1. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Share 'Pink Balloon': Exclusive Premiere

    January 22, 2016 10:00 AM EST After a long pause, bluesman  Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals are back together and they’re pumped for the release of new material.  Billboard exclusively premieres “Pink Balloon,” the first song lifted from Call It What It Is , the first studio album Harper has cut with his long…

  2. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash Continue No Nukes Advocacy As Paris Climate Talks Wind Down

    December 11, 2015 10:43 AM EST Bonnie Raitt—who co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) with Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and others—has roundly rejected pro-nuclear-power arguments heard during the Paris climate talks. A longtime environmental activist, Raitt reacted to recent commentaries in the New York Times…

  3. Ben Harper is Married, Reunites The Innocent Criminals

    February 23, 2015 8:53 PM EST Ben Harper got married on Jan. 1 to social advocate Jaclyn Matfus. The couple kept it under wraps until now, though, as  People reports the news.  Harper and actor Laura Dern divorced in 2013. Harper and Dern have two children together.  Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut…

  4. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  5. Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut on Billboard 200

    May 17, 2014 10:14 AM EDT The son/mother team of Ben & Ellen Harper debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with "Childhood Home," the pair's first collaborative album. Music runs in the Harper family. In 1958, Ellen's parents, Charles and Dorothy Chase, opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont,…

  6. Gov't Mule 'Shout' Out to All-Stars On New Album

    July 11, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello, Jim James, Dave Matthews and Steve Winwood all guest on second half of new double album Gov't Mule tried something different for their upcoming 10th studio album. The blue-rock veterans' first release for Blue Note Records  "Shout!" will be a double…

  7. Natalie Maines Announces 'Mother' Solo Album

    February 08, 2013 2:45 PM EST Debut effort by Dixie Chick co-produced with Ben Harper, includes songs by Pink Floyd, Eddie Vedder and Jeff Buckley Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines' long-awaited debut solo album, "Mother," a rock-leaning collection co-produced by Ben Harper featuring songs by…

  8. Bruce Springsteen's MusiCares Tribute: Sting, Neil Young to Honor The Boss

    January 02, 2013 10:05 AM EST Other Artists to Perform at Grammy Week Event Include Kenny Chesney, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith; Jon Stewart to Host Bruce Springsteen will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week with a tribute event featuring performances by some of the biggest names in music,…

  9. INXS Confirm Split: 'It's Time to Step Away'

    November 12, 2012 11:10 PM EST INXS has confirmed that it's calling it quits. The Australian group announced on Monday night that it had decided to bring the curtain down on a career that's lasted 35 years and 11 studio albums, including six that sold platinum or better in the U.S. "We understand that this…

  10. Rickie Lee Jones Finds Softer Side of Stones, Neil Young for 'Devil You Know'

    September 18, 2012 5:00 PM EDT A dozen years after Rickie Lee Jones brought together songs from the likes of Gershwin the Beatles and Marvin Gaye for "It's Like This," the singer has honed her focus for a second set of songs she did not write. "The Devil You Know," which Concord releases today …

  11. D'Angelo Performs Surprise Set at Bonnaroo

    June 10, 2012 6:40 AM EDT R&B Great Takes Part in Questlove's Superjam The "Superjam" at this year's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was billed as Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and his "very special guests," and boy, was that marquee ever accurate. Along with members of…

  12. Tom Morello Occupies Wall Street: 'Every Movement Has a Soundtrack'

    October 13, 2011 10:00 PM EDT "Mic check," declared Tom Morello, a.k.a. the Nightwatchman, at noon today (Oct. 13) in lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, only he had no microphone. "Mic check," echoed the crowd, crammed shoulder-to-shoulder and surrounding the guitarist on all sides beneath a grey…

  13. Dhani Harrison Enlists RZA, Regina Spektor for thenewno2 Releases

    September 28, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Dhani Harrison's thenewno2 pack a lot of special-guest driven power into its new EP, "EP002," out now. The band, led by the son of the late Beatle, George, has recruited not only Wu-Tang Clan 's RZA , but also Regina Spektor ,and rappers Crisis and Sir Eyes to appear, all…

  14. Joseph Arthur Plots Album, Pearl Jam Side-Project Work

    September 27, 2011 8:07 AM EDT Joseph Arthur 's beautiful May release, "The Graduation Ceremony" may have been his first album in three years, but the Akron, Ohio-bred singer/songwriter/painter has already recorded enough material for a possible triple release, and that's in addition to his forthcoming…

  15. Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'I'm With You': Track-By-Track Review

    August 30, 2011 11:25 AM EDT In a nearly 30-year career, Los Angeles poster boys Red Hot Chili Peppers have been christened punk-funk pioneers, genre-bridging party-starters, intricate virtuosos, stadium-ready rockers, introspective balladeers and sunny elder statesmen of rock. Having weathered bandmate departures,…

  16. Ben Harper, Slipknot Debut on Social 50 Chart

    June 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Roots-rocker Ben Harper makes his debut on the Social 50 chart this week at No. 47, thanks to buzz derived from his recent promotion of his latest album "Give Till It's Gone." He appeared on both the "Late Show With David Letterman" Web concert series "Live on…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: INXS, Britney Spears, Elton John

    April 07, 2011 4:05 PM EDT WE LOVE THE '80s, PART 1: INXS returns to Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Original Sin," featuring Rob Thomas , opens at No. 48. The song bookends the band's Dance/Club Play Songs discography, as the original "Original Sin" introduced the group…

  18. INXS: 'We're Dying to Record New Material'

    March 01, 2011 11:54 AM EST After "reimagining" some of its older songs with guest singers for the new "Original Sin" compilation, Australia's INXS is starting to feel the pull to make some fresh music again -- and perhaps its first new studio album since "Switch" in 2005. "We&…

  19. Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Killers Headlining Lollapalooza Chile

    January 28, 2011 11:30 AM EST K anye West , Jane's Addiction and the Killers will help Lollapalooza make its overseas debut this spring, as the U.S. festival heads to Chile on April 2 and 3. The full lineup for the festival, which will be held in O'Higgins Park in Santiago and produced by Lotus Productions and…

  20. Conan O'Brien Rocks With Jack White for TBS Premiere

    November 09, 2010 12:26 PM EST We knew Conan O'Brien could tear it up on the axe after we saw him play guitar alongside Neil Young on the last episode of his "Tonight Show." Coco lived up to his own high standards of rock on the premiere of his new TBS talk show last night (Nov. 8) by dueting with Jack White…

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