1. CeeLo Green Tries to Atone for Past Sins on Comeback ‘Heart Blanche’: Album Review

    November 16, 2015 4:27 PM EST 0 0 0 CeeLo Green 's fifth solo LP ­probably should've been called My Bad instead of Heart Blanche . With songs like " CeeLo  Green Sings the Blues" and an intro promising "a look into my soul underneath my celebrity skin," i ...

  2. ODESZA Brings 'Classy Electronic' To Terminal 5: Live Review

    November 14, 2015 9:29 PM EST 0 0 0 In interviews, the electronic act ODESZA presents its work as an antidote to the aggressive wing of the genre that rules in places like Las Vegas. “I think people are getting sick of the same EDM stuff, and we try to keep it classy electronic,” Harr ...

  3. Ellie Goulding Brings 'Delirium' to AMEX Unstaged Show in New York: Live Review

    November 12, 2015 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Pop music in 2015 isn’t for wallflowers. With Justin Bieber ’s “What Do U Mean?” and Major Lazer ’s “Lean On” running the dance floor, Ellie Goulding  struts in with her head-bobbing album Delirium . Combining electronic dance with sweetheart pop, G ...

  4. Brown Eyed Girls Further Refine Their Roles as K-Pop Provocateurs on 'Basic': Album Review

    November 11, 2015 8:11 PM EST 0 0 0 What does a pop act do when they've already pushed the envelope so many times? After a decade together, Brown Eyed Girls have broken cultural boundaries (2009's "Abracadabra" video and choreography showed a girl group could succe ...

  5. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ray Romano Honor Veterans at Stand Up For Heroes Concert

    November 11, 2015 4:56 AM EST It’s been two months since Jon Stewart signed off as host of The Daily Show with his “moment of Zen” in the form of an appearance by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band . At Tuesday night’s (Nov. 10) ninth annual Stand Up For Heroes fundra ...

  6. Grimes Maintains Outsider Ethos But Yields to Mainstream Pull on 'Art Angels': Album Review

    November 09, 2015 4:40 PM EST 0 0 0 You could write a fascinating alternate history of music by following the progressions of weirdos and outsiders who, after a few albums, yielded to the gravitational pull of mainstream music: the Velvet Underground , Yoko Ono , the Tubes , Genesis , ...

  7. Matt Berninger's EL VY Makes Energetic L.A. Debut: Live Review

    November 09, 2015 4:27 PM EST 0 0 0 EL VY , the side project of The National ’s Matt Berninger and Menomena ’s Brent Knopf, made its L.A. debut Saturday at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood. It was the first of two sold-out shows, and the anticipation was palpable. Although t ...

  8. Buika Performs 'Without Fear' at Barcelona Jazz Festival

    November 09, 2015 2:22 PM EST From new reggae-pop to familiar Latin torch songs, the iconoclastic singer boldly mixes it up on stage. Concha Buika is frequently referred to as a diva, the fussy term too often tossed out to classify a singularly talented female artist who defies ...

  9. Big Sean Joined by Eminem, Lil Wayne & More at All-Star Detroit Homecoming Concert: Watch

    November 07, 2015 10:52 AM EST 0 0 0 Big Sean promised that his homecoming concert on Friday night (Nov. 6) at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena would be "a hell of a show." That turned out to be a gross understatement. During his one hour and 50 minutes on stage, the rapper put ...

  10. Bob Dylan's Most Prolific Period Revisited (Again) in 'Bootleg Series Volume 12': Album Review

    November 06, 2015 7:30 PM EST With  Bob Dylan ’s longstanding bootleg series and its elongated  contextualization  of his universally lauded craft, the scholarly reconsideration of archival recordings has become something of a cottage industry for our most famous bard, as we ...

  11. Major Lazer's 'Light It Up' Gets Remix From Nyla & Fuse ODG: Listen

    November 06, 2015 5:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Major Lazer ’s “Light It Up,” from their third studio album Peace Is the Mission , has received the remix treatment from Nyla and Fuse ODG. BBC’s Annie Mac gave the innovative rendition her stamp of approval earlier this week when she declared it th ...

  12. Does Ariana Grande's 'Focus' Need Sharpening? Plus More of the Week's Best & Worst Singles

    November 06, 2015 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Dating back to her 2011 debut "Put Your Hearts Up," Grande has never released a less-than-great single -- until now, with "Focus," a rehash of 2014's "Problem." That song ­continuously built up to new crests; " ...

