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  • Blue Note Jazz Fest premiere: Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms revisit Nigerian beat

    Blue Note Jazz Fest premiere: Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms revisit Nigerian beat

    The Joe Lovano Village Rhythms Band’s new musical project premieres a week before the official launch of the fourth annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, scheduled to run the entire month of June. From May 27 through June 1, Lovano and his band plan to revisit the fateful night when two worlds collided...
  • The five best performances at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    The five best performances at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    Last night's 2014 Billboard Music Awards were full of noteworthy performances, including World Cup anthems sung by Ricky Martin and Pitbull, a strange duet by Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips and a hologram of Michael Jackson performing "Slave to the Rhythm." Jason Derulo, Shakira and Ariana Grande...
  • On track with Mississippi Rail Company’s Travers Geoffray

    On track with Mississippi Rail Company’s Travers Geoffray

    Living in the birthplace of American music doesn’t make someone an accomplished musician any more than munching on epicurean delights makes them a gourmet chef. But it doesn’t hurt either. Look no further than Mississippi Rail Company’s gifted frontman Travers Geoffray. The keyboardist/vocalist...
  • This week's best concerts include Coldplay, Neon Trees, Christina Perri

    This week's best concerts include Coldplay, Neon Trees, Christina Perri

    The best bets for live music fans for the week of May 18-24 include a pair of acclaimed female singer-songwriters, the most successful vocal group of the ‘90s, and a celebrated British band performing in a venue that would normally be way too small for an act of their stature.
  • Rob Zombie announces new movie ‘3I’: Rocking dead

    Rob Zombie announces new movie ‘3I’: Rocking dead

    Rumor has it that loyal followers of under-appreciated film director Robert Cummings have been lobbying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for years to add an award for Best Bloody Director of the Year. But don’t expect to hear Cummings’ name – or his better known handle Rob Zombie...
  • Sydney Blu in an exclusive interview about her career

    Sydney Blu in an exclusive interview about her career

    After recently revealing her upcoming new tracks “Motivate” and “Together” out later this month, internationally acclaimed producer and house DJ Sydney Blu has shown indicative signs of it being a defining year for the artist. Kicking off January with a set at the highly desirable EDM Groove...
  • Milan Lucic makes right move not apologizing for handshake line comments

    Milan Lucic makes right move not apologizing for handshake line comments

    Milan Lucic, a left winger for the Boston Bruins, isn't the first hockey player to make unsportsmanlike remarks to an opposing team in a post-game handshake line, and he sure won't be the last. Lucic, 25, took some heat this week for allegedly threatening Montreal's Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin...
  • Liz Carmouche's coach still irked by controversial UFC loss to Miesha Tate

    Liz Carmouche's coach still irked by controversial UFC loss to Miesha Tate

    Liz Carmouche's longtime coach Manolo Hernandez said May 16 in an exclusive interview with AXS.com that he's still annoyed Miesha "Cupcake" Tate (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was awarded a unanimous decision victory over his fighter in the co-main of last month's UFC on FOX card in Orlando, Fla. Hernandez...
  • Melanie Martinez releases her darkly compelling debut and heads out on tour

    Melanie Martinez releases her darkly compelling debut and heads out on tour

    America knows Melanie Martinez from her scorching performances on The Voice. Her inventive flair for stunningly original interpretations afforded this intriguing young woman the opportunity to emblazon her mark upon the country as an utterly captivating vocalist. But who is she beneath all of that...
  • Five best candidates to take over as New York Knicks head coach

    Five best candidates to take over as New York Knicks head coach

    With Steve Kerr heading to the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is forced to start over in his search to find a new head coach to replace the recently fired Mike Woodson. Luckily for Jackson, there are several high-quality candidates available on the open market. In all...
  • In defense of Morrissey

    In defense of Morrissey

    Today's popular music is all about forgetting your troubles and having a good time. Most song lyrics are about partying, hooking up and care-free debauchery. While it is important to have fun music, where are the artists who are focusing on political issues and emotional growth. Is there no one in...
  • Paul Weller announces U.S. tour dates in September

