1. Red Hot Chili Peppers Unveil 'Rain Dance Maggie' Single: Listen

    July 18, 2011 11:11 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers return -- with a new guitarist and some more cowbell, no less -- with "The Adventure of Rain Dance Maggie," the first single from forthcoming album "I'm With You" that hit the web on Monday (July 18). "Hey now/ you've got to make it…

  2. Motorhead's Kilmister Talks New HeadCat Album, Beatles Influence

    July 13, 2011 4:00 PM EDT After being reactivated for five years, Motorhead 's Lemmy Kilmister says the members of his other band, HeadCat, "got to a point where we said we better do a new album 'cause we can't go out playing all the old songs all the time." The result is "Walk The Walk..…

  3. 2011 Billboard Music Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    May 23, 2011 12:45 AM EDT If you were one of the millions watching the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, you witnessed a star-studded night full surprise performances ( Britney Spears !) emotional tributes ( Beyonce and Neil Diamond ), A-list collaborations ( Mary J. Blige with Lil Wayne ) and much more. But there was…

  4. The 10 Best Billboard Music Awards Performances

    April 12, 2011 11:14 PM EDT Chart Article The 10 Best Billboard Music Awards Performances Like the Billboard charts themselves, the Billboard Music Awards has a history of celebrating a diverse cross-section of the music landscape. From the pitch-black rock of Metallica's "Unforgiven II" to the seductive…

  5. Screeching Weasel Disbands After Singer's SXSW Outburst

    March 24, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Less than a week after Screeching Weasel singer Ben "Weasel" Foster struck two women at a South by Southwest concert , the other four members of the punk group have announced their resignation. In an open letter published by PunkNews.org yesterday (Mar. 23), Dan Schafer, Adam Cargin…

  6. Screeching Weasel Singer Hits Two Women At Band's SXSW Gig

    March 19, 2011 8:20 PM EDT S creeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel (a.k.a. Ben Foster) struck two women during the band's tirade-laden concert at South by Southwest Friday night, according to media reports and video footage of the event, which took place at Austin's Scoot Inn. Weasel struck one of the women…

  7. American Idol's Top 10 Wackiest Auditions

    January 19, 2011 3:25 PM EST Over the span of nine seasons, "American Idol" has become a full-on cultural phenomenon and gifted the world with such music stars as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert. But we all know there's a flip side to that coin: "Idol's" so-bad-they're…

  8. Yoko Ono and Lady Gaga Perform Together for Plastic Ono Band Tribute

    October 04, 2010 3:55 PM EDT Beatlemania is even more rampant than usual this week with John Lennon 's 70th birthday looming on Saturday. Yoko Ono amplified anticipation this weekend when she headlined "We Are Plastic Ono Band" tribute shows Oct. 1-2 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, sharing the…

  9. Secondhand Serenade "Hear Me Now"

    August 27, 2010 8:03 PM EDT Secondhand Serenade , helmed by California native John Vesely, delivers another package of tortured-love ballads on the group's third studio album, "Hear Me Now." Driven by piano and a drum machine, the midtempo single "Something More" (one of three tracks produced by…

  10. Billboard Critics' Top 10 Albums of 2009

    December 16, 2009 3:36 PM EST Chart Article Now that you've examined our list of 2009's best-selling albums , take a look at what the Billboard staff subjectively chose as the year's best albums. Indie music came on strong, while R&B and straight-ahead rock 'n' roll are represented -- but it&…

  11. Rihanna / December 3, 2009 / New York City (Hammerstein Ballroom)

    December 04, 2009 1:26 PM EST R ihanna performed at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom Thursday night (Dec. 3) as part of MySpace's urban music concert series, "The Release," in celebration of her new album, "Rated R." But the festivities were rather short, with Rihanna -- who hit the stage…

  12. Jarvis Cocker / July 30, 2009 / Brooklyn, N.Y. (Music Hall of Williamsburg)

    August 07, 2009 1:41 PM EDT Part of what dates British Invasion-era footage, besides the black-and-white film stock, is the high-pitched hysteria that artists elicited from otherwise rational grown-ups. But there are still a handful of magnetic artists who manage to turn middle-aged men and women into shrieking…

  13. Woodstock At 40: The Sights, The Sounds, The Stories

    July 30, 2009 11:59 AM EDT Like so many things during the latter '60s, some say if you remember Woodstock, you probably weren't there. That may be true. And, of course, there are generations now who were too young to attend the legendary Woodstock Music & Art Fair -- or weren't even born yet.…

  14. Little Joy / June 23, 2009 / New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)

    June 24, 2009 6:30 PM EDT For a band that some pegged as yet another Strokes side project, Little Joy managed just fine at its Bowery Ballroom performance Tuesday night (June 23). The sold-out show marked the last stop of the L.A. trio’s American tour, which it completed without guitarist (and Strokes drummer)…

  15. Yeah Yeah Yeahs / May 27, 2009 / Pontiac, Mich. (Clutch Cargo’s)

    May 28, 2009 4:01 PM EDT When Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs takes the stage, she wants all eyes on her -- including the enormous inflated one that loomed behind the band at its show in Pontiac, Mich. Wednesday night (May 27). While her bandmates dressed in dark clothes and kept a low profile, the art-rock trio’s…

  16. Adam Lambert Does 'Whole Lotta Love' On 'Idol' Rock Night

    May 06, 2009 6:14 AM EDT The "American Idol" final four paired off to channel their inner rock stars Tuesday. The result? Some shined, some stumbled. And some things just tumbled. The remaining four singers performed duets along with their solos on the rock-themed show. But before the live telecast even…

  17. Billboard Bits: Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Def Jam Vinyl

    February 23, 2009 1:08 PM EST Beyonce Launches $250,000 Dance Contest After singing and dancing with host Hugh Jackman at the Oscars yesterday (Feb. 22), Beyonce is asking her fans to show off their moves. The singer has announced a "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" dance video contest which invites fans to…

  18. Track-By-Track: The Cure's '4:13 Dream'

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Cure's 13th studio album has been a long time coming. But after watching several release dates come and go, fans of the Goth godfathers will finally see "4:13 Dream" hit U.S. shelves Oct. 28 via S The Cure's 13th studio album has been a long time coming. But after…

  19. DELTA BLUES

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Writer-musician Gioia (Healing Songs, 2006, etc.) undertakes the daunting task of reconsidering the blues of the Mississippi Delta, musicological terrain well-plowed in several noteworthy books, most Writer-musician Gioia (Healing Songs, 2006, etc.) undertakes the daunting task of…

  20. This Day in Music

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mariah Carey checks herself into an undisclosed hospital, suffering from "extreme exhaustion." She also pulls out of "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal," the anniversary event she was due to headlin 2001 - Mariah Carey checks herself into an undisclosed hospital,…

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