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All the latest music news from Monsters and Critics. We will try and keep you up-to-date with the latest tour news, album releases and other music info.

Interview: Pop Musician Rick Kelly Talks New LP

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Rick Kelly’s voice is a gentle blend of soul, contemporary pop and classic standards. An accomplished musician, Kelly does everything from dreaming up his next single to working on the musical arrangements, to laying down his rich voice for the lead vocals.Sporting his signature five o’clock shadow and wearing a casual rock shirt, Kelly comfortably […]

Kenny Rogers Interview, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, August 16

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American treasure Kenny Rogers will participate in a special interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, August 16.The expert-led conversation will take place in conjunction with the debut of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, a biographical exhibit in the museum’s East Gallery opening August 15, 2014, and running until June […]

Lena Fayre, OKO Album Review

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Must hear: After Lena Fayre’s debut EP in 2013 garnered her international success and “10 New Artists You Need to Know: February 2014″ accolades from Rolling Stone Magazine, the newly-minted 18 year old returns this summer with OKO, her much-anticipated follow-up.Heavily influenced by art, literature and fashion, Lena’s musical interests growing up included Elvis, The […]

Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter, Dead At 70

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Texas Blues Guitar Icon Johnny Winter has died, He was 70 years old.The Grammy winning guitarist, who produced blues legend Muddy Waters and co-wrote “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo,” was on tour in Europe at the time of his death and died in Zurich, Switzerland according to Reuters.Winter had been on tour in Europe and […]

A Concert A Day from Yahoo and Live Nation, Details

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Yahoo and Live Nation are joining forces to bring music fans a front row seat to a live concert every day, all year long (365 shows!) on the new Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.The live concert streams will kick off on July 15 with “A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band” at the […]

Blake Shelton First Headliner for 2015 Kicker Country Stampede Festival

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Mega recording artist and TV star Blake Shelton is announced as the first headliner for the 2015 Kicker Country Stampede Festival.Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Lee Brice & More Bring Country Stampede to CMT Hot 20 Countdown on July 12Thousands of country music fans flocked to Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kansas, and soaked in […]

Norway’s Grammy Winning Monica Heldal Breaks Through VIDEOS

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Spotlight: Norway’s Monica Heldal.If you take the effortless, ethereal vocal delivery of Alisson Krauss, pair it with guitar skills capable of shredding acoustic versions of any Zeppelin anthem, and then mix the two with a gift for songwriting worthy of garnering endorsements from the likes of icons such as Tom Petty, you have a recipe […]

Paul McCartney Bounces Back, Rocks Albany

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Back doing what he loves, rocker Paul McCartney has returned to the stage after a hospitalization from a nasty virus.McCartney fell ill for two months because of a virus, and was briefly hospitalized in Tokyo in May because of the viral infection. The illness forced him to cancel a Japanese tour and a concert in […]

BET Awards 2014, Shade, Typos and Zingers from Chris Rock

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Pharrell Williams – BET 2014 Love – Photo copyright by MJ Photos / PRPhotos.com Last night’s BET Awards had something for everyone.Host comedian Chris Rock was on point, taking swipes at Donald Sterling and even Jay Z . “Solange hit the right rapper,” he said of the leaked footage of the elevator fight between Jay, […]

Linkin Park Set To Rock Comic-Con in San Diego

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Did you see Mike Shinoda on Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night? He was great.MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, announced that Linkin Park will headline the first-ever “mtvU Fandom Awards” and the corresponding “MTV Fan Fest,” which will both take place on Thursday, July 24 at Petco Park during Comic-Con International: San Diego.The “mtvU […]

Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Jhene Aiko topline BET Awards 2014, Details

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Chris Rock is set to host the BET Awards on Sunday Live on June 29 from the Los Angeles Nokia Theater.The hashtags are: #BETX / #BETAWARDSJune 29, when the BET Awards 2014 will air just can’t come soon enough. Everyone who is anyone in hip-hop music will be at the ceremony after the list of […]

