1. CODE Guest Playlist: The Magician

    February 11, 2015 5:18 PM EST The Magician -- also known as Stephano Fasano -- is no newcomer to the music scene. Tomorrow's Hits: The Magician Fasano was formerly a member of nu-disco duo Aeroplane , which he formed with fellow Belgian Vito de Luca in 2007. Since departing in 2010, the Brussels native has conjured…

  2. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  3. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  4. Why 1998 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade -- 1998 and 1999 . If there&…

  5. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  6. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

  7. Coachella 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel Mesmerize, Quietly

    April 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Jeff Mangum, the reclusive artist behind seminal indie folk band Neutral Milk Hotel, spoke just twice to fans gathered at Coachella's Outdoor stage for a rare performance Sunday. Once, at the beginning of the show, to implore the eager audience to resist the urge to immortalize it on…

  8. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  9. Kanye West Sued Over Sample in 'Bound 2'

    December 25, 2013 5:20 PM EST Ricky Spicer, singer from The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, sued West over a sample in the song's chorus While Seth Rogen, James Franco and Ellen Degeneres got plenty of laughs for spoofing Kanye West's "Bound 2" single, one former soul singer is less than pleased by the…

  10. Superchunk, Merge Records & The State of Independence: Billboard's DIY Issue

    June 28, 2013 3:14 PM EDT For our annual look at independent and DIY artists and businesses, Billboard uncovered the best (and worst) advice to follow -- starting with indie godparents Superchunk and Merge Records. The first tropical storm of the season is closing in on Chapel Hill, N.C., on this June night, but Mac…

  11. Neutral Milk Hotel Reunites, Announces Tour Dates

    April 29, 2013 5:40 PM EDT Neutral Milk Hotel, the beloved indie band that has been on hiatus for a decade and a half, is finally getting back together for a brief tour later this year. The reunited group -- featuring Jeff Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster and Jeremy Barnes -- has announced five shows for fall…

  12. Passion Pit, 'Gossamer': Track-By-Track Review

    July 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Listening to "Gossamer" is only getting half the story of Passion Pit 's much-anticipated sophomore album. As detailed in Larry Fitzmaurice's excellent recent feature on the group for Pitchfork , Michael Angelakos, the frontman and mastermind of the Boston-born electro-pop…

  13. Coachella 2012: 10 Best Performances of Both Weekends

    April 23, 2012 11:35 AM EDT This year, Southern California got two Coachellas for the price of one. The unprecedented model of having identical festivals on consecutive weekends not only meant that more fans got to have fun in the blazing sun, it also gave the artists two chances to bring their A-game to the desert. Set…

  14. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 15, 2012 10:45 AM EDT If Friday night at Coachella was all about the old-timers like Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star and James looking for a furious comeback, the overarching theme of Saturday (April 14) was the current state of indie rock, with fresh faces and much-ballyhooed veterans taking flight in Indio, Calif.…

  15. Smashing Pumpkins Returning with 'Oceania' in June

    March 27, 2012 4:55 PM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins have finally put a release date on the long-gestating follow-up to 2007's "Zeitgeist." "Oceania," born out of the band's large-scale project "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope," will be released on June 19 through EMI in the U.S. The…

  16. Smashing Pumpkins Reissues Offer 'Massive Upgrade' in Sound, Says Corgan

    November 02, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Billy Corgan isn't one to dwell on the past, preferring to focus on the present and future -- like Smashing Pumpkins ' continuing "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope" and next year's "Oceania" studio album. But Corgan says he's found inspiration for those…

  17. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their bikes. And from the looks of his Twitter…

  18. Jeff Mangum Gives Rare Surprise Gig at Occupy Wall Street: Watch

    October 05, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Known these days for his reclusive nature, former Neutral Milk Hotel leader Jeff Mangum made a surprise appearance last night. Coming off of a number of performances at All Tomorrow's Parties in Asbury Park, N.J. this past weekend, Mangum performed for onlookers and activists at Occupy…

  19. Portishead, Jeff Mangum, Public Enemy Highlight ATP Music Fest

    October 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The fourth edition of All Tomorrow's Parties' annual East Coast music festival was one big greeting from Asbury Park. After three years of setting up shop on the charmingly dilapidated grounds of Kutsher's Country Club in New York's Castskills area, ATP's 2011 "I…

  20. Uncharted Territory: Porter Robinson Re-Enters High, Felguk Climb With 'Jack It'

    September 23, 2011 5:39 PM EDT Welcome back, Porter! Nineteen year-old dubstep producer Porter Robinson exploded on Uncharted this week, re-entering at No. 4 on the strength of his "Spitfire" EP, which was released September 13. Robinson dropped the EP on Beatport and SoundCloud, after which it quickly rose to…

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