1. Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem Bring NYC Party To Coachella

    April 17, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Jay-Z brought his arena-sized stage show -- complete with a guest spot by Beyonce -- to the California desert Friday night (April 16), capping off the triumphant first day of the 11th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival with a rapid succession of more than a decade's worth of hip…

  2. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, "Rise & Shine"

    April 02, 2010 3:26 PM EDT Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars ' latest release, "Rise & Shine," not only solidifies the group's spot in the world music galaxy, but also affirms that roots reggae is alive and well beyond Jamaica. Evidence of this is first heard in the backbeat of the new album…

  3. Gogol Bordello, Rick Rubin Team Up For 'Hustle'

    March 23, 2010 4:14 PM EDT Eugene Hütz, guitar strapped over a shirtless shoulder, sweat shining atop his narrow frame, grabs the microphone and raises one arm over his famously mustachioed face, closing the night with a final coda: "We are your fucking friends Gogol Bordello !" Behind, his band of gypsies…

  4. SXSW Kicks Off With Spoon, Sharon Jones, Drive-By Truckers and More

    March 18, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Hundreds of bands, thousands of registrants, and countless numbers of music fans poured into Austin, Tex. yesterday for the start of the music week of the annual South by Southwest Music + Media Conference. At the Austin Convention Center, more than 10,000 music industry veterans and wannabes…

  5. SXSW 2010: Billboard's Showcase Bands

    March 10, 2010 6:30 PM EST Give us four nights to program whatever we want, and we'll give you diverse top-tier acts from all the genres we cover, from Latin to hip-hop to rock. All performances are at the Billboard.com Bungalow at 708 E. Sixth St. in downtown Austin. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17 Billboard en Español…

  6. Rihanna, "Rude Boy"

    February 26, 2010 2:58 PM EST With "Rude Boy," Rihanna delivers her most provocative lyrics and perhaps most authentic-sounding single to date. The singer makes good use of the song's title -- an old Jamaican slang term for lawless males -- and relishes her role as antagonist. "Come here rude boy, boy,…

  7. The Specials Confirm North American Tour Dates

    February 03, 2010 11:11 AM EST T he Specials have confirmed the dates for the reunited British band's first North American tour in nearly 30 years. In addition to playing a top spot at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the band will play club dates in Los Angeles, Toronto, and New York in April. As previously…

  8. The Specials To Make U.S. Return On 'Fallon' Show

    January 25, 2010 9:00 AM EST The Specials, the celebrated British band that reformed in 2009 after more than two decades apart, will play its first North American shows in nearly 30 years in April, starting with an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on April 13. The Specials are also one of…

  9. Vampire Weekend / Jan. 19, 2010 / New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)

    January 20, 2010 2:32 PM EST Onstage at New York's Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night (Jan. 19), Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig admitted that he had "a lot of toxins to get out," due to the previous night's post-show celebration. Considering the whirlwind that has followed the group's 2008 debut…

  10. Rupa & The April Fishes, "Este Mundo"

    November 06, 2009 3:32 PM EST Whether it's klezmer, cumbia, ska, reggae or French chanson, there doesn't seem to be a genre that the San Francisco quintet Rupa & the April Fishes can't do. Lead singer Rupa Marya has an ear not only for languages but also for singing in them. (She sings in French,…

  11. Judge Blocks Sublime Bandmembers From Using Name

    November 03, 2009 7:41 PM EST A Los Angeles judge has shut down an effort by former bandmembers of Sublime to perform under the name. The preliminary injunction was issued today in a trademark lawsuit brought by the estate of the 90's ska-punk band's lead singer Bradley Nowell. Nowell died of a drug overdose in…

  12. Sublime Reunion Show Sparks Controversy

    October 23, 2009 5:11 PM EDT Last month, the surviving members of Long Beach, Calif. ska-punk band Sublime made a surprise announcement : the group would reform with a new lead singer and would make at least one live appearance, its first official concert since the death of its founder Bradley Nowell from a drug overdose…

  13. Basement Jaxx, "Scars"

    October 06, 2009 4:01 PM EDT If Basement Jaxx has a flaw, it's the group's tendency to overdo: too many of the craziest sounds you've ever heard happening at once, at too high a volume, surrounding one defenseless vocal line. But the U.K. production duo has found a happy medium between total sonic freedom…

  14. Basement Jaxx Plan Rare DJ Tour For 'Scars' Release

    August 21, 2009 12:32 PM EDT Basement Jaxx , the British dance music duo responsible for some of the most infectious dancefloor filling anthems of the last decade, will follow the release of their latest studio album with a series of rare North American DJ dates this autumn. The DJ tour will kick off in San Francisco on…

  15. 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," …

  16. Video Q&A: 311 Cranks The 'Uplifter'

    July 29, 2009 5:09 PM EDT Twelve years after its breakout album, "Transistor," invaded the mainstream and turned frontman Nick Hexum into a '90s star, 311 is proving it still rocks. The punk-ska-reggae band's new album "Uplifter" -- its first since 2005 -- debuted at No. 3 on the…

  17. Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars'

    July 13, 2009 9:12 AM EDT Basement Jaxx , the U.K. dance duo known for rollicking, noisy house tracks and circus-like live shows, have completed work on "Scars," the pair's fifth full-length album. "Scars" is due for an October release on XL. The Jaxx have also recorded a second as-yet…

  18. Basement Jaxx Tap Yoko Ono, Santigold For 'Scars'

    July 13, 2009 7:48 AM EDT Basement Jaxx, the U.K. dance duo known for rollicking, noisy house tracks and circus-like live shows, have completed work on "Scars," the pair's fifth full-length album. "Scars" is due for an October release on XL. The Jaxx have also recorded a second as-yet-untitled…

  19. The Specials Extended Reunion, Plan Second U.K. Tour

    June 09, 2009 8:41 AM EDT Ska legends The Specials, whose heyday 30 years ago coincided with a grimly familiar backdrop of economic hardship and unemployment, are to embark on a 13-date reunion tour of Britain. The band says on its website it will start in November, after a string of successful shows to mark the…

  20. May 28, 2009

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tony Ashton of Deep Purple dies of cancer at his home in London at the age of 55. 1983 – Van Halen receives the highest fee to date for a concert performance ($1 million) to perform at the second US Festival in California. 1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late…

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