Kenneth Partridge's work has appeared in such publications as USA Today, the Village Voice and the Hartford Courant, as well as online at MTV Hive and HowAboutWe, among other sites. He's helped to edit two encyclopedias -- one on Latin music, the other on reggae -- and penned biographies about Louis Armstrong and the opera singer Marian Anderson. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his beloved wife and slightly less beloved record collection.
Pixies Release ‘Bagboy,’ First New Song Since 2004 – Watch the Video
The Pixies have unveiled 'Bagboy,' their first new song in nine years. 'Bagboy' arrived early this morning via an email from the group's publicist and tweet from their official account, and there's already a video up on YouTube (watch it below). The shocking news comes mere weeks after the Pixies announced the departure of bassist Kim Deal, who apparently does not play on the track, despite the pr
Smashing Pumpkins Wrap SXSW 2013 at Red Bull Sound Select Showcase
As Prince blew minds and brought the funk at La Zona Rosa, the Smashing Pumpkins closed out SXSW 2013 with their own exclusive Austin showcase, performing at the Red Bull Sound Select Stage for a crowd of 350. As mxdwn.com reports, Billy Corgan and the gang turned in a career-spanning set, mixing such classics as 'Cherub Rock' (watch above) and 'Tonight, Tonight' with cuts from last year's 'Oceani
Prince Closes SXSW 2013 With Epic Performance at Samsung Galaxy Party
Prince closed out SXSW 2013 with a nearly three-hour set comprising hits, surprise covers and typically quotable stage banter, according to numerous sources lucky enough to get in. Backed by the latest version of his New Power Generation -- now with 12-piece horn section -- the Purple Yoda held the stage at Austin's La Zona Rosa until 3AM, stringing together a main set and six encores, according t
Watch Dave Grohl’s SXSW 2013 Keynote Address
These days, Dave Grohl is everywhere, so who better to deliver the keynote speech at SXSW 2013? The Foo Fighters main man, former Nirvana drummer and 'Sound City' director and all-star bandleader takes to the podium today (March 14) at 12PM EST, and you can watch his entire address right here.
Depeche Mode Play ‘Live on Letterman,’ Keep the Faith With New ‘Delta Machine’ Material
At this point, Depeche Mode songs pretty much write themselves -- lust, obsession, redemption, repeat -- and onstage, given the band's reliance on prerecorded synth sounds, they could probably play themselves, too. But during Monday night's (March 11) 'Live on Letterman' taping, an hourlong performance shot at the Ed Sullivan Theater and webcast live via CBS and VEVO, the Mode steered clear of aut
2013 Grammys: Black Keys’ ‘Lonely Boy’ Wins Best Rock Song
The Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy' has won Best Rock Song at the 2013 Grammys. The tune kicks off the Ohio garage-rock duo's seventh full-length, 'El Camino,' which also came up big at tonight's ceremony, earning Best Rock Album honors.
Adele Earns Oscar Nomination for ‘Skyfall’
Adele has earned an Oscar nomination for 'Skyfall,' her theme song from the James Bond film of the same name. The British singer will compete for Best Original Song against four other tunes -- 'Before My Time,' from 'Chasing Ice'; 'Everybody Needs a Best Friend,' from 'Ted'; 'Suddenly,' from 'Les Miserables'; and 'Pi's Lullaby,' from 'Life of Pi' -- when the 85th Academy Awards are held in Los Ang