Rivals Mode Information Breakdown: Crews, Challenges, and a dedicated App!

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Have you (like many) felt that Rock Band 4 was lacking options in social and competitive features when compared to Rock Band 2 or Rock Band 3? Did launch Rock Band 4 invoke feelings of deep loneliness and despair when playing with only yourself? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the Rivals expansion was created just for you, and Rivals Mode is the cure for all of these ailments. What new features does Rivals Mode bring to the table? This is a big one… so grab a drink and let’s dive deeper into this all new mode!

 

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The Whammys 2016: Round 3

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Welcome back to Day 12 of The Whammys!  Today we’ll be moving on to Round 3, and looking at the matchups, this one is gonna be tough.  First, let’s look at yesterday’s results:

INXS – “What You Need” def. The Pretty Reckless – “Follow Me Down” (37/32)
Hinder – “Lips of an Angel” def. BØRNS – “Electric Love” (36/31)
Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” def. Orleans – “Still the One” (49/26)
Royal Blood – “Figure It Out” def. Linkin Park – “Lying from You” (40/30)
– “Thunder & Lightning” def. Shawn Mendes – “Stitches” (48/21)
Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” def. Stone Temple Pilots – “Wicked Garden” (48/23)
Weezer – “Dope Nose” def. Linkin Park – “Rebellion” (47/28)
Mastodon – “High Road” def. Opeth – “Heir Apparent” (39/22)
Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky” def. Jefferson Starship – “Jane” (39/30)
The Cranberries – “Dreams” def. Third Eye Blind – “Jumper” (41/31)
Soundgarden – “My Wave” def. Slipknot “The Devil in I” (37/29)
Aerosmith – “Love in an Elevator” def. Audioslave – “Like a Stone” (46/27)
Tonic – “If You Could Only See” def. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap” (46/18)
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” def. Beck – “Dreams” (35/31)
Pantera – “Cowboys from Hell (Live)” def. Zac Brown Band – “The Wind” (43/23)
Sister Hazel – “All for You” def. Symphony X – “Nevermore” (43/23)

All losers have been eliminated.

All prog metal and country songs are now out of the tournament.  Today also had the very first 90s songs to be eliminated, with both “Jumper and “Wicked Garden” losing their matchups.  It seems those 90s songs have significant strength in this tournament.

Here’s today’s matchups:

The Cranberries – “Zombie” vs. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t do Me Like That”
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” vs. Naked Eyes – “Always Something There to Remind Me”
Five Finger Death Punch – “Wrong Side of Heaven” vs. Aerosmith – “Cryin'”
U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday” vs. U2 – “Vertigo”
Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike” vs. Van Halen – “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”
Counting Crows – “Mr. Jones” vs. Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance” vs. Warrant – “Cherry Pie”
My Chemical Romance – “Famous Last Words” vs. Brian Setzer – “Rock This Town”
Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks” vs. Megadeth – “Dystopia”
The Killers – “All These Things That I’ve Done” vs. Generation X – “Dancing with Myself”
Blues Traveler – “Hook” vs. U2 – “Pride (In the Name of Love)”
The Romantics – “What I Like About You” vs. Van Halen – “Hot for Teacher”
Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life” vs. Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil”
Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” vs. Fuel – “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)”
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Hate Myself for Loving You” vs. Toto – “Africa”
Good Charlotte – “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” vs. Heart – “What About Love?”

Have fun voting!

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“Rockudrama” – A Closer Look

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Hello everyone! We are now less than one week away from the official launch of the Rock Band Rivals expansion, which means it’s time for us to recap and take a closer look at all the features and changes the October update and Rivals expansion will bring. Let’s start off by examining one of the larger chunks of the upcoming expansion: an entirely new mode of gameplay called “Rockudrama.”

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The Whammys 2016: Losers Round 2.2

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Welcome back to Day 11 of The Whammys!  Today we’ll be deciding on the fates of even more songs, but first let’s go over yesterday’s results to see what’s been eliminated:

Bastille – “Pompeii” def. All That Remains – “What If I Was Nothing” (48/23)
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven” def. Bruno Mars – “Treasure” (51/15)
OutKast – “Hey Ya!” def. Blitz Kids – “Run for Cover” (61/12)
Gin Blossoms – “Found Out About You” def. Winger – “Seventeen” (38/30)
Ozzy Osbourne – “Road to Nowhere” def. Bring Me the Horizon – “Throne” (53/16)
DNCE – “Cake by the Ocean” def. Godsmack – “Awake” (36/32)
Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want” def. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive” (36/34)
BABYMETAL – “Gimme Chocolate!!” def. Interpol – “All the Rage Back Home” (47/25)
Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s” def. My Morning Jacket – “One Big Holiday” (43/27)
Aerosmith – “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” def. Billy Joel – “Uptown Girl” (45/33)
Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” def. Cold War Kids – “First” (50/20)
Robert Palmer – “Bad Case of Loving You” def. Breaking Benjamin – “Failure” (48/21)
Vance Joy – “Riptide” def. Seasick Steve – “Summertime Boy” (50/18)
The Hollies – “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” def. Disturbed – “The Vengeful One” (41/27)
Weezer – “Thank God for Girls” def. Ellie Goulding – “On My Mind” (42/22)
Deep Blue Something – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” def. Marilyn Manson – “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” (57/17)

All losers have been eliminated.

