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'School of Rock' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year
12/18/2014 11:43:00 AM
An upcoming musical adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black comedy School of Rock will bust down Broadway doors in the fall of 2015, with previews beginning on November 2nd at the Winter Garden Theatre, and an official opening scheduled for December 6th, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Like Richard Linklater's movie, the......
On the Charts: J. Cole Drives Home a Number One
12/18/2014 11:16:00 AM
WISHING YOU ALL A LUMP OF THIS CHART TOPPER FOR CHRISTMAS: A year ago, if I'd challenged you to predict the Top Three first-week sales numbers, would you have answered Taylor Swift, Coldplay and rapper J. Cole? The first one's obvious, the second possible and the third – like winning your NCAA-tournament pool by......
George Harrison, Bee Gees to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards
12/18/2014 11:10:00 AM
George Harrison, the Bee Gees and Buddy Guy are among a number of artists who will be receiving a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during the festivities surrounding next year's Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy will also honor country duo the Louvin Brothers, jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, composer Pierre Boulez and Tejano music accordionist Flaco Jiménez. Along......
Flashback: Buck Owens Gets Trapped on 'The Dukes of Hazzard'
12/18/2014 10:41:00 AM
Exactly 33 years ago today, Buck Owens used his talents to get out of a speeding ticket. The late pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound made a cameo on the wildly popular show, The Dukes of Hazzard, on December 18, 1981, finding himself caught in Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane's "Celebrity Speed Trap."......
Billy Corgan: 'The Mythology of the Nineties Now Is Irrelevant'
12/18/2014 9:50:00 AM
Billy Corgan has been asked to revisit the heyday of Nineties alternative rock a number of times while promoting the Smashing Pumpkins' most recent record, Monuments to an Elegy, but in a new interview with The Guardian, the rocker seemed to hit a breaking point, saying: "Right now that era is......
Howard Stern to Broadcast Two-Hour Black Keys Concert
12/18/2014 9:31:00 AM
A two-hour Black Keys concert, recorded earlier this year in Houston will air after "The Howard Stern Birthday Bash: Director's Cut" on SiriusXM Howard 100 or 101 at 11:15 p.m. EST/8:15 p.m. PST on December 19th. The Black Keys are also kicking off a charity raffle, with the winner receiving frontman Dan......
The Who Add Joan Jett, More Dates to Extensive 2015 Tour
12/18/2014 9:14:00 AM
The Who have added some soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame firepower to join them on the road when the Tommy rockers bring their Who Hits 50! Tour to North America next year: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Rock Hall Class of 2015 inductees, will serve as opening act on both North......
Flashback: Keith Richards and the Stones Light Up 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'
12/18/2014 9:06:00 AM
Happy birthday to Keith Richards, who was born in a crossfire hurricane on this date back in 1943. In celebration, treat yourself to "Jumpin' Jack Flash," Number 125 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and even more of a gas, gas, gas in......
Hear Big Boi's Lusty New Verse in Maroon 5's 'Animals' Remix
12/18/2014 8:54:00 AM
Big Boi sets out on a stampede of salacious rhymes in a new remix of "Animals," Maroon 5's latest single off their latest LP, V. The new version, which arrives via Pigeons and Planes, peels back a few layers of the pulsating original, placing a relentless kick drum up front and flipping the driving......
Bury Me at Makeout Creek
12/18/2014 8:38:00 AM
Singer-songwriter Mitski Miyawaki's breakthrough LP bubbles with poignant black humor. "I will retire to the Salton Sea/At the age of 23/For I'm starting to learn I may never be free," she confesses in "Drunk Walk Home," before screaming into a void of distorted guitars. A folk record at its core,......
Monuments to an Elegy
12/18/2014 8:35:00 AM
For all his world-is-a-vampire nihilism of years past, Billy Corgan has been sounding shockingly well-adjusted lately. Still, the Great Pumpkin's deep dive into synth pop on Monuments to an Elegy – the latest installment in his band's multi-album cycle Teargarden by Kaleidyscope – is a surprise. Corgan's characteristically acidic vocals make sure that songs......
La Isla Bonita
12/18/2014 8:34:00 AM
Deerhoof have been making outrageously inventive ADD noise rock since the Nineties – songs that zip between musical styles, melodic ideas and time signatures while Japanese bassist Satomi Matsuzaki sings in a giddy whirl. Naming their 13th album after a Madonna hit single is pretty funny, since radio pop is......
12/18/2014 8:32:00 AM
Pitbull's latest opens on the streets of Brazil, flipping a local dance hit into an EDM banger that could work anywhere on the planet. Taking his own advice, the Miami rapper never stops the party, pulling together a set of inspirational hip-hop, wedding-ready pop and even Florida Georgia Line-style country......
Give My Love to London
12/18/2014 8:30:00 AM
On perhaps her most potent record since 1979's raw Broken English, rock survivor Marianne Faithfull declaims like a dystopian queen of England, surveying a damaged empire with a cold eye and a magnificently wracked but indomitable voice. She draws excellence from star collaborators: Steve Earle co-wrote the withering title track;......
A Better Tomorrow
12/18/2014 8:26:00 AM
All nine members of the Wu-Tang Clan have finally joined forces for their first album in seven years – but it sounds more like one of RZA's soundtrack projects gone haywire. Glutted with live instruments and tricky structures, the production is heavy on grind-house twists – Ennio Morricone gone electro......
'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
12/18/2014 8:25:00 AM
It's hard to think of a better person than Lorde to pick songs for the soundtrack to a Hunger Games movie – and not just because everything about her suggests she'd be dynamite with a crossbow. Before the 18-year-old singer's tough, witchy musings from the dark end of teenage wasteland......
Hank Williams, John Prine, Neil Young Recordings Earn Spot in Grammy Hall of Fame
12/18/2014 8:23:00 AM
Classic recordings from Hank Williams, John Prine and Neil Young are among the 27 inductees into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015. Their inclusion will bring the grand total of titles in the Hall of Fame to 987. (See the complete list of 2015 Grammy Hall of......
20 Best Reissues of 2014
12/18/2014 8:17:00 AM
Reissues are now, more and more, like airplane flights: an à la carte experience. Historical releases this year by Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young came in multiple iterations, with the level of bells, whistles and deep tracks varying according to price. The best scholarship of......
Watch Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver Bring Outlaw Spirit to 'Letterman'
12/18/2014 7:07:00 AM
Willie Nelson and Billy Joe Shaver stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman last night, bringing with them more than 95 combined years of renegade attitude and trend-bucking country music. Backed by a lean band cobbled together from Shaver and Nelson's touring outfits, included harmonica wiz Mickey Raphael, the two traded......
Hear James Murphy's Hypnotic Remix of a Tennis Match
12/18/2014 7:00:00 AM
Earlier this year, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and IBM made music out of U.S. Open tennis matches by using a computer algorithm to synthesize the players' moves via the IBM cloud. Now he's releasing 12 remixes from those original tracks, in association with IBM, on the album Remixes......
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