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  • The Magic of Mogwai

    The Magic of Mogwai

    Mogwai is a Scottish post-rock band formed in 1995 that has become one of the premiere representatives of the genre. Post-rock is essentially the use of rock instrumentation for purposes atypical of rock—i.e. using the guitar to generate rich textures and timbres, rather than as the stereotypical...
  • Fashion Meets Music Festival announces stellar after party lineup

    Fashion Meets Music Festival announces stellar after party lineup

    Clothes really do make the band, so it seems. The inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival’s announcement of the scintillating after party acts and venues for the event promises to make it the grandest marriage of music and fashion since Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall…or Ric Ocasek and Paulina Porizkova...
  • Was Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva the greatest UFC fight of all-time?

    Was Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva the greatest UFC fight of all-time?

    Back and forth they went for more than 17 minutes, two of the fastest-rising, hard-hitting welterweights in the world battering each other in the UFC Fight Night 40 main event on May 10 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. From the opening bell of Matt Brown's fight with Erick Silva, it was...
  • Calvin Harris is one of the biggest EDM artists in the world.

    The 10 best Calvin Harris songs

    Although he’s been recording professionally for more than a decade, Scottish DJ Calvin Harris was largely unknown to mainstream American pop music fans until late 2011, when he wrote and produced Rihanna’s smash "We Found Love." Since that time, Harris has become one of the most successful EDM...
  • New York Hot Jazz Festival: All-stars jam 12 hours non-stop

    New York Hot Jazz Festival: All-stars jam 12 hours non-stop

    Most jazz festival organizers — and their press teams — claim to have a corner on the market with their brand names and studio darlings. New York Hot Jazz Festival co-founder and trumpet star Bria Skonberg promises to deliver traditional jazz non-traditionally. “The New York Hot Jazz Festival...
  • Why 2014 is the year of KISS

    Why 2014 is the year of KISS

    What can be said that hasn't already been said about KISS? Yes, they've been in the music industry for 40 years now; yes, they've recorded many songs that will remain well-loved rock anthems for decades to come; and yes, KISS has accomplished copious feats that few bands can compete with. Yes, yes...
  • Lady Gaga, Billy Joel lead list of this week's best concert tours

    Lady Gaga, Billy Joel lead list of this week's best concert tours

    Summer concert season is kicking into high gear, with newcomers and legacy acts alike hitting the road. The best concerts across the U.S. during this second full week of May include tours by current stars Lady Gaga and Cage the Elephant, as well as shows by a couple of seniors who still rock: Billy...
  • Marc Maron returns to IFC with new season of 'Maron'

    Marc Maron returns to IFC with new season of 'Maron'

    Marc Maron is climbing the ranks of stand-up comics who successfully transitioned their routines into 30-minute sitcoms, thanks to his IFC show "Maron." Like Louis C.K. (“Louie”), Jerry Seinfeld (“Seinfeld”) and Bill Cosby (“The Cosby Show”), who was honored at last night's American Comedy Awards...
  • Openly gay NFL player a non-issue in the locker room

    Openly gay NFL player a non-issue in the locker room

    As most football fans know by now, the St. Louis Rams shocked the world by selecting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam with the 249th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, making him the first openly gay athlete drafted in National Football League history. There's no guarantees that Sam will make the Rams...
  • Five solutions to Bellator's pay-per-view problem

    Five solutions to Bellator's pay-per-view problem

    Bellator's first attempt at holding a pay-per-view event went up in flames after Tito Ortiz bowed out of his scheduled clash against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Bellator 106, which went down last November in Long Beach, Calif., still ended up being a fantastic event that included a handful of...
  • Five reasons the Miami Heat won't three-peat

    Five reasons the Miami Heat won't three-peat

    What is it about today's NBA that makes the three-peat so difficult to complete? There are several reasons why over a decade has past since the last time a team won three NBA championships in a row, one of course being the expanded postseason. Back in the late '50s and early-60s, when the Boston...
  • Five unique MLB ballpark foods to try this summer

    Five unique MLB ballpark foods to try this summer

    Let's face it: Food is as much a part of the ballpark experience as the game itself. Hot dogs, cheese fries, and nachos can do wonders to help ease the pain of watching a team mired in a deep, season-long slump, but they also taste great when a squad is playing well. Part of the fun of taking a road...
  • Sidemen come together for Spin Quartet star power

    Sidemen come together for Spin Quartet star power

    In the spring of 2012, Seattle trumpeter Chad McCullough was in the process of putting together a new album with a new tour date for his new Chicago band of sidemen turned frontmen, the Spin Quartet. Now that some time has passed, he and his bandmates — Geof Bradfield (sax), Clark Sommers (bass...
  • Lorde addition strengthens 2014 Billboard Music Awards performance lineup

    Lorde addition strengthens 2014 Billboard Music Awards performance lineup

    ‘Royals’ singer Lorde is the latest performer added to the roster for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. At the May 18 ceremony in Las Vegas, the New Zealand teen will treat viewers to her first televised performance of ‘Tennis Court,’ a song from her impressive debut album, ‘Pure Heroine.’ ‘Tennis...
  • Motörhead’s MotörBoat cruise with Anthrax, Megadeth and more

    Motörhead’s MotörBoat cruise with Anthrax, Megadeth and more

    Although some may argue that it's a bad idea to get a bunch of metal bands and thousands of fans all together on a cruise ship - but don't worry, it's pretty unlikely anyone will be made to walk the plank. Music cruises have really become a thing in the last several years. Initially, Rick...
  • Madonna to collaborate with Diplo on new album

    Madonna to collaborate with Diplo on new album

    For the past few months, Madonna has been teasing fans with small tidbits of information about her upcoming new album. Earlier this week, the “Material Girl” posted a trio of photos on her Instagram account which revealed that one of the producers of the record is none other than Wesley Pentz AKA...
  • Comedians honored at 2014 American Comedy Awards

    Comedians honored at 2014 American Comedy Awards

    Last night, comedy's elite were honored at the American Comedy Awards, which aired on NBC. The show was pre-recorded and ran smoothly with Craig Robinson and The Nasty Delicious acting as the host and house band. Several of the best stand-up comedians, film actors and sitcom stars took home coveted...
  • Top five greatest NHL playoff beards of all time

    Top five greatest NHL playoff beards of all time

    Beards and playoff hockey -- somehow they just go together. Hockey fans have enjoyed some epic displays of chin whiskers over the years, including Rob and Scott Niedermayer's matching gray-tinged beards during their run through the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals with the Anaheim Ducks. Elsewhere, the...
  • The best of Jazz Fest 2014: A perfect ten

    The best of Jazz Fest 2014: A perfect ten

    It was the best of times, it was the best of times. Had The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival begun its epic run 145 years ago rather than 45, Dickens’ oft-quoted opening line of “A Tale Of Two Cities” might be rolling off the tongues of bibliophiles a little bit differently. After seven...
  • Wye Oak and Braids join forces for national tour

    Wye Oak and Braids join forces for national tour

    Wye Oak is an indie rock duo out of Baltimore that has gained a lot of traction over the past three years. The band's 2011 release, "Civilian," hurtled the group into the respectable echelons of the indie rock world. The title track was featured in a trailer for AMC’s "The Walking Dead," and the...
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