Catch GTAV Soundtrack Artists in Concert: Summer Festivals and Tour Calendar

Posted on June 23 2014, 10:59am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar

Summer music festival season has begun and whether you’re a loyal Radio Mirror Park listener, a Channel X headbanger or a Radio Los Santos fan, chances are your favorite GTAV soundtrack artist is out on tour or appearing at one of the many music festivals happening across the world over the next few months. As a helpful guide, we’ve compiled the below tour listings calendar for you to see who’s coming to a venue near you – including a breakdown arranged by artists from the Original Soundtrack album as well as by radio station and some festival listings where other GTA soundtrack alumni will be performing. Feel free to drop a comment below if you know of any other GTA soundtrack artists' concert dates coming up or to let us know if you managed to catch any of these guys as the shows happen – we’ll also be updating this post with additional dates as they’re announced.

ARTISTS ON TOUR FROM THE MUSIC OF GRAND THEFT AUTO V - VOLUME 1: ORIGINAL MUSIC:

100s
7/25 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
7/26 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater

A$AP Rocky
6/27 Los Angeles, CA @ BET Experience 2014
7/05 Québec, QC, CA @ Plains of Abraham (Opening for Snoop Dogg)
7/18 London, UK @ Lovebox 2014
7/27 Seattle, WA @ The Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

Flying Lotus
6/28 Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
7/18 Pemberton, BC, CA @ Pemberton Music Festival 2014
8/17 Somerset, WI @ Summerset Music Festival
8/24 Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest

Freddie Gibbs
6/24 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
6/25 Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
6/26 Manhattan, KS @ Rc Mcgraw's
6/27 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
6/28 Kansas City, MO @ The Arvest Bank Theater
8/30 Glasgow, UK @ 02 ABC 2
8/31 London, UK @ XOYO

HEALTH
7/10 Santa Ana, CA @ The Yost Theater
7/18 Toronto, ON, CA @ The Hoxton

Neon Indian
6/28 Chicago, IL @ Chive Fest Chicago

Off!
7/05 Oakland, CA @ Burger Boogaloo Festival
7/11 Milton Keynes, UK @ Milton Keynes Bowl

The Chain Gang of 1974
7/16 Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
7/18 West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
7/19 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room at the Observatory
7/21 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
7/23 Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
7/24 Vancouver, BC, CA @ The Imperial
7/25 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
7/26 Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party

Twin Shadow
7/11 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/12 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/13 Saugerties, NY @ The Hudson Project
7/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Twilight Concert Series
8/15 Somerset, WI @ Summer Set Music & Camping Festival
8/20 London, UK @ The Eclipse Tour
8/21 Berlin, DE @ The Eclipse Tour
8/22 Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
8/24 Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
8/27 Paris, FR @ The Eclipse Tour
8/28 Tel Aviv, IL @ The Eclipse Tour
8/29 Stradbally, IE @ Electric Picnic
8/30 Stockholm, SE @ Popaganda Festival

Tyler, The Creator
7/08 Montreal, QC, CA @ Métropolis
7/09 Ottawa, ON, CA @ Ottawa Blues Fest
7/13 Saskatoon, SK, CA @ O'Brian's Event Centre
7/14 Winnipeg, MB, CA @ Burton Cummings Theatre
7/15 Edmonton, AB, CA @ Starlite Room
7/16 Edmonton, AB, CA @ Starlite Room
7/18 Pemberton, BC, CA @ Pemberton Music Festival
7/22 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
7/23 London, UK @ The Forum
8/16 Centro Dinamico Pegaso, MX @ Ceremonia 2014

 

Hit the jump for an extended list of artists on tour arranged by Grand Theft Auto V radio stations as well as a list of 2014 summer music festivals where GTA Soundtrack alumni are performing.

GTA Online High Life Event Highlights: Snapmatic Winners, Videos and More

Posted on May 27 2014, 10:26am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games


Lui Calibre’s very thorough video tour of the new High Life content he posted before getting into such High Life weekend insanity as the Car Horn Orchestra and Jobs with Zentornos and Bullpups.

Droves of players and their Crews turned out rolling in style in new Pegassi Zentornos and wheelie-stunting on Dinka Thrusts during the Social Club High Live Event. There were weekend-only Double GTA$ payouts in High Stakes Impromptu Races, and Triple RP in both golf and tennis, plus other limited time in-game bonuses like increased $10K wages, valuable Event Crate Drops containing free weaponry, RP boosts, and GTA$ stacks. Read on for some highlights including High Life live-streams and other fun weekend videos plus winners of the #HIGHLIFE Snapmatic photo contest and more.
 

