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  • No Age on Punk Lineage: 'Oh, We're All Weirdos'

    No Age on Punk Lineage: 'Oh, We're All Weirdos' | ARTICLE

    "I don't know what kind of band people think we are," says No Age's Dean Spunt. The singer-drummer-bassist is genuinely curious, as people sometimes seem unprepared for the duo's bristling, noisy, contemplative indie rock. "We played in...

    August 28, 2013 4:35 PM ET
  • Behind Tegan and Sara's Big Night With Taylor Swift

    Behind Tegan and Sara's Big Night With Taylor Swift | ARTICLE

    When Tegan and Sara showed up Tuesday as Taylor Swift's surprise guests to sing "Closer" at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Calgary twins had friends in the audience. "I was like, 'Be prepared. We...

    August 23, 2013 11:05 AM ET
  • Taylor Swift Brings Out Tegan and Sara in L.A.

    Taylor Swift Brings Out Tegan and Sara in L.A. | ARTICLE

    Taylor Swift is making new friends on her Red tour this summer. Last night in Los Angeles she brought out Tegan and Sara as surprise guests to perform their bouncy, affectionate hit "Closer." As she introduced...

    August 21, 2013 11:25 AM ET
  • Johnny Depp a Surprise Guest at Johnny Ramone Tribute

    Johnny Depp a Surprise Guest at Johnny Ramone Tribute | ARTICLE

    At the annual Johnny Ramone tribute Sunday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, director John Waters hosted a reunion of his cast for the 1990 bad-boy musical Cry-Baby, including a surprise appearance by Johnny Depp. "Everybody in this movie wanted...

    August 20, 2013 11:15 AM ET
  • Journey Recount Singer's Wild Ride in 'Don't Stop Believin'' Doc

    Journey Recount Singer's Wild Ride in 'Don't Stop Believin'' Doc | ARTICLE

    It's never been easy to replace the singer of a hugely popular rock band. After Steve Perry left Journey in 1998, the platinum-selling Bay Area act moved on with a series of vocalists to varying degrees of...

    August 17, 2013 11:00 AM ET
  • Blondie's Chris Stein Reveals Trove of Rare Seventies Photos

    Blondie's Chris Stein Reveals Trove of Rare Seventies Photos | ARTICLE

    On August 9th, Blondie guitarist Chris Stein returned to the decade that launched his band, opening an exhibition of his photography at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, Sunset Marquis Hotel, in West Hollywood. Debbie Harry, Joan Jett and...

    August 12, 2013 3:40 PM ET
  • The National Play Hollywood Cemetery

    The National Play Hollywood Cemetery | ARTICLE

    The National know how to deliver an encore. One day after the band's sold-out concert amid the hills and forest of the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the National returned last night for another kind of...

    August 12, 2013 11:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Joan Jett on Writing and Thriving During Her 'Decade of Death'

    Q&A: Joan Jett on Writing and Thriving During Her 'Decade of Death' | ARTICLE

    August 1st on the Sunset Strip, Joan Jett returned as hero and honored guest to the birthplace of her career as a rocker. It was declared "Joan Jett Day" in the city of West Hollywood, which...

    August 3, 2013 2:40 PM ET
  • System of a Down Rock Hollywood Bowl - Lone U.S. Date This Year

    System of a Down Rock Hollywood Bowl - Lone U.S. Date This Year | ARTICLE

    "We're in Hollywood, right?" guitarist Daron Malakian shouted Monday night at the Hollywood Bowl, early in an explosive hometown concert by System of a Down, as a sold-out crowd of 17,000 roared back. "You speak Armenian in...

    July 31, 2013 1:50 PM ET
  • David Lynch on Chasing His Muse for New Album 'The Big Dream'

    David Lynch on Chasing His Muse for New Album 'The Big Dream' | ARTICLE

    David Lynch doesn't want you to call him a musician. He's a renowned filmmaker and self-taught improviser on electric guitar, a slasher and basher of strange riffs he can never quite repeat again. It's the sound at...

