1. Summer Sun

    April 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Never an easy band to pigeonhole, Yo La Tengo (YLT) has been quietly evolving from a lo-fi skronk rock outfit to an experimental indie pop ensemble during the course of recent years. Never an easy band to pigeonhole, Yo La Tengo (YLT) has been quietly evolving from a lo-fi skronk rock outfit…

  2. Phair Goes Acoustic With Flaming Lips

    April 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Liz Phair will embark on her first tour in several years with a string of acoustic performances opening for the Flaming Lips. The seven-date trek begins May 23 in Portland, Ore., and Singer/songwriter Liz Phair will embark on her first tour in several years with a string of…

  3. World Without Tears

    April 12, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Since the Grammy Award-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and the quieter but still powerful Essence, Lucinda Williams has been in a can-do-no-wrong state of mind. Since the Grammy Award-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and the quieter but still powerful Essence, Lucinda Williams has been…

  4. Diddy Gets The Blues In HBO Film

    April 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson in the HBO Films feature "Love in Vain," which Tim Blake Nelson will helm. Production begins in September in Mississippi. Sean "P. Diddy" Combs will star as 1930s blues musician Robert Johnson…

  5. 2003 Music Video Production Association Awards

    April 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music Video Production Association Awards The following are the nominees for the 2003 Music Video Production Assn. Awards, to be presented May 8 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. The awards are given to the video's director and production company, except for categories…

  6. Heart Comes 'Alive' On New Disc

    April 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of Love tour, a hometown gig at Seattle's Paramount Theatre, will be released as "Live in Seattle" in CD and SACD formats June 10 via A two-disc live document of the final show of Heart's 2002 Summer of…

  7. Billboard Bits: Chris Isaak, Jessica Simpson, One Big No

    April 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Chris Isaak, Jessica Simpson, One Big No Premium cable channel Showtime's comedy "The Chris Isaak Show" is in production on its third season, which will find the star interacting with such musical guests as Michelle Branch, Gloria Estefan, Poison's Bret Michaels,…

  8. Hot Product

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Lucinda Williams/Jayhawks A pair of roots rock veterans, Lucinda Williams and the Jayhawks, release new albums this week for Lost Highway. Williams' "World Without Tears" is the follow-up to 2001's "Essence," which debuted at No. 28 on The Billboard 200. The set…

  9. Tunes On TV

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV highlights for April 7-13, 2003. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, APRIL 7 "Making the Video," MTV Featured Artist: Christina Aguilera ("Fighter"). "Diary," MTV Featured Artist: Christina Aguilera. "…

  10. Guests Bolster Ginuwine's Return

    April 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Graduating to the next level musically was the creative momentum driving R&B artist Ginuwine while recording his fourth album and April 8 Epic release, "The Senior." Describing the set, which is due May 20 internationally, as "…

  11. This Day in Music

    April 04, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>The Calling guitarist Aaron Kamin suffers a severe electrical shock during soundcheck for a concert in Bangkok. Kamin is rushed to a local hospital and is released after being treated fo 2002 - The Calling guitarist Aaron Kamin suffers a severe electrical shock…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 28, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the Dixie Chicks, drastic chart drops, freedom of speech, radio airplay, and songs with 'fool' in the title with readers. THE NIGHT THEY DROVE THE DIXIES DOWN Fred, Looks like the title "Landslide" was appropriate. The Dixie Chicks song avalanched…

  13. Update: R.E.M. Sets First Major Tour In Four Years

    March 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has confirmed a 26-date fall North American tour, its first such undertaking since 1999. The trek begins Sept. 1 at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot festival and will wrap Oct. 11 in Atlanta, about R.E.M. has confirmed a 26-date fall North American tour, its first such undertaking…

  14. White Stripes Stay Pure On 'Elephant'

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. There is something comforting in the fact that Jack and Meg White recorded their fourth set, "Elephant" (due April 1 via Third Man/V2), in 10 short days at London's lo-fi Toe Rag Studios. While other major bands scramble to find…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the mixing of classical and pop music, one-hit wonders vs. "non-hit wonders," remakes of hit songs, and women on top of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED Dear Fred, Recently, Kevin Martin of New York asked if other classically…

  16. War Brings Postponements, Cancellations To Music Biz

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST The international music industry has already begun to feel the effect of the war in Iraq. Bands such as matchbox twenty, Tenacious D, and Blindside have postponed European tours, while U.S. tour on-sa The international music industry has already begun to feel the effect of the war in Iraq.…

  17. Taylor 'Best Of' Offers New Song

    March 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST The new song "Bittersweet" is among 19 classic tracks on the forthcoming collection "The Best of James Taylor." Due April 8 from Warner Strategic Marketing (WSM), the set collects material recorded ov The new song "Bittersweet" is among 19 classic tracks on the…

  18. AFIM's 2003 Indie Awards

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST The Assn. For Independent Music handed out its 2003 Indie Awards March 18 at a luncheon during its convention at the Orlando (Fla.) World Center Marriott. The AFIM confab was held in conjunction with The Assn. For Independent Music handed out its 2003 Indie Awards March 18 at a luncheon…

  19. Puddle Of Mudd Bumps Album To August

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Modern rock act Puddle Of Mudd has delayed the release of its hotly anticipated second Interscope album. Tentatively titled "Life of Display," the set is now expected in August. Modern rock act Puddle Of Mudd has delayed the release of its hotly anticipated second Interscope album .…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Authorities briefly shut down a suburban shopping mall after more than 1,000 teen-agers show up to meet boy-band B2K for an in-store autograph session at the Sam Goody music store there. 2002 - Authorities briefly shut down a suburban shopping mall after more than 1…

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