1. Allo Darlin' Talks Keeping Day Jobs, Writing Heartwarming New Indie Pop Record

    October 09, 2014 11:10 AM EDT We live in highly bloggable times where our favorite baby bands often grow up quickly. We Come From the Place (out Oct. 7 via Slumberland) is the third album from charming, still-under-the-radar indie poppers Allo Darlin’ making them old and grey in Internet years. Their sparkling sophomore…

  2. ASCAP Honors Ellie Goulding, UMPG at 34th Annual Awards

    October 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT At ASCAP's (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) 34th annual awards in London last night, pop singer/songwriters Alex Clare and Jim Duguid were named Songwriters of the Year for their hit song “Too Close,” recorded by Clare. Meanwhile, Ellie Goulding 's "…

  3. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

  4. Steve Aoki, Disco Donnie to Speak at Electronic Music Conference

    August 26, 2014 3:06 PM EDT Asia-Pacific's Electronic Music Conference has unveiled a first round of speakers, as well as other details, for this year's event taking place in Sydney on Dec. 2-4.   The announcement features over 40 speakers, most notably Steve Aoki , who'll deliver the conference's…

  5. Are Taylor Swift and Country Splitting Up for Good?

    August 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Will Taylor and country radio ever get back together, or have programmers moved on? It was like a carefully planned breakup. First came the unabashed pop bangers on Taylor Swift 's last album, 2012's Red , "Trouble" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back…

  6. Nocturnal Wonderland 2014 Lineup: Martin Garrix, Glitch Mob & Flux Pavilion Among Performers

    July 29, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Martin Garrix, the Glitch Mob, Flux Pavilion and Nicky Romero, among many others, will perform at the 2014 Nocturnal Wonderland festival, to be held Sept. 5-6 at San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds in San Bernardino, Calif. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014: Photos from Vegas! This year’s 19th…

  7. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  8. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  9. Mistrial Declared For Rap Manager James 'Henchman' Rosemond in NYC Murder Case

    March 08, 2014 8:44 AM EST A judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of a hip-hop promoter already serving a life sentence for smuggling cocaine. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon made the ruling Friday in Manhattan federal court after the jury said it was deadlocked. Federal prosecutors had charged James…

  10. Jon Pardi Keeps Country's Good Times Rolling With 'Up All Night'

    December 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Earlier this year, after his first single, "Missin' You Crazy," fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.…

  11. Gypsies, Amps and Beats: Crystal Fighters Get Remixed

    October 25, 2013 2:32 PM EDT A new remix EP takes the UK buzz band to the club for their track “Wave" At its roots, the English-by-way-of-Spain’s Basque Country band Crystal Fighters is a dance-rock band. Fusing elements of Basque rhythms with electronic folkadellic traditions, their shows are a foot-stomping,…

  12. Jim James, 'State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 21, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Jim James originally released "Regions of Light and Sound of God," his debut solo LP, last February, but the My Morning Jacket frontman isn't done repping it just yet. Following a recent tour behind the record and a spot on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last month, James now…

  13. Lawson Preps 'Chapman Square' Stateside Release Following Huge U.K. Success

    September 18, 2013 11:52 AM EDT British band is blowing up in the U.K. -- is America next? Lawson is by no means a household name in the States yet, but don't sleep on this British pop-rock quartet. Nearly a year after its first album debuted in the Top 5 of the U.K. albums chart, the group has completed its first…

  14. Depeche Mode's 'Delta Machine' Touches Down in North America With Raw Detroit Show

    August 23, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "I just think there's a much rawer sound to our live shows than on our records, which is a good thing," Martin Gore tells us As Depeche Mode's Delta Machine Tour arrived in North America -- with a 21-song opening salvo on Thursday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Mickie James 'Excited to Kick Ass' Outside the Ring

    May 08, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Professional wrestler releases her debut album, "Somebody's Gonna Pay," on E1 Mickie James releases her debut album, "Somebody's Gonna Pay," this week, and she says getting the disc out is bringing about a full slate of emotions. "The full album is out, it…

  16. Depeche Mode, 'Delta Machine': Track-By-Track Review

    March 26, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Fans can count on Depeche Mode -- they've released a new album and embarked on a coinciding tour every four years since 1993. It's that time again, as the long-reigning synth-rock kings are back with a new LP, "Delta Machine," their 13th to date. Keeping with…

  17. Depeche Mode Get Shout-Out as Sex Gods at SXSW Q&A

    March 14, 2013 11:40 AM EDT Frontman Dave Gahan discussed past drug addiction and why the veteran band is at SXSW for the first time Just before the Mar. 26 release of Depeche Mode's 13th studio album, "Delta Machine," South By Southwest hosted a live Q&A with the band that gave insight into their…

  18. Depeche Mode Q&A: Dave Gahan Talks 'Delta Machine,' Massive Tour Plans

    March 08, 2013 3:25 PM EST "We're both in that place where we're in awe of life at the moment," says the Depeche frontman of working with bandmate Martin Gore. The release of a new studio album is business as usual for Depeche Mode, which has, like clockwork, issued a new full-length and embarked…

  19. Depeche Mode To Sit For First SXSW Interview

    March 06, 2013 5:50 AM EST Depeche Mode will give a rare conference appearance this March when they sit for an on-stage interview at South by Southwest. It’ll be the veteran British alternative rock group’s first visit to SXSW, and one of their first public outings since signing a worldwide deal last year with…

  20. Seattle Rapper Freddy E Dead in Apparent Suicide

    January 07, 2013 5:50 PM EST The King County medical examiner's office says Seattle hip-hop artist Freddy E has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Seattle Times reports Frederick E. Buhl died Saturday in Renton, a small urban city about 10 miles south of Seattle. Buhl's father said in a post…

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