1. Dresden Dolls

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Although tagged as 'theatrical' this flamboyant duo really does a lot with a little. Self-proclaimed Brechtian punk cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls has made a name for itself with theatrical videos and a sideshow-like atmosphere during its live performances. Now the Boston-based band…

  2. Claypool Scores With Book, Jam Band Mockumentary

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The book, "South of the Pumphouse," is due in July via Akashic Books, while the movie, "Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo," has been making the rounds at film festivals in recent months. Between finishing a new studio album and regular touring, Primus bassist/vocalist…

  3. Godsmack Earns Second No. 1 With 'IV'

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the second straight week, the top three debuts on The Billboard 200 are by rock acts, but this week, they land on the chart's top three positions. Leading the charge is Godsmack's "IV" (Universal) For the second straight week, the top three debuts on The Billboard 200…

  4. Houston Rapper Big Hawk Shot To Death

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Big Hawk, a rapper whose self-titled 2001 album reached No. 45 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart, was shot to death last night (May 1) in Houston, police said. Big Hawk, a rapper whose self-titled 2001 album reached No. 45 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart, was shot to death…

  5. Billboard Bits: Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Rhymefest, Guster/LaMontagne, Bang On A Can Chicago rapper Rhymefest has set July 11 as the new release date for his major-label debut, "Blue Collar," originally due April 18. The disc will be distributed via producer Mark Ronson's Allido/J imprint, and features…

  6. Fats Domino Set To Help Young Musicians

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fats Domino is coming out of his post-Katrina seclusion to help a cause near to his heart -— getting instruments into the hands of the city's young musicians. Fats Domino is coming out of his post-Katrina seclusion to help a cause near to his heart -— getting instruments into the hands…

  7. 18OnTV

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 1 - 7, 2006. MONDAY, MAY 1 “The Tony Danza Show,” Syndicated Featured artist(s): James Hill (also scheduled: Brooke Burns, Matt Daves). “TRL,” MTV Featured artist(s): Fort Minor. “The Apprentice,” NBC Featured artist(s): Burt Bacharach. “Phil Vassar: Piano…

  8. Q&A: Jewel

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a turn towards a more pop-dance sound, the singer/songwriter returns to her roots on 'Goodbye Alice in Wonderland." The last time we all saw Jewel, she was hot. Not hot, like beautiful-hot, the sort of earthy-granola beauty that Jewel fans had come to expect. It was more of a …

  9. Coachella Day One: Depeche Brings The Pain, Kanye Sizzles

    April 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode, Kanye West and Daft Punk highlighted the first day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., which drew a record crowd of 60,000 people to the Empire Polo Field Depeche Mode, Kanye West and Daft Punk highlighted the first day of the Coachella Valley…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1993 - </b>One of rock'n'roll's preeminent guitarists and producers, Mick Ronson, 46, dies of cancer of the liver in London. Ronson, aside from his solo credits, is probably best known for his guit 2004 - Buddy Guy and Etta James are the big winners at the W.C.…

  11. Billboard Bits: Hot 97, Christina Milian, Modest Mouse

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Hot 97, Christina Milian, Modest Mouse Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes and Three 6 Mafia are among the hip-hop artists set to perform at the 13th annual Summer Jam concert, presented by New York radio station Hot 97 (WQHT). The event will take place June 4 at Giants Stadium in…

  12. Billboard Awards Latin Superstars, Newcomers

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards sent a clear message that the Latin audience has accepted new sounds, from reggaetón to rock to progressive tropical music. The night's big winner was Colomb The 2006 Billboard Latin Music Awards sent a clear message that the Latin audience has…

  13. Chart Beat

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ann Nesby, Dixie Chicks return to the charts, plus news on Daniel Powter and Nick Lachey. PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR GRANDMA: It was a double dose of good news for singer Ann Nesby this week. Moments after finding out that her granddaughter Paris Bennett had survived being in the bottom two…

  14. Charts: Powter Stays Hot, Bon Jovi Scores With Country

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" holds firm atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week, extending its run to five straight weeks. The cut also remains No. 1 on the Pop 100 and Hot Digital Songs charts for the same Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" holds firm atop the Billboard Hot…

  15. Orange And Black Back For Impulse Celebration

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For many, orange and black are the hues of jazz. Those were the distinctive colors on the spines of LPs issued by Impulse Records, the label that midwifed some of the most important new jazz of the 19 For many, orange and black are the hues of jazz. Those were the distinctive colors on the…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2002 - </b>Carlos Rivolta, the Argentine-born bassist of Spanish band Dusminguet, is electrocuted during a concert in Guadalajara, Mexico.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Composer John Debney is honored with the Henry Mancini Award at…

  17. Kirkwood Brothers Reuniting In Meat Puppets

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in more than a decade, Curt and Cris Kirkwood will work together on a new album by influential rock act Meat Puppets. For the first time in more than a decade, Curt and Cris Kirkwood will work together on a new album by influential rock act Meat Puppets. The sibling duo…

  18. Billboard Bits: Save The Rhinos, Tortoise, Foxworthy

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Save The Rhinos, Tortoise, Foxworthy Common, Rakim, Lupe Fiasco, DJ Z-Trip and Rhymefest have signed to perform at the June 8 benefit concert Marc Ecko Presents...Save the Rhinos. The second annual show will be held at Central Park Summerstage in New York, with proceeds to benefit the…

  19. Paisley, Crow Rev Up 'Cars' Soundtrack

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT In addition to a score by Randy Newman, the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for the Disney/Pixar film "Cars" boasts new songs by Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow and James Taylor, who performs the Newman-penn In addition to a score by Randy Newman, the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for the…

  20. Q&A: Scott Storch

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT An in-demand songwriter/producer, Scott Storch is busier than ever, working with Nas, the Game, Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton, among others, and planning to launch his own label. Leaving school in ninth grade, Scott Storch implemented his own course of independent study. "I was…

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