| Oct 3, 2012
| 9:40 PM
Well, the name certainly fits. Pretty Lights – aka electronic music star Derek Vincent Smith – probably jacked up the electric bill by hundreds of dollars on Wednesday at the UCF Arena, with a show designed to be seen as much as heard. Smith...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 10:58 AM
The “southeast” of Jason Isbell’s new album, Southeastern, could be in Australia, where a guy sits across from a friend at a table in the song “New South Wales,” “1,000 miles from [their] mothers,” as they think...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:53 AM
Expanding Sound Check's focus away from Hampton Roads, I see excitement building over the Interlocken Music Festival which will bring Neil Young, Zac Brown and Widespread Panic to an historic farm south of Charlottesville.
The festival will take place...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:30 AM
On a recent afternoon Thebe Kgositsile, 19, wandered around his sparse central Hollywood apartment lugging a gallon of orange juice and thinking about the logo to his fledgling music imprint Tan Cressida.
A piano melody looped from a computer plugged...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 1:55 PM
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Earl Sweatshirt, the Los Angeles-born rapper whose major label debut “Doris” is due this summer, has been forced to cancel all upcoming concert dates after a bout of pneumonia landed him...
| 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...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 6:48 AM
This year's American Music Festival, happening Labor Day weekend in Virginia Beach, will a feature a host of big bands including Daughtry, Barnenaked Ladies, Smash Mouth and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
Festival performances take place on or...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 9:41 AM
English neo-folk band Mumford & Sons have postponed three American concerts this week after their bassist, Ted Dwayne, was hospitalized on Monday with a blood clot in his brain. The Grammy-winning group, responsible for ubiquitous hits such as "I Will...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Guitarist Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu), drummer Bill Carbone (Max Creek) and organist Beau Sasser (Alan Evans Trio) have played together in various musical configurations together over the years. But so far, only one of those projects will bring all three...
| May 21, 2013
| 6:46 PM
As you brace for Chicago's onslaught of summer music festivals, save room for a new addition: the Great Googa Mooga. Organized by Superfly Presents, the company behind the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands festivals, Googa Mooga focuses on food. At last year's...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 8:20 AM
Preserving the awesome majesty of the ocean is the admirable goal of the inaugural Tortuga Music Festival, April 13-14 on Fort Lauderdale beach. But no one will think less of you if your primary focus is the music.
Country star Kenny Chesney, up-...