When rock groups announce that they're going on "indefinite hiatus," usually it's publicist-speak for "don't hold your breath that they're ever coming back."
The Beastie Boys are planning a memoir commemorating their music and career, but it won't be a straightforward narrative-style remembrance.
As one of country music's greatest, it's fitting that George Jones' legacy will be honored with a funeral at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.
George Jones, the country music legend whose graceful, evocative voice gave depth to some of the greatest songs in country music -- including "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Grand Tour" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today" -- has died, according to his public relations firm.
Thank Depeche Mode for, shall we say, introducing interesting concepts to the bedroom.
Though a native New Yorker, Neil Diamond has become an inspirational figure in the city of Boston's recovery from the bombings at the Boston Marathon last week.
Rush joined the likes of Aerosmith, The Doors and James Taylor on Thursday when the trio was -- finally -- inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The first weekend of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was blessed by gorgeous sunny weather -- until a sandstorm swept through the desert Sunday night.
Everyone seems to be buzzing about "Accidental Racist," the new musical collaboration between country singer Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J -- but this is not the first such tag team from those two genres.
Andy Johns, the engineer and producer who worked on albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Television and Van Halen, has died, according to guitarist Stacey Blades, who was collaborating on a project with him.
New Kids on the Block singer Jonathan Knight left fans confused and concerned Thursday when he walked off stage in the middle of a concert in New York.
Don't look for Mick Jagger and the boys to talk retirement anytime soon.
Gordon Stoker, who as part of the vocal group the Jordanaires sang backup on hits by Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, George Jones and countless others, died Wednesday at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee. He was 88.
Justin Bieber has been a household name since before he was old enough to drive. We listened as his voice changed and watched him trade in his purple hoodies and signature swoopy hair for low-riding pants and a more voluminous 'do.
Album sales, meet your new prince.
Rapper Gucci Mane made his first court appearance Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated battery in connection with an alleged attack at an Atlanta night club, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said.
Despite Lil Wayne's recent medical scare that dominated music news for days, the visionary rapper is on track to release his new album, "I Am Not a Human Being II," on Tuesday. (And that's despite it having leaked a few days ago to file-sharing sites).
Lil Wayne is down on drugs -- for others.
Bobbie Smith, who as a member of the Spinners sang lead on such hits as "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," has died. He was 76.
A panel of Czech judges ruled Tuesday that concert promoters -- and not Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe -- were largely to blame for the tragic death nearly three years ago of a teenage fan of the metal band, saying the singer's actions did not constitute a crime. The state attorney, who had sought a conviction for manslaughter and asked for the minimum sentence of five years, immediately appealed the decision.
Jimi Hendrix has a new album, "People, Hell and Angels," out Tuesday.
David Bowie is full of surprises. A few weeks ago, he announced that his first new album in 10 years was imminent.
The hottest ticket in town these days is for the Who's Quadrophenia and More Tour concert on Tuesday night at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
Fox's "New Girl" returned on Tuesday, with Jessica Day (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick Miller (Jake Johnson) continuing to address the fallout of the Kiss Heard 'Round the Loft (and the Internet universe).
Some of you were caught off guard by the light show Carrie Underwood put on with her gown during her Grammys performance Sunday.
Don't ask music super-producer Benny Blanco to whip up a No. 1 song for an artist because it ain't gonna happen.
After Adele's (rightly deserved) sweep at the Grammys last year, this year's show is poised to be a bit less predictable.
It may seem like a stretch to use sensitive crooner Josh Groban and "rock" in the same sentence, but with his new album "All That Echoes" (out this week), there might be more of a connection than one would think.
Antwan "Big Boi" Patton considers himself a "truther."
Rihanna has opened up like never before about getting back together with her ex-boyfriend, Chris Brown, and what it means for her public image.
It's 35 years after the release of Fleetwood Mac's groundbreaking album "Rumours," and Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham are holding hands.
Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera and John Mayer will be among the presenters and performers at the 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum announced Wednesday.
The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief marked a historic night in music, not only due to its lineup of music legends but also unique collaborations between artists over the course of the colossal six-hour concert.
For some of you, the focus on Christmas shifted roughly 20 minutes after swallowing the last bite of Thanksgiving pie and you set out to find the best spot for your Black Friday tent.
Though Ke$ha's first album, Animal, was a glitter-coated gutter dance party, with the brash singer getting sleazy and leading throngs of revelers into the night, no guitars were invited. On her new full-length album, Warrior, rock music scores a place on the guest list: the LP's first single, "Die Young," has a strummed guitar front-and-center.