    Paul Weller announces U.S. tour dates in September

    Today tickets went on sale for Paul Weller’s four concerts he’ll perform between two of the three Riot Fests -- Toronto and Chicago. The former frontman of The Jam and The style Council will take the stage in Toronto’s Riot Fest lineup on Sept. 6, then cruise to four other venues in Cleveland...
  • Looking back at 2014 BET Awards host Chris Rock’s best musician putdowns

    Looking back at 2014 BET Awards host Chris Rock’s best musician putdowns

    Music award shows are always more interesting when Chris Rock is around. In light of the news that the superstar comedian has been tapped as the host of the 2014 BET Awards, let’s revisit some of his most memorable music-inspired jokes. Between his three hosting gigs at the MTV Video Music Awards...
  • Blue Note Jazz Fest: McFerrin and Questlove in musical dialogue

    Blue Note Jazz Fest: McFerrin and Questlove in musical dialogue

    The stars have finally aligned. Bobby McFerrin and Questlove come together for their first official, full-length show — and the Bluenote Jazz Festival’s got ‘em on June 13 at 8:30 p.m. at NYC’s Town Hall. McFerrin and Questlove are bound to take human beatbox scatting, endless groove, mumbo jumbo...
  • Kobe Bryant shouldn't have a say in who becomes next Los Angeles Lakers coach

    Kobe Bryant shouldn't have a say in who becomes next Los Angeles Lakers coach

    Finishing with a 27-55 record -- the sixth-worst in the NBA this season -- is not what Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak had in mind when he signed former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni to replace Mike Brown as head coach in the winter of 2012. D'Antoni received...
  • Danielle Bradbery's 'Young In America' music video is a delightful summer romp

    Danielle Bradbery's 'Young In America' music video is a delightful summer romp

    Danielle Bradbery kicks up some dust in her brand new "Young In America" music video, a plucky, uptempo ditty perfect for rolling down the windows and jamming out with friends. As the second official single from her self-titled debut album, "The Voice" season 4 champ shows off her fun side, and just...
  • Porter Robinson makes vocal debut with a robot on ethereal jam 'Sad Machine'

    Porter Robinson makes vocal debut with a robot on ethereal jam 'Sad Machine'

    North Carolina-based DJ Porter Robinson released his latest single "Sad Machine" on Tuesday (May 13). The ethereal jam marks his vocal debut on a track and also interestingly features a robot. "my new song 'sad machine' is out today. ( ˘◡˘ ) it's a duet where i sing with a robot girl," Robinson...
  • Lady Gaga becomes first woman to earn Digital Diamond Award for 'Bad Romance'

    Lady Gaga becomes first woman to earn Digital Diamond Award for 'Bad Romance'

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga became the first woman to earn the RIAA's Digital Diamond Award on Thursday (May 15). Her 2009 electro-pop hit "Bad Romance" crossed an incredible 10 million in song sales and streams in the U.S. According to BroadwayWorld.com, Gaga was presented with the Digital Diamond...
  • A Q&A with reigning “kindie rock” queen Laurie Berkner

    A Q&A with reigning “kindie rock” queen Laurie Berkner

    Fun, inventive, and rocking! Laurie Berkner knows how to engage and entertain the entire family. In fact, she’s so good at it that she’s been credited with helping to create an entire genre called “kindie rock.” Both “People Magazine” and “USA Today” have gone so far as to call her the queen of the...
  • The Flaming Lips to release track-for-track tribute to "Sgt. Pepper"

    The Flaming Lips to release track-for-track tribute to "Sgt. Pepper"

    The Flaming Lips’ visionary antics are renowned far and wide. The band has even been celebrated by Oklahoma politicians for regularly being “creative, fun and provocative”—not qualities that are often offered as praise by Oklahoma politicians. To be fair, Oklahoma is the home state of The Flaming...
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