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  • Video: Fitz & The Tantrums’ Dreamy Performance

    August 2, 2013 4:15 PM ET | Yahoo Maximum Performance

    The funky rock 'n' soul collective Fitz & The Tantrums, led by dashing blue-eyed soulman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick and fiery R&B goddess Noelle Scaggs, has finally followed up 2010's Pickin' Up the Pieces with the long-overdue sophomore album, More Than Just a Dream. And with a new major label, Elektra Records, and an updated sound that owes as much to the '80s and it does to the '60s, the band is about to blow up, big-time. The Tantrums' story is ...  | More »

  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Get Steely With ‘Bakersfield’ Salute

    August 1, 2013 6:10 PM ET | Yahoo Our Country
     |  Chris Willman

    It’s not always simple to tell who’s honoring who. Bakersfield, the just-released album by Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, consists of half Merle Haggard covers and half Buck Owens tunes. Haggard loves it enough to have written liner notes for the project. But maybe Hag shouldn’t feel too excessively flattered, because although it’s a tribute album, it’s really an homage to the great players who backed him and Buck back in those Bakersfield days. W...  | More »

  • Rick Ross Features Trayvon Martin Witness on ‘I Wonder Why’

    July 31, 2013 5:05 PM ET | Yahoo Hip Hop
     |  Billy Johnson, Jr.

    Trayvon Martin witness and friend Rachel Jeantel receives another flash of the limelight Monday, appearing on Rick Ross's new single "I Wonder Why." An audio clip of Jeantel saying "creepy ass cracker" during the trial plays as the outro of the first single from Ross's forthcoming Mastermind album. During the song, Ross makes a few references related to the trial that found George Zimmerman not guilty. He cites Jeantel's description of Zimmerman, the Stand Your Ground law and...  | More »

  • Thicke Not Thin!

    July 30, 2013 5:00 PM ET | Yahoo New This Week
     |  Dave DiMartino

    As an upbeat, largely positive music writer, I’m not above feeling occasional twinges of insecurity about whether…well, whether…I’m losing it! Which is just one major reason I‘m so grateful today’s social media scene keeps me on my toes! So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank reader Grant Haygood, who, courtesy of Twitter, this week noted: “@DaveDiMartino Your snarky cynicism really bummed me out. Try smoking a bowl before listening t...  | More »

  • Exclusive: Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus Sign a Record Deal!

    July 29, 2013 6:20 PM ET | Yahoo Reality Rocks
     |  Lyndsey Parker

    After taking a lengthy hiatus from the music business following her departure from BMG, Season 8 "American Idol" teen rocker Allison Iraheta — now a married, 21-year-old grown woman — has formed a new band called Halo Circus with guitarist David Immerman and her husband, producer/multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hager. And Yahoo! Music's Reality Rocks is thrilled to exclusively reveal that Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus have signed a new record deal! Halo Circus have inked w...  | More »

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