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  • Madaraka Festival: Help One Vibe Africa spread love and music to Kenya’s youth

    Madaraka Festival: Help One Vibe Africa spread love and music to Kenya’s youth

    In One Vibe Africa’s Music To Empower Youth YouTube video, 2014 Grammy winner Macklemore, his jazz-contemporary trumpeter Owuor Arunga, and vocalist Naomi Wamboe talk about empowering the youth of Kenya through the sharing of music. For the children growing up in slums with nothing, music’s their...
  • Ed Sheeran hits stage and screen to support new album: ‘x’ marks the spot

    Ed Sheeran hits stage and screen to support new album: ‘x’ marks the spot

    It’s simple to drum up interest for a new album with a mere press conference. But no one has ever accused Ed Sheeran of being a simple guy. And with today’s announcement of the nuclear chain reaction surrounding the release of the white-hot artist’s eagerly awaited sophomore effort, Sheeran made...
  • Amy Schumer is comedy's latest overachiever

    Amy Schumer is comedy's latest overachiever

    Stand-up comedians are known for their quick wits, wry observations and bold humor, but many comics also have impressive work ethics. Amy Schumer is the latest comedienne to show that her talent and ambition know no bounds. With her successful sketch comedy series “Inside Amy Schumer” receiving rave...
  • The Roots tell a captivating story in 'And Then You Shoot Your Cousin'

    The Roots tell a captivating story in 'And Then You Shoot Your Cousin'

    Slated to drop on May 19, The Roots' newest album, “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin,” also referred to as “&TYSYC,” leaked a full stream two days ago. This unanticipated early drop is almost as unexpected as this album itself. The Roots have always moved outside of the mold for most of their...
  • The Black Keys change direction with new album and 'Turn Blue'

    The Black Keys change direction with new album and 'Turn Blue'

    The Black Keys unveiled their eighth studio album on Tuesday to the general public. “Turn Blue” is the first release from the blues-rock duo since 2011’s hugely successful “El Camino.” The hiatus can be at least partially attributed to side production projects for guitarist and lead vocalist, Dan...
  • DevilDriver and Whitechapel co-headlining 2014 spring tour

    DevilDriver and Whitechapel co-headlining 2014 spring tour

    There are two bands out there right now who are on fire - DevilDriver and Whitechapel - and the flames are about to get much higher! After just wrapping up a heady group of concerts across Europe, groove metal masters DevilDriver are already chomping at the bit to get back out on the road. Still...
  • Bloody Hammers release 'Under Satan's Sun' - interview with Anders Manga

    Bloody Hammers release 'Under Satan's Sun' - interview with Anders Manga

    There's a area in North Carolina called Transylvania County. A beautiful county with 250 waterfalls located throughout, rich forests, rivers and streams and with critters like golden eagles, white-tailed deer, and black bears roaming about. With a name like 'Transylvania County' one may conjure...
  • Carlos Santana performs 'Saideira' on 'Good Morning America'

    Carlos Santana performs 'Saideira' on 'Good Morning America'

    One of the greatest guitar players of all time, Carlos Santana graced the stage of “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to promote “Corazon,” his first album in the Latin music genre. The 10-time Grammy winner gave “GMA” viewers a small taste of his 37th album by performing his song “Saideira” in the...
  • New York Hot Jazz Festival: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks put on the Ritz

    New York Hot Jazz Festival: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks put on the Ritz

    It’s not enough having one Grammy-winning act in the line-up of Bria Skonberg’s nearly sold-out New York Hot Jazz Festival. There’s two in one billing—Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks ("The Cotton Club," HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire") and jazz vocalist Catherine Russell—for the Sunday, 4 p.m.-5 p.m...
  • The Cure, Weezer, the National headline stellar 2014 Riot Fest lineups

    The Cure, Weezer, the National headline stellar 2014 Riot Fest lineups

    Last night, Riot Fest announced the 2014 lineups for its Chicago and Denver events, with the Cure, the National, Weezer, Social Distortion, the Flaming Lips, and Rise Against headlining both events. With stellar performance rosters and very affordable tickets - earlybird tix were available for less...
  • The many collaborations of Pharrell Williams

