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  • Phil DeGreg & Brasilia teach crash course in ‘Brazilian People’

    Phil DeGreg & Brasilia teach crash course in ‘Brazilian People’

    Ohio pianist Phil DeGreg served a four-month Fulbright Fellowship residency at the University of Campinos, near the heart of Brazilian music — Sao Paulo. After his 2008 fellowship, DeGreg went right to work with his fellow Midwestern bandmates to deliver up a shimmering sample of Brazilian...
  • Listen: Nicki Minaj clarifies sexual history with Drake, Lil Wayne on 'Only'

    Listen: Nicki Minaj clarifies sexual history with Drake, Lil Wayne on 'Only'

    Nicki Minaj has never done the nasty with Drake or Lil Wayne. We learn that bit of TMI about eight seconds into Minaj’s new song “Only,” which features her aforementioned Young Money labelmates, along with Chris Brown. Nicki then immediately clarifies this news by stating that if she HAD slept with...
  • HBO partners with Twitter, Ustream, iHeartRadio for The Concert for Valor

    HBO partners with Twitter, Ustream, iHeartRadio for The Concert for Valor

    On Veterans Day, November 11, HBO will air The Concert for Valor live from the National Mall in Washington D.C. Today, the premium cable network announced partnerships with Twitter, Ustream, iHeartRadio and the American Forces Network to bring the first-of-its kind concert to audiences all across...
  • Belle and Sebastian share new song, expand 2015 tour

    Belle and Sebastian share new song, expand 2015 tour

    Indie pop pioneers Belle and Sebastian shared the first song from their upcoming album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance on Tuesday, and announced a new batch of dates for their upcoming 2015 world tour. The sprightly “The Party Line” was released today as the first single from the Scottish band’s...
  • 'The X Factor UK': Did the public get it wrong by ousting Jake Quickenden?

    'The X Factor UK': Did the public get it wrong by ousting Jake Quickenden?

    “The X Factor UK” aired its intense results show in the U.S. on Oct. 27 on AXS TV. Some artists really soared this week in delivering some memorable movie song magic. Other artists, unfortunately, fell incredibly flat. As the field narrows toward the top prize, it’s imperative the contenders bring...
  • 'The X Factor UK': Ed Sheeran sizzles on British stage, backs Andrea Faustini

    'The X Factor UK': Ed Sheeran sizzles on British stage, backs Andrea Faustini

    “The X Factor UK” aired the dramatic week three live results show in the U.S. on Oct. 27 on AXS TV. Musical giants keep lining up to take the London “X Factor” stage including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and this week native Brit Ed Sheeran gave his homeland audience a smoky, sultry...
  • The Freddy Jones Band

    The Freddy Jones Band

    The Freddy Jones Band, formed in 1992, has a new release scheduled to drop in the early part of 2015. The veteran roots-rock band has been around the block more than once, but has not released a new record since "Time Well Wasted" in 2009. Fans are jonesing for some fresh music, eager to hear what’s...
  • Al Madrigal: comedian, actor, exasperated parent

    Al Madrigal: comedian, actor, exasperated parent

    It's long been said that one should write what one knows, and comedian Al Madrigal has certainly found success using that formula. The San Fransisco native has been mining his own life for material for sixteen years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. A veteran of late-night television...
  • DeVotchKa mesmerizes with dreamy, moody music

    DeVotchKa mesmerizes with dreamy, moody music

    DeVotchKa is the Russian word for “young woman” or “girl.” DeVotchKa’s music certainly smacks of a foreign flavor, but an elusive taste that can range from Eastern European to South-of-the-Border. Sometimes labeled “dark cabaret” or “gypsy punk,” DeVotchKa’s otherworldly sound defied pigeonholing...
  • Reggie Watkins slays trombone through Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis numbers

    Reggie Watkins slays trombone through Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis numbers

    You don’t hear nearly enough trombonists in jazz bands. If they came at you like the Pittsburgh-based Reggie Watkins, that would change. The Wheeling, WV native glommed onto the fine-throated idiosyncrasies of slide trombone after witnessing the testimony of J.J. Johnson as a music major in the...
  • Volbeat and Anthrax to hit the road for spring 2015 North American tour

