Shonen Knife has more than 30 years of music under its belt, along with the allegiances of alternative rock icons Nirvana and Sonic Youth. What more could a band ask for?
Cold War Kids drop their fifth studio album, Hold My Home, tomorrow (Oct. 21). Serving as the follow-up to 2013's Dear Miss Lonely Hearts, the album explores the notion of "home" and features production from guitarist Dan Gallucci and frequent collaborator Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Matt & Kim). We chatted with frontman Nathan Willett about the inspiration behind the new effort, how the band has evolved, their tour plans, and the special memorabilia available to fans on their PledgeMusic campaign.
This Thursday (Oct. 23), Little Kids Rock will bring together Alice Cooper, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill) with Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz (Beastie Boys), Darlene Love, Glen Hansard, Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Jesse Malin, Brody Dalle and Jake Clemons (E Street Band) to pay tribute to Joan Jett, who is being honored as "Rocker of the Year," at their sixth annual Little Kids Rock Benefit. The event takes place at New York's iconic Hammerstein Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. and will also honor Guitar Center CEO Mike Pratt for his support as well as Jake Clemons, who will receive the "Big Man of the Year" Award, a prize originally named for his uncle and former E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons.
Fans and singers alike are obsessed with Sam Smith's monster hit "Stay with Me," and Kelly Clarkson is no exception. Read this
Classic new wave group Simple Minds, best known for their 1985 hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” has shared a new single “Midnight Walking” from their upcoming album Big Music, which you can check out over at Consequence of Sound. The dancey track features some delicious synths that wouldn’t be out of place on an Aphex Twin song, so these guys definitely don’t sound like they’re stuck in the past. Read this
Gwen Stefani's return to pop music superstardom seems to be no glitch, but that doesn't mean that The Voice coach can't have a few malfunctions in her new music video for "Baby Don't Lie." Just one day after Stefani dropped her comeback solo single, today (Oct. 21) she released the accompanying music video, featuring some pretty trippy visual effects and a fever dream or two. Read this
Monica Lewinsky made her first public address this weekend at a "Forbes" summit in Philadelphia. The monologue was mostly about cyberbullying and how she fits into the broader picture — she was essentially the world's first cyberbullying victim after her relationship with then-President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. She also gave a shout-out to the artists who have name-dropped her in songs through the years, including Eminem, Beyoncé and Lil' Wayne. Read this
New York City-based singer-songwriter Shayna Leigh is fresh of the release of her latest EP, Hey Shayna Leigh. She sat down with Music Times on "Studio Sessions" to talk about how she got her start in music, the inspiration behind her EP, and what she has planned for the future, among other topics. Read this
The Allman Brothers Band will say farewell at the end of the month with a six-night residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and bandleader Gregg Allman recently announced there will not be any special guest performers at the shows.Read more »
Chicago rapper Chief Keef has been dropped by his label Interscope Records, "AllHipHop" reports. According to an anonymous source, the split occurred about two weeks ago in relation to the numerous legal troubles Keef has faced in the last two years, including drug charges and a shootout that occurred in Chicago in March. He nonetheless plans to release an album on his own.Read more »
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have not released a new album since 2011's "I'm with You," but longtime bassist Flea said that the band is hard at work on a follow-up, which he called "super danceable."Read more »
It wasn’t exactly Paul Simon playing alongside Ladysmith Black Mambazo, but it was still pretty damn good! Maybe even better actually? Over the weekend, Dave Matthews Band frontman Dave Matthews stopped by New York City’s Carnegie Hall to fill in for the famed singer.Read more »
In support of his upcoming EP "Some Love Lost," which is set for release Nov. 4, rapper Joe Budden has announced a string of tour dates, which you can check out below. As reported by "Hot New Hip-Hop," the tour kicks off in New York Nov. 4 — the same day as the EP release — and though the last date currently listed is Nov. 24 in Providence, Rhode Island, more dates will be announced soon. Joining the "Love & Hip-Hop" star on tour is New York R&B singer Emanny and Rochester rapper Emilio Rojas, both of whom have collaborated with Budden before.Read more »
There seems to be a trend with recent Pearl Jam shows, as the band has been playing some of their earlier albums in their entirety live. On Friday, Oct. 17, PJ ran through their 1996 LP "No Code" in Moline, Illinois, and last night they moved on to 1998's "Yield" in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Read more »