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Published: 2014-03-17T11:24:43-05:00

 



Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson to co-headline summer tour

2014-03-17T11:24:43-05:00

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Lexington's hometown boy, Matt Nathanson, will head home to the Bay State for a pair of shows with Gavin DeGraw this summer.




Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne unite for 2014 tour

2014-03-14T14:14:58-05:00

Backstreet's back -- again.

And this time they're bringing Canadian punk-pop rocker Avril Lavigne with them.

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The "Everybody" boy band will hit the road in North America for two months, beginning this May, stopping at the Xfinity Center in Manfield June 20.

According to the press release, the continuing comeback tour is happening because you wanted it.

Due to the overwhelming demand and in answer to the request of thousands of fans, the Backstreet Boys have extended their In A World Like This U.S. tour to reach additional cities and return to those markets that sold out so quickly in 2013.

Chad Kroeger's wife (lol) will open for the group for the U.S. dates. Perhaps an unusual pairing, but BSB-er Brian Littrell notes in the same release, "Avril is an unbelievably talented artist who's a perfect fit to make these shows extra special for our fans."

The new dates are being promoted as an extension of the Boys' 2013 "In a World Like This" tour, during which they stopped in the Boston area twice. The 24-date trek featured Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D (LOL) and was followed by the ever-popular 20th Anniversary Cruise, where fans were invited on-board a Carnival Imagination ship to party with the band. This all wraps up in October with yet another iteration of buoyant fun aboard the Carnival Ecstasy.

Tickets go on sale March 21 via Live Nation.




Listen to Daft Punk and Jay Z's "Computerized"

2014-03-11T12:23:40-05:00

An unreleased, unofficial track featuring Daft Punk and Jay Z has surfaced online and it's all kinds of awesome.

When the track was recorded is pretty unclear, but we'd say the frequent Blackberry references date it back quite a few years. Rolling Stone notes that the intro is sampled on the French electronic duo's "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack in 2010, but Jay's portion of the song is not used.

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According to the site, the song reemerged on a Daft Punk fan site and was rumored to have been produced by Kanye West -- but Pitchfork confirms that he did not. They also confirm that the song is in fact real (as in, recorded by the artists associated) and note that it "seems to have been made before the Samsung-sponsored days of Magna Carta Holy Grail."

H/t RollingStone.com




Adam Lambert and Queen join forces for a 19-date tour

2014-03-06T13:46:06-05:00

"American Idol" alum Adam Lambert will join Queen for a North American tour kicking off June 19 in Chicago. The "Whataya Want from Me" singer will fill in for the late Freddie Mercury with original bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor for the 19-date run through July 20. Lambert, May, and Taylor first appeared together for a performance of "We Are the Champions" during the 2009 season finale of "American Idol."




'Game of Thrones' releasing rap mixtape featuring Big Boi, more stars

2014-03-05T13:53:10-05:00

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In anticipation of the "Games of Thrones" season four premiere, the show will be releasing a rap mixtape on Friday featuring a variety of notable hip-hop artists.

Aptly titled "Catch the Throne," the mixtape will feature contributions from stars such as Outkast's Big Boi, Common, Wale, and Daddy Yankee, according to Rolling Stone.




Beyonce's emoji-fied 'Drunk in Love' video you need to watch right now

2014-03-05T10:59:31-05:00

What? You like expressing life in emojis, too?

Some genius Jesse Hill of Austin decided to translate Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" into emoji for our viewing pleasure.

So, if you didn't get it this time. Or this time.

Maybe you'll get it this time:

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Beyoncé (feat. Jay-Z) "Drunk in Love" Unofficial Emoji Video from JESSE HILL on Vimeo.





Berklee to give Harry Belafonte honorary doctorate March 6

2014-03-03T14:23:37-05:00

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After a concert Berklee College of Music in his honor, Harry Belafonte will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his "inspiring musical and humanitarian achievements," the school announced on Monday.




Coldplay releases new single, track list for 'Ghost Stories'

2014-03-03T11:02:53-05:00

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Coldplay may have gone on a touring hiatus, but that didn't mean that the band stopped making music.




5 times Justin Timberlake left us speechless during his Feb. 27 concert

2014-02-27T23:49:13-05:00

Update: We found the selfie! See below.

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Justin Timberlake delivered a TKO in Boston on Thursday night.

"The 20/20 Experience Tour" visited the Hub for its first of two 2014 stops (the second is on July 19), and Timberlake put on a spectacle that puts his former tours to shame. From having a flying stage, to performing some classic hits, here are the five times that he left us speechless during the show.

Spoiler alert: If you're going in July and want to be surprised, don't read further.




Justin Timberlake plays Boston tonight; Here are 5 songs we wish he would perform

2014-02-26T15:53:17-05:00

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Justin Timberlake performed at The Staples Center on Nov. 26, 2013.

Spoiler alert: We looked up Justin Timberlake's set list for his "20/20 Experience World" tour, stopping in Boston tonight.




Eminem and Rihanna to go on tour together this summer

2014-02-10T09:45:08-05:00

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Eminem and Rihanna will be heading out on a three-city stadium tour this summer, riding on the tails of their "The Monster" duet success, according to a XXL exclusive.

"There are some shows coming up with Rihanna," Eminem told the magazine for the upcoming issue, which hits newsstands March 11. "It's a three-city tour: New York, L.A. and Detroit coming in August. The Monster Tour."

Think there's any way they'll add a Fenway stop? Pretty please?