1. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  2. Life Is Beautiful 2014's 10 Best Performances

    October 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Combining amazing music, world-class food, breathtaking art and iconic public speakers, the Life Is Beautiful festival is a welcome departure from the manufactured spectacle of Sin City’s over-the-top casinos and nightclubs. Transforming downtown Las Vegas into a unique, multi-stage jubilee…

  3. The Top 10 Halloween Songs

    October 27, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Never mind those sugary sweets. Halloween brings some delectable ear candy, too. But which (witch?) Halloween songs are the most popular? As you prepare your Halloween party playlists, we're helping to make sure that you don't miss a single graveyard smash, as we present…

  4. Go-Betweens Launch ‘Grant McLennan Book Club’ Ahead of Anthology Release

    October 27, 2014 4:06 AM EDT The Go-Betweens’ classic catalog and the scholarly pursuits of its co-founder Grant McLennan will be remembered through a novel campaign. Quite literally.  The master songwriter’s lofty collection of books had been gathering dust since he passed away in May 2006 at the age of just 48. While…

  5. Why SoulCycle Is the Hot New Way to Break a Hit

    October 21, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger (right) previewed her new album at a SoulCycle ride in New York on Oct. 2 On a recent Thursday night in New York, the scene inside SoulCycle's Leroy Street studio was a departure from the usual 45-minute spinning class: Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hosting a private…

  6. 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…

  7. Black Keys' Patrick Carney Still Hates Spotify… And Now U2?

    October 16, 2014 2:37 PM EDT You won’t find either of the Black Keys’ last two albums on Spotify and their beefs with the streaming service have been well-documented. Drummer Patrick Carney hasn’t softened his stance, as evidenced by an Oct. 15 interview with The Seattle Times . But it wasn’t all about Spotify; he also…

  8. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  9. Austin City Limits Livestream: Watch Live Performances & More From ACL 2014

    October 12, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Watch Lorde, Calvin Harris, Chromeo and more rock Austin on today's broadcast Can’t make it to weekend two of Austin City Limits? Don’t worry – we’re helping to bring the action right to you. Billboard.com is hosting Red Bull TV’s exclusive livestream of ACL 2014, which will feature…

  10. 'Spinal Tap' Actor Christopher Guest Recalls Odd Fans, Fun of Making Movie at New York Film Fest

    October 12, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Although 1984's This is Spinal Tap is one of the most-quoted movies of the past few decades, star Christopher Guest hadn't seen the cult comedy in almost 15 years before he appeared at a special 30th anniversary screening on Wednesday (Oct. 8) night at the New York Film Festival.…

  11. Allo Darlin' Talks Keeping Day Jobs, Writing Heartwarming New Indie Pop Record

    October 09, 2014 11:10 AM EDT We live in highly bloggable times where our favorite baby bands often grow up quickly. We Come From the Place (out Oct. 7 via Slumberland) is the third album from charming, still-under-the-radar indie poppers Allo Darlin’ making them old and grey in Internet years. Their sparkling sophomore…

  12. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  13. Ted Nugent Rails on Liberals, 'Thugs,' 'Welfare Crack' in Rightist Essay

    October 03, 2014 10:07 PM EDT In an essay recently published on the conservative news website WorldNetDaily , Ted Nugent railed against liberalism for being the "root cause" of inner-city "black violence" violence in America.  "A plague of black violence has infested our inner cities, yet our…

  14. From Sex Cults to Prison Time, Inside the True-Life Telenovela of Gloria Trevi

    October 03, 2014 1:08 PM EDT In the early ’90s, Gloria Trevi embodied the radical spirit of a Latin generation. Then came a series of bizarre allegations, followed by a miraculous prison birth and an eventual exoneration. Now she faces her toughest challenge. It's sweltering Southern California afternoon,…

  15. Bassnectar Has 'No Interest' in EDM, Vows to 'Bring the Ruckus' to Madison Square Garden

    October 03, 2014 5:21 AM EDT Disenchanted by "mainstream douches" in the Las Vegas club circuit, the bass music icon plots a freakfest for the iconic New York City stadium. For Bassnectar , the Bay Area DJ whose punishing basslines have generated a cult-like following similar to bands like Phish or The Disco…

  16. Was 1994 the Best Year for Movie Soundtracks?

    October 01, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Part of grunge's golden era and a crucial turning point for hip-hop, 1994 is often lauded as one of the best years for music, ever. And from cult favorites like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption to blockbusters like Forrest Gump and The Lion King , 1994 is also recognized as a…

  17. Don't Fear the Reaper: The 20 Best Songs About Death

    September 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT For a group of people obsessed with immortality, pop stars sure do sing a lot about death. Maybe it's not that surprising. It's a deliciously rich topic ripe for all kinds of songs: From murder ballads and tender tributes to nihilistic hip-hop jams, there’s a killer canon of…

  18. The Doors' Self-Produced Documentary 'Feast of Friends' Finally Getting Release

    September 15, 2014 8:36 PM EDT The Doors ' long lost self-produced documentary, Feast of Friends , will be seeing a proper releases more than four decades after its creation.  The 1968 film has been previously only available to fans as poor-quality bootlegs, but now it has been remastered and will be available on DVD…

  19. Karen O Brings ‘Crush Songs’ to Life at New York's Manderley Bar

    September 11, 2014 12:43 PM EDT A neon sign shone through the smoke-filled haze of the Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, where a small standing crowd, with smartphones at the ready, awaited the evening’s headliner, Karen O . Crush Palace, the heart-shaped sign read, a nod to Karen O’s first solo album, Crush Songs ,…

  20. Broadway's 'Newsies' Ready to Hit the Road

    September 08, 2014 2:06 AM EDT The North American tour of the Broadway hit "Newsies" is about to high-kick its way from coast to coast, led by a 22-year-old actor who'll make a triumphant homecoming in Pittsburgh just in time for Thanksgiving. Dan DeLuca will be playing leading man Jack Kelly in the Tony…

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