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Jimi Hendrix

Juggalos Are Mad as Hell and They're Not Gonna Take It Anymore

As the Gathering of the Juggalos arrived last month in Lost Lakes, a waterpark and music venue in Oklahoma City, you would think that something terrible was about to happen. Local news asked in a poll if residents were "concerned." Police were on high alert. According to Rob Bruce-Encarnacion, who …


Lil Peep’s new music video is a lil gift to all the cry babies out there

Good morning, cry babies<p><i>Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week. But what if you don’t have time to watch every video — maybe you have a deadline, a hungry</i> …


Think Pieces

When rock and roll emerged from Mississippi or Georgia or Tennessee or Illinois sometime in the early nineteen-fifties, it was a lawless mishmash of musical institutions, some ancient, some new. Its unruly roots—the incongruous coupling of the sacred and the profane—came to determine much of the …


Queens of the Stone Age's 'The Way You Used to Do' is a Satanic Fever Dream: Watch

<b>Queens of the Stone Age</b> tapped Jonas Åkerlund<b></b> for their fleet-of-foot yet dark-of-soul video for “The Way You Used to Do,” which arrives in full …


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Friday Night Music: Sarah Jarosz Does Prince

OK, I need to diversify artists, and will in future. But this performance just made me smile so much — some echoes of the Civil Wars version of Billie Jean, although very different in style — that I couldn’t resist sharing:<p>[Video: Watch on YouTube.]



The second day of Outside Lands was even more eclectic — and hectic — than the first, as the musical lineup brought out interesting cross-sections of …

Music Festivals

Interview: Greg Kihn

Greg Kihn kihn-tinues rocking and rolling with the recent release of his album Rekihndled, his first set of new songs in over 20 years. And he’s …

Joe Satriani

Glen Campbell dead: Country music stars, celebrities react

After a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, country singer and superstar Glen Campbell has died at age 81.<p>His family announced the news on his website and it's taken the world of music by storm. Fans and friends everywhere are reacting to the loss of one of country’s most prolific voices, …


Kendrick Lamar was a superstar in life size at Staples Center

“LOOK DOWN,” the words on the video screen instructed in stark all-caps — and sure enough, that was where you found Kendrick Lamar on Sunday night, crouched onstage at Staples Center as he performed his song “DNA” to start a run of three hometown concerts.<p>A connoisseur’s favorite since he began …


Rapper Yung Mazi, who survived multiple shootings, dies in another

ATLANTA (AP) — A 31-year-old rapper known as Yung Mazi has been shot and killed outside an Atlanta pizza shop, less than eight months after he survived being shot at a Waffle House and then tweeted "God made me bulletproof."<p>Atlanta police say the shooting happened Sunday night when officers at a …


Music Industry Advice: Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo - Part 2

Pharrell Williams

Music Industry Advice: Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo - Part 1

Pharrell Williams

3 Ugly truths about the music industry

Do it yourself FIRST<p>Nobody cares … Nobody is going to help you win …. Nobody wants to hear your music(AT FIRST)<p>The harshest truth every independent …

Music Industry

Tyler, the Creator Grows on “Where This Flower Blooms”

A lot has changed since the twenty-six-year-old enfant terrible Tyler, the Creator released his début mixtape, “Bastard,” in 2009. For starters, Odd Future, the California rap collective he founded, is now more or less defunct, with several of its members, including Earl Sweatshirt, Syd tha Kyd, …


Notorious LSD Chemist Owsley Stanley Gives Rare Interview

by Scott Beale at on<p>Owsley Stanley (born Augustus Owsley Stanley III), notorious 1960’s LSD chemist and the original Grateful Dead sound engineer (he …

Grateful Dead

The Earliest Known Film and Sound Recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience From 1967

by Lori Dorn at on<p>The GuitArchive, “home of all things guitar”, posted an incredible video showing the Jimi Hendrix Experience playing live at the …


The Mozart-like complexity of Carly Rae Jepsen’s biggest hits

Carly Rae Jepsen is the patron saint of <i>Switched on Pop</i>, a podcast that examines chart-topping pop songs through the lens of musical theory.<p>The idea for the show, hosted by songwriter Charlie Harding and Fordham University musicology professor Nate Sloan, came from an hours-long discussion the two …

Carly Rae Jepsen

JAY-Z Taps Actors Danny Glover & Mahershala Ali For "Adnis" Video

JAY-Z continues the rollout for <i>4:44</i> with a new video for one of three bonus tracks, “Adnis.” Directed by Mark Romanek, the black and white visual …


Kendrick Lamar - LOYALTY. ft. Rihanna


Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes

The iPod died slowly, then all at once. After nearly 16 years on the market, more than 400 million units sold, and one Cupertino company launched …

iPod Nano

Ibanez Announces New Basses for 2017

The company is expanding the BTB700 series with the bold, new BTB747 7-string model and its more traditional counterpart, the 4-string BTB740.


Why New Accounts of R. Kelly’s Sexual Manipulation of Young Women Could Finally Bring Him Down

R. Kelly performs in Chicago, Illinois on May 7, 2016.Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images R. Kelly has led a charmed career. Through a trial on child …

R. Kelly

By Rapping About His Sexuality, Tyler, the Creator Reckons With His Past

Tyler, The Creator’s excessive use of the word faggot has always felt, to me, like an exercise in willful ignorance and selective reasoning.<p>In 2013, …


This Is the Best-Selling Platinum Artist of All Time, and It Isn't The Beatles

We recently looked at the best-selling albums from the year you were born (starting in 1956 with <i>Billboard</i>'s records), but which artist has accrued …


Jay-Z Calls Out Kanye West Feud, Alleged $20 Million Loan in ‘Kill Jay Z’

#Bruh. <b>Jay-Z</b> calls out his brief feud with pal <b>Kanye West</b> in track “Kill Jay Z” off his newly dropped album, <i>4:44</i>.<p>In the song, the Grammy winner refers …

Jay Z

Here's How Much Money Your Favorite Country Stars Really Make

Forbes' annual list ranks artists who earned $25 million or more.<p><i>Forbes</i>, the magazine authority on all things business and finance, released its …


REVIEW: 'War for the Planet of the Apes' is the darkest and most compelling blockbuster of the summer

"War for the Planet of the Apes" is the sequel to 2014's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Caesar, played by Andy Serkis, the human-like leader of the apes, reluctantly leads his species to war with humans. They make one last stand against the apes after a virus wipes out most of mankind. Caesar …