1. Say Anything Unleash Early Rarities, Gritty Warts and All

    January 23, 2013 7:00 PM EST "The idea that we have this kind of semi-embarrassing material, that just makes us more interesting" At the outset of 2012, Say Anything bandleader Max Bemis was thrilled to release "Anarchy, My Dear," one of the least noisy albums his band had ever crafted. A year later,…

  2. Bad Religion's 'True North' Q&A: 'We're Still Creating Our Legacy'

    January 14, 2013 2:00 AM EST Bad Religion dutifully celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2010, then immediately continued being a pioneering punk rock fixture. Their sixteenth studioi album, "True North," drops Jan. 22 on Epitaph Records, the label owned by guitarist and founding member Brett Gurewitz. The LP…

  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Crash Radio With 'Thrift Shop'

    January 08, 2013 12:25 PM EST Macklemore and his producer partner Ryan Lewis call their own shots. During the past year, the Seattle-based hip-hop duo independently skyrocketed to fame on the strength of rigorous touring, social-media savvy and word-of-mouth marketing, all without major-label aid. Upon releasing their…

  4. 615 Spotlight: The Lone Bellow

    December 19, 2012 1:30 PM EST Meet the Brooklyn Band With a 'Wall of Voices' This week, you can consider the 615 Spotlight a preview of an act who just might be one of the "Next Big Things" for 2013 -- The Lone Bellow. A trio consisting of lead singer Zach Williams, mandolin player Kanene Pipkin, and…

  5. Zach Sobiech's 'Clouds': Terminally Ill Teen's Heartbreaking Song

    December 14, 2012 2:30 PM EST   "When faced with months to live, how do you say goodbye?" Like so many other terminally ill cancer patients before him, Zach Sobiech turned to music. Though in this instance, the 17-year-old musician from Lakeland, Minn. is facing his situation with a touching song, titled "…

  6. 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief: Musicians React on Twitter

    December 13, 2012 1:05 AM EST Thousands of fans packed into New York City's Madison Square Garden Wednesday night at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, where an A-list line-up of stars rotated on and off the stage for a solid five hours. The concert, broadcast online and on televisions across the world, was…

  7. Bacon Brothers Q&A: Getting the Band Back Together

    November 20, 2012 6:00 PM EST "I don't create the movies I'm in," Kevin says. "When it comes to music, it's my clothes, it's my guitar, it's my voice, it's my song" The Bacon Brothers are better known for pursuits other than their existence as a band. Kevin, the star of…

  8. Is L.A. Reid Looking to Sign Macklemore to Epic Records?

    November 05, 2012 2:35 PM EST Hours after Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ' "The Heist" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid was on a plane to Montana to catch the rappers' show. Is the music industry veteran and "X-Factor" judge looking to sign the…

  9. True Blood's Janina Gavankar: Exclusive Video Premiere

    October 26, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Singer-Actress Talks 'Waiting for Godot,' Her 'Strange' Version of a Frank Ocean Song & Her Upcoming EP As anyone who encountered Janina Gavankar 's rework of Kanye West 's "Love Lockdown" a couple years ago knows, the actress is as much a…

  10. Crosby, Stills & Nash Rewind to 1969 in Tour Closer

    October 23, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Monday's finale to Crosby, Stills & Nash 's international 80-date tour may have been one of the more memorable gigs of the group's career. Concluding a string of five nights at New York City's Beacon Theatre, the trio hearkened to 1969, showcasing the first-ever…

  11. CMJ 2012: 10 Acts to Watch

    October 16, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Ghostface Killah, The Walkmen and Kimbra are just three of the can't-miss acts playing this year's CMJ Music Marathon. The 2012 CMJ Music Marathon kicks off on today (October 16), with hundreds of bands descending upon New York for five days of potentially head-turning…

  12. Macklemore & Reps Talk 'The Heist' Debut & DIY Marketing Plan

    October 10, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Seattle rapper Macklemore has finally arrived. After releasing his debut EP, "Open Your Eyes," in 2000 (as Professor Macklemore) and his first solo full-length, "The Language of My World," in 2005, and then taking a hiatus to battle his addiction to drugs and alcohol,…

  13. 'Glee Recap: Makeovers, Sexy Dances and Sarah Jessica Parker

    September 28, 2012 8:45 AM EDT This week it's all about makeovers on "Glee," the forced kind as well as the transformations that come with age, experience and wisdom. On the surface, Sam and Brittany need to be made over to run for student council, Rachel needs to ditch her Ohio duds and get New York-ified -…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Herrick Try a 'New Dance'

    September 19, 2012 6:00 PM EDT There's an old saying that if at first you don't succeed, try try again. The members of the rising group Herrick took that old saying to heart, going back and re-cutting parts of their current album "New Dance" several times before arriving at the final result. Lead singer…

  15. Darren Criss Q&A: On Madonna, Memes + 'Glee' Break-Up Song

    September 07, 2012 11:40 AM EDT We caught up with the "Glee" star at Fashion's Night Out Darren Criss may have shared his signing table with fashion icon Anna Wintour Thursday at Fashion's Night Out, but the fans who lined the streets all day were decidedly there for the "Glee" star first and…

  16. 'Glee' Season 4 to Cover Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons

    September 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT With "Glee" returning next week, the Fox dramedy offered loyal fans a first listen to the music from its fourth season premiere via Facebook on Wednesday. In addition to the previously reported cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the "Glee" gang…

  17. Field Report: Exclusive First Listen

    September 04, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Chris Porterfield talks debut album: "It's sort of a snapshot of two or three years of my life" Fall is almost upon us, and Field Report has the exact soundtrack for you. The artfully crafted self-titled debut album from Wisconsin's Chris Porterfield…

  18. California Wives, 'Art History': Exclusive First Listen

    August 30, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Band Talks Debut Album (Out Sept. 4): "I hope it's going to change and grow with you as you get older" California Wives have a total red herring for a moniker. "Our name is like a symbol," vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Jayson Kramer tells Billboard. "When…

  19. Field Report Find 'Good Place' on Debut

    August 29, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Come for the Bon Iver connection; Stay for the layered, gentle songs about death, self-sabotage and redemption If you were to follow the thread of Field Report's name and ask what findings the band's first album reveals, the answer would be this: "Disappointment, and family and…

  20. High Highs' 'Once Around The House': Exclusive First Listen

    August 08, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Brooklyn's High Highs are almost ready for their new album to leave the house. "Once Around the House" is the lead single from the indie band's full-length debut, due in January 2013. It's only the sixth-ever song released by the Australia-turned-NYC act, following…

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