1. Review: PJ Harvey's Live London Recording Session Offers Tantalizing Glimpse Into Off-Limits World

    February 10, 2015 6:43 PM EST As anyone who has ever spent time in a recording studio with an artist will tell you, the vast majority of the time, very little happens. Hours can fly by as a team of engineers painstakingly toy with different drum and microphone configurations. What feels like several days can pass as a…

  2. John Kuker, Founder of Seedy Underbelly Studio, Dead at 40

    February 04, 2015 8:43 PM EST John Kuker, who started the Seedy Underbelly recording studio in Minneapolis, died Monday in Los Angeles. According to the StarTribune , the cause of his death was a heart attack. Kuker was 40 years old. Kuker opened Seedy Underbelly in the mid '90s. Minnesota bands The Soviettes, Jonny…

  3. Marilyn Manson on His New Album 'The Pale Emperor': 'I Have Hellhounds on My Heels -- and This Record Is Payment'

    January 20, 2015 11:50 AM EST Courting controversy is nothing new for Marilyn Manson , who in 2014 had a recurring role as a white supremacist on the final season of FX series Sons of Anarchy . But ahead of his ninth LP, The Pale Emperor (out Jan. 20 on Loma Vista), the 46-year-old rocker found himself at the center…

  4. PJ Harvey's Album Recording Sessions Sold Out

    January 03, 2015 6:23 PM EST PJ Harvey is taking fans inside the making of her next album, the follow-up to 2011's Let England Shake . The two-time Mercury Prize winner will record the album inside a glass box structure which will be located inside London's Somerset House's New Wing. According to BBC…

  5. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  6. Banks Wants to Perform for Aliens and Other Inside Scoop

    November 21, 2014 5:35 PM EST Banks Opens Up Corpse Bride  director  Tim Burton  might want to take a meeting with  Banks . The Goddess singer-songwriter (born  Jillian Banks ), 26, tells Overheard that she and her best friend have written a number of short stories based upon a character they call “Inside-Out Girl”…

  7. Vagrant Records Bought by BMG Chrysalis

    November 17, 2014 11:58 AM EST In yet another move aimed at growing its catalog of recorded masters, BMG Chrysalis US has acquired indie rock label Vagrant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the deal, Vagrant co-founder Jon Cohen will become evp of recorded music and oversee records released through BMG&…

  8. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden

    November 10, 2014 6:04 PM EST While TV news pundits talk themselves red in the face about Edward Snowden and the ethics of his whistleblowing, a collection of genre-spanning musicians are teaming up to rally behind the exiled American. M.I.A. , Tom Morello , Moby , PJ Harvey , Thurston Moore and more signed a petition…

  9. PJ Harvey Covers Nick Cave for 'Overly American' BBC Show

    October 30, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Even with a name like Peaky Blinders , the BBC historical drama was getting accused of seeming “overly American.” So Flood , the show’s music producer, set out to fix that with some good ol’ British musical lore. PJ Harvey covering the Australian Nick Cave ? Well, at least he’s not American…

  10. Lorde Leaps Onto Radio With 'Yellow Flicker Beat'

    October 08, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The song from the 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' soundtrack makes the highest Alternative Songs bow by a female artist since 1995 Lorde logs the highest launch by a female artist on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart since 1995, as "Yellow Flicker Beat"…

  11. Why 1992 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for 1992 and 1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE In 1992, BMG and Columbia's music subscriptions were still in full…

  12. Why 1993 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we made a case for  1990  and  1991 . Today, it's time for  1992  and  1993 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Grunge had neither broken nor halted by the time 1993 rolled around,…

  13. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  14. Banks’ Gorgeously Gloomy Music Has Made Her a Breakout Star

    September 08, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Imagine the middle bit of a Venn diagram between socialite Olivia Palermo and 1990s model Bridget Hall -- if both were in mourning -- and you’d get breakout alt-pop star Banks . The 26-year-old singer, born Jillian Banks, is almost always shown in videos and photos dressed in all black,…

  15. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  16. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  17. Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Lykke Li has described her third album, "I Never Learn," as the final installment in a trilogy, but the lonely woman at the center of the new set is almost unrecognizable compared with the honeydew-voiced pixie who arrived with 2008's "Youth Novels." Back then, the…

  18. Joan Jett + Nirvana: Five Reasons Why She's a Good Pick for Rock Hall of Fame

    April 09, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Unless someone in the Nirvana camp is playing an elaborate joke with the band's equipment , it seems nearly inevitable that Joan Jett will be joining the surviving members of Nirvana onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony tomorrow night. Joan Jett to Front Nirvana At Rock…

  19. Kate Bush Announces First String Of Live Dates Since 1979

    March 21, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Kate Bush will make a rare return to the stage later this year for a series of live shows in London. The enigmatic and uniquely British singer has announced she’ll play 15 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo under the banner “Before the Dawn”. The residency will begin Aug. 26 and run through to…

  20. Nine Inch Nails' 'The Downward Spiral' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 07, 2014 4:46 PM EST Before Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor did upstanding things like marry, procreate, get ripped, and win an Academy Award , he made one of the most upsetting, misunderstood, and enduring album of the ‘90s, “The Downward Spiral,” which turns 20 on March 8. With bleak cover art based on a…

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