1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Sonic Youth / July 3, 2009 / New York (United Palace Theatre)

    July 13, 2009 6:54 PM EDT After returning to its indie label roots with the June release of "The Eternal," Sonic Youth rang in Independence Day weekend in the same city where it began causing an alt-rock ruckus more than 30 years ago. This time, the quintessential downtown band took the party uptown to the…

  10. Sonic Youth / July 3, 2009 / New York (United Palace Theatre)

    July 09, 2009 6:46 PM EDT After returning to its indie label roots with the June release of "The Eternal," Sonic Youth rang in Independence Day weekend in the same city where it began causing an alt-rock ruckus more than 30 years ago. This time, the quintessential downtown band took the party uptown to the…

  11. Nine Inch Nails & Jane's Addiction / June 7, 2009 / Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)

    June 10, 2009 8:11 PM EDT It was a breezy Sunday night (June 7) in Long Island, NY, and 15,000 black-clad rockers were congregating at the oceanside Jones Beach amphitheater, all of them ready to party like it's 1991. That was, of course, the year of Perry Ferrell's inaugural Lollapalooza festival, the stage…

  12. Indie Lex To Issue Alan Moore Deluxe Release

    May 21, 2009 8:54 AM EDT He may have insisted his name did not appear on the "Watchmen" movie. But legendary comic book writer Alan Moore has been enthusiastic in his partnership with U.K. indie Lex Records on the release of a new work including an audiobook and soundtrack. Moore has already recorded the…

  13. Top 10 Highlights From ‘American Idol’ Season 8

    May 18, 2009 3:56 PM EDT From Gokey’s scream to Lady Gaga’s live performance, the best, worst, and weirdest moments from this year’s ‘Idol.’  The end of “American Idol” Season 8 is near. Glam rocker Adam Lambert and soulful folk-pop singer Kris Allen will vie for the crown on Wednesday night’s finale (May 20, FOX) ,…

  14. David Byrne Curates Bonnaroo Stage

    May 18, 2009 11:55 AM EDT David Byrne is happy to be "the guinea pig" at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Art Festival. Byrne is helming the first artist-curated stage in Bonnaroo's eight-year history, presenting a Friday night (June 12) lineup that will include his own "Songs of David Byrne and…

  15. Neko Case / April 13, 2009 / New York City (Nokia Theatre)

    April 15, 2009 7:06 PM EDT What used to be a telling sign of Neko Case’s rise in stature was not necessarily how well her albums were doing. Instead, her success could be charted in a different way: the rise in cat calls from her male audience over the years. It was somewhat awkward to hear perfectly grown men shout…

  16. Morrissey / March 26, 2009 / New York (Carnegie Hall)

    March 30, 2009 3:01 PM EDT During its nearly 120 year history, New York's Carnegie Hall has hosted performances by some of the world's most renowned musical deities, ranging from classical visionaries to jazz juggernauts and, occasionally, rock royalties. Now, 25 years after he began wallowing his way into…

  17. They Might Be Giants / Feb. 28, 2009 / New York (Le Poisson Rouge)

    March 06, 2009 3:51 PM EST Alt-rock mainstays They Might Be Giants are having a rather nice start to 200: they won their second Grammy in February for the kids album “Here Come the 123s,” have a song prominently featured in the magically excellent stop-motion film “Coraline,” and performed live on one of the last…

  18. No Doubt Announces Summer Tour Dates

    February 25, 2009 2:53 PM EST Grammy-winning alt-pop band No Doubt have announced dates for their 45-city summer tour, beginning May 3 at the Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, N.J. and running through Aug. 1 in Irvine, Calif. As previously reported , the band will be supported by Paramore, and joined on select dates…

  19. Coldplay, Kings Of Leon To Play Aussie Bushfire Benefit

    February 24, 2009 10:20 AM EST Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson and a reunited Midnight Oil lead the star-studded line-up for Australia's March 14 bushfire and flood benefit concerts, to be held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne under the Sound Relief tag-line. The Sydney Cricket Ground and its giant…

  20. Finalists Announced For Billboard Latin Awards

    February 17, 2009 10:15 AM EST A varied list of artists, from veteran to newcomers, dominates the finalists for the 11th annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking place April 23 in Miami. Icons Vicente Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis and Mana, along with pop star Enrique Iglesias, banda diva Jenni Rivera, urban bachata…

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