1. St. Vincent Performs at Diane Von Furstenberg’s 40th Anniversary Show

    February 10, 2014 11:50 AM EST “If I can’t show it / you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything?” St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, sings on “Digital Witness,” a musical thinkpiece about life in the age of Instagram. That lyric, from her self-titled fourth solo album (due Feb. 25) on Loma Vista/Republic, doubled…

  2. Black Keys, Maroon 5 Highlight Friday's NYC Super Bowl Shows

    February 01, 2014 12:50 PM EST The blitz of music taking over New York City during Super Bowl week continues with a pair of concerts at legendary venues The Black Keys didn't mess around on Friday night (Jan. 31), in what was likely their final show at New York City's legendary Roseland Ballroom, slated to…

  3. Josh Homme, Duff McKagan Among Musicians Set for 'Portlandia' Cameos

    December 10, 2013 9:05 PM EST A given episode of hit TV show "Portlandia" might feature a flurry of celebrity cameos in addition to a rotating cast of players, and the new season of the IFC sketch comedy show should prove to be no different. Today (Dec. 10), IFC confirmed the fourth season of "Portlandia,…

  4. How Fred Armisen Teamed with The Clash for Funny Or Die

    October 16, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Ian Rubbish, a British punk character Fred Armisen introduced in his last season on “Saturday Night Live” this past spring, has teamed up with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon in a new video for Funny Or Die. The six-minute clip, called "The Last Gang In Town," was filmed…

  5. Pearl Jam 'Lightning Bolt' Mini-Doc Previews New Song 'Getaway': Watch

    September 26, 2013 3:20 PM EDT Brief album doc previews four tunes, includes band Q&As conducted by Judd Apatow, Carrie Brownstein and more. With Pearl Jam's new album "Lightning Bolt" less than three weeks away the band has posted a short documentary that features snippets of new tunes including a…

  6. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  7. Tightened Up: Inside the Black Keys' Rise to Arena-Sized Fame

    January 06, 2012 12:35 PM EST One massive arena tour. Two appearances on "Saturday Night Live" -- in one year. Three Grammys. 207,000 albums sold, opening week. The Black Keys are finally firing on all cylinders with "El Camino." Last January, the Black Keys and Vampire Weekend faced off in a battle…

  8. Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein Sounds Off on Hipsterdom, 'Portlandia' Season Two

    January 05, 2012 4:10 PM EST On the second season of the culty IFC Channel comedy "Portlandia," Eddie Vedder plays a hot dude with a not-so-hot Eddie Vedder tattoo. Johnny Marr plays a cyclist disgruntled by imcompentent bike valets (they're the worst, right?). And St. Vincent ? "I wouldn't quite…

  9. CMJ 2011: 15 Things That Will Rock

    October 18, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to… find the next great buzz band? Indie enthusiasts have ascended upon New York City this week for the annual CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off today (Oct. 18) and runs through Saturday. Will the proverbial "they" find…

  10. #indierock: St. Vincent Goes Twitter-Happy for 'Strange Mercy'

    September 09, 2011 1:30 PM EDT On the Fourth of July, Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent , retweeted a nugget of wisdom from fellow indie mainstay John Darnielle of the band Mountain Goats . "On your deathbed, you will not say: 'I wish I'd spent more time talking about social media,'…

  11. Talking Arts: Q&A With Decemberists-Loving, Pro-Arts Portland Mayor Sam Adams

    February 14, 2011 5:45 PM EST It's a skit from the new IFC sketch comedy show "Portlandia."The mayor of Portland, Ore., portrayed by Kyle McLachlan, commissions the show's two actors, Carrie Brownstein (of Sleater-Kinney ) and Fred Armisen (of "Saturday Night Live" fame) to write a theme song…

  12. Playlist: The Sounds of Portland, Oregon

    February 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Billboard music editor and Portland native Cortney Harding picks songs and videos by her ten favorite Portland bands. She's so "Portland" that she'll argue that Everclear weren't really a Portland band, and will point you to a Willamette Week cover story from the mid…

  13. Kanye West Plays Surprise Brooklyn Set to Close Pitchfork, CMJ Fests

    October 24, 2010 6:11 PM EDT K anye West surprised hundreds of concertgoers at Williamsburg music venue Brooklyn Bowl early Sunday morning (Oct. 24), performing a five-song set that included highlights from his recent G.O.O.D. Friday releases and a singalong to his self-revealing new single, "Runaway." West&…

  14. The Shins Shape Up, Look To The Future

    May 08, 2009 1:02 PM EDT A lineup change, a new label, a film score and a few new songs are greeting fans of The Shins as the band returned to the road this past week after an eighteen month break. Longtime bassist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval have been replaced by Fruit Bats' bassist Ron Lewis and…

  15. Pearl Jam Reteams With Brendan O'Brien For New Album

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam has started recording its ninth studio album with producer Brendan O'Brien, guitarist Mike McCready told Seattle radio station KISW yesterday (May 1). Though only "four or five" songs are be Pearl Jam has started recording its ninth studio album with producer Brendan…

  16. Autolux Goes Indie For New Album

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST After splitting with Epic, which released its 2004 debut, "Future Perfect," California rock outfit Autolux is fielding offers for a new deal while it finishes its next album. After splitting with Epic, which released its 2004 debut, "Future Perfect," California rock outfit…

  17. Malkmus In An 'Emotional' State On New Album

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have set a March 4 date for their next Matador album, titled "Real Emotional Trash." Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have set a March 4 date for their next Matador album, titled "Real Emotional Trash." The 10-song set marks the first Jicks album…

  18. Malkmus Eyeing Early '08 For Next Album

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Stephen Malkmus is "67.4685%" completed recording his fourth post-Pavement album with his band the Jicks, according to a post on his Web site. Stephen Malkmus is "67.4685%" completed recording his fourth post-Pavement album with his band the Jicks, according to a post on…

  19. Band Of Horses, J Dilla Reap PLUG Awards

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Band Of Horses and the late J Dilla were awarded the highest accolades at the PLUG 2007 Independent Music Awards Show on Saturday (Feb. 10) at New York's Irving Plaza. Band Of Horses and the late J Dilla were awarded the highest accolades at the PLUG 2007 Independent Music Awards Show on…

  20. Bright Eyes Goes Orchestral On New Album

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST The 13-track set begins with "Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed)," where an orchestral swell a la the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" gives way to lonely acoustic guitar picking and lyrics like "I thought An orchestra is an integral component of Bright Eyes' new…

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