1. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  2. Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied; Read Her Statement

    July 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT What has proven to be a sad, disturbing episode involving Bright Eyes frontman/solo act Conor Oberst has (hopefully) come to an end. Today the woman who last year accused him of raping her admitted that the entire account was made up. Sued by Oberst earlier this year, Joan Elizabeth Harris…

  3. Tween Rockers Unlocking the Truth Sign Seven-Figure Deal with Sony: Report

    July 13, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The young headbangers have already played the main stage at Coachella and opened for Guns N' Roses Brooklyn-based tween rock band Unlocking the Truth has reportedly signed a seven-figure album deal with Sony. Unlocking the Truth — comprising 13-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse,…

  4. Ed Sheeran, 'x': Track-By-Track Review

    June 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT From the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated a skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes: His breakthrough radio single focused on a crack-addled prostitute. "The A Team," from Sheeran's debut album, "+" …

  5. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 16, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After the critical drubbing she withstood from late 2011 through early 2012, Lana Del Rey would have been well justified in packing up her party dresses and heart-shaped sunglasses and secluding herself in some Hollywood mansion, "Sunset Boulevard"-style. Branded an…

  6. Chuck D Wants to 'Change the Face of Urban Radio' in Wake of Hot 97 'Fiasco'

    June 08, 2014 9:32 PM EDT "That shit is over," Chuck says of the liberal use of the n-word at Hot 97's Summer Jam. "If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs... or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen?" Chuck D wants Urban radio to…

  7. 'American Idol' Alum David Archuleta to Fans: 'I'm Not Dead' (Watch)

    June 02, 2014 1:55 AM EDT American Idol alum David Archuleta has a message for his fans: “I’m not dead.” The season seven runner-up, who recently returned from a mission in Chile with his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted a new vlog on YouTube to discuss his new path in the music…

  8. Usher Gets Good News in 'Bad Girl' Dispute

    May 23, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Usher and others involved in the creation of the song "Bad Girl" have escaped a songwriter's copyright infringement claims. However, this might be one of those rare instances where news of a superstar singer's success takes a back seat to the misconduct of the lawyer who…

  9. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  10. Tank Won't Sing Anthem at Clippers Game

    April 28, 2014 3:42 PM EDT R&B singer Tank won't be performing the national anthem at Tuesday's Clippers game in Los Angeles. The singer-songwriter tells TMZ and other outlets that he's taking action in response to racially charged comments believed to have been made by the team's owner, Donald…

  11. DJ Rashad Dead at 34 (Update)

    April 28, 2014 9:50 AM EDT UPDATE (May 1): A representative for DJ Rashad tells Billboard that the artist's cause of death is still inconclusive. Rashad's label Hyperdub indicates that a statement is forthcoming. Please hold fire on these latest reports of the causes of Rashad's death until we have an…

  12. Ultra Music Festival Security Guard Trampled, In 'Critical' Condition

    March 29, 2014 6:50 PM EDT The 28-year old guard is suffering brain hemorrhaging after being trampled by a mob who broke down a fence and forcibly entered festival grounds last night 28-year old security guard Erica Mack is in "extremely critical" condition at Miami's Jackson Memorial hospital after…

  13. RIP Oderus Urungus: Metal Community Remembers Gwar's Dave Brockie

    March 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Members of Insane Clown Posse, Five Finger Death Punch & more weigh in The death of Gwar shock-rocker Dave Brockie , known as Oderus Urungus, has been met with sadness from the heavy metal community. Members of Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed and Hatebreed are among the first…

  14. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  15. Shy Girls Covers Brandy's 'Sittin' Up In My Room': Exclusive

    February 25, 2014 1:25 PM EST The singer-songwriter/producer shares details on new music. It's inevitable to be drawn to Shy Girls, with his hushed voice and the delicate R&B/jazz layers woven in his work. Dan Vidmar, whose stage name comes from his music inhibiting a "shy and feminism quality," grew up…

  16. Amid Violence, La Vida Boheme Frontman Turns to Twitter Activism as His Songs Become Protest Anthems

    February 21, 2014 9:14 PM EST Henry D’Arthenay, the leader of Venezuelan rock group La Vida Boheme, has spent most of the past week inside his home in Caracas, communicating with bandmates who live on neighboring streets via Skype and tweeting videos of street violence, blockade alerts and lists of names of student…

  17. New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dies

    February 17, 2014 4:30 PM EST Marty Thau, who discovered and managed the careers of the New York Dolls and Suicide, among many others, passed away in Petersburg, VA, at the age of 75 last Thursday, after complications from renal failure. New York City native Thau, the self-declared "chairman" of the…

  18. 'Glee' Recap: Christmas Special Takes a Trip To An Alternative Universe

    December 06, 2013 4:39 AM EST What to do when faced with the holiday season in the midst of a bloated timeline that leaves the world of "Glee" in June when it’s December for the rest of us? Take a mallet to the pesky remaining fragments of the 4th wall, smash it to hell and have Jane Lynch introduce a…

  19. Jay Z Releases Second Barneys Letter

    November 15, 2013 9:30 PM EST In the continuing saga of Barneys' alleged racial profiling scandal, Jay Z has released a second statement concerning his continued partnership with the company. On Life + Times , the rapper continued to defend his partnership with the high end retailer. "While I await the…

  20. Eminem, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2': Track-By-Track Review

    November 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Eminem’s demons are as present on “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” as they were on its 2000 predecessor -- except 13 years later, they have mutated from being his prey to now being his muse. Familiar affairs  — revenge, resentment and heartbreak — re-emerge as heavy-breathing voices which…

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