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  • 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...
  • Paolo Nutini celebrates ‘Caustic Love’ with Terminal 5 and Apollo Theater Gigs

    Paolo Nutini celebrates ‘Caustic Love’ with Terminal 5 and Apollo Theater Gigs

    Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini will commemorate the release of his first studio album in five years with a pair of New York shows this month. Caustic Love – which earned rave reviews following its overseas release this past April – drops stateside next Tuesday, September 16 and will be...
  • Exclusive: Kenny Loggins concert pre-sale

    Exclusive: Kenny Loggins concert pre-sale

    It's a good thing you have friends in high places, dear reader, because you're about to get an exclusive code to buy Kenny Loggins tickets before they go on sale to the public for his Thursday, Nov 6 performance at Heinz Hall. This is huge. Actually, if you just sign up to receive Heinz Hall emails...
  • Damien Rice’s first new album in 8 years a fantasy fulfilled

    Damien Rice’s first new album in 8 years a fantasy fulfilled

    Only a fraction of the precious gems that have formed over the eternities will ever be found. But the rewards are many for the patient few – discovering the rarest and most valuable of gemstones promises untold riches for those that can wait. And so it is with affecting singer-songwriter Damien Rice...
  • Got a musical fever? First single from ‘The Art of McCartney’ The Cure

    Got a musical fever? First single from ‘The Art of McCartney’ The Cure

    At one time or another, nearly everyone has dreamt of a chance meeting with the proverbial wish-granting genie, expectantly contemplating the use of three precious chances to change the world: What if there was no need for money? What if there were no more wars? And most importantly, what if over...
  • Julian Casablancas+The Voidz premiere VHS music video for 'Where No Eagles Fly'

    Julian Casablancas+The Voidz premiere VHS music video for 'Where No Eagles Fly'

    Julian Casablancas premiered the music video for his song "Where No Eagles Fly" with The Voidz on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The grainy clip shows the band rocking and rolling around New York City. "Where No Eagles Fly" is the latest single from Julian Casablancas+The Voidz's debut album Tyranny. The raucous...
  • Detroit rapper Eminem's 'Rap God' breaks record for most words in a song

    Detroit rapper Eminem's 'Rap God' breaks record for most words in a song

    Detroit hip hop artist Eminem is used to breaking all kinds of records; from No. 1-selling artist, to most sold-out shows, to most Facebook "likes", Slim Shady has pretty much done it all. On Tuesday morning, Billboard announced that the crown king of the rap world has just broken another record...
  • Joyce Manor makes heartfelt punk rock

    Joyce Manor makes heartfelt punk rock

    Emo rock tried to bring heartfelt sounds to punk rock, but mostly only ended up sounding like a bunch of whiners. The Torrance, California punk band Joyce Manor is fronted by vocalist Barry Johnson, who – quite frankly – has a bit of an emo whine in his voice. However, this annoying vocal nuance...
  • Elvis Costello with strings

    Elvis Costello with strings

    The prospect of singing rock songs while fronting the Los Angeles Philharmonic might be nerve wracking for most, but for Elvis Costello, who came onstage dressed in a spiffy red hat and suit, this night expressed just another arrow in his deep quiver of musical skills. For longtime Costello fans, it...
  • Art Garfunkel generates greatness

    Art Garfunkel generates greatness

    Art Garfunkel has lent lead vocals and harmonies to some of the greatest song recordings in the canon of the twentieth century songbook. In particular, he accomplished much of this with Paul Simon, as half of the legendary duo Simon & Garfunkel. Garfunkel sings with subtleness, sweetness and...
  • Chicago Celtic rock band The Tossers embark on cross-country tour

    Chicago Celtic rock band The Tossers embark on cross-country tour

    This fall, Chicago-based Celtic rock band The Tossers will travel near and far in a cross-country tour. The multi-city tour includes concerts with other musical groups, and even a performance on a cruise ship. With approximately 20 stops scheduled at this time, the Tossers will cover quite a bit of...
  • Bob Marley's 'Legend' enters Top 10 thirty years after its release

    Bob Marley's 'Legend' enters Top 10 thirty years after its release

    Perhaps the greatest reggae album in history is about to reach the Top 10 for the first time. Billboard reports that when it issues the next Top 200 album chart on Wednesday, Bob Marley’s Legend will land somewhere in the Top 10 with sales of more than 20,000 units. Legend is already the best...
  • Mavis Staples schools the Fox: Soul provider

    Mavis Staples schools the Fox: Soul provider

    A powerful teacher can change eternity. Witness the 40 attentive high schoolers – and 960 “more experienced” students – that were lucky enough to be sitting in Mavis Staples’ history class Sept. 5 at the Fox Theatre. All the legendary Miss Mavis did was to remind the forgetful masses of a few of...
  • Mandy Moore provides backing vocals to husband Ryan Adams' self-titled album

    Mandy Moore provides backing vocals to husband Ryan Adams' self-titled album

    Rocker Ryan Adams is getting ready to release his self-titled album on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Among the 11 tracks, his wife Mandy Moore provides backing vocals on two of them. Adams' self-titled album is his first since 2011's Ashes & Fire. He was largely working as a producer before deciding to put...
  • Lisa Gerrard: from Dead Can Dance to Golden Globe-winning film composer

    Lisa Gerrard: from Dead Can Dance to Golden Globe-winning film composer

    Lisa Gerrard made her name in music as one-half of the duo Dead Can Dance. More recently, however, the Australian musician has become one of the most respected composers and vocalists in film. From 1981 to 1998, Gerrard and Brendan Perry won recognition as the world music pair Dead Can Dance...
  • George Fest is coming to Los Angeles

    George Fest is coming to Los Angeles

    George Harrison was known as the quiet Beatle. Perhaps this is why he never attained the same acclaim and fame that John Lennon did, and Paul McCartney does, during his post-Beatles career. Now there’s a flurry of Harrison activity, however, which mainly revolves around the release of George...
  • The Eagles and the National are this week's can't-miss concerts

    The Eagles and the National are this week's can't-miss concerts

    When a legendary act like the Eagles hits the road, any fan of rock & roll has to take notice. The hitmaking band is this week’s top live music draw, but they’re not the only high-profile act on our list. From underrated rappers to pop music package tours, these are the can’t-miss concerts...
  • He’s the Boss: Bruce Springsteen to guest star in television drama

    He’s the Boss: Bruce Springsteen to guest star in television drama

    There are about as many different ways to prepare for a difficult role as there are unemployed actors. Some lose a truckload of weight. Others get into character months before production begins. Still others stop showering for weeks – that last one isn’t particularly popular with fellow actors by...
  • Bear Hands reveals alternative video for ‘Agora’

    Bear Hands reveals alternative video for ‘Agora’

    Bear Hands has revealed an alternate video to "Agora" from the band's recent full-length album, Distraction (Cantora). The video, which was directed by Sami Jano and Steve Meierding, playfully incorporates the track's lyrics into a wildly colorful montage of cluttered items strewn around the home of...
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