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  • Jay Z and Surprise Guest Beyonce Tackle DirecTV's Super Bowl Party

    Jay Z and Surprise Guest Beyonce Tackle DirecTV's Super Bowl Party | ARTICLE

    "I want y'all to know you're at a rock & roll show," said Jay Z near the beginning of a brisk, 80-minute set at the DirecTV Super Saturday Night party, addressing an invite-only crowd dressed in...

    February 2, 2014 9:39 AM ET
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Joins Tinariwen for New LP

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Guitarist Joins Tinariwen for New LP | ARTICLE

    Josh Klinghoffer, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' shaggy-haired guitar savant, joins acclaimed Malian desert-rockers Tinariwen for two songs on their upcoming sixth album, Emmaar, due February 11th. "I was a little self-conscious because I don't...

    January 31, 2014 12:55 PM ET
  • Maui Tears

    Maui Tears | ALBUM REVIEW

    California dreamers Sleepy Sun emerged at the tail end of the 2000s playing a mix of freaky British folk, shaggy 1970s metal and sun-dappled AM Gold – too weird to be Fleet Foxes, too straight to be...

    January 28, 2014 12:05 AM ET
  • Pop Ambient 2014

    Pop Ambient 2014 | ALBUM REVIEW

    Kompakt's annual Pop Ambient comp is the venerable techno label's moody roundup of its prettiest wallpaper, a chance to show off dream-gaze clouds, barely there beats and the occasional cover. The 14th edition brings ambient music's...

    January 28, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Beach House EP

    Beach House EP | ALBUM REVIEW

    Ty Dolla $ign is next in line to reap the success of genre-hopping, ecstatically Auto-Tuned singer-rappers like Future and Rich Homie Quon. Over a handful of well-received mixtapes and tons of guest spots, the Los Angeles...

    January 27, 2014 3:35 PM ET
  • Outkast, Killers, Black Keys to Headline Hangout Festival 2014

    Outkast, Killers, Black Keys to Headline Hangout Festival 2014 | ARTICLE

    This year's Outkast tour will continue to bring Southernplayalisticadillicmusik to the actual Dirty South. Or should we say the Sandy South, since 'Kast will be dropping beachside bombs at Gulf Shores, Alabama's Hangout Festival, which takes place...

    January 15, 2014 10:10 AM ET
  • MC Serch Says Grandmas Are Googling Him Thanks to New TV Show

    MC Serch Says Grandmas Are Googling Him Thanks to New TV Show | ARTICLE

    Michael "MC Serch" Berrin, who blazed through the early '90s in white rap pack 3rd Bass, is currently is steppin' to the a.m. on his own syndicated daytime talk show. CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Studios' Serch is...

    January 14, 2014 1:55 PM ET
  • #MikeWiLLBeenTriLL

    #MikeWiLLBeenTriLL | ALBUM REVIEW

    The thunderous productions of Atlanta beat-burster Michael "Mike WiLL Made It" Williams were undisputedly the sound of 2013. Except WiLL doesn't exactly have a "sound" at all. He's the man behind the trunk-caving boom and clatter-trap hi-hats...

    January 9, 2014 11:09 AM ET
  • 05 Fuck Em

    05 Fuck Em | ALBUM REVIEW

    Over the course of seven years and nearly 50 mixtapes, Lil B has built a career on subverting hip-hop machismo (one of his more infamous freestyles is called "I'm a Fag, I'm a Lesbian") as well as...

    January 7, 2014 12:00 AM ET
  • Ice-T Premieres VH1 Documentary About Crack and Hip-Hop

    Ice-T Premieres VH1 Documentary About Crack and Hip-Hop | ARTICLE

    Before last night's premiere of the VH1 documentary Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop and the Crack Generation, the film's narrator and executive producer Ice-T was sitting in a room full of Emmys at the Paley...

