1. South By Southwest Diary: March 18

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the third installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Marten Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event is a music festival and…

  2. After Global Breakout, Bloc Party Targets America

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Having played a critical role in the rise of 1990s U.K. indie powerhouse Creation Records, label executive Dick Green has a new international hit in British rock act Bloc Party. Green signed the four-piece to his London-based independent record…

  3. South By Southwest Diary: March 17

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the second installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Marte South By Southwest Diary: March 17 Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW)…

  4. Matt's Mood

    March 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST It has been 21 years since the founders of Matt Bianco recorded an album together ("Whose Side Are You On?"). But original members Mark Reilly (vocals), Danny White (keyboards) and Basia Trzetrzelewsk It has been 21 years since the founders of Matt Bianco recorded an album together …

  5. Stereophonics Notch First U.K. No. 1 Single

    March 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Eight years into its chart career, Welsh rock trio Stereophonics has its first U.K. No. 1 single with "Dakota" (V2). The track originates from the group's fifth album, "Language.Sex.Violence.Other." S Eight years into its chart career, Welsh rock trio Stereophonics…

  6. Hot Product

    March 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: A Jive CD/DVD from R&B superstar Usher, "Rhythm City Volume 1: Caught Up," featuring a mini-movie incorporating four songs and a bonus disc with three new tracks. Former Ghost Cauldron/Terranova DJ/producer…

  7. Hot Product

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tori Amos 'Bees' Knees The entirety of Tori Amos' life, as well as a healthy appetite for researching legends, religious texts, folklore, spirituality and art, was brought to the table in making the new album "The Beekeeper," due this week via Epic. "The concept…

  8. Soundgarden Mates Revive Hater

    February 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has put the finishing touches on archival tapes that will constitute the second album from Hater, a side project with former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron th Former Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd has put the finishing touches on archival tapes that…

  9. Beck, Modest Mouse Rock Next 'O.C. Mix'

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tracks by Beck, Modest Mouse, the Futureheads, Pinback and the Reindeer Section will be found on the fourth installment of soundtracks from the hit Fox TV show "The O.C." Due April 5 via Warner Bros., Tracks by Beck, Modest Mouse, the Futureheads, Pinback and the Reindeer Section…

  10. Amos Embarking On Solo Piano Tour

    February 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tori Amos has confirmed plans to open a solo piano tour April 1 in Clearwater, Fla. The month-long Original Sinsuality theater outing has 14 confirmed dates, closing April 25 in Los Angeles. Tori Amos has confirmed plans to open a solo piano tour April 1 in Clearwater, Fla. The month-long…

  11. Amos Expresses Herself With New Album, Book

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST A version of a Tori Amos feature that appears in the Feb. 19 issue of Billboard, expanded and modified for Billboard.com. At midlife, Tori Amos understands that she cannot rule life's tidal shifts, only navigate them," Ann Powers writes near the end of the new book "Tori Amos:…

  12. TunesOnTV

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 14-20, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, FEB. 14 "All-Star Jams-Viewer Dedications," VH1 Classic Featured artist: Brian McKnight. "Today," NBC Featured artist: Michael Buble. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,…

  13. Winter Songs

    February 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST With the history of serious, frosty songwriting, it is only fitting that new-folk act Matt Pond PA comes right out and makes a record about the coldest season of the year. With the history of serious, frosty songwriting, it is only fitting that new-folk act Matt Pond PA comes right out and…

  14. Peanut Butter and Jelly Live at the Ginger Minge

    February 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST San Francisco garage punks Coachwhips pick up where the likes of the Cramps and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion leave off, delivering a sweaty and sleazy roadhouse sound tailor-made for dive-bar jukeboxes San Francisco garage punks Coachwhips pick up where the likes of the Cramps and Jon Spencer…

  15. Smith Nabs 8 Gospel Music Award Nominations

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Michael W. Smith tops the list of nominees for the 36th annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Music Awards. Michael W. Smith tops the list of nominees for the 36th annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Music Awards. The artist garnered eight mentions, among them artist of the year and song of…

  16. Avril Lavigne Leads Juno Nominees

    February 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST With five mentions, pop vocalist Avril Lavigne leads the nominations for Canada's 2005 Juno Awards, which will take place April 3 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lavigne is nominated for artist and songwriter With five mentions, pop vocalist Avril Lavigne leads the nominations for Canada's…

  17. 3 Doors Down: Up To Speed

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billbaord.com. Call it a sign of the times: The release date for the new album by 3 Doors Down was set before the band had written the first note. That's because 3DD's managers struck a deal with Wal-Mart nearly a year ago that guaranteed a large buy…

  18. Benson Spreading 'Love' On Tour

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Brendan Benson has begun lining up tour dates ahead of the March 22 release of his upcoming V2 album, "The Alternative To Love." Singer/songwriter Brendan Benson has begun lining up tour dates ahead of the March 22 release of his upcoming V2 album, "The…

  19. Weezer Mixing And Matching On New Album

    February 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Now that frontman Rivers Cuomo has completed a semester of school at Harvard University, the track list for Weezer's new album is "97% settled," according to the band's official Web site. The as-yet-u Now that frontman Rivers Cuomo has completed a semester of school at…

  20. Billboard Bits: 'Robots,' Early Man, Lou Barlow

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on 'Robots,' Early Man, Lou Barlow Fountains Of Wayne ("Tell Me What You Already Did"), Ricky Fante ("Shine") and Earth, Wind & Fire ("Love's Dance") have recorded new songs for the "Robots" soundtrack, due March 1 via Virgin.…

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