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  • Kris Kristofferson Stuns PEN Awards With Impromptu Performance

    Kris Kristofferson Stuns PEN Awards With Impromptu Performance | ARTICLE

    Though he was one of the guests of honor PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards, Kris Kristofferson did not seem inclined to serenade the audience: "No, I don't think so," he appeared to mouth...

    June 3, 2014 10:50 AM ET
  • Bob Dylan's 10 Craziest Fans

    Bob Dylan's 10 Craziest Fans | ARTICLE

    The body of scholarship on Bob Dylan rivals that on Shakespeare or James Joyce. Literary critics like Christopher Ricks have written a books about him, Rolling Stone's first reviews editor, Greil Marcus, has added three of...

    May 16, 2014 2:00 PM ET
  • Randy Newman Wants to Do an EDM Album

    Randy Newman Wants to Do an EDM Album | ARTICLE

    The banner on the back of Randy Newman’s eponymous 1968 debut album claimed he’d created "something new under the sun." The songwriter behind "Rednecks," "Sail Away" and "I Think It’s Going to Rain Today" has...

    May 13, 2014 5:50 PM ET
  • Band of Horses Unveil 'Acoustic at the Ryman' - Album Premiere

    Band of Horses Unveil 'Acoustic at the Ryman' - Album Premiere | ARTICLE

    After going big and recording their last album, 2012's Mirage Rock, with the legendary producer Glyn Johns, Band of Horses scaled back considerably for their new album. Acoustic at the Ryman, which you can preview in...

    February 3, 2014 8:00 AM ET
  • Madonna to Introduce Pussy Riot Members at Brooklyn Amnesty Benefit

    Madonna to Introduce Pussy Riot Members at Brooklyn Amnesty Benefit | ARTICLE

    A little over a week after she helped Macklemore and Queen Latifah officiate Grammy marriages, Madonna will introduce the recently freed Pussy Riot members at Amnesty International's upcoming benefit in Brooklyn. The show takes place...

    January 29, 2014 12:15 PM ET
  • Shovels and Rope Join J. Roddy Walston

    Shovels and Rope Join J. Roddy Walston | VIDEO

    Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, the husband-and-wife team who make up Shovels and Rope, are in the studio working on the follow-up to their excellent 2012 album, O' Be Joyful. They also recently made time to...

    January 27, 2014 8:00 AM ET
  • Miles Davis Jams on 'Spanish Key' in 1970

    Miles Davis Jams on 'Spanish Key' in 1970 | ARTICLE

    It's not often that the opening act on a four-night run gets a massive four-disc box set out of the gig, but Miles Davis was no ordinary opening act. In June 1970, fresh off the release...

    January 22, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Broken Bells Are 'Holding on for Life' in Remix - Song Premiere

    Broken Bells Are 'Holding on for Life' in Remix - Song Premiere | ARTICLE

    If we tell you there's a distinct Bee Gees aura about the new Broken Bells single, "Holding on for Life," please don't take that the wrong way. Over a throbbing beat and pristine acoustic guitar strums,...

    January 22, 2014 8:00 AM ET
  • Built to Spill Cover 'Jokerman' for Bob Dylan Tribute - Song Premiere

    Built to Spill Cover 'Jokerman' for Bob Dylan Tribute - Song Premiere | ARTICLE

    One of the creators of the upcoming tribute album Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume One calls the songwriter's output in the decade "off-rhythm." Not that Dylan didn't make some great music in that...

    January 22, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • Cheap Trick Rock 'Guitar Center Sessions'

    Cheap Trick Rock 'Guitar Center Sessions' | VIDEO

    It always sounded as though Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander was taking a little vocal shortcut on the band's bubblegum classic "I Want You to Want Me." For some reason, the phrase "didn't I" wouldn't roll...

    January 15, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Clapton, Springsteen and Santana Top 2014 Jazz Fest Lineup

    Clapton, Springsteen and Santana Top 2014 Jazz Fest Lineup | ARTICLE

    As the locals would say, "Yeah you right!" Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Phish, Arcade Fire, Santana and Christina Aguilera are some of the big names set to play this year's New...

    January 14, 2014 1:45 PM ET
  • Beyonce: Gender Equality Is a Myth

    Beyonce: Gender Equality Is a Myth | ARTICLE

    In a new essay, Beyonce has some words of encouragement for all the single ladies and grown women out there. "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," the singer, credited as Beyonce...

    January 13, 2014 2:20 PM ET
  • Johnny Cash's Lost Love Song

    Johnny Cash's Lost Love Song | ARTICLE

    The Eighties were not kind to the great Johnny Cash. "It was the 'Urban Cowboy' phase,'" Cash's son, John Carter Cash, recently recalled. "It was pop country, and Dad was not that." 10 Things...

    January 13, 2014 9:00 AM ET
  • Drive-By Truckers Keep Hauling With 'Pauline Hawkins' - Song Premiere

    Drive-By Truckers Keep Hauling With 'Pauline Hawkins' - Song Premiere | ARTICLE

    In the 15 years since their debut album, the Drive-By Truckers have hauled past more detours and off-ramps than a river road during flood season. Most recently, the band bid farewell to bassist Shonna Tucker and pedal...

    January 7, 2014 10:00 AM ET
  • Metallica Shred in Antarctica

    Metallica Shred in Antarctica | VIDEO

    On December 8th, Metallica played a little show south of the border. Way south: the band's set took place inside a dome on the heliport at the Carlini Argentine Base in Antarctica. The performance featured...

    December 23, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • Billy Joel to Appear on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    Billy Joel to Appear on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' | ARTICLE

    The Piano Man is ready to serenade the country on New Year's Eve. Billy Joel's December 31st show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn will broadcast just after midnight on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With...

    December 23, 2013 12:00 PM ET
  • Velvet Underground Raid the Vaults for 'Light' – Premiere

    Velvet Underground Raid the Vaults for 'Light' – Premiere | ARTICLE

    "No one listened to it," Lou Reed said not long before he died about the Velvet Underground's singular second album, White Light/White Heat, the raw, corrosive sound of the streets that was recorded, so...

    December 5, 2013 9:30 AM ET
  • Nick Cave Sings the 'Higgs Boson Blues'

    Nick Cave Sings the 'Higgs Boson Blues' | VIDEO

    What do Robert Johnson's purported deal with the devil and Miley Cyrus in a fever dream have in common? In the inimitably fertile mind of Nick Cave, they're both prime examples of the futility of existence,...

    December 3, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Bill Cosby's Five Essential Life Lessons

    Bill Cosby's Five Essential Life Lessons | ARTICLE

    Appearing on The Daily Show earlier this week, Bill Cosby gently took Jon Stewart to task for his liberal use of four-letter words at the Stand Up for Heroes event they'd both just entertained. "It wasn't...

    November 23, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Marc Anthony, Ex-Menudo Singer Lead Latin Grammys

    Marc Anthony, Ex-Menudo Singer Lead Latin Grammys | ARTICLE

    Big winners at the 14th annual Latin Grammys last night included Marc Anthony, who won record of the year, and Draco Rosa, formerly of the boy band Menudo, who won album of the year. Both...

    November 22, 2013 9:05 AM ET
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