THE OFFICIAL ROCKSTAR BROADCAST HIGH LIFE LIVE STREAM

Friday afternoon, we joined up with special guest members of the esteemed Achievement Hunters outfit (part of the Rooster Teeth comedy and gaming community), along with other members of the Social Club community to get into some High Life action, Verified Jobs and metagame craziness all streamed live. Check out the full two hour episode:

Some highlights not to miss:

(00:16:13) Bullpup Buttondown Beatdown
We invited the Achievement Hunter crew up to GTADev1's brand new apartment at the Tinsel Towers to get acquainted. Once the ice was broken, we asked them to join us in an impromptu challenge. The objective: With Dev1 (aka Goose) and GTADev3 (aka Maverick), AH split into two teams - the first side to get dressed to impress at Ponsonbys, acquire the new Bullpup rifle from Ammu-nation and make it to the Vinewood sign hilltop (to lay in ambush for the other side) would win the challenge. Dev1 and MLP Michael's team won handily - and once at the Vinewood hilltop, all bets were off and Bullpups, rocket launchers, and renegade helis ran appropriately amok between everyone involved.

(00:30:02) The Los Santos Riots
Using their newly purchased Bullpups, the Devs teamed up with Piggjam, kwebbelkop and others on the recently Verified Deathmatch The Los Santos Riots, created by TIdoubleGGRR of the BMX bandit gang (BMXG) Crew. Matched up against the likes of the Killer Smoking AcesBeetle007KSA and other top-notch players, they were led to a decisive 40-23 victory by Los Vagos Banditos' Piggjam (17 kills, 3.40 K/D).

(00:36:50) FOREplay
The Achievement Hunters returned to mix it up with us in FOREplay, a custom Deathmatch we created in honor of the Triple RP in golf and tennis that was available all weekend. Consisting of an iron, sticky bombs, carts and ramps, it wound up being 15 minutes of explosive chaos beyond what even Carl Spackler would have been capable of. There were even a few hilarious “look behind you moments” that caught everyone off guard.

(00:54:20) GTA: That's My Rhino
We were honored to welcome the xxNoFatChicksxx (NFCX) Crew's RikkiVercetti into our lobby to do a live play-through with us of his very own Verified Capture Job, GTA: That’s My Rhino (a super intense Capture that we’ve also been playing in recent Crew Battles where two teams of Lazers dogfight over one coveted Rhino tank). We also welcomed community notables GermanScientist (cheekily dubbed “Japanese Scientist” during the game for his proclivity for kamikaze maneuvers) and MRGTAVInformer who popped in to take part - you can also watch highlights of the action from Scientist’s perspective on his YouTube channel.

(01:11:40) Loss Leader
In this High Life Land Race featuring the new Zentornos, there are more than enough hairpin turns and curves to ensure crashes aplenty.  After a race which was heavily led by Piggjam and FeymHD, RNT.2412 of NFCX took the lead late and won with a tidy time of 2:52, followed by KILLER_99997 in second and DrunkxDemon pulling up the rear in third.

(01:27:42) Tinsel Towers House Party
GTADev3 was generous enough to invite a whole lobby’s worth of players over to his new Tinsel Towers pad for a little housewarming soirée and tour. Setting the mood with a barechested celebratory air thrust, things would only get more unruly from there. After some uncomfortable sleep creeping and a bizarre encounter in the powder room, it was clearly time to head on out and round out the rest of the stream playing some more Jobs including AH's own Juggernaut TDM. Thanks to our A-list house guests for stopping by: GTAm3n, MRGTAVInformer, Piggjam, RikkiVercetti, GermanScientist (who snapped a little selfie at the house party below), FeymHD as well as GTA fan site Crew The GTA Base's Lambentbunny and Crew Leader TylerTGTAB


HIGH LIFE WEEKEND COMMUNITY VIDEOS & STREAMS

The High Life Event Weekend also saw some awesome new videos and live-streams having fun with the all-new cars, weaponry, toasts and even the car horns.

We mentioned earlier that Lui Calibre and some of his friends including Vanoss Gaming and H20Delirious held a little High Life Car Horns Orchestra last week – and then on Saturday, the always creative GTA Series Videos guys truly took it to the next level with their full-fledged 5+ minute “GTA Online Concert” performance which you can watch below in all of its glory. Performed at the Sisyphus Theater in Vinewood Hills, the GTA Online Concert features their renditions of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King, the “Star Wars (Main Theme)” and even the “Soviet Connection” theme from GTAIV - to name a few. Slow clap, indeed.



