Bone Crusher grabs hip-hop by the throat with his So So Def/Arista debut, AttenCHUN! The aggressive Atlanta native is one of many new Southern MCs who are making a name for themselves in the hip-hop game by any means necessary.
Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley will release his solo debut, "True Reflections," June 17 via RCA/Bama Rags. The set shares its name with an unrecorded Dave Matthews Band song that Tinsley has sung live for many years, a new version of which closes the 11-track disc.
A group of Irish acts will hit the U.S. next month for a series of American Fleadh tour dates. Performing under the banner at various dates will be the Saw Doctors, Black 47, Eileen Ivers, Hothouse Flowers, Flogging Molly, and the Prodigals.
Members of Green Day, Rancid, X, Blink 182, A.F.I., and more lend their voices and likeness to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!" The Hellcat Pictures film was written and directed by independent filmmaker John Roecker and produced by Rancid/Transplants guitarist/vocalist Tim Armstrong.
Brotherly pop trio Hanson has left Island Def Jam (IDJ) and is working on a new studio album. "For a long time, it was building up that this partnership wasn't something that was productive," group member Taylor Hanson tells Billboard. "We said, 'Hey guys, let's make it easy on both of us -- we would like to leave this label. Will you let us? It's time to part ways.'"
A sold-out crowd cheered, danced, and sang along during the Dixie Chicks' North American tour kick-off concert in Greenville, S.C., last night (May 1). Fans showed little concern for the controversy that has surrounded the band since lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush over the war with Iraq.