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Rookie Sound Guy Pleased to be Getting Thumbs Up From Singer


CHICAGO, IL—In a heartwarming moment that unfolded at The Metro, a rookie sound engineer found himself basking in the limelight as he received a thumbs-up of approval from the lead singer of the headline band during their performance. The incident transpired during an electrifying performance that left both the audience and the sound engineer in awe.

The music venue, known for hosting a myriad of emerging and established talents, witnessed this remarkable interaction that instantly became the talk of the town. As the evening progressed, the audience was treated to an unforgettable show by the headlining band, Antonym, known for their infectious brand of industrial ebm and energetic live performances.

In the midst of this musical extravaganza, the spotlight momentarily shifted backstage to the sound booth where Daniel Holtz, a recently hired rookie sound engineer, was meticulously handling the audio controls. Holtz, who had been working tirelessly to ensure the band's sound was flawless, was about to have his dedication recognized in the most unexpected way.

As Eli Vance, the charismatic frontman of Antonym, belted out a powerful scream, he noticed a subtle adjustment in his in-ear monitor mix that made his vocals soar even higher. With an infectious grin on his face, Vance turned to the sound booth and gave a resounding thumbs-up to the elated sound engineer.

The audience roared in celebration as they witnessed the touching exchange, fully aware that they were witnessing a career-defining moment for the novice sound engineer. It was a testament to the talent and dedication that often goes unnoticed behind the scenes, making the performance on stage possible.

Daniel Holtz, overwhelmed by the recognition from one of his musical idols, shared his thoughts on this unforgettable night. "I couldn't believe it when I saw him give me a thumbs-up. It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life. Working with such a talented band has been a dream come true, and this moment is beyond words. Way better than the band who opened for them. The guitarist just kept shrugging at me the whole time."

The heartening interaction has since gone viral on social media, with fans of  and music enthusiasts alike applauding both the lead singer's humility and the dedication of the rookie sound engineer. Many have praised the power of music to bring people together and create memorable experiences beyond the stage.

As the final notes of Antonym's performance resonated through the venue, it was clear that this night would be etched in the memory of all who were present. Daniel Holtz's thumbs-up moment serves as a reminder that even behind the scenes, passion, talent, and hard work can lead to extraordinary moments in the world of music.

Five Star Italian Restaurant Sues Deconbrio for Trademark Infringement


KNOXVILLE, TN—The harmonious world of music and culinary delights has taken an unexpected twist as the renowned industrial rock band Deconbrio finds itself entangled in a legal dispute with an unlikely opponent: a luxurious 5-star Italian restaurant bearing the same name. The restaurant, known for its exquisite cuisine and upscale ambiance, alleges that the band's use of the name infringes upon their established trademark, setting the stage for a legal showdown.

Deconbrio, the band founded in 2000, has carved a niche for itself in the music industry with its distinctive blend of electronic and industrial rock. Over the years, they've garnered a loyal fan base and recognition for their intense live performances and thought-provoking lyrics. However, the band now faces a different kind of challenge, one that has them trading their guitars and microphones for legal briefs.

The 5-star Italian restaurant, Deconbrio, located in the heart of San Diego, CA, has enjoyed a reputation as a culinary destination, frequented by food enthusiasts and celebrities alike. With a menu boasting exquisite dishes crafted by renowned chefs and an opulent setting, the restaurant has become synonymous with fine dining and sophistication.

The restaurant's management claims that they registered the name "Deconbrio" as a trademark for their establishment in 1998 and have maintained this trademark ever since. Their argument centers around potential confusion among customers who may mistake the band for the restaurant, leading to loss of business and reputational damage. In their lawsuit, they assert that Deconbrio, the band, is infringing upon their intellectual property rights.

Deconbrio has indirectly responded to the allegations in a recent Facebook post asking, "How could there be any confusion? I've never had anyone come to the merch table asking for linguini. I'd love to know how often the maƮtre d' is asked to play Like You Mean It."

Legal experts weigh in on the situation, noting that trademark infringement cases can be complex and often require a careful examination of the likelihood of consumer confusion and the strength of the trademark itself. The outcome of this legal battle will hinge on several factors, including the distinctiveness of the restaurant's trademark and the extent of the band's reach and recognition.

As the lawsuit unfolds, fans and legal observers alike will be watching closely to see whether Deconbrio, the band, will need to rebrand or negotiate a settlement with Deconbrio, the restaurant. This clash of names between the world of music and fine dining serves as a reminder of the importance of trademark protection and the potential pitfalls that can arise when names and identities overlap.

Cat on Synthesizer Can't Even Find Filter Cut Off Knob



The Riveting News investigative team has uncovered that most—if not all—of the adorable cats often pictured lounging on synthesizers are, in fact, not musical prodigies. Contrary to popular belief, these photogenic felines have been fooling the world with their seemingly innate ability to manipulate electronic instruments.