On Saturday, there was also a full program of special featured guest live-streams hosted by some of our friends on Twitch and YouTube  - including some where Rockstar devs were able to get in on the action:


Swiftor, who you may remember as having joined us  in-studio during the last couple of Rockstar Broadcast Event streams, was kind enough to invite GTADev3 in to play with his community in some of the new Races and a couple fun minigames of his own. You can check out a segment of us chasing down each other's Zentorno's above..

Returning featured guest streamers from previous Event Weekends included HikeTheGamer and his Landed It Crew who did High Life Weekend broadcasts on both Saturday and Sunday - and Garrett Sutton (RedRobinz of Jobless Gamers) who did an epic 5+ hour stream on Saturday that was simulcast with fellow featured streamer and Squadcaster DatSaintsFan on his own Twitch channel. Watch Jobless’ full stream archive above to see us all getting down in some new High Life Races, homemade Captures, free mode car show fun and lots more. 

Also check out the archived High Life stream hosted by one of the new faces in our featured guest stream lineup, MrBossFTW who broadcast some non-stop gameplay focusing on lots of the new Races and Zentornos with GTADev1 joining in a couple along the way.


#HIGHLIFE SNAPMATIC COMPETITION WINNERS
And here are the winning Snapmatic photos from the #HIGHLIFE contest – each of these clever photographers walks away with GTA$1M and will get the exclusive in-game HIGHLIFE vanity plate as well.


"iGTA Off Off Broadway Play - Jazz Hands" by Ayreon01
The iGrandTheftAuto Crew really out did themselves with this imagined Off-Off-Broadway musical held at the Sisyphus amphitheater. Using the new High Life Jazz Hands toast to full Bob Fosse effect, the iGTA Crew were able to pull off one hell of a show. It was actually difficult to choose between a few of the Snapmatics that Ayreon01 posted from this musical performance, but the above one really stole the show. To check out the full gallery, including some behind-the-scenes rehearsal shots and some candids from the wrap party, check out the full image set posted on imgur.


"High Stakes" by shenizian
Well, this one pretty much has it all. An airborne Huntley S and the Massacro and Zentorno all poised for a fast getaway from whatever was responsible for that raging explosion in the background. All while spectators from the ZWAME PT Crew cheer, salute and toast away by the roadside. A great use of the blur effect tool to capture a hectic and outrageous moment (the returning Snapmatic contest champion, shenizian also posted a blur-free version for those who may prefer that look).


"High Life DLC Artwork by Snapmatic Art" by McGoooo420
We’ll admit we’re suckers for Snapmatic pics that faithfully recreate our official artwork – but especially when it’s done as spot-on as this one from a shining member of the Snapmatic Art Crew.


"Pillbox Hill" by repdek
An absolutely stunning entry that was taken by a member of the serious shutterbugs club of the 1,000 strong GTAPhotographers Crew. This SAGMA-worthy piece of Snapmatic art combines dramatic lighting to complement the heavy rain and an impeccably chosen Snapmatic filter that all play across the custom chrome surface of this Pegassi Zentorno.


"HIGHLIFE Plates" by HairyHole
Also from the GTAPhotographers Crew, HairyHole was quite busy over the weekend with a few solid entries into the #HIGHLIFE competition including one that made it on to our Rockstar Broadcast live-stream on Friday. This one was truly sweet though - HairyHole cleverly used the Meme text feature in Snapmatic to simulate what the HIGHLIFE plate might look like on his own Massacro. Well, no need to fake it any longer, you’ve made it. Look for Hairy cruising around L.S. with a legit HIGHLIFE plate soon.

SNAPMATIC HONORABLE MENTIONS
It’s always tough to narrow it down to just 5 winners, and here are some that we're pained to say just nearly made the cut.

  • "Welcome 2 the HighLife" - A perfect use of the new Face Palm toast and Snapmatic Meme generator to illustrate the pain of wrecking your brand new Zentorno, by YoungMottz.
  • "Cheatin' Like a Boss" - #1 most liked #HighLife shot on Social Club, ZazDillinger definitely deserves a shout out for this wonderfully framed shot admittedly using the in-game weather cheat to summon mother nature’s wrath at the Del Perro Pier, while watching from the safety of a Zentorno.
  • "Power Street" -  An awesome light show effect coupled with space-age High Life text makes for one sweet and artful Snapmatic, by Banjabi.


HIGH LIFE SOCIAL CLUB EVENT SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS

Cheers also to all who participated and entered to win this weekend and of course to the V lucky grand prize winners of the High Life Event Sweepstakes giveaway - we are still presently confirming a few of them via email but for now we can congratulate mad2ko0l, stanggman75iits.bee, jayjuttz and its_not_unusual. All of the final confirmed winners will be taking home the limited-edition GTA Five Iron Golf Club as well as official GTAV tees and stickers. There's also 10 Runners-up being confirmed who will each receive official t-shirts and stickers.

