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  • Beck's new album, 'Morning Phase,' out now on digital and in-stores

    Beck's new album, 'Morning Phase,' out now on digital and in-stores

    Having built a solid and consistent musical career for over two decades, Beck, has held many titles in music. In February 2014, he released his twelfth studio album, Morning Phase, which was a highly anticipated release. Although recording and producing music since 1993, Beck's gained worldwide...
  • Lana Del Rey "Shades of Cool" single cover

    Premiere: Lana Del Rey sings the heck out of her promo single 'Shades of Cool'

    Indie pop singer Lana Del Rey premiered her promo single "Shade of Cool" on Saturday (May 25). While her vocals have been slightly buried on past tracks, she wails away on this latest "Ultraviolence" gem, unleashing her best performance thus far. "Shades of Cool" is a track from Del Rey's...
  • Jack White, Santana, Rod Stewart lead list of this week's best concerts

    Jack White, Santana, Rod Stewart lead list of this week's best concerts

    The final week of May is full of high-profile concerts from big-time rock bands, including a joint mega-tour between legends Rod Stewart and Santana. If you're looking for a great live show, consider checking out one of these concert tours.
  • Get to know New Orleans music in three easy ways

    Get to know New Orleans music in three easy ways

    Those planning an epic vacation to the Big Easy and those who are recent transplants may not be familiar with the eclectic and vibrant music scene of New Orleans, which offers familiar tastes along with phenomenal surprises. Maybe a few lifelong NOLA residents could use a refresher as well, so here...
  • KC, PSY, Canela ‘Give It Up’ for new collaboration

    KC, PSY, Canela ‘Give It Up’ for new collaboration

    Plain and simple, disco is the Rodney Dangerfield' of popular music – the imminently danceable genre “don’t get no respect.” But the truth of the matter is that affection for certain syncopated electric bass lines has fostered more deceit over the years than the queen mother of unanswerable...
  • Cher embraces rock and roll diva status for six decades

    Cher embraces rock and roll diva status for six decades

    Most people pushing 70 years old are comfortably into their retirement, or maybe working part time as a little income supplement. Not so Cher, the enduring pop star with the trademark low, sultry voice, who's been working the rock and roll scene since 1965. She's still earning new fans whose parents...
  • Alabama Shakes carry on the rich musical legacy of their home state

    Alabama Shakes carry on the rich musical legacy of their home state

    Alabama is a state with a rich musical legacy. The state, and especially the Muscle Shoals area, has given birth to or heavily influenced such diverse artists from Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers to blues and soul artists like Wilson Pickett and The Commodores. On of the...
  • Nickelback powers past the haters

    Nickelback powers past the haters

    In spite of their unparalleled ability to produce hit music, Nickelback — a post-grunge band known for its driving beats, power chords, and vigorous vocal style — has its haters. Last fall, a poll by Teastebuds.fm named the band the "Number 1 musical turn-off." Then there was an online petition to...
  • Robert Plant refuses to be a Robert Plant imitator

    Robert Plant refuses to be a Robert Plant imitator

    Robert Plant is often called "the most imitated singer in the history of rock and roll." His intense, bluesy vocals deliver raw emotion from someplace deeper than the heart, a place deep within the Earth's core. Plant has never been afraid to surrender to pure emotion, even when he was a young...
  • Listen: John Mayer releases acoustic cover of Beyoncé's single 'XO'

    Listen: John Mayer releases acoustic cover of Beyoncé's single 'XO'

    Singer-songwriter John Mayer released his cover of Beyoncé's "XO" on Friday (May 23). Having performed the track live before, Mayer hit the studio to record his rendition of the stirring love song. In support of 2013's "Paradise Valley" album, Mayer toured Australia in April where he first covered...
  • Emerging artist spotlight: Kongos bring back the accordion on 'Come With Me Now'

    Emerging artist spotlight: Kongos bring back the accordion on 'Come With Me Now'