The viral trend of capturing cats in picturesque poses atop synthesizers gained immense popularity on social media platforms, with countless memes and videos showcasing the seemingly harmonious relationship between our furry companions and the world of electronic music. From casual lounging to pawing at keys, these images understandably led us all to believe that cats possessed an untapped musical talent.

However, recent investigations have debunked this myth, revealing that the cats' interactions with the synthesizers were mostly coincidental and unintentional. Expert animal behaviorists explain that while some cats may be drawn to the warmth and texture of synthesizer keys, their actions do not constitute any deliberate musical proficiency.

"We have observed that cats are naturally curious creatures, and they often investigate objects in their environment," says Dr. Emily Johnson, a renowned animal behaviorist. "I guess I can understand how the images of cats on synthesizers might give the impression of musical involvement, but it's important to remember that these animals are not intentionally creating music. They just like sitting on things higher than the ground. Actually, no, I don't understand. You seriously thought the implication of these photos was that the cats were playing music?"

The revelation has sparked mixed reactions from the Riveting News staff. Some users expressed disappointment, while others found humor in the realization that cats were not the unexpected musical maestros they appeared to be. One intern even claimed to have known all along, and has since been let go. Nonetheless, the images of cats on synthesizers continue to circulate, even as their musical prowess is questioned.

As the truth behind these viral images comes to light, other questions remain shrouded in darkness. Our team has yet to discover any explanation for how these fraudulent felines are getting into outer space. The EXIF data from many of these photos do not correspond to any known space flights. Regardless of who or what is allowing these cats to leave the planet, the lesson here is a reminder that not everything is as it seems on the internet. While cats may not be the next electronic music sensations, their charm and adorable antics continue to captivate audiences worldwide, proving once again that the internet's fascination with all things feline remains unwavering.

Sweat Boys Caught Dousing with Fake Sweat During Performance


LA CROSSE, WI—In a shocking turn of events, the once-revered band Sweat Boys, renowned for their high-energy live performances drenched in perspiration, has been caught red-handed in a deceptive act that has left their fan base reeling. It has been revealed that the band members, led by indefatigable frontman Benny Sweat, have been surreptitiously spraying themselves with water to feign their signature sweat-soaked appearance on stage.

Sweat Boys, known for their raucous EBM anthems and fervent stage presence, had long captivated audiences with their seemingly boundless energy and visible commitment to their music. The band's lead singer, Benny Sweat, in particular, has become synonymous with his dripping brow and glistening chest, becoming a symbol of their intense performances.

However, a recent onstage incident has shaken the foundation of their image. On the evening of their most recent concert with Choke Chain, Silver Walks, and Be Wary, an eagle-eyed audience member stumbled upon a scene that has since shattered the illusion. As the band prepared to play their third song of the evening, hidden away from prying eyes, Benny Sweat was seen kneeling behind the synth rack, his hand clutching a spray bottle of water. The witness, taken aback by the sight, quickly realized the shocking truth: The profuse sweat that had come to define Sweat Boys' stage presence was not entirely authentic.

It appears that for an undisclosed period of time, the band had been secretly dousing themselves with water in an effort to create the illusion of intense perspiration. The discovery has left fans both disillusioned and bewildered, questioning the authenticity of countless performances that had once held them spellbound.

Representatives of Sweat Boys have yet to release an official statement addressing the controversy. Fans are left wondering if the band will attempt to salvage their tarnished reputation or if this revelation will mark the end of an era for Sweat Boys.

In an industry where authenticity and connection with fans are paramount, the scandal serves as a stark reminder of the fine line between entertainment and deceit. As they grapple with this newfound revelation, one question still remains: If the sweat was fake, then where was the smell coming from?

Raymond Watts Retires Pig Due to Lack of Pig-Related Puns


LONDON, UK—Raymond Watts, the man behind the industrial rock band Pig, has announced that he is retiring the project after running out of pig-related puns with which to promote it.

For over 30 years, Pig has been creating and performing music that has gained a cult following. With their unique sound and style, Pig has stood out in the industrial rock scene with a penchant for pig puns, which have become a part of their branding and marketing.

From album titles like "A Stroll in the Pork," "Pigmata," and "The Swining" to song names like "Hamstrung on the Highway," Pig has always found a way to incorporate pig-related words and phrases into their work. This has undoubtedly helped the band stand out, but it seems that the well has run dry.

In an interview with Brutal Resonance, Watts stated, "It's just become too difficult to come up with new pig puns. I've been doing this for over 30 years, and I think I've exhausted every possible pig-related word or phrase. I don't want to keep repeating myself or recycling old puns. It's time to move on."