  13. Alessia Cara Balances Idealism and Cynicism on Debut ‘Know-It-All’: Album Review

    November 06, 2015 12:22 PM EST 0 0 0 At 19 years old, Alessia Cara has become a heroine for awkward outsiders. On her breakout single, "Here," the Drake -co-signed Canadian singer-songwriter embraces being the antisocial type who would rather hug the walls than follow typical ...

  14. One Direction Points the Way Forward on Swan Song (For Now) ‘Made in the A.M.’: Album Review

    November 06, 2015 11:52 AM EST 0 0 0 With the sudden departure of Zayn Malik  in March, One Direction , one of the ­biggest boy bands in history, officially became a foursome. This naturally bolstered the Beatles comparisons fans have been making since 2011, when these new-millennium l ...

  15. 'On Your Feet!': Theater Review

    November 05, 2015 9:00 PM EST 0 0 0 OK, so there's nothing quite like a conga line to conjure visions of tacky wedding receptions and drunken office holiday parties. But just try keeping the grin off your face when two massive human chains -- of cast and audience members -- flood ...

  16. Katy Perry, Sting & More Sing Meditation's Praises at David Lynch Foundation Benefit: Live Review

    November 05, 2015 8:14 PM EST 0 0 0 If she had any doubts about taking the stage at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night and performing (among other things) a slowed-down, spooked-out trap-pop version of “Teenage Dream,” complete with orchestral strings, Katy Perry likely practiced some o ...

  17. Check Out Blanco's Premiere of 'Camarilla' Featuring Dyland (Exclusive)

    November 04, 2015 11:07 AM EST 0 0 0 As someone said recently, there’s dembow everywhere -- now, even in electronic music! Blending dance with reggaeton seems to be a combustible, irresistible mix, or, at least, so thought Norwegian electronic DJ and producer Alekander Vinter (aka Blan ...

  18. Kendrick Lamar Brings Spiritual Healing to 'Kunta's Groove Sessions' In New York: Live Review

    November 03, 2015 6:41 PM EST 0 0 0 Kendrick Lamar  morphed from rapper to preacher at New York City’s Terminal 5 on Monday night for his first show on the Kunta’s Groove Sessions tour. “Music isn’t something you can market all the motherf---in’ time,” he said. “That shit belong to yo ...

  19. f(x) Doesn't Miss a Beat on '4 Walls': Album Review

    November 02, 2015 10:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Last summer, f(x)  hit a wall when original member Sulli  took a hiatus from the act leaving many speculating discord inside the underrated-yet-extremely-consistent quintet. She officially left the group in August this year just as f(x) was announce ...

  20. The Neighbourhood Veers From Alt-Rock to R&B With 'Wiped Out!': Album Review

    November 02, 2015 2:46 PM EST 0 0 0 On its 2013 debut,  I Love  You , The Neighbourhood  came off like a goth  Maroon 5 , ­making ­soulful alt-rock for the shady SoCal dream world occupied by Lana Del Rey (see the Alternative No. 1 "Sweater Weather"). The band got help from ...

  21. 'Ork Records: New York, New York' Box Set Reflects on Big Apple Punk Label's Storied (and Shady) Past: Album Review

    November 02, 2015 2:28 PM EST 0 0 0 The best bands that played CBGB in the mid-1970s -- the ones with ­pizzazz, songs, looks and ­ambition -- were ­corralled by major labels. Now that New York's Bowery is no longer a ­moonlit sewer, a few of those groups have been celebrated with ...

  22. One More Saturday Night: Dead & Company Go to Work with Masterful John Mayer

    November 01, 2015 3:30 PM EST Bringing new blood into an established band is a tricky proposition. Look at any number of heritage acts -- from Def Leppard to Van Halen , Kiss to the Allman Brothers  -- and their mutating lineups, some accepted more willingly by fans than ot ...

  23. Thomas Rhett & Brett Eldredge Bring CMT's Suits And Boots Tour To New York City: Live Review

    October 30, 2015 5:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Under the cover of the omnivorous, arena-friendly country sound that swept into the genre over the last few years, a quieter backlash took place in the genre’s mainstream. You can hear it in Eric Church ’s “Like A Wrecking Ball,” Miranda Lambert ’s ...

  24. Ashley Monroe Kicks Off 'The Blade' Tour In New York City: Live Review

    October 28, 2015 8:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 The country singer Ashley Monroe offered a caveat near the beginning of her show Tuesday night at the Bowery Ballroom. “I usually write a lot of sad, depressing records,” she declared. But the performance, the first stop on a tour in support of a ne ...