An important reminder to be sure to check your Social Club-linked emails account for possible notifications (check your spam folder as well to be safe) - and to make sure that your Social Club account is updated to be linked to your most actively used email account for just such occasions.


THE HIGH LIFE EVENT PLAYLIST

As an extended bonus to the High Life Event Weekend fun, you may have seen the High Life Event Playlist still live in-game. The Playlist is available from the Rockstar Playlists section of the pause menus, and contains the four new Races in the High Life Update so you can play through them back-to-back with the same group and find out who is the best player across a multitude of different car classes. With each Race locked to one of the new High Life vehicles, it’s a great opportunity to get to grips with the Dewbauchee Massacro, Enus Huntley S, Dinka Thrust motorbike and of course the Pegassi Zentorno. Keep an eye out for Event Playlists to play a part in future Social Club Event Weekends with some special challenges as well.


Stay tuned for information soon on the next content updates coming to Grand Theft Auto Online as well as more in-game bonus reward opportunities to be announced.

Crew Cut: Current Grassroots Events, Official Live Battle Scores and More

Posted on May 22 2014, 6:25pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

For this edition of the Crew Cut, we highlight some dedicated squads organizing their own awesome grassroots events and tournaments, recap the most recent official Crew vs. Crew live-stream confrontations and check out some excellent and creative Crew vids.
 

GRASSROOTS CREW EVENTS


The CAP PILLAS Crew's official Head Hollowers Tournament trailer.

For those looking to join up with a Crew that has lots of activity, you’d do well to give a look to some of these well-organized Crews that have been hosting everything from grassroots tournaments to indie Crew battles and more.

The CAP PILLAS (BANG) Crew for one are also putting together an epic tournament where they'll be competing amongst 21 other Crews to see which one emerges as sole survivor. Organized by Leader HOT_KIMERA (who helped run a similar Max Payne 3 tournament last year), Head Hollowers is a Free Aim fight to the finish being held June 13th-15th. Watch the trailer above to see a line-up of who's participating and read the video's About details on YouTube for full info on dates, times, rules and other particulars.

The Reapers of Lyfe (REAP) quite frequently post Team Deathmatch battles on their YouTube channel and with over 80 battle vids since March, REAP have a prolific output that perhaps even 2Pac would have had trouble keeping up with in his heyday. Led by CallmeChaun, this outfit is currently ranked 48th in TDMs with over 2,700 wins and a 1.33 K/D. Feel free to hit 'em up, if you're not afraid of winding up another notch on REAP's belt.

Another busy bunch are the TURNTUPGANG (TTUG), who have posted 40 battle videos on YouTube. With a solid 167th ranking for TDMs, TTUG are a selective gang, requiring prospective members to fill out this survey, covering everything from personal Crew history to motivations for joining.

The PS3-based JAMESTOWN RANCHOGANG (JTRG) have also put up some of their bloody battles for the world to see. Always set to a blazing hip hop soundtrack, JTRG bring the pain to each and every shootout they post.

And in addition to projectile competitions of the expected heavy artillery variety, we’re happy to report that Darts tournaments also seem to be in vogue. The infamous Ganja Outlaws slung some miniature arrows recently on the heels of their anniversary, and the Ageing Infidels (21UP) notably held a 24-man darts contest for members only. Following a third place runoff between brothers BigDen454 and WrenchedOut24 (the latter won those bragging rights), conk12 edged out -Quper- for the big W. 21UP are holding all sorts of team building activities that members (and prospective recruits) may want to look into participating in, from a golf tournament to homebrewed Crew battles.
 

LIVE BATTLE RECAP: Highway Reapers VS. Aegis Legion (796-749 REAP)


Highlights of the REAP VS. EGIS Crew Battle courtesy of Aegis Legion.

Speaking of Crews known for grassroots competitive activity, the Aegis Legion (EGIS) are also no slouches in that department – known for hosting such events as their current Limitless 16-Crew TDM tournament (currently in its 2nd round of competition - full details here). So when the TDM stat strong Free Aim outfit the Highway Reapers (REAP) Crew reached out for a PSN Crew vs Crew Challenge, we knew just who to line them up against.

