1. The Complex

    May 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blue Man Group is a wildly popular performance collective whose showmanship can be seen everywhere, from off-off-Broadway to Intel Pentium Microprocessor commercials. Blue Man Group is a wildly popular performance collective whose showmanship can be seen everywhere, from off-off-Broadway to…

  2. Haynes, Thompson Join Folks Fest

    April 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers), Richard Thompson, and the Indigo Girls are among the latest acts confirmed to appear at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. The 13th annual three-day event Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers), Richard Thompson, and the Indigo Girls…

  3. Cheap Trick Offers Something 'Special'

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock act Cheap Trick will release its first new studio album since 1997, "Special One," on July 8. The set will be issued through the band's own Cheap Trick Unlimited label in conjunction with Veteran rock act Cheap Trick will release its first new studio album since…

  4. Breaking & Entering

    April 23, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at the acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard's charts. This week: The Black Keys, Kathleen Edwards, Finch, and Liam Lynch. Welcome to Breaking & Entering, a weekly column launched with the redesign of Billboard.com. Each Wednesday, we'll take a look at…

  5. Galactic Teams With Automator For New Set

    April 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT New Orleans funk ensemble Galactic is recording a new full-length album and has enlisted producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to lend his talents in the studio. "Working with this band in New Orleans New Orleans funk ensemble Galactic is recording a new full-length album and…

  6. Hot Product

    April 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blue Man Group So Complicated The second album of music from performance art troupe the Blue Man Group, "The Complex," was executive produced by Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and will be released this week by Lava. The album sports the use of a host of invented instruments,…

  7. Hot Product

    April 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- Country artist Jessica Andrews' "Now" (DreamWorks). -- A retrospective from singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, "Meet Me in Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection" (Mailboat/MCA). -- Reggae artist…

  8. Steely Dan Confirms First Tour In Three Years

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Steely Dan has unveiled details for its first tour since the summer of 2000, kicking off July 23 in Costa Mesa, Calif., and wrapping Aug. 31 in Syracuse, N.Y. Steely Dan has unveiled details for its first tour since the summer of 2000, kicking off July 23 in Costa Mesa, Calif., and wrapping…

  9. Hot Product

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Black Keys 'Freak' Of Nature For Akron, Ohio-based duo the Black Keys, their second album, "thickfreakness," is another helping of the group's decidedly retro blues/rock hybrid, augmented by covers of Junior Kimbrough's "Everywhere I Go" and Richard…

  10. Fat Possum's Black Keys Get Their 'Freak' On

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST A few days removed from the 24-hour drive back to his Akron, Ohio, homebase after playing three sets at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, it's not surprising to hear Black Keys vocalis A few days removed from the 24-hour drive back to his Akron, Ohio, homebase after…

  11. Billboard Bits: Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Prince Paul, Sonic Youth, Howie Day Although details are still being finalized, acclaimed hip-hop producer Prince Paul will release his next solo album, "Politics of the Business," May 6 via Razor & Tie. The album is said to be a commentary on the state of the music…

  12. South By Southwest Diary: Day Three

    March 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST Billboard.com Senior Editor Barry A. Jeckell reports in from the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, taking in sets from the Black Keys, the D4, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Playe Austin, Texas' annual South By Southwest (SXSW) is a music and media conference…

  13. Let Your Glory Fall

    March 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST During the past few years a plethora of contemporary Christian artists have released praise and worship records. During the past few years a plethora of contemporary Christian artists have released praise and worship records. Among the most successful was Phillips, Craig & Dean's…

  14. Police Refute Suicide Report In Spector Case

    March 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST An investigator at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is refuting a radio report claiming that law-enforcement officials believe actress Lana Clarkson shot herself at producer Phil Spector's home Fe An investigator at the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is refuting a radio…

  15. 'Everything' Here

    March 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fiction Plane Fiction Plane frontman Joe Sumner began playing guitar when he was 10, but like many kids his age, he viewed his lessons as more of a chore than a means to a future musical career. Indeed, he might have hung it up right then and there, but after Nirvana broke through in 1991,…

  16. Nightclub Fire Death Toll Reaches 99

    March 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST The death toll in last month's deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., rose by one to 99 yesterday (March 6), when Mitchell Shubert, 39, died of his injuries. Shubert was a construction superinte The death toll in last month's deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, R.I., rose…

  17. Great White Tour Manager: Pyro Documents Destroyed

    March 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Great White's tour manager told Rhode Island investigators he has paperwork outlining the band's general use of pyrotechnics, but he said all the documents specific to the show that led to a deadly ni Great White's tour manager told Rhode Island investigators he has paperwork…

  18. Wrongful-Death Suit Filed Over Club Fire

    March 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST The first of what will likely be many lawsuits was filed yesterday (March 4) in the wake of the West Warwick, R.I., club fire that killed 98 people and injured about twice as many. The first of what will likely be many lawsuits was filed yesterday (March 4) in the wake of the West Warwick, R…

  19. 38th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominees

    March 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST Nominees for the 38th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Winners will be announced at the 38th annual ACM Awards show, set for May 21 in Las Vegas. The Academy of Country Music (ACM) announced its award nominees March 4 in Los Angeles. Winners will be announced at the 38th annual ACM…

  20. Crusaders On A Mission Of 'Rural Renewal'

    February 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. "They're back." That slogan heralds the Crusaders' first new album in 20 years, "Rural Renewal." Set for release worldwide March 4, the PRA/Verve set features original members Joe Sample (keyboards), Wilton Felder …

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