1. Brandon Flowers Wanted to 'Summon Spirits of the Desert' with 'Flamingo'

    September 10, 2010 3:45 PM EDT While announcing the arrival of his solo career, Brandon Flowers made it clear that his band, the Killers , isn't breaking up. In fact, the singer says that the point of "Flamingo," due Sept. 14 on Island Records, was to deliver these songs to the public so that his group could…

  2. U2 'Spider-Man' Song Debuts on 'Good Morning America'

    September 10, 2010 2:20 PM EDT The U2 -scored Broadway spectacle "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has endured its share of setbacks , but fans finally got a taste of the musical on "Good Morning America" Friday morning (Sept. 10). Reeve Carney, who plays the titular superhero, performed the track "…

  3. The xx Benefits From Mercury Sales Surge

    September 08, 2010 4:40 PM EDT The London electronic/alt-rock trio the xx has already benefited from winning the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize . The televised coverage of the ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel last night (Sept. 7) on BBC Two had an immediate impact on the albums chart. The xx Wins 2010…

  4. The xx Wins 2010 Mercury Prize

    September 07, 2010 7:03 PM EDT T he xx has won the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for its debut album, xx" (Young Turks/XL Recordings). The £20,000 ($31,000) prize was presented to the alt-rock trio at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Sept. 7). The result was screened live on BBC Two, along with…

  5. ATP NY 2010: 10 Reasons It Rocked

    September 07, 2010 2:20 PM EDT The third annual New York edition of All Tomorrows Parties rocked the Catskills this past weekend (Sept 3-5) with three days of raw power blasting out of the amps of everyone from Iggy & the Stooges and Sonic Youth to Raekwon and GZA. The bill itself was reason enough to head up to…

  6. Weezer, "Hurley"

    September 03, 2010 5:04 PM EDT "Hurley," the veteran alt-rock band's speedy follow-up to last year's "Raditude," should mollify old-school Weezer fans horrified by that album's oddball forays into shiny top 40 territory. Instead of punching up his tunes with help from the likes of Dr.…

  7. Swell Season Pays for Counseling for Fans Who Saw Suicide

    August 26, 2010 11:28 AM EDT The Swell Season is paying for grief counseling sessions for hundreds of music fans who watched in horror as a man jumped to his death during the band's concert in California a week ago. As the band finished performing a song, 32-year-old Michael Pickels jumped from a roof covering the…

  8. Mark Olson, "Many Colored Kite"

    August 20, 2010 2:52 PM EDT Mark Olson asks at the beginning of his second solo album: "What would you do . . . if you lost everything good?" This braces us for another heart-rending rumination along the lines of 2007's transformative "The Salvation Blues." But that's not the story on "…

  9. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Takes It Slow, Sex Pistols Sell Fragrance

    August 17, 2010 7:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber's 'U Smile' Becomes Epic Art Piece What do you get when you slow down a Justin Bieber pop song down 800 percent? A gorgeously atmospheric 35-minute experience, as evidenced by a…

  10. Billboard Bits: Train Song Sparks Sheen Family Feud

    August 10, 2010 6:37 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Train's "Drops of Jupiter" Ignites Sheen Spat Train 's hit single "Drops of Jupiter" was the alleged cause of the ugly Christmas Day fight between actor Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke…

  11. Tracy Bonham, "Masts of Manhatta"

    August 06, 2010 1:42 PM EDT After some success in the mid-'90s and a five-year wait since her last album, Tracy Bonham returns to listeners' radars with her fourth set, "Masts of Manhatta." The album opens with "Devil's Got Your Boyfriend," a tango on which Bonham takes the role of a…

  12. Paramore Is 'Careful' To Cater to Alt-Rock Fans

    August 05, 2010 1:00 PM EDT Even as it's winning new fans in the pop world, Paramore is working to keep its alternative rock base happy. The Nashville quintet is currently working two singles -- "The Only Exception," a ballad which has scaled to No. 28 on the Hot 100, and "Careful," which is…

  13. Lollapalooza 2010: See This, Not That

    August 04, 2010 8:32 PM EDT It's what they call a good problem: too much at one festival going on at the same time. Some tough choices are in order. So if you're headed to the not-so-wilds of downtown Chicago's Grant Park for Lollapalooza 2010, we've got some advice on which path to take when…

  14. 10 Awesome & Awful Lollapalooza Moments

    August 04, 2010 3:30 PM EDT Since kicking off in 1991, Lollapalooza has had its fair share of ups and downs. With a comfortable residence in Chicago's Grant Park and an all-star 2010 lineup that includes Lady Gaga, Green Day and Arcade Fire, Lollapalooza is set to produce even more rock memories this year. Before…

  15. Soundgarden to Issue 'Telephantasm' Release in September

    August 03, 2010 1:15 PM EDT Soundgarden 's recent reunion will come full circle with "Telephantasm," the rock group's first release in 14 years, due out Sept. 28 on A&M/UMe. The retrospective album will feature the band's hits, previously released obscurities and "Black Rain," a…

  16. Bush, "Afterlife"

    July 30, 2010 5:58 PM EDT After nine years of side projects and solo albums in between stretches of silence, Gavin Rossdale has finally recorded new material with his breakout alt-rock group Bush . The band will return with a full album this October, but the first taste of the disc is radically different than the…

  17. The xx, Dizzee Rascal Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 20, 2010 10:24 AM EDT U.K. alt-rock veteran Paul Weller's 10th solo album and Dublin-based quintet Villagers' debut have made the shortlist for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, along with albums from the xx, Dizzee Rascal and Corinne Bailey Rae. The 12-strong shortlist was unveiled at London venue the…

  18. LCD Soundstyem, Raekwon Bring Heat to Pitchfork Music Festival

    July 18, 2010 1:08 PM EDT Day two of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago included some early breakout performances, curious sets from veteran acts and punishing humidity throughout the day. However, most of Saturday afternoon (July 17) felt like a wait for headliners LCD Soundsystem , who offered a thrilling,…

  19. Modest Mouse, Broken Social Scene Top Pitchfork Music Festival's First Night

    July 17, 2010 12:41 PM EDT Veteran indie rock ruled the first day of the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival, which kicked off its fifth year in Chicago's Union Park on Friday (July 16). As sweltering temperatures gave way to a cool summer night, the progressive rap and Swedish pop of the afternoon were followed by…

  20. Kid Cudi Has a Big Head in 'All Summer'

    July 14, 2010 6:17 PM EDT K id Cudi has a big head -- literally -- in the new video for "All Summer," the alt-rapper's Converse-approved single with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. In the clip, Cudi, Batmanglij and Cosentino do chores and jam out in…

Pages