1. Hazardous Conditions: The Decemberists

    March 02, 2009 3:40 PM EST The Decemberists got ambitious on their major-label debut, "The Crane Wife," released in 2006 by Capitol. Frontman Colin Meloy's cerebral, bookish spin on a tragic Japanese folk tale was augmented with grandiose arrangements, including two songs that ran more than 12 minutes.…

  2. The Apples In Stereo's Robert Schneider Unveils 'Robbert Bobbert'

    March 02, 2009 12:44 PM EST Apples In Stereo front man Robert Schneider has been busy lately making music for little kids, though he imagines grown-up fans will appreciate the effort too. Schneider's new project, "Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine" was released last week through kiddie indie Little…

  3. Faces Reunion Plans Still Awaiting Rod's Nod

    March 02, 2009 11:06 AM EST A Faces reunion may still be in the offing this year -- but probably not a full-scale tour or recording project. Keyboardist Ian McLagan tells Billboard.com that the latest idea, proffered by guitarist Ron Wood at a lunch in London with McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones, is "we do a…

  4. No Doubt Announces Summer Tour Dates

    February 25, 2009 2:53 PM EST Grammy-winning alt-pop band No Doubt have announced dates for their 45-city summer tour, beginning May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J. and running through Aug. 1 in Irvine, Calif. As previously reported , the band will be supported by Paramore, and joined on select dates…

  5. U2 Spider-Man Musical Gets Broadway Curtain Date

    February 24, 2009 5:01 PM EST The long-in-the-works Spider-Man musical has an official opening date. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," directed by Julie Taymor with music and lyrics by Bono and the Edge, will open on Broadway on Feb. 18. Preview performances start Jan. 16. Producing are Hello Entertainment's…

  6. Coldplay, Kings Of Leon To Play Aussie Bushfire Benefit

    February 24, 2009 10:20 AM EST Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and a reunited Midnight Oil lead the star-studded line-up for Australia's March 14 bushfire and flood benefit concerts, to be held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne under the Sound Relief tag-line. The Sydney Cricket Ground and its giant…

  7. Coldplay Hitting Amphitheatres On Summer Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:05 PM EST Coldplay will kick off a North American summer tour July 10 at the Amphitheater at Clark County in Portland, Ore. So far, 14 dates are set through early August, with more to be announced. Tickets for concerts in San Diego, Toronto, Charlotte, N.C. and Raleigh, N.C., go on sale Feb. 13. Tampa,…

  8. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  9. Taylor Swift Album Starts Eighth Week At No. 1

    January 28, 2009 11:06 AM EST Taylor Swift continues her reign on The Billboard 200 as "Fearless" starts an eighth week at No. 1. The Big Machine effort moved 63,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a mere 1% slip from sales last week. This is likely the album's last week on top,…

  10. Stewart, Flea Refute Faces Reunion Reports

    January 22, 2009 1:58 PM EST Despite reports that the Faces are reuniting for an album as well as a tour with Flea on bass, Rod Stewart's spokesperson tells Billboard "there are no plans for a Faces reunion tour this year." Additionally, a spokesperson for Flea tells Billboard the artist "knows…

  11. The Billboard Q&A: A.R. Rahman

    January 22, 2009 11:20 AM EST Before sweeping the 2009 music Oscars, the composer chatted about his "Slumdog Millionaire" score, working with M.I.A. and more. Composer A.R. Rahman might not be a household name in the United States quite yet, but he's one of most well-known musicians in his native India,…

  12. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 15, 2009 5:17 PM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonce, Death Cab For Cute and the Beastie Boys are…

  13. The Fray / Jan. 10, 2009 / Detroit (Saint Andrews Hall)

    January 14, 2009 11:23 AM EST A double-platinum debut album and passel of hit singles has made playing clubs a thing of the past for the Fray -- if the Denver quartet should so choose. But as it prepares for the Feb. 3 release of its self-titled sophomore outing, the group is, briefly, downscaling without losing any…

  14. Billboard Bits: Beastie Boys, Steve Martin, Ludacris

    January 09, 2009 5:20 PM EST The Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow, Citizen Cope and Justin Jones will play an inaugural concert dubbed "Hey, America Feels Kinda Cool Again" on Jan. 19 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Jan. 10); net proceeds will benefit Rock the Vote. The Beasties and…

  15. Phish Reveals Reunion Tour Details

    January 08, 2009 9:08 AM EST On the heels of a three-night stand in early March in Hampton, Va., Phish has confirmed a host of additional tour dates this summer, its first since splitting in 2004. The tour begins June 4-5 at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y.; tickets go on sale Jan. 30-31. Additional shows include the Comcast…

  16. Phish Reunion Tour Taking Shape

    January 07, 2009 11:05 AM EST Although an official announcement is pending, Phish's first tour in five years is beginning to take shape. This morning, LiveNation.com was listing a Jan. 30 on-sale date for a Phish show on June 18 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion outside Pittsburgh, which lines up nicely alongside rumors…

  17. DMX Heading To Jail On Drug, Cruelty Charges

    December 30, 2008 9:10 PM EST Embattled rapper DMX faces at least 90 days in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday to drug, theft and animal cruelty charges, Arizona prosecutors said. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded to three felony charges and one misdemeanor count in Maricopa County Superior Court…

  18. This Day in Music

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s and '70s, dies at a hospital in Roswell, Ga. He is 57 years old. 1999 - Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s…

  19. Singer, Broadway Star Eartha Kitt Dies

    December 25, 2008 9:30 PM EST Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81. Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died…

  20. Indie Stars Unite For AIDS Benefit Album

    December 15, 2008 12:01 PM EST Some of the biggest names in independent music have banded together to record exclusive songs for "Dark Was the Night," a double-disc album whose proceeds will benefit the Red Hot organization's work with AIDS research. In the works since 2006, the project is due Feb. 17 from…

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