1. Sonic Youth and Feelies / July 4, 2008 / New York (Battery Park)

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sonic Youth may have been the headliner, but it was the newly reformed Feelies that brought the day’s biggest fireworks. And Sonic Youth's group’s distinctive, distortion-heavy sound proved to be 2008 has already seen the return of the Verve, My Bloody Valentine and Portishead, among…

  2. Phish Members Jam Together At Rothbury Festival

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Phish fans got their wish, or at least a portion of it, yesterday (July 6) at the Rothbury Festival in Michigan, as three members of the band performed live together in two separate incarnations. Phish fans got their wish, or at least a portion of it, yesterday (July 6) at the Rothbury…

  3. This Day in Music

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger "Syd" Barrett dies in Cambridge, England at the age of 60, due to complications from diabetes. 2006 - Pink Floyd co-founder Roger "Syd" Barrett dies in Cambridge, England at the age of 60, due to complications from diabetes. 2001 - Folk…

  4. Beck's 'Modern' Age

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Because his records so rarely sound like anyone's but his own, it's easy to forget how much Beck thrives on collaborating with name-brand producers like Nigel Godrich and the Dust Brothers. Because his records so rarely sound like anyone's but his own, it's easy to forget…

  5. The Right Stroke

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. says he never really set out to record his solo debut, "Yours to Keep," which arrived in 2006 in England on Rough Trade, then hit American stores early last year v Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. says he never really set out to record his…

  6. Back To Pop

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Imani Coppola admits that the story behind her forming Little Jackie with multi-instrumentalist Adam Pallin is "really not very exciting at all": ... Imani Coppola admits that the story behind her forming Little Jackie with multi-instrumentalist Adam Pallin is "really not very…

  7. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beck and Danger Mouse make a lean and mean psychedelic opus, Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. presses on with his solo career and Imani Coppola gets back to pop with Little Jackie in this week's H A collaborative album from Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson, "Two Men With the…

  8. This Day in Music

    July 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller's sensibility is found dead in his car on Chicago's southwest side. He is 71. He has a single gunshot 2002 - Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics…

  9. This Day in Music

    July 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Syreeta Wright, best known for her duet with Billy Preston on "With You I'm Born Again," dies after a long struggle with cancer. She is 58. The singer/songwriter recorded six albums for Motown, 2004 - Syreeta Wright, best known for her duet with Billy Preston on "…

  10. This Day in Music

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Target is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Ziggy Marley's second solo album, "Love Is My Religion," via Tuff Gong Worldwide. The deal marks Marley's first independent release without employing t 2006 - Target is the exclusive U.S. retailer for Ziggy Marley's…

  11. Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Coldplay

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry, the first rock song, Leona Lewis and more! TIME FOR A CHANGE? Dear Fred, It is a significant achievement that Katy Perry has achieved the rock era's 1000th Number One single on the Billboard pop charts with "I Kissed A Girl," which -…

  12. Billboard Bits: Bruce Springsteen, Kidz Bop & More

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen will on July 15 release "Magic Tour Highlights," a digital-only EP of tracks culled from Springsteen's current "Magic" swing. No physical release is planned. Bruce Springsteen will on July 15 release "Magic Tour Highlights," a digital-only…

  13. Grizzly Bear Gets Busy On 'Sunnier' New Album

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A month away from joining Radiohead as opener for six dates on its second North American tour leg, indie rock act Grizzly Bear is about to spend the next three weeks in the studio. A month away from joining Radiohead as opener for six dates on its second North American tour leg, indie rock…

  14. This Day in Music

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a hospital outside Nashville. He is 61. 2001 - Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a hospital outside…

  15. Exclusive: ZZ Top Signs To American Recordings

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can reveal. ZZ Top has signed a new record deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint through Columbia, Billboard can reveal. The veteran rock trio is planning to…

  16. George Michael / June 27, 2008 / Anaheim, Calif. (Honda Center)

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rarely does a performer smile for the duration of a show, but George Michael – out on his first American tour in 17 years -- wore a cat-that-ate-the canary grin throughout his Anaheim, Calif., gig o Rarely does a performer smile for the duration of a show, but George Michael – out on his…

  17. This Day in Music

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half a centu 2002 - Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie…

  18. The Medic Droid

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Hector Bagnod and Chris Donathon of the Medic Droid uploaded their first song "Fer Sure" on MySpace, they didn't expect it to result in a record deal. When Hector Bagnod and Chris Donathon of the Medic Droid uploaded their first song "Fer Sure" on MySpace, they…

  19. The Sea & Cake Energized For Eighth Album

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop concedes "Car Alarm," the Chicago indie rock institution's eighth studio album, "does feel much more upbeat and as much in your face as the Sea & Cake can be The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop concedes "Car Alarm,"…

  20. This Day in Music

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Robbie "Rocket" Watts, guitarist for Australian rock act the Cosmic Psychos, dies in Melbourne. He is 47. 2006 - Robbie "Rocket" Watts, guitarist for Australian rock act the Cosmic Psychos, dies in Melbourne. He is 47. 2006 - Co-founder of Mercury Records Irving…

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