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  • The Olms on Recording Their Debut Album: 'There Were a Lot of Ghosts Floating Around'

    The Olms on Recording Their Debut Album: 'There Were a Lot of Ghosts Floating Around' | ARTICLE

    The Olms are a new band devoted to some old ways, recording to tape on vintage gear while writing songs in a classic folk-pop mode. The duo of singer-songwriters Pete Yorn and J.D. King came together a...

    May 15, 2013 10:00 AM ET
  • Kevin Smith Takes Jay and Silent Bob on the Road

    Kevin Smith Takes Jay and Silent Bob on the Road | ARTICLE

    The home headquarters of Kevin Smith's fanboy empire of movies, comic book men and Smodcasts resides in a Hollywood hillside house once owned by pal Ben Affleck. It was more of a fraternity clubhouse in those days,...

    May 10, 2013 11:35 AM ET
  • Q&A With Refused's Dennis Lyxzen: Reunion Success Was 'A Bit Trippy'

    Q&A With Refused's Dennis Lyxzen: Reunion Success Was 'A Bit Trippy' | ARTICLE

    The intense, roaring crowds that greeted last year's reunion tour of the Swedish hardcore act Refused were a welcome shock to singer Dennis Lyxzén. Last playing the States in 1998 to half-empty basements and coffeehouses, they broke...

    May 6, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • Golden Gods Awards Honor Metallica

    Golden Gods Awards Honor Metallica | ARTICLE

    The fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony in Los Angeles carried an extra heavy load of brightness and dark last night, with real excitement over Metallica's headlining set counterbalanced by news of the death...

    May 3, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • Paramore Have Been 'Grinding Our Teeth,' Says Hayley Williams

    Paramore Have Been 'Grinding Our Teeth,' Says Hayley Williams | ARTICLE

    "You look good!" Hayley Williams declared last night to a cheering, sold-out crowd at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, as she led Paramore through an excitable 90-minute concert after some time away ...

    May 2, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • Q&A: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on Bosnian Rainbows and At the Drive-In's Dramatic Reunion

    Q&A: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on Bosnian Rainbows and At the Drive-In's Dramatic Reunion | ARTICLE

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is a restless creative force, with endless musical projects as guitarist and producer, his own label and an accelerating sideline as an experimental filmmaker. In the past, he's walked away from popular bands just to...

    May 2, 2013 9:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Spiritualized's Jason Pierce on Playing Coachella and Recording With Bowie's Producer

    Q&A: Spiritualized's Jason Pierce on Playing Coachella and Recording With Bowie's Producer | ARTICLE

    Jason Pierce has some experience in the desert. In 1999, the British bandleader brought Spiritualized into the heat of Indio, California, for the inagural edition of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, where they played pulsating, emotional...

    April 22, 2013 12:20 PM ET
  • Grimes Stays in Charge of It All

    Grimes Stays in Charge of It All | ARTICLE

    Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, doesn't mind working alone. She sees herself less as a modern pop diva than an experimental producer, and her dual roles are on full display during her

    April 20, 2013 2:04 PM ET
  • Q&A: Jamie XX on DJing, the XX's Next Steps and His First Coachella

    Q&A: Jamie XX on DJing, the XX's Next Steps and His First Coachella | ARTICLE

    Jamie Smith of the xx has a special way of winding down after a gig with the band: spinning real vinyl deep into the night. Several nights a week, the producer/multi-instrumentalist hosts a party as a DJ...

    April 15, 2013 4:35 PM ET
  • James McCartney: 'When I Was 23 I Got Disillusioned By Music'

    James McCartney: 'When I Was 23 I Got Disillusioned By Music' | ARTICLE

    James McCartney is a man of many family traditions. He is serious about his music and photography, and yesterday in the Southern California desert, he carried on a new one: playing at the...

    April 14, 2013 4:50 PM ET
  • Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard Unite for Intimate Club Gig

    Iron and Wine and Glen Hansard Unite for Intimate Club Gig | ARTICLE

    They brought no plan or set lists, but modern troubadours Sam Beam (a.k.a. Iron and Wine) and Glen Hansard (the Frames, Swell Season) filled a tiny club in Los Angeles last night with...

    April 6, 2013 3:43 PM ET
  • Q&A: Michael Nesmith on Solo Tour and Being the 'Difficult Monkee'

    Q&A: Michael Nesmith on Solo Tour and Being the 'Difficult Monkee' | ARTICLE

    Michael Nesmith just launched his first U.S. solo tour in 20 years, with a set list emphasizing his post-Monkees career through elegantly performed pop, cosmic cowboy blues and storytelling. At his recent show at the Canyon...

    April 1, 2013 12:55 PM ET
  • Rob Zombie Looks Forward to 'Monstrously Gigantic' Mayhem Festival

    Rob Zombie Looks Forward to 'Monstrously Gigantic' Mayhem Festival | ARTICLE

    Rob Zombie likes to keep busy. As he prepares for the release of his newest film as a director, The Lords of Salem, this April, he's already making plans for the summer: he'll release a new...

    March 19, 2013 1:40 PM ET
  • Alicia Keys Spreads Love, Brings Kendrick Lamar Onstage in L.A.

    Alicia Keys Spreads Love, Brings Kendrick Lamar Onstage in L.A. | ARTICLE

    "Are you in love tonight?" asked Alicia Keys of her sold-out Staples Center audience last night in Los Angeles, the fourth stop on her North American arena tour. It was early in a night of affection...

    March 13, 2013 3:00 PM ET
  • Green Day Return to the Road After Billie Joe's Rehab

    Green Day Return to the Road After Billie Joe's Rehab | ARTICLE

    "How many vintage Green Day fans are out there tonight?" asked singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong last night at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California, midway through the opening show of the band's U.S tour – the...

    March 11, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • The Hives 'Peaking' on Tour With Pink

    The Hives 'Peaking' on Tour With Pink | ARTICLE

    Backstage at the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles, the Hives are stripping down to various stages of undress. A couple of them are already shirtless, and guitarist Nicholaus Arson has only a towel around his waist,...

    February 28, 2013 11:45 AM ET
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Brood and Rage in Hollywood

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Brood and Rage in Hollywood | ARTICLE

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds celebrated the release of their Push the Sky Away album with a revivalist's fervor last night at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. With an expanded ensemble of string players and...

    February 22, 2013 1:30 PM ET
  • Pink Dazzles Staples Center Crowd With Stagecraft and Attitude

    Pink Dazzles Staples Center Crowd With Stagecraft and Attitude | ARTICLE

    Pink isn’t easily contained on a normal concert stage, regardless of its size. She hungers to be airborne, kicking and bouncing and twisting high into the air on bungee cord and cable,...

    February 17, 2013 4:10 PM ET
  • Cold War Kids Preview New Album at Desert Gig

    Cold War Kids Preview New Album at Desert Gig | ARTICLE

    Cold War Kids fans got a vivid preview from the band’s Dear Miss Lonelyhearts album last night out in the California high desert, in the...

    February 16, 2013 5:34 PM ET
  • Beck Remakes Bowie's 'Sound and Vision' With 'No Limitations'

    Beck Remakes Bowie's 'Sound and Vision' With 'No Limitations' | ARTICLE

    Tell Beck he can perform a classic song with "no limitations or restrictions," and he will definitely wander into some strange territory. Last night, it landed the singer-songwriter on a movie soundstage at 20th Century Fox...

    February 6, 2013 1:55 PM ET
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