1. R.E.M. Revamps Tour Plans, Takes Requests

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT The group, which kicked off its first world tour in four years June 21 in Utrecht, Holland, has added two dates and altered city and/or venue details for a handful of others on the North American leg Veteran modern rock act R.E.M. has made a few changes in its fall North American tour . The…

  2. Modest Mouse Digs In On New Album

    June 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album for Epic. The set was produced by Dennis Herring (Sparklehorse, Counting Crows) and recorded at Sweet Tea Stud Modest Mouse is eyeing a mid-to-late October release for its as-yet-untitled second album…

  3. Collaborations, Time Off Prove Key To The Cardigans' Return

    May 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. After a four-year hiatus, the members of Sweden's Cardigans have returned with "Long Gone Before Daylight" -- and a radically different sound. It is a recording that offers fresh, stripped-down songs that mark a departure from the…

  4. Update: R.E.M. Sets First Major Tour In Four Years

    March 27, 2003 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has confirmed a 26-date fall North American tour, its first such undertaking since 1999. The trek begins Sept. 1 at Seattle's annual Bumbershoot festival and will wrap Oct. 11 in Atlanta, about R.E.M. has confirmed a 26-date fall North American tour, its first such undertaking…

  5. 'Fear Yourself' Finds Daniel Johnston Feeling Blessed

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. On his 20th album, lo-fi veteran Daniel Johnston has teamed with a new collaborator for a new sound: Sparklehorse principal Mark Linkous, who produced the set and brought a new fidelity to Johnston's songs. The result, "Fear Yourself,…

  6. Eclectic International Soundtrack Backs 'Charlie'

    October 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A wide range of music -- from 1980s New Jersey modern rockers the Feelies and U.K. post-punkers the Soft Boys to the afro-pop of Angelique Kidjo's and the internationally acclaimed electronica of Asia A wide range of music -- from 1980s New Jersey modern rockers the Feelies and U.K. post…

  7. Producer Parish Makes A 'Move'

    September 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT John Parish once again teams up with his old friend Polly Jean Harvey on his new solo album, "How Animals Move," released Sept. 10 via Thrill Jockey. The Bristol-based multi instrumentalist/producer f John Parish once again teams up with his old friend Polly Jean Harvey on his new…

  8. Shortlist Prize's 'Long List' Announced

    August 22, 2002 12:00 AM EDT A total of 75 albums make up the "Long List" from which the finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music will be chosen. A total of 75 albums make up the "Long List" from which the finalists for the second annual Shortlist Prize for…

  9. Counting Crows Content In 'Candy' Land

    March 15, 2002 12:00 AM EST As first tipped here earlier this month, California-based modern rockers Counting Crows are slated to release their fourth studio album this summer via Geffen. Tentatively titled "Hard Candy," the set As first tipped here earlier this month, California-based modern rockers Counting…

  10. Forever

    February 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST Cracker's Forever—the follow-up to last year's two-disc hits-and-misses set Garage d'Or and the band's first collection of all-new material since 1998's Gentleman's Blues—shows David Low Cracker's Forever—the follow-up to last year's two-disc hits-and…

  11. Billboard Bits: Madonna, Badly Drawn Boy, Smooth Jazz Benefit

    November 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST News on Madonna, Badly Drawn Boy, Smooth Jazz Benefit Madonna will preside over a Dec. 9 London ceremony to award the prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art. Four British artists have made the shortlist for the $30,000 prize, competition for which is open to native artists under 50 who…

  12. Cracker's 'Forever' Due In January

    November 03, 2001 12:00 AM EST Cracker's fifth studio album, "Forever," will be released Jan. 29 via Backporch/Virgin Records. According to the band's official Web site, the set was originally planned for an October release, but wa Cracker's fifth studio album, "Forever," will be released…

  13. Sundance Looks To Sparklehorse, Air, And More

    September 07, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Sundance Channel will resurrect its "Sonic Cinema" series throughout October with three separate programs, one focusing on the directing work of four young filmmakers, another on animated clips, a The Sundance Channel will resurrect its "Sonic Cinema" series throughout…

  14. Hot Product

    August 27, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Slipknot, Mary J. Blige, Bjork, Brian McKnight, and more. We're Not In 'Iowa' Anymore Few groups have anything in common with Roadrunner hardcore nonet Slipknot, which, in the three years since emerging from the very definition of the middle of…

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