1. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  2. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

  3. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  4. Bob Mould Looks Back at Husker Du's Breakthrough Indie Album 'Zen Arcade'

    October 28, 2014 5:18 PM EDT In 1983, Hüsker Dü 's singer-guitarist Bob Mould told Matter fanzine writer Steve Albini, "We're going to try to do something bigger than anything like rock & roll... I don't know what it's going to be, we have to work that out, but it's going to go…

  5. SXSW Probably Isn't Going Anywhere – But Big Changes Loom

    October 02, 2014 2:17 PM EDT A new report suggests implementing "clean zones," a way to control the massive crowds by restricting areas of the fest's downtown footprint. Updated, 3:10pm ET : SXSW's official statement on the report can be found in full at the bottom of this article. A new report,…

  6. Krewella Mired in Legal Mess Involving DJ's Newfound Sobriety

    September 30, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Yousaf sisters conspired to remove Kris Trindl from the group, says a new lawsuit. The story of Krewella starts out like an American fable: Two sisters and one former boyfriend from a Chicago suburb form a music group and, using some social-media savvy, rocket to fame as headliners of…

  7. U2's Surprise 'Songs of Innocence': Album Review

    September 09, 2014 5:52 PM EDT Had Apple not been readying the launch of its new iPhone 6, U2 might have had to invent the thing itself. In a bold move only this band could pull off, Bono and the gang hijacked the tech giant's Sept. 9 unveiling and announced the release -- free to all 500 million iTunes users --…

  8. Will Suge Knight Shooting Mar Post-VMAs Parties?

    August 24, 2014 8:46 PM EDT News that Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was shot  early Sunday morning at a  Chris Brown -hosted pre- VMA Party in West Hollywood has had a rippling effect throughout the city leading up to the awards show.  After Knight and two others were shot during a party at 1 OAK nightclub,…

  9. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

  10. Myspace Relaunches Secret Shows with Mysterious Spoon Set in New York City

    August 04, 2014 1:45 PM EDT "Hello, brothers and sisters." Just a moment ago, we had been lined up outside Manhattan's McKittrick Hotel to see Spoon 's not-that-hush-hush set, to kick off the relaunch of Myspace's Secret Show series. We were guided into an elevator, then abruptly plunged into…

  11. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  12. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  13. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Plastikman, Trentemøller & More

    June 13, 2014 1:07 PM EDT On Thursday (June 12), Sonar kicked off the first of its three full days of special artist showcases and cutting edge music technology events with a nuanced show by German pianist Nils Frahm, Machinedrum’s new high-octane live set, Trentemøller’s hybrid band brilliance, and a spellbinding…

  14. Slain Banda Singer Tito Torbellino Remembered

    June 03, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Tito Torbellino, a rising singer in banda music, will be remembered during a memorial service in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., five days after the regional Mexican entertainer was fatally wounded in northern Mexico during a business meeting inside a restaurant. The service will take place…

  15. Soundgarden Rocks 'Superunknown' Club Show in New York (Review)

    June 03, 2014 12:18 PM EDT "We're from Seattle," Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said as he led the band through its classic 1994 album "Superunknown" at New York's Webster Hall on Monday (June 2), "It's black even in f**king July." The sold-out crowd erupted into the…

  16. The Black Keys Defy Radio Trends on 'Turn Blue': Album Review

    May 12, 2014 10:57 AM EDT For lovers of pop music, advance word about the new Black Keys album was a bit alarming. Guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach, drummer Patrick Carney and returning co-conspirator/­co-producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton said in recent interviews that they were consciously steering…

  17. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Don't You Wanna Danica?

    April 22, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Party Anthem Night turned out to be the perfect “Dancing With the Stars” episode to attend liiiiiiive, as this is pretty much the flagship theme of the show (People Gone Wild) just as much as last week’s Disney motif. At the time, I’d regretted delaying my visit to Planet Mirrorballus because…

  18. HIM, Anathema Rock New York's Irving Plaza

    March 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT At five minutes to show time Saturday (March 14) and well ahead of headliner HIM, New York's Irving Plaza was already packed to capacity for opener Anathema, the U.K. band returning for the first time since its triumphant NYC show last September at the Gramercy Theater . However,…

  19. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  20. Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move Forward When We All Pull Together

    January 28, 2014 9:48 AM EST A personal tribute to the legendary folk musician and social activist We stood in a line , our feet braced against the gentle rocking of the boat, our young fingers grasping the thick, braided halyard. Then, at the directions of the crew, we tugged that line hard, hand-over-hand, and the…

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