Is finding a new artist to connect with like starting a relationship? Two veterans of the Tinder app think so. They took the same discovery dynamic that has worked for dating and hookups and applied it to musicians and their fans.
Bayreuth's annual opera festival has gotten off to an unexpectedly dramatic start, with a technical malfunction forcing an interruption shortly after the opening performance of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser" kicked off.
When you think of a 3-D computer-animated film produced by Guillermo del Toro, you immediately think of proudly off-key rapper Biz Markie, right? Well, probably not, but all the fans at the Book of Life panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday (July 25) were treated to Markie's signature hit, "Just a Friend," live and in person, for no apparent reason.
This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1, as Mandatory Fun bowed atop the list with 104,000 copies sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Yankovic led a debut-filled top four, joined by Jason Mraz, Rise Against and the Kidz Bop Kids. Outside of the top four, there was -- as usual -- lots of action as well.
Kip Kouri, founder of Tell All Your Friends P.R., is one of the most familiar and well-liked faces on the New York indie-rock circuit, repping everyone from Yoko Ono to Les Savy Fav to Guided By Voices to white-hot duo Sylvan Esso.
When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a string of major label albums during the 1990s (who also had a basketball career on the side) hit up Williams with a freestyle to help win him over.
Between the Beastie Boys' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. But when Paul's Boutique hit the streets on July 25, 1989 -- 25 years ago today! -- most critics just didn't get it.