Kim K’s Breasts and Die Antwoord Upstage Kanye Friday the 13th at Bonnaroo

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The Honey Full Moon brought the “fink your freeky” crowd out to play at Bonnaroo as Die Antwoord reportedly kicked some Zef ass and newlywed Kim Kardashian’s breasts upstaged her husband Kanye in the headline department at the four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee.Fresh off their second honeymoon in […]

Morrissey Blames Opening Act For Virus? Bails On US Tour

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Morrissey has canceled his U.S. tour and reportedly blames his opening act for the germ transmission.After several show cancellations, Morrissey canceled the rest of his U.S. tour due to a respiratory infection, according to his Facebook page.But the eye-opener came when a second statement was published on a Morrissey fanzine, True to You, that claimed […]

Big Butts Baroque: Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Seattle Jam VIDEO

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Butts and big booty are still the rage, and we can all thank visionaries like board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta of Miami, Florida, author of “The Art of Gluteal Sculpting” and go-to medical expert for VICE on the explosion of illegal butt injections, who has been at the forefront of helping American women […]

Sheila E. ‘The Beat of My Own Drum’ Tour Dates, New LP, Memoir

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We love Sheila E!World-class drummer and percussionist Sheila Escovedo is the daughter of famous percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. Sheila E’s uncle is Alejandro Escovedo and legendary Tito Puente was Escovedo’s godfather.After 40 years in the business, the accomplished and much sought after musician’s credits read like chapters in a music history […]

Steve Perry Sings Live During Appearance With Eels VIDEO

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My High School crush, Journey leadman Steve Perry has come out of the shadows and hit the stage once again as this weekend he sang for the first time publicly in 20 years!Former Journey front-man Steve Perry turned up at a performance by the alt-rock band Eels and performed their “It’s A Motherf*cker” in front […]

Megadeth LP Released In Universal’s ICON Series, June Tour Dates

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Bang your head, Megadeth is about to unleash a new LP and tour!For those unaware, Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, after Mustaine’s fractious dismissal from metal band Metallica.In June, they are touring here: Universal Music Enterprises continues the […]

Die Antwoord Unleash Their ‘Pitbull Terrier’ Video, Plus Photos!

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Steel yourself….you’ve been waiting….zef rapper rocker oddities Die Antwoord, fresh off their pissing off Neill Blomkamp tour, have unleashed the first single off their ‘Donker Mag’ LP, the visceral and ever-so-slightly strangely romantic ‘Pitbull Terrier’ video.I say romantic because in the end, Yo-Landi, who is Ninja’s real life wife and mother of his child – […]

WAR New ‘Evolutionary’ LP Release Plus Tour Dates!

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WAR is on tour!WAR is the quintessential Los Angeles street band, first discovered by producer/writer Jerry Goldstein in a North Hollywood club. Eric Burdon and WAR burst onto the charts with the classic worldwide hit “Spill The Wine.” Burdon and WAR toured extensively across the United States and Europe, until Burdon departed the band during […]

Eminem’s New ‘Headlights’ Video Is An Apology to His Mom VIDEO

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To err is human, to forgive divine.Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, has softened his bitterness and apologized to his mother.Debbie Mathers is vindicated somewhat in the new video “Headlights” which is directed by Spike Lee. Her son Eminem rapped terrible lyrics about her in the 2002 “Cleaning Out My Closet,” but the new music video dedicated […]

Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” Video from Xscape

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It’s sad to think Michael Jackson is physically gone, dying far too soon and leaving behind children and his family who I’m sure miss him terribly.At least fans can savor his music, which seems to live on thanks to his recordings salted away.  “Love Never Felt So Good” was written and originally recorded and produced […]

Watch International Jazz Day Kick-Off With Herbie Hancock From Japan, April 30th

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Watch International Jazz Day Kick-Off Streamed Live With Herbie Hancock From Osaka, Japan, Wednesday, April 30th!The 2014 International Jazz Day celebration – led by jazz superstar and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock – will kick off in Osaka, Japan on April 30th with a daylong series of jazz education programs, performances and community outreach.Watch it […]