1. D.R.A.M. Releases Revamped '$' Featuring Donnie Trumpet: Listen

    August 03, 2015 6:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 D.R.A.M. , the Virginia singer best known for his single "Cha Cha," has released a reworked version of "$." The song was originally featured on his #1Epic EP, and now, with the help of Donnie Trumpet (as in Donnie Trumpet and the ...

  2. Danny Brown & Clams Casino Release New Track 'Worth It': Listen

    August 03, 2015 4:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Worth It," a new single from Danny Brown and Clams Casino, just dropped from Adult Swim's Singles 2015 -- 19 weeks of free songs, which also features DOOM, Run the Jewels and Flying Lotus . Danny Brown Writing Children's Book &# ...

  3. FKA Twigs Premieres Otherworldly New Track 'Figure 8': Listen

    August 03, 2015 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Let me live through your lights," FKA Twigs echoes on her new track "Figure 8." From the get-go, the song -- which premiered Monday (Aug. 3) on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio -- sucks its listener in to an astonishingly entranci ...

  4. Dolly Parton Makes Triumphant Return to the Ryman: Live Review

    August 02, 2015 6:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The year was 1959. Thirteen-year old Dolly Parton had traveled to Nashville with her Uncle Bill Owens to see the Grand Ole Opry at its then-current home, the Ryman Auditorium. That night, she wound up making her debut performance on the stage -- tha ...

  5. Shania Twain Proves That She’s Still Got It at Nashville Concert: Live Review

    August 01, 2015 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Shania Twain announced plans for a tour in March, there had to have been a few skeptics. I will admit -- I was one of them. After all, it had been more than a decade since she had been on tour, and one had to wonder about the relevance of her m ...

  6. Rapper Gunplay Shows Both Sides of His Personality on Wild Debut ‘Living Legend’: Album Review

    July 31, 2015 5:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Some critics view rapper Gunplay as a caricature: braids in a ball, pills in a pile, guns on the floor. And sure, the Miami native has called himself the “human L.A. riot,” but he also has articulated a street survivor’s remorse in compelling ways. ...

  7. ‘Dylan Goes Electric!’ Tackles the Night That Shocked the Music Industry: Book Review

    July 31, 2015 5:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bob Dylan scandalizing the 1965 Newport Folk Festival by performing plugged in with a rock band is one of the most picked-over musical moments in history. But historian Elijah Wald brings the moment to life with a deep, crystal-clear illumination of ...

  8. Natalie Imbruglia Takes on the Boys With a Feminine Twist on ‘Male’: Album Review

    July 31, 2015 5:46 PM EDT In 1997, Natalie Imbruglia sprinkled fairy dust all over “Torn,” her hit Ednaswap cover. On Male , her first album since 2009, the Aussie singer-actress works more remake magic on tunes originally performed by such male acts as Neil Young , Death C ...

  9. Migos Set the Trend -- Again -- With ‘Yung Rich Nation’: Album Review

    July 31, 2015 11:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Since their 2013 breakthrough mixtape  YRN , the exuberant, motormouthed trio of Quavo, Takeoff and Offset, collectively known as Migos , have settled into their role as Atlanta trap rap’s most reliable and influential party-starters. That tape hous ...

  10. One Direction, ‘Drag Me Down’ Single Review: 1D Becomes Larger Than Life

    July 31, 2015 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 On one hand, One Direction ’s new single “Drag Me Down” offers the “mature” sound that the group members has been boasting about in the lead-up to their fifth studio album. If 2014's Four found the boys still dabbling in mid-70’s arena-rock, th ...

  11. ‘Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Vision of Paradise’ Documentary Goes on a Colorful Journey With Dub’s Nutty Professor: Film Review

    July 27, 2015 3:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pioneering accomplishments of reggae's most eccentric producer-vocalist aren't just thoroughly documented in Lee "Scratch" Perry' s Vision of Paradise -- they're reimagined as the actions of a superhero fighting evi ...

  12. Bea Miller Rebels With Rocking Debut ‘Not an Apology’: Album Review

    July 27, 2015 11:45 AM EDT "I'm not a paper doll/Can't make me what you want," Bea Miller seethes on "Paper Doll," one of the many songs on her debut album marked by resistance to authority figures and chugging rock riffs. The mantra suits th ...

