| Aug 18, 2013
| 3:10 PM
Some bands are better than others.
Chord by chord, line by line, beat by beat, hook by glorious hook, none is as convincing in 2013 as the Queens of the Stone Age. Even their codas kill.
The 6,000 heads moving in lockstep unison Saturday night at the...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
How many major contemporary rock bands are we down to in America? A couple dozen, maybe? That's the desert-dry landscape that Queens of the Stone Age returns to with "… Like Clockwork," and fortunately it does everything a good rock record should...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Turn your FM radio on right now and flip yourself up and down the dial. Like the old lady from those old commercials imploring you to find the beef, I'm sitting here asking, "Where's the rock?" I'm not talking the same five Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 9:56 AM
PHILADELPHIA – Nearly two decades into his unparalleled rap career, Jay Z hasn’t abandoned his lofty ambitions.
In the last year, the hip-hop magnate (born Shawn Carter) jolted the album release model when he struck a multimillion-dollar...
| Sep 5, 2013
Headlines for Thursday, September 5, 2013
ROGER WATERS: One Wall He Does Not Want to Tear Down
Roger Waters took his production of Pink Floyd's The Wall to Berlin, Germany last night, and on Tuesday he joined a protest to protect one of the last...
| May 14, 2013
| 8:20 AM
Lollapalooza presented festivalgoers with some difficult choices Tuesday when it announced its hour-by-hour schedule for the three-day, sold-out festival. Two headliners a day will play simultaneously at opposite ends of Grant Park: Nine Inch Nails and...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 12:56 PM
One pleasant surprise Pop & Hiss experienced at Coachella this year was the return of Franz Ferdinand, which played a taut, energetic Saturday-night set that made us realize how much we'd missed the Scottish dance-rock dukes.
The band hasn't put out a...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Defying the unlucky connotations of its title, Black Sabbath's "13" has become the metal godfathers' first U.S. No. 1 album.
The Universal Republic title scaled the apex of the chart with a 155,000-copy debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for...
| Jun 12, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Queens of the Stone Age celebrated their first No. 1 album last week with the arrival of their debut indie release "â€¦Like Clockwork."
The Matador Records release topped the U.S. album chart with first-frame sales of 91,000 copies, according to...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 8:18 AM
Lou Reed is recuperating after a liver transplant that saved his life, said the New York rocker's wife, Laurie Anderson, in an interview published Saturday in the Times of London.
"It's as serious as it gets," Anderson told the newspaper of the...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 4:30 PM
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Missed the 50th anniversary celebration at Cannes? Catch up with the lavish spectacle that nearly bankrupted Fox, on Blu-ray for the first time....
| Jun 3, 2013
| 7:59 AM
Bob Dylan is bringing it all back home.
A year after the legendary singer-songwriter was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, he's set to be decorated with France's prestigious Legion of Honor, according to Reuters, which said that a 17-member...