Mavis Staples performs during the 2014 Newport Folk Festival

2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year, which featured headliners Mavis Staples and Ryan Adams at the top of their form.
Karen O

Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O's Chilling Video for Solo Single 'Rapt'

When Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O announced plans for her first solo record June 25, she curiously didn't share any new music. Well, here it is -- a two-minute lo-fi acoustic dirge called "Rapt" that certainly coincides with Karen's promise for a breakup album.
Ed Sheeran performs at the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam

Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011.