    Accordion sightings in rock & roll are rare. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, the squeezebox made it into top 40 hits like John Mellencamp’s "Check it Out," Aerosmith’s "What it Takes," Talking Heads’ "Road to Nowhere," Counting Crows’ "A Long December" and k.d. lang's "Constant Craving." Today, gypsy punk...
  • Bon Jovi rocks the decades with long string of band and solo hits

    Bon Jovi rocks the decades with long string of band and solo hits

    Most hair bands are relics of the past, but Bon Jovi is still as relevant now as it was in 1983, when lead singer Jon Bon Jovi stormed the scene with guitarist Richie Sambora, David Bryan playing keyboard, and Tico Torres on the drums. The Sayreville, New Jersey, band took a few years to hit the big...
  • The Choir returns with a wonderful new album

    The Choir returns with a wonderful new album

    Onetime Southern California favorite The Choir returns with a strong effort in their new album, Shadow Weaver. Once again, this full-length mostly features the winning combination of Steve Hindalong’s almost uncomfortably honest lyrics matched to semi-psychedelic musical beds expertly created by...
  • Happy Birthday Morrissey: 5 things you never knew about Moz

    Happy Birthday Morrissey: 5 things you never knew about Moz

    Today Morrissey celebrates his 55th birthday with a concert at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. The “Irish Blood, English Heart” singer revolutionized pop/rock music with the beautifully aching music of The Smiths and developed a cult-like following of fans throughout his solo career. Here are...
  • Band of Skulls deliver the goods at The Observatory

    Band of Skulls deliver the goods at The Observatory

    English rockers Band of Skulls took the stage Tuesday night to a deafening roar, as Southern California fans flocked to The Observatory to hear an undeniably powerful sound. Any savvy concert-goer who frequents this venue knows that the 405 freeway is a nightmare past 11 p.m., so to make the trip on...
  • Desert Noises’ Kyle Henderson on ’27 Ways’: Sonic boom

    Desert Noises’ Kyle Henderson on ’27 Ways’: Sonic boom

    At some point in every person’s life – usually as a fearless twenty-something – they dream of leaving on a life-changing cross-country journey. But there are road trips. And then there are road trips. Like the epic one Kyle Henderson, Tyler Osmond, Patrick Boyer and Brennan Allen – Desert Noises...
  • The Black Keys' 'Turn Blue' edges out Michael Jackson atop Billboard 200 chart

    The Black Keys' 'Turn Blue' edges out Michael Jackson atop Billboard 200 chart

    Alternative rock group The Black Keys scored its first no. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue." The duo edged out the latest posthumous release by Michael Jackson, which settled for the no. 2 spot, Billboard reported on Wednesday (May 21). "Turn Blue" moved an impressive 164,00...
  • Jason Mraz says ‘Yes!’ to fifth studio album

    Jason Mraz says ‘Yes!’ to fifth studio album

    Contrary to popular belief, residents of California’s beach cities are not required to hit the surf each and every day. So it should come as no surprise that sometime San Diego resident Jason Mraz didn’t “hang ten” until he was a relatively ancient 28. But that doesn’t mean that the onetime coffee...
  • Roll The Tanks to play four Los Angeles shows in one day

    Roll The Tanks to play four Los Angeles shows in one day

    Some bands play two shows the day of a gig: a smaller, usually acoustic set at a record store or coffee shop and the main show at a larger venue at night. But for Los Angeles band Roll The Tanks, two shows seemed like child's play, so they doubled it, booking four sets on May 27. While not a world...
  • New album from Bonham, Watt and Hughes a ‘California Breed’ apart

    New album from Bonham, Watt and Hughes a ‘California Breed’ apart

    All of the aspiring chemists out there – all one of them – will be pleased to know that there are two kinds of explosives, one of them being “potentially explosive chemicals.” “PECs” are materials that can destabilize and become explosive when they’re subjected to heat. Hydrogen peroxide comes to...
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