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Foo Fighters Team With Butch Vig for “Heaviest Album Yet”

March 8th, 2010
Photo: Merritt/Getty (Grohl), Mayer/WireImage(Vig) Forget all that talk of a hiatus. The Foo Fighters are getting ready to head back into the studio, Dave Grohl revealed at the Independent Spirit Awards on Friday night. Swigging from a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey, the Foos frontman and Them Crooked Vultures drummer, who had just introduced a performance by Best Documentary subjects Anvil, said his band will work with Butch Vig on their seventh album, in ...

Behind the Scenes at the Grammy Nominations Concert with Fergie, Maxwell, Drake and Kings of Leon

December 3rd, 2009
Photo: Shearer/WireImage Behind the scenes at last night’s Grammy Nominations Concert there was a lot of talk about the good old days — fond remembrances of a time when industry folk actually listened to full albums and not just the ones they worked on; when Best New Artist truly meant an extraordinary breakout from that year, not five years or five minutes ago; and when the lucky hopefuls got word at the crack of dawn, ...

Adam Lambert Breaks Down AMAs “Controversy” as Stars React to His Wild Night

November 23rd, 2009
Photo:Djansezian/Getty Hours before Adam Lambert hit the American Music Awards stage for a wild spectacle of a finale, he was already the talk of the red carpet. It seemed of all the divas performing that night — Janet, Whitney, Rihanna, Gaga: the ones who need no last name (or first) — plenty considered the American Idol runner-up to be queen supreme. “Don’t you wanna see what his hair looks like?” singer and presenter Melissa Etheridge ...

Adam Lambert Says Censorship of American Music Awards Song Would Be “Discrimination”

November 23rd, 2009
Photo: Djansezian/Getty In approximately 30 minutes the West Coast will get a look at the American Music Awards performance that has everyone talking: Adam Lambert’s racy rendition of For Your Entertainment’s title track. When Lambert finished his song — complete with simulated oral sex with a male backup dancer and a passionate kiss with a male keyboardist — earlier tonight, fans hit the Internet to debate whether the American Idol runner-up’s first major televised ...

Sublime Debut New Singer at SmokeOut Festival Despite Nowell Family Protests

October 26th, 2009
They weren’t billed as headliners on Saturday’s SmokeOut Festival, which rolled out pot-friendly acts like Method Man and Redman, Cheech & Chong, Kottonmouth Kings and hosts Cypress Hill, but there’s no doubt Sublime, featuring surviving members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh — with 21-year-old Rome Ramirez positioned where the late Brad Nowell once stood — were a major draw for the estimated 15,000 fans who trekked out to San Bernardino, California, this weekend. It was only ...

Lady Gaga Dedicates VMAs Performance to Her Fans: Inside the Afterparties

September 14th, 2009
Photo: Sussman/Getty Despite the recession, there was no shortage of VMAs afterparties in New York City last night. In fact, many of the show’s biggest names converged on a four-block radius surrounding 14th Street and 10th avenue, the same area where Courtney Love played an impromptu set on Saturday night for designer Alex Wang at a Fashion Week party held at the corner gas station. 2009 VMAs: relive the night’s big moments, in photos. But on Sunday night, ...

Pink, Paramore, Death Cab, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo and More: VMAs Interviews You Didn’t See on TV

September 14th, 2009
Now that Kanye West’s latest outburst is behind us, what else happened at the MTV Video Music Awards last night? Oh yeah, there were (planned) dramatic performances, a fashion faux pas or two and — surprisingly — a rather tame second-time bow by host Russell Brand. Think you saw it all? Read on for a glimpse of what they didn’t show on TV: Other than Lady Gaga’s impending appearance, which everyone anticipated would raise eyebrows, the ...

Bad Religion, Katy Perry, Ice T Help Warped Tour Turn 15 in L.A.

September 9th, 2009
Photo: Strauss/WireImage“Pleaaaase mosh to my song,” Katy Perry cooed shortly after taking the stage at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia on Sunday night. The pop princess was one of a dozen acts appearing as part of the Vans Warped Tour’s 15th anniversary celebration, which gathered several trek veterans, including NOFX, Bad Religion, Rise Against, All-American Rejects and Underoath, along with newcomers 3OH!3, Aggrolites and two all-star bands created just for the occasion (read: thrown together) for ...

Backstreet Boys Lean on Classic Influences, Fresh Collaborations on October LP “This Is Us”

August 28th, 2009
Photo: Ray Kay Call them pop’s longest-running, most persistent group. Call them men, not boys. Just don’t call it a comeback. “We almost named the album that,” jokes Nick Carter, one-fourth of the Backstreet Boys, whose seventh studio effort, This Is Us, is slated for release on October 6th. “We’re the Brett Favres of the music industry.” Clearly, he and his bandmates are fed up with the public perception that they’ve taken an extended time out. ...

Kurt Cobain Joins “Guitar Hero 5″: How Nirvana Came to the Game

August 27th, 2009
Photo courtesy of Activision Today, Activision has confirmed that a Kurt Cobain character will be playable in Guitar Hero 5 (out September 1st), alongside Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Matt Bellamy of Muse. Two Nirvana tracks, Nevermind’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and a live version of “Lithium,” from their 1992 headlining slot at England’s Reading festival, also join the game’s set list, a first for the seminal band that defined the grunge ...