1. 311 Find 'Freedom and Control' with No Major Label

    July 15, 2011 5:15 PM EDT This past January, 311 took a bold step: After nearly two decades on a major label, the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Omaha, Neb., reggae-rock quintet founded its own label, 311 Records. "We've realized we don't need a major label," vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum says. "As…

  2. 'Weird Al' Yankovic, 'Alpocalypse': Track-By-Track Review

    June 21, 2011 2:05 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic knows better than anyone that the pop music landscape can change in the blink of an eye. It's been five years since the master satirist released his last full-length, "Straight Outta Lynwood," which featured a send-up of Chamillionaire 's…

  3. 311 Ditches Ballads, Space Travel Notions on 'Universal Pulse'

    June 21, 2011 1:59 PM EDT 's forthcoming new album, "Universal Pulse," went through "a lot of different phases," according to frontman Nick Hexum. Among them? "A concept album about space travel" that he broached to his bandmates. "Yeah, I don't know if the rest of the…

  4. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Lady Gaga, Steven Tyler, Romeo Santos

    May 19, 2011 6:55 PM EDT THE LOVE OF 'GLORY': As previously reported , Lady Gaga blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3 with "The Edge of Glory." The third single from "Born This Way," due Monday (May 23), follows the title cut, which spent its first six chart weeks at No. 1…

  6. Atmosphere, "The Family Sign"

    April 15, 2011 10:00 AM EDT This long-running Minneapolis hip-hop crew has grown by two since its left-field 2008 commercial hit "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold." Guitarist Nate Collis and keyboardist Erick Anderson are now full-on Atmosphere members (joining rapper Slug and producer Ant …

  7. Hollywood Undead, "American Tragedy"

    April 08, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Rap-rock has taken its lumps in recent years and has certainly slipped further back underground from its heyday of dominance in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Those who miss it, however, should be heartened by Hollywood Undead 's second studio set, "American Tragedy," a tight…

  8. Dirty Heads Ready New Album After Surprise Hit 'Lay Me Down'

    March 28, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Though Dirty Heads ' debut album, 2008's "Any Port in a Storm," is an enjoying an extended life thanks to the added-on single "Lay Me Down," the southern California quintet is ready to focus on its follow-up. "There's a bunch of new songs, a bunch of…

  9. Drive-By Truckers, "Go-Go Boots"

    February 12, 2011 4:54 PM EST Drive-By Truckers were so prolific during the making of last year's "The Big To-Do" that the Southern rockers spread the output over two separate albums. The good news is that "Go-Go Boots" is every bit as good as its predecessor-and maybe even a smidge better. The 14…

  10. Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Killers Headlining Lollapalooza Chile

    January 28, 2011 11:30 AM EST K anye West , Jane's Addiction and the Killers will help Lollapalooza make its overseas debut this spring, as the U.S. festival heads to Chile on April 2 and 3. The full lineup for the festival, which will be held in O'Higgins Park in Santiago and produced by Lotus Productions and…

  11. Kenny Chesney Scores A Perfect 10

    September 29, 2010 1:05 PM EDT THE 'FALL' GUY: A week after the onset of autumn (Sept. 22), Kenny Chesney fittingly tops Country Songs with "The Boys of Fall," which rises 2-1. All charts will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 30) on Billboard.com. The football-themed tale grants Chesney a Country Songs No.…

  12. Brandon Flowers, "Flamingo"

    September 24, 2010 11:22 AM EDT The Killers frontman hardly viewed his solo debut as an opportunity to downsize. Produced by an unlikely dream team comprising electro-dance hotshot Stuart Price, radio-rock specialist Brendan O'Brien and Neil Young / Bob Dylan confidant Daniel Lanois , "Flamingo" finds Brandon…

  13. Brian Wilson, "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershin"

    August 27, 2010 8:29 PM EDT Brian Wilson says he doesn't really need to cover someone else's material. But if he's going to, it may as well be one of the best. The Beach Boys mastermind's dip into the world of George & Ira Gershwin is a love's labor that makes plenty of sense and opens up at…

  14. Lollapalooza Saturday: 10 Things Seen & Overheard

    August 08, 2010 12:24 PM EDT You already know about Green Day's epic fireworks shooting, cover-medley-rockin,' two-and-a-half-hour headlining set Saturday night (Aug. 7). But lots of other memorable things happened during on Lollapalooza 2010's second day. Here's 10 things that we saw and heard on the…

  15. Dirty Heads Paint It 'Black'

    August 02, 2010 10:15 AM EDT In this week's Mashup Monday installment, the Dirty Heads jump back to 1966 to color The Rolling Stones ' "Paint It Black" with an acoustic reggae interpretation complete with a mid-song rap, prominent bassline and hand percussion. PHOTOS: DIRTY HEADS PLAYING 'PAINT…

  16. Bret Michaels, "Custom Built"

    July 30, 2010 2:17 PM EDT "Custom Built," the Poison frontman's first solo album since 2005's "Freedom of Sound," is a mixed-bag affair, with songs from his various reality TV pursuits sprinkled among new tunes, covers, remixes and a handful of previously released tracks. The fresh…

  17. Hot Tours: Rod Stewart, Justin Bieber, James Taylor & Carole King

    July 29, 2010 1:19 PM EDT Rod Stewart , who has been on the road since May performing primarily in European venues, takes the No. 1 spot on this week's Top Tours chart. Included in the reported totals are box office results from one of the stadium dates on his itinerary, Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in Inverness,…

  18. Crowded House / July 19, 2010 / New York

    July 20, 2010 4:00 PM EDT Neil Finn has begun sporting a mustache. And as the Crowded House frontman confided to the band's audience Monday night at New York's Bowery Ballroom, the public response hasn't been kind. "A review the other day basically said I looked more like the head waiter on the…

  19. The Steve Miller Band, "Bingo!"

    July 16, 2010 3:50 PM EDT The Steve Miller Band's first new album in 17 years, "Bingo!" opens with the declaration, "Hey everyone, I think I'll take this time to have some fun." And that's exactly what Miller & Co. do as they hark back to his roots on 10 energetically rendered…

  20. Win A Sublime With Rome Signed Bass

    July 13, 2010 1:39 PM EDT Chances are you've heard Sublime's quintessentially SoCal No. 1 hit "What I Got" booming at the beach many times since its 1996 release, but 14 years after the tragic death of frontman Bradley Nowell, the band has reformed. Revived by founding bassist Eric Wilson and…

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