As part of pioneering rap label Def Jam's 30th anniversary celebrations, the label has planned reissues of Public Enemy's 1988 breakthrough album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and their 1990 follow-up LP, Fear of a Black Planet, as multidisc deluxe reissues. Each reissue contains the album......
Not too many people have the gumption to release two albums in one year, but as Rick Ross explained on Power 105.1 earlier this month: "That’s how bosses do it, ya heard me?" The MC is prepping for the release of his seventh LP, Hood Billionaire, just eight months after March's Mastermind; and now Ross has offered up a......
L.A.'s Peaking Lights are Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes, a husband-wife duo who meld psychedelia into bubbly dub ditties. On their fourth album, the pair explore the more lysergic parts of our world through gossamer electronica, buoyant vocal effects and metaphysical grooves. Recent years of parenting have expanded their sense......
American eccentric Scott Walker's latest collection of scary stories to sing in the dark is technically a collaboration with the sludgiest band on the planet, but it plays like any of his recent solo albums: flighty, operatic melodies, minimalist circles of percussion, and brittle stabs of noise. SunnO))), the cloaked......
Singer Emily West, who charmed TV viewers as a finalist on the most recent edition of NBC's America's Got Talent earlier this year, has inked a deal with Sony Music's Masterworks label. On December 2nd, West will release a two-track digital single on the label's imprint, Portrait. The single will......
What's left to learn about U2 in 2014? Plenty, as it turns out – especially if you get a few days worth of intimate access to the band in three different countries. Here's the best of what didn't fit into the cover story, from the making of the new album to the......
Metallica are currently prepping remastered, deluxe editions of their first two albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning, which they hope to put out in 2015, but in the meantime they are asking for help from their fans. The band has requested that anyone who has photos......
Randy Johnson was a tower of terror during his 22-year major league career, standing 6'10" and firing 100 MPH fastballs that made batters shake in their stirrups. But after retiring in 2010, the man known as "The Big Unit" put down his glove and picked up a camera, turning a......
The two Dead Weather songs that came as part of Third Man Records' "Vault Package Number 21" on a gold-colored seven-inch are now streaming online. The songs, "Buzzkill(er)" and "It's Just Too Bad," find the band exploring echoey, bluesy garage rock on the former and clattering, shambolic riffage on the......
At one point during one of the last full days of rehearsal for his upcoming Tattoo Your Name Tour, Hunter Hayes told his half-dozen band members he wants something more "eventful" to happen during the transition from one song to the next. Holed up in a huge warehouse where the stage,......
When Patti Everly, the widow of Phil Everly, decided to stage a musical tribute to her late husband, there was one artist she knew needed to be involved: Paul Simon. Last night in Nashville, Patti got her wish, and the 73-year-old singer-songwriter performed in honor of the younger Everly Brother at......
Sammy Hagar called into Rolling Stone the other week to chat about his contribution to The Art of McCartney, a 42-track collection of Paul McCartney covers by Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, the Cure, Kiss and many other huge names. Hagar sings "Birthday," and is still a little shocked he was......
Scottish alternative hip-hop trio Young Fathers were the surprise winners of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, triumphing over a host of better-known names including FKA Twigs, Royal Blood and Blur's Damon Albarn. The band's album Dead – while critically acclaimed for its mix of De La Soul-style grooves and sonic experimentation......
By 7 a.m., Times Square was already packed: Young girls in their plaid school skirts and cheerleader uniforms were huddled across the Midtown hub, waiting to see Taylor Swift perform on Good Morning America and hoping that their first period teachers were also fans of the 24-year-old pop star. Swift's latest......
For serious fans of Garth Brooks, Halloween just became the new Christmas.  Man Against Machine, Brooks' first collection of new material in 13 years, won't hit retailers until November 11th. That hasn't stopped Brooks from offering up a sneak peak at the album's 14 tracks — nearly half of which were......
Tomorrow night, Daryl's House, the new bar and venue owned by Hall and Oates songwriter Daryl Hall, opens in Pawling, New York. To celebrate, Hall is joining his bandmate John for a show cheekily billed "Hall-oween and Oates." "I've played many Halloween shows over the years," he says over the phone. "But......
Of Montreal, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and Blikk Fang — the collaboration between Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes and MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden — are among the 12 artists set to partake in the second installment of Polyvinyl's 4-track singles series, which will deliver a new two-song 7-inch on colored vinyl to subscribers every month......
"We're the most rock & roll band in the universe right now," proclaimed Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley sarcastically as he, dressed as a human beer barrel complete with beer stein headpiece, performed an acoustic version of the band's chart-topping single "Bartender" at the song's Halloween-themed Number One party Wednesday. At......
Wayne Coyne was born in 1961, and some of his earliest memories include his older siblings playing newly released Beatles records at their Oklahoma house. "It just always had this power over me," Coyne says. The Beatles' influence can prominently be heard in the Flaming Lips albums like The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles......
Dave Sitek has produced everyone from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Beady Eye, but his best work has come with Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone and Jaleel Bunton: the other members of TV on the Radio (bassist Gerard Smith died in 2011). The 42-year-old Sitek produces the band in his home studio,......