  13. Nicki Minaj Takes Jabs at Drake With Meek Mill, Brings Out Lil Wayne: Live Review

    July 27, 2015 10:30 AM EDT “The men are like, ‘Why did I come here?’” Nicki Minaj said, giggling, after a brief tirade on the thanklessness of that particular gender. Strutting across the stage in all gold -- looking like the world’s most curvaceous awards show statuette ...

  14. Skepta and Grime Come to New York City: Live Review

    July 26, 2015 12:36 PM EDT The speedy branch of rap known as grime -- an English mixture of hip-hop and strains of dance music, like garage and drum and bass -- is having a moment in America. Skepta , currently grime's most visible practitioner on this side of the Atl ...

  15. Meghan Trainor Dazzles L.A. Crowd After Vocal Hemorrhage Recovery: Live Review

    July 25, 2015 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 After postponing multiple tour dates on her MTrainTour due to a hemorrhage on her vocal cords , Meghan Trainor  was back in full swing at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Friday (July 24). Trainor posted on Instagram in early July that she ...

  16. AC/DC's 'Back In Black' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 10.746 k 312 264 On AC/DC 's Back In Black , half the song titles would make badass tattoo slogans, and the other half are things you'd say to someone in a bar at 2 a.m. This alone doesn't make the album that special (the same is more or le ...

  17. 5 Seconds of Summer Cranks Up the Amps With 'She's Kinda Hot,' Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst New Singles

    July 24, 2015 2:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Courtesy Photo 5 Seconds of Summer "She's Kinda Hot" Capitol 5SOS has been routinely branded as a "boy band," but that's a misnomer. The Aussie quartet cranks up the amps on "She's Kinda Hot," shirking br ...

  18. Deftones Triumphs, Incubus Coasts Along at Co-Headlining Tour Opener: Live Review

    July 23, 2015 12:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 2000, Deftones embarked on a U.S. tour in promotion of White Pony , bringing along Incubus as support. The latter had just reached platinum status with their third studio album Make Yourself , which featured the three charting singles "Stell ...

  19. EVVY Dances the Storm Away With New Single 'Tidal Wave': Exclusive Premiere

    July 23, 2015 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 With her new single "Tidal Wave," New York City-based songstress EVVY stays calm in the face of a storm. "Sometimes we come face to face with uncontrollable and destructive forces like a tidal wave," she says. "In the end, w ...

  20. Sublime’s New Iteration Wears Even Thinner on Reggae-Rock Rehash ‘Sirens’: Album Review

    July 21, 2015 6:34 PM EDT Weed has become more potent since deceased Sublime vocalist Bradley Nowell sang a cover of "Smoke Two Joints" on his band's seminal 40 oz. to Freedom in 1992. Still, you'd have to be pretty high to not be at least a little of ...

  21. Future Pledges Allegiance to Highs & Lows of Self-Medication on 'Dirty Sprite 2': Album Review

    July 21, 2015 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 On DS2 , the third major label album from Atlanta's Future , the rapper makes things clear from the outset: "I just f---ed your bitch in some Gucci flip-flops," he announces on opener "Thought It Was a Drought." He then admi ...

  22. Country Singer Ashley Monroe Goes Adult Contemporary With ‘The Blade’: Album Review

    July 21, 2015 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 No song has endeared Ashley Monroe more to critics -- especially those with a disdain for contemporary country -- than "Weed Instead of Roses," an irreverent honky-tonk about chemically enhancing a stale sex life. Songs like this have led ...

  23. Prince Royce Makes a Play for Pop’s Throne With ‘Double Vision’: Album Review

    July 21, 2015 12:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the Spanish-speaking world, Prince Royce is already a brand-name ­superstar. He scored his first No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart with his 2010 debut at the age of 20. That song, "Corazon Sin Cara," was a soft-focus ode to ­unconditio ...

  24. Ryn Weaver's Live Show Proves as Titillating as Her Debut Album, 'The Fool': Concert Review

    July 20, 2015 9:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Probably the last thing you'd take away from Ryn Weaver 's newly released debut, The Fool , is that the San Diego native is a poppy girl who just wants to have fun. So it was slightly startling to see her seem borderline confectionary as h ...

  25. The Chemical Brothers Make a Triumphant Return After Five Years With ‘Born in the Echoes’: Album Review

    July 20, 2015 4:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 In The Chemical Brothers ' world, it's always 1997. Dig Your Own Hole , the commercial breakthrough of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons' long-running electronic-dance ­partnership, came out ages ago by the rapidly progressing standards of c ...

