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  • Folk Pioneer Doc Watson Dead at 89

    Folk Pioneer Doc Watson Dead at 89 | ARTICLE

    Folk music pioneer Doc Watson died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, of complications from abdominal surgery, his manager has confirmed. He was 89 years old. Watson had been admitted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on May 21st,...

    May 29, 2012 11:05 PM ET
  • Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart 'Sonifies' the Golden Gate Bridge

    Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart 'Sonifies' the Golden Gate Bridge | BLOG ENTRY

    Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart plans to bring the sounds of the Golden Gate Bridge to life on May 27th, as part of the bridge's 75th anniversary celebration. While the Golden Gate Bridge is not exactly a...

    May 25, 2012 3:05 PM ET
  • Alice Cooper Instructs His Band to 'Kill the Audience' at Bonnaroo

    Alice Cooper Instructs His Band to 'Kill the Audience' at Bonnaroo | ARTICLE

    When Alice Cooper takes over the late-night tent at Bonnaroo next month, he plans to come out swinging. "If you're in the first 20 rows, you'll probably get some blood on you," Cooper told reporters on a...

    May 25, 2012 11:35 AM ET
  • Fun. Promise 'Over the Top' Set at Bonnaroo

    Fun. Promise 'Over the Top' Set at Bonnaroo | ARTICLE

    Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff has unusually high expectations for his band's set at next month's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. "All I can think is that it's going to be our best show of the year and...

    May 24, 2012 3:40 PM ET
  • String Cheese Incident Stage Ticketing Coup at the Greek

    String Cheese Incident Stage Ticketing Coup at the Greek | ARTICLE

    Earlier this year, the String Cheese Incident announced that they would offer an allotment of tickets to their summer shows directly through their official website, without any kind of service charge. In a...

    May 19, 2012 11:55 AM ET
  • Phil Lesh Dedicates New 'Ramble' Site to Levon Helm

    Phil Lesh Dedicates New 'Ramble' Site to Levon Helm | ARTICLE

    Before launching into a full-album cover of the Band's 1969 second LP The Band at Terrapin Crossroads on Thursday, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh read a speech in honor of...

    May 11, 2012 10:35 AM ET
  • Bruce Springsteen Brings 'Wrecking Ball' Tour to San Jose

    Bruce Springsteen Brings 'Wrecking Ball' Tour to San Jose | ARTICLE

    One of the biggest rock stars in the world took the stage on Tuesday night by talking about himself. "Not only does he know how to get to San Jose, but he knows what to do when...

    April 25, 2012 11:50 AM ET
  • Stolen Tom Petty Guitars Recovered by Police

    Stolen Tom Petty Guitars Recovered by Police | ARTICLE

    All five guitars stolen from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers last week have been recovered by the police. As Rolling Stone previously reported, the guitars went missing from a soundstage in Culver City, California...

    April 18, 2012 8:50 AM ET
  • Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Crazy Horse to Headline Outside Lands

    Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Crazy Horse to Headline Outside Lands | ARTICLE

    Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young and Crazy Horse will anchor the 2012 edition of Outside Lands, to be held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on August 10th-12th. Other acts tapped for the festival include Skrillex,...

    April 17, 2012 11:00 AM ET
  • Mickey Hart on the Grateful Dead: 'We Weren't a Girl Scouts Troop'

    Mickey Hart on the Grateful Dead: 'We Weren't a Girl Scouts Troop' | ARTICLE

    As the percussionist in the Grateful Dead, Mickey Hart explored the outer reaches of American popular music. As a musicologist with the Smithsonian Institute, Hart has explored historical rhythms from around the world. But in recent...

    April 16, 2012 9:10 AM ET
  • Tom Petty's Guitars Stolen During Tour Rehearsals

    Tom Petty's Guitars Stolen During Tour Rehearsals | ARTICLE

    Tom Petty is the latest victim of gear theft. Five of the rocker's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, have been rehearsing for their...

    April 13, 2012 6:33 PM ET
  • Johnny Marr on Breaking Up the Smiths, Remastering Their Catalog

    Johnny Marr on Breaking Up the Smiths, Remastering Their Catalog | ARTICLE

    The Smiths were only a band from 1982 to 1987, but during that time they produced a cache of British indie-rock classics that remain highly influential. During their abbreviated lifespan, the band released just...

    April 11, 2012 9:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson On His 'Thick As a Brick' Sequel

    Q&A: Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson On His 'Thick As a Brick' Sequel | ARTICLE

    In April of 1972, Jethro Tull took everything that people either loved or hated about prog-rock and put it in a 44-minute album that was also, incidentally, a 44-minute song: Thick as a Brick. Sometimes seen as...

    April 4, 2012 5:25 PM ET
  • Members Of Grateful Dead, National, Walkmen Come Together For 'Bridge Session' Webcast

    Members Of Grateful Dead, National, Walkmen Come Together For 'Bridge Session' Webcast | ARTICLE

    An assemblage of East Coast indie rockers flew to the Bay Area to collaborate with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir for a one-time-only performance on Saturday night. Called the Bridge Session, the nine-person collective included three...

    March 25, 2012 10:50 AM ET
  • Bob Weir, the National Team Up for Politically-Minded Webcast

    Bob Weir, the National Team Up for Politically-Minded Webcast | ARTICLE

    Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir has teamed up with members of the National – Aaron Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorf – for a collaborative night of music and voter education. On Saturday, the musicians will congregate at...

    March 22, 2012 2:15 PM ET
  • Camp Bisco Taps Skrillex, Bassnectar to Headline 2012 Festival

    Camp Bisco Taps Skrillex, Bassnectar to Headline 2012 Festival | ARTICLE

    The Disco Biscuits, Skrillex and Bassnectar will headline the 11th annual Camp Bisco festival, taking place on July 12th through 14th at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, New York. As always, the event will be...

    March 21, 2012 8:05 AM ET
  • Tom Morello's Occupy SXSW Shut Down by Cops

    Tom Morello's Occupy SXSW Shut Down by Cops | ARTICLE

    When Tom Morello took the stage at the Swan Dive in Austin on Friday night, he chose to convert what otherwise would've been just another SXSW-only showcase into a true Occupy gathering – an event which...

    March 17, 2012 7:30 AM ET
  • SXSW Bands Head to Willie Nelson's Ranch for Heartbreaker Banquet

    SXSW Bands Head to Willie Nelson's Ranch for Heartbreaker Banquet | ARTICLE

    Willie Nelson's ranch, the endearingly nicknamed Luck, Texas, once served as the backdrop for the 1986 Western Red Headed Stranger. On Thursday, it played host to the inaugural Heartbreaker Banquet, a two-stage event purposely scheduled to take...

    March 16, 2012 4:05 PM ET
  • Lionel Richie Duets With Kenny Rogers at SXSW

    Lionel Richie Duets With Kenny Rogers at SXSW | ARTICLE

    Lionel Richie may not be a typical SXSW buzz band, but the R&B icon used his set at ACL Live’s Moody Theater – where he anchored Billboard’s showcase – to remind the music industry just exactly who...

    March 15, 2012 4:35 PM ET
  • God Street Wine Reunite for NYC Shows

    God Street Wine Reunite for NYC Shows | ARTICLE

    Following a decade of dormancy, God Street Wine are reuniting for the second time in three years for a run of shows in New York City this August, with additional possibilities being discussed. Much ado was made about...

    March 12, 2012 10:00 AM ET
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