Don Was is a frequent sight at shows around L.A. He's hard to miss: all hair, hat, sunglasses, and smiles. He made a name for himself as a bass player with Was (Not Was) as well as a producer for the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt. Last year, he became the president of Blue Note Records. ... More >>
DJs are the new rock stars? Maybe. (Although chefs are already the new rock stars.) Still, the big name DJs do seem to be living pretty large, what with the constant travel to exotic locations, goofily-clad fans, eager women, drugs and parties. Just swap MacBooks for guitars and it doesn't look so d ... More >>
Jeffrey Weber is the author of the recently-released You've Got A Deal: The Biggest Lies Of The Music Business.
Based in Beverly Hills, Weber is a longtime industry producer known for his work with Luther Vandross and Ronnie James Dio, and two of his projects won Grammys.
But after 30 years he's ... More >>
GrouploveYou know that autumnal mix of optimism and anticipation that arrives with the electricity in the newly-crisp air? That's what Grouplove's debut full-length, Never Trust A Happy Song, sounds like.
The work dropped Tuesday on Atlantic Records, just in time for fall, following a year ... More >>
Skeletonwitch's new album - not coming to SpotifyWe recently told you about how Norwegian metal giant Indie Recordings was partnering with Inglewood-based label Prosthetic Records.
Now there's more news on the Prosthetic front. The imprint has revealed to West Coast Sound that they are in t ... More >>
By Chaz Kangas
September 11th brought irrevocable change to our society, and the music industry was no exception. It was also a very strange time; both rap group The Coup and metal band Dream Theater released album covers with the World Trade Center in flames. Radio DJs across the country, m ... More >>
Did Prince upload all this?
Article and interview by Jade Shames
I got on Skype and called my contact. His name is Ben Westermann-Clark, the VP of Public Relations at Grooveshark's head office in Gainesville, Florida.
While I'm writing this article, I'm listening to a band called Masterfac ... More >>
"Freeway" Ricky Ross vs. Rapper Rick Ross: Who would you put money on? He thinks he's Big Meech! Larry Hoover!
But Miami rapper Rick Ross might be blowing money fast in court, not in the club, soon if he keeps calling himself the moniker he adopted from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the Los Angeles ... More >>
The future is almost here. Except for the part with jet packs and holographic television. The part that is here? Cloud based music storage. WTF is that, you might be wondering, and why should I care? Herewith we will tell you what it is, why it's important, and how it affects ... More >>
Zastavki.comFrom the grave: More Michael Jackson outtakes coming your way Rolling Stone magazine reports that Sony Music will be releasing another posthumous Michael Jackson album this November.
The as-yet-unnamed album will include 10 unreleased songs, quite possibly outtakes from different ... More >>
Sole goes it alone.Indie hip-hop has been taking a beating of late. Last Tuesday, Brooklyn-based rapper, producer and label head El-P announced that he'd be stepping down from the small empire he'd built at Def Jux, and that the label itself was on hiatus (read Erin Broadley's report here). W ... More >>
Buddyhead: For the Children Since 1997The rules of rock can be quite complicated: never wear the T-shirt of the band you're going to see at the show, never play air guitar during a concert, and never -- ever -- crap on the tour bus. But what happens if you're actually in the band, what can and can' ... More >>
Among the many fascinating revelations in the recently released Nielsen SoundScan 2008 sales tally of recorded music product is the ranking of the year's top vinyl sellers. As anyone reading this probably knows, the music industry is in the middle of a much ballyhooed "vinyl revival." Publications ... More >>