    July 11, 2013 4:05 PM ET
  • The Doors' Robby Krieger Confirms Reunion With John Densmore

    The Doors' Robby Krieger Confirms Reunion With John Densmore | ARTICLE

    A live tribute to Ray Manzarek by the two surviving members of the Doors is almost certain to happen later this year, guitarist Robby Krieger tells Rolling Stone. "We're going to do at least one show...

    July 3, 2013 10:25 AM ET
  • Mayhem Fest: Rob Zombie, Mastodon Kick Off With a Roar

    Mayhem Fest: Rob Zombie, Mastodon Kick Off With a Roar | ARTICLE

    The first date of a big rock tour will always have its share of technical crises, but if metal fans noticed many glitches at Saturday's opening of the Mayhem Festival in San Bernardino, California,...

    July 1, 2013 1:45 PM ET
  • Bosnian Rainbows On Tour: Latest Band From Omar Rodriguez-Lopez

    Bosnian Rainbows On Tour: Latest Band From Omar Rodriguez-Lopez | ARTICLE

    There is a Spanish phrase that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez keeps in mind as he pushes forward with Bosnian Rainbows, his newest experimental rock band: con vivir. It is a motto not only for his new music, but for...

    June 27, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Warped Tour Delivers Motion City Soundtrack, the Ataris to Southern California

    Warped Tour Delivers Motion City Soundtrack, the Ataris to Southern California | ARTICLE

    "Is everybody feeling Warped?" singer Justin Pierre joked from the stage yesterday at Seaside Park in Ventura, California. It was an old pun from the Motion City Soundtrack frontman with the Tim Burton hair, but it's one...

    June 24, 2013 2:55 PM ET
  • Q&A: Billy Bob Thornton on His Latest Directing Project and James Gandolfini

    Q&A: Billy Bob Thornton on His Latest Directing Project and James Gandolfini | ARTICLE

    Billy Bob Thornton doesn’t mind keeping busy. The Oscar-winning filmmaker and musician has two new movies already done – including Jayne Mansfield’s Car, his first...

    June 23, 2013 9:43 AM ET
  • Q&A: John Densmore on Reconciling With the Doors

    Q&A: John Densmore on Reconciling With the Doors | ARTICLE

    For a full decade, the Doors were at war with one another, entangled in dueling lawsuits and memoirs and locked in disputes over the licensing of their music and use of the Doors name on the...

    June 19, 2013 12:05 PM ET
  • Q&A With Julian Lennon: 'I'm Quite Happy Where I Am'

    Q&A With Julian Lennon: 'I'm Quite Happy Where I Am' | ARTICLE

    Fifteen years after the release of his last album, Julian Lennon was ready Friday night to celebrate his return to public life as an artist, both musical and visual. The 50-year-old Lennon's new album, Everything Changes, is...

    June 17, 2013 12:20 PM ET
  • Atoms for Peace Play Surprise Show in L.A.

    Atoms for Peace Play Surprise Show in L.A. | ARTICLE

    "This is the rehearsal, right?" Thom Yorke joked last night from an old ballroom stage in Los Angeles, leading his band Atoms for Peace through a surprise show and two hours of intense...

    June 15, 2013 2:24 PM ET
  • Ringo Starr Opens Grammy Museum Exhibit

    Ringo Starr Opens Grammy Museum Exhibit | ARTICLE

    Ringo Starr had a reunion with his past yesterday when he got his first look at "Ringo: Peace & Love," an exhibition of vivid artifacts from his life and career, opening today at the...

    June 12, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • John Fogerty Celebrates Birthday, New Album in L.A.

    John Fogerty Celebrates Birthday, New Album in L.A. | ARTICLE

    "When I don't know what to say, I just go directly into music," John Fogerty declared last night at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, ripping into the molten swamp rock of "Green River" as...

    May 29, 2013 1:50 PM ET
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