May 15, 2013 08:53
Jason Aldean is going to duet alongside a hologram of Kelly Clarkson when he sings their Grammy-winning ballad “Don’t You Wanna Stay” at this Saturday’s performance at the Greensboro Coliseum. Oh, spoiler alert? It shouldn’t be necessary. Aldean is infamous for coattailing on famous ghosts....
May 8, 2013 09:18
Country music, the first and realest kind, is a nonrenewable resource. It’s like the helium in the atmosphere — we might take it for granted now, but we’re really, really going to miss it when it’s gone....
May 1, 2013 05:47
Lyrically, the left-field Detroit rapper is raunchier than 2 Live Crew ever even knew how to be, but the guy who penned songs like “Head for Free” and “Radio Head” isn’t all bluster. Fans at his Minneapolis show last Friday got their money’s worth when one lady admirer jumped on stage and proceeded to do the unthinkable mid-song....
April 24, 2013 10:22
If my cover story last week (“The circle will be unbroken”) was any indication that, in the wake of the passing of a man who was not only a patriarch to MerleFest, but to the entirety of the bluegrass and folk world, MerleFest will be just fine, though it certainly won’t be the same....
April 17, 2013 09:53
There’s no surer sign that warm weather has arrived in the Piedmont than Tax Day, but after Tax Day the surest sign is the opening day of the spring Shakori Hill Grassroots Festival, starting this Thursday and running through Sunday....
April 3, 2013 08:45
The history of tour rider requests includes the extravagant (Jay- Z’s personal cigar roller on his current tour with Justin Timberlake), the curious (the Bloodhound Gang’s need for a fridge magnet of local interest), and the grotesque (Gorgoroth’s......
March 27, 2013 08:54
There are those bands that can go from a Craigslist ad to playing the Grammys on little more than the strength of a single song and their potential, then there are others who announce themselves with a solid record, tour relentlessly, exhibit......
March 20, 2013 09:57
Twenty-five of the world’s most important fashion tastemakers are sitting around an agarwood conference table with burnished copper inlay in an underground Swiss bunker. An image pops up on a hologram projection pod in its center. It’s Macklemore; most of the onlookers gasp as the man seated at the head of the room says, “Gentlemen, we have a problem....
March 13, 2013 09:39
Pop quiz: Before sax doyen Jeff Coffin joined jazz-folk powerhouse Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and again after he departed them for the largesse of the Dave Matthews Band, who played Fleck’s melodic foil? The answer: multi-instrumentalist and......
March 6, 2013 08:04
To ordain the Rebirth Brass Band a New Orleans institution on the cusp of their 30th anniversary would be understating just what passes for a cultural institution in New Orleans....

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