The Music of Grand Theft Auto V at VGX

Posted on December 4 2013, 2:55pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

Tune in to VGX this Saturday for a special celebration featuring the Music of Grand Theft Auto V.
 
Hosted by Loiter Squad (Tyler, The Creator and other Odd Future members as seen on Adult Swim), this special live performance will include songs off the official soundtrack by A$AP Rocky, The Chain Gang of 1974, Jay Rock and Tyler himself, along with special guests. Also performing selections from the game's official score will be composers Woody Jackson, The Alchemist and Oh No.
 
In addition to the special musical performance, Grand Theft Auto V and series creators Rockstar North will compete for eight awards in the following categories:
 
  • Game Of The Year
  • Studio Of The Year
  • Best Action Adventure Game
  • Best Xbox Game
  • Best PlayStation Game
  • Best Voice Actor (Steven Ogg as Trevor Philips)
  • Best Soundtrack
  • Best Song In A Game (“A.D.H.D.” by Kendrick Lamar, “Sleepwalking” by The Chain Gang of 1974)
 
VGX will be streamed globally beginning at 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT on VGXLive.com and other streaming platforms. For a full list of places to watch, visit the official site.

Rockstar Games to Present Grand Theft Auto V at the New York Film Festival: Details on Panels and Concert in NYC

Posted on September 26 2013, 5:20pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

We're honored to have Grand Theft Auto V participate as an official selection for this year's New York Film Festival Convergence Program. As part of the celebration, we'll be hosting a pair of official panel discussions at the festival, along with a special concert featuring the composers of the game's dynamic score.
 
The first panel takes place on Sunday, September 29th at 3:30 PM at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 West 65th Street) and will focus on the storytelling and development of GTAV - topics will include the unique process for creating a piece of interactive entertainment, how three playable characters allows for a different type of storytelling and how we created the living, breathing world of Los Santos and Blaine County. The panel will be moderated by Adam Sessler and include select members of the Rockstar Games team.
 
On Monday, September 30th we'll be hosting a special concert event at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle featuring GTAV score composers Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist and Oh No along with an ensemble of musicians performing a mix of tracks from the game's score. Grammy® award winning producer, musician, composer & engineer Om'Mas Keith will serve as Musical Director & Conductor for the event. The concert starts at 9PM and tickets are extremely limited.
 
The Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center will also play host to a special edition of NYFF LIVE, a free-to-the-public event discussing the music of GTAV on Tuesday, October 1st at 8PM, featuring all of the game’s composers as well as our own soundtrack supervisor and moderated by Ryan Schreiber, founder of Pitchfork Media.
 
Tickets for Sunday's panel and the concert will be available starting at 10AM on Friday, September 27th at the New York Film Festival site. For more information about this year's New York Film Festival, visit their official website, or download their free app for iOS or Android devices.

The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Three Volume Digital Album Now Available on iTunes

Posted on September 24 2013, 11:40am | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

Today we're pleased to announce that The Music of Grand Theft Auto V, a trio of distinct albums from Grand Theft Auto V, are available on iTunes for $9.99 each or as a full compilation for $24.99.
 
The first volume of this compilation is a collection of brand new music from a wide array of artists including Wavves, Twin Shadow and Tyler, The Creator - along with The Chain Gang of 1974's "Sleepwalking", which was featured in the game's Official Trailer.
 
GTAV is the first entry in the series to feature a dynamic original score composed and engineered to be completely responsive to the player’s actions within both missions and open world gameplay. The score was composed in a one-time collaboration between a team of legendary producers and composers including vanguard German electronic band Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson (Red Dead RedemptionL.A. Noire) and renowned hip-hop producers The Alchemist and Oh No. For The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Volume 2, the stems of the game’s interactive score are layered, mixed and arranged into an album of songs by acclaimed producer and DJ, DJ Shadow.
 
The collection of music in GTAV is the biggest and most ambitious in the history of the series. Volume 3 features select songs from across the game's unique in-game radio stations. Snippets from all 17 in-game radio stations are also now available for your listening pleasure on the Music page on the GTAV official site. Featuring tracks by Bootsy Collins, Flying Lotus, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Jai Paul, Toro y Moi, Waylon Jennings and more.
 
Hit the jump below for each volume's full tracklist and see more at www.rockstargames.com/V/music.

GTAV Soundtrack Interviews and Details... Plus "Sleepwalking" by The Chain Gang of 1974 from the Official Trailer

Posted on August 30 2013, 2:18pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Music, Games

In the wake of yesterday's GTAV Official Trailer debut, we heard from a number of fans asking about the music featured in it. The song is "Sleepwalking" from electronic band The Chain Gang of 1974. Have a listen to it via the SoundCloud player embedded above, and read on for more details about the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack.


Left: Flying Lotus of FlyLo FM. Top Right: Nate Williams and Stephen Pope of Wavves, hosts of Vinewood Boulevard Radio. Bottom Right: DJ Pooh, the host of West Coast Classics.

Rolling Stone and Pitchfork have also published the first official interviews detailing the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack and score earlier this week. Designed to encompass the breadth of the modern L.A. music scene, GTAV's soundtrack features 15 music stations, two stations of talk radio and 240 licensed songs - covering everything from unforgettable classic hip-hop with long-time Rockstar collaborator DJ Pooh, to the underground Mexican sounds of East LOS FM and the modern beatmaker scene courtesy of FlyLo FM, with new and exclusive tracks from both Flying Lotus and self-confessed GTA fan Tyler the Creator.


Cara Delevigne took to Instagram to confirm her role as Non-Stop-Pop FM’s DJ.

