1. Hear Mac McCaughan's Ominous New Song, 'Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)'

    December 27, 2016 12:19 PM EST was a nightmarish year on all fronts, fraught with political, racial, sex-based tensions -- as well as marking the deaths of numerous entertainment icons such as Prince , David Bowie , Leonard Cohen , and most recently, George Michael . For those not-so-patiently waiting for 2016 to…

  2. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  3. Superchunk Ends Nine-Year Break with 'Majesty Shredding'

    September 14, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Take heart, Superchunk fans: Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan weren't just procrastinating for the last nine years. After all, they had a little outfit to run-Merge Records, which just scored a Billboard 200 No. 1 with Arcade Fire , as well as releasing records by critical darlings like…

  4. Arcade Fire: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "It was such a blessing to really be able to achieve what we wanted to achieve and to be able to pay for it ourselves and do it ourselves," Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler says, as the rollout for the band's third album, "The Suburbs," begins in advance of its Aug. 2…

  5. She & Him: Boy Meets Girl

    March 11, 2010 3:50 PM EST With She & Him 's 2008 debut, "Vol. 1," M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel proved it's possible for a respected indie-rock troubadour to successfully team up with a songwriting film star. Released on Ward's longtime label Merge, the duo's first effort won over fans…

  6. Portastatic

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's shaping up to be a year filled with highlights for Mac McCaughan. Not only did the prodigious North Carolina musician welcome a second child into his family this year, but he's also seeing Merge, It's shaping up to be a year filled with highlights for Mac McCaughan. Not…

  7. The Billboard Q&A: Portastatic

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's shaping up to be a year filled with highlights for Mac McCaughan. Not only did the prodigious North Carolina musician welcome a second child into his family this year, but he's also seeing Merge, It's shaping up to be a year filled with highlights for Mac McCaughan. Not…

  8. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica roars back on its first album in five years, Jessica Simpson makes a play for country stardom, LL Cool J says adios to Def Jam and Gym Class Heroes bare their souls in this week's Hot Produc The first album in five years from trip-hop innovator Tricky, "Knowle West Boy…

  9. Superchunk Rocks For Obama, Pens New Tunes

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Superchunk will join its Merge Records labelmate the Arcade Fire to perform at "early vote rallies" next week in North Carolina for presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. The shows will be held May Superchunk will join its Merge Records labelmate the Arcade Fire to perform at …

  10. Tweedy, Costello, Jones Enliven New Louvin Album

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and George Jones are among the artists pitching in on country legend Charlie Louvin's first new album in more than a decade. The self-titled 12-track set will arriv Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and George Jones are among the artists…

  11. Portastatic Sits 'Still' In October

    August 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Portastatic, the long-running side project of Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan, will return on Oct. 10 with its next Merge album, "Be Still Please." Portastatic, the long-running side project of Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan, will return on Oct. 10 with its next Merge album, …

  12. Hot Product

    August 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The third album from Canadan all-star indie rock act the New Pornographers, "Twin Cinema" (Matador). The Bjork-assembled soundtrack for her husband Matthew Barney's film "Drawing Restraint" (One…

  13. Superchunk Mines Rarities, DVD

    May 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Veteran independent rock quartet Superchunk will unveil a two-CD rarities compilation, "Cup of Sand" Aug. 19 through its own Merge Records label. The set boasts four previously unreleased tracks, plus Veteran independent rock quartet Superchunk will unveil a two-CD rarities…

  14. Guided By Voices Brings 'Truths' To Matador

    March 25, 2002 12:00 AM EST Proving that you can go home again, ageless underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has re-signed with Matador Records, for whom it released three albums in the mid-'90s. Although terms of the deal a Proving that you can go home again, ageless underground rock outfit Guided By Voices…

  15. Guided By Voices Eyeing New Label For 'Plantation'

    February 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST Seminal underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has parted ways with TVT after two albums and is negotiating with labels for the release of a new, already completed set, tentatively titled "From a Vo Seminal underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has parted ways with TVT after two…

  16. Lambchop To Get Seasoned On Tour

    February 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST Nashville country-soul collective Lambchop has announced the details for its U.S. tour in support of "Is a Woman," the group's sixth Merge album and the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Nixon Nashville country-soul collective Lambchop has announced the…

  17. New Superchunk Album Due In September

    May 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Indie rock stalwart Superchunk is wrapping up work on its eighth studio album. Planned for a Sept. 18 release through the group's self-run Merge Records label, the disc has yet to be titled. Produced Indie rock stalwart Superchunk is wrapping up work on its eighth studio album. Planned…