Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Lee Ann Womack, John Legend Meet at ‘Crossroads’

Nashville is growing on John Legend. Following his June performance with Hunter Hayes and Jennifer Nettles at the CMT Music Awards, the R&B star is headed back to Music City for another country collaboration. He’ll team up with Lee Ann Womack for an episode of CMT’s Crossroads , the unique performance…

Fricke’s Picks Radio: Rival Sons, Robyn Hitchcock and Elvin Bishop

There is no running theme in this outing, aside from the strong new music that has come through in late summer – warm, chunky blues from veteran guitarist Elvin Bishop; Communion , a four-sided conceptual blast from the Canadian power-pop band Sloan – and a lot of names starting with R: the…

VMAs 2014: Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Maroon 5 and More Get Sales Bumps

Although MTV’s Video Music Awards dropped 18 percent in the ratings compared to last year’s show – Blue Ivy and a Nicki Minaj wardrobe malfunction couldn’t compete with Miley Cyrus’ iconic tongue – the show gave music sales a huge and much-needed bump. Beyoncé’s performance of every song on Beyoncé , which culminated with Jay Z and their baby…

Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo Has TV Series in the Works

Rivers Cuomo doesn’t just have a new Weezer album on the horizon: He is also working on a TV series based on his life. The singer-guitarist is teaming with Psych creator Steve Franks on a new TV series called DeTour , with Fox reportedly offering a put-pilot commitment for the single-camera comedy. According to…

5 Minutes in Texas With Micky and the Motorcars

Though formed by brothers Micky and Gary Braun in their native Idaho, Micky and the Motorcars — who have called Austin home for over a decade — are a true-blue Texas band. After five studio albums, a live record, member shakeups and countless miles logged on tour, the brothers Braun reconvened…

Taylor Swift Dances Her Way to Number One Debut

Of all the theories about why the record industry is collapsing – piracy, iTunes, bumbling digital rights management – has anyone considered the real reason is that Taylor Swift took over ? Aside from her new single, “Shake It Off,” sales news remains bad: Albums are still down 15 percent, and singles are down 13…

Chuck Berry Receives Sweden’s Prestigious Polar Music Prize

Chuck Berry was honored with Sweden’s 2014 Polar Music Prize, “the world’s most prestigious music accolade,” in a ceremony at Stockholm’s Concert Hall. While members of the Swedish Royal Family were in attendance, Berry was unable to appear at the ceremony due to illness. However, the Rock and Roll Hall of…

Bob Dylan Details 31-Date North American Fall Tour

Bob Dylan will embark on a 31-date North American tour, beginning October 17th at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. The trek features several residencies and wraps up with four nights at New York’s Beacon Theater. Tickets for most shows go on sale this weekend. The tour represents his first dates in the continental United States…

Watch Justin Bieber Torch Instagram With ‘Ring of Fire’

Taylor Swift has gone pop, and Justin Bieber’s gone country? OK, so the embattled pop prince isn’t exactly recording a new album in Nashville, but he set Instagram on fire today with his cover of a sacred Johnny Cash song. Bieber posted a short video of himself, shirtless with guitar in hand,…

Merle Haggard Working on Four New Albums at Age 77

At 77 years old, Merle Haggard is still the running kind — running from show to show at an age when most men might happily stick closer to home. The Country Music Hall of Famer, who plays Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium this week and is also doing press for a Buddy Holly…

Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea Team for Cheeky ‘Booty’ Remix

With Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” leading the pack, the remix of Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty” is bringing up the ever-important rear of what historians may very well remember as the Summer of the Behind. While J.Lo initially released the track with a guest verse from Pitbull, the updated version of “Booty” features a new verse from Iggy…

Scott Weiland Impostor Played in a Stone Temple Pilots Cover Band

When Jason Michael Hurley was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and shoplifting razors, he fooled police into thinking he was former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland. It might not be the first time he’s played the part either, since Alternative Nation is reporting that Hurley apparently once fronted an STP tribute band named, Stone…

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