1. Brandy, Bolton, The Situation Cha-Cha On DWTS

    September 21, 2010 1:13 PM EDT Reality stars, musicians, actors, athletes and even a politician's daughter put it all out on the ballroom dance floor last night (Sept. 20) for the season 11 premiere of ABC's hit dancing competition, "Dancing With The Stars." Celebrities alternated between the Cha-cha…

  2. Foals, "Total Life Forever"

    July 09, 2010 5:35 PM EDT In an indie-rock music scene that's arguably overloaded with Brit rock and bands named after animals, one would think that British five-piece Foals (which falls into both categories) wouldn't stand a chance. But the group-which is already highly regarded across the pond-is looking…

  3. Punch Brothers, "Antifogmatic"

    July 09, 2010 11:06 AM EDT Singer/mandolinist Chris Thile is best-known as a member of progressive blue-grass band Nickel Creek , which is on indefinite hiatus. But Thile's new band Punch Brothers is building a case for bigger fame with the release of its second album, "Antifogmatic." The new set…

  4. Nada Surf, "If I Had a Hi-Fi"

    July 02, 2010 10:59 AM EDT Perhaps since it has more than enough original material under its belt for the time being, New York rock act Nada Surf recorded a collection of covers for its latest release, "If I Had a Hi-Fi." The group's poppy guitars and thick, layered vocal harmonies occasionally improve…

  5. Blitzen Trapper, "Destroyer of the Void"

    June 25, 2010 12:25 PM EDT Bringing back the ersatz brand of Americana that defined 2008 release "Furr," rock act Blitzen Trapper again channels a variety of sounds from the '60s through the '80s to meld its own genre on its latest release, "Destroyer of the Void." With a bluesy harmonica…

  6. Hawthorne Heights, "Skeletons"

    June 18, 2010 3:28 PM EDT Following the 2007 death of Hawthorne Heights guitarist/ vocalist Casey Calvert, the post-hardcore act took a more mainstream direction, applying poppier melodies and scream-free vocals to its 2008 album, "Fragile Future." But after a lengthy legal battle with Victory Records and…

  7. Maxwell Postpones Some Tour Dates Until 2011

    June 16, 2010 7:03 PM EDT In another instance of summer tour plans gone awry, platinum-selling and Grammy-winning soul singer Maxwell has postponed a portion of his summer tour until 2011. The singer's label issued a statement today citing venue scheduling conflicts on the latter part of the tour, which was to…

  8. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 10:00 AM EDT The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year for "Temporary Home" two months…

  9. Temptations' Ali-Ollie Woodson Dies At 58

    June 01, 2010 11:31 AM EDT Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet The Temptations in the 1980s and '90s and helped restore them to their hit-making glory with songs including "Treat Her Like A Lady," has died, a friend said. He was 58. Woodson died Sunday in southern California after…

  10. Nicole Scherzinger Wins 'Dancing with the Stars'

    May 26, 2010 11:26 AM EDT Singer Nicole Scherzinger tangoed and jived her way to ballroom stardom on Tuesday, winning a tight contest on "Dancing With the Stars" and ending a season that by most measures was the TV show's best yet. Olympic gold medalist skater Evan Lysacek wound up second and sports…

  11. Deftones, "Diamond Eyes"

    May 21, 2010 11:38 AM EDT Through the decades, music fans have witnessed how the loss of a key band member can lead to a group's demise. The Deftones have proved just the opposite. Following a 2008 car accident that left bassist Chi Cheng with a debilitating brain injury, the Sacramento, Calif. hard rock act…

  12. The New Pornographers, "Together"

    May 21, 2010 11:10 AM EDT Canadian indie rock titans the New Pornographers have always managed to stand out among their contemporaries up north. The band's fifth album, "Together," is no different. The fresher feel on the Vancouver group's new set could partially be attributed to frontman Carl…

  13. Miranda Cosgrove, "Sparks Fly"

    May 07, 2010 1:50 PM EDT Full of saccharin-sweet pop riffs and head-bobbing beats that one would expect from a Nickelodeon TV actress, "iCarly" star Miranda Cosgrove 's debut album, "Sparks Fly," delivers the total tween package. Production from the Matrix and Espionage , among others,…

  14. Caribou, "Swim"

    May 07, 2010 1:38 PM EDT After winning Canada's coveted Polaris Music Prize for his 2008 album "Andorra," musician Dan Snaith (who performs with a backing band under the stage name Caribou ) had some pressure going into his follow-up disc. But Caribou's newest set, "Swim," which contains…

  15. Rufus Wainwright, "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu"

    May 07, 2010 1:15 PM EDT Less than a year after the premiere of his first opera, "Prima Donna," Rufus Wainwright embarks on a simpler musical journey with his sixth studio album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu." With nine original songs and three adaptations of Shakespearean sonnets,…

  16. The Dead Weather, "Die by the Drop"

    April 30, 2010 3:16 PM EDT Alt-rock supergroup the Dead Weather made waves last summer with its debut album, "Horehound." The band's sophomore effort, "Sea of Cowards," hits stores in May, and if lead single "Die by the Drop" is any indicator, it will be just as well-received. Slowly…

  17. Killers Singer Brandon Flowers Announces Solo Album

    April 29, 2010 4:13 PM EDT Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of Las Vegas-based band The Killers , will release his first solo album this year. The news was revealed by a Killers fan site on a Twitter post, directing followers to the band's official website, thekillersmusic.com. The website opening page reveals the…

  18. Dr. Dog, "Shame Shame"

    April 16, 2010 3:23 PM EDT On its latest album, "Shame, Shame," Philadelphia rock band Dr. Dog combines elements of soul, "Sgt. Pepper"-esque psychedelia and old-fashioned rock'n'roll to highlight darker lyrical themes not found on previous releases. But balancing these cheery influences…

  19. Titus Andronicus, "The Monitor"

    April 09, 2010 1:41 PM EDT It's not every day that a folksy punk band uses the Civil War as an extended metaphor for a young man's migration from New Jersey to Boston. But on its second album, "The Monitor," New Jersey-based Titus Andronicus has done just that. Over a Dinosaur Jr. -like guitar riff,…

  20. The Besnard Lakes, "The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night"

    March 19, 2010 4:24 PM EDT The Besnard Lakes amp up the energy with a more guitar-driven approach on third album "The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night." But this added vigor doesn't distract from the rock band's more familiar fare of gentle vocal deliveries and downplayed drums. "Like the…

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