1. Toadies, 'Stop It': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 03, 2014 10:52 AM EST Listen to an unreleased bonus track (a Pylon cover) from the 20th anniversary edition of "Rubberneck" ... Also, the band is nearly done recording its sixth studio album Toadies may be gearing up for a big 20th anniversary celebration this year -- and there's new versions of its…

  2. Justin Bieber's 'Believe': Director Jon Chu on the Singer's Challenging Year

    December 25, 2013 4:12 PM EST "Getting to the heart" of a trying time was the focus of the follow-up to "Never Say Never" Jon Chu has seen Justin Bieber reach his greatest heights and lowest lows. As the director of 'Never Say Never,' the pop star’s 2011 documentary which grossed…

  3. Kelela Talks Saint Heron, R&B's Racial Politics & Working with Arca, Hudson Mohawke

    November 19, 2013 1:45 PM EST Less than a year ago, Kelela Mizanekristos — the Los Angeles-based, Ethiopia-descended R&B and electro pop singer — was working as a telemarketer, trying to make ends meet as an artist in a city inundated with them. She finally quit her day job last December after Solange, a fan,…

  4. Elton John, Tom Hardy Arrive in Santa Monica to Tout Biopic 'Rocketman'

    November 06, 2013 11:08 PM EST Who cares about jet lag when you can have breakfast with Elton John and Tom Hardy? The pop icon and star turned up at a Tuesday morning breakfast in Santa Monica to personally tout Rocketman, the Elton John biopic that will star Hardy. Leading foreign sales outfit Good Universe hosted the…

  5. YouTube Music Awards Director Spike Jonze Says 'Even If It's Messy, It'll Be Live'

    November 01, 2013 6:30 PM EDT The YouTube Music Awards air this Sunday, Nov. 3, live at 6 p.m. on YouTube -- and creative director Spike Jonze still isn't quite entirely sure what to expect. "None of us have done anything live before or an awards show -- in a way we're all like amateurs on YouTube…

  6. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  7. Beck, Dan Deacon Headline L.A.'s Station to Station Railway Car Exhibit

    September 28, 2013 6:24 PM EDT By Maxwell Williams, The Hollywood Reporter At around 8 p.m. at Union Station in Los Angeles, artist Doug Aitken stood on tiptoes, inspecting through a camera lens indie-rock artist Dan Deacon’s spasmodic set. Under the cavernous Art Deco ceilings of the old ticket lobby, audience members…

  8. Journey Talks Singer Arnel Pineda's Impact, September-Due PBS Doc

    August 06, 2013 10:48 PM EDT "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," the story of the band's search for a new frontman, will air on the network on Sept. 30. The resurgence of Journey through the band's discovery of a new lead singer via the Internet gets a close-up look on a new…

  9. CODER Picks of the Week: Rudimental, Don Diablo, Teengirl Fantasy and More

    August 02, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Zel, Eric, Tshepo and Jacob have to say. Rudimental: “Feel The Love” (Woz Remix featuring Childish Gambino) [Big Beat/Atlantic] Based on the formula displayed here, it…

  10. Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP': Top 10 Dream Collaborations

    July 18, 2013 2:30 PM EDT From Bowie to Britney to the Weeknd, here are 10 collaborators we'd like to see in the liner notes to Gaga's next album. Last week's announcement that Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" album was finally arriving in November was coupled with the news that the long…

  11. CODER Picks of the Week: Clinton VanSciver, Kaskade, Jay-Z and More

    July 05, 2013 11:43 AM EDT This Friday, in honor of Independence Day, the CODE crew reviews their favorite All-American dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and see what Kerri, Zel and Lauren have to say. Clinton VanSciver: “Indie Anna Jones” featuring Queen B (Dim Mak) Twenty-one-year-old producer…

  12. Lauryn Hill Vents on Racism, Slavery and the IRS in Open Letter

    June 29, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Lauryn Hill blames her tax woes with the IRS on historical racism, according to a lengthy open letter that appeared on the singer's Tumblr page yesterday (June 28). Hill, who is today set to begin serving three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on approximately $1.8 million in…

  13. Empire of the Sun Returning with 'Ice On the Dune'

    March 11, 2013 9:42 PM EDT The electro-pop duo will follow up "Walking on a Dream" with their first album in five years. Empire of the Sun is ready to return to the dance-pop throne. The Australian group will release sophomore album "Ice on the Dune" in June. The duo will debut new material at…

  14. How an Island Retreat Shifted Josh Garrels' Music

    January 29, 2013 8:26 PM EST Indie songwriter stars in Mason Jar Music's new film "The Sea In Between" If a musician you admired posted his number on his website, would you call him? This was how one fan, Blayne Johnson, came to contact indie singer Josh Garrels and decided he wanted to take part in his…

  15. Robbie Williams Crowned U.K. Charts King: Top Song, Album

    November 12, 2012 9:30 AM EST Robbie Williams is celebrating a double victory in the U.K. charts, starting a second week atop the singles survey with "Candy" and debuting at No. 1 with the album "Take The Crown." It's the tenth chart-topping title of a solo career in which Williams has sold more…

  16. The Weeknd Reveals 'Trilogy' Tracklist, Debuts 'Wicked Games' Video

    October 18, 2012 12:05 PM EDT The Weeknd isn't as camera shy as he used to be. In the obscure black and white viral for "Wicked Games," the singer-songwriter croons directly at the lens. "Wicked Games," originally from his first mixtape "House of Balloons" (2011), has been remastered for…

  17. Marvin Hamlisch's Impact: From Ragtime to Broadway Riches

    August 07, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Scott Joplin was a footnote in American musical history before Marvin Hamlisch got ahold of his ragtime music from the 1890s and early 20th century. Hamlisch arranged Joplin piano rags for "The Sting" to create a song-based score that connected with American audiences in a way…

  18. Living Colour is 'Re-Thinking Blues and Its Relationship To Metal'

    July 09, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Living Colour is "definitely working towards making another record this year" to follow up 2009's "The Chair in the Doorway," according to guitarist Vernon Reid. And the quartet already has an idea what its "next statement" is going to be. "We're…

  19. Adam Lambert Talks Gay Pride, Being a Reluctant Role Model: Video

    June 25, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Like a lot of chart-topping pop stars, Adam Lambert didn't set out to be a role model. Yet, as soon as the openly-gay 'American Idol' alum began to attract the ears and eyes of a mass, mainstream audience, the pressure grew for him to become the voice of LGBT youth -- a…

  20. Glen Hansard Calls 'Once' a 'Gift,' but Don't Count on Sequel

    June 13, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Talks Tony Awards Success, Solo Album and Likelihood of Swell Season Reunion: "It's a different relationship, and one you can't force" G len Hansard says he "just had to take a walk" after the Tony Awards triumph by the stage adaptation of "Once," which…

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