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  • Joe Bonamassa: Guitar wizard

    Joe Bonamassa: Guitar wizard

    How good do you suppose a guitar player would have to be to open for BB King at age 12? That's how good Joe Bonamassa was then. He did that And in the more than 20 years that he has been a professional musician, he has just gotten better and better. In the past 13 years, Bonamassa has released 1...
  • Recap: First Color Codes event marked a success

    Recap: First Color Codes event marked a success

    In the courtyard of a renovated firehouse in the heart of Downtown Des Moines, something completely innovative and new to the community was experienced through Correct Flow 3: Color Codes. The first of its kind in Iowa, this graffiti event was made for the writer by the writer, and some extremely...
  • Malcolm Young fights to return to AC/DC

    Malcolm Young fights to return to AC/DC

    The recent announcement from AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson that the band had finished recording their first new album since 2008’s Fire and Ice brought a hearty roar from their millions of long-suffering fans. But the silver lining was accompanied by a somber cloud as Johnson revealed that the health...
  • Skid Row interview: 25 to life with Snake Sabo

    Skid Row interview: 25 to life with Snake Sabo

    After more than 25 years of world touring, hearing their multi-platinum hits on the radio, and sharing the stage with some of rock’s most iconic bands, one might expect the members of Skid Row to be pretty self-absorbed and perhaps jaded by the rock and roll lifestyle. That just is not the case for...
  • Misery Index interview: Pushing the edges of brutality with The Killing Gods

    Misery Index interview: Pushing the edges of brutality with The Killing Gods

    Baltimore’s resident deathgrind merchants, Misery Index, are back this spring with their newest and arguably most devastating album to date. The Killing Gods marks the band’s fifth full length studio effort, and introduces new guitarist Darin Morris to the mix. This month, guitarist Mark Kloeppel...
  • Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley head to Las Vegas for Route 91 Harvest festival

    Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley head to Las Vegas for Route 91 Harvest festival

    Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert will assist in launching the first-ever country festival to ever grow roots in Las Vegas. As one of the elite performers, the Platinum singer joins Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert on the high-profile lineup for...
  • Review: InkLine tells an important narrative on Stones Cry

    Review: InkLine tells an important narrative on Stones Cry

    Some of the best art seems to come from the struggle, from the inevitable dark moments in life. This is no surprise, as creativity thrives in times of stress. Just past the one year anniversary of his release from prison, InkLine dropped Stones Cry, a very personal, conceptual journey through his...
  • Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce and others chosen for Premios Tu Mundo

    Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce and others chosen for Premios Tu Mundo

    Marc Anthony, Shakira, Romeo Santos, Enrique Iglesias and Prince Royce are among the popular Latin music artists nominated for Telemundo’s 2014 Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards). The award show is in its third year and is scheduled for Thursday, August 21 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla...
  • Peyton Manning wins two ESPY awards

    Peyton Manning wins two ESPY awards

    Peyton Manning can't stop winning awards. He's the NFL's Most Valuable Player – named so for the unprecedented fifth time in his career – as well as Offensive Player of the Year and NFL Network's No. 1 player in their Top 100 Players of 2014 countdown. Heck, Manning's going to need a trophy room...
  • Blue Öyster Cult: Heavy metal legends

    Blue Öyster Cult: Heavy metal legends

    They collaborated with punk poetess and rock queen Patti Smith on a number of tracks, including “The Revenge of Vera Gemini,” from the acclaimed Agents of Fortune LP. The band appears on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list and its 50 Greatest “Saturday Night Live” sketches. These...
  • Bellator 123's five burning questions

    Bellator 123's five burning questions

    Bellator is bringing a loaded MMA card to Mohegan Sun on Sept. 5, according to a July 16 report from ESPN. The event, which features a featherweight title fight between Pat Curran (20-5) and Patricio Freire, airs live on Spike TV. Bellator 123 also includes a light heavyweight tilt between Muhammed...
  • Get ready for Knotfest 2014: Slipknot, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch and more

    Get ready for Knotfest 2014: Slipknot, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch and more

    There was a time in the U.S. when it seemed like OzzFest was the only big concert festival around, and now there's a plethora of them. You'll find fests on land in arenas - and in some cases even in parking lots and at sea - on cruise ships and in resorts, and that might even include things like...
  • Bela Fleck & the Flecktones' unique sound channeled through unrivaled virtuosity

    Bela Fleck & the Flecktones' unique sound channeled through unrivaled virtuosity

    Bela Fleck has been playing the banjo for a long time. Some say he's one of the best to ever play the instrument. Now, whether that's actually true or not could be up for debate, but what isn't up for debate is the fact that when all four original members of the Flecktones, lead by Fleck, their...
  • Jenny Lewis: Lollapalooza 2014 must-see artist

    Jenny Lewis: Lollapalooza 2014 must-see artist

    Jenny Lewis is more than an indie darling, she is the queen. Her new album The Voyager finds the former-actress bravely and beautifully navigating through the pressures that society places on women. Lewis is returning to Lollapalooza in 2014, after headlining the festival as a touring member of The...
  • Tim and Eric plus Dr. Steve Brule announce fall tour

    Tim and Eric plus Dr. Steve Brule announce fall tour

    The hilarious comedy duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, known simply as Tim and Eric, are hitting the road this fall for a North American tour that will bring them from coast to coast. Their good friend and frequent collaborator Dr. Steve Brule, AKA John C. Reilly, will be joining the fun and...
  • AXS picks the winners of the Inaugural AP Music Awards

    AXS picks the winners of the Inaugural AP Music Awards

    Cleveland is getting ready to rock again early next week! The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is set to host this year's edition of the Alternative Press Music Awards on Monday, July 21. Hosting the inaugural edition of the AP Music Awards is none other than Mark Hoppus of Blink 182! Besides presenting...
  • Kenny Chesney's website crashes after Flora-Bama-Jama reveal, show sells out

    Kenny Chesney's website crashes after Flora-Bama-Jama reveal, show sells out

    Ahead of The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney wanted to bring his music to the No Shoes Nation one more time. That's why, on Wednesday (July 16), he made a huge announcement, revealing a free show at the Flora-Bama. Set for Aug. 16, the singer handed out wristbands for the event, but what transpired has...
  • Five films that will make you want to run away and join the circus

    Five films that will make you want to run away and join the circus

    The summer season is circus season, which means now is your chance, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, to step right up to the simple, timeless joys of circus entertainment. A tonic for the digital era, the circus offers the opportunity to step back into a world where live acrobatics generate...
  • The Cave Singers blend indie rock and folk for strange new, yet pleasant sound

    The Cave Singers blend indie rock and folk for strange new, yet pleasant sound

    Something about The Cave Singers' music just seems off. Except, rather than being turned away by the unusual sound, many folks are now finding themselves drawn to the unique and strangely attractive music of this Washington-based band. After his original group, Pretty Girls Make Graves, disbanded in...
  • Gnarls Barkley set to reclaim airwaves with signature beats and neo soul sound

    Gnarls Barkley set to reclaim airwaves with signature beats and neo soul sound

    Cee Lo Green and Danger Mouse of Gnarls Barkley started their journeys into the music business on two separate and very different roads. Green was part of the Atlanta-based hip hop group Goodie Mob, which led the Dirty South movement throughout the mid-to-late '90s. But by the turn of the millennium...
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