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2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed And More

10/9/2014 10:09am EDT
2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, N
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations have been announced and once again, the eclectic group of musicians is not without its dark horses.

Making the cutoff just before the 25 year mark, both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were nominated. The debut albums for both artists were in 1989. Green Day's debut EP "1,000 Hours" came out in April 1989, and Nine Inch Nails’ first album "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in October of 1989.

Also in the running for a prestigious spot in the Rock Hall are N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, ...

Kraftwerk Banned From Performing In China

3/29/2013 8:20am EDT
Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have been denied visas necessary to perform in China because the group was billed to be part of a Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, D.C. 15 years ago.

Ironically, bad weather forced promoters to scrap the benefit concert and Kraftwerk never played, but Chinese Ministry of Culture officials are still upset the German act was among those set to hit the stage. The ban means the Autobahn hit-makers cannot perform at this year's Strawberry Festival, scheduled for the end of April.

Ironically, former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has revealed the sam...

Kraftwerk To Perform Eight Albums At London's Tate Modern

12/5/2012 4:20pm EST
German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have signed up for an eight-night residency in the U.K. next year.

The Tour de France hit-makers will perform their eight albums on consecutive nights as part of an innovative 3D spectacle at the Tate Modern gallery's Turbine Hall in London next February.

Tate Modern director Chris Dercon says, "As a former power station, Tate Modern's Turbine Hall is an ideal venue for Kraftwerk's explorations of technology, energy and rhythm. Bringing together music, video and performance, these events will be true gesamtkunstwerk - a total work of art."


Kraftwerk To Stage 3D Shows In New York

2/16/2012 8:50am EST
German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are to perform their eight albums one night after the other as part of a 3D spectacle at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, New York in April.

The Kraftwerk-Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 series will be held over eight consecutive nights, according to

The Tour de France hitmakers will play through an album in its entirety each night before a state-of-the-art 3D backdrop.

The band will perform the tracks from their first album Autobahn on April 10th.

Paz de la Huerta Stars In Singer Jihae's Music Video

12/6/2011 12:36pm EST
Paz de la Huerta
Actress Paz de la Huerta has shown her support for up-and-coming singer Jihae by shooting a music video with the rising star.

The Boardwalk Empire actress dances provocatively and crawls on all fours in a dramatic black gown in the promo for Jihae's cover of Kraftwerk track The Model.

However, De la Huerta was adamant her pal return the favor - she convinced Jihae to record a classical arrangement for an upcoming film project.

Jihae tells Spinner, "I found it mind boggling that kids today when asked what they want to be when they grow up, 99 per cent of the time the answer is, 'I want...

Arcade Fire Get Arty For Coachella

4/17/2011 3:03pm EDT
Arcade Fire
Canadian rockers Arcade Fire gave fans something to talk about during their set at the Coachella festival in California by teaming up with an experimental art group to create a bizarre stage show.

The group took to the stage to headline the second night of the Indio, California event on Saturday and they made it a performance to remember by putting together an onstage art installation with members of The Creators Project group.

A large crane held a dark-coloured box the same size as the stage in the air for most of the show and it was gradually raised up until hundreds of balloon-like lan...

Roktoberfest: Five Coole German Musik Acts!

10/20/2010 1:13pm EDT
A few of our favorite German music acts have had a worldwide impact, and in honor of the country's biggest holiday celebration, Oktoberfest, we present ROktoberfest. Let us know which German music acts keep you rockin’!


German heavy metal act Scorpions rocked up music charts in the 80's and 90’s with singles like “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and “Wind of Change.” The band released their seventeenth studio release Sting In The Tail earlier this year. They celebrate this release with over four decades in the music industry.

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Dr. Dre: 'I've Been Listening To A Lot Of Kraftwerk'

4/9/2010 5:00pm EDT
Dr. Dre
Hip-hop legend Dr. Dre has been turning to 1970s electronica pioneers Kraftwerk for inspiration as he completes work on his long-awaited album Detox.

The rap icon is putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 1999 release 2001, and recently revealed the first single will be a track called Under Pressure featuring Jay-Z.

However, Dre admits he's been listening to a completely different genre of music to help fuel his creativity during the lengthy process.

He tells Reuters, "I've been listening to a lot of old '60s and '70s music. Things like Kraftwerk, and Parliament Funkadelic....

Switches To Tour With She Wants Revenge, Be Your Own Pet & The Virgins

5/18/2008 12:00pm EDT
"Well, the idea was a band, but we're really a neurotic bunch of obsessive compulsive weirdos," Switches singer Matt Bishop says.

The neurotic obsessive-compulsive weirdos, pulled through impressively and way fantastically, and on March 18, 2008 Switches released their debut album, Lay Down The Law, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) on Interscope.

Strangely, Switches, who now all live in London, came together naturally and easily. Matt grew up in Southend (a low-rent seaside town, something like the old Asbury Park neighbourhood) and formed the band while at college:...

Music Technology: Then And Now

5/2/2008 1:38pm EDT
Almost everyone owns an Ipod, or some other form of music listening device, that we can thank to the benefits of the changes in music technology. If we were to consider however how the "music" itself has changed due to technology, then the changes in music technology can be viewed from a whole other point of view.

From a broader perspective we can perhaps say it really started with the German Electronic pop group Kraftwerk. They were essentially the first band to have the foresight to mix electronic sounds provided by the "new technology" on hand in the 70's and mix it with the pop s...

Starpulse Catches Up With Silverchair's Daniel Johns

11/30/2007 3:46pm EST
In 1995, Silverchair's "Tomorrow" became the single most played song on US modern rock stations, quite a feat for three 15 year olds from Australia. Since then, Silverchair has become the most successful band in their homeland's history, winning more Arias, the Grammy's of Australia, and charting more number-one records than any other act.

Their sound has evolved considerably since their grunge-styled early work to their latest release "Young Modern," a meticulously produced masterwork that combines elements of glam rock and orchestration reminiscent of Sergeant Pepper's/Revolver-era ...

Supergroup Electronic Sends The Message With 'Best Of' Compilation

9/19/2006 12:56pm EDT
Rhino Records Spotlights All Three Albums from the Supergroup Featuring New Order's Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr of The Smiths With a Collection of Favorites and Hard-To-Find Tracks.

Two of the most recognizable sounds from a pair of the most influential alternative rock bands of the '80s-the melodic melancholy of New Order's Bernard Sumner and the sharp hooks of The Smiths' Johnny Marr-joined together in 1990 for the single "Getting Away With It." A Top 20 hit in the U.K. featuring guest vocalist and co-writer Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, the song marked the beginning of a decade-...

The Legacy of Chris Whitley

11/23/2005 3:37pm EST
Chris Whitley
As we reported here yesterday, singer/songwriter Chris Whitley passed away this past Sunday after losing a battle with lung cancer. Bradley Bambarger over at Chris' record label Messenger Records posted this message that we thought was worth sharing:

We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Chris Whitley. Chris was a kind man and immensely talented artist whose music has become an intimate part of many of our lives. We are pained to acknowledge this loss and we grieve along with those who knew and loved him and his music.