• Laura Jane Grace / Photo by Ryan Russell

    Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Explains Why She Came Out Via a Magazine Story

    Frank Ocean gave his first official coming out interview to the Guardian this weekend, and the U.K. paper also featured a fresh story on Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabel, who spoke about how she used to deal with her gender dysphoria while touring as an "angry white male" in a punk band. Some of the highlights are below, but the most intriguing detail came when Grace revealed why she chose to announce her news via a magazine story rather than a more personal method: "There's a certain amount of normalizing that happens when you do it in a fashion like that. I felt like the first time we played on a late-night TV show in the States — for my parents that was a moment when they were like, 'Oh, that's what you do.' It legitimized what you did.

  • Mariah Carey / Photo by Getty Images

    Mariah Carey Joins 'American Idol,' Completing Network Pop-Star Judge Holy Trinity

    Mariah Carey just confirmed that she will be filling one of the two seats recently vacated by Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler on the upcoming season of American Idol. The news came via a telephone call with FOX president Kevin Reilly, who is making an appearance at the Television Critics Association's annual press tour in Los Angeles today and got the singer on the line to announce her sign-on herself. "I'm so excited to be joining Idol," Carey said. "I can't wait to get started" (via HitFix).

  • Lou Barlow / Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty

    Sebadoh Suddenly Release First New Songs Since 1999

    Before fans had a chance to tweet the words "Sebadoh are going to put out their first new music in over a decade" the lo-fi pioneers suddenly dropped a five-song EP, called secret, as a "taste of [their] upcoming 2013 album" via their Bandcamp page. It is, in fact, the band's first new material since 1999's The Sebadoh. They reissued Bakesale via Sub Pop, in addition to their early recordings for 1990's Weed Forestin' via their Bandcamp, earlier this year. Predictably, as Backstage Rider reports (via Stereogum), the Lou Barlow-fronted trio, who reunited in 2010, recorded and mixed the new songs themselves, with Barlow writing three ("Keep the Boy Alive," "Arbitrary High," and "All Kinds") and Jason Loewenstein writing two ("My Drugs" and "I Don't Mind"). The artwork and digital release are also entirely band-produced.

  • Frank Ocean / Photo by Getty Images

    Frank Ocean Explains Bold Coming Out in Candid New Interview

    In the days between posting a complex coming-out note on his Tumblr and the night when he dropped his sparkling major label debut just a few days later, Frank Ocean didn't do much, if any, talking about himself. Even as controversy surrounding the album's physical release swirled, he still wasn't particularly loquacious. But as is most always the case, enigmatic acts by the most buzzworthy stars eventually get explained and Ocean's most forthcoming new interview surfaced over the weekend in Saturday's issue of the Guardian. The central question of the conversation: Why lay yourself on the line so radically right before your album drops? "I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions," he explains of the excellent album's subject matter.

  • Amy Winehouse's Death, One Year Later: A Timeline

    Amy Winehouse's Death, One Year Later: A Timeline

    In January 2011, Amy Winehouse returned to the stage in Brazil to largely positive reviews. Six months later, she performed what was quickly deemed a "train wreck" gig in Belgrade, Serbia, where she greeted the crowd, "Hello, Athens!" and stumbled around the stage clutching her stomach for an agonizing 90 minutes. The following day, her reps announced she'd be taking a break from live performance to "return to her best." On July 20, she danced alongside her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield at the iTunes festival. Three days later, she was discovered unresponsive in bed by her bodyguard at her Camden Square flat on a Saturday afternoon. Two ambulances were dispatched to her house, but EMTs weren't able to revive her. The 27-year-old singer was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Watch No Doubt's First Live TV Performance In Forever: 'Settle Down' at Teen Choice Awards

    Watch No Doubt's First Live TV Performance In Forever: 'Settle Down' at Teen Choice Awards

    Here's a scary thought: some of the teenagers who submitted their votes to the Teen Choice Awards this year were two years old the same year No Doubt released their last album, Rock Steady. But if you tuned into the fan-voted award ceremony last night, it'd be hard to tell exactly what year it was anyway. The band whose first album in over a decade, Push and Shove, arrives September 25 gave a performance that made it look like no time has passed between now and the last time they had new music for us, back in 2001, and fans in the audience screamed as if they had just rocked out to "Spiderwebs" at their junior prom. No Doubt have done a significant amount of playing since they wrapped their Rock Steady tour in 2003. including a Beatles tribute show at the Kennedy Center in 2010 and Neil Young's annual two-day Bridge School Benefit in 2009.

  • Lil Wayne Photoshops Himself Onto Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Cover

    Lil Wayne Photoshops Himself Onto Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Cover

    Lil Wayne's preoccupation with Nirvana runs deep. He's long cited Nevermind as a big influence on his decision to pursue music. Last fall as the album was celebrating its 20th anniversary, he sat with MTV to chat about its significance (his interviewer, Sway, even sagely mentioned the song "I Smell Teen Spirit"). Earlier that year, brilliantly ridiculous Canadian pundit Narduwar gifted Wayne a Nirvana poster book at their interview. The latest manifestation of Weezy's longtime fascination with Kurt Cobain and Co. has arrived on BreadOverBed.com, the website the MC launched with his buddy DJ Scoob Doo featuring "exclusive footage" meant to document "all the sacrifice" that comes along with Wayne's success.

  • Lady Gaga / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Everything You Need to Know About 2012's Next Big Pop Albums

    The first half of 2012 began with a pop-heavy bang. From Madonna's controversy-fueled MDNA, Nicki Minaj's genre-agnostic Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Justin Bieber's mob-inspiring Believe, Adam Lambert's history-making chart-topper Trespassing, and a little thing called One Direction, it's hard to believe there's more room in Poplandia this year.

  • One-half of the warring faction / Photo by Getty Images

    Could the Olympics Boast Spice Girls and Oasis Reunions?

    As the London Olympics draw nearer, excitement over the games' many musical events have been reaching new heights. The latest reports should whip English fans in a (fairly reserved, they are English after all) frenzy: The Telegraph tells us that Spice Girls Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty, and Baby will reunite for the August 12 Closing Ceremony to sing a two-song set, one of which is bound to be 1996's "Wannabe." Geri "Ginger" Halliwell is reportedly going to wear her iconic Union flag dress, because England, obviously. Surprisingly, Victoria "Posh" Beckham, of all the Spices, went on the radio earlier today to express her excitement about the upcoming performance, saying she would "love nothing more" than to get the gang back together again (previous reports about whether the quintet would appear hinged on Beckham's reluctance to sign on).

  • The Who in 1979 / Photo by Michael Putland/Getty

    The Who Will Honor Tix From Canceled 1979 Gig at 2013 Show

    The Who will be rewarding fans who haven't bothered tossing out canceled concert tickets from a show 33 years ago during their upcoming Quadrophenia tour this winter. The band announced yesterday that the lucky few who saved their ticket(s) to the band's nixed 1979 show in Providence, Rhode Island, will be able to use those tickets at their culminating show at the same venue, now called the Dunkin' Donuts Center, on February 26. As the AP reports, the December 1979 concert in question was shut down by then-mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci over safety concerns stemming from an earlier Who show in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 3 that year, where 11 people (seven of whom teenagers) were trampled to death just before the band went onstage. The Who haven't played Providence since then. Fans paid a maximum of $14 in 1979 for that canceled concert.

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