1. Concert Review: Bluegrass Legend Ricky Skaggs Dips Into the Past (and Introduces a Future Star)

    August 05, 2014 5:04 PM EDT As has been the tradition the past few years, the legendary Ricky Skaggs closed out the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman in Nashville on July 31. Along with his ace band, Kentucky Thunder, the performer delivered a set that showcased his love of the tradition of bluegrass…

  2. Play on Brian Epstein's Final Night Makes London Debut

    August 05, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Monday’s (August 4) press night of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles , a play about the ill-starred manager who guided the Beatles to global domination, brought a warm response from an audience including such celebrities as Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Paul McCartney ’s brother Mike McGear…

  3. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included superstar DJs Skrillex , Diplo and…

  4. Bass Drum of Death, 'Left for Dead': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 05, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Oxford, Miss. garage-rock band Bass Drum of Death was once the solo project of John Barrett , a former Fat Possum employee who in his spare time made demos fueled by swaggering guitars and rough-hewn drums, his voice emerging from the wreckage of noise like a driver from a smoldering pileup.…

  5. Bon Jovi Explains Why He's Bidding on Buffalo Bills In New Letter

    August 03, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is hoping he's written a hit with Buffalo Bills fans in a bid to stem concerns of whether his prospective ownership group plans to buy and potentially relocate the franchise to Toronto. In a letter published by the Buffalo News on Sunday, Bon Jovi wrote that it's his…

  6. Lollapalooza 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Spoon Heat Up a Diverse Day 2

    August 03, 2014 1:42 AM EDT Temperatures rose, tank tops were on display and Chicago's Grant Park welcomed back the masses on Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2014 , which featured an even more diverse array of top-line talent on Saturday (Aug. 2). From rising rock artists to veteran MCs, from banging bass drops to quiet…

  7. Trombone Shorty Replaces Boy's Stolen Trombone

    August 02, 2014 8:41 PM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A 14-year-old whose trombone was stolen at gunpoint has a new one thanks to musician Troy Andrews, much better known as Trombone Shorty. Bill Taylor, executive director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, said he delivered the instrument, which is engraved with the name …

  8. Usher & Stevie Wonder Play Multimillion-Dollar Fan Wedding

    August 02, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Best rehearsal dinner ever? That award might go to Kaily Smith and Adam Westbrook, the couple whose carnival-themed, pre-wedding bash in Dana Point, California, last night included live performances from not one but two multi-platinum artists: Usher and Stevie Wonder. Usher’s New Look…

  9. New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

    August 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Stars such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played Roth's Greenwich Village establishment Cafe Wha? Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many…

  10. Eminem Welcomes Rihanna as Lollapalooza Surprise Guest

    August 01, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Six days before Eminem and Rihanna are set to combine for the first date on their co-headlining Monster duo, the superstar pair gave music fans a quick preview of the upcoming stadium shows when Em brought out Rihanna as a surprise guest during his Lollapalooza headlining set on…

  11. Lollapalooza 2014: 10 Non-Headliners To Watch

    July 31, 2014 2:12 PM EDT With headliners playing against each other, a sprawling field that takes some practice to navigate and enough spectacular sights and sounds to cause sensory overload, Lollapalooza remains one of the U.S. festivals that's practically impossible to plan out ahead of time. Say you know you&…

  12. Lollapalooza Rewind: 10 Awesome Moments from the Festival's History

    July 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT More than two decades into Lollapalooza's history, and there's no shortage of eyebrow-raising moments. Perry Farrell's formally touring, now Chicago-based fest started as alt-rock's time to shine -- a fact cemented by Nine Inch Nails and Courtney Love's presence on…

  13. Lollapalooza Preview: C3's Charlies Jones Talks Repeat Headliners, 10th Anniversary & More

    July 30, 2014 3:08 PM EDT As Lollapalooza in Chicago approaches its 10th anniversary, there's still one tradition that Charlie Jones of C3 Presents, which produces the annual music festival, looks forward to most each year. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard "One of my favorite parts of…

  14. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour&…

  15. Japan's Fuji Rock Fest Powers Through Despite Kanye Cancelation

    July 30, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Japan’s premier international rock fest, Fuji Rock Festival, completed its 18th edition July 25-27 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan. The Fest powered through despite the cancelation of proposed headliner Kanye West. Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, Canadian indie outfit Arcade Fire,…

  16. Nocturnal Wonderland 2014 Lineup: Martin Garrix, Glitch Mob & Flux Pavilion Among Performers

    July 29, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Martin Garrix, the Glitch Mob, Flux Pavilion and Nicky Romero, among many others, will perform at the 2014 Nocturnal Wonderland festival, to be held Sept. 5-6 at San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds in San Bernardino, Calif. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014: Photos from Vegas! This year’s 19th…

  17. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  18. The 10 Commandments of Love Within Destiny's Child's 'The Writing's On the Wall'

    July 28, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Destiny's Child -- as a group and as solo artists -- have taught us a thing or two about love. The group's sophomore studio album, The Writing's on the Wall , is laced with stories on temptation and trust, or a lack thereof. Gender roles are reversed; what men can do, women…

  19. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  20. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

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