1. Ian McLagan of Small Faces and the Faces Dead at 69

    December 03, 2014 8:43 PM EST Ian McLagan, the electrifying pianist and songwriter of Small Faces and the Faces who became a rock 'n' roll journeyman with stints backing Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and others, died Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas, due to complications from a stroke suffered a day earlier. He was…

  2. Bob Seger Opens Tour With Some New and Some 'Old Time Rock & Roll'

    November 20, 2014 9:17 PM EST Nobody could complain about seeing the same old Bob Seger show after the Detroit rocker and his Silver Bullet Band opened their latest tour on Wednesday night (Nov. 19) at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Mich. Before a packed house of partisan home state fans -- who braved a bitter chill…

  3. Billy Bragg Says Taylor Swift Sold Her Soul to Google, Her Reps Claim She Didn't

    November 18, 2014 8:33 PM EST Outspoken English singer-songwriter  Billy Bragg  is calling BS on  Taylor Swift 's highly publicized decision to pull her music from Spotify, saying she's just simply chosen one streaming service over another. After seeing that some of Swift's music is YouTube's new…

  4. Bob Seger Addresses Talk of His Retirement: 'I Don't Want to Overstay My Welcome'

    October 20, 2014 2:16 PM EDT A lot can happen between Bob Seger albums: changes in presidential administrations, a few iPhone generations, a third of Derek Jeter's baseball career. “I’m so fast,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says with a hearty laugh. Ride Out -- his 17th studio album, and first in eight years …

  5. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

  6. Tom Morello Honored for Activism: ‘Feed the Poor, Fight the Power, Rock the F—k Out’

    October 02, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Tom Morello has earned Grammys with Rage Against the Machine , but it's his work "that kicks ass and sticks it to the man" that got him honored Wednesday. Morello received The Spirit of Courage Award, which the Courage Campaign presents to someone for fighting for a more fair…

  7. Bob Seger Announces 'Ride Out' Tour

    September 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The Travelin' Man is hitting the road again this fall.  Bob Seger   & the   Silver Bullet Band will kick off their Ride Out Tour 2014/2015 on Nov. 19 in Saginaw, Mich., with 23 dates announced so far through Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. Bob Seger Reveals Release Date for 'Ride Out&…

  8. Morning Roundup: 11 Things to Start Your Day

    September 19, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Present:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen was full of good cheer  as he spoke about  his upcoming album  Popular Problems . The release of the new album isn’t the only big thing happening next week for Cohen: he also turns 80, and he’s planning to take…

  9. Bob Seger Reveals Release Date for 'Ride Out'

    August 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Bob Seger will be releasing Ride Out , his first new album in eight years -- and possibly his final studio album ever -- on Oct. 14. The set follows 2006's platinum-certified  Face The Promise , which broke an 11-year drought, though Seger has also released new music on the interim…

  10. Bob Seger Drops Studio Version of John Hiatt's "Detroit Made"

    August 14, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Bob Seger took a step closer to a new album -- which would be his first since 2006's Face the Promise -- with the release of a new song on Thursday. Seger released a cover of John Hiatt 's "Detroit Made" -- the opening song on his spring 2013 tour -- to radio stations,…

  11. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  12. Tommy Ramone’s Death: The Music World Reacts on Twitter

    July 12, 2014 10:58 AM EDT As news broke of Ramones drummer and last surviving founding member Tommy Ramone’s death on Friday at the age of 65, the music world paid tribute via social media. Tommy Ramone, Ramones Drummer, Dies at 65 Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in 1949, formed the Ramones with singer Jeffrey…

  13. John Mellencamp Unhappy With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Over Song Use

    April 16, 2014 11:44 PM EDT Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail. Politicians for years have been using rock songs at campaign events, and Mellencamp has found…

  14. CODE Picks of the Week: Duck Sauce, Bishop Nehru and More

    January 24, 2014 4:16 PM EST Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Duck Sauce: “Party In Me” [Fool’s Gold] North America’s bawdiest DJ supergroup spins a classic disco mirrorball with some funk edge on this track sans irony into a contagiously hypnotic chorus.  Bishop Nehru:…

  15. Johnny Marr Blasts Spotify As The 'Opposite To Punk Rock'

    December 19, 2013 5:03 AM EST Johnny Marr isn’t a fan of Spotify. The British guitar great has slammed the streaming service by suggesting it hinders the artist community. “I'm not a supporter,” the former Smiths guitarist tells the NME. “I think it entirely hampers new bands, and the situation that Thom Yorke and…

  16. Joe Henry Has New Solo Album, Johnny Cash Project Lined Up for 2014

    December 17, 2013 8:00 AM EST After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour." "I'm…

  17. Nick Cave Talks Religion, Fashion & Songwriting in Bigsound Keynote

    September 10, 2013 11:01 PM EDT He wasn’t in the house, but Nick Cave certainly made his presence felt on day one of Australia's Bigsound confab. The alternative rock legend tackled religion, fashion and his songwriting gremlins in a keynote interview conducted via Skype. TV personality Julia Zemiro had the tricky…

  18. Billy Bragg Newly Crowned for 'Outstanding Contribution,' Vows He'll Never Quit

    September 05, 2013 6:18 AM EDT Billy Bragg has no plans to hang up his guitar. Ever. The troubadour’s great career has just been recognized by Britain’s Assn. of Independent Music, which bestowed the singer and activist with its “outstanding contribution to music” award. An “outstanding contribution” accolade from the…

  19. Billy Bragg, Forever the Activist But Never A Luddite

    May 06, 2013 6:49 AM EDT After releasing his first new album in five years -- "Tooth & Nail" in June -- British troubadour Billy Bragg says he feels "re-engaged with the record industry" and anticipates we'll be hearing more from him sooner rather than later. "I kind of spurned…

  20. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' Dethrones David Bowie On UK Albums Chart

    March 25, 2013 8:04 AM EDT Justin Timberlake’s three-week reign on the U.K. singles chart with “Mirrors” (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) may be over, but now he’s the king of the album market, after “The 20/20 Experience” debuted at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) as the fastest-selling title of the year so far. British girl…

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