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John Berry, original Beastie Boy, passes away

John Berry, original Beastie Boy, passes away

John Berry, an original member of the Beastie Boys has passed away at the age of 52. Berry passed away early Thursday morning in a hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts. According to Berry's father, Berry suffered from frontal lobe dementia which had recently worsened.

Berry was in the group's original incarnation when they were a hardcore punk band, along with Mike Diamond, Adam Yauch, and Kate Schellenbach. Berry was on the seminal Pollywog Stew. After leaving the Beastie Boys, he was in groups including Even Worse, Big Fat Love, Highway Stars and Bourbon Deluxe. Hear Pollywog Stew below.

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Sticks and Stones to reunite for single benefit show

Sticks and Stones to reunite for single benefit show

Punknews has got the scoop on Sticks and Stones. The seminal 90s punk band will reunite for a single benefit show on June 3. The show will be at Sunnyvale in Brooklyn and will raise funds for folk artist Lavender Buttons, who is suffering from cancer. Sticks and Stones lineup will include Chris Calello, Johnny X/Michael Cavallaro, Jack Terricloth/Peter Ventantonio, and Osamu Kawahara.

Speaking to Punknews, Ventantonio stated, "This should be fun. I had forgotten how exhausting singing while playing guitar is, but it has been nice to see the boys."

Opening bands will include Thulsa Doom, Out of System Transfer, Sunny Side Social Club, and more. Tickets are on sale now.

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Brand New

Brand New: “I am a Nightmare”

Brand New have released a new tune. It's called "I am a nightmare," and it's off a 12-inch single of the same name. The 12-inch will be out late June via Procrastinate! records. Hear the song and see upcoming tour dates (including dates with Modest Mouse) below.

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Round Eye

Round Eye: “Billy”

Round Eye, the band of expatriates living in China, have released a video for their new song. The song is called "Billy" and was directed by Chachy and Alessio Avezzano. See the video below.

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Rage Against The Machine

Chuck D, B-Real, Rage Against the Machine form supergroup

According to Billboard Chuck D of Public Enemy, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and 3/4 of Rage Against The Machine (guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk) have formed a supergroup. The group is to be called Prophets of Rage, after the Public Enemy song and they are believed to be debuting on June 3, with a tour to follow. Note that Billboard did not name its source, but Rage Against the Machine did launch a website (Check that out here) that has a countdown clock set to go off on June 1, and also has an homage to the famed PE logo. We'll keep you updated.

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