Monthly Archives January 2016

Coachella Sues Hoodchella Over Festival Name

January 30, 2016 Music

The organizers of Coachella filed a lawsuit Thursday against a self-described "underground music festival" called Hoodchella, claiming the indie fest infringes on Coachella's trademarks, creates unfair competition and diluting their brand. The inaugural Hoodchella took place in 2015, and this year's fest was scheduled to take place April 8th and 9th, the weekend before the Indio, California festival itself.

Coachella: Guns N' Roses, LCD Soundsystem Lead Lineup

According to Billboard, the Coachella lawsuit – which seeks $100,000 as well as the immediate abandonment of the "Hoodchella" moniker – takes aim at Hoodchella organizer Kamil Al-Ahdali. The burgeoning popularity of the festival – the underground fest is expanding from a one-day

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Vince Neil, Boy George Join ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

January 29, 2016 Music

Arnold Schwarzenegger's reign as the new host of Celebrity Apprentice will begin with a diverse round-up of contestants. Musicians Vince Neil, Boy George and Carnie Wilson are just a few of the names competing to donate $250,000 to the charity of their choice.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Named Host of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

The other 13 contestants include Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams and Ricky Williams. With Schwarzenegger replacing presidential candidate Donald Trump as the new host, a new panel of advisors have also been tapped for the eighth season. Warren Buffett, Tyra Banks, Steve Ballmer and

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Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Rihanna Song?

January 29, 2016 Music

Rihanna surprised long-waiting fans this week with the sudden release of her eighth album, Anti. The LP followed the longest drought of new music for the singer, who typically releases new music yearly. On Anti, Rihanna swerved left from the singles she debuted throughout 2015, ditching the trap-folk of "FourFiveSeconds" and the fun banger "Bitch Better Have My Money" as she explored her more psychedelic side.

Rihanna Looks for Something More on 'Anti'

Now we have a question for you: What is the best Rihanna song? We'll count anything as long Rihanna officially released it as a lead artist, either on an album or as a non-album single. Feel free to go back to her roots as a teen pop star with songs like "Pon de Replay" or "If It's Lovin' That You Want," a

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Kanye West to Perform on ‘Saturday Night Live’

January 29, 2016 Music

Saturday Night Live has announced that Kanye West will be the show's musical guest on February 13th, two days after the rapper releases his new LP Waves and debuts the album at a Madison Square Garden performance. Melissa McCarthy will host the SNL episode. 

West has performed on the long-running NBC series four times over the course of his career. His SNL debut was in 2005 alongside host Steve Carell. He joined LeBron James in 2007, Hugh Laurie in 2008, Bryan Cranston in 2010 and Ben Affleck in 2013.

Related: Kanye West Blasts Wiz Khalifa Over 'Waves' Comments

Last year, West appeared on the retrospective NBC special SNL 40, celebrating the show's 40th anniversary. He performed his 2005 single "Jesus Walks" as well as his then-new

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See Kelsea Ballerini, Ingrid Michaelson Sing ‘Girls’ With Cyndi Lauper

January 29, 2016 Music

Cyndi Lauper's country covers LP Detour doesn't drop until May 2nd, but the singer gave a sneak preview of songs from the LP on Thursday night during her appearance on the musical web series Skyville Live. The episode, titled "Girls Just Wanna Have Friends," also included strong performances from country's Kelsea Ballerini and indie pop singer Ingrid Michelson, both of whom stepped into the spotlight while Lauper watched from a table just below the stage. The 100 or so spectators in the crowd also included Detour producer Tony Brown.

Hear Cyndi Lauper's Rockabilly 'Heartaches by the Number'

Lauper opened with her swaggering rockabilly take on the 1959 classic "Heartaches by the Number," delivered in her patented New Yawk accent with a

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Hear Rostam Batmanglij’s First Post-Vampire Weekend Song

January 29, 2016 Music

Former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij has released "Wood," his first solo song following his departure from the band. Batmanglij announced his decision to leave the group on Tuesday.

"Wood," released under the name Rostam, is Batmanglij's second release this year, following up the atmospheric "EOS" that had been debuted a week before the musician split from his band. The pair of tracks will be pressed on 7-inch vinyl next month.

Ezra Koenig Talks New Vampire Weekend LP, Rostam Batmanglij

"I wanted to try to capture the feeling of being in bed with someone and dreaming something wild beside them," Batmanglij wrote of "Wood" on his official site. He then elaborated on the tale of how the whimsical, ornate song had been incubating for four

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David Bowie Keyboardist Mike Garson: ‘He Was a Chameleon’

January 29, 2016 Music

When Mike Garson was hired to play piano for David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour in September of 1972, he had every reason to think the gig would be short-lived. Bowie only offered him an eight-week contract, and he was the fourth pianist brought onto the tour during just a few months. Against all odds, Garson not only endured throughout the entire tour, he stuck with the singer all the way through Young Americans in 1975, and then came back in the 1990s (after leaving the Church of Scientology) and was a key member of Bowie's live bands all the way through his final onstage appearance in 2006.

Inside David Bowie's Final Years

A couple of days after Bowie's shocking passing, we spoke with Garson about their long history together.

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Hear the Cadillac Three’s Gritty, Greasy ‘Graffiti’

January 29, 2016 Music

Still in the midst of a sold-out European tour, the Cadillac Three are throwing their weight behind "Graffiti," a new single that blends the grit and grease of the band's blue-collar influences with the punch and polish of the Top 40 songs frontman Jaren Johnston has been writing for other artists. 

The Cadillac Three on Touring Europe: 'We Have to Go Back'

There's a catch, though. "Graffiti" was actually written by bandmate Neil Mason, who teamed up with co-writers Corey Crowder and Luke Dick. Driven forward by arena-rock drums and Johnston's backwoods snarl, the song is a timely reminder that the Cadillac Three are a band of equals, not just a showcase for one of country music's most celebrated songwriters. (Listen to the song above.)


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Beatles’ Famous Rooftop Concert: 15 Things You Didn’t Know

January 29, 2016 Music

The Beatles' rooftop concert was the climax of a project originally titled Get Back. It was conceived as exactly that, a return to their rock roots in a desperate effort to restore unity when business and personal chaos threatened to destroy the band. A documentary crew filmed the Beatles rehearsing and recording new material for an "honest" album, free from the studio wizardry that had dominated their recent work. The experience pushed the group to the point of disintegration, but they needed an end to the film.

The Beatles' 'Anthology 1' at 20: Early Fab Four Rarities

So 47 years ago — on January 30th, 1969 — the band climbed five stories to the top of their Apple Corps headquarters and played their last concert together. The album and

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Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan Join Lionel Richie Tribute

January 29, 2016 Music

In addition to being his first platinum-selling album in nearly 30 years, Lionel Richie's 2012 release Tuskegee was remarkable for illustrating the distinctly broad influence he's had in popular music. By pairing him with country artists like Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton and Shania Twain on his classic hits, it positioned him as an important figure in country's ongoing flirtation with more smoothed out, R&B-tinged sounds.

Related: 2016's 31 Hottest Country Tours and Festivals

A handful of country's more soulful purveyors will pay tribute to Richie at the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala, scheduled for February 13th in Los Angeles during Grammy Awards week. R&B-influenced belter Chris Stapleton — a multiple Grammy

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