1. Cults, Jagwar Ma, Charles Bradley Headline Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

    June 05, 2014 1:43 AM EDT It’s probably the coolest thing you can do on a summer evening in Los Angeles. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier, which gets underway Thursday, July 10, with Cults and opening act James Supercave at 7 p.m. Other acts scheduled to…

  2. Christopher Lee Delivers Heavy Metal Don Quixote

    May 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT To mark his 92nd birthday, on Monday actor Sir Christopher Lee released a covers album of heavy metal versions including two numbers from the Don Quixote musical “Man of La Mancha” and two other songs.  “'Impossible Dream', in my opinion, is one of the greatest songs ever written,”…

  3. Tyler, the Creator and the Ironic(ish) Style of His Golf Wang Line

    May 27, 2014 12:30 PM EDT “I mean, that’s my least favorite sport, to be honest,” says 23-year-old Tyler, The Creator, referring to the name of his clothing company, Golf Wang , a play on Wolf Gang, which is short for the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. “I don’t know, the word just looks sick…

  4. Will Ferrell & RHCP’s Chad Smith Drum-Off On ‘Fallon’ (Watch)

    May 23, 2014 5:17 AM EDT Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith delved deep into their bags of tricks for the well-hyped “greatest drummer” face-off on the “Tonight Show.” Ferrell and his counterpart turned up looking freakishly similar in Kiss “Destroyer” shirts, jeans and baseball caps turned backwards…

  5. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  6. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  7. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  8. Modest Mouse, Brand New to Play Rare Forest Hills Stadium Show

    April 29, 2014 1:39 PM EDT The former site of the U.S. Open and legendary Beatles and Dylan gigs gets a 21st century revival One of New York City's most storied venues is getting a 2014 facelift and will host a rare concert of alt-rock cult favorites this summer. On Saturday, Aug. 9, Modest Mouse and Brand New…

  9. OutKast, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Hip Hop in 1994, for the most part, was akin to the same government that it was at war with. You had the East Coast acting as the Republican party, leaning on classical sounds and ideologies, while the West Coast promoted the more Democratic, liberal side of things. Then you had the South…

  10. Jeff Bridges Performs at Annual Lebowski Fest In Los Angeles

    April 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Bridges and his band performed a 30-minute set that included songs from 2009's "Crazy Heart" There were bowling pins, bathrobes, white Russians, and even The Dude himself. Jeff Bridges and his band performed Friday at Lebowski Fest, but Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 campy…

  11. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  12. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  13. Coachella 2014: Pixies Return 10 Years Later With Something To Prove

    April 13, 2014 3:28 PM EDT When the Pixies played Coachella 10 years ago, the band’s set was a defining moment in both the festival and the group’s history. The Pixies’ main stage set in 2004 was the first major reunion gig for the act, which, in its heyday, had never broken through more than the college-radio club…

  14. Kiss' Ace Frehley 'Thrilled' By Rock Hall Induction, Readying Solo Album (Video Q&A)

    April 12, 2014 10:40 AM EDT "It's like we had never been apart and we're brothers in rock'n'roll," Frehley says of Kiss' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction experience. With Kiss' surprisingly drama-free Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction now in the rear-view mirror, former…

  15. Jeff Bridges To Headline 2014 Lebowski Fest

    April 03, 2014 2:04 AM EDT Jeff Bridges & the Abiders will be the headline act at the 2014 Lebowski Fest, it was announced Wednesday. The star of the 1998 hit The Big Lebowski will perform at the Wiltern Theater event in Los Angeles on April 25 to honor the Coen Brothers' cult comedy.  Bridges, who is known…

  16. Deniro Farrar Reveals 'Rebirth' EP Cover & Track List: Exclusive

    April 02, 2014 12:04 PM EDT While Deniro Ferrar has released six projects in the span of just three years, his upcoming EP, "Rebirth," is special to the North Carolina rapper. "Rebirth" marks Farrar's first major label project. He inked a record deal with VICE Records/Warner Bros. Records in…

  17. Bret McKenzie Talks Muppets, Ricky Gervais, 'Flight of the Conchords' Film

    April 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The former "Flight of the Conchords" star has been busy writing music for "Muppets Most Wanted" since winning an Oscar composing for its 2011 predecessor The Muppets are currently back in theaters with "Muppets Most Wanted," a sequel to the 2011 blockbuster that…

  18. Kendrick Lamar, Flaming Lips to Headline Inaugural Hudson Project

    April 01, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar, Flaming Lips, Bassnectar and Modest Mouse will headline the inaugural edition of The Hudson Project , a new three-day festival set for July 11-13 in Saugerties, NY. Located at Winston Farm in view of the Catskill Mountains and featuring four stages, an art village and gourmet…

  19. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  20. The Monkees Swing In For U.S. Tour

    March 27, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Original members of The Monkees Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will return to the concert stage after last year’s successful tour, for a 14-date U.S. trek, starting May 22 in Hampton, NH. Tork insists he’s “happily looking forward to reuniting with my partners and sharing this…

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