There's a telling scene in Scotty McCreery's new book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, that takes place during his championship run on Season 10 of American Idol. In the semi-final selection rounds — before the week-by-week fan voting competition begins — he still has to...
DJ and super-producer A-Trak has teamed up with Phantogram for the spirited new single "Parallel Lines." The track premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show and begins like a ballad, with plunging piano chords. Sarah Barthel's dreamy, melancholic vocals beckon: "You were always on the other side/ Running in parallel lines/ You and...
Steven Tyler and Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton wrote "Janie's Got a Gun" 26 years ago. The song, about a girl's revenge on her sexually abusive father, earned the band its first Grammy in 1991 and remains Aerosmith's most politicized statement to date. The track was an awakening for Tyler, he said onstage at the David Geffen...
When Neil Young and Paul McCartney perform at the second night of the mega classic rock concert in Indio, California this October odds are pretty high they'll perform a song or two together. They've been friends for decades and have shared the stage many times, including the 2004 Bridge School Benefit when they...
One point that regularly appears in news stories about LoCash is the long and exhausting road that they weathered before finally achieving their first hit single with "I Love This Life." Between family tragedies and label closures, Preston Brust and Chris Lucas had multiple opportunities to quit but persisted. Fittingly,...
Befitting of the Aerosmith singer's unexpected foray into country music, Steven Tyler has announced a string of summer shows he's calling the Out on a Limb Tour. A series of theater dates visiting 19 cities in total, the trek kicks off July 2nd in Las Vegas. The 68-year-old rock icon gave...
On The Tonight Show Monday, Questlove recalled how Jimmy Fallon convinced the Roots to be his house band.  Comedy writer and Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan initially suggested the Roots to Fallon, but the comedian was skeptical. Even Questlove admitted that at that point in their careers, the Roots had achieved self-sufficiency and were wary about...
When Chris Young hits the road this fall for another round of headlining dates, he'll be bringing along opening act Cassadee Pope. The two have already logged plenty of time together on tour, with Pope joining Young during his recent spring run. As of this week, though, Young and Pope...
At the turn of the century, Ryan Adams was in a bad way. His alt-country band Whiskeytown dissolved, thanks in large part to major record-label consolidation; a long-term relationship with music publicist Amy Lombardi ended, prompting her to move out of the New York City apartment she and Adams shared on...
After briefly erasing their internet presence, Radiohead's official website came back to life Tuesday with a new video for "Burn the Witch," potentially the first single off the band's upcoming ninth studio album. Radiohead previously teased the track's arrival with a mysterious leaflet sent to fans this weekend. "Burn the Witch" dates as...
It seems that everybody is vying to get a song on Sam Hunt's next album, the follow-up to his monster debut Montevallo. Even Snoop Dogg. When the rapper, along with G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha, appeared as Hunt's surprise guests at Stagecoach this past weekend, Snoop Dogg left behind a parting gift:...
Lin-Manuel Miranda — if you need an introduction — is the lyricist, composer, creator and star of Hamilton, Broadway's breakout, breakthrough, break-all-the-rules, hip-hop-infused musical (the stage is a turntable!) about the life of United States of America founding father Alexander Hamilton. The show has made him a certified Genius and a...
Reports that rock and roll pioneer Little Richard is in extremely grave health have been percolating in the news, with website Digital Music News and The Mercury News reporting the singer is in poor health.  "A friend, a legend & some say the true King of Rock & Roll. Lil-Richard needs our love & understanding right now,"...
The timing of Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors DVD release today is the perfect (and intentional) correlation with Mother's Day this Sunday. The movie tells the true story of the country legend's dirt poor but family rich upbringing in rural Tennessee. "It is my true belief that if you're lucky...
Afeni Shakur Davis, former Black Panther, political activist and the mother of rap legend Tupac Shakur, died Monday at a hospital near her home in Sausalito, California. She was 69. The Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed Shakur's death on Twitter. Deputies responded to a report of a possible cardiac arrest at...
After the sun sets and the sky turns purple over Indio Valley's Empire Polo Club grounds on October 7th, Bob Dylan will take the stage. Later, the Rolling Stones will follow. It will be the first day of Desert Trip, a historic three-day concert that will also include Neil Young, Paul McCartney, the...
Six of rock's biggest artists and bands will perform at the same fest for the first time this fall. The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, the Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters have all confirmed that they will take turns playing Desert Trip, a three-night event from the organizers...
The theme of this year's annual Met Gala was "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology," in honor of the Costume Institute's latest exhibit of the same name. That seemed to inspire designers and their muses to wear a lot of metallic. Or to cinch themselves into dresses that looked painful...
Not surprisingly, in the wake of Prince's tragic death, many of his famous fans have been moved to pay tribute – by covering his music. We, meanwhile, have been moved to watch, listen and enjoy those performances, as a way of remembering the Purple One and his legacy, which lives...
In a 1999 interview, Prince credited Stevie Wonder as a "role model." Following Prince's death, Wonder returned the praise, saying, "It's a heartbreak to lose a member of that army of love." Wonder shared further thoughts on his late friend and sometime collaborator with Rolling Stone. Prince's music was so picturesque that even I could...