1. New Orleans Jazz Fest / April 23-25 / Fairgrounds Racetrack

    April 27, 2010 6:00 PM EDT With three days of memorable performances by artists as varied as Simon and Garfunkel , Drake , My Morning Jacket , the Allman Brothers , and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band , the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 23-25) demonstrated just why the yearly…

  2. Trent Reznor Spurs Tom Morello To Kick Out Jams With New Band

    May 29, 2009 8:35 AM EDT A surprise invitation from Trent Reznor resulted in Street Sweeper Social Club -- the new group formed by Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, the Nightwatchman) and the Coup's Boots Riley -- getting an earlier than expected public airing. "We were finishing mixing our…

  3. Joss Stone Rocks The Vote With New Song

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST British singer Joss Stone is playing her part to encourage Americans to vote today (Nov. 4) in the 2008 president election. "I keep having interviews about trying to encourage people to vote, and peop British singer Joss Stone is playing her part to encourage Americans to vote today (Nov…

  4. Billboard Bits: Morrissey, Future Of Music Coalition, Lebo Mathosa

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey will play his only North American date of the year Nov. 21 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Oct. 28). The week prior to the Chicago date, Morrissey will stage Morrissey will play his only North American date of the year Nov. 21 at the Aragon Ballroom…

  5. Billboard Bits: MTV VMAs, The Roots, Superfly During Jazzfest

    March 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST MTV will bring back its Video Music Awards to its intimate New York roots this summer. MTV will bring back its Video Music Awards to its intimate New York roots this summer. The 23rd annual edition of the event returns to the Big Apple after a two-year stint at Miami's 20,000-capacity…

  6. Billboard Bits: Spacey, Setzer, COC

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stories on Kevin Spacey, Brian Setzer Orchestra and Corrosion Of Conformity. Kevin Spacey has dabbled very lightly in the world of song in the past, even contributing a version of "Mind Games" during a televised tribute to John Lennon a few years back. But he has so seriously taken…

  7. Music Fuels New Year's Eve Celebrations

    December 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for many music acts, the festivities surrounding New Year's Eve tend to drag others off of the couch and onto the stage While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for…

  8. Hunter, Previte Building Songs From Ground Up

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and electronic drummer Bobby Previte frequently play full-improvisation gigs at the Knitting Factory's Tap Room in New York when their touring schedules allow. It's simpatico excursion music that…

  9. Breaking & Entering

    October 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Twilight Singers and Kill Hannah. TWILIGHT YEARS: The moody hard rock of the Afghan Whigs could be as misogynistic as it was masochistic, with leader Greg Dulli hating himself a little more with each…

  10. Breaking & Entering

    May 14, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Gotan Project, Garage A Trois, and Howie Day. A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. SAY YEAH: Art-punk trio the Yeah Yeah…

  11. Galactic To Tour 'Freezestyle' In 2003

    December 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST New Orleans-based instrumental jazz-funk combo Galactic has set up another tour under the Freezestyle moniker. The six-week jaunt is due to kick off Jan. 23 at the group's hometown venue Tipitina's, r New Orleans-based instrumental jazz-funk combo Galactic has set up another tour…

  12. Billboard Bits: SHeDAISY, Jammys, Alejandro Escovedo

    September 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT NEws on SHeDAISY, Jammys, Alejandro Escovedo Sibling country trio SHeDAISY was on hand to perform at last night's (Sept. 23) New York premiere party for the Touchstone film "Sweet Home Alabama." While the group struggled to hold the attention of the schmoozing stars during its…

  13. Medeski, Martin & Wood: An 'Uninvisible' Trio

    March 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST According to Chris Wood, bassist for Medeski, Martin & Wood, the title of the trio's 10th album, "Uninvisible" (due April 9 via Blue Note) is "a bit like a Rorschach test -- it means different thi According to Chris Wood, bassist for Medeski, Martin & Wood, the…

  14. Flyin' the Koop

    March 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Just what constitutes "jazz" and "jam-band," and where do the two go their separate ways? Purists would argue that the two have nothing to do with one another, but this release by Galactic drummer Sta Just what constitutes "jazz" and "jam-band," and…