  25. Kacey Musgraves Makes History at the Apollo Theater: Live Review

    October 25, 2015 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kacey Musgraves made an impressive declaration early on last night (Oct. 24) during the New York stop of her Rhinestone Revue tour. “Apparently I'm the only country act to headline the Apollo,” she noted. “Sold it out, too,” she added proudly. ...

  26. Smashing Pumpkins' 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' at 20: 10 Most Melancholy Moments

    October 25, 2015 3:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 It was too good a phrase not to use. Billy Corgan knew it in 1991, when the title Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness popped into his head during a walk through then-decrepit Coney Island. The words promise a heartbreaking, fantastical journey -- ...

  27. Chance the Rapper Joined by D.R.A.M., Ja Rule and More in NYC, Jay Z and Beyonce in Attendance: Live Review

    October 24, 2015 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chance the Rapper  knows how to put on a good show, and if you give him an hour and a half, he just might prove it. Joined by opening acts Metro Boomin,  D.R.A.M. , Towkio and  Hiatus Kaiyote , the Chicago native brought true meaning to his Family M ...

  28. 5 Seconds of Summer Goes From Boy Band to Men With 'Sounds Good, Feels Good': Album Review

    October 23, 2015 2:56 PM EDT 16.865 k 462 51 For its sophomore album, Sydney quartet 5 Seconds of Summer tasked itself with resolving the “boy band vs. rock band” conflict that has plagued the group since it became a superstar by touring with One Direction . Sounds Good Feels Good ne ...

  29. Carrie Underwood Mixes Country's Past and Present on 'Storyteller': Album Review

    October 23, 2015 2:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Don't look now, but  Carrie Underwood , at 32, already has a decade of stardom behind her. Much has changed in the country landscape during that time, its center nudged noticeably closer to pop by hitmakers lifting vocal styles and production v ...

  30. Blur's First-Ever Hollywood Bowl Show Brings Fred Armisen Surprise: Live Review

    October 21, 2015 8:32 PM EDT For Blur fans, Tuesday was a historic night. After all, it had been 16 years since the original members of the British band performed together in Los Angeles, and it was their first-time ever at the Hollywood Bowl. For a group that never quite ac ...

  31. U2's 'Boy' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 20, 2015 7:47 PM EDT Even U2 had to start somewhere. Before they were stadium-storming men of the world, Bono, David “The Edge” Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were four Dublin lads with a love of punk rock and a drive far outweighing their nascent talents. ...

  32. Foo Fighters Send SoCal Love Ride Off With a Party: Live Review

    October 20, 2015 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 When the Foo Fighters took the stage at 2:45 in the afternoon Sunday at Southern California’s Castaic Lake, it marked the beginning of two endings. “Today is the last show of our American tour,” Dave Grohl announced. “So we gotta have a good time.” ...

  33. The Replacements' 'Tim' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 18, 2015 9:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 When the Replacements signed with Sire Records in 1985, fans must’ve feared the major label gears would grind away all the amateurish charm that made these guys great. This was, after all, a gang of four Minneapolis goofballs as famous for their boo ...

  34. The Wonder Years and Pop-Punk Comrades Kick Off Gloriously Uncool Tour in NYC: Live Review

    October 18, 2015 3:31 PM EDT Photo credit:  Mitchell  Wojcik Depending on who you ask, there may be an emo revival going on. Lifers will insist the music never really went away -- just that tastemakers stopped paying attention -- but at least they got a hashtag-friendly tit ...

  35. Bruce Springsteen's 'The River' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 17, 2015 9:50 PM EDT 1.226 k 269 85 Maybe it’s the lack of a great backstory that makes Bruce Springsteen ’s fifth album, The River --  released 35 years ago today, on Oct. 17, 1980 -- such an overlooked and underappreciated set of songs. Bruce Springsteen to Release Long Awa ...

  36. Skrillex Surprises at Intimate Brooklyn CMJ 2015 Show: Live Review

    October 17, 2015 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 “Let's get some motherf---ing energy in here,” Skrillex demanded after coming on stage to an unrepentant air-raid siren around 1:15 a.m. Friday night (Oct. 16) as the surprise closing act at the Fader Fort presented by Converse, which has becom ...

  37. Janet Jackson Doesn’t Miss a Beat at Hits-Filled L.A. Forum Concert: Live Review

    October 17, 2015 11:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 There's a lot to get through tonight. Mainly hits. Approximately 94 percent of Janet Jackson 's 90 minutes onstage at the Forum in Los Angeles is Terry Lewis - and Jimmy Jam -packed with hits. For a split second during “Together Again,” it ...

