1. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  2. What Brooklyn Girls Really Think of 'Brooklyn Girls'

    July 17, 2014 5:12 PM EDT We asked real-life Brooklyn ladies what they thought of the 'Brooklyn Girls' video Internet infamy officially achieved, Catey Shaw. Yesterday, Catey Shaw's video for her song "Brooklyn Girls," went viral, a mere two days after she posted it on YouTube. The video was…

  3. Governors Ball 2014: Foster The People Get Their 'Kicks' (Video)

    June 09, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Foster & co. rock the big stage with a little help from Capital Cities' Spencer Ludwig. Oh, what “Pumped Up Kicks” hath wrought. Foster the People played the big stage at Governor’s Ball last night (June 8), packing in a crowd who was mostly there to hear one song. But Mark Foster…

  4. Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top 3

    May 15, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Wednesday night's 500th episode of American Idol has plenty to celebrate: Harry Connick, Jr. has confirmed that he will be back for the show's fourteenth season. "I have had a blast,” he said of his experience so far. Although he could not speak for fellow judges Jennifer Lopez…

  5. How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family & Fellow Musicians Reacted to His Death: 20 Quotes

    April 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Twenty years later, the April 5, 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain still resonates as one of the most unforgettably scarring days for multiple generations. In the wake of his death, his mother, wife, bandmates, friends, and peers spoke out about the tragedy, expressing the raw emotions of people…

  6. Jamaica’s I-Octanes Debuts Video for 'A Yah Wi Deh,' Featuring Ky-Mani Marley: Watch

    April 05, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Throughout his nearly decade-long recording career, which accelerated into high gear in 2010, Jamaican sing-jay I-Octane has amassed a hit-filled catalog rife with vigorous dancehall anthems recorded on the latest digitized rhythms, as well as some of contemporary roots reggae’s most…

  7. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  8. The Hold Steady Discuss New LP 'Teeth Dreams,' A Decade in Rock

    March 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "I just want to keep playing shows and making records… As long as people are showing up and having a good time, I want to keep doing it." The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is a 42-year old native Minnesotan who grew up on the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, so he's been privy to…

  9. Madonna Introduces Pussy Riot at Amnesty Concert; Lauryn Hill, Yoko Ono, Flaming Lips Perform at Benefit in Brooklyn

    February 06, 2014 10:48 AM EST "The truth will always win. Even if it dies in battle." Two freed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot brought International clout and an intense message of hope and struggle to Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert Wednesday at Brooklyn's…

  10. Green Day's 'Dookie' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 01, 2014 2:20 PM EST Quick histories of punk rock often highlight the immortal class of 1977 (Pistols, Clash, Ramones) and then jump to the crossover success of Nirvana and Green Day in the 90s. That's entirely misleading, overlooking an multitude of amazing punk and post-punk albums in between, but…

  11. The Hold Steady Announce New Label, Album, 10th Anniversary Shows

    January 08, 2014 11:55 AM EST The Hold Steady have a new -- brand-new -- home. Razor & Tie has announced the launch of a new imprint, Washington Square, which will make its label debut with the sixth full-length of the much-loved bar-band-with-brains, "Teeth Dreams," to be released March 25th. “We are huge…

  12. Dylan Fest Set for New York and San Francisco

    October 24, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Dhani Harrison and Jason Isbell lead lineup of performers The folk music charity festival Dylan Fest has announced plans for a 13th consecutive New York showing, as well as its first ever stop in San Francisco. On Nov. 11 and 12, Dylan Fest will take on New…

  13. Ellie Goulding, 'Burn' (Magic Man Remix): Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 21, 2013 5:00 PM EDT There is no question that Ellie Goulding’s best asset is also her most unique: a delicate starlight soprano that she is able to exert incredible control over even in the tightest of vocal turns. It’s Goulding’s voice (and perhaps that captivating blonde mane) that makes her a star in today…

  14. Maroon 5 Rocks Jones Beach: 10 Reasons You Should Have Been There

    August 12, 2013 12:15 PM EDT That, “Oh, I remember this!” feeling is an odd one to have when Maroon 5 plays. Well, that is until you realize that they’re more than a decade into their tenure as pop’s music’s most consistent group. So when the opening chords from cuts on their 2002 debut album “Songs About Jane” rang…

  15. Man Band Takeover: Exploring New Albums From Backstreet Boys, NKOTB, 98 Degrees & Hanson

    August 02, 2013 2:48 PM EDT All four once-inescapable groups have released new albums this year. Which ones are worth a listen? It's been just another ordinary week for the biggest boy band in the world, One Direction: the quintet scored its best Hot 100 rank ever this week when new single "Best Song Ever…

  16. Mysto & Pizzi: A Billboard Q&A with the Production Duo Making Waves on YouTube

    July 24, 2013 11:50 AM EDT The upstart DJ/producer duo share the secrets to their growing success. Native New Yorkers Mysto & Pizzi are making a name for themselves by sharing their studio secrets and making some key remixes for stars like Justin Timberlake, Tiësto and Kanye West. The prolific pair has produced…

  17. Vampire Weekend, 'Modern Vampires of the City': Track-by-Track Review

    May 08, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Rewind to early 2007 --when Vampire Weekend first popped up on indie rock fans' radar at the end of that year, the idea of a band breaking via blog coverage was still a novel concept. Since then, championing the ever-fickle blogosphere has become a virtual requirement in the…

  18. Jurassic 5 Talks Reunion, Doc Plans Backstage At Coachella

    April 13, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Six years after Jurassic 5 broke up in 2007, what once seemed impossible has now happened: the hip-hop group is back in action. Last night (April 12), a sea of thousands at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. watched as the group took the stage for their first…

  19. The Hold Steady 'Figuring Out' New Album, Unveiling New Lineup on Record Store Day Single

    April 10, 2013 9:00 AM EDT The indie rock act says it has "almost too much material to choose from" for its next full-length. This year’s Record Store Day is April 20th, and if you’re a fan of The Hold Steady, then you should definitely partake. Billboard recently caught up with guitarist Tad Kubler, who…

  20. Tyler, the Creator, 'Wolf': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2013 10:48 AM EDT When Tyler, the Creator first emerged as the mouthpiece of Odd Future, his growl was layered. Most people experienced his projects in the reverse order, starting with the audacious "Goblin" (2011), before realizing 2009's "Bastard" kicked off Tyler's…

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