Eddie Van Halen sits on a sofa in his home studio, smoking an electronic cigarette and reminiscing about the 30th anniversary of Michael Jackson's masterpiece album, "Thriller."
The rising country duo Florida Georgia Line -- Tyler Hubbard, 25, of Monroe, Georgia, and Brian Kelley, 27, of Ormond Beach, Florida -- are already topping the country charts, and they haven't even released their debut album yet. "Here's To The Good Times," which includes the hit tune, "Cruise," will hit stores December 4.
Rage Against the Machine's 1992 debut is a grenade that keeps exploding. Among '90s albums, only "Nevermind" and "The Chronic" rival it for cultural impact.
The Rolling Stones began their 50th anniversary tour with the biggest possible bang on Sunday night, as a host of special guests joined them for a hit-packed show in London's O2 Arena. Former Stones comrades Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor returned to the ranks, while Mary J. Blige and Jeff Beck were also on hand to help with the celebrations.
Just how controversial is Rihanna's new album?
There are roughly a million Rolling Stones albums, and almost all of them have songs that will drastically improve your life. (Some of them also have "Angie.") Where to start? Where to go after the classics? Here's a road map of the good, the great and the "Angie."
"I got nowhere to go ever since I came back," Chris Cornell growls over a warped-alloy guitar charge on "Been Away Too Long," the lead single from the first Soundgarden album since 1996.
When a band spends as much time as the Gym Class Heroes has gaining momentum on the indie scene only to suddenly take off, there is always concern of selling out.
"I only ever really wanted a break/I've been away for too long," Chris Cornell sings on the new Soundgarden album, "King Animal," out November 13. It's the band's first all-new album since 1996's "Down On the Upside" and its breakup in 1997, so the lyric feels more like a status report.
Put Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, drummer Joey Waronker, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and percussionist Mauro Refosco into a studio for three days, and you know the sound coming out of that session is going to be otherworldly.
As the current Guns N' Roses lineup prepares to launch a set of 12 shows at the The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas tonight, it seems frontman Axl Rose is feeling reflective.
One Direction dropped their new Ed Sheeran-penned single, "Little Things" ? a followup to their hit "Live While We're Young" and the second track released from the upcoming Take Me Home ? Monday, and as expected, there's nothing "little" about its online reaction.
For Neil Young, the Sixties never ended. The music, memories and changes haunt his best songs and records like bittersweet perfume: vital, endlessly renewing inspirations that are also constant, enraging reminders of promises broken and ideals betrayed. In "Twisted Road," one of eight new songs sprawled across this turbulent two-CD set, Young recalls, in a brilliantly mixed metaphor, the first time he heard Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone": "Poetry rolling off his tongue/Like Hank Williams chewing bubble gum." And Young tells you what he did with the impact. "I felt that magic and took it home/Gave it a twist and made it mine," he sings over Crazy Horse's rough-country swagger, as if the marvel of that time and his dreams are still close enough to touch.
The Rolling Stones performed an impromptu, warm-up gig at a small Paris club on Thursday night.
After half a century of hits, addictions, mayhem and enough bad blood to flood the Thames, the Rolling Stones have gotten it together just in time to celebrate their latest anniversary onstage.
The writer James Dickey once described a poet as ''someone who stands outside in the rain, hoping to be struck by lightning.'' He could've been talking about Taylor Swift.
How can a serious bluesman thrive in the age of Auto-Tune?
October 16 marked Flea's 50th birthday, and the iconic bass player of the Red Hot Chili Peppers held an event celebrating both his life and his life's focus on giving back.
Fifteen songs on one record? It's a bold move ? more potential hits, but more potential misses, too.
"Hello, Brooklyn!" Barbra Streisand called out to her hometown's swanky new Barclay's Center early on in her three-plus hour concert.
The Rolling Stones blend past and present on "Doom and Gloom," their first new song together in seven years.
This week's New York premiere of Led Zeppelin's forthcoming concert film, "Celebration Day," may have brought out both fans and rock stars, including Mick Jones, Stevie Nicks and Paul Stanley of Kiss, but beyond the 2007 reunion depicted on-screen, don't expect to see the legendary band in concert anytime soon.
If you don't know singer Bettye LaVette, her alarmingly frank new memoir will catch you up on a life filled with more drama than a daytime soap.
Ellie Goulding emerged in 2010 with a one-two punch: first, her (still-rising) helium-voiced hit "Lights," then, an elegant read of Elton John's "Your Song" that led to a gig at Prince William's wedding. As Cinderella stories go, it's a good one. But as a 25-year-old adept who dresses rave-y hooks in folk-rock tunefulness and art-pop filigree, Goulding earned her glass slippers.