  38. Is Ciara's 'Paint It Black' a Bewitching Cover? Plus More of the Week's Best and Worst Singles

    October 16, 2015 3:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kacy Hill “Arm’s Length” Good Music/Def Jam Kacy Hill, signed by Kanye West after a stint as his backup dancer, mines a haunting James Blake vibe all over debut EP Bloo . But Bloo ’s “Arm’s Length” is more Adele, with Hill’s crystalline voice flying ...

  39. Elvis Costello’s ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’ Is Too Clever for Its Own Good: Book Review

    October 16, 2015 2:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Publisher Blue Rider Press touts Elvis Costello’s Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink as on par with Patti Smith’s Just Kids and Keith Richards’ Life , widely considered (along with Bob Dylan’s Chronicles ) as the best rock memoirs. The brainy C ...

  40. Lorde-Approved Duo Majical Cloudz Finds Beauty in Raw Honesty on 'Are You Alone?': Album Review

    October 16, 2015 2:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Majical Cloudz were handpicked by Lorde to open a month of dates on her 2014 North American arena tour, the Montreal duo, with its handheld mic and a keyboard perched on an ironing board, was almost comically dwarfed by the venues and the headl ...

  41. Christine & The Queens' Heloise Letissier Reimagines Her French Debut for Stateside Appeal: Album Review

    October 16, 2015 1:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 After minting herself as pop royalty in her native France and earning praise from Madonna and Mark Ronson with 2014 debut LP Chaleur Humaine , Christine & The Queens (alter ego of singer-songwriter Heloise Letissier) spent the bulk of 2015 court ...

  42. The Game Proves He's Still Relevant With 'The Documentary 2' and '2.5': Album Review

    October 16, 2015 1:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Game works best when left for dead. See his classic debut, 2005’s The Documentary , where Compton, Calif.’s Jayceon Taylor survived a homicide attempt to become rap’s T-1000, an android assassin shape-shifting to channel past West Coast greats. ...

  43. Indie-Rock Vets Deerhunter Break New Ground on 'Fading Frontier': Album Review

    October 16, 2015 1:31 PM EDT Over the course of five albums and multiple side projects, Deerhunter has unassumingly established itself as one of the most reliably great rock bands of the past decade. Ten years into that prolific career, the Atlanta quartet has produced its mo ...

  44. Demi Lovato Lays It All Bare on 'Confident': Album Review

    October 16, 2015 12:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since her emancipation from the Disney Channel’s clutches, Demi Lovato has become one of pop’s leading motivational figures, wailing songs about self-empowerment and talking to Congress about destigmatizing mental illness. Openly discussing her stru ...

  45. Martina McBride, Cassadee Pope and Raelynn Celebrate Women in Country Music at Pandora Event: Live Review

    October 15, 2015 10:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Earlier this year, a country radio consultant named Keith Hill made a provocative declaration: “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.” He also famously likened female country singers to tomatoes. His comments earned swift r ...

  46. Walk the Moon Bring Non-Stop Energy, But Also Finesse, to Miami Show: Live Review

    October 14, 2015 7:23 PM EDT “How many of you have never, ever been to one of our shows?” asked Walk the Moon singer Nicholas Petricca halfway through the band’s show at The Fillmore Miami Beach on Tuesday. There was a very scant show of hands, no surprise, considering this ...

  47. Jakob Dylan, Beck, Fiona Apple & More Honor Southern California's Classic Folk Scene: Live Review

    October 13, 2015 5:24 PM EDT For many, Southern California's 1960s folk rock scene began with the 1965 release of the Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man . That prolific scene, which also included The Mamas & the Papas , the Association  and  the Beach Boys , is seeing its  50 ...

  48. Tracy Morgan Performs at Comedy Club for First Time Since Crash

    October 13, 2015 2:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tracy Morgan is continuing his comeback. The 46-year-old 30 Rock alum, who is returning to Rockefeller Center's Studio 8H this weekend to host Saturday Night Live , tweeted Monday that he had just performed his first stand-up routine since the ...

  49. BIGBANG Confirm Their Power as a Group & Individuals at Jersey 'Made' Arena Shows: Live Review

    October 13, 2015 2:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nearly three years ago, BIGBANG played New Jersey's Prudential Center for the East Coast leg of their 2012 Alive tour. The K-pop phenoms opened the two shows  emerging from capsule pods and spent it riding bedazzled segues and ziplining above c ...

  50. The Darkness Highlights Tenacious D's Festival Supreme

    October 12, 2015 4:01 AM EDT Sharing the bill with comedians like  Kids In The Hall , Bill Burr,   Amy Poehler , Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine  and Festival Supreme founders Tenacious D , The Darkness  took the rock stage with shouts: “Gimme a D, gimme an ...

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