Watts went on to explain that he doesn't want to compromise the integrity of the band's work by forcing pig puns that don't work. He feels that it's better to end on a high note and retire the band than to continue and potentially dilute his legacy.

Fans of Pig are understandably disappointed by the news, but many are supportive of Watts' decision. Some have even come up with their own pig puns to show their appreciation for the band as a sort of conceptual crowdfunding.

It's always sad to see a band retire, but in this case, it's clear that it's for the best. Raymond Watts and Pig have left an indelible mark on the music world, and their legacy will live on through their music. While we may never hear another new pig pun from them, we can still enjoy their past work and appreciate the creativity and innovation they brought to the music industry.

PIG's official statement regarding the retirement contains one final pun which Watts claims to have been saving the pun for this exact occasion.

Everyone in Office Just Ignoring Velociraptor at Reception Desk


CHICAGO, IL—Though it continues to screech incessantly, everyone in the office is pretending not to notice the velociraptor at the reception desk.

The episode began when Lisa the Receptionist took the day off to visit family in Springfield. At 10:24 AM, a fully grown velociraptor from the Cretaceous period walked into the office and approached the vacant reception desk. While nearly every employee in the office is well-aware of the dinosaur's presence, no one has stepped up to handle the situation.

"I’m not dealing with that," said marketing assistant, Derek Kirkland. "I have actual work to get done; I don’t have time to play receptionist."

As of press time, the velociraptor had made its way into the office space, and a few employees have smiled at it while walking by.


Girl Smoking Outside Club Seemingly Compelled to Show, Explain Every Tattoo


As you step out of the club for a break from the pulsating blasts of EBM/Aggrotech/Neo-Folk Swingcore, you notice a girl smoking alone. She sees you glance at her tattooed arm and strikes up a conversation by complimenting yours. You thank her and start to criticize it as if you were your father and the bad tattoo on your arm represents every single one of your life choices, but before you can even get out the word "shading," she pulls up her sleeve and starts talking over you. OK, then. That's fine though, because you weren't really sure how you were going to end your sentence. After 10 years, you still haven't come up with anything you care enough about with which to cover said tattoo.

She tells you that she got her first tattoo when she was 18, and she’s been adding more and more ever since. She explains that each tattoo has a special meaning for her. The rose on her wrist is for her grandmother, who was always telling her to “stop and smell the roses.” The anchor on her bicep is for her grandfather, who was a sailor "in the marines." And the bird on her shoulder is for her best friend, who died tragically two years ago. Uh huh. Also the skulls represent something asinine, the pot leaf is self explanatory, and she just really likes Rick and Morty.

Every time you think she won't possibly lift her shirt any higher, she does. Why is this happening?

As she continues droning on and on, you can’t help but wonder if she's on drugs or just like this. Because if she has drugs, you might be willing to keep nodding along to this for a bit longer. Not too long though, or you run the risk of missing the headliner and ending up in a 6 year relationship you're ambivalent about with no idea how you let it get that far.

Suddenly, the door swings open, bringing a moment of intelligibility to the dull thumping that has up to this point been the soundtrack to your new hell. You're 80% sure it's the bassist of the opening band. They were just OK, but you needlessly overstate your appreciation for their set. Why do you always do that? Oh, thank God it is him; that would have been awkward.

"Thanks, this is actually our first show in a couple years," he says.

Now he's telling you about every single band they've ever opened for and trying to recall the exact dates and names of the tours. Awesome. Quick, pretend to get a phone call.

"Sorry, I've gotta take this," you say as you walk back into the loud venue, which makes absolutely no sense at all.

Taco Bell Introduces New Goth Wrap Supreme


In a bold move to capture the hearts and stomachs of the goth community, Taco Bell has introduced its latest menu item: the Goth Wrap Supreme.

According to the fast-food chain's press release, the Goth Wrap Supreme is a "dark and delicious" take on their classic wrap, filled with black beans, black rice, blackened chicken, and a special "goth sauce" made from crushed black garlic and squid ink.

"We're thrilled to bring this edgy new flavor profile to our customers," said a Taco Bell spokesperson. "We know the goth community has been clamoring for more representation in fast food, and we're happy to oblige."

The announcement has sparked mixed reactions online, with some praising Taco Bell for catering to a previously underserved market, while others are calling the move "cringey" and "blatant pandering."

One Twitter user wrote, "As a goth, I appreciate the effort, but I think I'll stick to my black coffee and cigarettes."

Another commented, "Nice try, but the best goth meal is still Count Chocula."

Despite the criticism, Taco Bell says they're confident the Goth Wrap Supreme will be a hit with their customers.

"We're always looking for ways to innovate and stay ahead of the curve," said the spokesperson. "And if that means embracing the darker side of fast food, then so be it."



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