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Black Keys Announce New Album Via Mike Tyson

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Photograph: Evan Agostini

The Black Keys announced their eighth album Turn Blue last Friday with a super weird YouTube video posted from Mike Tyson's twitter account.

...What?

Yeah, we don't get it either.

The video features nothing but a creepy hypnotist and a spinning record for a good couple of minutes until the very end, when an info screen pops up with the album title and release date.

Tim Ferriss Rehearse Five Days, Then Gigs With Foreigner

Ferriss and Copeland

To get a big gig on the main stage with a major band requires decades of practice and learning. But Tim Ferriss, author of such books as The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (Expanded and Updated), wanted to shorten it. His goal: To rehearse for five days and then play with Foreigner.

He signed up Stewart Copeland to teach him the basics of rock drumming so he could play one song live and not embarass himself. And this video is the result. Look for some hilarious moments with Copeland, particularly around 14:00. Oh, and if you're planning on really making it as a drummer, you're still going to have to practice for decades.

Travis Barker To Host MusInk 2014

MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival

Blink-182 drummer, mixtape maestro, and entrepreneur Travis Barker will host the seventh annual MusInk Tattoo Convention & Music Festival, a three-day weekend of classic punk and hip-hop acts, custom cars, and the handywork of world-renowned inkers. “You have the greatest tattoo artist of our time all under one roof,” Barker told us en route to rehearsal with Transplants, Barker’s other band which headlines on Saturday. “You might get work done that you normally would have to fly to Japan or Europe for.”

For someone who sports as many unique tatts as Barker, the opportunity to present MusInk 2014 was a no brainer. For Famous Stars And Straps, the apparel company he founded more than a decade ago and judge of the festival’s daily tattoo contests, the ink connection is more than skin deep. “The graphics on our first T-shirts 15 years ago we’re tattoo-inspired,” he says. “We’ve always been a lifestyle brand rooted in music and that includes everything from tattoos to skateboarding to cars — it’s all a part of it.”

MusInk 2014 takes place March 21-23 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Coast Mesa, California. Single day pass, $29.98; 3-day pass, $59.96. For more information visit musink.org

LACM Offers "Summer Xperience" Program

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The Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) announced that they will soon be offering the "Summer Xperience," a summer music program for music lovers of all ages.

The Summer Xperience will give students hands-on access from top industry leaders and talent associated with American Idol, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The Grammy's, The Simpsons, Everclear, the Black Eyed Peas, Dancing With The Stars, and more.

Programs include Music Performance and Music Production (Session 1: June 23 - 27, 9 AM - 5 PM) as well as Songwriting and the 5th annual Drummer’s Reality Camp (Session 2: June 28 - July 2, 9 AM - 5 PM).

Students will participate in master classes, private lessons, student recitals, large ensembles and recording sessions. Summer Xperience helps students learn how to rock AND have a successful career, and gives unique one-on-one mentoring opportunities. To sign up, or for more information, click here.

Pat Gesualdo Gives Drum Therapy Course

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Celebrated drum virtuoso and therapy pioneer Pat Gesualdo will be giving a special lecture this month at The Collective. Pat will be discussing his groundbreaking organization, D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities), drum therapy techniques, how to become a certified drum therapist, and much more.

“It is extremely exciting to work with Pat Gesualdo, and to help him further his mission to do what he does best, in our facility,” says The Collective. “This is one way the Collective is 'giving back' to the drum community, and to help people with disabilities enjoy the art of drumming.”

“Together we are assisting drummers to help the special needs population live happier, healthier lives with drumming,” Pat says.

The lecture will be given on March 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM at 541 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY, 10011.