1. Grammys 2015: Meet The Lesser-Known Nominees

    December 05, 2014 2:28 PM EST Mali Music, Brandy Clark, Alt-J and other rising stars have earned key nominations. Look at the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (so far) , and you'll see a whole bunch of familiar names in the major categories. Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift , U2 , Eminem and John Legend…

  2. Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed on Rap Lyrics Used as Legal Evidence in Court

    December 01, 2014 8:04 PM EST If hip-hop was always taken at face value, rapper Killer Mike  of Run the Jewels might be convicted for his name alone. But that's not how our justice system works, right? Wrong, according to a new op-ed co-written by Killer Mike called "Rap's poetic (In)justice,"…

  3. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  4. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  5. Lorde, 'Pure Heroine': Track-By-Track Review

    September 25, 2013 4:15 PM EDT LORDE "Pure Heroine" Lava/Republic Producer: Joel Little Release Date: Sept. 30 Ten months after floating out her debut EP online for free in her native New Zealand, Ella Yelich-O'Connor, the teenage singer-songwriter known as Lorde, has conjured an immense amount of…

  6. City and Colour's Dallas Green Takes on Trolls, Death and Quitting Alexisonfire on 'The Hurry and the Harm'

    June 06, 2013 10:50 AM EDT City And Colour's Dallas Green, the man with the haunting voice and poetic words who used to do double duty in Canadian screamo band Alexisonfire, is always hard on himself. It drives him.  For a guy who writes such gorgeous songs on his new album, "The Hurry And The Harm" --…

  7. Carla Morrison, Grammys Q&A: 'Shy Girl' Talks Best Latin Pop Album Nod

    February 05, 2013 6:00 PM EST The Grammy Awards are fast approaching. Do you know your Latin nominees? In the next days we will highlight some of the leading nominees for the awards Carla Morrison never expected 30,000 people to show during her set at last year's Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City. "It…

  8. Critics' Picks: 10 Best Albums of 2011

    December 13, 2011 1:20 PM EST Chart Article From weirdo R&B to epic hardcore to a certain heartbroken British singer-songwriter, 2011 offered a diverse array of quality full-lengths that we kept replaying in our offices. The whole team weighed in and the votes have been tallied, so now it's time to check out the…

  9. Drake, 'Take Care': Track-by-Track Review

    November 15, 2011 12:40 PM EST Drake 's sophomore studio album, "Take Care," is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care -- no pun intended -- to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family…

  10. Dead At 27: Nine Artists Gone Too Soon

    July 23, 2011 6:11 PM EDT An uncanny number of musicians have passed away at age 27. Today (July 23), on the third anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death, we reflect on some of the 27 Club's most notable talents. Amy, Kurt, Janis, Jimi and Jim may be gone, but none of them will be forgotten. Amy Winehouse …

  11. Springsteen Talks 'Darkness' at Toronto Film Fest

    September 14, 2010 9:56 AM EDT B ruce Springsteen says he and the E Street Band were on a mission when they made his "Darkness on the Edge of Town" album 32 years ago. Springsteen opens up about the career-altering album in the documentary "The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town," which…

  12. Allison Moorer Brings Poetics, Piano to 'Crows'

    October 27, 2009 9:40 AM EDT A llison Moorer is planning a February release for her seventh studio album, "Crows," her label debut for Rykodisc and a marked stylistic departure from her previous work. "I really just set myself free and just threw all the rules out the window," Moorer tells Billboard…

  13. In Our Talons: The Bowerbirds

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bowerbirds were born of the natural surroundings in the rural Carolinas and with song titles like "Bur Oak," "Hooves," "In Our Talons" and "Olive Hearts," the trio wears their organic sound on their ( Bowerbirds were born of the natural surroundings in…

  14. Long Live 'Hip-Hop'

    December 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST When Nas and Jay-Z set aside their feud and joined forces last October, it was a great moment for hip-hop, but an even greater moment for Nas. Having been Columbia's staple rap artist for more than a When Nas and Jay-Z set aside their feud and joined forces last October, it was a great…

  15. Blemish

    September 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter and ex-Japan frontman David Sylvian returns with his first collection of new material since "Dead Bees on a Cake" (1999). Singer/songwriter and ex-Japan frontman David Sylvian returns with his first collection of new material since "Dead Bees on a Cake" …

  16. Nocturama

    March 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Desolation shouldn't be this much fun. Desolation shouldn't be this much fun. Nick Cave has been waxing grim for more than two decades, and he's still the guy to go to if you need to get seriously dark. Nocturama, with its kaleidoscope narratives and surrealist, cuckoo's…

  17. Blondie's Gary Valentine Recalls 'New York' Memories

    March 13, 2002 12:00 AM EST "New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation With Blondie, Iggy Pop, and Others, 1974-1981" is a memoir by former Blondie member Gary Valentine. Published by Sidgwick & Jackson in London, the "New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation With Blondie, Iggy Pop, and…