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Spotify to stop promoting R. Kelly under its 'hateful content' policy

Looking for R. Kelly on Spotify? You’ll have to search: The popular music streaming service has dropped all of R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify-owned playlists and recommendations, effective today, as part of its hateful conduct policy. "We are removing R. Kelly’s music...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:06pm

New York’s biosphere in the Bronx

There are certain places that act as great equalizers. Where your background, appearance and abilities don’t matter. In these unique atmospheres it’s our sameness that’s overwhelming ... whether you’re hot or cold blooded, scaly or feathered, ferocious or meek // rich or...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 8:38am

The Bronx — birthplace of hip hop, still bringing the beat

It began on New York City’s streets. Way up town. At block parties, where neighbors and extended families would come together to share food, music and moves.   In the 1970s New York was a very different place. If you’re old enough to remember a Times Square that would leave today...

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:29am

Say what? The subtle ways you might be ruining your hearing

Our ears are constantly bombarded with intense sounds from the moment we wake up until the moment our head hits the pillow. But according to audiologist Theo Saunders, we could be doing permanent damage to our hearing without even realizing it.   “Hearing loss isn’t as obvious as...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 11:08am

Trixie Mattel: crossing the country/music space, in drag

Brian Michael Firkus has the singer-songwriter gene, but you’ll more likely recognize Brian’s drag talents, performing as Trixie Mattel. For now, that is. The in-then-out-then-in-the-competition star who made it big on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (and “All Stars...

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:02pm

Winners of 'The Voice': Where are they now?

NBC's "The Voice" has firmly established itself as not just a leader in the reality singing competition genre but as a ratings juggernaut in TV in general. But does all that attention translate into success for each season's eventual winner? Eight talented vocalists have taken...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 8:59am

Listen up! The music, audiobooks and podcasts you need this month.

Here’s what you need to hear ... now. PODCASTS Business Wars I throw the Business section of the paper into the dog-poo-pile quicker than I do the ads and coupons, and never expected to be interested in a podcast about big businesses. But SURPRISE! The backstory on how Netflix nailed...

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 9:51am

How to score Jack White tickets for his record release show in Brooklyn

Attention rock fans: Jack White will be playing a tiny show at Brooklyn’s the Warsaw on March 23rd. The show will be the second of two record release shows he'll play in support of his new album “Boarding House Reach,” which will be released on the day of the Brooklyn show. It...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 2:06pm

Beyoncé and Jay Z leak information about upcoming tour

In a very “oops” moment, music power-couple Beyoncé and Jay Z leaked information on their upcoming joint tour this morning. Details about a show at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field on Monday, July 30th appeared briefly on Bey’s Facebook page as well as Ticketmaster...

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 1:22pm

10 sexiest Prince lyrics that'll rev your little red Corvette

Prince departed this thing called life on Thursday, but he sure had a lot of fun during the 57 years he could indulge in the garden of earthly delights. (Sex. We mean sex.) Did any musician love women as much as Prince? His small frame was constantly brimming over with sexual energy,...

Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 6:36pm

The best new Spotify singles for your Monday commute

Friday is record release day in the music biz. This means that Spotify debuts new singles by your favorite artists just in time for the weekend so you can blast them in your earbuds on your way to work Monday morning. Here are the best new releases on Spotify for your commute.   The dream...

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 2:44pm

Andrew WK preaches the 'healing joy' of partying

Stop trying to fit partying into your schedule. Stop dividing your life into categories. The party is already happening, all around you. Known for songs that overwhelmingly feature the word “party,” Andrew W.K. gets philosophical when asked to define it. “The pressure is that...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 1:23pm

Starting a ‘Riot’ with Yo La Tengo

The highly influential and consistently great New Jersey band, Yo La Tengo, will be releasing their highly anticipated new album “There’s a Riot Goin’ On” on March 16th. “Riot” is their first album of all original material in five years and finds them exploring...

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 5:02am

Life lessons from the Wu-Tang Clan

According to Lamont “U-God” Hawkins, one of the founding members of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, the first lines of their classic song “C.R.E.A.M.” painted the picture perfectly of what growing up in Staten Island’s Park Hill Projects was really like. “I grew up...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:51pm

Joe Perry talks new album, Patriots and being back in Boston

Like the rest of New England, Joe Perry is pretty excited about how Tom Brady and the Patriots are playing ahead of their latest Super Bowl appearance. The Aerosmith guitarist and Lawrence native was back in Boston on Thursday for a special appearance at Newbury Comics to promote his new solo...

Friday, January 26, 2018 - 1:30pm

Catching up with Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph is a bonafide guitar hero. Considered by many as the Jimi Hendrix of the pedal steel guitar, he has taken an instrument that is usually reserved for weepy country music ballads and rips it up with the best of them.   Accompanied by his Family Band, Randolph’s music...

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:14am

CMA Awards 2017: Nominees and complete list of winners

The 51st annual CMA Awards were held last night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee This year, the Country Music Association Awards ceremony honored those affected by the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas in October. Carie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted this...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:31pm

ASAP Twelvyy on Kyrie Irving, Michael Jackson's spirit and spreading the love

Between dropping his long awaited debut album “12” to critical acclaim this summer and the continued success of ASAP Mob, ASAP Twelvyy is riding pretty high right now. The rapper hopes to bring those good vibes to the Boston area when he and the rest of the ASAP crew perform at Tsongas...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 9:49am

Kendrick Lamar pop-up shop stops in Boston this weekend

If you're hoping to pick up some sweet swag to remember Kendrick Lamar's performance in Boston this weekend, you're in luck. The Grammy Award-winning rapper is now jumping into the world of fashion with The Damn Pop-Up shop, which stops at Concepts in Cambridge on Saturday. The...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:31pm

Watch Carly Simon perform with the Gorillaz in Boston

Fans were happy and feeling like sunshine at the Gorillaz sold-out show in Boston this week, especially after a local music legend joined the fun. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Carly Simon took a break from hanging out at her Martha’s Vineyard home to perform with the virtual band during their...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:09pm