Bill Withers: Lovely Day

Three-time Grammy Award-winner, the beloved Bill Withers died this week at his home in Los Angeles. Withers, born the last of six children, overcame a childhood stutter before pursuing music. He would go on to become a legendary performer known for his smooth voice and often inspiring love, hope and optimism in his listeners. Withers withdrew from the music industry in the mid-’80s after several …

Interview: Drummer Mike Calabrese of Lake Street Dive

On the new recording process for their album, Side Pony

Wearing his signature bandana headband, Lake Street Dive’s drummer Mike Calabrese keeps the beat and the energy going on stage at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The sold-out crowd is more than game to sing along with the band. Moments later, they quiet down to marvel the power and artistry in Rachael Price’s voice and drink it all in: four skilled musicians who clearly enjoy …

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Ratatat comes back, Rihanna songwriter Bibi Bourelly's debut, a #TBT by Common and more in this week's music round-up

Common feat. Mary J Blige: Come Close Our #TBT this week, taking us back to 2002, is “Come Close,” Common’s gentle serenade for true love featuring R&B queen Mary J. Blige. Both artists—along with No Doubt, Usher, Fall Out Boy, and even a couple of K-Pop stars—donated their time to perform for free at this past weekend’s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, which took place …