1. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  2. Sonar 2014 Preview: Lykke Li, Royksopp & Robyn and More

    June 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Sonar 2014 kicks off today (June 12) in Barcelona, offering attendees an awe-inspiring collection of artist talent and Sonar+D industry and technology panels. CODE takes a look at some of the concert and event highlights that the three-day Spanish festival has to offer this year. Thursday,…

  3. 'Hedwig' Digital Album Release Fast-Tracked Following Tony Wins

    June 11, 2014 2:13 AM EDT Tony Award wins are already showing their impact as the original cast recording of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" moves its digital release date to this Thursday, June 12, Atlantic Records announced on Tuesday. Physical CDs will be available July 15. The musical took home four Tonys --…

  4. Members of Soundgarden, OFF! and Queens of the Stone Age at Work on New Band

    June 10, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, Dimitri Coats of Off! and Alain Johannes -- formerly of Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures -- have joined forces for what Coats calls a "fun little side project" that will hopefully have some music ready for…

  5. Watsky Announces 'All You Can Do' Album, Unveils New 'Whoa, Whoa, Whoa' Video: Watch

    June 10, 2014 1:43 PM EDT San Francisco rapper Watsky today announced the release of his third studio album “All You Can Do” on August 12th. well, i was gonna wait until we dropped the video later today but since some folks did some digging and found this on their own... — Watsky (@gwatsky) June 10, 2014   i'm…

  6. CODE First Play: The Chainsmokers, '#SELFIE (Botnek Remix)'

    June 10, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Remixing a chart-topping viral hit like “#SELFIE” is a tough undertaking. Canadian duo Botnek knew they had to come up with a clever twist as soon as The Chainsmokers approached them to reinterpret the No. 1 Dance/Electronic track. #Selfie Made Men: Chainsmokers Draw Interest from Across…

  7. Kaskade Announces 'Redux' EP Digital Release: Watch Video 'Ain’t Gotta Lie' (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT As much as he enjoys revisiting the past, even Kaskade can’t fully turn back time. Citing overwhelming fan demand, the American dance star today announced that his previously vinyl-only “Redux” EP would see digital release on June 24th. Mysteryland USA: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Acres of…

  8. CODE First Play: Justin Jay, 'Instincts'

    June 09, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Roundly considered one of dirtybird’s brightest talents, 21-year-old Justin Jay has readied his first original EP on the San Francisco label since last year’s breakout “Static.” Claude VonStroke & the Dirtybird Crew Talk New Members, Partying in Miami: Watch The release’s title track, …

  9. Tony Awards: 10 Things Seen and Heard on the Radio City Red Carpet

    June 08, 2014 11:37 PM EDT "Musical theater is not dead," declared "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" co-writer Steven Lutvak -- just one of the Broadway luminaries who spoke to Billboard at the star-studded event. Sunday's Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, was a…

  10. Bon Jovi Banned in Buffalo Over Bills Buyout Rumors

    June 07, 2014 6:40 PM EDT BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Livin' on a prayer isn't part of the plan for Buffalo Bills fans. Not content to sit back and hope for the best as their beloved NFL team is sold, they are doing everything they can to influence the next owner to keep the franchise in Buffalo. Jon Bon Jovi…

  11. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  12. CODE Picks of the Week: Porter Robinson, deadmau5 & More

    June 06, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Porter Robinson ft. Urban Cone, "Lionhearted" [Astralwerks] Showcasing his most danceable “Worlds” offering to date, Porter Robinson…

  13. CODE First Play: Gold Top ft. Soulja Boy, 'Gold Like This'

    June 06, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Attention trap music: Soulja Boy is now in the building. The Atlanta rapper’s dance music debut comes courtesy of a catchy collaboration with Southampton trap producer Gold Top. Soulja Boy has never shied away from showing off his wealth, and “Gold Like This” aptly finds the 23-year…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: Crookers

    June 05, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With the recent release of his “Able to Maximize” remix package and a forthcoming full-length album later this year, Crookers has been especially busy as of late. CODE checked in with the Italian DJ/producer this week to hear what he’s been bumping in his headphones. Here are the eclectic…

  15. 2014's Most Anticipated Dance Festival: Whose Lineup is Most Exciting? (Poll)

    June 04, 2014 2:28 PM EDT With Mysteryland USA, Movement and EDC New York in the books, summer festival season is officially upon us. Following EDC Las Vegas' lineup announcement last week, CODE takes a peek at some of the most highly anticipated upcoming festivals and offers you an opportunity to pick which…

  16. Shawn Mendes, Vine Superstar, Signs with Island Records: Exclusive

    June 04, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sensing an opportunity, the Toronto 15-year-old,…

  17. American Authors Look to Add 'Ryan Tedder Touch' to Next Album

    June 03, 2014 2:45 PM EDT This past weekend's KROQ Weenie Roast marked a milestone for up and coming New York-based pop/rockers American Authors. "We just moved to a tour bus. We've known each other and we've been playing music together for seven years. We all live in the same small apartment back…

  18. Mariah Carey's 25 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 03, 2014 12:46 PM EDT "It's the soundtrack to my life, as well." That's how Mariah Carey responded to Matt Lauer's question on Saturday night's (May 31) NBC special "Mariah Carey at Home in Concert," after he praised her by noting that her music has been a constant in…

  19. Soundgarden Rocks 'Superunknown' Club Show in New York (Review)

    June 03, 2014 12:18 PM EDT "We're from Seattle," Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said as he led the band through its classic 1994 album "Superunknown" at New York's Webster Hall on Monday (June 2), "It's black even in f**king July." The sold-out crowd erupted into the…

  20. Pete Wentz Q&A: On New Fall Out Boy Songs, State of Music & Favorite Child Actors

    June 02, 2014 5:12 PM EDT We are backstage at KROQ Weenie Roast when we catch up with Fall Out Boy 's Pete Wentz. Having known him for years the conversation starts very casually, "What is new?" "Same old same old," he says. But that is definitely not the case, as Wentz, who was just working…

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