    The many collaborations of Pharrell Williams

    The busiest man in music, Pharrell Williams recently teamed up with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for a music video remix of the theme song to Murakami's new film "Jellyfish Eyes." The track begins with a futuristic new wave vibe before building into a snare-filled pop masterpiece. The superflat...
  • New York Hot Jazz Festival: Hot Sardines threaten to sell out another wild show

    New York Hot Jazz Festival: Hot Sardines threaten to sell out another wild show

    As soon as people hear those unmistakable horns beckoning and loud, boisterous voices sounding in accord, they know they’re in for quite a party with quite the hosts. The Hot Sardines are a crowd favorite, all about liquor, jazz and the unexpected. In other words, a perfect fit for Bria Skonberg’s...
  • Riot Fest Denver line-up announced, includes speckling of hip-hop

    Riot Fest Denver line-up announced, includes speckling of hip-hop

    Today the line-up was released for the Denver leg of Riot Fest. The three-day festival will be setting up shop in Toronto, Chicago and Denver this year. Riot Fest got its start in 2005 in several venues across Chicago, but after seeing the massive sales and accompanying excitement, the festival grew...
  • Red Rocks or bust: Confessions of a mad music fan

    Red Rocks or bust: Confessions of a mad music fan

    At some point in every wishful thinker’s life, they imagine traveling to some faraway land to experience one of the World’s Seven Wonders. Some lean towards the Tower of Pisa. Others give a big “thumbs up” to the Colosseum. Still others think the Great Wall of China is pretty great. But ask any...
  • Exclusive interview with Lion Fight superstar Kevin Ross

    Exclusive interview with Lion Fight superstar Kevin Ross

    Fast-rising Lion Fight superstar Kevin "The Soul Assassin" Ross (39-11) expects his upcoming fight against undefeated New York standout Chris Mauceri (6-0) to be an all out war, with plenty of striking and possibly even a knockout finish. The 33-year-old Ross, who battles Mauceri on May 23 at Lion...
  • Josh Nelson’s Discovery Project goes inside Blue Whale

    Josh Nelson’s Discovery Project goes inside Blue Whale

    Young, L.A.-based pianist Josh Nelson, 33, makes a living accompanying charismatic headliners. He regularly tours with the multiple-Grammy-winning recording artist Natalie Cole and emerging jazz star Sara Gazarek. He’s also backed Grammy-winning big band bassist Christian McBride, Grammy- and Golden...
  • Hanson celebrates American Craft Beer Week with The Hop Jam

    Hanson celebrates American Craft Beer Week with The Hop Jam

    This week, as the country partakes of all that American Craft Beer Week has to offer, the multi-talented Hanson brothers will be adding their own magical touch to the celebration in two wondrous ways. First, the trio recently made their popular brew, Mmmhops Pale Ale, available for sale online...
  • Miranda Lambert is headed out on the 'Platinum' Tour this summer

    Miranda Lambert is headed out on the 'Platinum' Tour this summer

    Miranda Lambert's "Platinum" summer is heating up, as the singer has announced her forthcoming tour named after her June 3rd studio release. Kicking off on July 10, the powerhouse will embark on a 30-city headlining venture, ultimately wrapping on September 20. With her new record, Lambert hopes to...
  • Jack White announces 3 special release shows in LA just before Bonnaroo

    Jack White announces 3 special release shows in LA just before Bonnaroo

    Indie rock luminary Jack White—lead singer of The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and the (unfortunately) defunct White Stripes—has just announced three special release week shows in Los Angeles and Pomona. These shows will coincide with the release of White’s second solo album, “Lazaretto,” and will...
  • Concert promoter Elena Brokus on orchestrating a successful event

    Concert promoter Elena Brokus on orchestrating a successful event

    Elena Brokus is the President of Elena Brokus Productions. She is a highly successful agent/promoter with many years of experience tucked tightly into her utility belt of impressive skills. With the concert and festival season already upon us, Elena graciously spoke with AXS.com about her vast...
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