Prince returns to Warner Bros., new album due soon

LOS ANGELES - After years of releasing his music independently in unconventional ways, Prince has returned to Warner Bros. Records, the label that issued most of his biggest hit singles and albums from the late 1970s into the '90s, and which is set to put out the artist's new studio album at an unspecified date.

Paul Stanley on his love for another mask

Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of "The Phantom of the Opera," and not just because he's spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint.

Lydia Loveless turns frustration into songwriting gold

CHICAGO - The most difficult album to make just might be the one where the artist knows people will be paying attention. After one obscure release and a second album that brought her a wave of acclaim, Lydia Loveless met the challenge earlier this year on her third full-length, "Somewhere Else" (Bloodshot). But not without some speed bumps along the way.

Girl Talk conquers Coachella

PITTSBURGH - Any question of whether Girl Talk is still a force in the live music scene was clarified last weekend in the desert of Indio, Calif.

Rapper Lil Boosie to take Louisiana stages

It's a big weekend ahead for Louisiana-grown Lil Boosie, who for the first time since his prison stint will take the stage in his home state with performances scheduled in Lafayette and New Orleans.

Women still playing second fiddle at summer music festivals

INDIO, Calif. - Dee Dee Penny, lead singer of the Dum Dum Girls, is no stranger to performing at giant summer musical events. At the first of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival events last Friday, her retro-rock act played before thousands of ecstatic fans.

20 curiosities to chase on Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2014 commences Saturday with desperate vinyl collectors and obsessive fans scouring racks for the objects of their desire in the early-morning hours. The annual celebration of independent music retailers has become most stores' biggest day of the year as a result of the hundreds of limited-edition, specially issued records, cassettes and CDs.