At one point in "Celebration Day," the new film of Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion concert in London, the camera stays long and tight on Jimmy Page's hands as they execute the introduction to "Stairway to Heaven" on the six-string neck of his double-neck Gibson guitar. It is one of rock's most iconic riffs, played in full and close-up by the composer, at one of his band's greatest and most important shows.
Jay-Z will launch his new YouTube channel Saturday night with a live stream of the last concert of his eight-show run at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, USA Today reports.
The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2013 have been announced, and for the first time ever fans will get a say in who will be inducted.
"Well, if it's a comeback you want, then get your hands raised," Jakob Dylan declares on the Wallflowers' first album in seven years, "Glad All Over." So should we raise our hands and call the band's return a comeback? Despite the lyric, Dylan says no.
Back in the summer of 1999, alternative rock bible Spin published a cover story called "What the World Needs Now Is Axl Rose" ? even though he hadn't produced but a single song in over five years (the awful "Oh My God," which appeared on the soundtrack to the Schwarzenegger vs. Satan movie End of Days).
Jack White left his Radio City Music Hall audience confused and angry on Saturday night when he abruptly left the stage and ended the show after only playing for about 55 minutes.
Legendary rock band Heart received the 2,481st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.
No Doubt aren't just 11 years older than they were when they released their last LP. They're determined to be wiser.
It was the song of the summer.
Dave Matthews supported Barack Obama in the presidential race of 2008, and he's supporting him again in 2012 -- but not without reservations.
When it comes to versatility, New Orleans musician Aaron Neville knows the ropes.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev showed sympathy for the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot at a regional meeting for the ruling United Russia party today, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Not that it's any big surprise but, as of Sept. 6, it's official: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is the song of the summer of 2012. Billboard tracked overall performances on the Hot 100 since June 9, and the infectious pop song landed at No. 1, ahead of Maroon 5?s "Payphone" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know." And the summer-song charting doesn't stop there. The definitive chart source also provides a top-1o summer songs list that goes back to 1985 and a top 30 songs about the season.
Mariah Carey's 1997 album "Butterfly" holds a number of hits, including the smash singles "Honey" and "My All."
During a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival for his documentary "Reincarnated," Snoop Lion (as hip hop star Snoop Dogg now calls himself, since embracing Rastafari and reggae music) told reporters he fully backs President Barack Obama in his bid for re-election.
On the second and final day of Jay-Z's Budweiser "Made in America Festival" in Philadelphia, conversation remained centered on its host. After bringing out Kanye West and most of his G.O.O.D. Music crew on the first night during his headlining set, the Brooklyn emcee returned on Sunday, joining Pearl Jam for an airtight, riffing take on his Black Album cut "99 Problems," a version of the song only comparable to a 2004 collaboration with Phish.
"I went through a few roller coasters," says Taylor Swift, reflecting on her relationships over the past two years. She channeled the turmoil into her fourth studio LP, "Red," out October 22. "Trying to chronicle each step of the way was challenging, because you go to some really dark places with the lyrics. Then in the next track, you're talking about how amazing it is to meet somebody new."
First, you have to get past the name. JJAMZ -- pronounced with a stutter on the "J" -- sounds more like a Nickelodeon TV show than a hipster supergroup. Yet its musical pedigree is impressive, boasting members of Maroon 5, Phantom Planet, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes and The Like.
A rare combination of angelic delicacy and extraordinary power, Art Garfunkel's voice has lent reverie and wonder to songs for nearly 50 years.
"Hippie," says Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman Alex Ebert. "It's largely a pejorative sort of term."
Ed Sheeran is ready to become more than the latest musician in a modern British invasion.
Justin Timberlake hasn't released an album since 2006?s "FutureSex/LoveSounds," mostly because he has been distracted by the business of being Justin Timberlake.
If you've seen a Victoria's Secret or Red Bull commercial recently, or watched the movie "Chronicle," chances are, you've heard M83.
It was a scene straight out of "The Day After Tomorrow": a sea of confused, disgruntled people flooding the streets of Chicago, left to wonder about their fate. The cause of this mayhem: severe thunderstorms, which temporarily forced the evacuation of the second day of Lollapalooza on Saturday. All was not lost, however: after a nearly three-hour delay, festival officials reopened the gates and Lolla was officially back on.
With the arrival of Lollapalooza 2012, 100,000 attendees are expected to descend on Chicago's Grant Park every day this weekend.