1. Hanson Sets Acoustic August

    July 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Brotherly pop band Hanson, which parted ways with Island Def Jam earlier this year, has set a summer North American acoustic tour. At the shows, the group will unveil a number of songs slated for its Brotherly pop band Hanson, which parted ways with Island Def Jam earlier this year, has set a…

  2. Boxed Set Celebrates 'Sesame Street'

    July 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In a time of musical segmentation and stratification, there remains a place where artists of all genres can play on common ground: "Sesame Street." In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the semina In a time of musical segmentation and stratification, there remains a place where…

  3. Soft Spot

    July 05, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The substantial degree of traditional and alt-country influence among New York singer/songwriters and groups is illustrated by Clem Snide's fourth full-length release. The substantial degree of traditional and alt-country influence among New York singer/songwriters and groups is…

  4. Buddy Guy Conjures Intimacy On Acoustic Set

    July 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues legend Buddy Guy. Why, record after record, was Guy chasing crossover success? He seemed to be toiling away, tryi A few years back, producer Dennis Herring was struck by a nagging question about blues…

  5. Rachel's Emerging From 'Layers'

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Louisville-based symphonic rock outfit Rachel's is eyeing an October release via Quarterstick/Touch & Go for its next studio album, "systems/layers." Principal member Jason Noble tells Billboard.c Louisville-based symphonic rock outfit Rachel's is eyeing an October…

  6. As Escovedo Recovers, Friends Pitch In

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from Hepatitis C. The revered singer/songwriter was hospitalized after collapsing in April, and is currently resting a Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from…

  7. Now and Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century

    June 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alex de Grassi's years as one of Windham Hill's signature artists made him an icon of finger-style guitar playing, both for his musicianship and compositions. Alex de Grassi's years as one of Windham Hill's signature artists made him an icon of finger-style guitar playing,…

  8. Stone Cold

    June 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The majority of new rock acts in the 2000s are corporate-stamped to sound precisely like whomever was topping the radio charts six months previous. The majority of new rock acts in the 2000s are corporate-stamped to sound precisely like whomever was topping the radio charts six months…

  9. Modest Mouse Digs In On New Album

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album for Epic. The set was produced by Dennis Herring (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows) and recorded at Sweet Tea Stud Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album…

  10. CHART BEAT BONUS

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of "American Idol" Ruben Studdard & runner-up Clay Aiken, Monica, Luther Vandross, Annie Lennox and the Beach Boys. CLAYMOTION: During the run of the second season of "American Idol," one sign seen often in the audience was "…

  11. 2003 Teen Choice Awards Nominees

    June 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour ceremony that will be broadcast by Fox. Below are the nominees for the 2003 Teen Choice Awards, which will be handed out Aug. 6 during a live two-hour ceremony that will be broadcast by Fox.…

  12. The Thorns

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot worse things an act could be accused of than sounding like Crosby, Stills & Nash. There are a lot worse things an act could be accused of than sounding like Crosby, Stills & Nash. And that's exactly who comes to mind when you press "play" and start…

  13. Never Gonna Let You Go

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The folk/country husband-and-wife team of Stacey Earle (kid sister of Steve) & Mark Stuart calls up immediate comparisons to another married duo, Victoria Williams & Mark Olson of the Original The folk/country husband-and-wife team of Stacey Earle (kid sister of Steve) & Mark…

  14. 0304

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT What happens when an artist watches her album sales dwindle with each successive release? If you are Jewel, you hook up with Über-pop producer Lester A. Mendez (Shakira, among others) and repla What happens when an artist watches her album sales dwindle with each successive release? If you…

  15. Robinella & the CCstringband

    June 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ready for something special? Look no further than Robinella & the CCstringband's self-titled, major-label debut. Ready for something special? Look no further than Robinella & the CCstringband's self-titled, major-label debut. It's a country swing-bluegrass-jazz-fusion…

  16. Web Leak Fails To Derail Radiohead's 'Thief'

    June 13, 2003 12:00 AM EDT An expanded version of the Radiohead feature in the June 14, 2002, issue of Billboard. These days, rare is an album from a superstar act that doesn't leak onto the Internet before it hits stores. But when MP3 files purporting to be songs from Radiohead's Capitol album, "Hail to…

  17. Neptunes Strut Their Stuff On 'Clones'

    June 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ubiquitous production team the Neptunes is working on a star-studded compilation featuring artists from its Star Trak label. Due Aug. 5, "Star Trak Presents... Clones" is described by Neptunes princip Ubiquitous production team the Neptunes is working on a star-studded compilation…

  18. In the Pursuit of Leisure

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In the Pursuit of Leisure doesn't waste any time getting to the good stuff. In the Pursuit of Leisure doesn't waste any time getting to the good stuff. It's front-loaded with a quartet of perfect pop-rock tunes that weasels its way into your head. The set opens with the head…

  19. Everybody Loves You

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Kaki King is a dazzling guitarist. She's an inventive, pensive, explosive player whose technique is miles beyond her 23 years. Kaki King is a dazzling guitarist. She's an inventive, pensive, explosive player whose technique is miles beyond her 23 years. She authored every tune on…

  20. All-Star Blues Jam

    June 07, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Muddy Waters Band vet Bob Margolin learned the Chicago blues from the master. Muddy Waters Band vet Bob Margolin learned the Chicago blues from the master. In the 20 years since Waters' passing, Margolin has done his bit to keep the art form alive. For this session, Margolin pulled…

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