POP

Tom Maxwell of Squirrel Nut Zippers Drops New Book, Album

Band Helped Revive Swing Music in '90s

Tom Maxwell is back with a new album and a new a book about life in '90s hit band Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Tom Maxwell is back with a new album and a new a book about life in ’90s hit band Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Tom Maxwell, the voice and songwriter behind ’90s group the “Squirrel Nut Zippers, is back with a new album and a book about how the band revived swing music.

POP

Abby Weitz Powers Up Punk Pop Anthems With Wise Girl (video)

Hits Bowery Electric Later This Month

Abby Weitz is putting her emotions on the line in all her songs for her upcoming EP with Wise Girl.

Abby Weitz is putting her emotions on the line in all her songs for her upcoming EP with Wise Girl.

Abby Weitz, frontwoman and songwriter for Wise Girl delivers the kind of power-pop that made Cheap Trick, The Knack, The Cars and Fountains Of Wayne famous.

JAZZ

Bilal Finally Steps Out of the Wings With New Album 'A Love Surreal'

Genre-Busting Artist Fuses Varied Sounds

Bilal has taken the long road to building his career, but release his fourth studio album last year.

Bilal has taken the long road to building his career, but release his fourth studio album last year.

Bilal’s list of collaborators reads like most people’s playlists: The Roots, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Common, John Legend, J Dilla, and Robert Glasper. But to get to this point in his career, it took a lot of waiting.

POP

Rob Cantor Is Not A Trampoline, Even If His Career Seems Like One

Tally Hall Band Member Releases Solo Debut

After fronting for the band Tally Hall, Rob Cantor is going solo with the debut of his first album this month.

After fronting for the band Tally Hall, Rob Cantor is going solo with the debut of his first album this month.

Rob Cantor first found the national spotlight as a singer-songwriter in the Michigan-rooted quintet Tally Hall. With four lead vocalists (and five songwriters), the band’s unique, genre-bending sound and highly-cerebral music videos helped cultivate a cult following that seemed to put them on a fast-track to success.

DANCE

Koo Koo Kanga Roo's Dance Music Happily Confuses Everybody (video)

The Beastie Boys Meet Sesame Street

Dave and Neil (no last names necessary) are the heart and soul of Koo Koo Kanga Roo, an interactive dance band.

Bryan and Neil (no last names necessary) are the heart and soul of Koo Koo Kanga Roo, an interactive dance band.

Koo Koo Kanga Roo ought to appeal to anyone who wants both escapism and energy in their music. Described as both “the Beastie Boys meets Sesame Street” and an “interactive dance party duo,” Bryan and Neil create musical performance art.

ROCK

Howi Spangler of Ballyhoo! Fun and Chill Like Going to the Beach

Maryland Band to Play in New York in May

Rock band Ballyhoo! Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, Donald Spangler on drums,  Scott Vandrey on keyboards and Nick Lucera on bass.

Rock band Ballyhoo! Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, Donald Spangler on drums, Scott Vandrey on keyboards and Nick Lucera on bass.

Ballyhoo!, the Maryland-based quartet, plays upbeat yet laid-back rock, which ought to appeal to fans of Sublime, Pepper and Jimmy Buffett. Absolutely not the kind of music I tend to gravitate towards.

 

Lorde, Charli XCX Lead NME Awards With Four Noms Each; Vote Here!

Lorde, Charli XCX Lead NME Awards With Four Noms Each; Vote Here!

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Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead at 46, Drug Overdose Suspected

Cranberries Singer Dolores O'Riordan Dead at 46, Drug Overdose Suspected

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer for the Irish rock group The Cranberries, died suddenly in a London hotel. Early indications suggest it was due to a dr... Read More
British Rock Legend Ian McDonald Sweetens the Pot With Honey West

British Rock Legend Ian McDonald Sweetens the Pot With Honey West

Ian McDonald, best known for founding British supergroups King Crimson and Foreigner, takes the prize as the most interesting old-new act in music. Hi... Read More
Justin Timberlake Drops Big Hint About New Album, Song Out Friday

Justin Timberlake Drops Big Hint About New Album, Song Out Friday

Justin Timberlake is beginning the drum roll for his new studio album Man in the Woods. He dropped a big hint about his first move today (Jan. 3) on s... Read More
Sam Smith Takes Relationship With Brandon Flynn Out in the Open

Sam Smith Takes Relationship With Brandon Flynn Out in the Open

Sam Smith and Brandon Flynn have been an item for at least three months, but now there's no second guessing about their relationship. The couple poste... Read More
Jordan Sparks Reveals Secret Nuptials to Dana Isaiah... and Pregnancy!

Jordan Sparks Reveals Secret Nuptials to Dana Isaiah... and Pregnancy!

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Meek Mill Could Get Serious Time for Latest in String of Parole Violations

Meek Mill Could Get Serious Time for Latest in String of Parole Violations

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Fats Domino, Towering Pioneer of Early Rock and Roll, Dies at 89 (video)

Fats Domino, Towering Pioneer of Early Rock and Roll, Dies at 89 (video)

Fats Domino, the legendary rock 'n' roll musician, passed away today (Oct. 25). His daughter said the 'Blueberry Hill' singer passed away peacefully, ... Read More
Kesha, Macklemore Perform 'Good Old Days' Live on Ellen (Watch!)

Kesha, Macklemore Perform 'Good Old Days' Live on Ellen (Watch!)

Macklemore and Kesha performed their duet "Good Old Days" live on Ellen for a show that airs today (Sept. 25). It was a victory lap for the embattled ... Read More
Mark Bego: You May Not Be a Rock Star, But You Can Eat Like One

Mark Bego: You May Not Be a Rock Star, But You Can Eat Like One

Rock and roll biographer Mark Bego is shifting gears with a big, bold and colorful cookbook. But he's not straying too far from his genre. His latest ... Read More
Macklemore Shows Support for Kesha on New Tune 'Good Old Days' (listen!)

Macklemore Shows Support for Kesha on New Tune 'Good Old Days' (listen!)

Macklemore's new single, “Good Old Days,” featuring Kesha, is more than an opportunity for Kesha to show off her singing chops. It's a strong statemen... Read More
Carly Rae Jepsen Bounces Around Set in New Cut to the Feeling Video (See!)

Carly Rae Jepsen Bounces Around Set in New Cut to the Feeling Video (See!)

Carly Rae Jepsen cuts loose with a video about making a video for her new tune "Cut to the Feeling." Not exactly a new concept, but it provides a nice... Read More
Lana Del Rey Caught in Love Spell in Dystopian White Mustang Video (See!)

Lana Del Rey Caught in Love Spell in Dystopian White Mustang Video (See!)

Lana Del Rey is off on another romance in the not too distant future in her latest video for "White Mustang," the third song off her new album, Lust f... Read More