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Johnnie Walker

I've never been good at filling these things out, but here it goes. I like long walks in cold mountain air, preferably with snow on the ground. I enjoy drinking fine soda by the crackling fire, and deep tissue massage. I hope to one day grow up an become and astronaut, so I can fly to Venus to see if that's really where women come from. If it's true, I'll bring one back for you, too. Unless it's a dude you want, and then you're out of luck...sorry. My favorite month is October, because Halloween is the best holiday ever! It allows me to openly proclaim my love and obsession with scary movies without being seen as some sort of lunatic. Okay, not too much of a lunatic. I'm a huge fan of rock and metal music, and you'll often hear me blasting the control room speakers into oblivion every night during my show. My engineer doesn't like me very much, since he has to fix them. Sorry, Mike.
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15-Year-Old Tina S Conquers Dragonforce’s ‘Through the Fire and Flames’ on Guitar [Video]

Tina S has been making YouTube waves a lot recently, with some amazing play-throughs of great songs, and now she's upping the ante for her playing. She's throwing down the gauntlet for all those who had 'Through the Fire and Flames' beaten on Rock Band Guitar Hero. (Updated to correct my lack of game knowledge. Thanks guys!)

She's cranked up her expensive Vigier guitar again and does an amazing play-through of this speedy note-fest!

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Behind the Scenes of Aria Flame’s New Video Shoot for ‘Realm of Hate’ [Photos]

Local Michigan neoclassical rockers Aria Flame have been hard at work, playing shows around the world, recording, and doing all the things bands get to do. They've also just finished shooting the video for a song called 'Realm of Hate", with Mike Peterson of Detroit's Dark Fortress Pictures!

Check out the behind the scenes photos from the video shoot above, and get ready for the video, which comes out in May.

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WGRD’s Third Dumb Internet Challenge – The Pasta Challenge [Video]

For the third WGRD Dumb Internet Challenge, we take a step back in prize quality.

Last week, we got to eat Oreos, which is one hard prize to top really. This week's dumb challenge looks as silly, is fun, quick and not too hard, but I think I might start needing to bribe people with cool prizes.

The challenge: Who's the fastest to pick up six pieces of penne pasta only using a piece of spaghetti held in their mouth?

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Brad Walst From Three Days Grace Calls WGRD to Talk About the New Album ‘Human’ [Video]

Three Days Grace is ready to release their new album, Human, on March 31st, and they've been riding high with the success of both 'Painkiller', and 'I Am Machine' over the last year.

To get Grand Rapids ready for the new album, Brad called in to talk to me about the new album, how the songs got written, and how touring affected the songs:

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AP Will Be Using Computers to Write NCAA Sports Stories

The future is here! The Associated Press just announced that no longer will humans be needed to cover NCAA games, since they've partnered with a company called Automated Insights to have computers do it.

The upside: AP will now be able to cover all the games that happen, and the little schools won't feel so left out.

The downside: Computers will be writing the articles, with all the love and passion for the game that computers are known for.

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The Temperance Movement Rocked WGRD With an Acoustic Set [Video]

The Temperance Movement are a great band from the UK, with members from London, Glasgow, and Australia, and they came to Grand Rapids to play a show Tuesday night at the Tip Top Deluxe Bar and Grille! Before the show, they stopped by WGRD to say hi and play a couple songs for us to get us ready for the show!

Great guys, fantastic band! If you like good rock music with great harmony vocals, you're really going to love this band!

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Flint’s Own Amanda Somerville Set to Release Second Album with Michael Kiske [Video]

I've been listening to Amanda Somerville for a few years now, as she's been on several albums/DVDs I own, and has worked on quite a few really cool projects since moving to Germany.

She recorded an album with former Helloween singer Michael Kiske, called Kiske/Somerville,

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Corrosion of Conformity Rehearsing for a Tour With Their Deliverance Lineup [Video]

The Deliverance-era lineup of Corrosion of Conformity is back together, and prepping for a tour! Hopefully we'll get a new album, too!

The 3-piece early version of the band has been touring and recording again for the last few years, but the question that's probably been haunting them the whole time has been: "When are you going to do COC with Pepper again?"

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Halestorm Rocks the Office with Its New Video for the Song ‘Amen’ [Video]

Halestorm's new album Into the Wild Life comes out on April 14th, and you've been listening to the song 'Apocalyptic' a lot recently, getting ready for the new album.

Here's another great song to hold you over until mid April. It's for the song 'Amen' from the new album, and features the band all working regular jobs, and doing what we all would love to do: saying screw it, and packing up for something better!

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CNN Proves It’s Not a Joke Network by Interviewing a Llama [Video]

In case you've heard jokes the last few years about CNN falling behind other news networks, the groundbreaking news network has new for you! Get it, news for you? Never mind.

With all the llama on llama action in Thursday's news, CNN decided it needed some deeper insight into the minds of the rampaging beasts that were terrifying the streets.

So, who did CNN bring in to offer unique insight?

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Computer Learns on its Own How to Play and Win at Video Games [Video]

Scientists and computer programmers are pushing the envelope of everything right now, faster than ever before, and coming up with some of the most amazing things we've seen! Well, until about a month from now, when someone comes up with another amazing thing.

Check out the video above, where a programmer shows how a computer has learned how to play Breakout on its own, and then learned how to not only play the game, but strategize how to get the highest score possible!

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Albums Will Start Coming Out on Fridays Everywhere This Summer

After retailers, musicians' unions, labels and other groups met to discuss album releases and piracy, it's been decided that beginning this summer, albums will come out on the same day everywhere.

Instead of new music coming out on Tuesdays in the U.S., albums will be released on Fridays beginning this summer.

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