1. Spoon Signs to Loma Vista; Album Expected Soon

    May 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Austin-based indie rock band Spoon has signed to Loma Vista, the label started by former Warner Bros. Records' chairman/CEO Tom Whalley. Loma Vista declined to comment on the signing but two sources verified the deal though exact terms were not disclosed. Since 2000 the band has been…

  2. Coachella Goes Pop: Why The 2014 Festival Felt More Mainstream Than Ever

    April 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Justin Bieber played the main stage at Coachella . Okay, well, technically he performed for a single song, and as a surprise guest during the performance of Chance The Rapper, a buzzed-about indie MC with no proper album to his name yet. But technicalities aside, Bieber was there, white…

  3. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Slash & More Day 3 Surprises

    April 14, 2014 8:57 AM EDT The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival wound down Sunday night after three long, loud days in the desert. But the annual bash went out with an enourmous bang. Keeping with the previous day’s conveyer belt of guest appearances, day 3 featured unexpected…

  4. Coachella 2014 Live Stream: Watch the Fest Webcast

    April 13, 2014 6:03 PM EDT Coachella 2014 rolls on tonight, but with a daily three-channel Youtube webcast straight from the festival which you can watch here, you don't have to actually be out in the California desert to see a lot of the multi-stage musical action live. Arcade Fire, Beck, Disclosure and…

  5. Coachella's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    April 10, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Muse or Skrillex? Calvin Harris or Little Dragon? QOTSA or EOTS? Check out the 10 most difficult set time clashes at this year's festival. As exciting as it is when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival schedule is unveiled each year, as it was on Tuesday night (Apr. 8) , there…

  6. Bruno Mars Gets One-Sided Super Bowl Bouncing With Biggest Hits

    February 02, 2014 9:28 PM EST The game? A Dud. But Bruno and the Red Hot Chili Peppers score with an energetic halftime spectacle Bruno Mars likes a party, whether it's his infectious performances at various awards shows ("Get off your rich asses and let's have some fun!" he told the crowd at the…

  7. Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced: Outkast, Arcade Fire, Muse Headlining

    January 08, 2014 11:04 PM EST With a tweet suggesting fans "share it like a polaroid picture," the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival sent out this year's highly anticipated lineup late on Wednesday. As previously reported , long-dormant rap duo Outkast will reunite at the Goldenvoice-organized…

  8. Superchunk, Merge Records & The State of Independence: Billboard's DIY Issue

    June 28, 2013 3:14 PM EDT For our annual look at independent and DIY artists and businesses, Billboard uncovered the best (and worst) advice to follow -- starting with indie godparents Superchunk and Merge Records. The first tropical storm of the season is closing in on Chapel Hill, N.C., on this June night, but Mac…

  9. Superchunk Announce New Album, Departure of Bassist Laura Ballance

    May 16, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There's some good news and some bad news from seminal indie rockers Superchunk. First with the good news -- on August 20, they'll release their 10th studio album, an LP (hopefully) playfully titled "I Hate Music" via Merge Records, the label they founded back in 1989 to…

  10. Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup: Run DMC, Girl Talk, Against Me! + More

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the full lineup for the 2012 festival, to be held November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores. The 7th annual festival will feature big name acts like the reunion of Run D.M.C. , Santigold , an appearance from De La Soul , Girl Talk , and Explosions…

  11. Zac Brown Band Joins Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters at DeLuna Fest

    June 18, 2012 9:48 PM EDT Zac Brown Band will bring a dose of country to the beach at the DeLuna Fest this fall. The band is the latest headliner to join the three-day Pensacola Beach, Fla., festival, joining Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters at the top of the bill. More new additions to the seaside weekend fest, set for…

  12. Noise Pop: Flaming Lips, Bob Mould Salute Festival's 20th Anniversary

    February 21, 2012 5:20 PM EST San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, a birthday a million squiggly guitar riffs in the making. "I don't think we ever thought that far ahead," producer Jordan Kurland told Billboard.com. "And then [when] we started…

  13. Was 2011 the Beginning of the End of 'Selling Out' in Indie Rock?

    December 10, 2011 10:00 AM EST Australian act the Avalanches recently called out Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, on Twitter, for selling out. The conversation that ensued made indie headlines. Bon Iver: The Billboard Cover Story Vernon, recently nominated for four Grammy Awards, had been quoted days earlier on a New York…

  14. The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Talks 'All Eternals Deck,' Merge

    March 21, 2011 12:05 PM EDT Though he has been cited by some as one of America's best lyricists, Mountain Goats frontman/songwriter John Darnielle is also a journalist, novelist, hockey aficionado and rabid metal fan. He recently recorded a video of himself playing "There Is Power in a Union" in support…

  15. New Pornographers Call On Horatio Sanz, Ted Leo in Drag for 'Moves'

    February 07, 2011 5:40 PM EST Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member? Check. Cocaine-covered pizza? Check. Ted Leo as a woman? Check again! The New Pornographers' just-premiered video for "Moves" possesses all this and more. Presented as a trailer for a mock film -- "Moves: The Rise and…

  16. The Woggles Host a Hoboken Hootenanny

    October 19, 2010 2:58 PM EDT This year's well-received, high-profile '90s revival tours ( Pavement , Superchunk , Faith No More , etc.) tend to overshadow bands from the era who never stopped performing, some honing their live shows to face-melting levels. One of those acts is the Woggles (not to be confused…

  17. Superchunk Ends Nine-Year Break with 'Majesty Shredding'

    September 14, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Take heart, Superchunk fans: Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan weren't just procrastinating for the last nine years. After all, they had a little outfit to run-Merge Records, which just scored a Billboard 200 No. 1 with Arcade Fire , as well as releasing records by critical darlings like…

  18. Guided By Voices To Reunite For Matador Records' Las Vegas B-day Bash

    June 29, 2010 4:57 PM EDT G uided By Voices , the classic indie rock band from Dayton, Ohio formed by prolific songwriter and lead singer Robert Pollard in 1983, is reuniting its "classic '93 - '96 lineup" for Matador Records' 21st birthday party in Las Vegas, NV. According to Billboard…

  19. 'New Moon' Q&A: Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla

    October 23, 2009 2:01 PM EDT Chances are, most tweens watching the video for Death Cab for Cutie's "Meet Me on the Equinox," the first single from the "New Moon" soundtrack, will fast forward right past the band to get to the scene of Robert Pattison sans shirt. But it's their loss, because…

  20. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 7:17 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. McCartney will…

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