1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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'…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Has In-Home Club, Neutral Milk Hotel Boxset On the Way

    August 26, 2011 4:46 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Never Actually Goes Clubbing, Has Her Own Club At Home Despite always singing about going to the club, Britney Spears said in an interview with PopJustice, "I never go to the club. But I think…

  18. Uncharted Territory: The Glee Project's Damien McGinty Gains; Dionne Bromfield Falls

    August 12, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Oh, "Glee," you marvelous maker of stars and hit songs. Even tangentially (almost) everything you touch turns to gold. Case in point, Damian McGinty , the starry-eyed, 18-year-old Irish crooner who's made it to the final four on Oxygen's reality competition, "The Glee…

  19. Smashing Pumpkins to Reissue Classic Albums

    April 26, 2011 1:20 PM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins will reissue their classic recordings during a three-year program that kicks off in the fall with expanded versions of three albums including their 1993 breakthrough "Siamese Dream," frontman Billy Corgan and EMI Music said Tuesday. Also due out then will be…

  20. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:11 PM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a statement. It's the first outing for "The…

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