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Joan Jett

Little Kids Rock Benefit NYC 2014: Founder David Wish Explains Why Music Education Is Vital To The Future

Oct 2014 18:43PM EDT

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.READ MORE

Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids Frontman Nathan Willett Talks New Album 'Hold My Home,' Tour Plans, PledgeMusic Campaign And More Prior To CMJ Show

Oct 2014 18:17PM EDT

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.READ MORE

Twin Peaks - "Wild Onion"

CMJ 2014: 12 Annoying Band Name Trends

Oct 2014 17:32PM EDT

An eye-catching name is one way to get people to remember and pay attention to your band, especially in a festival as massive as the CMJ Music Marathon. But when there are six other bands that have a similar name as you, it is probably time to rethink it. Here are 12 annoying band name trends in the CMJ 2014 lineup.READ MORE

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor

7 "Head Like A Hole" Covers for Nine Inch Nails' 'Pretty Hate Machine's 25th Anniversary: Devo, AFI and More

Oct 2014 16:30PM EDT

If your friend insists on arguing that 'Pretty Hate Machine' is a better record (everyone's got one of this friend) than 'The Downward Spiral,' smile and nod before suggesting that perhaps "Head Like A Hole" is better than any one track on 'Downward Spiral.' This is still a contentious argument, but far closer to reality than the previous one. The track's been a live staple for every one of those 25 years and many other groups have tried their hand at it. We decided to rank a few.READ MORE

Chimes

8 Bands To Definitely Check Out At CMJ 2014

Oct 2014 12:30PM EDT

CMJ 2014 begins tomorrow, Oct. 21, in dozens of venues across New York City, and with more than 1,300 artists performing, it can be pretty tough to decide which ones are worth your time and money. Though it is tempting to see some of the bigger, tried-and-true artists who are performing, such as Slowdive, Low and Foster the People, CMJ is more about catching up-and-coming talent you may have never heard before. Here are eight relatively unknown bands you should check out at CMJ 2014.READ MORE

James Blake

Mixtape Monday: This Week's Newest Tracks For Sharing

Oct 2014 10:46AM EDT

Each and every week we put together our favorite tracks that had premiered a few days prior into one magnificent mixtape to share with you and your friends. This time around we've decided to share new songs from James Blake, Beach House, LUH., Wilder Maker and more right here!READ MORE

Modest Mouse - "The Moon & Antarctica" (2000)

7 Indie Bands Who Had Incredible Major Label Debuts

Oct 2014 08:40AM EDT

A major label deal may seem like a dream come true for any musician, but for many independently minded artists, major labels have often suppressed their true creative voices, resulting in sub-par work. These seven artists, however, still managed to deliver incredibly strong albums for their major label debuts.READ MORE

OK Go singer Damian Kulash performs at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 17, 2014.

OK Go At Nashville's Mercy Lounge On October 17, 2014 [PHOTO SLIDESHOW]

Oct 2014 15:38PM EDT

OK Go just dropped their new album, Hungry Ghosts, on Tuesday, and we caught the band in action at Nashville's Mercy Lounge on Friday night.READ MORE

Armin van Buuren: Not as flashy, but perhaps the best.

DJMag's Top 10 DJ's of The Past Five Years: Music Times Calculates for Dutch Domination (and Hardwell Doesn't Even Appear!)

Oct 2014 15:07PM EDT

Just to further up the controversy, Music Times asks not who was the best DJ in the last year, but who was was the best DJ of the last five years? Our formula wasn't too complicated...we just averaged the rankings of everyone featured on the DJMag Top 100 list in the last five years. That does cause some major issues for some contestants however. Hardwell has been no. 1 for the last two years but he didn't place during 2010, suggesting a rank of at leads 101, and thereby making his mean ranking skyrocket. The name of our game is consistency.READ MORE

Al Green

Food "Incidents" and Music: Al Green, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses and More

Oct 2014 13:26PM EDT

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Al Green's "The Grits Incident." Check out a few more food-based "incidents" in the careers of major bands.READ MORE

Jake Owen

Country Music Calendar - Upcoming Events for the Week of October 20 to October 26, 2014

Oct 2014 21:05PM EDT

A snapshot of what's coming up in Country music next week...READ MORE

Jason Crabb Opening Night

Christian Music Calendar - Upcoming Events for the Week of October 20 to October 26, 2014

Oct 2014 20:09PM EDT

A snapshot of what's coming up in Christian music next week...READ MORE

Eric Paslay - Eric Paslay

The Most Popular New Country Song of the Week Comes From Eric Paslay

Oct 2014 18:52PM EDT

This week, the most popular new country song that went for adds at radio was the new single from Eric Paslay, "She Don't Love You." Fifty-one stations now have the tune in rotation.READ MORE

Guns n' Roses - "Use Your Illusion" (1991)

7 Artists Who Have Released Two Albums at Once

Oct 2014 17:02PM EDT

Recently, pop legend Prince returned with not one album, but two new albums — "Art Official Age" and "PLECTRUMELECTRUM" — both of which were released Sept. 30. Though this is typical Prince eccentricity, he is far from the first artist to do this. Here are seven other artists who have released two albums in one day, including Guns N' Roses and Bruce Springsteen.READ MORE

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