Postcard from Coachella: Black clouds and Black Keys
April 14th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

Postcard from Coachella: Black clouds and Black Keys

Menacing storm clouds loomed overhead as doors opened for the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, but in the end, the desert gods were kind to concertgoers at the start of the three day event in Indio, California.

Light sprinkles fell steadily Friday afternoon during sets for James, Neon Indian and Arctic Monkeys. Around 9 pm, the skies finally opened up for a five-minute downpour that ended in time for The Black Keys' headlining slot.

"We've played shows in some pretty awful weather, so this wouldn't be the first time for us," drummer Patrick Carney told CNN, settling into a couch in his trailer moments before the celebrated duo heated up an uncharacteristically cold, damp night with their signature blues-rock. Their two biggest radio hits, "Tighten Up" and "Lonely Boy," had the crowd dancing on the wet grass of the Empire Polo Club. FULL POST

November 11th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

CMAs postcard: Until next year, Nashville

Some awards show winners take the podium and immediately unfurl scraps of paper with their acceptance speech scrawled across it, but not Taylor Swift.

When the 21-year-old country cutie was named Entertainer of the Year at Wednesday's 45th annual CMA Awards, she began reading names off her forearm, thanking everyone from Justin Bieber to Kenny Chesney to T.I. - 19 names in all, printed on her skin like a temporary tattoo.

"This is so amazing to win this for a second time," she told CNN a few moments later. "Winning that the first time [in 2009] was like the best thing that ever happened to me, and then to win it again is absolutely insane! I'm so excited."

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Daltrey, Plant and Grohl headline concert for teen cancer charity
November 6th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

Daltrey, Plant and Grohl headline concert for teen cancer charity

It was the stuff of rock and roll dreams - Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant and Dave Grohl headlining a private concert in someone's backyard in Pacific Palisades, near the Southern California coast. Among the 500 attendees at Saturday night's event? A smattering of doctors, socialites, celebrities and teenagers battling cancer.

"Thank you for coming," said Daltrey, as he opened the night's performances from a temporary stage. "It means so much to me, as you know."

Friday, the legendary Who frontman announced the launch of the Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program in Los Angeles. About 18 months from now, young people suffering from the disease will be able to come to a special wing at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where they'll find care and support tailored to their age group, in a setting that looks more like a hip boutique hotel than a hospital. FULL POST

Justin Bieber on his Christmas album, Selena Gomez
October 31st, 2011
05:57 PM ET

Justin Bieber on his Christmas album, Selena Gomez

Thanksgiving hasn't rolled around yet, but Justin Bieber is ready to get you in the holiday mood.

The teen singer's Christmas album, "Under the Mistletoe," releases Tuesday, and he told CNN that it won't be your typical compilation of "Jingle Bells" renditions.

"It's got a lot of original songs that people have never heard before," Biebs said, "so it's going to be a really special Christmas album." Better yet, a portion of the proceeds from each album will go to charity.

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Linkin Park gives back to kids affected by Japan tsunami
October 28th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Linkin Park gives back to kids affected by Japan tsunami

Right after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in the spring, band Linkin Park began to raise money through the non-profit Music for Relief, which went to the work Save the Children was doing in Japan.

Now, six months following the devastation, Linkin Park was back in the country to see how those donations have helped kids who have lost so much.

In the northeastern town of Ishinomaki, the musicians visited an elementary school where the students had been able to practice emergency drills with red, quilted disaster hoods provided by Save the Children. The hoods, as seen in a travelogue the band filmed, are cushioned to protect the kids' heads, and are also fire-proof. In addition, the children at the elementary school have received backpacks and school supplies.

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Mick Jagger's new supergroup is 'SuperHeavy'
July 1st, 2011
05:07 PM ET

Mick Jagger's new supergroup is 'SuperHeavy'

On Thursday, a small group of journalists were introduced to SuperHeavy, the eclectic new supergroup featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart and "Slumdog Millionaire" composer A.R. Rahman.

The five global music stars gathered in Studio A at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood to explain their surprise collaboration.

"I got a call from Dave," Stone recalled. "He said, 'Hey Joss, Mick and I want to make this band. Do you want to come and have some fun?'"

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