1. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  2. Jane's Addiction to Headline the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    June 24, 2014 2:08 AM EDT Jane's Addiction, which first played on the Sunset Strip as the opener to Gene Loves Jezebel at The Roxy nearly two decades ago, is returning to West Hollywood in September as the king of the influential live-music scene. The L.A. rockers will headline the first day of the newly…

  3. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  4. Outkast Adds Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino to Atlanta Concert

    June 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Kid Cudi , Childish Gambino and Raury have been added to Outkast 's homecoming show at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on Sept. 27. Dubbed #ATLast, the concert is being curated by the reunited duo, who promise additional performers at the one-day fest in downtown Atlanta. "…

  5. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

  6. Lou Reed's Musical Gear Goes Up For Sale

    June 18, 2014 3:36 AM EDT Want to buy Lou Reed’s effects pedals, or his Kurzweil keyboard? With luck – and a chunk of money – you can.  The late, great artist’s musical equipment is to be auctioned online in the coming weeks. Though not all of it. A post on the Velvet Underground founder’s official Facebook page…

  7. 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…

  8. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  9. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

  10. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  11. The Verve Pipe, 'Overboard', Co-Written by Jeff Daniels: Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 12, 2014 9:18 AM EDT "I just helped him focus it a little bit," says the actor of working with frontman Brian Vander Ark The Verve Pipe is back with its first proper rock album in 13 years, “Overboard,” due out June 17. Listen to the title track, co-written by acclaimed actor Jeff Daniels below.  On the…

  12. New Lana Del Rey Song "Brooklyn Baby" Leaks (Listen)

    June 07, 2014 4:39 PM EDT The fourth track from Lana Del Rey's forthcoming sophomore record "Ultraviolence" hit the Web ahead of its release earlier today. The song, "Brooklyn Baby," clocks in at nearly six minutes and finds the breathless singer in -- you guessed it -- Brooklyn, where she…

  13. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  14. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  15. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie Headlining

    May 20, 2014 9:28 AM EDT This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin looks hell bent on being a good time. The lineup for the 9th annual festival was announced Tuesday, with heavy metal legends Judas Priest tee'd up as one of the headliners. FFF Fest takes over Auditorium Shores and Butler Park from Nov. 7-9. …

  16. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  17. Riot Fest Announces Chicago, Denver Lineups: The Cure, Pussy Riot, The National

    May 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT The traveling festival celebrates its ten-year anniversary in Chicago. A week after it revealed its Toronto lineup, the punk and indie rock traveling circus Riot Fest has announced the full bills for its Chicago and Denver stops. The Cure will headline both weekends and have also been added…

  18. LouFest 2014: Outkast, Arctic Monkeys Top Lineup

    May 13, 2014 1:01 AM EDT Grouplove, Cake, Future Islands and Portugal. The Man also set to perform at annual festival in St. Louis Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake and Grouplove are among some of the big names headlining this year's LouFest in St. Louis this year. The two-day festival will bring 40 bands to Forest…

  19. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  20. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

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