From the outset of the battle, Aegis looked to have a leg up on the Reapers in the initial Team Deathmatch on the Vespucci Shoreline. However, some player drops on both sides resulted in a mutually agreed-upon restart. This time, the resolute Reapers rallied with a calculated vengeance, nabbing a win in every other team-based game mode played for a final score of 796 over Aegis Legion's 749. The Reapers' BloodyWarlord was particularly valuable, taking a definitive lead to first place in the bike Race Farm Fresh and capturing the highly contested tank during the Verified Job, GTA: That's My Rhino. Aegis Legion can, however, walk away with their heads held high after taking the top six positions in Business Trip showing steering wheel superiority against the motorbike savvy MC. You can watch the stream in its entirety at the Rockstar Twitch archive.

LIVE BATTLES RECAP: Ganja Outlaws VS. LS Mafia Family (846-754 LSMF)


Ganja Outlaws proudly posted this excerpt from the very beginning of the battle where we introduced WEED’s historical glory.

  
You better believe that LSMF are much better at GTA Online than they are at Skype - as evidenced by their stunning win in the contest that followed the initial meet and greet proceedings. LSMF graciously posted this excerpt to their own YouTube channel.

After beating the Ganja Outlaws (WEED) in a private battle, the LS Mafia Family (LSMF) Crew had the opportunity to offer a public rematch as they went live on our Rockstar Twitch channel in the most recent battle. For the Ganja Outlaws, it was the perfect way to celebrate their two-year anniversary on the Social Club as one of the O.G. Founder Crews. In a playlist consisting mostly of newly Verified Jobs, LSMF took an early nine point lead straight away on Stream Racer, a point to point bike Race created by Refuso of the Red Rum Racing (RRR1) Crew. After three rounds, the score was tied at 257 and the turning point came in That's My Rhino, which saw LSMF increase their lead from 5 to 19. From there, they never looked back, eventually winning the match 846-754. It was a high-stakes outing filled with intensity and drama - thanks to both Crews for an action-packed stream. Above you can watch a couple of excerpts from the episode that each Crew posted to their respective YouTube channels, and you can also watch the entire archived battle at Rockstar Twitch.

Have a Crew beef you want to settle or just want to flex your muscle in front of the masses? Send a link to your Crew page along with your preferred platform and what makes your squad stand out to CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com.
 

CREWS ON FILM

And here are just a couple especially standout Crew-made videos that are definitely worth a watch this week.

The Chaos From Above (CFAL) Crew continued the popular trend of re-enacting Hollywood favorites in GTA Online and went down a less traveled road... "Holiday Road" a la National Lampoon's Vacation. Scored to audio clips from the movie and driving a customized Dundreary Regina that is pretty darn close to the Griswold's family station wagon, the only thing that seems to be missing is Christie Brinkley as they make their way across the countryside to the promised land of the Del Perro Pier amusement park - which is never closed for repairs. For more great vids from CFAL, including a chaotic car plant courtesy of that very same wagon, take a gander at their official YouTube channel.

You have to respect a Crew brave enough to admit their shortcomings - and the Shaolin Riders (GONG) do so in appropriately self-deprecating fashion with this charming low-lights reel, "Loser" that is essentially Crew Leader Oracle13 getting waxed again and again. GONG have other awesome videos to choose from as well including this shoot 'em up with a side of Wu.

 

Previously:
Crew Cut: Latest Live-Stream Battles, Return of the Homage and More...
Crew Cut: Film Crews Remake Fave Action Sequences, Plus Live Battle Recaps feat TRFK, KOPS, Freddie Gibbs & Hip Hop Gamer

Crew Cut: Latest Live-Stream Battles, Return of the Homage and More...

Posted on May 1 2014, 12:07pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

This edition of the Crew Cut features recaps of our latest rounds in the live-stream Crew vs. Crew series, along with more Hollywood inspiration and re-creation, plus all the latest Crew-themed videos.

LIVE BATTLES: THUG VS. ORDO

Crews have been coming out in force looking to settle their differences and prove their supremacy over each other in the official Rockstar Twitch channel live-stream Crew vs. Crew Battle Series. After a fun, but somewhat lopsided skirmish between the Traffickers (TRFK) and Le Kops (KOPS) we were recently treated to a faceoff between a couple of Crew Cut vets from opposite corners of the globe: France's Shine Thugz (THUG) and the Australia Illuminati (ORDO).

ORDO Leader PaxSierraMike was up and at 'em at 6:30 am local time to not only play with the rest of his Crew but to also chat with us on Skype, sharing photos and videos while letting us know what they're all about. When these gangs got down to the action though, THUG emerged as the favorite in any Job requiring guns and ORDO seemed to have the leg up on Races. THUG took the first Job in a tight one at 41-32 (the Land Race Stars in Your Eyes) and from there, THUG continued to build up momentum and a growing lead. Despite some solid racing work from ORDO down the stretch, THUG came out the victors, 953-625. Much respect to the blokes in ORDO who acted with nothing but graciousness and honor in defeat.

