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  • Slipknot's Shawn Crahan Reveals His 'Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey'

    Slipknot's Shawn Crahan Reveals His 'Apocalyptic Nightmare Journey' | ARTICLE

    "This is my subconscious in a tangible form – you can taste it, you can smell it," says Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown, as he flips through his first book of photography, The Apocalyptic Nightmare...

    July 11, 2012 5:00 PM ET
  • Slayer Ramp Up Work on New Album

    Slayer Ramp Up Work on New Album | ARTICLE

    This summer's Mayhem Festival has Slayer back on the road for their first nationwide tour since 2010, and guitarist Kerry King is already plotting the future. The SoCal thrash originators have begun recording a new album...

    July 6, 2012 12:55 PM ET
  • Metal, Mosh Pits and Bonfires Hit San Bernardino on First Day of Mayhem Fest

    Metal, Mosh Pits and Bonfires Hit San Bernardino on First Day of Mayhem Fest | ARTICLE

    Backstage at yesterday’s opening of the 2012 Mayhem Festival in San Bernardino, California, it wasn’t all cold beer and air-conditioning for the headlining metal acts. Just before 3 p.m., the members of Anthrax were hurtling along...

    July 1, 2012 2:51 PM ET
  • Q&A: Jonathan Demme on the Making of 'Neil Young Journeys'

    Q&A: Jonathan Demme on the Making of 'Neil Young Journeys' | ARTICLE

    Jonathan Demme can't get enough of Neil Young. The Academy Award-winning director recently completed Neil Young Journeys, his third feature-length documentary on the iconic folk-rocker, which mingles footage of Young alone onstage at Toronto's Massey hall with...

    June 27, 2012 3:10 PM ET
  • New Found Glory, Yellowcard Stand Up for 'Pop Punks' at Warped Tour

    New Found Glory, Yellowcard Stand Up for 'Pop Punks' at Warped Tour | ARTICLE

    The message scrawled on the cartoon banner behind New Found Glory was simple: "Pop Punks Not Dead," a reworking of an old, defiant punk rock battle cry. On Sunday in Ventura, California, dozens of bands on the...

    June 25, 2012 12:25 PM ET
  • Members of Heart, Blondie Celebrate 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' Photography Opening

    Members of Heart, Blondie Celebrate 'Who Shot Rock & Roll' Photography Opening | ARTICLE

    Last night, at the gala opening of the Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition at Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the real rock stars in the room were veteran photographers. "It's nice to be recognized," photographer...

    June 22, 2012 4:30 PM ET
  • Q&A: John Lydon on PiL's Past and Present, Newt Gingrich's Likeability

    Q&A: John Lydon on PiL's Past and Present, Newt Gingrich's Likeability | ARTICLE

    By the time John Lydon was 22, he had twice shoved British rock into some revolutionary new directions, first as Johnny Rotten in the Sex Pistols and later with the pioneering post-punk act Public Image Ltd. The...

    June 14, 2012 9:00 AM ET
  • OFF! Launch New Album With Explosive L.A. Show

    OFF! Launch New Album With Explosive L.A. Show | ARTICLE

    There was no entourage in sight when the four members of OFF! arrived onstage last night at the Whisky a Go Go, for a party to celebrate their first official LP, OFF!, released yesterday on Vice Records....

    May 9, 2012 2:40 PM ET
  • Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on Pulling Double Duty at Coachella

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on Pulling Double Duty at Coachella | ARTICLE

    Inside a small trailer backstage at Coachella yesterday, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez was trying to cool down after his first performance of the day, and the dressing room wasn't much cooler than the triple-digit heat outside. Rodriguez-Lopez pulled double...

    April 23, 2012 4:50 PM ET
  • Diehard Coachella Fans Double Down on This Year's Fest

    Diehard Coachella Fans Double Down on This Year's Fest | ARTICLE

    For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was...

    April 22, 2012 11:15 AM ET
  • Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre Revive a Golden Era at Coachella

    Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre Revive a Golden Era at Coachella | ARTICLE

    The first weekend of Coachella 2012 closed out last night with a staggering resurrection of gangsta rap in the hands of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, who delivered a 90-minute set that recreated that classic era of...

    April 16, 2012 11:35 AM ET
  • Radiohead Bring the Rhythm to Epic Coachella Set

    Radiohead Bring the Rhythm to Epic Coachella Set | ARTICLE

    Beats do more than keep time for Radiohead. At the band's epic headlining performance on Saturday at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, tempo was everything – setting the tone and tension for the band's searing rock-electronics...

    April 15, 2012 11:05 AM ET
  • The Black Keys Unleash a Blues Riot at Coachella

    The Black Keys Unleash a Blues Riot at Coachella | ARTICLE

    "This is Swedish summer at its best," Refused singer Dennis Lyxzen joked last night from the stage at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, during a momentary pause in an explosive set by the reunited hardcore...

    April 14, 2012 10:09 AM ET
  • Coachella 2012: 10 Can't-Miss Acts

    Coachella 2012: 10 Can't-Miss Acts | ARTICLE

    It's never just been about the headliners at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In fact, many of the 100,000-plus fans who bought tickets to this year's two consecutive Coachella weekends (April 13th-15th and 20th-22nd) signed...

    April 9, 2012 5:15 PM ET
  • Eric Erlandson Talks About 'Letters to Kurt'

    Eric Erlandson Talks About 'Letters to Kurt' | ARTICLE

    It’s afternoon in a downtown Los Angeles loft, and Eric Erlandson is about to share some new music. The former Hole guitarist slips a blank CD into his laptop and burns a copy of the raw...

    April 8, 2012 3:49 PM ET
  • The Secret Sisters Break Out on 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

    The Secret Sisters Break Out on 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack | ARTICLE

    Two years ago, Laura and Lydia Rogers had no expectations for a life as professional musicians . Then Laura floored a producer at a Nashville audition and they became the Secret Sisters, a bluegrass duo in...

    March 22, 2012 11:30 AM ET
  • M. Ward Brings Songs from 'A Wasteland Companion' to KCRW

    M. Ward Brings Songs from 'A Wasteland Companion' to KCRW | ARTICLE

    "I do love music, but I don’t love to do the same thing over and over again," M. Ward told Rolling Stone over a glass of white wine on Friday night in Santa Monica, relaxing backstage before...

    March 11, 2012 1:55 PM ET
  • Alice Cooper Set for Next Golden Gods Awards

    Alice Cooper Set for Next Golden Gods Awards | ARTICLE

    Guitarist Zakk Wylde promised a big night of "hookers, payola and blow" at this year's Revolver Golden Gods Awards, set to erupt April 11 in Los Angeles. "We're creeping up on the porn awards," he joked, standing...

    February 16, 2012 3:55 PM ET
  • Tony Bennett Defends Drug Comments After Whitney Houston's Death

    Tony Bennett Defends Drug Comments After Whitney Houston's Death | ARTICLE

    Tony Bennett took home two more Grammy Awards last night, including one for his achingly romantic duet with the late Amy Winehouse on "Body and Soul." That brings his career total...

    February 13, 2012 1:05 PM ET
  • Exclusive Photo: Lenny Kravitz as Cinna in 'The Hunger Games'

    Exclusive Photo: Lenny Kravitz as Cinna in 'The Hunger Games' | ARTICLE

    Lenny Kravitz chose a life of rock and soul a long time ago and until recently was never tempted by the movies. “In the last 22 years, while I was making my music,...

    February 1, 2012 1:00 PM ET
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