1. Alex Chilton Memorial Gig At SXSW To Feature M. Ward, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills

    March 18, 2010 6:50 PM EDT Big Star 's Jody Stephens said he felt "a little numb" in the wake of the death of bandmate Alex Chilton but said the show -- and panel discussion -- should go on at this week's South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference. "Y'know, it's a way of including…

  2. 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…

  3. Rachael Ray Enlists Zooey Deschanel, Jakob Dylan For SXSW Party

    March 11, 2010 2:30 PM EST TV cooking queen Rachael Ray is making her annual presence at South By Southwest bigger and better this year. And public. Ray's third annual Feedback Festival, slated for March 20, is moving to its largest venue yet -- Stubb's BBQ -- with 18 bands playing four stages; Daytrotter.com…

  4. She & Him Have Fun With 'In The Sun' Video

    March 10, 2010 2:31 PM EST She & Him -- the indie duo made up of actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward -- just debuted the video for "In the Sun," the first single from its upcoming album, "Volume Two." The clip plays up the cheerful tune's theme of unrequited love: Deschanel channels…

  5. Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward Team Again On She & Him's 'Vol. 2'

    December 08, 2009 2:11 PM EST The country-folk duo of M. Ward and actress Zooey Deschanel known as She & Him is slated to return in 2010, proving that the 2008 collaboration wasn't just a one-off affair. Aptly titled "Volume 2," the 13 song set is due March 23 on Merge and features 10 originals and two…

  6. Photos: Monsters of Folk Live In New York

    November 09, 2009 3:09 PM EST M. Ward , My Morning Jacket 's Jim James, and Bright Eyes ' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis came together as Monsters of Folk for a pair of New York shows last week, including a Friday night gig uptown at the United Place Theater. Friday's performance found the quartet performing…

  7. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 1:43 PM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band , Pearl Jam , Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel ), Elvis Costello , Ben Harper and Them Crooked…

  8. Monsters of Folk Plots Fall Tour

    July 24, 2009 3:18 PM EDT Indie rock "super-group" Monsters of Folk -- consisting of Bright Eyes ' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, alongside M. Ward and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James -- is hitting the road this fall, stopping at U.S. and Canadian theatres before heading over to Europe. The tour…

  9. Jim James Readies George Harrison Covers E.P., Monster Of Folk Album

    June 24, 2009 12:19 PM EDT Although roots-rock act My Morning Jacket are enjoying some much needed downtime after a big 2008, frontman Jim James isn't resting. For his first official solo outing, James will debut a George Harrison tribute EP entitled "Tribute To" under the name "Yim Yames" on…

  10. McCartney, Morrissey and Leonard Cohen Kick Off Coachella

    April 18, 2009 1:41 PM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got off to a fab start Friday (April 17), thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, who headlined the event with a marathon performance worthy of his long and lauded musical legacy. Proving himself the ultimate showman, Macca played a thrilling 2…

  11. Taylor Swift Remains Atop Billboard 200

    February 25, 2009 11:42 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" claims a 10th non-consecutive week atop The Billboard 200, a feat unmatched by any album since Santana's "Supernatural" collected 12 weeks at No. 1 in 1999 and 2000. Only eight other albums by solo female artists have earned 10 weeks or…

  12. Jane's Addiction Anchors Sasquatch! Lineup

    February 17, 2009 10:30 AM EST The reunited original lineup of Jane's Addiction will play its first major show at the eighth Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 23-25 at the Gorge in Quincy, Wash. As previously reported , the group has played a handful of small L.A. club shows in the past few months, including…

  13. The Right 'Time': M. Ward

    February 06, 2009 4:05 PM EST Singer/songwriter M. Ward has seen his profile, and album sales, rise steadily in the past five years, and in 2008, he cracked the six-digit barrier for the first time thanks to the Merge debut from She & Him, his duet project with actress Zooey Deschanel. But Ward, who in the past has…

  14. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 7:17 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. McCartney will…

  15. Breaking & Entering: Blitzen Trapper

    January 10, 2009 4:38 PM EST Even before Blitzen Trapper was picked up by indie stalwart Sub Pop for a record deal, the band stood tall on its own. Prior to the release of last year's "Furr," the Portland, Ore.-based rock troupe managed to move plenty records, including 16,000 copies of its self-released…

  16. New Neko Case Album Due In March

    December 02, 2008 11:04 AM EST Neko Case will follow up 2006's "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood," the best-selling album of her career, with "Middle Cyclone," due March 3 via Anti-. The 15-track collection boasts guest appearances from the Band's Garth Hudson, fellow Canadian singer/songwriter…

  17. Mars Volta, N.E.R.D. Get Austin City Limits Started

    September 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Skies were blue and the sun often fierce as the seventh Austin City Limits festival got underway yesterday (Sept. 26) before 65,000 fans at Zilker Park. The Mars Volta, N.E.R.D., Vampire Weekend and t Skies were blue and the sun often fierce as the seventh Austin City Limits festival got…

  18. Jenny's New Jams

    September 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While it took Rilo Kiley the better part of a decade to rise through the indie rock ranks, frontwoman Jenny Lewis proved an immediate force to be reckoned with her 2006 solo debut, "Rabbit Fur Coat." While it took Rilo Kiley the better part of a decade to rise through the indie rock…

  19. M. Ward, Marc Ribot On Jolie Holland Album

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Jolie Holland has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Living and the Dead," due Oct. 7 via Anti-. Singer/songwriter Jolie Holland has put the finishing touches on her fourth album, "The Living and the Dead," due Oct. 7 via Anti-. Holland…

  20. Billboard Bits: James/Oberst/Ward, Lambchop, ARIA Hall of Fame

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst and singer/songwriter M. Ward are planning to release a collaborative album. My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, Bright Eyes leader Conor Oberst and singer/songwriter M. Ward are planning to release a collaborative album.…

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