1. Eaux Claires Music Festival, Curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, Announced for Summer 2015

    December 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST Just before Halloween this year, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (a.k.a.  Bonnie Bear ), received approval to host the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisc. from July 17-18. Pre-sale tickets for the event, which falls the same weekend as Chicago's…

  2. Watch Evan Dando & Courtney Barnett Duet on 'Being Around'

    December 12, 2014 4:25 AM EST They’re at different stages of their career, and arguably worlds apart. Though Courtney Barnett and Evan Dando proved at a recent show in Melbourne that they get on famously when there’s a mic and acoustic guitar between them.  Barnett, the fast-rising Aussie singer, dueted with the…

  3. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Ranking art is never easy, but dance music's sheer volume and variance make picking favorites particularly difficult. The following ten tracks are the ones we consistently returned to over the course of the year. (And see our list of the  10 best electronic/dance albums here .)…

  4. Joanna Newsom 'Had a Strong Sense That I Didn't Know What I Was Doing' in 'Inherent Vice'

    December 08, 2014 3:10 PM EST Newsom's husband, Andy Samberg, also helped her out: "He gave me general, very functional acting pointers, along the lines of ways to not be freaked out." Aside from an appearance on Portlandia and in an MGMT music video, avant-garde singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom never…

  5. Skylar Grey on Nicki Minaj Collaboration 'Bed Of Lies': 'It's a Nice Contrast to Her Other Singles'

    November 11, 2014 5:25 PM EST Skylar Grey is understandably exhausted. She is sitting at LAX after a ten-hour flight, waiting to go home following four whirlwind days in Glasgow bookended by her surprise appearance with MTV EMAs host Nicki Minaj . The two debuted Minaj’s new single, “ Bed Of Lies .” No stranger to…

  6. HARD Day of the Dead: 10 Standout Performances

    November 03, 2014 6:26 PM EST Over the weekend, some of the most talented emissaries from all corners of the dance-music world descended on Pomona, Calif., for HARD's annual Day of the Dead festival. Live Nation's HARD has made its name on curation, consistently showcasing credible talents while excavating and…

  7. Deerhoof Celebrates 20 Years With Release of Madonna-Inspired 'La Isla Bonita' Album

    October 31, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Deerhoof celebrates 20 years as a band this year, a feat that astounds founding member Greg Saunier. Not because time has flown by for the uber-influential cult band, but mostly because Deerhoof was never intended to last more than two weeks when it was formed, much less two decades. With…

  8. Psy, Others Push for Autopsy of Korean Rock Legend

    October 31, 2014 10:02 AM EDT Iconic singer Shin Hae Chul died on Monday following an operation, leading to accusations of medical malpractice. Psy and other K-pop icons have requested an autopsy for legendary South Korean rocker Shin Hae Chul, who died on Monday following an operation, leading to accusations of…

  9. Former Minutemen Bassist Mike Watt on Why Their Pivotal Album ‘Double Nickels’ Mocked Sammy Hagar

    October 29, 2014 4:33 PM EDT " Double Nickels , even though it came about kind of by accident, is still the most focused statement of the band," says former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt . Double Nickels on the Dime influenced virtually any American punk-funk band one can name, but it inspired thousands more…

  10. Violent Soho, Courtney Barnett & Sheppard Among Winners at Australia’s Independent Music Awards

    October 08, 2014 11:49 PM EDT Violent Soho , Courtney Barnett , Sheppard and Remi were among the big winners Wednesday night (Oct. 8) when the trophies were handed out at Australia’s Independent Music Awards. There was no glory for either Sia or Chet Faker, however, who each had three nominations but failed to win a…

  11. Debbie Harry to Headline John Lennon Tribute Concert

    October 08, 2014 10:50 PM EDT Debbie Harry will perform at the 34th annual John Lennon charity tribute concert in New York City in December. The announcement Wednesday by the nonprofit Theatre Within came a day before what would have been Lennon's 74th birthday. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now…

  12. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984's posthumous Milk and Honey , Spotify…

  13. Madonna's 'Bedtime Stories' Turns 20: Babyface & Donna De Lory Look Back

    October 06, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Twenty years ago this month, Madonna released her sixth studio album, Bedtime Stories, a classic that came out at a strange crossroads in her career. While Madonna certainly didn't lack for fame in 1994, the button-pushing Erotica album had soured many critics and fans. For the first…

  14. Corner Office: Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler on Success, 'Broken Promises' and Being Spoofed by 'South Park'

    October 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The crowdfunding pioneer on workplace transparency, "broken promises" and YouTube's prospects for a fan-sourced venture. When Kickstarter moved into Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood in January, renovating a former pencil factory into 29,000 square feet of high-tech office…

  15. Billboard Cover: Charli XCX on the Pop-Music ‘Machine,’ Girl Power and Her ‘Raw’ New Album

    October 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Have you seen when they put the man in the box?" Charli XCX , 22, is poolside at West Hollywood's Standard Hotel, taking a drag from a Marlboro Light. The fast-rising British pop star and seasoned songwriter is in town on this Friday, Aug. 22, ahead of Sunday's…

  16. Violent Soho, Sia Lead Australia’s Independent Music Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Violent Soho , Sia Furler , Chet Faker and RÜFÜS lead the nominations for Australia's ninth annual Independent Music Awards. Violent Soho is out front with chances in four categories. The Brisbane alternative rock outfit is up for best independent artist and their third studio album…

  17. 'Frank' Talk: Inside the Head of the Oddball Indie Comedy

    August 15, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson not only portray down-on-their-luck oddball musicians in an avant-garde rock band in Frank , they had to become proficient as musicians to give realistic performances. Director Lenny Abrahamson and composer Stephen Rennicks drew on…

  18. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at…

  19. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch Galantis Race Around Coachella in 'Help' Video

    August 07, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The Swedish electronic duo's new music video is packed with live footage from its first North American tour. Galantis, the electronic duo of Swedish songwriter-producers Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow, are debuting a music video for "Help" -- a big, pop-infused dance…

  20. Q&A: Courtney Barnett Talks Recording, Australian Music Scene Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014 (Watch)

    August 02, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Australian songwriter Courtney Barnett is riding ever higher this year on the wave of her 2013 'The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas,' in particular the song "Avant Gardener," which has gotten a surprising amount of radio play in the States over the past few months. She…

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