    Volbeat and Anthrax to hit the road for spring 2015 North American tour

    Danish metal/ rockabilly/ country outfit Volbeat have announced a spring 2015 tour with legendary hard rockers Anthrax. The two bands will hit the road along with Crobot for a 23-date tour that kicks off on April 24 at the 1STBANK Center in Denver, CO and wraps up on June 2 with a show at New York’s...
  • Rihanna duet partner Mikky Ekko to release debut album in January

    Rihanna duet partner Mikky Ekko to release debut album in January

    Promising singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko, who teamed up with Rihanna on the hit ballad “Stay,” will be releasing his debut effort on January 20, 2015. RCA Records announced the release of the 12-track album Time, as well as a series of tour dates that will feature Ekko opening for Alt-J and Haerts...
  • '@Midnight' announces panelists for New York Comedy Festival

    '@Midnight' announces panelists for New York Comedy Festival

    Next week, Chris Hardwick's popular show “@Midnight” is heading to the New York Comedy Festival to produce a series of episodes that will welcome several hilarious comedians from the festival's lineup. These special shows will take place Nov. 3-6 at the ABC Television Center on Manhattan’s Upper...
  • Pink Avalanche debuts video from upcoming album

    Pink Avalanche debuts video from upcoming album

    In a time where music videos are increasingly using a multitude of special effects, taking a minimalist approach can be refreshing. That’s where post-punk band Pink Avalanche comes in with its new video “In Empty Spaces.” The video premiered via Vice.com and was posted on YouTube on Oct. 24. It...
  • Mint Condition - Welcome to the Mint Factory

    Mint Condition - Welcome to the Mint Factory

    If you're not familiar with Mint Condition, you are truly missing out. One of the few great R&B bands left, Mint Condition has laid a path of chart topping rhythm and blues songs over the past 20 years. The group reigns from Saint Paul Minnesota, and consists of members Stokley Williams (Lead...
  • The Afghan Whigs release 'Gentlemen At 21' today

    The Afghan Whigs release 'Gentlemen At 21' today

    It’s been a year of note for The Afghan Whigs. In April the seminal indie rock band unveiled their first new album in 16 years, and today they release Gentlemen at 21—a collection of songs that celebrates the 21st anniversary of their major label debut, Gentlemen. In addition to a newly remastered...
  • Cristela Alonzo & Nick Vatterott to release comedy albums Nov. 4

    Cristela Alonzo & Nick Vatterott to release comedy albums Nov. 4

    Next month two hilarious stand-up comedians are set to release brand new comedy records via Comedy Central Records. Cristela Alonzo and Nick Vatterott will both be sharing their debut comedy albums on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Cristela Alonzo's album entitled Some of the Hits was recorded during a live...
  • Norman Brown continues to relax audiences with soulful smooth jazz guitar

    Norman Brown continues to relax audiences with soulful smooth jazz guitar

    Norman Brown is often compared to George Benson, but the smooth jazz guitarist and singer from Kansas City has found his own lane on the smooth jazz highway with a career spanning more than two decades. One recent interview referred to the Grammy Award winning musician as "one of the best guitar...
  • Killing Joke paves its way to greatness through thirty-five years and counting

    Killing Joke paves its way to greatness through thirty-five years and counting

    Almost forty years ago, a band formed that went on to influence not just single bands but entire music genres as well. Killing Joke may not be the most easily recognizable band in the world but some of the groups that they inspired, such as Metallica and Soundgarden, went on to become household...
  • Otonana Trio reminds you 'Life is Awesome!!'

    Otonana Trio reminds you 'Life is Awesome!!'

    Getting bored with formulaic pop songs? Check out Otonana Trio. This international sensation is listed under J-pop, but this Japanese group is not typical to that genre. Otonana Trio is a mixed bag of musical style. They use funky bass lines, heavily rock-inspired guitar solos, and some electronic...
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