Presidential DLC

Enjoy some Presidents of the United States of America DLC in honor of Election Day. 

Making Shanghai Arena - Concept Art by David Boghdan and Peter Macdonald

“One thing we really wanted to focus on in Rock Band 2 was the finale,” Venue Artist David Boghdan says as he looks over the many concepts and sketches that went into the creation of Shanghai Arena, the last venue in the game.  “We wanted to give people a real sense of accomplishment, and so we decided to structure it around the venue itself.  We wanted it to feel…huger than the other venues.”

Bassist Instincts Contest

So you always lose the “bass-off” when you play with your friends? Now’s the time to get even! We invite you to show us the best and most rocking bass-player look you’ve got. 

AC/DC Show Us Your Angus Winner

We asked you to show us your best Angus Young, and you brought out your plastic guitars and best sneers.

Hell, It Turns Out, IS a Bad Place to Be: Finding a Rehearsal Space

People who know me know that I am not particularly "precious" when it comes to cleanliness. I’ve been known to eat fried chicken that I drunkenly left sitting on a stack of LP’s in my living room overnight... three days later. My desk at work features such interesting detritus as pistachio shells, snapped guitar strings, and at any given moment, at least seven mostly empty Polar seltzer bottles.

Siouxsie and the Banshees DLC

Siouxsie and the Banshees three-pack, plus bonus tracks from Blink 182, Silversun Pickups and The Psychedelic Furs.

Canada Calling: A Talk with Carl Newman of the New Pornographers

Whether or not you know what an arpeggiated diminished triad is, you may be glad to know you’ve been playing one—that is, if you’ve played the New Pornographers’ “Electric Version” on Rock Band. Lovers of pure pop were amazed and impressed when this song made it onto our tracklist. Giddy and harmony-driven, it’s one of the most classic pop tracks in the game, and an especially tough one to sing—Shimmering harmonies like the ones Carl Newman and Neko Case sing don’t come along everyday. 

The Cthulhu Guitar - Concept Art by Mallika Sundaramurthy

In addition to the many true-to-life instruments available in Rock Band 2 from legendary brands such as Fender, Gretsch, Sennheiser and Zildjian, there are a handful of guitars, drum kits, and mics that you’re not likely to see on any store shelves, unless you are reading this in the distant future when everything can be made instantly from corn. These bizarre and magnificent instruments, created by Harmonix artists, are the rarest and most expensive items in the game.

Show Us Your Angus!

Want to score some cool AC/DC swag? Enter our Angus Young Look-A-Like Contest!

The Hellion's Guide to Rock: Part Two

The Hellion's follow-up post to picking an instrument teaches you how to pick your bandmates.

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