1. Is Pitchfork Fest Cursed? President Chris Kaskie Talks Lineup Setbacks

    July 18, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Even before Death Grips announced their break up July 2, Pitchfork's ninth annual Music Festival in Chicago had already experienced a few unfortunate setbacks to its lineup. On April 26, Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad passed away from an apparent blood clot, leaving his Hyperdub…

  2. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  3. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Takes Stand, IDs Mike D In a Sailor Suit

    May 27, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The Beastie Boys' lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. went to trial today in Manhattan's Financial District. Seated in a large, ornate courtroom in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse -- which Federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer described as "ancient... like a haunted house"…

  4. The Julie Ruin Cancels Tour Dates Over Kathleen Hanna's Lyme Disease

    May 13, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna is doing her best to recover from a nasty bout with Lyme Disease. But getting better means canceling a slew of North American and European tour dates this summer. Today, the Julie Ruin announced the cancellation of 27 tour dates so their singer can focus on…

  5. Sheryl Crow's 'Diner' Musical to Open in Virginia

    March 19, 2014 9:55 AM EDT The doors will open on Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson's troubled "Diner," but not on Broadway. At least not yet. Following repeat delays with the premiere production directed and choreographed by Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall, the show has locked in a plan to bow at the…

  6. Pink Martini & The von Trapps, 'Dream a Little Dream': Exclusive Album Premiere

    February 25, 2014 12:00 PM EST Over the weekend, Maria von Trapp, the Austrian singer whose family's escape from Nazis provided the basis for "The Sound of Music," passed away at age 99. However, the famous singing family has new blood in the music industry carrying on its tradition on a new album --…

  7. Pitchfork Music Fest: Beck, Kendrick Lamar & Neutral Milk Hotel Headlining

    February 14, 2014 3:01 PM EST Surprising as it seems, there is now a major American festival not featuring Outkast this summer. Leave it to Pitchfork Music Festival to go against the grain, as today it announced its non-Andre 3000 and Big Boi headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Beck and a reunited Neutral Milk Hotel. Per usual,…

  8. Third World Reggae Star William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke Dead at 65

    February 05, 2014 11:45 AM EST William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia at his home in Florida, longtime friends and colleagues said Monday. He was 65. Former bandmate Colin Leslie said the singer died Sunday in Orlando a week…

  9. Katy B Moves Beyond The Bass: 'I Wanted There To Be A Focus On My Songwriting'

    January 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST After jumping from pirate radio to the pop charts, the U.K. reaches past her dubstep roots even further with new album. In 2010, an unknown BRIT School graduate singing over dizzying bass drops took the U.K. singles chart by storm with the song "Katy on a Mission," a boastful…

  10. Lana Del Rey's Best Song Oscar Bid Being Sabotaged: Report

    December 18, 2013 2:22 PM EST A few guns are always loaded during awards season in Hollywood to try to takedown the competition. The most common tactic is to take aim at the veracity of movies based on true stories, smear campaigns basically, against a filmmaker's interpretation of real events. This year, the…

  11. Miley Cyrus Named a Finalist for Time's Person of the Year

    December 09, 2013 7:00 PM EST A couple of hackers may have conspired to have Miley Cyrus win Time magazine's online Person of the Year vote, but the pop star is actually being considered for the magazine's annual honor, making Time's list of 10 finalists , it was revealed Monday morning. Along with Cyrus,…

  12. Miley Cyrus Leads Time's Person of the Year Voting

    November 28, 2013 7:52 AM EST UPDATED: The pop star's triumph over President Obama, the Boston bombers and several Hollywood heavyweights may be due to the work of a couple of hackers. Time magazine is holding an online vote for whom readers think should be its 2013 Person of the Year. The winner so far: Miley Cyrus,…

  13. Latin Grammys 2013: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 22, 2013 1:30 AM EST The Latin Grammy green carpet was canceled, but there was plenty of action behind the scenes. We were inside the Mandalay Bay Center (Nov. 21) with a front row to the stars, the music and all the things that did not make the live broadcast. More Latin Grammys Carlos Vives, Sergio George and…

  14. Kenny Rogers on Eclectic New Album and (Finally) Entering Hall of Fame

    October 11, 2013 4:00 PM EDT When the San Francisco 49ers were down by six in the fourth quarter in 1984, Coach Bill Walsh had to feel assured to have the services of Joe Montana on his side. Ditto that for Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan on the basketball side of things. One could describe the competitive spirit of…

  15. MTV VMAs' 10 Best Performances Ever

    August 22, 2013 4:03 PM EDT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS • VMAs' 55 Most Outrageous Fashions • Top 10 Crazy VMA Moments • MTV VMAs Quiz: 13 Questions • Timberlake & N'Sync To Reunite at VMAs? • Katy Perry To Debut 'Roar' on VMAs • Lady Gaga To Perform at VMAs Like summer's end, the 2013…

  16. Kathleen Hanna Gets Her Due: 'I'm Done With All That Female Volunteerist S--t'

    August 08, 2013 1:15 PM EDT With the Julie Ruin's new album, an acclaimed documentary and more, the pioneering riot grrrl behind Le Tigre proudly steps into a new spotlight Kathleen Hanna is about to open her latest ASCAP check, in hopes that it can relieve some of the damage done to her bank account lately. She&…

  17. John Williams Onboard As Composer For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    July 29, 2013 12:37 AM EDT It's official: the latest chapter of Star Wars will be scored by John Williams. The composer, who has crafted the score for all six titles in the space opera saga, was confirmed to be joining J.J. Abrams' Episode VII by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on Saturday at a Star…

  18. Tegan and Sara, Metric Make the Polaris Music Prize Short List

    July 16, 2013 12:12 PM EDT The short list for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with Metric, METZ, Purity Ring and Tegan and Sara among the ten acts in the running for Canada's best album of the year. The announcement was made at a media event at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, by…

  19. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Snoop Dogg, Slayer, Television Top Eclectic Austin Lineup

    July 10, 2013 11:40 AM EDT It will be an eclectic, nostalgia-filled weekend at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, with Snoop Dogg, Slayer, Television and MGMT among the headliners for the three-day event to be held November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas. Organizers announced the lineup on Wednesday for…

  20. Ice-T, The Walkmen Announced For Fun Fun Fun Fest

    June 19, 2013 9:23 PM EDT Bonobo, the Julie Ruin and Judge are among the first round of acts announced for the Texas indie festival. Ice-T and the Walkmen are heading to Austin. The acts are among the first announced for the Texas-based Fun Fun Fun Fest, which will reach its eighth year with appearances from Bonobo,…

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