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The Main Drag’s New Video

If you’ve played Rock Band (and if you are at this site, I have a feeling you have), you are probably familiar with the fact that a number of Harmonix employees have bands that are featured in the game. The Main Drag features Harmonix employees Adam Arrigo, Matt Boch, Jon Carter, and John Drake. Rounded out by Dan Cardinal, the band released a video for their song from Rock Band 2, “A Jagged Gorgeous Winter.” It features a very cool Calvin and Hobbes-inspired theme!

To coincide with the release of the video, The Main Drag is also going on tour starting next week!  Here are the tour dates:

  • June 20th – Boston, MA (Great Scott)
  • June 22nd – Chicago, IL (Schubas)
  • June 23rd – Minneapolis, MN (Fine Line Music Cafe)
  • June 24th – Winnipeg, MB (The Lo Pub)
  • June 26th – Lethbrige, AB (Henotic Lounge)
  • June 27th – Calgary, AB (SLED ISLAND FESTIVAL – Lord Nelson Bar)
  • June 29th – Milwaukee, WI (Dino’s)
  • July 1st – Philadelphia, PA (The M-Room)
  • July 3rd – Brooklyn, NY (TBA)

You can read more about The Main Drag over at a story run on them by USAToday, via their Myspace page, or you can find them at their official site here.

If you want to check out more Harmonix bands, check out the brand new website here: www.harmonixmusic.com. It features music you can select from a number of the employees, plus it has a very cool, easy to navigate layout.  A more complete list of most (if not all) employee bands is featured here.

Vans Warped Tour Newsletter Confirms DLC

Vans Warped Tour

Over at Kotaku today, they received a copy of the latest Vans Warped Tour Newsletter from a reader, which apparently confirms the earlier discovery that there will be some DLC from one or more of the bands arriving on June 23rd or June 30th. Check back early tomorrow morning (just after 10:00 EST) for Harmonix’s official DLC announcement for next week!

[via Kotaku]

Rock Band Country Track Pack Revealed

Country Bears

Coming out on July 31 this year, Harmonix announced earlier today the full track listing from the Rock Band Country Track Pack track listing. It will have a suggested retail price of $29.99 and will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and Nintendo Wii. The pack will feature 21 tracks from country music superstars of yesterday and today, 13 of which are brand new and previously unreleased as DLC (but will be released as DLC after a limited time). The songs included in the pack are as follows:

  • Alan Jackson Good Time*
  • Brad Paisley – Mud on the Tires
  • Brooks & Dunn – Hillbilly Deluxe
  • Cross Canadian Ragweed – Cry Lonely*
  • Dierks Bentley – Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)
  • Dixie Chicks – Sin Wagon
  • Drive-By Truckers – 3 Dimes Down
  • Jason Aldean – She’s Country*
  • Keith Urban – I Told You So*
  • Kenny Chesney – She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy*
  • Kenny Rogers – The Gambler*
  • Lucinda Williams – Can’t Let Go
  • Martina McBride – This One’s For The Girls*
  • Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder & Lead
  • Montgomery Gentry – Gone*
  • Rascal Flatts – Me and My Gang*
  • Sara Evans – Suds In The Bucket*
  • Shania Twain – Any Man of Mine*
  • Steve Earle – Satellite Radio
  • Trace Adkins – Swing*
  • Willie Nelson – On the Road Again*

* Denotes track new to Rock Band platform

Random E3 TB:RB Video Goodness

Just catching up on stuff I’ve found that I’ve been meaning to post. Enjoy!

McLovin & Harmonix enjoying a little rooftop The Beatles: Rock Band action:

Hysterical John Drake interview with Nick Chester of Destructoid:

E3 Harmonix Presentation (in 3 parts):

G4 interviews Chris Foster:

Rock Band: Beatles Demo with Gamespot:

Beatles: Rock Band Vocal Harmonies Explained

Ed Sullivan

Wired was able to get a good in depth look into how the Beatles: Rock Band vocal harmonies work.  As expected, instead of just one mic, you will now be able to connect up to to three mics at a time.  These three mics still count as one player, and you’ll be able to select “solo” or “harmonies” when playing.  Solo just gives you one line to pay attention to while singing.  Harmonies give you one line for the lead singer, and two other lines for the other two singers.

The nice thing is that you technically don’t have to sing harmonies; three singers can all sing the lead vocal track, but you won’t max your score unless you do harmonize.  After the song, you’ll be able to see how the singers did together, or you can select to see additional detail which will show how all three singers did.

[via Wired]

The Beatles: Rock Band Track Listing Unveiled?

Beatles One

Website Ripten claims to have received a leaked tracklist of the the full lineup for the Beatles: Rock Band. It does agree with what Harmonix has been stating that the game with feature 45 Beatles songs, but some of the songs I noticed in the opening cinematic (Rocky Raccoon, Maggie Mae, Carry That Weight, etc.) don’t appear below, so personally wouldn’t put too much weight behind this.  They don’t claimed how they received it, so I would take this with a big grain of salt, but check out the full list below:

UPDATE: Joystiq contacted Harmonix, who didn’t beat around the bush to say that it’s fake. Didn’t sound legit, but based on the finite number of Beatles songs, I’m sure they got a few right. Here’s Joystiq’s post.

  • “I Saw Her Standing There”
  • “Please Please Me”
  • “Twist and Shout”
  • “All My Loving”
  • “I Wanna Be Your Man”
  • “She Loves You”
  • “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • “A Hard Day’s Night”
  • “And I Love Her”
  • “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  • “I’m A Loser”
  • “Baby’s in Black”
  • “I Feel Fine”
  • “Help!”
  • “Ticket to Ride”
  • “I’ve Just Seen a Face”
  • “I’m Down”
  • “Drive My Car”
  • “In My Life”
  • “If I Needed Someone”
  • “Day Tripper”
  • “Taxman”
  • “She Said She Said”
  • “And Your Bird Can Sing”
  • “Paperback Writer”
  • “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
  • “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”
  • “Good Morning Good Morning”
  • “I Am the Walrus”
  • “Hello Goodbye”
  • “Revolution”
  • “Back in the USSR”
  • “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
  • “Birthday”
  • “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey”
  • “Helter Skelter”
  • “Hey Bulldog”
  • “Come Together”
  • “Something”
  • “Octopus’s Garden”
  • “Here Comes the Sun”
  • “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • “Dig a Pony”
  • “I’ve Got a Feeling”
  • “Get Back”

[via Joystiq via Ripten]