1. Nick Cave Doc, Stuart Murdoch Film Among Sundance Winners

    January 26, 2014 12:22 PM EST A documentary on Nick Cave received two awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the jury honored a Belle and Sebastian-related musical with a uniquely-worded trophy. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who directed the Cave documentary "20,000 Days On Earth" received the directing award…

  2. Phantogram Talks Major-Label Debut Following 'Unreal' Bidding War

    January 21, 2014 2:23 PM EST After Phantogram released its debut album, "Eyelid Movies," in 2009 on indie label Barsuk Records, there was instantaneous demand for the Saratoga Springs, N.Y., act. The duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel quickly found themselves in the middle of an old--fashioned major-label…

  3. Belle and Sebastian Bring 'God' to Sundance; Set to Record New Album in March

    January 21, 2014 12:48 PM EST If Stuart Murdoch had his way, at the very least, Katharine Ross's bicycle-riding scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" would have been beamed behind Belle and Sebastian when they performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Monday night at the Sundnace…

  4. Beck Previews New Album in Short Trailer, Sets Release Date

    January 17, 2014 4:22 PM EST "Morning Phase" is Beck's first new album since 2008's "Modern Guilt" and will be released the artist's new label, Capitol. Beck unveiled a trailer for his upcoming album, Morning Phase, today that confirms its Feb. 25 release date. The trailer teases a…

  5. Sundance: 10 Must-See, Music-Related Movies Screening in Park City

    January 16, 2014 1:01 PM EST Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Beck and Anne Hathaway highlight films with music elements at Sundance this year It’s nothing new to have musicians head by the planeload into Park City, Utah, to perform at various showcases, but this year’s line-up has a decidedly musical bent. Included are…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Sam Riggs Ready to Bust Out of the Lone Star State

    January 08, 2014 3:45 PM EST Sam Riggs has a lot to be excited about as 2014 begins. His new album, "Outrun The Sun," recorded with his band The Night People, has been garnering some very strong reviews of late and the video for "When The Lights Go Out" rose to No. 1 on the CMT's "Pure 12…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Emily Kopp Finds 'Serendipity'

    December 11, 2013 1:20 PM EST Emily Kopp is an artist who definitely learned about the music business from both sides of the stage. "I started out working at the arena on campus," she told Billboard, referring to The University of Central Florida. "After that, I worked for a talent buyer. I kind of got my…

  8. Bastille's 'Pompeii' Erupts: From the U.K. to Alternative to Top 40

    December 06, 2013 3:55 PM EST During the past 10 months, London quartet Bastille's boisterous debut single, "Pompeii," has grown from compelling alternative track to verified pop hit. Fueled by a 27-24 move on Billboard's Adult Top 40 airplay chart and a 33-29 jump on Mainstream Top 40, the song breaks…

  9. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

  10. Childish Gambino Talks 'because the internet' Album & Staying Honest

    December 03, 2013 12:07 PM EST The actor/rapper has sold a comedy series, 'Atlanta,' focused on the music biz in his hometown, to FX. In mid-October, Donald Glover worried fans and observers with a series of Instagram photos of handwritten notes that outlined his various fears. "I'm afraid of the future…

  11. Switchfoot Hopes Surf Documentary Will Help It Crest the Charts Again

    November 29, 2013 2:00 PM EST Last year, while touring for 2011 album "Vice Verses," Switchfoot visited famous surfing locales in New Zealand, Indonesia and South Africa, looking to inspire a new album and document how the Southern California Christian rock band's passions for waves and soundwaves collide. …

  12. Lady Gaga’s 'ARTPOP' Knocks Eminem's 'MMLP2' From U.K. Chart Summit

    November 18, 2013 6:09 AM EST Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (Interscope/Universal) became her third U.K. No. 1 album Sunday (Nov. 17), as 17-year-old, Dutch-born Martin Garrix became the second DJ in a row, after Storm Queen, to debut at the singles chart summit, with “Animals” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal). "ARTPOP"…

  13. Sound Selectors: The Top 10 Producers in Music

    October 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From an indie-rap hero’s surprise takeover to a hard rocker’s Nashville power move, our top 10 producers broke big boundaries and crafted even bigger hits. Here, we head behind the boards and profile the soundmen who ruled the charts. 10 Alex Da Kid “I want to make music that has no…

  14. Luscious Jackson Rekindle the 'Magic' After 14 Years Away

    October 16, 2013 10:03 AM EDT Alt-rock trio is back with a fan-funded album in November; "I get why we did this," says Jill Cunniff. "I get why we were a band, and I get why this was so much fun" Following the release of 1999's "Electric Honey" on Capitol, New York alt-rock…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Emily Hearn Makes 'Promises'

    October 09, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Listen to the somber "Cutting Ties," off Hearn's just-released EP It might be a little bit tough to label the music of Emily Hearn -- who released her new EP "Promises" yesterday. We just prefer to call it good, and maybe a little bit eclectic. That's music to…

  16. Ylvis, of Viral Sensation 'The Fox,' Lands Major Label Deal Ahead of U.S. Live Debut

    September 21, 2013 11:15 AM EDT The Norwegian YouTube sensation signs with Warner Music Group then performs at Las Vegas' iHeartRadio Music Festival. Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis made their live U.S. debut at Las Vegas' iHeartRadio festival on Friday, Sept. 20 as the night's surprise guests. The two…

  17. Cage the Elephant, 'Melophobia': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 9:02 AM EDT Release Date: Oct. 8 Label: RCA The Bowling Green, Ky., act's upcoming set, led by first single "Come a Little Closer" (No. 14 on Billboard's Alternative chart) was recorded in Nashville with Jay Joyce, producer of the band's last two albums. Prior release "…

  18. The Weeknd, ‘Kiss Land’: Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 02, 2013 2:03 PM EDT Release Date: Sept. 10 Label: XO/Republic Records The Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye makes his full-length studio debut with "Kiss Land." After signing to Republic last year, the nocturnal-sounding alt-R&B artist rereleased three mixtapes as compilation album "The Trilogy."…

  19. MGMT, ‘MGMT’: Fall Music Preview 2013

    August 30, 2013 2:18 PM EDT Release Date: Sept. 17 Label: Columbia MGMT’s self-titled third album reunited the New York group with producer Dave Fridmann. The overall idea was simple: “When we started writing and working on our new album, we set a few goals and guidelines to follow—mainly that there shouldn’t be any…

  20. Sean Hannity Slams 'Coward' Ryan Adams

    August 07, 2013 5:00 PM EDT For three and a half minutes Tuesday night, Sean Hannity did his best to bash alt-country rocker Ryan Adams, whose music, according to Hannity, "isn't that popular," after Ryan posted a derogatory tweet about the conservative Fox News host Monday night. Ryan's tweet was…

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