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Joey Kramer Sizes Up Aerosmith's Competition: 'I've Never Cared for the Stones'

If Aerosmith's upcoming tour really is the beginning of their long farewell, drummer Joey Kramer is confident in stating the band is going out on a high note.

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John Mellencamp Releases Second Single, Track List and Cover Art From 'Sad Clowns and Hillbillies'

John Mellencamp is gearing up for the April 21 release of his new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies LP with the release of the set's second single, as well as the album artwork and complete track listing.

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Bright like a diamond: Harvard honors Rihanna's philanthropy

Harvard University thinks Rihanna shines bright like a diamond when it comes to philanthropy.

The Grammy Award-winning singer is being honored Tuesday as Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.

The university says it chose Rihanna for her involvement in a number of charitable causes. She built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados.

She also created the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship program — named for her grandparents — for students from the Caribbean who attend college in the U.S.

Rihanna also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, providing children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.

Previous winners include actor James Earl Jones and activist Malala Yousafzai (mah-LAH'-lah YOO'-suhf-zeye.)

British songwriter accuses U2 of stealing song

A British songwriter and guitarist is claiming that rock band U2 and lead singer Bono stole one of his songs for their 1991 album "Achtung Baby."

In a lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, Paul Rose says U2 lifted elements of his song "Nae Slappin" for their song "The Fly" while they were looking for new inspiration.

The lawsuit says U2 heard his song after signing on with Island Records in 1989, the same year Rose provided a demo tape to recording studio executives.

Rose is seeking songwriting credit for "The Fly" and $5 million in damages and lawyer's fees.

The New York Post reports representatives for U2 and Island Records did not immediately return requests for comment.

Chance the Rapper, Rauner to talk Chicago school funding

Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner plan to meet this week to discuss funding education in Chicago.

The hip-hop performer from Chicago, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, said Monday on Twitter that he'll meet privately with Rauner on Wednesday. He says he's eager to hear Rauner's ideas.

The Republican governor's official Twitter account responded, saying "Looking forward to hearing your ideas, too."

Talk of the meeting started after Rauner congratulated the rapper via Twitter for winning three Grammy Awards earlier this month, saying the state "is proud that you're one of our own." Chance replied that he'd "love" to meet with Rauner.

Chicago Public Schools is suing Rauner and state education officials, saying the way Illinois funds schools violates the civil rights of the district's predominantly minority students.


This story has been corrected to show that the rapper's first name is Chancelor, not Chancellor.

The Animals Tangle With King Kong in New 'Skull Island' Trailer

The Animals offer a musical warning to soldiers who are about to cross paths with the world's largest primate in the new trailer for 'Kong: Skull Island.' Continue reading…

Airbourne's Video for Lemmy Tribute Song Features Classic Motorhead Footage

"It's All For Rock 'n' Roll" closes out Airbourne's current studio effort, 'Breakin' Outta Hell.' Continue reading…

Gov't Mule Announce Spring 2017 Tour

Gov't Mule have announced some new tour dates for spring 2017.

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Music Review: THEY. promised grunge'n'b, and they delivered

Los Angeles-based duo THEY. call their sound grunge'n'b — a fusion of R&B and hip-hop, mixed with rock. The label might sound a little gimmicky, but what the genre-bending THEY. does on their debut album makes it a highly enjoyable listen.

The 14-track set of "Nu Religion: Hyena" is sonically captivating, with Drew Love — the duo's vocalist — bragging like a rapper while singing in the tone of New Edition's Ralph Tresvant. Love sends his tenor over foreboding piano and grungy guitar on "Deep End," then raps alongside blazing guitar strings on "Say When."

On the standout "Motley Crew," he paints a picture of THEY.'s come-up: "Some might say we're armed and dangerous/Pay the price of a life every night but it ain't enough."

Heads will bop during the mid-tempo, organ-fueled "All" and "U-RITE." And fans of the late 90s TV series "Dawson's Creek" will recognize a brilliant use of Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" on THEY.'s "Dante's Creek."

Much credit should be given to THEY.'s other half, producer Dante Jones, who's created soundscapes that make "Nu Religion" sound cohesive even with such an eclectic range of musical styles. He's helping THEY. push the limits, and there's no telling where they'll go from here.

Music Review: Old 97s keep kickin' it past the graveyard

The Old 97s were one of a handful of touring country-rock bar bands that emerged during the 1990s, writing clever songs that owed more to their rock 'n' roll heroes than anything rooted in Nashville. They are and always have been just twangy enough to have their albums filed in the country bins.

Many of the best bands from that period — the Hangdogs, Uncle Tupelo — have fallen by the wayside. The Old 97s are still rocking 20 years later.

In fact, if there's a theme to their new album, "Graveyard Whistling," it's that this band isn't dead yet. If you don't get the hint in the very first song, "I Don't Wanna Die in This Town," you're not listening.

Despite the occasional macabre undercurrent, this is not a somber album. Singer Rhett Miller leads the band through smart songs with echoes of Depeche Mode, the Clash and other rockers. It's what this band is good at, and it probably sounds better live.

That's especially true on a song called "Bad Luck Charm," a barroom rocker that would hold its own wrapping up any late-night roadhouse set.

So no, this album doesn't break much new ground. But Miller, whose singing has always been the best things about the band, still brings conviction to his work.

That's enough to keep the Old 97s whistling, rockin' or whatever they've been doing all this time — but yeah, taking it right past the graveyard.

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