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VIDEO Sneak Peek: Lady Gaga Halftime Rehearsals on The Road to the Super Bowl LI in Houston

  Pepsi is giving fans the ultimate opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime Super Bowl experience. Pepsi, Lady Gaga and the NFL launched the “Guest of Honor” program, offering fans a chance to stand stage-side at […]

By DONNA BALANCIA

‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Music Spins Off New Album: The Reluctant Apostles Record Nears its PledgeMusic Goal

Katey Sagal Band Holds Successful PledgeMusic Campaign By DONNA BALANCIA The tough Sons of Anarchy spinoff band, The Reluctant Apostles, has put together a heartwarming debut record that has reached 75 percent of its PledgeMusic goal. […]

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VIDEO: The Head and The Heart Release ‘Signs of Light,’ Play Fests on East and West Coasts

By DOTTIE PARIS Check out the new video “Rythm and Blues” by The Head and The Heart. The Head and The Heart is comprised of pianist Kenny Hensley, bassist Chris Zasche, Drummer Tyler Williams, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Charity […]

By JOHN DALY

Bee Gees Get GRAMMY Salute in ‘Stayin’ Alive’ Anniversary Concert at Microsoft Theater for CBS

Celine Dion, John Legend, Starry Winter Sing Bee Gees By JOHN DALY In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bee Gees famous Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS […]

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Ra Ra Riot Single ‘Water’ Gets New Remix Treatment from Canadian Electronic Producer Inukshuk

By JOHN DALY In late 2016, Ra Ra Rio held a Wavo remix competition, inviting the world’s best remixers to try their hand at reimagining their hit single, “Water.” Canadian producer Inukshuk — also known as Kyle […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Peter Ascher Tells Musicians ‘Don’t Expect To Make Money Unless You’re Ed Sheeran’

Renowned Music Producer and Manager Says Go Solo By DONNA BALANCIA Peter Ascher, famed musician and manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and who worked with The Beatles, said musicians should not be in it […]

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David Bowie in Mexico City: Photog Fernando Aceves Captures ‘The Chameleon’ in Forest Lawn Exhibit

Bowie in Mexico City By Fernando Aceves By DONNA BALANCIA David Bowie loved Mexico City and back in 1997, he spent three days with photographer Fernando Aceves touring the city’s historic museums and the pyramids. […]

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On Eve of New Record Release, Doubts Remain about the Peculiar 2003 Death of Elliott Smith

Kill Rock Stars to Release ‘Either/Or: Expanded Version’ By DONNA BALANCIA Lingering doubts and strange revelations about the death of Elliott Smith persist 14 years after his passing. The subject of Smith’s untimely death emerges […]

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And Now for Something Completely Different: Mike Patton Debuts Tetema at Tasmania MoFo Festival

Posted By JOHN DALY Check out Mike Patton’s latest venture: Tetema, which debuted some new sounds for the fair folks at Tasmania’s Mona Foma fest:   Patton wears many different hats and is known for […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Stevie Wonder and The Story Behind The Facebook Video That Has More Than 3.4 Million Hits

Music Manager Marcy Kraft Captures Stevie Wonder with Performer in Hotel Lobby By DONNA BALANCIA When you’re in the music business you never know who you’ll run into … maybe even Stevie Wonder. Marcy Kraft, […]

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VIDEO: Tom Morello, Jack Black, Jackson Browne and Audioslave Play the ‘Anti-Inauguration’ Show

Prophets of Rage Perform on Inauguration Night at Teragram Ballroom Tom Morello led his band Prophets of Rage, along with Jackson Browne, a reunited Audioslave and Jack Black in a night of surprises and protest […]

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Blackstar Amps Opens the NAMM Show With a True Rock and Roll Party at Swing House Studios

Jared James Nichols, Sin Quirin and Gus G Rock the House By DONNA BALANCIA NAMM Show 2017 got a wild kickoff at Swing House Studios last night as Blackstar Amplification celebrated its 10th anniversary in […]

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VIDEO: Conor Oberst Makes a Life Statement in New Single ‘A Little Uncanny’ off Album ‘Salutations’

Pre-Order Available on Conor Oberst Album, ‘Salutations’ Check out the video for Conor Oberst’s new single ‘A Little Uncanny’ here. Oberst releases the new album Salutations on March 17 via Nonesuch Records, and you can pre-order […]

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Lionsgate Summit Entertainment to Distribute Anticipated Tupac Shakur Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’

By JOHN DALY Lionsgate and Morgan Creek Entertainment announced today that Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label will distribute All Eyez On Me, the biopic of Tupac Shakur, in the U.S. The film is scheduled to be […]

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EXCLUSIVE: After Turning Down Trump, Moby To Play ‘Anti-Inauguration Show’ at Hotel Cafe on Jan. 20

By DONNA BALANCIA Since his cause to get Donald Trump to reveal his taxes apparently failed, Moby will perform an “Anti-Inauguration” show on Jan. 20 at The Hotel Cafe to benefit charity. The renowned DJ […]

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Review: Singer-Songwriter Debbie Hennessey Hits A High Note with Video for ‘Every Song Is You’

By DONNA BALANCIA She’s a woman for the ages: Singer-songwriter, performer, editor and photographer.  There isn’t much that super-talented Debbie Hennessey can’t do. Her latest work is the video for her release “Every Song Is […]

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Nile Rodgers Keynotes SXSW Music Amid Diverse Musical Offerings from Peelander Z to Death Valley Girls

By DONNA BALANCIA Legendary producer Nile Rogers will be the music keynote speaker at SXSW 2017, which, musically will be more diverse than ever. With performers ranging from Jesse Colin Young and Modern English, to […]

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Music and Musicals Take The Spotlight at 2017 Golden Globes; La La Land Sweeps its Categories

By JOHN DALY Music took center stage at The 74th Golden Globes Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. La La Land captured Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Best Original Score and Best Original […]

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Richie Sambora and Orianthi To Play Center Stage and Launch The 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim

By DOTTIE PARIS RSO: Richie Sambora and Orianthi will make their NAMM Show debut together, kicking off the  annual music merchandiser’s convention in Anaheim on Jan. 19. Sambora and Orianthi will bring their deft fret […]

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Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar Headline Coachella Fest 2017 April 14-16, April 21-23

By JOHN DALY Radiohead, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar will headline The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year, it was announced. Lorde makes her first appearance at Coachella since 2014. Coachella, annually held at […]