1. The Low Anthem, William Fitzsimmons, Lee Ranaldo Contribute to Jack Kerouac-Inspired Album

    September 20, 2013 3:40 AM EDT Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel - and it's not "On the Road." The album, which features artists like The Low Anthem, William Fitzsimmons, Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth and Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers, is…

  2. Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard Announces Solo Album

    July 17, 2012 1:10 PM EDT After seven studio albums as the frontman of indie rock stalwarts Death Cab For Cutie , Ben Gibbard is striking out on his own with a solo disc. "Former Lives," his first solo album, is due out on Oct. 16 in North America via Barsuk Records. The album's 12 songs were written…

  3. Jay Farrar Tackles Woody Guthrie in 'New Multitudes'

    March 09, 2012 2:45 PM EST Collaboration With Members of MMJ, Varnaline & Centro-matic Tops Billboard's Heatseekers Chart The day after Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Anders Parker (Varnaline) and Will Johnson (Centro-matic) hit No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers' chart , they hit…

  4. Exclusive: Billy Bragg on Woody Guthrie, 3rd 'Mermaid Avenue' Set

    March 08, 2012 2:15 PM EST "My initial reaction was, 'Surely this is Bob Dylan's job'" -- Billy Bragg To commemorate 100 years since Woody Guthrie 's birth, Nonesuch Records will release the four-disc "Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions," a set collecting Billy Bragg and Wilco…

  5. Jimmy Fallon to Honor Pink Floyd With Week of Tributes

    September 22, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Last year "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" celebrated a whole week of the Rolling Stones . In May, Bob Marley got his due. Now, the music-loving talk host is setting aside the week of Sept. 26-30 to honor one of the most beloved bands in history, Pink Floyd . NBC announced on Thursday…

  6. Death Cab's Ben Gibbard, Jay Farrar Team Up For Kerouac Soundtrack

    August 13, 2009 2:46 PM EDT In an ode to iconic author Jack Kerouac, alt-country veteran Jay Farrar has teamed up with Death Cab for Cutie 's Ben Gibbard for a collaborative album entitled "One Fast Move or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur," Billboard.com has learned. The twelve song set is due…

  7. The Dead, Black Crowes Deliver At Rothbury

    July 05, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Forget Independence Day. Saturday was the day of The Dead at the Rothbury Festival, which came as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the plethora of Grateful Dead-related attire worn around the Double JJ ranch site or to the many Dead flags that popped up at virtually every other…

  8. Son Volt Returns With New Album, Label

    April 06, 2009 11:47 AM EDT Son Volt, the Americana-inspired rock group fronted by Jay Farrar, returns this summer with a new album and new label. "American Central Dust," the band's sixth full-length and its first since signing with Rounder Records, will be released on July 7. "Rounder has shown a…

  9. Bob Dylan, The Dead Lead Rothbury Lineup

    March 16, 2009 1:21 AM EDT The Dead, Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes are among the top acts set for the second annual Rothbury, a weekend-long festival produced by Madison House Presents and AEG Live. The event will be held July 2-5 at the Double JJ Ranch in…

  10. The Billboard Q&A: The Replacements' Paul Westerberg

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At the risk of sounding corny, is there one of the first four albums that holds a warmer spot in your heart than the others? At the risk of sounding corny, is there one of the first four albums that holds a warmer spot in your heart than the others? Paul Westerberg: To me, they were all just…

  11. Daft Punk, Stooges, MMJ Join Pearl Jam At Lollapalooza

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Daft Punk, the Stooges, My Morning Jacket, Muse, Modest Mouse, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ben Harper and Snow Patrol are among the top acts joining previously announced headliner Pearl Jam at this Daft Punk, the Stooges, My Morning Jacket, Muse, Modest Mouse, Interpol, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs…

  12. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    February 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Arcade Fire returns with one of the most anticipated indie rock albums in recent memory ("Neon Bible"), Air breathes in English and Japanese influences on its "Pocket Symphony" and Ry Cooder bring A new album from eight-member bi-coastal rock outfit !!!, "Myth…

  13. Son Volt 'Searches' For New Sounds

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Son Volt will unveil its fifth full-length, "The Search," on March 6 via Transmit Sound/Legacy. The follow-up to 2005's "Okemah and the Melody of Riot" was produced by frontman Jay Farrar, who suggest Son Volt will unveil its fifth full-length, "The Search,"…

  14. I Want My NPR

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Love, hate or ignore it, NPR has influenced many pollsters' purchases when it comes to music. While we can barely comprehend it, 31% of Billboard.com readers have no clue what the heck NPR is. To clarify, it's National Public Radio, people. Either learn to poll or... well, continue…

  15. Bonnaroo Day Three: Lesh And Friends Bring It Home

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT If the fifth annual Bonnaroo initially raised eyebrows for booking Tom Petty and Radiohead, two mainstage headliners that have nothing to do with the current jam scene, the festival returned to its ro If the fifth annual Bonnaroo initially raised eyebrows for booking Tom Petty and Radiohead,…

  16. Petty, Morrison, Nelson Top 'Austin City Limits' Bill

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Massive Attack and Gnarls Barkley are among those lined up to play the 2006 Austin City Limits Festival. The Sept. 15-17 event will present 130 artists on eight Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, Massive Attack and Gnarls Barkley are among those…

  17. Farrar Looks Back, Son Volt Readies DVD

    April 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As Son Volt begins early work on its fifth album, group leader Jay Farrar is planning to release a collection of mostly traditional songs he cut with former Varnaline singer Anders Parker in the fall, As Son Volt begins early work on its fifth album, group leader Jay Farrar is planning to…

  18. Drive-By Truckers Ready To Rock On Tour

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Drive-By Truckers will begin a North American tour April 20 at the Charlottesville (Va.) Pavilion with Robert Randolph. The Drive-By Truckers will begin a North American tour April 20 at the Charlottesville (Va.) Pavilion with Robert Randolph. Included in the rock act's run are a…

  19. CALIFONE, "Roomsound"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Named after that age-old line of bulky record players you used to get your groove on with at the school library back in the day, Califone has been helping Americana convert itself from analog to digit Named after that age-old line of bulky record players you used to get your groove on with at…

  20. Escovedo Recording New Album With Cale

    November 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Alejandro Escovedo is working on a new album that is being produced by Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale. Alejandro Escovedo is working on a new album that is being produced by Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale. Due early next year, the as-yet-untitled set will be the singer…

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