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Kevin Jonas Dismisses Return to Music in Turn for App Development Career, Building Homes and Directing

Oct 2014 17:12PM EDT

Kevin Jonas rocketed to fame in the mid-2000s alongside his brothers Nick and Joe as the Jonas Brothers. After plans to release the JoBros' fifth album V came to a halt and the band broke up last year, Nick and Joe Jonas have since gone on to pursue solo careers, but the oldest JoBro is just as happy out of the limelight. Instead, he is now focusing his energy on the tech world, app development and a surprising career as a home renovator and contractor.READ MORE

[Exclusive] Rapper Que Talks About 'Can You Digg It?' Mixtape After 'OG Bobby Johnson' Success, Advice 2 Chainz Gave Him, And First Big Purchase

Rapper Que Talks About 'Can You Digg It?' Mixtape after 'OG Bobby Johnson' Success, Advice 2Chainz Gave Him And First Big Purchase [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 17:19PM EDT

Imagine its 2013 and you're an aspiring rapper trying tread water in a tough music industry with a follow-up record. In one of many late night recording sessions with fear fueling your ambition, you hear that catchy beat drop through the speakers, and a rush of excitement overcomes you when you confidently spit the first lines "OG Bobby Johnson." Thirty minutes later, you're no longer a one-hit-wonder and your life changes forever.READ MORE



Oct 2014 12:01PM EDT

With the conclusion of CMJ just this past weekend (ending on Saturday, Oct. 25), we here at Music Times found an array of bands we couldn’t help but fall in love with. One of such happened to be HUNDREDS, a “contemporary trip-hop” duo from Hamburg, Germany, made up of brother and sister Philipp and Eva Milner.READ MORE

Rachel Goswell Performs With Slowdive at Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona

Slowdive's Rachel Goswell Talks Reunion Tour, New Album, And More Ahead Of CMJ Show [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 13:05PM EDT

Slowdive will be playing at New York's Terminal 5 tomorrow (Oct. 25) as part of the CMJ Music Marathon before making their way across North America, Music Times chatted with founding member Rachel Goswell about the band's return to the stage and their plans for the future.READ MORE


Cheerleader Root On Infectious Indie Pop Melodies And Road Trip Soundtracks Ahead of CMJ 2014 [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 17:11PM EDT

Visions of cheerleaders oftentimes bring up teenage girls in mini-skirts supporting the local varsity team, but that's not always what a "cheerleader" is. Enter, Philadelphia indie pop outfit Cheerleader, the latest buzzing band to enter the scene.READ MORE

Cameron Carpenter

Classicalite Q&A with Cameron Carpenter on 'If You Could Read My Mind', His International Touring Organ and Working With Terry Riley

Oct 2014 09:18AM EDT

We recently caught up with celebrated organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter last week in Berlin where he is touring in support of, You Could Read My Mind. His latest record quickly became the top-selling classical album in the U.S. To wit, he has recently completed a custom built International Touring Organ (ITO) giving him the mobility to attract modernity in classical music abroad.READ MORE


Interview: Hunters' Izzy Almeida on Leaving New York, Dating in a Band and A Tentative Second Album

Oct 2014 16:44PM EDT

When most people think of nostalgia for the '90s, images of Spice Girls and Pokemon dance in their head... not so much for the sludgy grunge music of the hard alternative rock scene. But, that's exactly what indie band Hunters brings to mind. Blending together the sensibility of riot grrrl punk with thrashing metal guitars, this Philadelphia via Brooklyn band recalls and era gone by.READ MORE

Caleb Nott & Georgia Nott

Broods Co-Founder Caleb Nott Talks New Zealand, Lorde And Getting Along With His Talented Sister, Georgia [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 15:37PM EDT

Caleb and his sister, Georgia Nott, share producer Joel Little with fellow New Zealand star Lorde, and their dark pop sound is reminiscient of the "Royals" songstress.READ MORE

The Strumbellas

Juno Award Winners The Strumbellas Talk 'We Still Move On Dance Floors,' Perform "Run" and "Ride On" [WATCH]

Oct 2014 17:34PM EDT

Canadian folk band The Strumbellas celebrated the U.S. release of their sophomore album We Still Move On Dance Floors last month. The effort won them the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year and was also nominated for the 2014 Polaris Prize. The band stopped by the Music Times offices before their show in NYC to talk about the album, their upcoming plans and what it felt like to win a Juno.READ MORE

Shayna Leigh

Shayna Leigh Talks New EP 'Hey Shayna Leigh,' Performs Debut Single "Drive" Ahead of CMJ Showcase [WATCH]

Oct 2014 15:35PM EDT

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 MORE

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

Shonen Knife rocks on, more than 30 years later.

Shonen Knife's Naoko Yamano Reflects on New Album 'Overdrive,' Being a Favorite of Kurt Cobain and Being "Very Lazy"

Oct 2014 12:41PM EDT

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?READ MORE

Gustavo Santaolalla exclusive interview

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Book Of Life' Composer Gustavo Santaolalla Talks Scoring New Animated Movie & More!

Oct 2014 16:40PM EDT

Gustavo Santaolalla is a world-renowned recording artist that just happened to become an acclaimed film composer due to reputation. After winning multiple Grammy awards (both Latin and Anglo), the man who put the ronroco on the map made his way into the world of scoring movies and took home two Academy Awards for Best Original Score two years in a row (Brokeback Mountain and Babel). Gustavo's even made name for himself in the video game realm, composing the music to 2013's best title The Last of Us. Moving right along into the animated movie genre, Santaolalla's newest project, The Book of Life, just hit theaters this weekend.READ MORE

'Fury' Score Composer Steven Price

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'Fury' Composer Steven Price Talks Scoring Brad Pitt World War II Action Movie & More

Oct 2014 11:15AM EDT

Film and television composer Steven Price last year won the Academy Award for Best Original Score thanks to his tremendous Gravity composition. Relatively new to the game and having mainly worked other odd jobs in the music departments on films, finally reaching one of the top prizes in the field; how does one follow up the prestige? For Price, David Ayer’s World War II drama Fury, starring Brad Pitt, was the next step, with early Oscar speculation already buzzing ahead of the movie’s release date.READ MORE

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