Also, yesterday had out makeup match between Joan Jett and Linkin Park, and here’s the results for that:

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – “I Hate Myself for Loving You” def. Linkin Park – “Lying from You” (53/22)

Disturbed is now completely out of the tournament.  I expected their elimination, but I thought “The Vengeful One” had one more round in it.  Everything else went pretty much how I expected it to.  On to today’s matchups!

The Pretty Reckless – “Follow Me Down” vs. INXS – “What You Need”
BØRNS – “Electric Love”  vs. Hinder – “Lips of an Angel”
Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” vs. Orleans – “Still the One”
Linkin Park – “Lying from You” vs. Royal Blood – “Figure It Out”
Motörhead – “Thunder & Lightning” vs. Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” vs. Stone Temple Pilots – “Wicked Garden”
Weezer – “Dope Nose” vs. Linkin Park – “Rebellion”
Opeth – “Heir Apparent” vs. Mastodon – “High Road”
Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky” vs. Jefferson Starship – “Jane”
The Cranberries – “Dreams” vs. Third Eye Blind – “Jumper”
Soundgarden – “My Wave” vs. Slipknot – “The Devil in I”
Audioslave – “Like a Stone” vs. Aerosmith – “Love in an Elevator”
Tonic – “If You Could Only See” vs. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” vs. Beck – “Dreams”
Zac Brown Band – “The Wind” vs. Pantera – “Cowboys from Hell (Live)”
Symphony X – “Nevermore” vs. Sister Hazel – “All for You”

Have fun voting!

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The Whammys 2016: Losers Round 2.1

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Welcome back to Day 10 of The Whammys!  The last two rounds saw some tough matchups, and sent some heavy hitters into the losers bracket.  As we keep on going, matchups are only going to get tougher.  Let’s look at the results from yesterday:

Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks” def. Symphony X – “Nevermore” (50/22)
Megadeth – “Dystopia” def. Zac Brown Band – “The Wind” (45/25)
The Killers – “All These Things That I’ve Done” def. Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” (49/27)
Generation X – “Dancing with Myself” def. Tonic – “If You Could Only See” (45/32)
Blues Traveler – “Hook” def. Audioslave – “Like a Stone” (49/24)
U2 – “Pride (In the Name of Love)” def. Soundgarden – “My Wave” (52/23)
The Romantics – “What I Like About You” def. The Cranberries – “Dreams” (42/35)
Van Halen – “Hot for Teacher” def. Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams – “Get Lucky” (53/24)
Iggy Pop – “Lust for Life” def. Opeth – “Heir Apparent” (53/19)
Van Halen – “Runnin’ with the Devil” def. Weezer – “Dope Nose” (41/33)
Goo Goo Dolls – “Iris” def. Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” (48/30)
Fuel – “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” def. Motörhead – “Thunder & Lightning” (43/28)
Toto – “Africa” def. Belinda Carlisle – “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” (54/25)
Good Charlotte – “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” def. BØRNS – “Electric Love” (40/31)
Heart – “What About Love?” def. The Pretty Reckless – “Follow Me Down” (51/25)

All losers have been sent to the losers bracket.

Embarrassingly, while collecting the results, I realized that I accidentally put the wrong Linkin Park song in the matchup.  Whoops!  So today, in addition to the 16 planned matchups, there’ll be one extra matchup to makeup for my mistake.  Today we’ll be going back to the losers bracket to have another round of eliminations.  Here’s the matchups for today:

Linkin Park – “Lying from You” vs. Joan Jett – “I Hate Myself for Loving You” (redo)

Bastille – “Pompeii” vs. All That Remains – “What If I Was Nothing”
Bruno Mars – “Locked Out of Heaven” vs. Bruno Mars – “Treasure”
OutKast – “Hey Ya!” vs. Blitz Kids – “Run for Cover”
Gin Blossoms – “Found Out About You” vs. Winger – “Seventeen”
Ozzy Osbourne – “Road to Nowhere” vs. Bring Me the Horizon – “Throne”
DNCE – “Cake by the Ocean” vs. Godsmack – “Awake”
Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive” vs. Vertical Horizon – “Everything You Want”
BABYMETAL – “Gimme Chocolate!!” vs. Interpol – “All the Rage Back Home”
Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s” vs. My Morning Jacket- “One Big Holiday”
Aerosmith – “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” vs. Billy Joel – “Uptown Girl”
Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” vs. Cold War Kids – “First”
Breaking Benjamin – “Failure” vs. Robert Palmer – “Bad Case of Loving You”
Vance Joy – “Riptide” vs. Seasick Steve – “Summertime Boy”
The Hollies – “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” vs. Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”
Weezer – “Thank God for Girls” vs. Ellie Goulding – “On My Mind”
Deep Blue Something – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” vs. Marilyn Manson – “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles”

Have fun voting!

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DLC Playthrough for 10/11: Shawn Mendes & Andy Grammer

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This week brings us two big pop hits from Shawn Mendes and Andy Grammer that are sure to make the party rotation at your next Rock Band Night! Be sure to take a look at these full band playthrough videos courtesy of the totally awesome Spectro’s Rock Hero! Definitely check out and subscribe to their YouTube channel!

Links to purchase DLC songs online at Xbox.com and Playstation.com are included below for each track. All tracks are $1.99.

Andy Grammer – Honey, I’m Good. (XB1/PS4)

Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better (XB1/PS4)