LIVE BATTLES: KOAR VS. PBNK

After an unofficial, unsanctioned match of their own in which they dominated the ALL BOUT PAPER (ABPG) Crew in a series of Team Deathmatches, the Los Vagos Banditos (PBNK) wanted to take their skills to a larger stage against the Killers On A Rampage (KOAR). With PBNK ranking 50th in TDMs and KOAR ranked 55th (both in Free Aim), this looked to have all the makings of an intense Crew Battle. However, KOAR lived up to their name, dominating from the start and winning all 10 Jobs in this Capture-heavy playlist en route to a convincing 973-713 victory.

LIVE BATTLES: GTAF VS. XKSA

This past Friday, the stream saw the folks from the popular GTAForums (GTAF) fan forum take on the Killer Smoking Aces (XKSA) in a series of 10 handpicked Jobs. Despite a tough exterior and a big endorsement from member-for-a-day PlayRockstar2, XKSA fell behind GTAF right from the start and never quite recovered. After Desu_Nei killed XKSA Leader trill81 in Kortz LTS it was official - GTAF won 938-794. 

Think your outfit should be given a shot on the next live-stream broadcast? Send us a link to your Crew page, preferred platform and what makes your squad stand out at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com.

GOIN' VINEWOOD 2: CREW CUT BOOGALOO

As noted in the previous edition of the Cut and a recent collection of fan pics, the world of Los Santos and Blaine County has served as fertile ground for some fun recreations from iconic film scenes and album covers.

First up, the Warriors Gang (1IWI) give us this trippy ode to the 1998 cult fave Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - an adaptation of the 1972 Hunter S. Thompson book. It's as if IWIKongZilla and company were actually on ether. You can also check out their homage to Top Gun with P-996 Lazers, set of course to the recognizable sounds of "Danger Zone" from Captain Loggins himself.

And as seen below, the LXG Crew (LXGC) recently posted Snapmatics of their own interpretation of the famous walking scene from Reservoir Dogs. As cool as it is in isolation, watching their behind the scenes footage of the photo shoot will give you an even better appreciation for the effort that goes into these.

Meanwhile, the SOYAPANGO (SOYA) Crew decided to take on something a bit more obscure. Inspired by a Honda Odyssey commercial with an old school feel, SOYA created their own Respect the Van vid - complete with action shots and the theme song from The A-Team. While their version might not match the original shot for shot, the Crew certainly took a good idea ran with it... hitting every barricade and stunt jump along the way.

Hit the jump below for the latest Crew-themed music videos in this edition's CREWS ON FILM.

The #ThanksCargobob Snapmatic Photo Contest

Posted on April 23 2014, 1:42pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games


A big shout out to KidneyTheft, redditor halfpastbored and Kivlov- for their epic Cargobob snaps seen above.

We’ve seen all manner of hijinks being pulled off with the trusty help of the Cargobob military helicopter. Motorboating inside of Fort Zancudo, HVY dump trucks precariously perched atop the Maze Bank Tower – and many other clever ‘how’d that get there??’ Snapmatic moments…

Now’s your chance to put your hook-drag-and-drop skills (and photographic prowess) to the test. Your mission: pick something up with the Cargobob; drop it where it absolutely doesn’t belong; snap the most creative, impressive, beauteous or amusing Snapmatic photo of it that you can.

Whatever load you fancy, we want to see your best Cargobob drop photos.

From now through end of day Monday, April 28th, capture your wildest and most unique Cargobob drop offs and tag them with #ThanksCargobob on Snapmatic. Don't be afraid to think outside the box - strange drops are encouraged. Our five favorite Snapmatic shots will be featured here at the Rockstar Newswire and the winning photographers will receive GTA$1M and a deluxe Rockstar Prize Pack including GTAV tees and hoodies, a Los Santos trucker cap, a GTAV Gold Bar USB Drive, official stickers and an iFruit phone case.

To enter, Social Club members can upload photos from the in-game iFruit phone to the Snapmatic page at socialclub.rockstargames.com/gtav/snapmatic. When logged in at the Snapmatic page, you can go to "My Photos" to find your photo and add the hashtag #ThanksCargobob to automatically have it considered for entry. We advise that you check that your contact email information is up to date in your Social Club account settings and encourage you to link your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to your Social Club profile so that we can easily contact you to send prizes should your picture be chosen.

Contest is void in certain countries and where prohibited. See www.rockstargames.com/socialclub/events for official rules and eligibility rules.

