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The breakout star of NBC's The Voice wasn't a contestant -- it was its judge and Maroon 5's front man. Here, the singer opens up about his natural exhibitionism, why his show trumps Idol, and how parents should react when a kid is queer.

August 14 2011 8:00 PM

Tori Amos has been called a lot of things over the last 20 years -- piano prodigy, queen of the kooks, survivor, mother, cult leader -- but there's one word she's always managed to steer clear of: predictable.

August 10 2011 8:00 PM

Chrissy Murderbot and MC Zulu know Chicago and -- more importantly -- Chicago knows them. An expert on the Midwest house music scene, Chrissy Murderbot began DJing in Chicago in 1995 and has since dominated dance floors at over 400 events in more than 15 countries. Chrissy draws fans in with his unique rhythmic style, which he describes as 'booty-rave-jungle-house-bass-bashment-ghetto-garage-core' and his collaborations are just as diverse as his sound -- he's remixed everyone from Delorean to Lemonade to Nate Mars to Noise Floor Crew.

August 01 2011 8:00 PM

When Tyondai Braxton said adieu to Battles in the midst of a writing session for their latest album, Gloss Drop, the band replaced his would-be instrumentation and vocals with some of music's most venerable voices. Ranging from '80s anti-pop icon Gary Numan to techno producer Matias Aguayo and Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino, Battles turned what was a difficult situation into an advantageous one and ended up extending their math rock to a larger, more diverse audience.

July 27 2011 8:00 PM

Zola Jesus is a walking anomaly: Her vocal range and music videos make her appear massive, but she's only 4'11', and while her sound shifts from Goth to chill wave, she insists she's pop. Hailing from Wisconsin, Zola Jesus (birth name Nika Danilova) adapted the pseudonym to ease stage fright and has since dominated indie music blogs with a ghostlike aesthetic matched with operatic vocals reminiscent of early Kate Bush. All this and she only just graduated from college last summer.

July 26 2011 8:00 PM


The Sounds' whirlwind mini-tour of the US finishes tomorrow, and both the Chicago and New York shows are sold out. Then they're heading back to Sweden to (finally) record their third album. However! I have two pieces of obsessive love to tide you over.

July 05 2011 8:00 PM

See exclusive photos of Robyn.

June 14 2011 8:00 PM

While other singers are busy playing fame games to court fans, Robyn is taking over the world the old fashioned way -- with her music.

May 16 2011 12:12 PM

She had to have her heart broken -- twice -- to break the charts, but Adele is not about to let fame to go her head. As she begins a U.S. tour, the singer opens up about the heartache behind her music, the danger of fan mail, and why she thinks 'singer' is too big a word for her.

May 15 2011 8:00 PM

View exclusive photos of Adele.

May 15 2011 8:00 PM