1. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  2. Album Review: Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ Partially Shelves the Group’s Platinum Formula to Spread Their Stylistic Wings

    November 18, 2014 1:51 PM EST Few modern-era rock bands have endured more of a public flogging than Nickelback . (The latest? A crowdfunding campaign to keep the band from performing in London.) Yet, despite a cool factor that makes Limp Bizkit look like Led Zeppelin in comparison, the Canadian four-piece is one of the…

  3. Dean James, U.K. Live Music Mogul, Launches Sixth, a Data-Driven Hive of Ambition

    November 06, 2014 4:39 PM EST In his former guise of co-founder and CEO of MAMA Group, Dean James ran the London-based live music, artist management and consumer services company from its inception in 2005 until his eventual exit in January this year to "focus on outside interests." During his nine years at…

  4. Exclusive Premiere: High Highs Take the Scenic Route on 'Ocean to City'

    November 06, 2014 10:00 AM EST Brooklyn-via-Australia transplants High Highs , the dream-pop duo of singer/guitarist Jack Milas and keyboardist Oli Chang, started playing together in their hometown of Sydney before Milas took a job in New York and Chang followed him there. But the easy warmth of their home country…

  5. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  6. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  7. Japan's Fuji Rock Fest Powers Through Despite Kanye Cancelation

    July 30, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Japan’s premier international rock fest, Fuji Rock Festival, completed its 18th edition July 25-27 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan. The Fest powered through despite the cancelation of proposed headliner Kanye West. Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, Canadian indie outfit Arcade Fire,…

  8. Janelle Monae Performs at Hollywood Fundraiser, 'Relaxed' Barack Obama Joins the Party

    July 24, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Barack Obama took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shonda Rhimes' Hancock Park-area home, where the Scandal creator praised the president for "doing his job like a boss." "Nice-looking crowd," Obama joked, looking out into the star-studded audience. "…

  9. Interpol on Becoming a Trio & Maintaining Harmony: 'It's a Hard Thing to Do'

    July 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT 'Psychologically, it's just bedlam,' says Interpol frontman Paul Banks about the relationship among a group of guys as the quartet becomes a trio after a four-year hiatus Interpol frontman Paul Banks walks onto the deck of the Frying Pan, an antique ship that’s now a floating…

  10. Five Latin Alternative Artists To Put On Your Radar

    July 16, 2014 9:42 PM EDT Though you might be familiar with the major players in Latin music, there is a world of alternative artists who operate beyond traditional media to grow their fan bases.  Latin America is host to a plethora of acts, some big in their own local territories, many worth discovering and adding to…

  11. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  12. Meet Erykah Badu's Favorite Jewelry Designer, Lillian Shalom

    June 13, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Picture this: You're a jewelry designer who displays her work on Instagram, and a famous singer-songwriter's friend stumbles across your account and starts following you. Then, that particular pal shows your photos to her friend, who happens to be Erykah Badu , and it turns out she&…

  13. The Hold Steady Discuss New LP 'Teeth Dreams,' A Decade in Rock

    March 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "I just want to keep playing shows and making records… As long as people are showing up and having a good time, I want to keep doing it." The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is a 42-year old native Minnesotan who grew up on the Replacements and Hüsker Dü, so he's been privy to…

  14. The Hold Steady Rock Epic 28-Song Set at Brooklyn 10th Anniversary Show

    February 08, 2014 8:25 AM EST About to embark on a new album cycle for the first time in four years behind a new label, the Hold Steady know challenges lie ahead, though their reception Thursday night proved they've gathered a devoted cheering section over the years "My new year's resolution is to stop…

  15. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  16. Franz Ferdinand Frontman Accuses Pharrell of 'Borrowing' 'Take Me Out' Riff

    January 31, 2014 9:39 PM EST Alex Kapranos notes similarities in Paloma Faith's "Can't Rely on You" Pharrell Williams was involved in his share of lawsuits last year -- from a spat with will.i.am over his i am OTHER brand to his part in a suit from Marvin Gaye's family concerning his work on…

  17. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:59 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occasionally, and seemingly accidentally,…

  18. Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail To The King' Claims British Chart Throne

    September 02, 2013 3:53 AM EDT As Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” (Polydor/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) to become the longest-running bestseller by a domestic artist in 2013, Californian rockers Avenged Sevenfold landed their first No. 1 album in the territory, debuting at the…

  19. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started this record and had a very forthright…

  20. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Tops Adult Pop Songs; Pearl Jam Returns

    July 15, 2013 5:50 PM EDT JT scores his first No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs with 'Mirrors.' Plus, Pearl Jam roars back with 'Mind Your Manners,' the first single from its album 'Lightning Bolt,' due Oct. 15 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

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