Previously:
The #LSCarShow Snapmatic Photo Contest

Congratulations to Daryl Hall and John Oates on Their Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Posted on April 10 2014, 11:34am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music

Congratulations are in order to one of our all-time favorite acts, Hall & Oates, on their well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame happening this evening at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

We here at Rockstar are big fans of Mr. Hall & Mr. Oates, having featured them in a total of four GTA soundtracks over the years (“Out of Touch” in Vice City; “Family Man” in Vice City Stories; “Maneater” in Episodes from Liberty City; and “Adult Education” in GTAV).

Congrats as well to rock legends (and GTA soundtrack alums) KISS who are also going in with the class of 2014 this year.

You can catch the full broadcast of tonight’s festivities airing May 31st on HBO.

www.rockhall.com

Crew Cut: Crew Business and Killer Squads Large and Small

Posted on March 19 2014, 3:31pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

Check out how Crews are putting the new Business Update vehicles and attire to good use, plus more squads hitting the 1,000 member mark as well as ones that intentionally prefer to stay lean and mean - plus some standout Crew videos, Instagram pics and more.
 

BUSINESS IN THE FRONT


Team building at the Maze Bank Tower fountains. Clockwise from top left: xVxDarkjedixVx shows off the dread, white and blue of xVx-The Agency-xVx (AGNT)Destinsenvy and some of the RIOT Clique with their display; it's a white party for ShaolinBeast and the M0NSTARS (STAR) CrewSirShoup's Glock Shooting Sport (GSSF) Crew demonstrates the knuckle and air thrusting toasts, as well as their suits 'n' rides.

Los Santos has seen a rise in sharp dressed Crews displaying their more sophisticated tastes, with players taking full advantage of all the elegant attire options in The Business Update. Looking fresh, lots of Crews took to Snapmatic to show off. As you can see above, quite a few had the same idea to take advantage of the fountains in front of the Maze Bank Tower to display their customized new rides along with their other spoils - while this selfie by MARCUS_STROM of the Th3ClownZ (TH3C) Crew shows members of his gang stepping things up with signature top hats. Anonamix and the always entertaining Traffickers (TRFK) Crew put in work as well showing off the new Business gear in the 8th installment of their crazy Grand Theft Thursdays video series entitled "Business As Usual".

The Australia Illuminati (ORDO) Crew, who were featured along with sister Crew the Illuminati MCC (IMCC) in our last Crew Cut, sent us the below footage of the new Grotti Turismo R racing against the some of the best the Supercar class has to offer. These Crews have been busy auteurs as of late, also releasing an epic Demolition Derby (which prominently features the Roosevelt from the recent Valentine's Day Massacre Special) as well as their weekly "Show and Shine" events, which showcase the Crews' hottest rides. Meanwhile, if you're curious how intimidating some of the new 30 masks look in the heat of battle, this action-packed Free Aim Deathmatch between the JAMESTOWN RANCHOGANG (JTRG) Crew and the United Blue Nation (XUBN) Crew should do the trick.

 

GRAND CREWS CAPPIN’ OUT

    

    

Recently we highlighted Crews that moved almost instantly and effortlessly into the 1,000 Member Club thanks to fan association with their YouTube channels or long time presence in the Social Club community. The trend of capped-out Crews continues as many more have clawed their way to capacity, promoting themselves via the Noticeboard and out there on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere.

Despite being named after a Chief Keef song, 3hunna Sosa Squad (SOSA) headed up by RushKush may be in immediate need of a name change now that a “3hunna” member count is no longer applicable. Long running Italian GTA fan site / YouTube channel GTASeriesVideos (GSVS), known for their clever ‘Lifeinvader Look Back’ series and other great videos, and the boys in blue from the original FIBS Most Wanted (MSTW) Crew led by Nimble92 have gained considerable size since we last reported on them. Sporting four additional support Crews for both the Xbox 360 and PS3, as well a central HQ. FIBS membership base has now grown to over 3 K not unlike the byPureGaming (BPGC) Crew who now have not one… but nearly six fully stocked thousand member divisions! It also appears Los Santos will have no shortage of heroes or villains with the Batman Squadron (BTMN) topped out and the Decepticons LS (DCEP) having beefed up all three of their divisions to full capacity.

Hit the jump below for some lean and mean Crews, a squad repping with their own real-world hoodies and blazing vids from the irrepressible Ganja Outlaws.

