1. Tom Waits Shares Moving Tribute to Merle Haggard

    April 20, 2016 3:25 AM EDT Tom Waits has penned a touching tribute to the late country great Merle Haggard .  Waits, who grew up around San Diego, not far from where Haggard was born, recalls how his formative years were shaped by the iconic artist. “When I was a teenager I was listening to songs like they were books…

  2. Those Adele/Tom Waits Lyrical Similarities May Not Be Coincidental

    November 03, 2015 6:59 PM EST As with seemingly any popular song released in the 21st century, Adele 's "Hello" is now the target of online allegations that it rips off an older song. In this case, commenters are calling out lyrical similarities between Adele's "Hello" lyrics and the lines…

  3. Southside Johnny, the Veteran Jersey Boy from the Same Shore as Springsteen and Bon Jovi

    October 30, 2015 4:32 PM EDT The fairgrounds in West Springfield, Mass., past the gaudy bright lights of stands selling fried-dough funnel cakes and cream puffs so big they come with instructions on how to eat them (twist gently), Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are doing a sound check in the sun on a recent…

  4. Watch Tom Waits Perform a New Song, Chat With Old Pal David Letterman

    May 15, 2015 12:33 PM EDT Said Waits on his website: “I don't know when I will see Dave again. I guess from now on we’ll have to settle for bumping into each other at pilates." Over David Letterman's lengthy run as Late Show host, Tom Waits made a whopping 10 guest appearances. Appropriately enough, the…

  5. Folk Duo the Well Pennies on Covering the Beatles & Thriving as an Independent Act

    January 22, 2015 11:05 AM EST The husband-and-wife team offers a DIY model to follow as it releases new album 'Endlings.' Harmonizing husband-and-wife duo the Well Pennies broke through with a highly-praised Beatles cover. Now, as it preps its new album Endlings , due Tuesday (Jan. 27), the pair is finding…

  6. Neil Diamond Goes Back to High School for First-Ever Brooklyn Show: Review

    September 30, 2014 3:02 AM EDT After more than 50 years in the business, with over 100 million albums sold and a slew of hits that are heard everywhere from bars to weddings to ballparks, Neil Diamond decided it was finally time to play a concert in his native Brooklyn. And rather than perform at one of the borough'…

  7. Sohn Accuses Audi Of Taking a Free Ride With His Music

    September 24, 2014 6:14 AM EDT Sohn suspects Audi has lifted one of his songs for an ad campaign without permission. No harm. He’s willing to do a swap. The British electro-soul artist caught the commercial for Audi’s A3 Sportback, and his ears tuned into the soundtrack. The tune, Sohn suggests, is a dead-ringer for his…

  8. Death Grips Release Surprise EP Feat. Björk

    June 09, 2014 1:34 PM EDT Death Grips, as they do, dropped a bomb this morning in the form of a new EP which features Björk on every track. Sort of. The Sacramento-based band, which was signed and dropped from major label Epic after a bitter dispute that ended with a phallic middle finger and ro-shambo'd fans in…

  9. John Hammond, 'Further On Up The Road': Exclusive Song Premiere

    December 10, 2013 10:45 AM EST It's been 50 years since John Hammond, Jr. released his first album. And he can think of no better way to commemorate it than with a new live album that finds him doing what he does best -- playing solo with just his guitar, harmonica and voice at one of his favorite regular venues.  …

  10. Carrie Underwood Joins Rolling Stones On Stage in Toronto

    May 26, 2013 11:57 PM EDT “I just sang with the ‪@RollingStones!” Carrie Underwood tweeted last night following her appearance with the band on “It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll” at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. “Holy cow! I walked off stage and said, "What just happened?!" Still can't believe it! :)” The…

  11. Jewel Releasing 'Greatest Hits' on Feb. 5

    December 10, 2012 9:00 AM EST -Track Set Will Feature New Duets With Kelly Clarkson, Pistol Annies Jewel is putting the finishing touches on a "Greatest Hits" album due out Feb. 5 -- specifically deciding which of two new songs will be part of the package. "In classic fashion, one's really dark and…

  12. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major nominees for the Grammys, being held Feb.…

  13. Los Lobos Talk 'Rubic's Cube' of Options for 40th Anniversary

    August 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Until then, band celebrates 20 years since release of classic "Kiko" album Los Lobos celebrates the 20th anniversary of its lauded "Kiko" album this week with three special release, but an even more important milestone -- the group's 40th -- looms next year,…

  14. Tom Waits Reveals 'Hell Broke Luce' Video After Mysterious Campaign: Watch

    August 07, 2012 8:58 PM EDT Tom Waits ' big surprise is a new video. The veteran musician has been leading up to the release of the "Hell Broke Luce" video for a week, teasing fans with a trio of images plastered with "Coming August 7" that wound up being video stills. Press speculation over the…

  15. Bobby Bare Has Deja Vu at Historic Studio

    June 06, 2012 6:20 PM EDT It was a scene that made country legend Bobby Bare have a little bit of déjà vu. After all, he had been here before -- many times. "Shame On Me," "Detroit City," "500 Miles Away From Home," and so many others from his RCA years were all recorded at the label'…

  16. Watch Of Monsters And Men Play 'Animal' On The Roof

    May 30, 2012 2:15 PM EDT The first show Icelandic folk rockers Of Monsters and Men played during their breakout run at SXSW this March was at an Austin, Tex. bike shop packed with singing fans. And though there was perhaps a little more space to maneuver at Mophonics Studio in NYC, the group did not tone down the…

  17. Village People Songwriter Wins 'Y.M.C.A.' Rights Case

    May 08, 2012 8:59 PM EDT A California federal judge has given original Village People singer Victor Willis a big victory in a case that has been closely followed in the music industry. Last year, Willis terminated rights to his share of 33 of the group's songs, including the monster hit "Y.M.C.A."…

  18. Melissa Etheridge Writing 'Rock Musical,' Preps Album & Tour

    April 05, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Singer Working on Follow-up to 2010's "Fearless Love"; Hopes to Release It Later This Year M elissa Etheridge says she has more than 20 songs, "kinda rockin' tunes, soulful tunes, all kinds of stuff" that she's just started recording in Los Angeles for the…

  19. Grammys 2012: 19 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 13, 2012 12:26 AM EST On a big night for Adele, she had a lot to say backstage -- as did the rest of the Grammy victors. Hear what you didn't see on the Grammy broadcast below. Adele's Big Night : While her millions of fans may have worried about her recovery from surgery, Adele called the procedure …

  20. Q&A: Bob Seger on His Greatest Hits and Next Album

    December 01, 2011 4:10 PM EST Bob Seger , 66, certainly hasn't forgotten how to rock. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the Detroit icon is in the midst of his second North American tour this year. (The run wraps Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, with a make-up date in South Carolina on Jan. 14.) His just…

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