1. Maps & Atlases Carve 'Potent' Path With 'Beware and Be Grateful'

    April 26, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Maps & Atlases had been wandering a lot. They'd been touring -- traveling the U.S., going venue to venue -- and then roaming their home base of Chicago when the tours wrapped. And closing in on a decade of creating celebrated technical rock together, the band-mates were still stuck…

  2. Death Grips Talk Epic Record Deal & New Music

    April 23, 2012 1:30 PM EDT When noise-rap trio Death Grips informally met with Epic Records executives Antonio "L.A." Reid, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Angelica Cob-Baehler in October 2011, it didn't expect to leave the meeting signed to the label. The Sacramento, Calif., band, which…

  3. Train Tries To Follow A Massive Hit - Again - on 'California 37'

    April 06, 2012 3:10 PM EDT In 2009, the members of Train thought the band might have run out of road. Its third album, "For Me, It's You," released by Columbia in 2006, had failed to live up to expectations. Its breakout, multiplatinum debut, "Drops of Jupiter," was eight years in the rearview,…

  4. Gathering of the Vibes: A Grateful Dead Fan's Dream (Almost)

    April 02, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Surviving Members to Perform, Separately... Also on Tap at July Festival: Avett Brothers, Primus, Bruce Hornsby The surviving four members of the Grateful Dead -- with their solo projects -- will join the Avett Brothers, Primus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Steel Pulse, Sound Tribe Sector 9 and others…

  5. Shinedown Get Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger on 'Amaryllis'

    March 23, 2012 4:00 PM EDT How do you follow up a hit? Or, rather, how do you follow up an album that spawned six No. 1 singles and spent 120 consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200? For Shinedown , whose third album, 2008's "The Sound of Madness," achieved that exact success, the best method was to just…

  6. Say Anything's 'Anarchy, My Dear': Exclusive First Listen

    March 06, 2012 10:45 AM EST After a quick spin through the major label life, Say Anything are set to replant their flag in the wild barrens of indie-punk on March 13. Until then, we've got an exclusive streaming premiere of the band's Equal Vision debut here, a week early. "Anarchy, My Dear" is 49…

  7. Track Review: Train, 'Drive By'

    February 18, 2012 10:00 AM EST TRAIN "Drive By" (3:16) Producers: Espionage and Butch Waler Writers: Pat Monahan, Espen Lind and Amund Bjorkland Publishers: Ptimon Music/EMI April Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Stellar Songs Ltd., EMI Music Publishing Ltd. Columbia If at first you succeed -- why not try again? For the…

  8. Say Anything: 'This Record Is About Rebellion'

    February 15, 2012 2:15 PM EST Frontman Max Bemis Talks Indie Label Shift, Upcoming Tour & Having a 'Clear Head' These Days Loudness is cool. It's also distracting, says Say Anything frontman Max Bemis. Which is why the guiding principle heading into the band's first release since leaving Sony'…

  9. Sharon Van Etten Sings Her Sorrow With Help From The National on 'Tramp'

    February 07, 2012 9:00 AM EST Before Sharon Van Etten became your favorite band's favorite singer, before she recorded three deeply personal, haunting albums and definitely before she played "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," her best reason for playing music was just getting out of her parents' New…

  10. Macy Gray Has Metallica, Kanye 'Covered'

    February 01, 2012 10:40 PM EST For Next Album, Out March 27, Singer Tackles Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Chemical Romance & Arcade Fire Macy Gray is going the interpretive route for her next album, covering songs by the likes of Kanye West, Metallica and Radiohead. Produced by Hal Willner, 429 Records will release Gray's …

  11. Track Review: Shinedown, 'Bully'

    January 31, 2012 8:30 AM EST SHINEDOWN Bully (4:01) Producer: Rob Cavallo Writers: Brent Smith, David Bassett, Zach Myers Publishers: Driven By Music/ EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Curse Of Zach Music (BMI)/EMI April Music o/b/o itself and Bassett Songs (ASCAP) Atlantic Records "Seems I've crossed the line again,…

  12. 'Glee' Recap: The One With Synchronized Swimming In It

    January 18, 2012 8:15 AM EST We return from "Glee's" winter hiatus and .... yeah. It was an episode, and the music was fine and things happened in the plot, but there really wasn't much to get excited about in "Yes/No" since we pretty much knew the answer to the big proposal question, at…

  13. The 8 Coolest Things at CES For Music Fans

    January 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot, to DJ sets from Will.i.am and Tiesto. From…

  14. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap," co-directed by Andy…

  15. Everlast's Latest Packs a Punch: 'I'm Waiting on That Change, Too'

    October 17, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Everlast has nothing to hide. Literally. As the 42-year-old Grammy Award-winning rapper/singer born Erik Schrody in Valley Stream, N.Y., sips a cocktail at a SoHo cafe on a recent afternoon in New York, gray hairs cover his stout face and he's clearly comfortable in his own tatted-up,…

  16. Beirut's Zach Condon on 'Rip Tide': 'I Was Trying to Write a Pop Album'

    August 26, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Zach Condon, the songwriter and mastermind behind Beirut , may be just as famous for his music as for the cultures that have influenced it. Beirut's debut, 2006's "Gulag Orkestar," played like an old-world village party in the Balkans. Follow-up "The Flying Cup Club…

  17. Billboard Bits: Jon Stewart to Host Nirvana Special, Trace Cyrus & Brenda Song Expecting

    August 25, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jon Stewart To Hold Nirvana Special With Remaining Members on SiriusXM In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's "Nevermind," comedian and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart will…

  18. The Dude Abides: Jeff Bridges Delivers a Self-Titled Album

    August 12, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is receiving the kind of exposure for his new, self-titled album that Otis "Bad" Blake would probably kill for. This month, Bridges is booked to perform on "Today," "Live! With Regis and Kelly," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "NPR&…

  19. Jay-Z Tops Forbes Hip-Hop Rich List Yet Again

    August 10, 2011 9:47 AM EDT With all the news about his brand-new collaboration with Kanye West , "Watch the Throne," we almost overlooked the fact that Jay-Z topped the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash King list yet again. His take over the past 12 months? $37 million. 'Watch the Throne' Now Projected to Top 500…

  20. Disney Announces 'Next Big Thing' Contestants

    July 26, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Radio Disney and Disney Channel have selected three teen pop singers, a country vocalists and a band to compete in the channel's fourth annual "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) contest. Having launched the careers of Hollywood Records' Allstar Weekend and Kicking Daisies, a teen…

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