Glorious Excess (Dies)". Shinoda has written about the collaboration, and its place among other official Linkin Park apparel, in a new blog entry:

My band-mates and I have been expanding the boundaries of our wearable releases—making some even more ubiquitous and easily accessible, and others distinctly limited and aspirational. In the range of our offerings, this timepiece sets a new bar for the latter. It is, of course, not something our average fan can buy. For most, it exists as an idea, a wearable piece of art.
Bamford's page for the product describes the watch having "a vintage look, with reduced text simplifying the dial and making it unique whilst remaining classic". Additionally, the page includes words from BWD's founder George Bamford about the piece and working with Shinoda:

“I was blown away to be asked to work with Mike Shinoda and create a limited edition run of his ultimate watch. It was a pleasure to collaborate with Mike and I think the watch looks truly amazing.”
Enterprising fans and/or timepiece enthusiasts can find out more about the luxury watch and ask about its price on the product page. Linkin Park's official website, of course, features a "collaborations" section where fans can find out about other recent and not-so-recent projects of this nature that have involved the band members.

Source: mikeshinoda.com