1. Billboard Bits: Stabbing Westward, Liz Phair, Slayer

    July 06, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Stabbing Westward, Liz Phair, and Slayer. Following the band's July 1 set in Minneapolis, Stabbing Westward was forced to pull out of its support slot on the Cult's Beyond Good and Evil tour so that drummer Andy Kubiszewski could undergo minor surgery on his hand that was…

  2. Despite Calamities, Ivy Continues To Grow

    July 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT It's something you don't hear every day, but Ivy's Andy Chase insists that being dropped from the rosters of Atlantic and 550 Music/Epic Records was the best thing that ever happened to the New York-b It's something you don't hear every day, but Ivy's Andy Chase…

  3. Mekka Fest Unveils City-By-City Lineup

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Mekka festival has unveiled the lineup for each of the 10 cities it will hit this summer, beginning Aug. 4 in Detroit. As previously reported, the trek is highlighted by Roni Size, BT, P The inaugural Mekka festival has unveiled the lineup for each of the 10 cities it will hit…

  4. Tilbrook Squeezes Out U.S., Oz Dates

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Squeeze mainstay Glenn Tilbrook has laid out a pair of brief tours in support of his first solo album, "The Incomplete Glenn Tilbrook." Following a pair of U.K. dates with his band and one solo appear Squeeze mainstay Glenn Tilbrook has laid out a pair of brief tours in support of…

  5. Yazbek Jumps From 'Full Monty' to 'Damascus'

    June 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT David Yazbek plans to use the notoriety he gained through "The Full Monty" -- even without winning a Tony -- to push "Damascus," the July 10 What Are Records? (W.A.R.?) release by his rock band, simpl When "The Producers" swept the Tony Awards June 3, one man…

  6. New Stereolab Album Stretches 'Sound'

    June 21, 2001 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop experimentalists Stereolab will release a new album, "Sound-Dust," Sept. 3 internationally via the group's own Duophonic label and Aug. 28 in North America on Elektra. The 12-track album does U.K. pop experimentalists Stereolab will release a new album, "Sound…

  7. Ivy Lines Up Acoustic Gigs

    May 29, 2001 12:00 AM EDT New York-based pop act Ivy has set a series of acoustic performances around the July 10 release of its upcoming Nettwerk album, "Long Distance." The group has confirmed shows in New York (July 11) and New York-based pop act Ivy has set a series of acoustic performances around the…

  8. Nylon & Steel

    May 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT This is a tasteful yet imaginative example of a classical artist branching out to work with musicians from rock and jazz. This is a tasteful yet imaginative example of a classical artist branching out to work with musicians from rock and jazz. In his usual repertoire, Cuban-born guitarist…

  9. Travis Reclaims Its Music On 'Invisible Band'

    May 25, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Travis front man Fran Healy closes his eyes and takes a deep, intoxicating drag on a cigarette as he ponders the initial recording sessions for "The Invisible Band," due June 12 from Independiente/Epi Travis front man Fran Healy closes his eyes and takes a deep, intoxicating drag on…

  10. 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…

  11. Roxy Music Warms Up For Tour In London

    May 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Long-dormant U.K. rock act Roxy Music gave its first public performance in 18 years at a television studio in West London last night (May 23), as the much-revered and widely influential band prepares Long-dormant U.K. rock act Roxy Music gave its first public performance in 18 years at a…

  12. MTV Movie Awards Add Categories, Weezer To Lineup

    May 22, 2001 12:00 AM EDT What was the "best music moment" in the films of the last year or so? Fans are being asked to decide just that in one of the four new categories added to the 10th annual MTV Movie Awards, taking place What was the "best music moment" in the films of the last year or so?…

  13. Depeche Mode In Classic Form On 'Exciter'

    May 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, and Andrew Fletcher are laughing. The tension of a long day of glad-handing on behalf of their new disc, "Exciter" (Mute/Reprise, May 15), has been broken by a Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, and Andrew Fletcher are laughing.…

  14. Doves Take Flight For North American Trek

    May 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Two of the most highly touted acts to come out of the U.K. last year, Doves and the Webb Brothers, will join forces for a 20-date North American tour this summer. The jaunt, which kicks off June 10 in Two of the most highly touted acts to come out of the U.K. last year, Doves and the Webb…

  15. J. Lo Specials, Sitcom Headed To NBC

    May 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Having made her mark in movies, music, and fashion, Jennifer Lopez has now set her sights on television, too. The singer/actress has sealed a deal with NBC for a series of music specials and a sitcom. Having made her mark in movies, music, and fashion, Jennifer Lopez has now set her sights on…

  16. Basement Jaxx Shakes Up Dancefloors On 'Rooty'

    May 14, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Since forming in the mid-'90s, the photogenic British duo Basement Jaxx -- Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe -- has prided itself on bucking the status quo of contemporary clubland. Whether producing/r Since forming in the mid-'90s, the photogenic British duo Basement Jaxx -- Felix…

  17. Original Duran Duran Lineup To Reunite

    May 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The original five members of Duran Duran are reforming for the first time in more than 15 years. Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, and Andy Taylor have not recorded together since The original five members of Duran Duran are reforming for the first time in more than 15…

  18. Billboard Bits: J-Swift, Smiths, Little Steven

    May 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on J-Swift, Joe, The Smiths, Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke, Little Steven Former Pharcyde producer/group member J-Swift has filed an $11 million law suit against Jive Records, Zomba Recording Corp., and Touchstone Pictures for uncredited use of his track "Passin' Me By" in a…

  19. XTC To Release Second Demos Set

    May 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. act XTC will on May 22 release "Homegrown," a 20-track collection of demos and alternate versions of songs from the group's 2000 album, "Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)." The TVT set is Veteran U.K. act XTC will on May 22 release "Homegrown," a…

  20. Phish Members Stay Busy During Hiatus

    April 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Phish is on a hiatus of undetermined length, but its members remain as busy as ever. At the top of the list is guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio's summer tour with a seven-piece band, set to begin Jul Phish is on a hiatus of undetermined length, but its members remain as busy as ever. At…

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