1. Lou Reed's Widow Pens Tribute to Late Husband

    October 31, 2013 8:13 PM EDT Plenty of Lou Reed tributes have surfaced since the icon's death Sunday (Oct. 27), but none may be as moving as the letter penned by Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson. In a piece published in the East Hampton Star newspaper on Long Island, Anderson recalls Reed's last days,…

  2. The Band Perry Hitches Its Wagon to Europe

    October 31, 2013 10:15 AM EDT When the bulk of the Band Perry's American fan base is sitting down to turkey dinners in late November, giving thanks for the good fortune that's already arrived, the Perrys will be somewhere in Europe on a mission to build their future. The We Are Pioneers tour kicks off in…

  3. Lou Reed Remembered by Blondie's Debbie Harry & Chris Stein: 'His Hypnotic Voice Will Live Forever'

    October 28, 2013 4:00 PM EDT As members of the pioneering downtown New York City band Blondie, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were part of the ‘70s punk movement that owed a substantial debt to Lou Reed and his cohorts in the Velvet Underground, as well as Lou's groundbreaking, early solo work. Harry and…

  4. Lady Gaga, Ex-Assistant Lawsuit Ends in Settlement

    October 21, 2013 7:32 PM EDT Lady Gaga and a former personal assistant who sued her won't face off in a New York trial next month after settling their differences. The settlement in a lawsuit brought by Jennifer O'Neill was revealed Monday in a court order dismissing the case. O'Neill had claimed the…

  5. Kelly Clarkson Sees 'Red': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 18, 2013 11:30 AM EDT For Clarkson, making a Christmas album was a chance to defy genre limitations and just be herself This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. Cradling a cherry red guitar and decked in a tartan plaid dress, poinsettia jacket and matching studded,…

  6. PSY & Steven Tyler Record Collaboration

    October 16, 2013 8:53 PM EDT "Aerosmith were my lifetime role models and now I'm collaborating with Steven Tyler. What the fuck, man?," the K-pop phenom told Italy's L'Uomo Vogue In what may be the most unexpected, and possibly most epic, East meets West collaboration yet, PSY revealed to…

  7. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  8. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

  9. Simple Minds Ready for Rare U.S. Trek, Jim Kerr Says Band's in 'Tremendous Form'

    October 16, 2013 4:09 AM EDT “Eleven years? That’s an embarrassing gap.” So says Jim Kerr, lead singer and mainstay of Scotland’s Simple Minds of the group’s lengthy absence from North American shores. Following the March release of hits compilation "Celebrate," the band, which for the past couple of decades…

  10. Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt': Track-By-Track Review With Band Commentary

    October 14, 2013 10:06 PM EDT A song-by-song look at PJ's new album with commentary from guitarists Stone Gossard & Mike McCready on many songs. It's been four years since Pearl Jam's last studio album, but the band's inspired new effort "Lightning Bolt" (out Oct. 15 on Monkeywrench…

  11. The Wanted Turns Serious in 'Show Me Love (America)' Video: Watch

    October 14, 2013 5:50 PM EDT The Wanted boys are no strangers to fun -- remember when they were "Chasing The Sun," or informing us that they are glad we came to their party on "Glad You Came"? However, the vocal group is smile-free in its new music video for "Show Me Love (America)," a…

  12. Jeff Beck Exploring Middle East on Next Album, Talks Stalled Rod Stewart Project

    October 11, 2013 2:30 PM EDT The legendary guitarist, currently on the road with Brian Wilson, talks next album and offers a sharp assessment of Stewart: "He prefers (soccer), and maybe that's the problem. I'm not holding my breath" Noting that he "could easily do a rock album, but so could a…

  13. Amos Lee on Crafting 'Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song'

    October 10, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Amos Lee enjoys the recording process. The respected singer-songwriter explains it's a place where one never knows what can happen creatively. "I enjoy the unplanned things that happen in the studio," he said. "The shapes that things take, the manipulation of sounds --…

  14. The Rascals Q&A: On Returning to Broadway and the Genius of Steven Van Zandt

    October 09, 2013 2:30 PM EDT An announcement is expected soon that the Rascals will return to Broadway with their "Once Upon a Dream" show for a three-week run beginning Dec. 16. Before they do shows at the Marriott Marquis Theater, however, the four original members will be finishing up their first North…

  15. Imagine Dragons Announces 'Into The Night' 2014 Tour

    October 07, 2013 1:02 PM EDT Imagine Dragons will follow their massively successful 2013 with an arena headlining tour in early 2014, before returning to the studio to start work on its sophomore album. Dubbed the Into The Night tour, the North American run will kick off on Feb. 8, 2014 in Boise. The Naked and Famous…

  16. ACL 2013 Weekend One Roundup: Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Thom Yorke and More Rock Austin

    October 07, 2013 11:57 AM EDT For the first time in its 12-year history Austin’s Austin City Limits Music festival spans two weekends. The change not only accommodates the “Live Music Capital of the World” recently becoming the fastest-growing city in the country , but represents the capital of the Lone Star State…

  17. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor': What We Learned From An Early Listen

    October 03, 2013 10:20 AM EDT I'll admit, when I first watched Arcade Fire's performance on "Saturday Night Live"  last weekend, I was a little concerned. As good as the songs were, something about the new theatrics and imagery -- Win's Nightwing eye makeup, the band's suits festooned with…

  18. Drunken Tiger, Yoon Mi Rae & Bizzy to Spread Korean Hip-Hop in California This Fall

    October 01, 2013 7:40 PM EDT The K-pop veterans will hit Pasadena in November. Korean hip-hop veterans Drunken Tiger, Yoon Mi Rae and Bizzy will perform in Pasadena, Calif., on Nov. 16 as part of the finale for "Kollaboration Star," a nationwide Asian-American talent competition. The longtime collaborators…

  19. Amazon Adventure: A Singer-Songwriter's Account Of Teaching … And Learning

    October 01, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Last year, Chart Beat spotlighted New York-based singer-songwriter Sarah J as she recapped the process, step by step, of what it's like to audition for NBC's "The Voice." This summer, Sarah undertook a different kind of mission: teaching music and more in the Amazon.…

  20. The Temper Trap's Guitarist Leaves Group

    October 01, 2013 1:02 AM EDT The Temper Trap has lost a guitarist. The Australian alternative rockers have waved goodbye to Lorenzo Sillitto, who had played guitar and toured with the group since 2006. Sillitto’s handiwork can be heard on the TTT’s two albums “Conditions” (Liberation/Glassnote/Columbia) and "The…

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