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Dierks Bentley on New York City’s Surprising Reaction to Country Music

Last Friday, Dierks Bentley headlined the opening night of FarmBorough, New York City’s first large-scale country music festival. His only regret was that this left him little time to hang out in Manhattan or Brooklyn. “I wish today that I could have cruised around,” he told reporters backstage before his set. “I just love walking around

N.W.A Reunite (Sort of), Kendrick Lamar Thrills in L.A.

The surviving members of near-mythical reality-rap group N.W.A reunited on Saturday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in front of a nearly sold-out hometown crowd. . .Or at least most of them did. Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella were present, but Dr. Dre, rap’s reclusive first billionaire , was not

Dr. Dre’s ‘Chronic’ Available First Time Digitally on Apple Music

Taylor Swift’s 1989 isn’t the only major album that will exclusively be available  on Apple Music: Dr. Dre ‘s G-Funk classic The Chronic  will finally make its streaming debut when Apple’s relaunched service arrives on June 30th, a source close to the service confirmed to Rolling Stone . Dr. Dre, Inc.: A Brief History of Mogul’s Biggest Deals Surprisingly, when Beats Music first arrived in 2014, The Chronic , one of Rolling Stone ‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time , was not part of that streaming service’s catalog, even though it fell under the umbrella of Beats Electronics’ deal with Apple.

Ice Cube Reunites With N.W.A’s DJ Yella and MC Ren Onstage

As promised , N.W.A  staged a semi-reunion at Los Angeles’ BET Experience Saturday night as Ice Cube  performed alongside MC Ren and DJ Yella for the first time in over 25 years. Sandwiched between a mini-set of Ice Cube solo cuts (“Check Yo Self,” “You Can Do It” and “It Was a Good Day”), the N.W.A trio performed four of their tracks, including “8 Ball,” “Straight Outta Compton,” the 1999 reunion cut “Chin Check” and “Fuck tha Police.” The trio also paid homage to the late Eazy E by referencing “Boyz-N-The-Hood” and “Foe Tha Love of $,” Billboard reports . Ice Cube Will Reunite N.W.A for BET Experience Show The BET Experience concert at the Staples Center also featured performances by Snoop Dogg (who made a cameo during “Chin Check”), Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Despite the presence of many of Dr. Dre’s former band mates and protégés, The Chronic rapper himself did not partake in the N.W.A.

Chris Squire, Yes Bassist and Co-Founder, Dead at 67

Chris Squire, the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes  and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67. Current Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes first tweeted  the news, “Utterly devastated beyond words to have to report the sad news of the passing of my dear friend, bandmate and inspiration Chris Squire.” 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time Yes confirmed Squire’s death on their official Facebook page. “It’s with the heaviest of hearts and unbearable sadness that we must inform you of the passing of our dear friend and Yes co-founder, Chris Squire. Chris peacefully passed away last night in Phoenix Arizona, in the arms of his loving wife Scotty,” the band wrote in a statement

DMX Arrested on Multiple Outstanding Warrants

DMX  was arrested on charges of unpaid child support just prior to a New York concert Friday night. The rapper was reportedly on his way to the Masters of Ceremony performance at Radio City Music Hall when New York Sheriff deputies apprehended DMX, acting on multiple arrest warrants, chiefly one issued by an Erie County, New York judge. DMX was ultimately forced to miss the concert, which also featured appearances by Mase, Rakim, Shabba Ranks, Pete Rock, the Lox and others. Q&A: DMX A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office later told PIX 11  that DMX was actually taken into custody for “several issues outstanding.” In addition to the $400,000 in child support that the rapper owed in Erie County, an arrest warrant out of White Plains, New York cited the rapper for bail jumping. Another arrest warrant, this time from Yonkers, accused DMX of being an aggravated unlicensed motor vehicle operator.

The Who Revisit 50 Years of History at Final Scheduled Hometown Show

“You’re a long way away,” declared Pete Townshend as he walked on stage and surveyed the vast crowd stretching into the distance in London’s Hyde Park. “But we will fucking reach you. . .” Indeed, the fact that last night’s Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time festival sold out 65,000 tickets in advance showed that The Who are still reaching as many people as ever.

David Crosby: Joni Mitchell Had Aneurysm, Cannot Speak

David Crosby  has revealed that Joni Mitchell  suffered from an aneurysm when she was hospitalized in late May. “Nobody found her for a while,” he told the Huffington Post . “She took a terrible hit. To my knowledge she is not speaking yet…She’s going to have to struggle back from it the way you struggle back from a traumatic brain injury…She’s a tough girl, and very smart. So, how much she’s going to come back and when, I don’t know and I’m not going to guess.” Joni Mitchell Laughs at Fame in Animated Eighties Interview There has been little information about Mitchell’s condition since she entered a Los Angeles hospital on May 26th.

Taylor Swift to Stream ‘1989’ on Apple Music

Taylor Swift  will stream her album 1989  on Apple Music — “and happily so”  — following a brief, but effective, public back-and-forth with the tech giant about properly paying artists. “In case you’re wondering if this is some exclusive deal like you’ve seen Apple do with other artists, it’s not,” Swift  tweeted. “This is simply the first time it’s felt right in my gut to stream my album. Thank you, Apple, for your change of heart.” Swift prompted that change of heart with a widely circulated Tumblr post last week that criticized Apple’s decision to not pay artists and musicians full royalties during a user’s free, three-month trial of the service

Darius Rucker on Defining Country and Living ‘Southern Style’

When Darius Rucker is onstage, his mind sometimes wanders back to those heady Nineties days when bands like Hootie & the Blowfish and the Black Crowes ruled the earth. The Crowes, in fact, were Rucker’s inspiration when writing some of Hootie’s biggest hits and remain a motivator even today. 50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own “Everything that I do on stage comes from seeing the Black Crowes in ’95 in Charlotte. For ‘Let Her Cry,’ I was just trying to write ‘She Talks to Angels,'” he tells Rolling Stone Country .

Steve Wariner Records With Thrash-Metal Pioneers Megadeth

One of country music’s most versatile musicians is living up to his reputation: Steve Wariner recently joined heavy-metal titans Megadeth  in the studio to play steel guitar on the group’s upcoming album. In a recent interview with the Tennessean , Wariner, a blistering guitarist who has scored Number One hits with songs like “All Roads Lead to You” and “Small Town Girl,” said he and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine first crossed paths in the recording studio. Related: 50 Rock Albums Every Country Fan Should Own “Imagine Megadeth with steel guitar. That’s what I did, and Dave Mustaine is the nicest guy in the world.

Fetty Wap Goes Hard on New Song ‘Boomin”

Fetty Wap’s sleeper hit “Trap Queen” has become the top contender for this year’s Song of the Summer, but it sounds like the New Jersey rapper is wasting no time in churning out a new hit for himself with his latest track, “Boomin.'” Watch Blake Griffin Explain Fetty Wap’s ‘Trap Queen’ Harder than the island-y feel of “Trap Queen” and “My Way,” “Boomin'” sounds closer to the Chicago drill scene. The track has Wap straying from the sing-rapping that has made his unexpected hit so unique. Though “Trap Queen” was released in early 2014, it took until last fall for the song to start receiving more widespread attention. In February, Kanye West brought him out onstage to perform the single at the first annual Roc City Classic show in NYC .

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