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  • Ellie Goulding Shifts Gears on New 'Halcyon Days' Tracks

    Ellie Goulding Shifts Gears on New 'Halcyon Days' Tracks | ARTICLE

    Ellie Goulding uses the word "mental" a lot. It comes up when she's describing her life ("Nothing surprises me anymore – it's mental"); pondering an upcoming trip to Ibiza ("It's one of those places you just have...

    August 15, 2013 11:19 AM ET
  • 'Mad Men' Actor James Wolk on the Mystery of Bob Benson

    'Mad Men' Actor James Wolk on the Mystery of Bob Benson | ARTICLE

    As soon as the closing credits started to roll on last week's episode of Mad Men, James Wolk's cell phone rang. "It was my mom," he says. "She was totally shocked." And for good reason: Wolk,...

    June 16, 2013 9:40 PM ET
  • Hot Sci-Fi Beyonce: A Q&A With Janelle Monae

    Hot Sci-Fi Beyonce: A Q&A With Janelle Monae | ARTICLE

    Metropolis: The Chase Suite is a concept album — one of four parts. Did any concept albums influence you? Actually, no. I've heard about David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and I have never listened to it. I've been...

    August 28, 2012 3:06 PM ET
  • Down-to-Earth Actress Jessica Chastain Is Hollywood's Most Wanted Newcomer

    Down-to-Earth Actress Jessica Chastain Is Hollywood's Most Wanted Newcomer | ARTICLE

    Jessica Chastain has starred in six films this year, including Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or-winning meditation The Tree of Life (as Brad Pitt's wife); the Nazi-hunting thriller The Debt (as Helen Mirren's younger Mossad-agent self); and the summer...

    October 31, 2011 2:30 PM ET
  • Foo Fighters Close Out Lollapalooza With Monster Set

    Foo Fighters Close Out Lollapalooza With Monster Set | BLOG ENTRY

    On Day Three of Lollapalooza, most of the festival’s approximately 90,000 attendees didn’t look like mere concertgoers – they resembled war casualties. Two punishing rainstorms yesterday turned Grant Park into a giant mud pit, leaving fans drenched,...

    August 8, 2011 8:05 AM ET
  • Eminem, My Morning Jacket, Cee-Lo Draw Jumping Crowds to Lollapalooza Day Two

    Eminem, My Morning Jacket, Cee-Lo Draw Jumping Crowds to Lollapalooza Day Two | BLOG ENTRY

    At noon on Day Two of Lollapalooza, Grant Park looked like a ghost town. Maybe it was because of the mild drizzle, or the fact that everyone was recovering from Friday night, but only the faithful were...

    August 7, 2011 11:30 AM ET
  • Coldplay, Bright Eyes, Girl Talk, Tinie Tempah Launch Fiery Lollapalooza

    Coldplay, Bright Eyes, Girl Talk, Tinie Tempah Launch Fiery Lollapalooza | BLOG ENTRY

    The Kills were midway through their Friday afternoon at Lollapalooza when singer Alison Mossheart began to sweat. As she growled the refrain of the bouncy, tribal-beat-fueled "Sour Cherry" -- "Shout when you wanna get off the ride!"...

    August 6, 2011 11:05 AM ET
  • The Insider's Guide to Lollapalooza

    The Insider's Guide to Lollapalooza | BLOG ENTRY

    Every smart festival-goer knows to slather on the SPF, drink lots of water and not pack explosives when attending a massive music event like Lollapalooza, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer. But when the sold-out...

    July 25, 2011 11:00 AM ET
  • The Insider's Guide to Bonnaroo

    The Insider's Guide to Bonnaroo | BLOG ENTRY

    With nearly 175 acts, 12 stages and countless rules outlining what you can and can't do, Bonnaroo can get confusing. But don't worry: We surveyed vets of the four-day Manchester, Tennessee music circus – which...

    June 1, 2011 10:50 AM ET
  • Aretha Franklin Comes Back Strong at Chicago Tour Kick-Off

    Aretha Franklin Comes Back Strong at Chicago Tour Kick-Off | ARTICLE

    Thursday night at the Chicago Theatre, Aretha Franklin kicked off her first gig since last October with one request (and it wasn’t for r-e-s-p-e-c-t): "Please turn the air off so I don’t have to leave the...

