1. Brian May Warns of Asteroid Strikes, Joins Danger Mouse and Others in Call to Action

    December 05, 2014 10:43 AM EST Noted astrophysicist and rock guitarist Brian May has joined a group of astronomers, scientists and other artists to raise awareness about the threat of asteroids on our planet, warning at a news conference this week that Earth is headed for destruction if global action isn't taken. …

  2. Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Q&A: 'I Wasn't Shy About Being a Struggling Actor Again'

    July 28, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Zach Braff is pretty confident the soundtrack to his new film, Wish I Was Here , won't be a platinum blockbuster like the one from his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State . "Selling 1.5 million copies in this day and age is ridiculous," the actor-director tells Billboard. …

  3. Broken Bells Teases New Album, 'After the Disco'

    October 08, 2013 8:16 PM EDT Broken Bells is back. The indie rock collaboration between The Shins' James Mercer and producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse will release "After the Disco," its first LP in nearly four years, this January. The band teased the new album with a video posted to the band's…

  4. Broken Bells' Sophomore Disc May Come Before Next Shins Album

    June 14, 2012 11:45 AM EDT James Mercer talks about his side project and touring 'Port of Morrow' James Mercer says a second Broken Bells record may be likely before his Shins follow-up to this year's "Port of Morrow." "We have to do another Broken Bells record, which I'm really…

  5. The Shins To Release 'Port of Morrow' Album in March

    December 14, 2011 11:55 AM EST Indie rock mainstays the Shins will return in March 2012 with "Port of Morrow," their fourth full-length and first album in over five years. The group released the album's 10-song track list and spooky cover art on Wednesday (Dec. 15). Recorded in Los Angeles and their native…

  6. Outside Lands Festival 2011: 18 Things Seen & Heard

    August 15, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Now in its fourth year, San Francisco's Outside Lands festival serves the dual purpose of providing vibrant Bay Area city with a response to Indio's white-hot Coachella, and giving the city an annual Golden Gate Park event recalling the bygone Summer of Love days. This weekend'…

  7. The Shins Return With Tour, 2012 Album on Columbia

    August 02, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Back in 2008, Billboard reported that The Shins' fourth album would be released via frontman James Mercer's own Aural Apothecary instead of longtime label Sub Pop. At the time, however, distribution for Aural Apothecary was not known, but continued collaboration with Sub Pop was…

  8. Playlist: The Sounds of Portland, Oregon

    February 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Billboard music editor and Portland native Cortney Harding picks songs and videos by her ten favorite Portland bands. She's so "Portland" that she'll argue that Everclear weren't really a Portland band, and will point you to a Willamette Week cover story from the mid…

  9. James Mercer, Isaac Brock Team Up For '180°' Soundtrack

    June 21, 2010 2:01 PM EDT Emmett Malloy felt music was so integral to "180° South," the new environmental documentary he produced for his Woodshed Films imprint, that he brought singer-songwriters James Mercer (the Shins , Broken Bells ) and Mason Jennings to the Patagonia region of South America to inspire…

  10. James Mercer Plans Double Duty With Broken Bells, Shins

    May 17, 2010 3:10 PM EDT As Broken Bells prepares for Tuesday's (May 18) kick-off of its new North American tour, James Mercer says he and partner Danger Mouse are already plotting the group's second album. At the same time, Mercer is also planning to return his other band, the Shins, to active duty. "…

  11. SXSW Kicks Off With Spoon, Sharon Jones, Drive-By Truckers and More

    March 18, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Hundreds of bands, thousands of registrants, and countless numbers of music fans poured into Austin, Tex. yesterday for the start of the music week of the annual South by Southwest Music + Media Conference. At the Austin Convention Center, more than 10,000 music industry veterans and wannabes…

  12. Ludacris Lands Fourth No. 1 Album With "Battle of the Sexes"

    March 17, 2010 1:23 PM EDT Ludacris scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the tally with 137,000 copies. The album is the rapper/actor's follow-up to 2008's "Theater of the Mind," which peaked at No. 5. Counting "Battle," Ludacris (aka…

  13. Videos of the Week: Lady Gaga Talks 'Telephone,' Ludacris Gets Tipsy, Nicole Richie Raps

    March 12, 2010 6:10 PM EST In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, Lady Gaga reveals the inspiration for her "Telephone" video , Ludacris gets tipsy with Martha Stewart, Nicole Richie busts a rhyme for Ellen DeGeneres, and more. 1) Lady Gaga Talks "Telephone" Video After…

  14. Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Album Release Scrapped

    May 15, 2009 4:06 PM EDT It’s been one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2009 since it was first announced: “Dark Night of the Soul,” a collaboration between the producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Black Keys) and critically acclaimed psych-rock act Sparklehorse (a.k.a. Mark Linkous). Due to…

  15. The Shins Shape Up, Look To The Future

    May 08, 2009 1:02 PM EDT A lineup change, a new label, a film score and a few new songs are greeting fans of The Shins as the band returned to the road this past week after an eighteen month break. Longtime bassist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval have been replaced by Fruit Bats' bassist Ron Lewis and…

  16. Mason Jennings Back On Indie Track

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings is a lover of many religions, a theme that heavily influenced his recent release "In the Ever." Singer-songwriter Mason Jennings is a lover of many religions, a theme that heavily influenced his recent release "In the Ever" (Brushfire). The…

  17. The Shins Releasing Next Album On Frontman's Label

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary label, Billboard can reveal. The beloved indie rock group's first three albums were rele The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman…

  18. 'Dashboard' Confessional

    March 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Modest Mouse had been an indie rock standard-bearer for more than a decade when its single "Float On" suddenly became a mainstream hit in 2004. The Epic album from which it was drawn, "Good News for P Modest Mouse had been an indie rock standard-bearer for more than a decade…

  19. The Billboard Q&A: Modest Mouse

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Modest Mouse had been an indie rock standard-bearer for more than a decade when its single "Float On" suddenly became a mainstream hit in 2004. The Epic album from which it was drawn, "Good News for P Modest Mouse had been an indie rock standard-bearer for more than a decade…

  20. Modest Mouse Confirms Release Date, Track List

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Modest Mouse has set a March 20 release date for its new Epic album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank." The 14-track set is led by the single "Dashboard," which is No. 10 in its third week on B Modest Mouse has set a March 20 release date for its new Epic album, …

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