1. Reckless Kelly, "Somewhere in Time"

    February 05, 2010 2:23 PM EST It takes a certain amount of belief in one's own abilities to attempt an album of covers, let alone a tribute to a musical hero. And it takes talent to actually pull it off. Meet Austin-based country-rock band Reckless Kelly -a group that has the chutzpah and chops to properly honor…

  2. The Soweto Gospel Choir, "Grace"

    January 29, 2010 3:55 PM EST The Soweto Gospel Choir 's latest album, "Grace," is easily as exuberant and inspired as any of its past efforts. The aptly titled 19-song set-the South African group's fourth release on Shanachie Records-is a creative blending of traditional South African gospel numbers…

  3. Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry To Headline Country Throwdown Tour

    November 02, 2009 12:35 PM EST The debut run of the Country Throwdown tour, the country music venture from Warped Tour producers 4fini Production, will feature Montgomery Gentry , Jamey Johnson , Little Big Town and Jack Ingram . The tour of amphitheaters, which was first tipped here May 1, will carry a concourse of…

  4. Nelly Furtado, "Mi Plan"

    September 04, 2009 4:00 PM EDT There is nothing contrived about Nelly Furtado 's Spanish-language debut, "Mi Plan." With simple, straightforward songs that appeal to melodic sensibilities rather than rhythmic contraptions, the set is a mix of vulnerability and earnestness. On the album, Furtado teams up with…

  5. Basement Jaxx Plan Rare DJ Tour For 'Scars' Release

    August 21, 2009 12:32 PM EDT Basement Jaxx , the British dance music duo responsible for some of the most infectious dancefloor filling anthems of the last decade, will follow the release of their latest studio album with a series of rare North American DJ dates this autumn. The DJ tour will kick off in San Francisco on…

  6. Chart Beat Thursday: Daughtry, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas

    July 23, 2009 3:46 PM EDT DOUBLE DAUGHTRY: Daughtry makes it two-for-two atop the Billboard 200, as its sophomore set, "Leave This Town" arrives at No. 1. Having reigned with its self-titled debut album, Daughtry becomes just the third group in the 2000s to arrive with a pair of No. 1s. An apparent…

  7. Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars'

    July 13, 2009 9:12 AM EDT Basement Jaxx , the U.K. dance duo known for rollicking, noisy house tracks and circus-like live shows, have completed work on "Scars," the pair's fifth full-length album. "Scars" is due for an October release on XL. The Jaxx have also recorded a second as-yet…

  8. Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars'

    July 13, 2009 7:48 AM EDT Basement Jaxx, the U.K. dance duo known for rollicking, noisy house tracks and circus-like live shows, have completed work on "Scars," the pair's fifth full-length album. "Scars" is due for an October release on XL. The Jaxx have also recorded a second as-yet-untitled…

  9. Usher Files For Divorce

    June 15, 2009 8:56 AM EDT R&B singer Usher filed for divorce Friday from Tameka Foster Raymond, less than two years after their glitzy wedding at a Georgia resort. The 30-year-old Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, filed the petition in Superior Court in Atlanta. Records posted to the…

  10. LCD Soundsystem, Gnarls Barkley, My Morning Jacket For Darfur Benefit

    April 21, 2009 11:45 AM EDT Waxploitation Records is set to release its second Darfur benefit compilation, "Causes 2," on May 5. The fifteen song set culls rare and exclusive songs from a wide degree of artists, including Gnarls Barkley, My Morning Jacket, LCD Soundsystem, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.…

  11. Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack To Play Detroit's Downtown Hoedown

    April 08, 2009 9:32 AM EDT Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Rodney Atkins, Phil Vassar and actor Kevin Costner with his band Modern West are among the headliners at this year's 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown in Detroit. The 27th annual weekend-long festival, acknowledged as the world's largest free country music…

  12. Rock Vets Remember 'The Day The Music Died'

    February 03, 2009 1:21 PM EST Fifty years after Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played their final gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the Day the Music Died became the Day the Music Went On and On. Last night's tribute concert at the original Surf raved on for six hours with a contingent of…

  13. Obits Settle In At Sub Pop

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Obits, a new New York band led by Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes principal Rick Froberg, has signed with Sub Pop and will release its label debut early next spring. Obits, a new New York band led by Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes principal Rick Froberg, has signed with Sub Pop and will release its…

  14. Metallica Edges Ne-Yo, Nelly To Remain No. 1

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's "Death Magnetic" holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week after its first full frame at retail. The Warner Bros. set sold 337,000 copies in the United States, according Metallica's "Death Magnetic" holds tight at No. 1 on The…

  15. Lollapalooza 2008 Artists

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Check out performance times, news, reviews, chart data, tour dates and features from Lollapalooza 2008 performers. This complete list of the artists performing at Lollapalooza 2008 includes performance times, news, reviews, chart data, tour dates. Click on a name to view Billboard's full…

  16. Lyle Lovett Looks Toward The Future

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lyle Lovett is starting to think about the future, including a follow-up to his 2007 album "It's Not Big It's Large," but he's in no hurry. Lyle Lovett is starting to think about the future, including a follow-up to his 2007 album "It's Not Big It's…

  17. RZA: 'Bobby Digital' To Live On In Comics, Films

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It took RZA seven years to get back to Bobby Digital. Now, if he has his way, we'll be seeing a lot more of the character. It took RZA seven years to get back to Bobby Digital. Now, if he has his way, we'll be seeing a lot more of the character. In the wake of this week's…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which comes with a $20,000 prize, 2005 - Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," is awarded a National…

  19. Latin Superstars Highlight Poverty Benefit

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A lineup of Latin mega-stars including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bose and Los Tigres del Norte performed simultaneously on stages in Buenos Aires and Mexico City A lineup of Latin mega-stars including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro…

  20. Foos, Plant/Krauss, Beck To Rock Austin City Limits

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Beck, Manu Chao, John Fogerty, David Byrne, the Raconteurs and the Mars Volta are among the top acts booked for this year's Austin City Limits Music Fes Foo Fighters, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Beck, Manu Chao, John Fogerty, David…

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