1. Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli Walk Up for ‘Boardwalk Empire Volume 2’

    August 08, 2013 6:21 AM EDT Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli and Rufus Wainwright are among the big names who’ve recorded cover songs for “Boardwalk Empire Volume 2.” The album arrives next month ahead of season four of HBO’s hit series. New York Dolls’ David Johansen, St. Vincent, Neko Case and The National…

  2. Queensryche, 'Queensryche': Track-By-Track Review

    June 24, 2013 11:10 AM EDT First, Queensrÿche endured guitarist Chris DeGarmo's 1997 departure. Then came last year's firing of singer Geoff Tate, whose assertion that he holds 81% of the act's songwriting credits sparked rampant commentary about exactly what each member has contributed to the band.…

  3. A Tale of Two Queensryches: Hear 'Redemption' Single, Geoff Tate Album Samples

    March 25, 2013 7:51 PM EDT Singer Geoff Tate and his former bandmates each have new albums due later this year under the Queensryche name. Music from both versions of rock band Queensryche has now hit the Internet, supplying fans who are sharply divided about the state of the Seattle group with audio ammunition in…

  4. Queensryche Ink New Record Deal, Next Album Due June 11

    March 04, 2013 9:30 AM EST Band signs with Century Media Records, becoming de facto labelmates with former singer Geoff Tate Billboard has exclusively learned that rock band Queensryche has signed with metal label Century Media Records for a worldwide record deal. The group will release its next album -- its first with…

  5. Queensryche Previews Music From First Todd LaTorre-led Album

    November 14, 2012 2:00 PM EST Queensryche today released a teaser trailer for its upcoming album -- its first with new singer Todd LaTorre -- that is expected to arrive next year. The Seattle quintet, which has been together for 30-plus years, is famed for albums like 1988's hard rock concept piece "Operation:…

  6. Queensrÿche, "Empire"

    November 19, 2010 5:38 PM EST A good musician can play a song's notes well, but a true artist also skillfully navigates the breaths in between. Such holds true for Queensrÿche's approach to its 1990 commercial juggernaut, "Empire." The band treated each song's negative spaces with as much regard…

  7. Squirrel Nut Zippers Suit Up For Live Album

    August 17, 2009 2:06 PM EDT Two years after returning to active duty from a five-year-hiatus, Squirrel Nut Zippers will release their first album in nine years -- and also their first live album -- with the Oct. 27 release of "Lost at Sea" on Southern Broadcasting/MRI. Drummer Chris Phillips tells Billboard…

  8. Squirrel Nut Zippers Mulling Reunion Album

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The members of the reunited Squirrel Nut Zippers figure an album of new material is inevitable, if not imminent. The members of the reunited Squirrel Nut Zippers figure an album of new material is inevitable, if not imminent. "We couldn't have (reunited) unless it was creatively…

  9. Welcome to Woody Creek

    October 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The classic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band lineup convened at Jimmy Ibbotson's Unami studio in Woody Creek, Colo., to record the bulk of the veteran act's latest effort. The classic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band lineup convened at Jimmy Ibbotson's Unami studio in Woody Creek, Colo., to record…

  10. Breaking & Entering

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Atmosphere, Jet and Pine Mountain Railroad. NEW TERRITORY: Minneapolis rap duo Atmosphere has gotten a lot of mileage out of not signing with a major label. The hip-hop act has built a strong underground…

  11. Stop and Let the Devil Ride

    July 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist/vocalist Jimbo Mathus, founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, returned to his Clarksdale, Miss., roots with his Knockdown Society trio. Guitarist/vocalist Jimbo Mathus, founding member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, returned to his Clarksdale, Miss., roots with his Knockdown…

  12. Buddy Guy Conjures Intimacy On Acoustic Set

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues legend Buddy Guy. Why, record after record, was Guy chasing crossover success? He seemed to be toiling away, tryi A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues…

  13. Clapton, King Guest On Guy's 'Blues Singer'

    May 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Buddy Guy has drafted a pair of famous friends to join him on his latest album, "Blues Singer." Due Tuesday (June 3) from Silvertone Records, the acoustic set finds the blues legend joined by one of h Buddy Guy has drafted a pair of famous friends to join him on his latest album, …

  14. Lucky 7

    March 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Dallas' psychobilly patriarch Reverend Horton Heat (aka Jim Heath) can outplay anyone with a guitar this side of Dick Dale. Dallas' psychobilly patriarch Reverend Horton Heat (aka Jim Heath) can outplay anyone with a guitar this side of Dick Dale. Together with slap-bassist Jimbo…

  15. Billboard Bits: Kurupt, Mathus/Guy, No Good

    January 03, 2002 12:00 AM EST News on Kurupt, James Mathus/Buddy Guy, No Good Rapper Kurupt will release the home video "G-TV" on Feb. 19 via Southwest Distributors. The film, available on two VHS tapes or a double-disc DVD, chronicles life on the road with the rapper, who said in a statement, "there's…

  16. 'Jimbo' Mathus Gives History Lesson

    November 14, 2001 12:00 AM EST For those unfamiliar with James "Jimbo" Mathus' music, it would be surprising to learn that his new Knockdown Society album, "National Antiseptic," sounds completely unaffected by the popular music of For those unfamiliar with James "Jimbo" Mathus'…

  17. National Antiseptic

    November 03, 2001 12:00 AM EST James "Jimbo" Mathus, founding member of the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Squirrel Nut Zippers, has been working with the Knockdown Society as a side project for a few years, and as the Zippers' schedule h James "Jimbo" Mathus, founding member of the Chapel Hill, N.C.…

  18. Billboard Bits: Compay Segundo, Russell Simmons & more

    May 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Compay Segundo, Russell Simmons, Squirrel Nut Zippers Cuban "sonero" Compay Segundo, 93, is recovering at home in Havana after being hospitalized for extreme fatigue and is unlikely to perform again, Billboard Bulletin reports. Segundo, who found world fame at the age of 89…

  19. Buddy Guy Goes South For 'Sweet Tea'

    April 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT To record his intrepid new Silvertone/Jive Records album "Sweet Tea," due May 15, bluesman Buddy Guy says, "They sent me down to Mississippi and said, 'Buddy, get on top of this!'" To record his intrepid new Silvertone/Jive Records album "Sweet Tea,"…