• Nipsey Hussle / Young Buck

    Young Buck and Nipsey Hussle Dodge Bullets Over Violent Weekend

    The music world came under literal fire this weekend, starting with a sizable shooting at a Nipsey Hussle concert in Tempe, Arizona. At around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Tempe police Sgt. Steve Carbajal told MSNBC, more than 250 people were waiting in line at a venue where Hussle was set to perform when three men who had been arguing opened fire at each other, injuring at least 14. The gunmen were suspected Phoenix gang members; police say one shooter was arrested on the scene, while the other two fled.

  • Michael Jackson

    Unreleased Michael Jackson Tracks Were Stolen in '11 Hack

    After almost a year, it's finally come to light that a major PlayStation hack last spring also involved the theft of more than 50,000 tracks from Sony Music's catalog, which included Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a bunch of unreleased tracks. This shocking bit of information came with the first court appearance of two British men arrested last May who are suspected of having a part in the fiasco. In April 2011, hackers breached security surrounding Sony's PlayStation Network database, gaining access to the personal details of more than 77 million customers. According to reports by the U.K.'s Sunday Times via Billboard.biz, Sony Music discovered that the digital tracks had been stolen weeks after the incident. Other material illegally downloaded included unreleased music, like a duet between Will.i.am and Freddie Mercury.

  • Rick Ross (Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)

    Rick Ross Had a Hell of a Week

    If William Roberts II isn't exhausted right now, he is part machine, because Rick Ross is coming off an extremely hectic week that started with an NBA All-Star game performance and ended with a European tour announcement — with just one murdered corpse in between.

  • Ronnie Montrose in 1975. Photo: Tom Hill/WireImage

    Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dead at 64

    Guitarist Ronnie Montrose, who played alongside Sammy Hagar, Van Morrison, and Herbie Hancock, died Saturday following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 64. A statement on Montrose's website (via Rolling Stone) confirmed the sad news. "A few months ago, we held a surprise party for Ronnie Montrose's 64th birthday," the posting reads. "He gave an impromptu speech, and told us that after a long life, filled with joy and hardship, he didn't take any of our love for granted. He passed today. He'd battled cancer, and staved off old age for long enough. And true to form, he chose his own exit the way he chose his own life.

  • Grimes

    Watch Grimes Mock Aggro Dudes in 'Oblivion' Video

    Claire Boucher, better known as electro-dance-pop princess Grimes, debuted her video for "Oblivion" on VEVO this morning. It's the first clip from her new record, Visions, which dropped February 21 on 4AD/Arbutus Records, and it is as Grimesy as it gets. Co-directed by Boucher and Emily Kai Bock (whose work includes clips for other artists in the Montreal-based Arbutus collective), the video's plot embodies exactly what makes Grimes so great — her ability to wedge unique perspective into a pop framework. The tiny, adorably pink-haired Boucher dances her way through various hyper-masculine sporting events, from a college football game to a motocross race to a locker room full of shockingly waxed man-chests to a similarly shirtless living room fight club, rallying everyone with her overlarge headphones and boombox.

  • Johnny Marr

    Can the Smiths' Mutual Hatred of David Cameron Inspire a Reunion?

    British Prime Minister David Cameron may be a long-time fan of the Smiths and Pink Floyd, but members of both bands seriously hate his guts. Morrissey's dislike of the conservative leader is well documented (he did lambast Cameron from the Glastonbury stage) and may be fans' only hope for a Smiths reunion. In late 2010, Johnny Marr politely asked Cameron to stop liking the Smiths via Twitter and Morrissey chimed in with support. And at this week's NME Awards, Marr bargained on camera that the only way the seminal band would reunite would be if Cameron and crew would resign, musing, "That's a fair trade, innit?" Could this plan actually work?

  • Arcade Fire Become College Lecturers, Drop 'Hunger Games' Track

    Arcade Fire Become College Lecturers, Drop 'Hunger Games' Track

    Arcade Fire fans (that includes you, Rosie O'Donnell!) might want stick around in Austin after SXSW this year. The Grammy-winning band — well, four of them at least, including Win Butler, Régin Chassagne, Will Butler, and Marika Anthony-Shaw — will be lecturing at the University of Texas at Austin March 19. As one of Arcade Fire's community fan pages on Facebook pointed out yesterday (via Pitchfork), the foursome will discuss with students (and, likely, all the music journalists already in Austin, disguised as students) the socioeconomic crisis still faced by Haitian citizens in the years following that 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left the country in shambles in 2010. At the time of the disaster, Arcade Fire teamed with charity Partners in Health and actually traveled down to volunteer.

  • My Morning Jacket's getting all up in everyone's festival business this summer

    FestWatch: Lineups for Newport Folk, Forecastle, Sled Island Festival Arrive

    The Newport Folk, Forecastle, and Sled Island fests have announced (or added to) their lineups this week.

  • Tupac Shakur

    2Pacalypse Wow!: Tupac Musical is Actually Happening

    Just when you thought the world was done extracting money from the grave of Tupac Shakur, AllHipHop points out that Broadway is directing our attention back to the late rapper's legacy. That's right, Holler if Ya Hear Me is slated to be the world's first Pac musical! Holler will be directed by Tony-winning director Kenny Leon, whose previous work includes the 2004 revival of Raisin in the Sun that starred Sean Combs and a 2010 production of Fences with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis — in other words, even if you think a Pac musical is a little exploitative, at least the directing will be excellent.

  • Nirvana / Photo by Kirk Weddle

    Hear Kurt Cobain's Isolated 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Vocals

    Thanks to our friends over at Prefix and the Big Picture, we are now listening to Kurt Cobain's isolated vocals on now-20-year-old Nevermind's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The YouTube was actually posted in January 2010 but is making the rounds today for no clear reason, but there it is! If you're listening for the first time, the a cappella vocal track is eerie, especially considering that its first 45 seconds, when the song's infamous riff is repeated over and over, it's completely silent. When Kurt starts singing, though, even his breath is audible, and the song with some of the most unlikely brilliant rhymes ("a mulatto / an albino / a mosquito / my libido") becomes shockingly solemn. It almost feels like accidentally walking in on the late frontman rehearsing in some echoing, furniture-less, white-washed practice room in the sky.

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