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  • Billboard, Twitter collaboration will reinvigorate the hip-hop fan

    Billboard, Twitter collaboration will reinvigorate the hip-hop fan

    In a world with an attention span less than 10 seconds and a vocabulary hovering near 140-characters or less, companies need to master the art being succinct while utilizing the vast social media universe. Edging out the others, Billboard has joined forces with Twitter to launch Billboard Twitter...
  • Kris Adams lends her distinctive voice to standards in ‘Longing’

    Kris Adams lends her distinctive voice to standards in ‘Longing’

    In Kris Adam’s upcoming CD Longing, there’s a little bit of Joni Mitchell, a little Brazilian and her own original lyrics thrown in for some composed instrumental lifts. The MA-based singer takes her love of modern vocal jazz and non-standard standards to try and make something special for herself...
  • Terry Collins deserves more time to save New York Mets' ship from sinking

    Terry Collins deserves more time to save New York Mets' ship from sinking

    Even though New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn't admit it, Terry Collins officially went on the hot seat following his team's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 27 at Citi Field in Queens. Mets fans know it, the players know it and Collins himself knows it. But is it truly time...
  • The Rolling Stones play first show since the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend

    The Rolling Stones play first show since the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend

    The Rolling Stones resumed their world tour Monday night in Oslo, Norway, the legendary band’s first show since the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott on March 17. The Stones were touring Australia in March as part of their #StonesOnFire tour when news broke that Scott had committed...
  • Stanislav Khristenko’s enchanting solo debut pays homage to the Romantics

    Stanislav Khristenko’s enchanting solo debut pays homage to the Romantics

    The Steinway & Sons recording label has released Fantasies, the incredible debut of pianist Stanislav Khristenko. The 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition winner pays homage to the Fantasies of Schumann, Brahms, Bruckner and Zemlinsky with his precise technique, unhurried pacing and...
  • Mastodon announces mammoth new album ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’

    Mastodon announces mammoth new album ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’

    If a tree falls in the forest, it takes a little more than 16 hours for the thud to reach the other side of the globe – assuming there’s someone there to hear it. That’s about twice as long as it takes one of Brent Hinds’ monster riffs to get there. Just call it the “speed of shred.” The Mastodon...
  • The Avett Brothers wow audiences, fans and critics with their infectious sets

    The Avett Brothers wow audiences, fans and critics with their infectious sets

    Based in Concord, North Carolina, 30 minutes outside of Charlotte, brothers Scott and Seth Avett, with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon, are The Avett Brothers. Touring musicians with the band also include Tania Elizabeth and Paul Defiglia. Having formatted from their former rock band, Nemo, brothers Scott...
  • The Black Keys play to sold out crowds, headline number of festivals

    The Black Keys play to sold out crowds, headline number of festivals

    Comprised of childhood friends Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, The Black Keys are one of the most focused and energetic bands to see live. Headlining numerous festivals, including the most recent Hangout Music, Beach and Arts Festival, the band is unique to see live, as they mostly rely on the...
  • Rihanna reigns as the naughty princess of pop

    Rihanna reigns as the naughty princess of pop

    Rihanna, the platinum-selling Barbadian songstress, is as famous for her off-screen antics as for her chart-bending musical career. She is more than a media darling, though. Her glamour is tempered with grit, her fierceness with vulnerability. She is at the top of her game and she is winning. Riri...
  • Why Zedd is the artist to watch

    Why Zedd is the artist to watch

    Zedd, the 24-year-old electric dance music producer, has been twice named the “Artist to Watch” and has received industry accolades and a 2014 Grammy for his hit “Clarity.” Just why is Zedd the artist to watch? A music insider weighs in on Zedd’s success, the future of EDM and why DJs are more than...
  • The mirth and merriness of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

    The mirth and merriness of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

    "Thrift Shop" was a breakthrough song for Macklemore (born Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis — and a rare bit of pure cheerful indulgence for the hip-hop world. They romped playfully through one of the funniest videos in music history to accompany the catchy hip-hop track, and the fun was infectious...
  • Jack White: Bonnaroo 2014 must-see artist

    Jack White: Bonnaroo 2014 must-see artist

    Jack White is a visionary artist, musician and record producer. When he takes the What Stage at this year's Bonnaroo Music Festival, fans will see one of the most dynamic rock performers do what he does best: put on a show. This is the first time that White is headlining the Tennessee music festival...
  • Morrissey: Alt rock's brilliant dark comedian

    Morrissey: Alt rock's brilliant dark comedian

    Very few artists achieve idol status during their lifetimes, but Stephen Patrick Morrissey is a true living legend. The singer/songwriter made his name as the dark comedian of British indie rock as the frontman for The Smiths in the 1980s, and he's considered one of the most influential artists of...
  • Lemmy approved rockers Viceroy Crux release debut EP

    Lemmy approved rockers Viceroy Crux release debut EP

    Although there are many variations now, all metal heads know the old witticism regarding Motorhead's legendary front-man, Lemmy Kilmister: Who'd win in a wrestling match, Lemmy or God? Trick question... Lemmy is God. Although this comment is made in jest, the level of respect for the gravely-voiced...
  • Synth-pop pioneers Erasure announce new album, lengthy tour

    Synth-pop pioneers Erasure announce new album, lengthy tour

    Synth-pop trailblazers Erasure announced details about their new album on Tuesday. The duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell will release their 16th studio album, The Violet Flame, on Sept. 23. Erasure also announced an extensive world tour this fall in support of the new album. According to a news...
  • King Diamond confirms U.S. festival appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    King Diamond confirms U.S. festival appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest

    It's surprising to some that when metal lovers were jamming out to Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin in the mid-1970's, King Diamond was already on the scene. Danish metal crooner, Kim Bendix Petersen (or as metal enthusiasts affectionately refer to him - King Diamond) was first in a band called...
  • Little Big Town tease new single 'Day Drinking': Watch

    Little Big Town tease new single 'Day Drinking': Watch

    Little Big Town are breaking out the pontoon again this summer for their upcoming single "Day Drinking," off their yet-untitled fourth studio set. Following the success of such chart-topping hits as "Pontoon" and "Tornado," the quartet are bringing the sunshine for another uptempo toe-tapper. In a...
  • Soulful Sam Smith's 2014 North American Tour

    Soulful Sam Smith's 2014 North American Tour

    After doing a few club and small theatre gigs around the US earlier this year, Sam Smith has announced a world tour in support of his upcoming album that features a North American leg in larger venues. Smith has rapidly risen to music stardom in the states after his appearance on Disclosure's...
  • One Direction delivers the musical goods

    One Direction delivers the musical goods

    One Direction is a wildly successful London-based boy band that's been busting the charts wide open since 2010. Although it's hard not think of the Beatles when you hear the phrase "British boy band," One Direction is more akin to the Monkees — they're a manufactured group rather than an organic...
  • Pharrell announces European tour dates and Spike Lee-directed webcast concert

    Pharrell announces European tour dates and Spike Lee-directed webcast concert

    Pharrell Williams, the hottest force in popular music right now, has revealed a series of European concert dates in support of his new album ‘Girl,’ plus a live concert in New York City to be directed by Spike Lee and streamed on YouTube. Pharrell’s June 3 show at the Apollo Theater is part of the...
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