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Alice Cooper Has Some ‘Detroit Stories’ to Tell

The only thing that Alice Cooper has forever done better than scare and shock is create titillating heavy rock filled with odd, often dangerous characters and their noir-ish tall tales. Cooper’s new...

Taylor Swift Makes It Official: ‘Lover Fest’ Shows Won’t Be Rescheduled

Taylor Swift has made official what most fans already suspected: the handful of “Lover Fest” shows that she was scheduled to do in the summer of 2020 won’t be happening in summer...

Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak Form a Band, Silk Sonic, With First Single Coming in March

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have apparently been braving quarantine using the buddy system. Both stars took to social media Thursday night to declare that they’ve come together as a band, called...

Taylor Swift’s Attorneys Countersue Evermore Theme Park in Utah, Setting Up Competing Rights Claims

Taylor Swift’s lawyers have said “It’s on,” effectively, to a Utah theme attraction, Evermore Park, that sued Swift earlier in February, alleging that her “Evermore” album infringed on its trademarks. Possibly not...

Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama Talk Racism, Clarence Clemons, Protest Songs and ‘Get Out’ for Spotify Podcast

Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama talk extensively about issues of race in the first two episodes of their joint Spotify podcast, “Renegades: Born in the USA,” both released this week. The two...

Our Native Daughters on Their Smithsonian Channel Special and the Making of a Black Roots Supergroup

To be young, gifted and banjo-playing … and, yes, Black: these were the requirements for inclusion in the group Our Native Daughters, which was assembled by Rhiannon Giddens to make an album...

Common Celebrates Black Vinyl, in All Its Forms, as Record Store Day Puts a Spotlight on Black-Owned Music Shops

Black History Month is also, unofficially, Black Record Store Day Month. The Record Store Day organization has made it a mission throughout February 2021 to put the spotlight each day on a...

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ Is for Drinking Buddies, Too, in ‘Saturday Night Live’ Homage

The teen-heartache anthem Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” is not only for those who’ve just gotten their learners’ permits in life, per a “Saturday Night Live” sketch that had guest host Regé-Jean Page...

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