1. Aerosmith May Self-Release Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:30 AM EDT With the upcoming "Music From Another Dimension" marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with reporters on Thursday whether the band would…

  2. Bob Birch of Elton John's Band Dead in Apparent Suicide

    August 15, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Elton John "devastated and shocked" ... "In all our years on the road he never played or sang a bad note" Bob Birch, a bass player and prolific session sideman best known as a long-time member of Elton John's band, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide at his home in…

  3. Johnny Winter Eying All-Star Guitarists for 'Roots' Sequel

    August 03, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Johnny Winter plans on staying true to his "Roots" for his next album. After scoring raves for last year's "Roots" albums, which featured 11 blues staples recorded with guests such as Winter's younger brother Edgar along with Derek Trucks, Blues Traveler's…

  4. Who Has 'Dylan Goes Electric' Guitar? Icon, PBS Disagree

    July 12, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Watch Bob Dylan's game-changing opening number at Newport: "Maggie's Farm" Bob Dylan and historians at PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that the singer plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, quite possibly the most historic single…

  5. Watch: The Making of Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Live From the Underground' Album

    June 14, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Last Tuesday (June 5) was the day Big K.R.I.T. has been anticipating. The rapper/producer released his debut album, "Live From the Underground" after intricately lacing the debut album for two years. On the exclusive documentary above, directed by Steve-Ography and edited by Slick…

  6. 'Tapestry' Photographer Jim McCrary Dies

    May 07, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Jim McCrary, who was behind the camera for hundreds of album covers including Carole King's iconic "Tapestry," but who soured on rock photography following an encounter with a young Michael Jackson, died last month at age 72. His niece Colleen Pollard told the LA Times that…

  7. Obama Sings 'Sweet Home Chicago': Video

    February 21, 2012 11:10 PM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion at the White House. In what appears to be the…

  8. Mick Jagger, B.B. King Ready to Sing Blues for Obama

    February 21, 2012 7:55 PM EST Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck are teaming up with musical up-and-comers at the White House to celebrate the blues. Jagger tweeted that President Barack Obama popped in during a rehearsal for Tuesday's A-list concert and "seemed really relaxed and happy!" Grammy-winner…

  9. Paul McCartney Gets Tribute Album, Walk of Fame Star

    February 09, 2012 7:38 PM EST Prepare for Paul McCartney mania in 2012 as the beloved Beatle turns 70 in June. On deck much sooner: a new solo album, "Kisses on the Bottom," released Feb. 7 by Hear Music/Concord, as well as a fully endorsed tribute record featuring covers of classic compositions from Sir Paul&…

  10. Keb' Mo' Already Plotting Next Album

    January 13, 2012 6:15 PM EST After a five-year gap between his last studio albums, Keb' Mo' plans to follow up last year's Grammy Award-nominated "The Reflection" in comparatively short order. "I want to get right on it," Mo' (real name: Kevin Moore) tells Billboard.com. "I…

  11. Not Happening: Any Outdoor Concert in Mean Irene's Path

    August 26, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Hurricane Irene is wreaking havoc on just about every musical happening up and down the East Coast this weekend, including a Dave Matthews Band concert festival -- the DMB Caravan -- on Governor's Island in NYC, which canceled its Saturday and Sunday events. Jazz fans are out of luck now…

  12. John Hiatt Finally Records His 10-Year-Old Song About 9/11

    August 01, 2011 8:00 PM EDT John Hiatt 's artistic life this year has been marked by two of America's great 21st-century tragedies: the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. In May, his performance of his song "Feels Like Rain" at the New Orleans House of Blues appeared in an episode of HBO's …

  13. Steve Cropper Taps B.B. King, Steve Winwood for 5 Royales Tribute Album

    June 30, 2011 3:38 PM EDT Steve Winwood , B.B. King , Sharon Jones , Bettye LaVette and Lucinda Williams are among the artists assisting guitarist Steve Cropper in his salute to the pre-rock 'n' roll band that has had a lasting effect on his career, the 5 Royales . Cropper, whose guitar playing, songwriting…

  14. U2 Rock Glastonbury Despite Tax Protesters: Video

    June 25, 2011 11:55 AM EDT Irish rockers U2 pulled it off with their Glastonbury music festival debut, critics said on Saturday, but the fallout from a protest over the band's tax status continued to rumble. Bono and co. raced through U2 classics like "Mysterious Ways," "Where the Streets Have No…

  15. 'The Voice': Vicci Martinez Does Florence & the Machine Proud, Plus 7 More Highlights

    June 22, 2011 1:00 PM EDT With just one week left before its inaugural season finale, "The Voice" whittled down its contestant pool to eight semi-finalists who rocked judges/coaches Christina Aguilera , Cee Lo Green , Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's worlds. Though Levine's indirect swipe at Adam…

  16. Brian Wilson, The Roots, Chaka Khan Get Jazzy For Inaugural Blue Note Fest

    June 08, 2011 8:00 AM EDT With an already fantastic start featuring performances from Bobby McFerrin , George Porter Jr . and more, the first annual Blue Note Jazz Festival will continue with its wide-ranging lineup at NYC clubs through June 30. In addition to collaborating with an array of venues to showcase acts…

  17. Dave Stewart Finds Inspiration in Nashville, Reese Witherspoon on 'Blackbird Diaries'

    May 28, 2011 8:00 AM EDT From his legendary work with Eurythmics to his recent collaboration with Stevie Nicks on her latest album, "In Your Dreams," Dave Stewart has had a reputation for capturing magic in the studio. He does it again on his new album, "The Blackbird Diaries," due Aug. 23 on…

  18. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nutini, Mayer Hawthorne, Lisa Kekaula of the…

  19. Johnny Winter Taps All-Star Lineup for 'Roots' Album

    April 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It should be no surprise that Johnny Winter 's next album finds him playing the blues. But on "Roots," due out later this year, he's playing other people's blues. The veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader's first studio album in more than seven years finds him…

  20. App Developers = Tomorrow's Rock Stars

    March 31, 2011 1:00 PM EDT About two years ago, Miso Media CEO Aviv Grill received a phone call that changed the course of his three-person iPhone/iPad development company. It was from the parents of co-founder/chief technology officer Ryan Tsukamoto. They were in Japan on vacation, but Tsukamoto was spending the…

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