Whatever illuminati votes on inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is undergoing its deliberations for the class of 2014. The process apparently includes much backstage lobbying, as induction can lead to a real spike in sales of back catalogues and "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee" looks ... More >>
They formed here. They came up here. They've been mugged here. They've collectively eaten hundreds of pastrami sandwiches at Katz's here. They Might Be Giants are, through and through, a New York City band, one that's cut its teeth, had its gear stolen and inked its first record deal in its infancy ... More >>
By 1975, many acts had walked through the doors of Don Davis's Groovesville Productions offices in Detroit. None of them were quite like this, a band of three related-by-blood African-American brothers who played louder, faster, and weirder than anything anyone in the city that gave birth to Motown ... More >>
Though it's practically needless to say by now, this Saturday -- March 16 -- is a date that most rock fans have long had circled on their calendar: The 20th anniversary of Kid Rock's remarkable second album, The Polyfuze Method. See also: Scott Stapp Clears Up That Story About the Orgy on Kid Rock' ... More >>
After reading her gutsy open letter to Clive Davis that fought back against some of the hurtful accusations he made against her in his new memoir, it's fun to repurpose some of her feistiest lyrics as a career-long diatribe against the legendary but stifling mogul. Presented in no particular and lea ... More >>
As you may be well aware, music industry bean counter Clive Davis is currently doing the big publicity push for his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life. In it, the 80-year-old Davis comes out of the closet. Sorta. He's taken lovers of both the male and female persuasion, and he considers himself a ... More >>
In honor of Kenny G's four-night stand at the Blue Note, which kicks off tonight, we thought we'd look back at some of the key moments in the life of smooth jazz's most mysterious, misunderstood, and feared figure. See Also: - Ten Jazz Albums to Hear Before You Die - Ten (More) Jazz Albums to Hear ... More >>
Questlove, Questo, ?uestlove, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon bandmember and, most importantly, the fiery drums behind the genre-defining group, The Roots. Questlove has made a name for himself with all the attributes listed and much, much more (if his 2 million plus followers on Twitter are ... More >>
When I Will Always Love You--The Best Of Whitney Houston drops on November 13, it wil include two new cuts: *A duet version of "I Look To You" with R. Kelly, which producer Clive Davis swears is an instant classic. *And "Never Give Up," written by Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnta Austi ... More >>
Yes, Whitney is high above the clouds these days, even higher than when she tooted her last toot. And that's inspired an artwork done in chalk pastels, portraying her most inspiring meeting since she first sat down with Clive Davis.
After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalizedyou can peruse the bracket hereand it's time for you to vote. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 1 ... More >>
The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey will be the home of funeral services today for the late Whitney Houston. The church is where Houston first got attention for her voice. The funeral will be livestreamed via the A.P. starting at noon and over 70,000 people have already logged on to wa ... More >>
I first saw Whitney Houston perform when she was a mere teen, though she exuded the professionalism and power of someone three times her age. In a Central Park concert, her mother Cissy Houston--a great singer in her own right--brought Whitney out as a guest star to do a number. It was "Hom ... More >>
Whitney Houston, the big-voiced belter who dominated radio in the 1980s and '90s and whose cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" spent 14 weeks at the top of the Hot 100, passed away tonight at the Beverly Hilton, where Clive Davis's annual pre-Grammy party was about to take place. (Her c ... More >>
Sad news out of Los Angeles tonight: The Associated Press reported that Whitney Houston has died at the age of 48. Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was scheduled to attend producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party tonight.
For those people who adore Kelly Clarkson and hate Ron Paul supporters, the inaugural American Idol's Wednesday night endorsement of Paul's presidential candidacy was especially painful. The move might have been merely confusing in years past, when Paul was a web-specific phenomenonthe equiva ... More >>
"There are always exceptions -- black swans, lone wolves, whatever. And I'm one of those exceptions." Pic by Barbara PowersAs the rest of the indie-rock throng find success by getting in the van, crashing on icky floors, and playing an endless string of shows from one coast to the other, the ... More >>
Out of Nashville, out in New York
Plus Abe Lincoln's logs and more than 15 minutes at Warhol's birthday party.
You may know bass player Duff McKagan from his work in Guns 'N Roses, Velvet Revolver, or Neurotic Outsiders. Next Tuesday, May 19, he brings his band, Loaded, to the Gramercy Theater for their local debut. In honor of this milestone, Duff asked us if he could share some of his New York experiences ... More >>
Before the Daptone empire, there was a Nigerian Afrobeat crew that did not exist
Tucked away in the shade between two rows of cast-iron buildings at 76 Mercer Street stood Mayor Bloomberg, Billy Joel, and Clive Davis, all gathered on a temporary stage to announce that this would be the site of the New York annex of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The sign behind the trio read, â ... More >>
Alicia Keys is still a few albums away from her masterpiece. She'll get there.
Rock legends in the making they may be, but for now the NYU Clive Davis alums may have to stick to YouTube for exposure
Real-deal emo-soul-folk-pop posers trip over their introspection while posing tautologies
Rod Stewart finds a brand-new batch of catchy and literate songs he can put his mark on
Nashville hangs tough for the American homeland on USO-sponsored business venture
World-compilation label Putumayo successfully sells high concepts to well-heeled base
No, you shouldn't call Prince's new album a comeback, but musicology will do just fine
EMI cleans house, Elektra merges, Arista folds, what's left?
Serious musician demonstrates the virtues of hard work to the Save the Music foundation
Putatively musical sounds from hunger, for the fan of the future in a very disastrous year
A Success Story Where the Good Guys Win?
When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'