1. 'Sons of Anarchy' Band The Forest Rangers Crowdfunding Debut Album

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The band that accompanies the biker saga on FX's Sons of Anarchy is asking its gang of fans to help support an album of all original songs. The Forest Rangers, led by musician and music supervisor Bob Thiele Jr. , have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to record and release a new album.…

  2. Lollapalooza 2014 Friday Highlights: Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde Rule Day 1

    August 02, 2014 3:10 AM EDT There may have been a little rain on this year’s parade, but the afternoon drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands of young revelers who flooded Chicago’s Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza 2014. Celebrating its 10th year in the Windy City, the annual summer bash…

  3. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard Once strictly an alt-rock festival, Lolla now offers a refined…

  4. The Dismemberment Plan on 'Uncanney Valley' and Their 'Shocking' Reunion Success

    September 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT The indie rock cult heroes, back with their first album since 2001, talk staying alive online and leaving their "alienation" behind. When the Dismemberment Plan turned off the lights a decade ago, the Washington, D.C. indie act didn't expect to come back to a packed house. …

  5. AFI Signs With Republic, New Album Due in Fall

    June 28, 2013 1:40 AM EDT California punk band AFI has signed with Republic Records and will release its ninth studio album this fall via the Universal label. The album, a follow-up to 2009’s "Crash Love," was produced by Gil Norton at East West Studios in Los Angeles and mixed by Andrew Scheps. “We are…

  6. Snoop Lion, 'Reincarnated': Track-By-Track Review

    April 23, 2013 1:22 PM EDT Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, announced his embracement of the Rastafarian way of life following a visit to Jamaica in 2012. While there he took part in reasoning sessions with Rastafarian elders, among them The Wailers’ sole living founding member Bunny Wailer. The elders’…

  7. 'Nevermind' the Covers: 13 Nirvana Odes

    February 20, 2013 12:42 PM EST More than 20 years after "grunge" became more than a synonym for dirt, learning a Nirvana cover remains rite of passage for young rock bands and rock veterans alike. Remembering frontman Kurt Cobain on what would have been his 46th birthday today (February 20), we present a stellar…

  8. Jenni Rivera Was a Dodgers Fan to the Core

    December 10, 2012 10:00 PM EST For Jenni Rivera, Dodgers Stadium felt "like home."   In an interview at the stadium, where she sang the national anthem and "God Bless America" on the Latino-themed Viva Los Dodgers Day last summer, the L.A.-born and Long Beach-raised Regional Mexican star remembered…

  9. 50 Years of 'Monster Mash': The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

    October 31, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.Here, he reflects on the 50-year-old perennial Halloween hit "Monster…

  10. The Promise Ring Plotting More Reunion Gigs: 'Between 10 & 15 Shows'

    December 12, 2011 2:50 PM EST Nineties indie rockers The Promise Ring , a band tabbed "emo" long before the masses caught on, recently announced plans for multiple reunion gigs to coincide with the release of a rarities compilation in 2012. Two dates are already confirmed: Feb. 24 at Milwaukee's Turner Hall…

  11. Elton John's Grand Return to Las Vegas a Hits & Glitz-Filled Celebration

    September 29, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Monochrome does not suit Elton John well. As one of rock's most colorful performers, the mere mention of his name conjures a rainbow of visuals, especially considering the famous video screen that was a key attraction for his first Las Vegas residency that last five years, "The Red…

  12. 'American Idiot' Broadway Sales Plummet After Green Day Frontman Exits

    March 08, 2011 9:10 AM EST Broadway's "American Idiot" saw a steep dropoff in ticket sales following the departure of special guest star Billie Joe Armstrong. In the first week following the exit of Amstrong -- who fronts the rock band Green Day , upon whose music the production was built around -- the…

  13. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records, MTV Denies Banning Kanye's 'Monster' Video

    March 07, 2011 6:25 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records Following her performance in "Country Strong" and guest appearances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to sign a record deal with Atlantic…

  14. AFI Duo Ready To Go With New Blaqk Audio

    November 06, 2009 11:30 AM EST Davey Havok and Jade Puget are busy touring the world in support of AFI 's latest album, "Crash Love." But Blaqk Audio , the duo's electronic-oriented alter-egos, is waiting in the wings. Puget tells Billboard.com that "we actually have a Blaqk Audio album finished…

  15. AFI, "Crash Love"

    September 25, 2009 2:35 PM EDT AFI 's eighth studio album, "Crash Love," remains faithful to the arena-ready pop noir that made the rock band a multiplatinum superstar earlier this decade. Singer Davey Havok once again puts on his best Smiths -esque strut while dancing his way through glammy new wave beats,…

  16. AFI Revs Up The Rock On 'Crash Course'

    September 14, 2009 11:39 AM EDT When the members of AFI began work on their 2006 album "Decemberunderground," they "tried really hard not to think about it as the follow-up to a big successful record," guitarist Jade Puget says. Of course, that's precisely what it was: "Decemberunderground"…

  17. Amanda Diva

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT She may be an independent artist, but chances are you've heard of Amanda Diva. She may be an independent artist, but chances are you've heard of Amanda Diva. Born Amanda Seales, the 27-year-old hip-hop/soul MC/poet has been a music journalist since 2003 and has hosted her own Sirius…

  18. Stars Line Up For Elvis Costello TV Show

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed and former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be among the heavy hitters appearing on Elvis Costello's new variety show. Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed and former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be among the heavy hitters appearing on Elvis Costello&…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Husband and wife team Vince Gill and Amy Grant help raise approximately $300,000 at the 9th Annual Vinny pro-celebrity golf tournament at Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin, Tenn. 2001 - Husband and wife team Vince Gill and Amy Grant help raise approximately $300,000 at the 9th…

  20. Elvis Costello Reveals All About 'Momofuku'

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The album includes a download card that can be activated on May 1; a CD release follows on May 6 via Lost Highway. Elvis Costello has taken to his Web site to reveal the story behind " Momofuku ," his new album that was released exclusively on vinyl today (April 22). The album…

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