1. Taking Back Sunday Strip Down Kanye West

    August 08, 2011 10:25 AM EDT With some powerful singing and a pair of acoustic guitars, Taking Back Sunday turn Kanye West 's seething rap anthem "Can't Tell Me Nothing" into a soulful jam in this week's installment of Mashup Mondays. "We're big fans of Kanye West," says TBS singer…

  2. Lollapalooza 2011: 15 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    August 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT "Welcome weirdos!" was Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell 's message at the 10AM press conference that kicked off the 20th anniversary of the festival yesterday morning (Aug. 5) in Chicago's Grant Park. "In 1991, I expected about 10,000 weirdos," the dapper…

  3. Newport Folk Festival Highlighted by Pete Seeger, Decemberists

    August 01, 2011 6:30 PM EDT The Newport Folk Festival careened into Fort Adams State Park this weekend, selling out for the first time in its 52-year run. The festival, one of the oldest in the United States and recently enjoying non-profit status, joined veterans and neophytes with a series of guest appearances and…

  4. Q&A: Matt Pinfield on '120 Minutes' Relaunch, Lady Gaga's Bowie-ness

    July 29, 2011 4:00 PM EDT MTV's "120 Minutes," the weekly late-night series that championed alternative music from 1986 to 2003, will return to the airwaves on July 30 after an eight-year hiatus. The show, which will air monthly on MTV2, will have a new look and feel, but celebrated rock radio jock Matt…

  5. Weezer Talks Cruise, New Record, Schooling Dinosaur Jr.

    July 28, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Led by Rivers Cuomo , one of modern rock's more unlikely figures, Weezer has never done things quite conventionally. While others have pointed to Weezer as a forefather to the modern emo movement, a tongue-in-cheek feeling follows the nearly 20-year-old band, right down to its latest…

  6. Warped Tour: Gym Class Heroes, 3OH!3 Entertain Despite Dangerous Heat

    July 25, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Thousands of fans braved 100 degree weather over the weekend for the New York stop of the Vans Warped Tour, where headliners including Gym Class Heroes , 3OH!3 and A Day To Remember performed to sweaty but energetic crowds. Girls clad in bikinis and boys in nothing but shorts filled the…

  7. Dead At 27: Nine Artists Gone Too Soon

    July 23, 2011 6:11 PM EDT An uncanny number of musicians have passed away at age 27. Today (July 23), on the third anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death, we reflect on some of the 27 Club's most notable talents. Amy, Kurt, Janis, Jimi and Jim may be gone, but none of them will be forgotten. Amy Winehouse …

  8. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Shout-Outs Kathy Griffin's S&M' Cover, Vanilla Ice On Justin Bieber

    July 22, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Digs Kathy Griffin's Cover of 'S&M' She may be bad, but she's perfectly good at it: Comedian Kathy Griffin was captured doing a karaoke version of Rihanna's smash, "S&M…

  9. Various Artists, "Red Hot + Rio 2"

    July 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT During the past 21 years, the Red Hot Organization (which raises money for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention) has released some 16 themed benefit compilations featuring hundreds of vital artists from genres across the board. The latest, Red Hot + Rio 2, upholds the series' high standards…

  10. 311 Find 'Freedom and Control' with No Major Label

    July 15, 2011 5:15 PM EDT This past January, 311 took a bold step: After nearly two decades on a major label, the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Omaha, Neb., reggae-rock quintet founded its own label, 311 Records. "We've realized we don't need a major label," vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum says. "As…

  11. Pixies Continue 'Doolittle' Tour By Hitting 'Lost Cities'

    July 05, 2011 2:30 PM EDT If you've never been able to bring yourself to drive a few hundred miles to go see the Pixies , today might just be your lucky day. The reunited alt-rock legends have extended their worldwide tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1989 classic second album, "Doolittle" …

  12. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Dunks for the Smashing Pumpkins: Watch

    June 30, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Basketball may seem like rap's sport of choice, but rock is getting in the game -- or at least '90s alt-rock legends the Smashing Pumpkins are. In what may be the most unlikely promo you've seen all year, NBA hero Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gets down with Billy Corgan and co. by doing…

  13. Wilco Announces 'Whole Love' Track List, Fall Tour Dates

    June 29, 2011 5:32 PM EDT Wilco has announced a release date for its latest album "The Whole Love," which will be available for purchase Sept. 27, according to published reports. The album will feature 12 new songs, including the new single "I Might." "The Whole Love" marks the band'…

  14. Wilco Releases New Single 'I Might': Listen

    June 27, 2011 10:35 AM EDT Alt-country troubadours Wilco headlined their own Solid Sound Festival in North Adams, Mass. this past weekend, where they were selling the 7-inch vinyl version of a new single called "I Might." The single marks the first taste of the band's forthcoming album, revealed to be…

  15. Yellowcard Has Its Way With Katy Perry's 'E.T.'

    June 27, 2011 10:15 AM EDT Rock goes pop in this week's Mashup Monday as Florida's Yellowcard puts their guitars (and violin!) to California girl Katy Perry's hit "E.T." Photos: Yellowcard's Mashup Behind-The-Scenes Yellowcard at Billboard "There's a hook that goes through the…

  16. Deervana, Beirut, Guided By Voices Storm Brooklyn for Northside Fest

    June 20, 2011 4:15 PM EDT Be it baby bands or old hands, Brooklyn's Northside festival this weekend showcased more than 300 artists throughout the borough's Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods. With indie legends Beirut and Guided by Voices in the headlining slots, the fest was a four-day smorgasborg…

  17. Coldplay, "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall"

    June 17, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Although Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" offers some experimentation and plays off electronic music trends, the group's latest single-which may or may not be from its forthcoming fifth album-finds the foursome on the same journey as its last album, 2008's …

  18. Rihanna Climbs Up the Social 50 Thanks to 'Down'

    June 09, 2011 5:55 PM EDT In the Social 50 chart's top 10 this week, Rihanna climbs 4-2 thanks to the buzz surrounding the release of her latest music video, "Man Down." The clip, which premiered on June 1, has brought in 12 million Vevo views (earning a 51% week-over-week gain). In the short, the…

  19. Paramore Drops New Single 'Monster': Listen

    June 03, 2011 1:30 PM EDT Tennessee alt-rockers Paramore premiered "Monster," their first single as a trio since the departure of Zac and Josh Farro late last year , on their website today (June 3). The track, set to hit iTunes June 7, is the first single off the "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon"…

  20. Top 15 Billboard Music Awards Tweets

    May 23, 2011 12:17 AM EDT The stars not only showcased their talent and beauty at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, they tweeted about them too! Here's our round-up of the top fifteen coolest and funnest tweets of the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and…

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