    September 13, 2011 11:00 AM ET
  • Hacker Crew AntiSec Goes After Viacom and Universal Music

    Hacker Crew AntiSec Goes After Viacom and Universal Music | BLOG ENTRY

    Buzzworthy hacker crew #AntiSec, formed from the ashes of the brief but notorious LulzSec, is claiming to have released a cache of files from the servers of Viacom and Universal Music, according to the Wall Street...

    July 1, 2011 2:55 PM ET
  • Shia LaBeouf to Direct Marilyn Manson Documentary

    Shia LaBeouf to Direct Marilyn Manson Documentary | ARTICLE

    During an appearance on Live With Regis and Kelly (watch below), superstar and best friend to fighting robots everywhere Shia LaBeouf admitted that he is directing a documentary about shock-rocker Marilyn Manson. LaBeouf told Kelly Ripa –...

    July 1, 2011 2:45 PM ET
  • Pitchfork Announces Paris Festival

    Pitchfork Announces Paris Festival | ARTICLE

    Tireless review website and increasingly rabid festival booker Pitchfork announced today that they will be bringing their curating talents to the land of Daft Punk for the first annual Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. The two day...

    July 1, 2011 2:25 PM ET
  • Hawaiian Musicians Protest Grammys

    Hawaiian Musicians Protest Grammys | ARTICLE

    A group of musicians are threatening a boycott of CBS after the Recording Academy sliced 31 awards from this year’s Grammys, according to the Associated Press. An official Grammy press release said the decision to reduce the...

    July 1, 2011 12:50 PM ET
  • Amy Winehouse's Website Hacked By Lil B Fans

    Amy Winehouse's Website Hacked By Lil B Fans | ARTICLE

    Back in hack? Yesterday, Amy Winehouse’s official website was hacked by what appeared to be a cheery gang of Lil B fans. Just one day after the internet-savvy rapper released long-anticipated new album I’m...

    July 1, 2011 11:50 AM ET
  • Wilco Inaugurate Solid Sound Fest With Mavis Staples

    Wilco Inaugurate Solid Sound Fest With Mavis Staples | ARTICLE

    After announcing their split from the label Nonesuch in July, Wilco took another step in celebrating their newfound independence: organizing a three-day festival, Solid Sound, at the Massachusetts art gallery Mass MOCA. Wilco recruited a diverse...

    August 16, 2010 6:07 PM ET
  • "She Luvs Me (She Luvs Mi Knot)"

    "She Luvs Me (She Luvs Mi Knot)" | SONG REVIEW

    Rich Boy struck gold with producer Polow Da Don on 2006's "Throw Some D's." The pair hasn't been able to repeat the feat on any of their three subsequent singles together, including 2007's cheery love jam "Good...

    June 29, 2010 11:29 AM ET
  • "Who Dat"

    "Who Dat" | SONG REVIEW

    North Carolina rapper/producer J. Cole is Jay-Z's first signing to his new Roc Nation imprint. Though Jigga sees Cole as rap's future, his debut single is lodged in the recent past. "Who Dat" echoes the timeless flamethrowing...

    June 29, 2010 11:25 AM ET
  • 
Southern Rap Legends Unite at VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors'

    Southern Rap Legends Unite at VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors' | ARTICLE

    Last night, VH1 taped the seventh annual Hip Hop Honors, a massive party celebrating the innovators and originators of the Dirty South. This year's honorees include Rap-A-Lot Records mogul J. Prince, producer and So So Def mastermind...

    June 4, 2010 9:38 AM ET
  • N.E.R.D. Channel Sixties Psych-Rock on June LP 'Nothing'

    N.E.R.D. Channel Sixties Psych-Rock on June LP 'Nothing' | ARTICLE

    Avant-funk cosmonauts N.E.R.D. debuted snippets of their upcoming fourth album Nothing in a dark Chelsea, New York lounge last night. According to the ever-visible Pharrell Williams, the album was influenced by the '60s and '70s counterculture —...

    April 30, 2010 9:22 AM ET
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