 

Crew Cut: Mega Crews Hit 1,000 Members, The AGNT vs UFAV Battle Recap and More

Posted on February 18 2014, 12:01pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Social Club, Games

CAPPING A THOUSAND

  

   

Clockwise from top left: Nexxus Shoot My Ass (NXXZ)Crew Quoty (0410)The Procrastinators (NERD)Devastation (DNYT)Landed it HIKE (HIKE)Italian Figa Hunters (FIGA)The Meat Department (MEAT)Monster Drift Team (DRFT)

A round of applause for the very first batch of Crews to skyrocket up to the new member cap of 1,000 people. Out of the millions of Social Club Crews in existence, only about 50 were powerful enough to attract enough new recruits to hit the new cap within a week’s time, many of which are led by popular YouTube broadcasters who rallied their viewers to officially join their Crew ranks.

One of the very first to reach that benchmark were the Nexxus Shoot My Ass (NXXZ) Crew of Spain, led by the renowned YouTube broadcaster NexxusHD who’s been prolific with a constant stream of GTA Online videos lately, including clips playing through some of their own custom-made Jobs like “Base Maritima”. NXXZ has the distinction of reaching maximum capacity within only an hour or two of open season. What’s more, the Nexxuz army has an array of other affiliate Crews, ALL of which amazingly have rocketed up to the new Cap. Saludos to: PELOTON DE NEXXUZHD2,  Nexxuz Shoot My AssNexxus on FireNexxuz Move My WorldNxxz Drive Me Crazy and Nexxuz lol my body who are all currently at 1,000 members strong, and there's other Nexxuz community Crews ever growing and under cap for others who want to join in.

Another mega-Crew making waves and maxing out is LANDED IT (HIKE) from the HikeTheGamer YouTube channel, whom you may have seen over this Valentine's Social Club Event weekend taking the Albany Roosevelt off-roading with the Crew. From the looks of it, there are at least seven other HIKE affiliate Crews topping off at a thousand and several others that are packing the seats as well. Some other Crews bolstering their numbers impressively include the Italian Figa Hunters (FIGA) headed up by YouTuber YTCapoBastoneVintageBeef's cheekily titled The Meat Department (MEAT) and Crew Quoty (0410) and its vice versa twin Quoty Crew (0410) led by popular YouTuber Mr Quoty.

The Devastation (DNYT) Crew were another to quickly hit the new 1K threshold, led by YouTuber and Twitch streamer DomisLive who also did some Valentine's Event live-streaming this weekend. Definitely check out DomisLive’s regular Top Stunts video series, highlighting incredible feats submitted by Crew members and followers. As long as we're on the subject of burning rubber, the seriously packed Monster Drift Team (DRFT) headed up by bl00df3lla and its twin Monster Drift Team 2 (DRFT) is for serious racers and encourages its members to "smoke tires not drugs".

The Procrastinators is another fully subscribed Crew led by YouTuber Mattophobia, and with a meticulously organized Hierarchy with just two trusted Commissioners, three Represantatives and a mass of 994 Muscle keeping them strong on the streets.


LIGHTS, CAMERA, BATTLE

WINNER: [UFAV] 793 / [AGNT] 749

Once we announced that we'd be hosting GTA Online Crew-versus-Crew Battles live on Twitch, the requests from camera-ready, feuding Crews came flying in. Our first televised grudge match was broadcast on February 7th, pitting the xVX-The Agency-xVx (AGNT) Crew against rivals the UNFAIR ADVANTAGE (UFAV) Crew.

To keep things fair and to facilitate streaming, two of our devs, PlayRockstar and PlayRockstar2, signed on to be part of the good fight each joining a side as we played through a ten round Crew Head to Head Playlist that included Races, Capture, Team Deathmatch and Last Team Standing to see who would emerge victorious. Winning the first couple of Jobs in the Playlist by demonstrating cunning, savvy group tactics and solid racing skills, momentum seemed to be going with The Agency to start. Hanging in there, UFAV eventually won some rounds and showed off their excellence in deathmatch where gunplay was front and center. UFAV floored The Agents on one of the final battles on Vespucci Beach, ultimately giving AGNT the beatdown, 793 - 749.

You can check out an archive of the battle in its entirety at our Twitch channel and, if you and your Crew are brave enough to step in the arena and put your pride on the line on the stream, give us a shout at CrewChallenges@rockstargames.com and make your case - be sure to include a link to your Crew's Social Club page and what console you'd be playing on as well as info on any specific other Crews you may have a rivalry with that you'd like to settle. Please keep in mind that we’ll only be hosting a couple of these per month, so be patient as we schedule select battles throughout the spring, summer and beyond. 

 

Hit the jump for a look at Crews from down under making noise, some rival "families" taking umbrage and a collection of Crews on film. 

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