1. Roman Candle Keeps It In The Family

    September 23, 2009 1:01 PM EDT The sex, drugs and a rock'n'roll lifestyle couldn't be less representative of Nashville alt-country trio Roman Candle if it tried. The band's tours are a family affair, with married bandmates Skip and Timshel Matheny's two kids - ages two and four - joining Roman…

  2. Islands Lightens Up With 'Vapours'

    September 22, 2009 10:57 AM EDT "Vapours," the title of Islands ' third full-length album, materialized after a particularly boisterous show last year in Switzerland. After his opening set, Los Angeles rapper Subtitle watched the Montreal indie-pop band put on a dazzling performance. "After the show he…

  3. Video: Anti-Pop Consortium Give A Beat Lesson

    September 18, 2009 4:14 PM EDT Producing a hip-hop beat takes serious practice, but M. Sayyid, a member of the New York-based alt-hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium , is ready to play professor. In this two-part interview with Billboard.com, Sayyid demonstrates how he makes "fire on the MP" -- the MPC 2000XL…

  4. Video Q&A: Perez Hilton On Will.i.Am And Music Moguldom

    September 17, 2009 3:52 PM EDT It's no secret that Perez Hilton loves sharing music -- by everyone from Lady GaGa and Katy Perry to Mika and Leona Lewis -- with the people who read his blog. But now he wants to share his favorite acts with someone who's not exactly his biggest fan. "I am inviting will.i.am…

  5. Pearl Jam, "Backspacer"

    September 11, 2009 2:47 PM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder still uses a typewriter to craft lyrics, and the band's new album, "Backspacer," is named for a key on his favorite old technology. A reluctance to dismiss the past has always marked Pearl Jam's career, and this newest effort specifically.…

  6. P.O.D. Guitarist Enlists Alt-Rock Vets For Daylight Division

    September 08, 2009 5:09 PM EDT Former members of Papa Roach , Chevelle and Rock Star Supernova have joined P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel in a new band, Daylight Division, that's posted two tracks online and is in the midst of writing and recording its first album. "It's definitely exciting," Curiel…

  7. Grynch Sounds Off On Seattle Hip-Hop

    September 03, 2009 1:05 PM EDT A hip-hop track about a 23-year-old Volvo sounds like a joke, but Seattle artist Grynch is totally sincere when he raps, "I've laughed in that car/I've cried in that car/Knock on wood, man, I'll probably die in that car." The emerging rapper, who's been getting…

  8. Weezer Filled With 'Raditude' This Fall

    August 21, 2009 12:19 PM EDT Although a final track listing is still being fleshed out, Weezer is set to release "Raditude," the group's seventh studio album, on October 27 on DGC Records. Rivers Cuomo says that the band is currently choosing from fifteen different songs for possible inclusion, but songs…

  9. New Norah Jones Album Due In November

    August 20, 2009 5:36 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Norah Jones will move away from jazz roots on her fourth studio album, due in November on Blue Note Records, her label announced today (Aug. 20). Producer Jacquire King ( Kings of Leon , Modest Mouse ) is working with Jones on the as-yet-untitled project, which will also…

  10. Breaking and Entering: Crosby Loggins

    August 13, 2009 7:22 PM EDT Crosby Loggins describes his songwriting process as "a conversation," so it's no surprise that the 28-year-old singer's solo debut, "Time to Move," feels like an honest heart to heart. The album specializes in warm pop tunes ("You Want to Be With Me," …

  11. Death Cab's Ben Gibbard, Jay Farrar Team Up For Kerouac Soundtrack

    August 13, 2009 2:46 PM EDT In an ode to iconic author Jack Kerouac, alt-country veteran Jay Farrar has teamed up with Death Cab for Cutie 's Ben Gibbard for a collaborative album entitled "One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur," Billboard.com has learned. The twelve song set is due…

  12. Video: Anberlin Does Danzig, Talks "Surrender"

    July 30, 2009 3:24 PM EDT Florida alt-rock outfit Anberlin is still riding high on the success of its 2008 album, "New Surrender." The band's first release on Universal Republic, the set not only landed at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release, it also spawned a No. 1 Hot Modern Rock…

  13. Sonic Youth, "Sacred Trickster"

    July 27, 2009 6:35 PM EDT The first and most immediate track off "The Eternal," "Sacred Trickster" finds the alt-rock legends exploring a punchier sound after decades of creating sprawling noise-rock. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the track lets Kim Gordon snarl lines like "I want you…

  14. Dinosaur Jr. Rises Again With 'Farm'

    July 27, 2009 12:00 PM EDT The veteran alt-rock band Dinosaur Jr. made a splash on the Billboard 200 last month with its first release on Jagjaguwar, "Farm." At No. 29, the album's debut marks the peak position in the band's 25-year career and signals the beginning of a fruitful relationship with…

  15. Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

    July 21, 2009 11:57 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker William Hill when the shortlist for the 2009…

  16. Son Volt, "American Central Dust"

    July 21, 2009 11:25 AM EDT Son Volt explored its ambitious side on 2007's "The Search," but the material on "American Central Dust" finds the Jay Farrar-led outfit downshifting to revisit the more straightforward approach of the alt-rock band's 1995 debut album, "Trace." The…

  17. Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

    July 21, 2009 9:08 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker William Hill when the shortlist for the 2009…

  18. They Might Be Giants Ready New Albums, Plot Tour

    July 17, 2009 4:41 PM EDT On the heels of its 'Best Children's Album' Grammy win for "Here Come the 123's," They Might Be Giants is readying the release of another kid-centric set, "Here Comes Science." The album and animated DVD is due Sept. 1 on Amazon and iTunes and…

  19. They Might Be Giants To Release Third Kids Album In September, Rock Album In 2010

    July 17, 2009 11:16 AM EDT On the heels of its 'Best Children's Album' Grammy win for "Here Come the 123's," They Might Be Giants is readying the release of another kid-centric set, "Here Comes Science." The album and animated DVD is due Sept. 1 on Amazon and iTunes and…

  20. Wilco / July 13, 2009 / Brooklyn, NY (KeySpan Park)

    July 14, 2009 8:03 PM EDT Wilco doesn't need special effects or a theatrical set for its live show. What other bands look to produce with those high-budget concert accessories, this one offers in the stage charisma of its frontman, Jeff Tweedy. Of course, special guest performers like Feist, Grizzly Bear’s Ed…

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