1. La Roux Finds Peace on 'Trouble In Paradise': Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 6:05 PM EDT When La Roux arrived in 2009 with its Grammy-winning self-titled debut album, the U.K. duo's music smacked of the future. Sure, the songs were rooted in British synth-pop, but the steely beats and singer Elly Jackson's unflappability suggested that mainstream music was morphing into…

  2. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  3. Code Picks of the Week: Guy Gerber & Diddy, Oliver Heldens & More

    July 11, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Guy Gerber & Diddy – My Heart This curious collaborative pairing unveiled the first track off their forthcoming album “11 11.” Gerber…

  4. f(x) Solidifies Brand of Quirky, Hipster Pop With 'Red Light' Album

    July 08, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The girl group bring hip-hop chants, animal noises, twinkling synths, horror-movie screams and more on their new LP Last July, f(x) dropped new single "Rum Pum Pum Pum" – a mix of samba, funk and yuletide carols that (somehow brilliantly) blended to give the girl group its first No.…

  5. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  6. K.Will Unveils 'Day 1' Video Starring SISTAR's Soyou: Watch

    June 30, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Will this groovy new track give the crooner his fifth K-Pop No. 1? Vocal maestro K.Will returns with his highly anticipated new single, "Day 1," paired with a buzzy video. "Day 1" is the lead track lifted off his fifth EP "One Fine Day," released via Starship…

  7. Dave Chappelle & Nas Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 24, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Dave Chappelle's hiatus has been evidently too long. So, him currently taking on a week-long stint at New York City's Radio City Music Hall — as a headliner for a series of stand-up sets and as an opener for a host of top-tier musicians — is a huge deal. Last night (June 24), the…

  8. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  9. Firefly 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? Third time was indeed the charm for Delaware's Firefly Music festival. The 2014 edition of First State’s now-massive 4-day event was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances spread…

  10. Firefly 2014: Organizers Promise 'Bigger & Better' Festival

    June 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT There’s a new theme to the upcoming third annual Firefly Music Festival in the lush Woodlands behind the Dover International Speedway in Delaware: “Bigger and better,” says festival director Greg Bostrom. He’s not kidding. In addition to adding a fourth day in 2014, which subsequently means…

  11. deadmau5, 'while(1 <2)': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Joel Zimmerman – aka deadmau5 – has seen his fair share of strife and success in the two years since his last album release. From a tumultuous ended engagement with tattoo artist Kat Von D to a new record deal with Astralwerks, change has been the only constant for the globetrotting Canadian…

  12. Governors Ball 2014: Bloody Beetroots Bring Beats, Talk Paul McCartney Collab (Video)

    June 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT When the Bloody Beetroots, the brain child of Italian DJ-producer Bob Rifo, hits the road, it’s rebranded as “The Bloody Beetroots Live,” and for good reason. Onstage -- as they were at Governors Ball on Sunday (June 8) -- the act is often more like a rock band than an EDM one, with a mosh…

  13. Governors Ball 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 09, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Jack White, Chance The Rapper, Disclosure and Interpol all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? The 2014 edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances and non-stop surprises, spread across the four stages constructed on New York's…

  14. Summer of Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' Rapper Defends Her Cred, Talks Lorde (Cover Story)

    June 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The say-anything, foulmouthed, lightning rod rapper suddenly owns summer as she ties a Beatles chart record (but she doesn't even care): "I'd rather be the Stones" Late one early-summer Saturday night, Iggy Azalea , one of the hottest pop stars on the planet,…

  15. Governors Ball 2014: Phoenix Brings on the Sunset With Explosvie Set

    June 07, 2014 9:31 AM EDT Influential French dance-rockers Phoenix turned in an airtight set at Governors Ball, which proved to be one of the day's standout sets. The group's songs have always been highlighted by lush, high-energy peaks and pretty, pensive low-energy valleys, and onstage that dynamic was…

  16. Why White Sea Is More Than An M83 Side Project

    June 03, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Morgan Kibby discusses her monumental new album and future with M83. While M83 diehards anxiously await the follow-up to the 2011 double-disc triumph "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming," which included the breakout single "Midnight City," fans of epic…

  17. 'Sugar Man' Singer Rodriguez Holds Down Los Angeles Gig

    June 02, 2014 4:41 PM EDT The unfathomable story line of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which culminates with a series of South Africa arena concerts in 1998, appears to be playing out in similar fashion in the United States. Two years after “Sugar Man's” subject, Sixto Rodriguez, was playing solo…

  18. KROQ Weenie Roast 2014: Avicii, Capital Cities Infuse Dance Music Into Annual Alternative Fest

    June 01, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Avicii, Capital Cities, Fitz and the Tantrums, Beck and more show the new blend of dance and alternative at Weenie Roast Given Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s lofty status in the broadcasting pantheon, its annual summertime kick-off show, the Weenie Roast, is usually a pretty strong…

  19. Robyn & Royksopp Primer: 10 Songs To Know Before 'Do It Again'

    May 27, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Listen to these 10 tracks before exploring the new mini-album from the Scandinavian pop auteurs. This week, Swedish pop princess Robyn and Norwegian production duo Royksopp teamed up to ignite the pop blogosphere, as their collaborative "mini-album," "Do It Again," was…

  20. Austin Mahone, 'The Secret' EP: Track-By-Track Review

    May 27, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Since Justin Bieber began his pop ascendence in 2009, no male teen solo star has come close to equaling (or surpassing) the Canadian superstar's ubiquity. Artists like Cody Simpson and Greyson Chance each found moderate success after the Biebs' initial explosion but have yet to…

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