1. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  2. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  3. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  4. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  5. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  6. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  7. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  8. Disclosure Doubles Up Atop Dance Charts

    July 25, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The duo reaches new No. 1 on the genre's two main charts after long waits. Plus, action for Daft Punk, Mr. Probz, Flume and Niki Haris After almost a year on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (47 weeks), Disclosure reaches the pinnacle at last, as "Latch," featuring Sam Smith, jumps 2…

  9. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its 11th year.  Billboard's highest accolade…

  10. Ohio State Fires Leader of Viral Marching Band

    July 24, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the…

  11. Nick Jonas Makes Solo Debut with 'Chains' Single

    July 24, 2014 2:37 PM EDT Nick Jonas is ready to move on the next phase of his music career following the disbandment of the Jonas Brothers, and on Thursday (July 24), the youngest JoBro dropped an intriguing preview of his forthcoming solo full-length. Click here to listen to new single "Chains," which…

  12. Benoit & Sergio's 'Your Darkness' EP: Exclusive Video Premiere and Q&A

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A new Benoit & Sergio release is always an event for the deep house world. While their contemporaries typically value dance floor fluency over nuanced narrative, the DC and Berlin-based duo consistently incorporate a songwriting sensibility in their tracks, rendering them equally suited…

  13. Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Late Grandpa on Twitter

    July 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Singer gets condolences during 'Good Morning America' appearance Early Wednesday, Ariana Grande announced on Twitter that her grandfather, Frank, had died. The pop star stuck to her busy schedule, appearing on "Good Morning America" just after sharing the news. Grande…

  14. Elizabeth Olsen Covers Rilo Kiley in 'Very Good Girls' (Watch)

    July 23, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Jenny Lewis scored the upcoming film Want to watch an Olsen sister sing but don't want to listen to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen perform " Brother for Sale "? Then you're going to want to check out this clip from the upcoming film "Very Good Girls," which features…

  15. CODE First Play: Two Fresh, "Blimpus (Starkey Remix)"

    July 23, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Starkey has long been a low-end pioneer, so it’s no surprise that his new remix doesn’t easily fit any genre other than his own “street bass” label. Showing off his studio stripes, the Philadelphia veteran gives the latest single by Denver duo Two Fresh his own spin with crunchy bass throbs…

  16. Kanye West's 5 Most Outrageous Quotes in GQ Interview

    July 22, 2014 11:39 PM EDT Kanye West certainly didn't hold back in a recent interview with GQ magazine for their August issue. Not known for keeping his feelings to himself, the rapper and newlywed sat down just days after his wedding to Kim Kardashian and spouted off his thoughts — and some strange analogies —…

  17. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

  18. Zach Galifianakis & Ted Danson Collaborate With the National… Sort Of (Watch)

    July 22, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Call it 'Between Two Berningers,' if you will. Last year, National frontman Matt Berninger and his younger, metalhead brother Tom assumed the starring roles in "Mistaken for Strangers," an award-winning documentary about the younger Berninger tagging along on tour as an…

  19. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  20. Robert Ellis, Hamilton Leithauser, Caitlin Rose Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest Afterparties (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For the past several years, Deer Tick takes over the town of Newport, R.I.'s Blues Cafe for their legendary Newport Folk Festival afterparties, which have featured such luminaries as Jackson Browne, Jim James, and Dawes. They're doing it again this weekend, bringing with them…

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