    May 20, 2011 1:20 PM ET
  • Death Cab for Cutie Grow Up On 'Codes and Keys'

    Death Cab for Cutie Grow Up On 'Codes and Keys' | ARTICLE

    In the three years since Death Cab for Cutie released their last album, the Washington-based rockers have been busy – and not just working on their seventh LP, Codes and Keys. Since 2008, every Death Cab...

    March 23, 2011 7:45 AM ET
  • Empires: Raucous Chicago Quartet Show Off Their Dark Side

    Empires: Raucous Chicago Quartet Show Off Their Dark Side | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: This Chicago band racked up 70,000 downloads of its self-released 2008 debut – then decided to rough up its pop-punk sound. "We're getting rid of the polish," says frontman Sean Van Vleet, 28. "I like that...

    February 14, 2011 4:00 PM ET
  • Jamestown Revival: Longtime Buddies Get Together to Make Mellow Gold

    Jamestown Revival: Longtime Buddies Get Together to Make Mellow Gold | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance put their solo projects aside to form this laid-back duo. "We always wrote on each other's records," says Clay, whose songs have gotten play on The Hills and Sons of Anarchy...

    February 14, 2011 3:45 PM ET
  • Mod Sun: A Minnesota Hippie Rapper With Hardcore-Punk Roots

    Mod Sun: A Minnesota Hippie Rapper With Hardcore-Punk Roots | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Not long ago, Dylan Smith quit his gig drumming for a screamo band and decided to rap. Now he hopes to popularize hip-hop with a new crowd – perhaps his former audience, hardcore-punk fans. "I'm bringing...

    February 14, 2011 3:35 PM ET
  • Skyler Stonestreet: L.A. Lady Lights Up TV With Sweet, Sincere Pop

    Skyler Stonestreet: L.A. Lady Lights Up TV With Sweet, Sincere Pop | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: Singer and pianist whose tunes have been featured on The Hills, One Tree Hill and Laguna Beach. The Las Vegas native comes off as sweetly sincere both off the mic and on – she even calls...

    February 14, 2011 3:20 PM ET
  • Tha Boogie: Funked-out Cali Soulsters Let Their Minds Roam

    Tha Boogie: Funked-out Cali Soulsters Let Their Minds Roam | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: This trio (from Rancho Cucamonga, California) got a break when primary songwriter Tuko Proby e-mailed R&B star Raphael Saadiq with a link to the band's website, and he promptly hired them to open for him on...

    February 14, 2011 3:15 PM ET
  • The Americans: Sean Lennon-Produced New Yorkers Channel Sixties R&B

    The Americans: Sean Lennon-Produced New Yorkers Channel Sixties R&B | BLOG ENTRY

    Who: New York crew with a vibrant pop-soul sound and some well-known associates – including Mark Ronson and Sean Lennon. Sound: Harmony-heavy tunes spiked with Motown horns. Bandleader Charlie Klarsfeld loves classic soul: The band's "Try" takes inspiration...

    February 14, 2011 3:10 PM ET
  • Sean Van Vleet of Empires on Picking Up Trash and Meeting Black Francis

    Sean Van Vleet of Empires on Picking Up Trash and Meeting Black Francis | BLOG ENTRY

    What's been your crappiest day job? I worked in parks and recreation once one summer, I was on trash duty. It was awful, six o’clock in the morning. I learned how to speak a little Spanish,...

    February 14, 2011 1:40 PM ET
  • Jamestown Revival on Their Love of Scratch-Off Tickets and What's on Their Bucket List

    Jamestown Revival on Their Love of Scratch-Off Tickets and What's on Their Bucket List | BLOG ENTRY

    What's the crappiest day job you've ever had?Zach Chance: I worked at a wing shop, buffalo wings, you had to cut the fries and everything…that job wasn't a lot of fun for me. Jonathan Clay: I worked...

    February 14, 2011 1:25 PM ET
  • Mod Sun on Hanging With Wu-Tang and Singing Along to Pink

    Mod Sun on Hanging With Wu-Tang and Singing Along to Pink | BLOG ENTRY

    Have you had a crappy day job?No, I’ve actually never had a real job. I was a golf caddy when I was real young, but I fucking loved that, so I can’t say it was shitty. What’s...

    February 14, 2011 1:15 PM ET
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