  26. The-Dream Sticks to the Script on ‘Crown Jewel’: Album Review

    July 20, 2015 3:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 Months after ­co-writing Rihanna 's 2007 smash "Umbrella," Terius " The-Dream " Nash released Love/Hate , an album of insistent R&B songs about fast cars and women with winking hooks like "Show me the green light.&q ...

  27. Slayer Keeps Killing It On Mayhem Festival Tour: Live Review

    July 19, 2015 12:05 PM EDT When Hellyeah singer Chad Gray was stamping about the main stage at the Camden, N.J., stop of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival on July 17, a topic was clearly weighing on his mind. "Today is a f---ing celebration. Today is a continuatio ...

  28. Kelsea Ballerini Captivates at New York Headlining Debut: Live Review

    July 18, 2015 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Are we listening to country in New York?!" the evening's host demanded, directing his faux-disbelief at the less-than-crowded room. Yes, yes we were -- and it wasn't as improbable as it might seem. Kelsea Ballerini , country rad ...

  29. Dale Watson Preaches the Virtues of Ameripolitan: Live Review

    July 13, 2015 7:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Back in 1995, Dale Watson recorded a song bemoaning the state of modern country music. "I'm too country now for country," he declared, "just like Johnny Cash ." The singer then turned to an elder statesmen for guidance: &quo ...

  30. Corbin & Bobby Raps Bring 'Couch Potato' to New York City: Live Review

    July 13, 2015 6:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Saint Paul, Minn., singer Corbin has developed a streamlined version of R&B, one with all the surface decoration carefully scraped away. His innovation is to remove the melisma and ad-libs and flowery vocal runs that so predictably (and often bo ...

  31. Harry Connick Jr. Brings New Orleans to Hollywood Bowl With Mix of Standards & Standup: Live Review

    July 11, 2015 6:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Which bit do you like the best?" Harry Connick Jr. asked a Hollywood Bowl concertgoer Friday night as he climbed off the stage and into the crowd more than halfway through his two-hour-plus set. "You know, which songs? Because some p ...

  32. Maximum Balloon Blends the Seasons With 'Let It Grow,' Feat. Karen O & Tunde Adebimpe

    July 10, 2015 4:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Maximum Balloon , TV on the Radio guitarist David Andrew Sitek's solo project, releases the first new music since his 2010 debut of the same name. Entitled "Let it Grow", the track is graced with Sitek's fellow TV on the Radio ba ...

  33. Smashing Pumpkins And Marilyn Manson Excel In Their Own Way At Rocking L.A. Show

    July 10, 2015 2:00 PM EDT 5.369 k 132 37 After having put aside a long-standing feud that resulted in their joining forces on this summer’s the End Times co-headlining trek, 90's alt-rock heroes Marilyn Manson and the Smashing Pumpkins ’ Billy Corgan have been playing up thei ...

  34. Micky Dolenz Enchants New York Crowd With Monkees Hits & Cabaret Classics: Live Review

    July 08, 2015 9:06 PM EDT Micky  Dolenz 's cabaret show at New York City's 54 Below was billed "A Little Bit Broadway, a Little Bit Rock 'N' Roll." But it might just as well been titled "A Little Bit for Me, A Little Bit for You." ...

  35. 'American Idol Live!' Opening Night: The Magic Number Is Five (Live Review)

    July 08, 2015 7:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Five is a pretty good number when it comes to music. Just ask the Jackson 5 , the 5th Dimension or the Rolling Stones album 12 x 5 . Last night in Clearwater, Fla., five was also a great number, as the top five from season 14 of American Idol headli ...

  36. Years & Years’ Debut ‘Communion’ Is Filled With Confessional Synth-Pop: Album Review

    July 03, 2015 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Five years ago, when Sam Smith and Disclosure were still teen unknowns, fellow Brits Years & Years were an indie-leaning quintet with live guitars and drums. Now that soulful house music is among England's chief exports, and the group has m ...

  37. ‘How Music Got Free’ Is a Must-Read on the Rise of Piracy: Book Review

    July 03, 2015 9:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 The swashbuckling image of a pirate has a different meaning in the music biz, where it generally involves computer nerds and music geeks. So it's a credit to first-time author Stephen Witt that How Music Got Free makes such a suspenseful, enter ...

