1. Tommy Ramone, Mysterious Heart of the Ramones, Remembered by Robert Christgau

    July 13, 2014 2:07 PM EDT They were – among other things – our symbolic eternal teenagers. It's shocking that all four original Ramones are now dead – but it's also shocking that only one member of this archetypal rock band suffered rock's archetypal death by excess. Dee Dee OD'd, but it was…

  2. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  3. Julio Iglesias Turns 70: Celebrate With Some of His Best Loved Songs

    September 23, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Julio Iglesias turns 70 today (Sept. 23), and pop music's archetypal Latin lover is still busy romancing fans around the world. Julio Iglesias turns 70 today (Sept. 23), and pop music's archetypal Latin lover is still busy romancing fans around the world. The first U.S. date on…

  4. Track Review: Common, 'Sweet'

    November 28, 2011 8:00 AM EST COMMON "Sweet" (3:38) Producer: No I.D. Writer: L. Lynn, E. Wilson, D. Burton, H. Kelley Publisher: Think Common Music, Inc. (BMI)/Chrysalis Music/Let The Story Begin Publishing (ASCAP)/Iza Music Corp. (BMI) admin. by The Clyde Otis Music Group. Think Common Music Inc./Warner Bros.…

  5. Remembering Bo Diddley

    May 29, 2009 2:20 PM EDT Mention Bo Diddley’s name and most everyone thinks one thing—the beat. Bomp ba-bomp bomp, bomp bomp... Applied to such songs as “Bo Diddley,” “Hey Bo Diddley” and “Who Do You Love,” it's perhaps the most influential musical motif since the Devil purportedly handed Robert Johnson the I-IV…

  6. Tori Amos: She's Got the Power

    May 05, 2009 3:44 PM EDT Tori Amos always puts the ladies first. During the course of her career, she's created a concept album about female archetypes ("American Doll Posse"), rewritten men's songs from a female perspective ("Strange Little Girls") and connected to fans with haunting,…

  7. Yaz / July 17, 2008 / New York (Terminal 5)

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The oomph behind Yaz's music was always Alison Moyet's voice. Her bluesy alto and torch-singer flair is what distinguished the band from the pack back in the day. It's also the reason why the room was In some ways, walking into the Terminal 5 club during Yaz's second of…

  8. Nick Cave Tries His Hand At Film

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is best known for his violent lyrics and legions of black-clad fans, but his latest incarnation is as screenwriter of a gritty Australian western. Australian singer/songwriter Nick Cave is best known for his violent lyrics and legions of black-clad fans,…

  9. Billy Joel: The Life & Times Of An Angry Young Man (continued)

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part two The Glass Houses tour, Billy's fourth extensive and extended tour in as many years, played throughout Israel and Europe during the early days of the spring of 1980, and played throughout the United States until late into the summer. In June he played another five sold-out nights…

  10. Relieved Ben Lee Releases 'Hey You' In U.S.

    August 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Ben Lee was championed by America's underground before he was old enough to buy cigarettes. The Australian-born artist found a cheerleader in Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, transforming the then unknow Ben Lee was championed by America's underground before he was old enough to…

  11. Breaking And Entering

    July 02, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Drive-By Truckers, Mogwai, Yonder Mountain String Band A look at the latest acts that are breaking at radio and retail and entering the Billboard charts. KEEP ON TRUCKIN': A little-known cult act two…

  12. Hookah Brown Calls It Quits

    May 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Just over six months after playing its first show, Hookah Brown has split due to "personal and business issues." Just over six months after playing its first show, Hookah Brown has split due to "personal and business issues." The group, led by former Black Crowes guitarist…

  13. Hot Product

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Previewing the "Chicago" soundtrack and new albums from Kathleen Edwards and Paul Weller. Windy City The versatile talents of actors Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Renee Zellweger are on display in the hit film "Chicago," the original cast recording for which…

  14. Hot Product

    September 10, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Jamiroquai, Stone Gossard, P.O.D., John Hiatt, and more. 'Love' Everlasting Few '60s icons still inspire the sort of anticipation that is rife for the Columbia follow-up to Bob Dylan's latter-day high-water mark, 1997's…

  15. Allman Bros. Working On New Studio Album

    August 13, 2001 12:00 AM EDT The Allman Brothers Band is working on its first studio album in over seven years and hopes to release it next spring, drummer Butch Trucks tells Billboard.com. Songs such as "Desdamona," "High Cost o The Allman Brothers Band is working on its first studio album in over seven…