1. What's a Willie-Waught? Andrew Bird Gets to the Bottom of 'Auld Lang Syne'

    December 17, 2012 1:15 PM EST Andrew Bird 's bouncy, happy-go-lucky version of "Auld Lang Syne" unsurprisingly closes out the new "Holidays Rule" compilation, and the indie-folk star says it was curiosity that drove him to pick the New Year's Eve staple. Holiday Music Central: Playlist, Top…

  2. Austin City Limits Lineup: Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Black Keys Headlining

    May 22, 2012 1:05 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers will top a loaded bill at October's Austin City Limits. The 130-band lineup will include Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Black Keys , Jack White , Florence + the Machine and the Avett Brothers atop the bill. The annual Texas festival will span Oct. 12-14 in Zilker…

  3. Outside Lands 2012 Lineup: Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young Headlining

    April 17, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder , Metallica , Neil Young & Crazy Horse , Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park from Aug. 10-12. The 2012 fest marks the return of Metallica and…

  4. Bruce Springsteen Squeaks By Adele, Earns Tenth No. 1 Album

    March 14, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen nets his tenth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Wrecking Ball" debuts atop the tally with 196,000 sold in its first week (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Among all acts, Springsteen ties Elvis Presley for the third-most No. 1s in history. Only the…

  5. 'Project X' Soundtrack Gunning for Top Three on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 09, 2012 7:36 PM EST While Adele 's "21" and Bruce Springsteen 's new "Wrecking Ball" are vying for the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart next week, the soundtrack to "Project X" is poised to the crash the party in the top three. The companion album to the film…

  6. Andrew Bird Turns Low-Pressure Barn Recording Into New Album 'Break It Yourself'

    March 06, 2012 2:30 PM EST For his entire career, Andrew Bird has been an enigma -- a round piece unable to fit into any square genre, his music a gentle swirl of folk, pop and even classical, all of it sounding unlike most everything else. Andrew Bird or Birdman? The Lyrics Quiz And that's why he's succeeded…

  7. M. Ward Offers Up Animated Video For New Single 'The First Time I Ran Away'

    February 01, 2012 5:40 PM EST If you're a fan of sleepy-time folk, you're in for a promising few months ahead. First, we'll see if Bon Iver can pull an Arcade Fire at this year's Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 (four nominations -- including Record and Song of the Year nods -- should yield something, right ?)…

  8. Andrew Bird or Birdman? The Lyrics Quiz

    December 06, 2011 1:50 PM EST On Tuesday (Dec. 6), acclaimed indie-folk songwriter Andrew Bird announced that his twelfth studio album, "Break It Yourself," will be released on Mar. 6, 2012, and issued list of spring tour dates throughout North America. Meanwhile, Cash Money rapper Birdman released a.) 1. "…

  9. Exclusive: 'The Muppets' Soundtrack Song List

    October 10, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has four original songs in the Disney film "The Muppets," which features special appearances by Feist , Joanna Newsom and Nathan Pacheco. Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack Nov. 21. McKenzie has written "Life's a Happy…

  10. OK Go Parties With Muppets in New Video: Watch

    August 23, 2011 12:05 PM EDT As usual, OK Go committed fully to their latest video concept: Not only did the California band make a video for its "Green Album" cover of "The Muppet Show" theme song alongside Kermit and Fozzie -- they practically became Muppets. Watch below. Much like Weezer back in…

  11. Billboard Bits: Xtina & Adele Hang Out, AC/DC Launch Wine Line

    August 16, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Adele & Christina Aguilera Hang in L.A. It was a collision of diva power, as Christina Aguilera and Adele spent time together backstage at Adele's show at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles last night. "…

  12. Billboard Bits: Paul Stanley Welcomes Fourth Child, Rebecca Black Drops Out Of School

    August 10, 2011 6:34 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Kiss' Paul Stanley Welcomes Baby No. 4 Kiss guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley and wife, Erin, welcomed their fourth child, daughter Emily Grace Stanley yesterday (Aug. 9) in Los Angeles. "I'm not sure…

  13. Nick Drake Doc Takes Shape

    July 06, 2010 2:15 PM EDT After a pair of well-received documentary projects-"The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights" and "180° South"-Emmett Malloy's next target is paying tribute to the late British folk-rocker Nick Drake. The Brushfire Records co-founder has already started…

  14. Chicago Singer Nora O'Connor's One Hot Summer

    June 11, 2010 2:03 PM EDT For Chicago singer Nora O'Connor , the summer of 2010 is shaping up to be the highest-profile of her career. After a year of occasional dates and TV performances with Neko Case (alongside her regular harmonizer Kelly Hogan ) and a one-off reunion show with her former alt-country…

  15. Billboard Bits: My Morning Jacket, SPIN Magazine, Allman Brothers, Gorillaz and more

    April 26, 2010 6:50 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip each day. SPIN magazine turns 25 years old this month, and as part of its anniversary issue the magazine's editors have compiled a list of the 125 best albums of the last quarter century. Check out the whole…

  16. My Morning Jacket Returning To Road With Preservation Hall Jazz Band

    January 29, 2010 3:20 PM EST M y Morning Jacket , the electrifying rock band that took nearly a year away from touring, is set to hit the road in April for a 9-date outing through several Southeastern states. The tour kicks off April 20 in Birmingham, Ala., winds up in Columbus, Ohio on May 2 an includes a stop at the…

  17. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Them Crooked Vultures, Phoenix Kick Off ACL

    October 03, 2009 11:03 AM EDT Festival-goers got an immaculate first day for the eighth annual Austin City Limits festival, which kicked off yesterday (Friday, Oct. 2) - and the day's spectacular weather seemed to have rubbed off on many artists, who frequently commented on the fondness they have for the Texas…

  18. Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam Set For Austin City Limits' 35th Season

    September 24, 2009 1:43 PM EDT For its 35th year on air, the famed public broadcast music show Austin City Limits is going big. Scheduled to perform this season are major acts like the Dave Matthews Band , Pearl Jam , Willie Nelson (performing with Asleep at the Wheel ), Elvis Costello , Ben Harper and Them Crooked…

  19. Kings Of Leon Crown Wet Lollapalooza Friday

    August 08, 2009 11:46 AM EDT Wet weather continued its plague on summer festivals at Lollapalooza's opening day in Chicago. At noon, when the first bands took to the stages at Grant Park, a steady pour had already turned the grounds into a mud slick. On Friday, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell found time to sing a…

  20. Phish Jams With Springsteen On Bonnaroo's Closing Night

    June 15, 2009 8:14 AM EDT Headliner met headliner on Bonnaroo's final evening as Bruce Springsteen joined Phish on stage Sunday to close out the four-day festival in grand fashion. After being introduced by Phish frontman/guitarist Trey Anastasio as his "boyhood hero and still hero," Springsteen first…

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