1. Odd Future's 'Loiter Squad' Returning for Season 2

    May 17, 2012 9:56 PM EDT Odd Future 's television team effort is coming back for a second season. Adult Swim has renewed the hip-hop collective's prank-driven live-action show, "Loiter Squad," according to Pitchfork . The sketch comedy premiered in March and has aired eight 15-minute episodes. Its…

  2. Doug Dillard, Banjo Great Who Crossed Genres, Dies at 75

    May 17, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The bluegrass, folk and country rock worlds are in mourning today with the death of banjo player Doug Dillard at the age of 75. A spokesman told AOL's country blog, The Boot , that Dillard died Wednesday in Nashville following a lengthy illness. Along with his brother Rodney, the…

  3. Chuck Brown, 'Godfather of Go-Go,' Dies at 75

    May 16, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Chuck Brown, an icon of Washington, D.C.'s funk music scene, died at the age of 75 on Wednesday (May 16). The Washington Post reports that Brown's manager has confirmed the death of the singer/guitarist, which followed a battle with pneumonia. Brown is widely credited with creating…

  4. Plowboy Records Launches to Honor Eddy Arnold, American Music

    May 15, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Were he still living, today would have been Eddy Arnold's 94th birthday. Though the singer passed away in May 2008, there is still a huge reason for celebration, with the announcement of the opening of Plowboy Records. Launched to celebrate and nurture the legacy of the original "…

  5. Lee Ann Womack to Premiere First New Music in Four Years

    May 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Will Preview Songs From Upcoming Album, Tentatively Titled 'The Way I'm Living,' on May 26 It has been close to four years since Lee Ann Womack has released new music, and her fans -- which includes such superstars as George Strait and Alan Jackson -- are getting just a little…

  6. Earl Sweatshirt Launching Columbia Imprint, Planning Future Albums

    May 02, 2012 8:56 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt is coming back with a bang. After spending time at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa as his music was going viral back home, the Odd Future collective member has signed a label deal and has several projects planned. According to the New York Times , the MC will have his own…

  7. 'Once' Leads Tony Nominations, 'Spider-Man' Musical Snubbed

    May 01, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The low-tech musical "Once," based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, got a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, proving sentiment can sway nominators just as much as special effects. Two other musicals - "The Gershwins'…

  8. Appreciation: The Miracle of Levon Helm

    April 20, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Some concerts stick with you when you wonder if it's the last time you'll ever see a particular performer. Levon Helm was a mystery that way. He took his place behind the drums positioned downstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2010, the audience clearly relieved…

  9. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  10. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 01, 2012 11:55 PM EDT The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple of surprises. Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum repeated wins in the Entertainer, Female Vocalist, and Vocal Group of the…

  11. Steve Martin Q&A: On Earl Scruggs, Bluegrass & Comedy

    March 30, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Says Upcoming Tour Is 'Sort of 60% Music, 40% Comedy' At the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, Rascal Flatts will be joined by a special guest on banjo -- the actor, comedian and respected musician -- Steve Martin . The 66-year-old will be touring this summer with the Steep…

  12. Album Review: Justin Townes Earle, 'Nothing's Gonna Change...'

    March 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Justin Townes Earle Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now Producers: Justin Townes Earle, Skylar Wilson Bloodshot Records Release Date: March 26 Justin Townes Earle has always put a lot of soul into his music (when Steve Earle's your dad, can you do otherwise?), but…

  13. Banjo Man: Remembering Earl Scruggs

    March 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Chet Atkins played the guitar. Bob Wills played the fiddle. Earl Scruggs played the banjo, and did he ever. Scruggs, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88, revolutionized the way that the banjo was played, influencing countless musicians in the process. Born January 6, 1924 in Shelby, NC…

  14. Banjo Legend Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

    March 28, 2012 8:06 PM EDT Bluegrass and country legend Earl Scruggs died in a Nashville hospital on Wednesday. He was 88. According to The Associated Press, his son Gary said the musician died of natural causes. The banjo player was a bluegrass icon who brought his distinct three-finger style from its '50s and &…

  15. Web Trends: Whitney Houston's Autopsy Results

    March 23, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Google Trends: 
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  16. Earl Sweatshirt Returns To Odd Future at NYC Show

    March 21, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Earl has, at long last, been freed. Earl Sweatshirt, the long-MIA member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All , played his first concert alongside the rap collective since the group's mainstream ascent last year. Hours after conducting an interview with New York's Hot 97, the 18…

  17. Santigold Debuts 'Make Believe' Tracks at SXSW

    March 17, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Santigold remade South By Southwest into an eccentric dance party on Friday, turning the annual music conference and festival into a participatory event for some of her lucky fans. The delightfully uncategorizable singer from Brooklyn pulled 17 fans on stage and invited them to dance to her…

  18. Rolling Stones Honored at Carnegie Hall

    March 15, 2012 2:05 AM EDT Marianne Faithfull, Art Garfunkel, David Johansen and Peaches (Among Others) Spend the Night Together Glen Hansard of The Swell Season was more than halfway through his deconstructed version of the woman-suppressing "Under My Thumb" at the "Music of the Rolling Stones"…

  19. The Rolling Stones That Chased the Beatles Get a Carnegie Hall Tribute

    March 12, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Steve Earle Talks March 13th Concert, Where He'll Play the First Song He Ever Learned on Guitar The last time Steve Earle performed at a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall, he was standing 30 feet away from the man he was honoring. "I opened the show, playing 'Nebraska' with…

  20. Spotlight: The DanBerrys Won't Be Pinned

    February 29, 2012 5:30 PM EST Since the name of this blog is the 615, this week we are shining the light on a duo that marches to somewhat of a different drum beat - the DanBerrys. Comprised of husband and wife Ben and Dorothy DeBerry, the two have been creating quite a buzz within Music City as of late. Their debut EP…

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