The game also includes over 20 hours of original, dynamic score created by noted composer Tangerine Dream in collaboration with Woody Jackson (Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, LA Noire) and L.A. hip-hop producers Alchemist and Oh No.
 
Check out samplings below from five of the stations you'll hear as you’re cruising across Los Santos and Blaine County in just a few short weeks’ time and stay tuned for more to be unveiled.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read more about the GTAV soundtrack in our Rolling Stone interview at: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/inside-the-grand-theft-auto-v-soundtrack-20130828
 

Found on YouTube: GTA Theme Song One-Man-Band and Niko Reacts to the GTAV Gameplay Video

Posted on July 22 2013, 6:29pm | Author: R* X | Filed Under: Music, Games

GTA fan and YouTube musician extraordinaire SquidPhysics released some pretty impressive covers of past Grand Theft Auto theme songs. He proves himself to be quite the Renaissance man - filming, recording, mixing, and playing a wide array of instruments, including the classic violin, the saxophone and the cello as well as a few of the more eclectic instruments like castanets and bongos and found sounds via beer bottles, markers and spray paint. Check out his cover of the theme from GTAIV below. 

You can also hear his renditions of the GTAIII, Vice City and San Andreas themes over at his YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, in addition to all the reaction here at the Newswire to the GTAV Official Gameplay Video (over 28,000 comments and still going strong), it looks like Niko Bellic himself had a profound response - in Yeardley Diamond's follow up to the breakdancing "Gentleman" clip we featured here a couple weeks ago...

 

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The Rockstar Alumni Concert Calendar: Summer Music Festivals Edition

Posted on July 10 2013, 2:48pm | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar
 
With summer kicking into gear, it seems like there's more music festivals on offer than ever all around the world - with a wide array of eclectic outdoor summer concert extravaganzas providing the chance to see many favorite bands you may have heard on Rockstar game soundtracks over the years.
 
From the Kings of the Mic Tour with a line-up of legendary rap acts ranging from 'West Coast warlord' Ice Cube to recent R&R Hall of Famers Public Enemy...
To the 'shock therapy' delights of the Masters of Madness Tour which brings the spectacle of seeing Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson on stage performing together...
To perennial summer season festival favorites like Reading and Leeds in the UK (this year featuring Rockstar alums like Nine Inch Nails, Major Lazer, Foals, Sick of It All, and David Rodigan), Summer Sonic in Japan (featuring The Stone Roses, Living Colour, John Legend, M.I.A., and Busy P), and of course Lollapalooza (this year with The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Major Lazer and more).

Outside of the big grand stage festivals, there's also plenty of legends touring their own headlining shows all summer long like Heart's Wilson sisters and KISS taking their circus show around the globe - and plenty others.

Hit the jump below for a handy list of many of the currently active touring artists, and as always feel free to post any others or your personal concertgoing experiences this summer in the comments section...

Spring Festivals and Full-Length Albums Live - Rockstar Alumni Concert Calendar

Posted on April 24 2013, 11:24am | Author: R* L | Filed Under: Music, Rockstar

As Biz Markie (a Rockstar soundtrack alumni himself via San AndreasPlayback FM) once bellowed - it's spring again. In addition to the trees and grass lookin' fresh, this also means the weather is getting ripe for music festival season and worldwide tours. The eclectic radio stations of GTA's past are well represented at Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival in May featuring Alice in Chains, The Black Crowes, The Black Keys, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hall & Oates, ZZ Top and much more. The Keys will also be playing the historic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival along with San Andreas' Willie Nelson, Earth Wind & Fire from Vice City Stories and Gary Clark Jr from Walton's Bar in Max Payne 3. 
 
For those digging the growing trend of bands performing full classic albums live, there are a few fun options amongst Rockstar alumni this spring. Radio X's Living Colour are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album Vivid (including the seminal smash "Cult of Personality") by performing it top to bottom on their current tour. Vice City's YES have gone two steps further by performing The Yes AlbumClose to the Edge and Going for the One to completion (though due to time constraints, they'll only be performing the first two at certain venues). Most interesting perhaps is the case of Queensrÿche - having parted ways last year, Geoff Tate's version of the band is currently playing their 1988 concept album Operation: Mindcrime in full. If mixing it up is more your speed, the other original members are on tour playing the hits - likely including "Queen of the Reich" from Vice City Stories.
 
Check out the full calendar after the jump...

Unreleased Original Radio Espantoso Songs from Vice City Now Available on iTunes

Posted on April 23 2013, 10:31am | Author: R* A | Filed Under: Music, Games



On top of the classic Love Fist EP we remastered and released not too long ago, we've just dug even deeper in the vaults to release a trio of original sought-after tracks from Vice City's Radio Espantoso airwaves.

"The Bull's Wrong" by Alpha Banditos

"Yo Te Mire" by Tres Apenas Como Eso

"La Vida Es Una Lenteja" by Unaesta

These latin jam bands were a sureshot to get the fiesta going back in 1980s VC and now fans of their funky sounds (special shout to LegionYT1994) can grab the digitally remastered tracks for the low price of $0.69 each over at iTunes. They're also available for streaming on Spotify and have been added to our official playlists.
 

Previously:
Official Grand Theft Auto Radio Playlists on Spotify and iTunes
Love Fist's Original 1986 EP Is Now Available on iTunes
Head Radio & Lips FM Station Albums from Liberty City Stories Now Available on iTunes
Grand Theft Auto III: Head Radio & Lips FM Station Albums Now Available on iTunes

Social Club Crews

For Max Payne 3 to Grand Theft Auto V and beyond, Crews are groups of Social Club members who form persistent teams to compete and earn rewards in-game and on the Social Club website. Create a Crew or join one now - here are some Crews we've featured in the Crew Cut here at the Newswire:

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