1. Roots Picnic 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    June 03, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Now in its fifth year, the Roots Picnic is fast becoming a staple of Philadelphia's rich musical culture. This year marked the first time the festival was expanded to two days (Sat. Jun. 2-Sun. Jun. 3), with acts like De La Soul , Diplo , and Kid Cudi among the biggest names. The line-up…

  2. Watch Mumford & Sons' Full Bonnaroo 2011 Set

    June 01, 2012 4:55 PM EDT For a single day, Mumford & Sons' entire set at last year's Bonnaroo is being broadcast on YouTube . The June 11 show covered 16 tracks and stretched to over an hour, 20 minutes, including songs like "Little Lion Man," "The Cave" and a cover of "Amazing…

  3. Mumford & Sons Plot Summer Dates, Hint At September Album Release

    May 29, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Mumford & Sons have returned from the Memorial Day weekend with a handful of new tour dates -- and a tentative release date for their highly anticipated sophomore album. First, the confirmed news: the British folk rockers have plotted a series of "Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers"…

  4. Music, Laughs Served Up at 'Larry's Country Diner'

    May 24, 2012 2:32 PM EDT There is a show business saying about knowing your audience. Larry Black definitely knows the country audience. Since the mid 1990s, he has been the brainpower behind the wildly successful "Country's Family Reunion" DVD series. He also produces and hosts the popular series …

  5. Zakk Wylde: 'It Would Be an Honor' to Play With Pantera

    May 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Metal Guitar Icon Talks New Book, Sobriety, Church and Music Biz 'Cartoon Characters' The always outrageous and thoroughly entertaining Zakk Wylde has written a book, "Bringing Metal to the Children: The Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination." Part…

  6. Ricky Skaggs Calls 30 Years With Opry a 'Precious Gift'

    May 16, 2012 11:45 AM EDT It's been 30 years since the legendary Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb made a young Kentucky musician's dream come true by inducting him into the Grand Ole Opry. Ricky Skaggs shared the memory on stage last night during a special Opry show celebrating his 30th anniversary with the…

  7. Liza Minnelli Talks 'Live' Album, Slams Play About Her Mom

    May 10, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Liza is back! The long-unavailable recording of Liza Minnelli 's legendary Winter Garden concert in 1974 is available for the first time. The singer/actress, who charmingly still uses words like swell and grand, spoke to Billboard about "Live at the Winter Garden" and her…

  8. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  9. Rock Hall Inducts Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    April 15, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the high rollers at the VIP tables and the 6,000 "real"…

  10. Chili Pepper Bowling + GnR Buzz at Rock Hall Pre-Parties

    April 14, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The biggest bash, size-wise, was a gala at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum, where hundreds gathered to eat, check out shrine…

  11. The Miracles Grateful of Effort to Get Them Into Rock Hall of Fame

    April 13, 2012 10:00 PM EDT "I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime," Claudette Robinson tells Billboard Smokey Robinson got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Now the rest of his Motown group, the Miracles, are happy to be joining him at this year's induction ceremony on Saturday in…

  12. Rock Hall: Axl Rose Will Miss Faces Reunion, Chili Peppers + More

    April 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Green Day Still Confirmed to Induct Guns N' Roses on April 14 G uns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, despite Axl Rose's bombshell decision on Wednesday to boycott the event due to various grievances, large and small. A spokesperson…

  13. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Hit the Studio

    April 11, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Before Tuesday night's episode of NBC's "The Voice" could begin, audience members were given the chance to ask the show's coaches a handful of questions. One of Christina Aguilera 's fans echoed what a lot of people are wanting to know: When is your next album…

  14. 'The Voice' Recap: Cee Lo Says It 'Hurt' to Cut Tony Vincent

    April 11, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Ousted Singer Erin Martin Tweaks Cee Lo for 'Trying to Bring Out the Beyonce in Me' Adam Levine made an astute comment toward the end of Tuesday's elimination edition of "The Voice," interrupting his fellow judges just as Cee Lo Green was about to decide which singer…

  15. 'The Voice' Recap: Juliet Simms Lights It Up, Erin Martin Stumbles

    April 10, 2012 9:45 AM EDT The 10,000 hour theory gets frequently quoted when aging rock fans aim to point out that today's music lacks character, skill, instrumental chops -- you name it. The theory contends that to excel at anything, 10,000 hours need to be invested in practice and/or research before someone is…

  16. In The Studio: Amanda Palmer Readies New Album for September Release

    April 02, 2012 1:45 PM EDT "I've never been quite this excited about a record," Amanda Palmer , the New York singer-songwriter and former leader of cabaret rock group Dresden Dolls , tells Billboard.com from Melbourne, Australia. It's a city that she calls "incredibly fucking alive," and…

  17. 'The Voice' Recap: Satisfaction (Not) Guaranteed

    March 27, 2012 9:50 AM EDT The battle rounds of "The Voice" were shot in December long before anyone had an inkling as to who would be competing. At one three-hour session that saw five head-to-head battles, I walked away with four thoughts: too many songs from the '70s; no talent reached out and grabbed…

  18. 'The Voice' Sneak Peek: Justin Hopkins & Tony Vincent's Journey Battle

    March 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Can't wait for the next episode of ' The Voice' ? Well, we have a little something to tide you over. In this exclusive clip from Monday's show, watch Justin Hopkins and Tony Vincent from Team Cee Lo climb into the ring and turn Journey's 1983 power-ballad "…

  19. Rock Hall Presenters: John Mellencamp, Carole King, Chuck D, Bette Midler

    March 20, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Donovan Calls Mellencamp 'My Dear Friend,' Says He'll Perform With My Morning Jacket's Jim James Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Carole King, Robbie Robertson and ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons and Dusty Hill will be among the…

  20. Roots Picnic 2012 Lineup: Kid Cudi, Wale, James Murphy Performing

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Kid Cudi , Wale , De La Soul and James Murphy are among the top-line acts at the 2012 Roots Picnic, the annual Philadelphia festival hosted by city music legends the Roots . Now in its fifth year, the event has expanded from one day to two, invading Philly's Festival Pier at Penn's…

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