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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

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

Eliot Lipp

Eliot Lipp Talks New Album 'Watch The Shadows,' Classical Music, Brooklyn Labels, The Pretty Lights Keepin' It Crew Tour, And More [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 14:40PM EDT

Eliot Lipp, a Brooklyn-based DJ/producer who is on the Pretty Lights Music label, dropped his latest album, Watch The Shadows, today (Oct. 14). With more than a decade making electronic music, this latest effort shows Lipp bringing a more "human" element to his sound while trying out new genres and styles. Music Times chatted with Lipp about the process behind making Watch The Shadows, the role classical music played, the influence Brooklyn has had on his evolving sound, and the story behind the Pretty Lights Keeping It Crew Tour, which features Lipp and labelmates Michal Menert, SuperVision, and Paul Basic collaborating on stage together. Watch The Shadows is available now as a free download and on iTunes.READ MORE

OK Go

OK Go Bassist Tim Nordwind Talks New Album 'Hungry Ghosts,' Unreleased Music Video, And Running An Independent Label [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 11:31AM EDT

You probably know OK Go as the band from the treadmill video, or the Rube Goldberg machine video, or the anamorphic video. Thanks to the group's tendency to make amazing music videos, they've racked up hundreds of millions of YouTube hits in the past decade. But how do they make sure to give that same attention their actual songs? And what's the trick to surviving on their own independent label? Between touring and promotion for the group's new album — Hungry Ghosts, out today (Oct. 14) — bassist Tim Nordwind took time out to answer those questions and several others.READ MORE

Meiko

Meiko Returns With Dark, Electro-Tinged Third Album, 'Dear You,' [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 18:04PM EDT

Alt-pop singer-songwriter Meiko returns with her highly anticipated third album, Dear You, tomorrow (Oct. 14) via Fantasy/Concord Records. You may recognize her voice from a variety of TV and film projects including Grey's Anatomy and Pretty Little Liars. Dear You is the follow-up to 2012's The Bright Side, but trades in Meiko's cheerful pop for something darker and electro-tinged. Ahead of its release, we chatted with Meiko about the inspiration behind the album, what she has planned for her tour, defining moments in her career, and which TV show she'd love to feature her music.READ MORE

John Digweed, Nick Muir

John Digweed Talks New Album 'The Traveler,' Working With Author John Twelve Hawks, The Next Generation Of DJs And More [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Oct 2014 09:12AM EDT

John Digweed and his longtime collaborator Nick Muir teamed up with bestselling science fiction author John Twelve Hawks on a new album called The Traveler. The album is named after the first book in Hawks' The Fourth Realm trilogy.READ MORE

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams Discusses New Album 'Tracks Of My Years,' Miley Cyrus And Two Forgotten Decades

Sep 2014 12:01PM EDT

We caught up with the 54-year-old to talk about the new disc, the few things he can still recall from his heyday and Miley Cyrus, among other topics.READ MORE

Harry Gregson-Williams

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Equalizer' Composer Harry Gregson-Williams

Sep 2014 11:24AM EDT

Harry Gregson-Williams is easily one of the most influential and sought after composers for film, TV, and video games. His music is as recognizable as the projects themselves, adding that needed layer of orchestration that helps tell the stories for which he’s composing. His latest project, director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington, just hit theaters this week and Harry couldn’t be more excited to have been involved in the thriller.READ MORE

Family Day

T.J. Martell Foundation's Family Day To Feature Performances From Pitbull, Timeflies, Bleachers, And More, Benefits Cancer And Aids Awareness, Research

Sep 2014 11:53AM EDT

The 15th annual Family Day, hosted by the T.J. Martell Foundation, takes place this Sunday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The event, famed for being the biggest indoor carnival in the city, will feature a variety of fun activities, celebrity guests as well as performances by Pitbull, Timeflies, Bleachers (Jack Antonoff of fun.'s latest band), Us The Duo, Bea Miller (X Factor finalist) with Hilary Duff hosting the festivities.READ MORE

Alan Powell

[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] Alan Powell Talks the Differences and Similarities of Himself and Jed King

Sep 2014 13:58PM EDT

Alan Powell has been best known for his part in Reunion Records' Anthem Lights. After today, he will also be known for his leading role in The Song. Though it is his first film, Richard Ramsey said that there was never a question that he was Jed King. "He had tremendous chemistry with the two lead actresses. He also had that 'swagger'... something intangible, that Jed needed to have to convince an audience his character could be famous. People gasp in disbelief when I tell them this is Alan’s first film. I’ve known people who’ve been acting for years who can’t do some of the stuff he does in this movie." In this exclusive interview with Kim Jones, Alan Powell talks about exploring this new side of himself as an actor while still holding on to his identity as a singer, husband and father.READ MORE

Richard Ramsey, Emmylou Harris, Cailin Nicol-Thomas and Vince Emmitt

[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] Vince Emmett Talks About the Music of 'The Song'

Sep 2014 13:42PM EDT

Vincent Emmett, the composer and music producer behind the music of The Song, is a powerhouse in the music and film industry. He has worked on musical projects by Paul Colman, Ginny Owens, Rebecca St. James and Michael Peloquin. In film, he has composed music for projects like the upcoming TV mini series God for the Rest of Us, Acts of God, AHA, Not a Fan, The Easter Experience, Pharaoh's Army, Reception to Follow and The Christmas Experience. He's also been on soundtracks for House and Pharaoh's Army. In this exclusive interview with Kim Jones, he chatted about the incredible music and players found in The Song.READ MORE

Caitlin Nicol-Thomas

[EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW] Caitlin Nicol-Thomas Talks About Music, Love and Life

Sep 2014 12:42PM EDT

Caitlin Nicol-Thomas plays Shelby Bale, the other woman, in the love triangle found on The Song. Caitlin, a triple threat, acts (she was on the pilot for Nashville), sings and plays fiddle so she was a perfect fit for the character. Not just the "bad girl" in the story, Shelby is also a person with hopes, feelings, fears and dreams and Caitlin brings all of those to life, making her the one you love to hate. In this exclusive interview with Kim Jones, Caitlin talks about what it was like to "put on" Shelby every day.READ MORE

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