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  • Buzzcocks join lineup for Make The Music Go Bang festival

    Buzzcocks join lineup for Make The Music Go Bang festival

    As if the lineup wasn’t already enticing enough, pioneering British punk band the Buzzcocks were recently added to the Make The Music Go Bang festival, an all-day music extravaganza happening at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California on Saturday, Sept. 20. The event begins at noon and goes all day...
  • Riot Fest returns to Denver this weekend, Sept. 19-21

    Riot Fest returns to Denver this weekend, Sept. 19-21

    After a summer of controversy and red tape resulting in a venue change, the Denver leg of this year's Riot Fest is finally upon us. The three-day rock fest will take place this weekend, Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21, taking over the parking lot of Sports Authority Field at Mile...
  • Detroit-native Stevie Wonder headed to Motown during 10-city tour this fall

    Detroit-native Stevie Wonder headed to Motown during 10-city tour this fall

    Of all of the wonderful performers and acts that have arisen from and been associated with Detroit over the many years of the Motor City's fine contributions to the musical world, very few have been as talented and as shockingly-popular as Stevie Wonder. On Monday, the legendary Motown singer...
  • Riot Fest Chicago Sunday review: Weezer, Patti Smith close out fest with a bang

    Riot Fest Chicago Sunday review: Weezer, Patti Smith close out fest with a bang

    Weezer wrapped up Riot Fest Chicago 2014 with a performance of their classic self-titled Blue Album, but it was punk legend Patti Smith who delivered the most remarkable set on the final day of the event. Performing before throngs of people packed into a cramped side stage area, Weezer opened with...
  • Metric, Descendents among standout acts at Riot Fest Chicago Saturday

    Metric, Descendents among standout acts at Riot Fest Chicago Saturday

    Canadian indie band Metric and veteran punk act the Descendents were among the highlights at Riot Fest Chicago on Saturday, a busy day that featured some great music in addition to oddities like a headliner showing up 20 minutes late and a band singing songs entirely about pizza. Metric's melting...
  • Acclaimed singer-songwriter Amos Lee: Perfect lesson plan

    Acclaimed singer-songwriter Amos Lee: Perfect lesson plan

    When Ryan Massaro walked away from his idyllic life as a Philadelphia second-grade teacher for an uncertain career in music, he probably thought that his days as an educator were over. But even though he may not be spending much time lecturing about the nuances of readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic...
  • Shaman's Harvest interview: Missouri rockers rise up on new record

    Shaman's Harvest interview: Missouri rockers rise up on new record

    Hard rockers, Shaman’s Harvest have been kickin’ up dust on the Midwest music scene for 15 years. The band has self-released four studio albums that have marked the progress of a group finding its voice and signature. With 2009’s album, Shine, the band finally found its groove, and this summer’s...
  • Pussy Riot panel, nostalgic punk acts highlight first day of Riot Fest Chicago

    Pussy Riot panel, nostalgic punk acts highlight first day of Riot Fest Chicago

    On a rainy, muddy, bitter cold opening day of Riot Fest Chicago 2014, the warmth was provided by bands like the Offspring and Stiff Little Fingers that appealed to fans' sense of nostalgia by playing recognizable songs from decades ago, while a discussion panel with two members of Pussy Riot brought...
  • Bombay Bicycle Club takes the air out of U2 album release

    Bombay Bicycle Club takes the air out of U2 album release

    So much for the reliability of timeless axioms. With the explosive gratis release of their new album Songs Of Innocence on Sep. 9, Bono and his U2 bandmates have most certainly gotten everyone to wondering about that “free lunch” thing. After all, what’s a couple of million records on the house when...
  • Kings of Leon play in Dallas for first time since 2011 meltdown

    Kings of Leon play in Dallas for first time since 2011 meltdown

    The Kings of Leon were on top of the world, one of the biggest bands on the rise, the last time that they played in Dallas, Texas. Things imploded that night when lead singer Caleb Followill sounded horrible singing and left midway through the concert. When he never returned to the atage, the band...
  • NRBQ, New Riders featured at American Music Fest in Lake George

    NRBQ, New Riders featured at American Music Fest in Lake George

    Veteran rockers, new up-and-coming acts and local favorites will take the stage at the first American Music Festival for the Lake in Lake George, New York September 20 and 21. The Festival is being held in conjunction with the Festival for the Lake block party at the new Charles R. Wood Park and...
  • Robert Plant announces that he wants to work with Jack White

    Robert Plant announces that he wants to work with Jack White

    Robert Plant has worked with some of the biggest names in music over his illustrious career, but there is another name that just popped into conversations that the legendary Led Zeppelin vocalist would still love to work with. In a recent Facebook chat, Plant said that he would love to someday work...
  • ZZ Top and Jeff Beck reschedule postponed concerts for 2015

    ZZ Top and Jeff Beck reschedule postponed concerts for 2015

    The tour between ZZ Top and Jeff Beck that was cut short when ZZ bassist Dusty Hill suffered a hip injury has been rescheduled – sort of. Six of the postponed concert dates have been rebooked for May of 2015, while five of the shows were permanently canceled. ZZ Top announced the updated tour...
  • Meat Loaf: A rare talent

    Meat Loaf: A rare talent

    He sang the lyrics “Hot patootie, bless my soul” in one of the most successful musical comedy rock and roll cult classics yet. After a riveting television performance on “Saturday Night Live” in 1978, he required an oxygen tank to stay conscious. What’s more, his debut album remains an enduring must...
  • John Mellencamp announces Dallas stop on 'Plain Spoken' tour

    John Mellencamp announces Dallas stop on 'Plain Spoken' tour

    John Mellencamp is back with a new album called Plain Spoken and announced a big tour for the album on Wednesday, which will kick off in January 2015. The North American tour will include 80 dates, including six in his home state of Indiana and two in his home town of Bloomington. Mellencamp will...
  • Magnolia Memoir play with fire on stellar new album

    Magnolia Memoir play with fire on stellar new album

    They are the universe’s undying paradoxes. Only by nearly losing something can one truly find it. Only by understanding their limitations can one experience growth without limit. Only by grasping the relative unimportance of their songcraft can one produce their most important musical work. It is...
  • U2 releases 'Songs Of Innocence' free on iTunes

    U2 releases 'Songs Of Innocence' free on iTunes

    U2 surprised their large fan base, as well as every iTunes user in the world, on Tuesday, Oct. 9, when they released their new album Songs of Innocence for free. The album appeared in every iTunes user’s libraries on Tuesday after the band performed their new song “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)” at...
  • Watch Jack White perform at Chateau de Fontainebleau

    Watch Jack White perform at Chateau de Fontainebleau

    For eight years, French music site La Blogothèque has been creating high-concept, cinematic music videos and posting them on YouTube. Its Take Away Shows follow independent and mainstream artists around various French locales and capture intimate live performances from such artists that include...
  • Riot Fest Chicago 2014: Seven great bands you may have forgotten

    Riot Fest Chicago 2014: Seven great bands you may have forgotten

    Many music festivals like to fill out their lineups with unproven newcomers, but Riot Fest smartly prefers to load up on veteran acts. While bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Social Distortion, and the Offspring may have been somewhat forgotten by mainstream audiences, they still have loyal...
  • Michigan group Greensky Bluegrass releases new album, will play Detroit

    Michigan group Greensky Bluegrass releases new album, will play Detroit

    Out in the more rural areas of Michigan, beyond the city limits of Detroit, some incredible bluegrass music is being played among the fields and farmland in the country. Greensky Bluegrass, the five-piece band specializing in their namesake's genre, hails from one of those areas in Kalamazoo and has...
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