Making Publicity Artwork

Rock Band owes its distinctive look to the cadre of talented artists who define not only the clothing, instruments, venues and shell of the game itself but also the artwork that represents the game in newspapers and magazines, on T-shirts and hats, and in many other contexts that are difficult for us to keep track of (although we’re pretty sure there hasn’t yet been an officially sanctioned Rock Band chip clip).

"Down With The Sickness" Pose Contest

This week we challenge you to show us the proper attitude for playing a specific Rock Band song. And we’re jumping right in at the deep end: The song is “Down With the Sickness.” We dare you to show us—within the bounds of decency of course—the proper look and attitude for playing this lilting number.

Getting Interviewed - How To Make Journalists Love You

Alright you budding artists, you made it. People actually want to know who you are, what makes you tick and are clamoring for your answers. That’s right, it’s your first interview. But what are you going to say?

Presidential Contest Winner

The results are in, the people have spoken; you showed US who you want.

Foo Fighters’ The Colour and the Shape Full Album DLC

The Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape is available as a full album download for Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

Carrying On With Kansas

There’s nothing like a prog-rock classic to give your playing skills a workout. If you’ve played “Carry On Wayward Son” you probably came away with new appreciation for Kansas’ skills, especially those tricky drum parts and death defying vocals.

Making Prison Tattoos: Concept Art by Kurt Davis

Kurt Davis was among a handful of punk rockers who propped up the Indiana punk scene in the early Eighties.  He befriended the influential Midwest hardcore/punk outfit Zero Boys and in 1982 they chose one of his drawings for the cover of their debut album, Vicious Circle.  Although he never made a cent from it, the album was hugely popular in its day and the original vinyl now commands a hefty bid on eBay. “Most people don’t know about this part of my life,” Davis says in the lobby of Harmonix’s Central Square headquarters in Cambridge

Presidential Rock Band

Time to celebrate Election Day, Rock Band style. Your mission this week (after you vote, of course) is to show what your favorite president

Bassist Instincts Contest Winner

We challenged you to show us your best bass face, and you whipped up your most brooding, plastic guitar playing possible.

Husker Don’t: Picking a Band Name and Learning to Live With It

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you’re deciding what to do on a Friday night. You’ve looked at the schedules for all the venues in your area, and you recognize none of the bands playing, but as a good little Rock Band fan, you are committed to the idea of seeing some live music, however unfamiliar. 

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