  38. Alt-Rockers X Ambassadors Take a Page From Imagine Dragons on ‘VHS’: Album Review

    July 03, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The stalled momentum of 2013's alt-radio breakouts Imagine Dragons has left the door open for another genre-­neutral act to invade the airwaves, further redefining what a rock band in 2015 can be. Enter X Ambassadors , who share the Dragons ...

  39. Meek Mill Shows the Dark Side of the American Dream on 'Dreams Worth More Than Money': Album Review

    July 02, 2015 7:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Meek Mill 's long-delayed Dreams Worth More Than Money  may be just the Philadelphia rapper's second official full-length but it feels like much more.  F ollowing up his 2012 debut,  Dreams & Nightmares ,  Mill's cultural footprin ...

  40. Fetty Wap Dominates Lukewarm 2015 XXL Freshmen NYC Show: Live Review

    July 01, 2015 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 New York City's Best Buy Theater was packed with rowdy teenagers for the annual XXL Freshmen show last night, June 30, featuring a group of rappers who are ready for the spotlight. The list is supposed to co-sign a variation of talent that has ...

  41. Demi Lovato Gets Aggressive on Red-Hot ‘Cool For The Summer’: Single Review

    July 01, 2015 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Love it or hate it, Demi Lovato 's "Cool For The Summer" is undeniably the pop star's most self-assured statement to date. The new single shoves the listener into blissful submission, as the former Disney star swaps out the breat ...

  42. Shania Twain's Rock This Country Tour Brings Her Timeless Talent to MSG

    July 01, 2015 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Given all that’s changed over the last 10 years, both in her personal life and the corner of the pop universe she helped design, Shania Twain could’ve put together a very different farewell tour. It’s called Rock This Country, her triumphant return ...

  43. St. Vincent, Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock Join High Schoolers in David Byrne-Curated Tribute to Color Guard: Concert Review

    June 30, 2015 5:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Is there any figure in popular music as persistently, publicly curious as David Byrne ? Whether pioneering collage music with Brian Eno , fusing African funk with chilly New Wave, or helping introduce Americans to Tropicália and Afro-Peruvian sounds ...

  44. Richard Thompson Pulls Double Duty at Town Hall by Opening for Himself: Concert Review

    June 29, 2015 2:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 "We don't want you leaving early, so we're playing the mediocre stuff first," Richard Thompson joked, responding to a fan's shouted request midway through his set Friday night at New York's Town Hall. "Then we' ...

  45. Rush Rocks Harder Than Ever at 40th Anniversary Tour Stop in New Jersey: Live Review

    June 28, 2015 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 When it comes to Rush , people tend fall into two groups: those who get the band and those who don't. When the Canadian icons played the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on June 27, the 18,000-seat arena was obviously stuffed with fans who ha ...

  46. Ryn Weaver Makes Smart Move With Alt-Pop Debut ‘The Fool’: Album Review

    June 26, 2015 6:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 On debut LP The Fool , pop anomaly Ryn Weaver , 22, strikes a difficult, delicate balance between personal and universal. Her rebellious lyrics draw from both her real-life struggles as a woman and an artist and celestial themes that transcend them. ...

  47. Nina Simone Documentary 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Brings Vital Cohesion to a Complex Life: Film Review

    June 26, 2015 6:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I want to shake people up so bad that when they leave a nightclub where I perform, I want them to be to pieces." That is the late jazz/soul/gospel visionary Nina Simone in one of the many lost recordings that director Liz Garbus and crew ...

  48. The Rolling Stones' Iconic 'Sticky Fingers' Reissue and 'From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971' DVD Give a Vintage Front-Row View: Review

    June 25, 2015 1:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Rolling Stones are possibly the most fiscally fit rock band in history, so it's wildly out-of-character that they've been so lax about digging into their voluminous vaults. While everyone else was cleaning out their closets during the ...

  49. James Taylor is Still Soul-Searching on 'Before This World': Album Review

    June 23, 2015 5:29 PM EDT Like all New Englanders, James Taylor loves road trips. "My favorite thing is to miss my home when I'm gone," sings the 67-year-old Massachusetts native on the bluesy "Stretch of Highway," a cut from Before This World , h ...

  50. Raury Brings His Unique Mash Of Genres To The Highline Ballroom: Live Review

    June 23, 2015 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Raury , a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, emerged in 2014 with a story like an artistic fairy-tale. He played foot-stomping folk speckled with hip-hop, which seemed to situate him a long way from pop's center. But the center made room, scooped h ...

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