1. Arctic Monkeys, Glastonbury, Sziget Win Big at European Festival Awards

    January 15, 2015 11:41 AM EST Festivals with names like I Love Techno and Down the Rabbit Hole were winners at the 6th annual European Festival Awards on Wednesday. The event, which honors Europe's best festivals, artists and promoters, took place at Groningen's De Oosterpoort in The Netherlands. Melvin Benn,…

  2. Melvin Benn, Promoter Behind Reading and Leeds Fests, on Fest Economics, Bringing Lolla to Europe

    January 13, 2015 12:39 PM EST As head of Festival Republic, veteran promoter Melvin Benn is the man behind some of the U.K.'s biggest and most popular music festivals, including the award-winning Latitude (35,000-capacity) and dual-site Reading and Leeds Festival (170,000 combined capacity), which has already…

  3. Blues Musician Melvin Jackson Dies at 79

    December 31, 2014 10:42 PM EST Blues musician Melvin Jackson , who performed for years with legends B.B. King and Bobby "Blue" Bland , has died. He was 79. Jackson died Tuesday evening at a hospice facility in Las Vegas after suffering from Alzheimer's disease, said his niece, Valerie Jordan . The…

  4. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  5. Lollapalooza Heading to Berlin in 2015

    November 06, 2014 4:00 AM EST An announcement is coming Thursday (Nov. 6) that the first Lollapalooza Berlin will be held at Tempelhof Airport on Sept. 12-13, 2015. Germany will join Chile, Brazil and Argentina as the fourth international location for the festival, produced by Festival Republic, the team behind the…

  6. Krist Novoselic: ‘Meat Puppets II’ Inspired Me Because ‘There Were No Barriers’

    October 29, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, on Meat Puppets II , the second album by Phoenix rock band Meat Puppets . It is considered one of the most influential albums of the '80s even though it did not chart. A Look Back at 1984: Full Coverage "I first heard that album at [ The…

  7. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The series, co-conceptualized by punk demigod Ian Mackaye and ressurected thanks to the patronage of 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams, returns today. Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the…

  8. 3 Convicted in Death of Georgia Rapper Lil Phat

    August 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A jury has convicted three men in the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat . Rapper Lil Phat Killed in Atlanta Shooting Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child. On Friday, prosecutors said the…

  9. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  10. ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Musical Heading to Broadway

    August 08, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Looks like it’s time for a little twang on Broadway. With a book by Larry L. King and Pete Masterson , and music and lyrics by Carol Hall , The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to open in 2015 in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony, Emmy and Olivier winner Rob Ashford .…

  11. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’: Track-by-Track Review

    July 08, 2014 12:26 PM EDT To paraphrase Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, if we don’t know Morrissey by now, we will never, ever, ever know Morrissey. Last year, the famously self-absorbed former Smiths frontman released the memoir “Autobiography,” his 457-page attempt to let fans into the weird little world he…

  12. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  13. 'Supermensch' Clip: Watch Teddy Pendergrass Go From Tame to Sex God (Exclusive)

    May 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Ever wonder how Teddy Pendergrass went from a singer in Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to a man women swoon over? Give Shep Gordon some of the credit. Mike Myers' directorial debut, "Supermensch," concerns the life of Gordon, who got into the music management business by…

  14. August Alsina Talks 'Testimony' Album & Jeezy-Assisted 'Make It Home'

    April 29, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Picture 300 to 400 young women queued up inside a local mall. Some are crying; others are screaming. Many brandish gifts ranging from letters and handmade posters to cologne. One even totes a cake. That was the scene on April 16 during an August Alsina meet-and-greet at the Hall of Fame Music…

  15. My Bloody Valentine to Headline L.A.'s FYF Fest

    May 13, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine will play their first U.S. gig since 2009 at Los Angeles' FYF Festival. Also on hand for the fest -- which runs Aug. 24-25 at L.A. State Historic Park -- are acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Solange, and MGMT. The decade-old punk and…

  16. Richard Street of The Temptations Dead at 70

    February 28, 2013 5:40 AM EST Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70. Street's wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness. "He was really fighting for his life," the singer's widow…

  17. 'Nevermind' the Covers: 13 Nirvana Odes

    February 20, 2013 12:42 PM EST More than 20 years after "grunge" became more than a synonym for dirt, learning a Nirvana cover remains rite of passage for young rock bands and rock veterans alike. Remembering frontman Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 46th birthday today (February 20), we present a stellar…

  18. Questlove To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 17, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Ahmir ' ?uestlove ' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: professor. The Roots ' drummer will be joining Universal Music Enterprises vice president of A&R and Grammy winning reissues producer Harry Weinger to co-teach a course titled &…

  19. Mel Stuart, 'Willy Wonka' & 'Wattstax' Director, Dies at 83

    August 10, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Mel Stuart, who documented in soulful style the legendary Wattstax music festival and brought to life Roald Dahl's musical fantasy "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died Thursday night of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83. The surrealist cult classic, about…

  20. Rapper Lil Phat Killed in Atlanta Shooting

    June 08, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Rapper Lil Phat, a member of Trill Entertainment whose roster includes Lil Boosie and Webbie, was shot and killed Thursday night outside an Atlanta hospital. Police Capt. Steve Rose confirmed to WXIA-TV , the local NBC affiliate, that 19-year-old Melvin Vernell III, who went by Lil Phat, was…

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