1. Foo Fighters, Muse and Ryan Adams to Headline Massive Fuji Rock Festival

    February 23, 2015 4:26 PM EST Fuji Rock Festival, one of the two leading international rock gatherings in Japan, has announced the lineup for its 19th edition, which will run July 24-26 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata prefecture. Foo Fighters , Muse , Motorhead , Ryan Adams , and Todd Rundgren , among others, will…

  2. Oscars 2015: Best Original Score Nominees Reveal the Origins of Their Movies' Musical Themes

    February 11, 2015 1:01 PM EST The four composers nominated for best original score at the 87th annual Academy Awards (airing Feb. 22 on ABC) -- double nominee Alexandre Desplat, Gary Yershon, Johann Johannsson and Hans Zimmer -- took wildly different approaches to their films. Four of the five contenders are period pieces…

  3. Folk Musician Roy Harper Cleared of Two Child Sexual Abuse Charges, Could Face Retrial

    February 06, 2015 7:04 PM EST Following more than two weeks of trial and jury deliberation, English folk-rock musician Roy Harper was cleared of two child sex charges on Thursday. But he could face a re-trial. Roy Harper Albums Get U.S. Releases The singer-songwriter -- who is best known as the singer of Pink Floyd '…

  4. Johnny Marr Cancels U.S. Solo Tour Dates

    December 08, 2014 4:59 PM EST The former Smiths guitarist axes the end of his 2014 tour over a 'serious close family illness.' Morrissey isn’t the only former Smiths member canceling tour dates these days. On Monday (Dec. 8), Johnny Marr announced he’d been forced to cancel the 10 remaining dates on his…

  5. Why 'Interstellar's' Unorthodox Sound Mixing Could Win It an Oscar

    November 30, 2014 12:02 PM EST The Academy moved beyond recognizing primarily orchestral work when voters rewarded Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' electronic score for The Social Network four years ago. A couple of this year's choices tread even fresher ground: Hans Zimmer 's largely pipe organ–based…

  6. Christopher Nolan Breaks Silence on 'Interstellar' Sound

    November 16, 2014 12:28 PM EST The director says the movie's "adventurous and creative" sound is "the right approach for this experiential film." “I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it'…

  7. Late Night Roundup: Johnny Marr Performs The Smiths, Plus Conor Oberst & OK Go

    November 12, 2014 10:50 AM EST Johnny Marr performs the Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before." Tuesday night's round of late night talkshow performances was led by indie rock legend Johnny Marr , who stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his new solo…

  8. From Diddy to Alanis Morissette, These Musicians Have Turned Marathon Runners

    October 29, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Pop music and distance running aren't so different. Both reward tenacity, hard work, and the willingness to wear skimpy clothing and push your body to its physical limits. No wonder so many rock stars have done marathons. There are few athletic contests more badass than the 26.2-mile…

  9. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below.…

  10. Meghan Trainor’s 'All About That Bass' Beats Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' to U.K. No. 1

    October 13, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” (Epic/Sony) stayed ahead of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) to start a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Oct. 12), as British singer-songwriter George Ezra’s   Wanted On Voyage  moved into a second week at No.…

  11. What Would Happen If the Smiths Got Inducted Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

    October 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Smiths were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time this week. There’s no way they could get in… right? So first thing’s first -- this year's set of Rock Hall nominations is the most “alt” ever. Green Day , Nine Inch Nails , Lou Reed , Joan Jett & the…

  12. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  13. Primal Scream's Robert 'Throb' Young Dies at 49

    September 11, 2014 5:08 PM EDT The guitarist was with the band from 1984 until 2006. Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young was found dead at age 49 in his home in England on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. His cause of death has yet to be determined. Primal Scream Turns Up 'Heat' on North…

  14. Neil Finn On Songwriters' Struggle, Learning to Dance & Miley Cyrus' Brand of Feminism

    September 10, 2014 5:47 AM EDT Submit to the struggle, to existential crisis. And make sure to put in the hours. Those are some of Neil Finn’s tips for tackling the songwriting process. Finn shared sound advice and took his standing-room audience on a trip through his earliest musical years during a keynote conversation…

  15. Exclusive: Johnny Marr Drops North American Tour Dates, Talks New Solo Album ‘Playland’

    September 08, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The former Smiths guitarist also gives an update on his forthcoming autobiography. American fans will soon get a chance to watch the venerable Johnny Marr perform tracks from his forthcoming solo album, as well as some classic tracks from the Smiths and beyond. Playland , Marr’s new solo…

  16. Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT If Blur hadn’t made it big, frontman Damon Albarn would’ve been A-OK. He’s a clever guy from a good family, and one way or another, this handsome, multi-talented Londoner was going to leave his mark on the world. The same is not necessarily true for Noel and Liam Gallagher, the brothers…

  17. Merchandise Talks 'After the End,' Punk Culture & Hating Morrissey Comparisons

    August 28, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Merchandise’s Carson Cox knows that life will always be in flux. He used to be straight edge; now he’s not. He used to be vegetarian; he now eats meat. The Tampa-based band he fronts used to be signed to a small, D.I.Y.-minded label; now they’re with 4AD, which one might call a “major indie.”…

  18. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  19. Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr Announces New Solo Album, 'Playland,' Due Oct. 6

    July 21, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Morrissey isn't the only former Smiths member releasing a solo album this year . Guitarist Johnny Marr announced that he will follow up his 2013 solo debut "The Messenger" with a second album titled "Playland," to be released Oct. 7 in North America. A lead single…

  20. Hans Zimmer on Creating the Music of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' With Pharrell, Johnny Marr

    April 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT "The first day [in the studio] was hard," Zimmer says. "It was chaos because I had too many people in the room" One of the first requests Hans Zimmer received from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb was for a fanfare. Zimmer's initial response? …

Pages