A phalanx of chart-topping stars from across genres joined forces in the loading dock of New York City's biggest post office today to launch the newly artist-owned high-definition streaming service Tidal. Like a scene out of a pop-music version of The Avengers, 16 hit-makers – Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire's Win Butler...
Ultra Music Festival, one of the hugest dance events in America, brought another slew of huge names for its 17th year — Skrillex, Avicii, Bassnectar, Steve Aoki and, during Martin Garrix's set, even Usher joined in the fun. Here's a look back at the Miami bash's best beats and bashes.
Seminal hip-hop crew De La Soul will begin recording their eighth album, And the Anonymous Nobody, in Atlanta this April, with plans to fundraise the project through a new Kickstarter campaign. The forthcoming LP will boast a handful of special guests, including David Byrne, 2 Chainz and Little Dragon, who will...
In 1982, Willie Nelson released his version of "Always on My Mind," the timeless ballad written by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James and covered by everyone from Elvis Presley to the Pet Shop Boys. For the final video of his "Roots Sessions" series, Ray Scott gives the song...
In 1973, just four years after Woodstock, the most iconic American music festival of its kind, country star Willie Nelson hosted his first-ever Fourth of July Picnic in Dripping Springs, Texas, just outside the state's capital city of Austin. In 2015, for the first time in five years, the Independence...
Last March, Swedish pop songwriter Tove Lo came to South by Southwest to perform her first U.S. shows. By the end of the year, she had released her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, and scored a Top Five hit with the conflicted, self-destructive "Habits." Tove returned this year as one of the festival's bigger names —...
"Festivals like to say that they're diverse," said particularly eclectic folk imagineer Rhiannon Giddens onstage at the fourth edition of Knoxville's Big Ears Festival, "but this is a diverse festival." In one evening at Big Ears 2015, you could see a full-bodied, often eerily precise Knoxville Symphony Orchestra interpreting Max Richter's...
Brooks & Dunn, the lauded country duo who called it quits in 2010, are reuniting for an organization that awarded them 27 trophies over the course of their 20-year career together. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, who pursued solo careers after their Last Rodeo tour wrapped nearly five years ago,...
Chaz Bundick has taken another unexpected detour with his fourth album, What For? The 10-track LP, the writer-producer's latest under the Toro y Moi moniker, is full of fuzz-pedal guitars, soulful rhythms and classic rock chord changes — a change of pace from his previous forays into chillwave and funky...
Brian Kelley may have been raised in the Sunshine State – and represent it as one half of Florida Georgia Line – but he grew up a fan of the Atlanta Braves, coming of age during the franchise's heyday in the Nineties. He translated that fandom into a standout career...
Brandon Flowers has looked to the past in more ways than one for his new era. Along with an even heavier dose of New Wave influencing his solo single "Can't Deny My Love," the song's video takes the singer and co-star Evan Rachel Wood back to the 19th century. According to DIY Magazine,...
"Let's put it this way," John Oates says, discussing how his approach to touring has changed over the past 40 years. "I still play music for free, but now you've gotta pay me to leave my house, sleep in a hotel and go on an airplane." Last summer, the singer flew...
Do veteran electronic gnashers the Prodigy dare to drop an album in the Skrillex era? With their usual arsenal of Nirvana-esque riffs all but ineffective in a post-dubstep world, the resilient crew instead swerves hard into digital hardcore noise on their sixth album. They ignore modern EDM conventions almost completely...
Front and Center, which has delivered a series of first-rate live music performances on Public Television since 2012, first joined in partnership with the Country Music Association last year for a pair of episodes spotlighting the long-running CMA Songwriters Series. Adding another pair of specials to their upcoming season, Front...
Rihanna doesn't break the fourth wall. Last night at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, the Unapologetic singer debuted her new single, "Bitch Better Have My Money," and did it in true Rihanna fashion — with knee-high boots, a giant green fur coat and a full-scale replica helicopter looming behind...
"We all agree that there should be more women in country music," Miranda Lambert proudly announced at the beginning of her encore Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. "And we also all really miss the Dixie Chicks." Then, with help from opening act Ashley Monroe and backup singer Gwen Sebastian,...
A group of boys play in a rocky desert and bang a drum in the video for Smashing Pumpkins' "Drum + Fife" – a cut off their recent Monuments to an Elegy – but the fun ends when land mines start exploding around them. Frontman Billy Corgan's wistful chorus, "I will...
"I think people are tired of the bullshit and are ready for the real substance," says John Osborne, in between sips of a beer at Nashville's Pinewood Social, overlooking both a scrapyard and the Cumberland River. He and brother T.J., who make up the rootsy duo Brothers Osborne, are holding...
The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards promised there would be "unexpected collaborations" between the marquee artists attending the Los Angeles event, and the ceremony didn't disappoint as Taylor Swift joined Madonna for an acoustic rendition of the Rebel Heart singer's new single "Ghosttown." After the huge spectacles Madonna brought to her Grammy and (ill-fated) Brit Awards performances...
Capping three evening pairings with Willie Nelson at WhiteWater Amphitheater on Saturday, 15 minutes outside the Central Texas river-tubing paradise of New Braunfels, Merle Haggard thought the audience wasn't being responsive enough to his "we don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee" line, so he tried it again. A minute or so...