1. Amiri Baraka, Poet and Activist, Dead at 79

    January 09, 2014 8:02 PM EST The writer authored several nonfiction music books in addition to recording his own music Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died.…

  2. Chart Highlights: Lorde's 'Team' Wins Way In At Rock; Backstreet's Back On Adult Pop Songs

    October 07, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Lorde debuts her new single ahead of the Billboard 200 bow of her album 'Pure Heroine,' while Backstreet Boys post a career-best entrance. Plus, new No. 1s for Anna Kendrick, Krewella and Billy Currington Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  3. Pet Shop Boys Announce 'Electric' Album

    April 30, 2013 1:33 PM EDT Pet Shop Boys will go "Electric" on July 15. The legendary dance-pop duo announced on Tuesday the release of their first studio album on their own imprint, x2, a partnership with Kobalt Label Services. The band announced last month that they were leaving Parlophone after 28 years.…

  4. Phoenix, 'Bankrupt!': Track-by-Track Review

    April 15, 2013 4:12 PM EDT For their April 2013 Billboard cover story , Phoenix were billed as Coachella's breakout kings. And that they have, though their path to success has proven just how slow and methodical a "breakout" can be. Prior to the release of 2009's "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,…

  5. Phoenix Performs 'Bankrupt!' Songs at Tiny San Francisco Club

    April 02, 2013 2:05 PM EDT On Monday night (Apr. 1), less than two weeks before they will take the stage as headliners at the 2013 Coachella fest, Phoenix performed at the 500-capacity Independent Theatre in San Francisco and played a blistering set to the sold-out crowd. After two years of not touring and working…

  6. Phoenix Sets 'Bankrupt!' Release Date, Releases Track Listing

    February 12, 2013 11:10 AM EST Phoenix has been cagey about the follow-up to 2009's "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," dropping vague release timeframes and its album title in flashing neon lights. On Tuesday (Feb. 12), however, the French indie-rock stars unveiled the full details of "Bankrupt!," their…

  7. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 3: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 23, 2012 12:09 AM EDT In the third and final presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney faced off on foreign policy -- prompting zingers and thoughtful disagreements alike. As America prepares to head the polls, the music world weighed in as well. Some cracked jokes, some shook their heads and others just…

  8. Appreciation: The Miracle of Levon Helm

    April 20, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Some concerts stick with you when you wonder if it's the last time you'll ever see a particular performer. Levon Helm was a mystery that way. He took his place behind the drums positioned downstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2010, the audience clearly relieved…

  9. Keys To The Rain: The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia (continued)

    October 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT "Like a Rolling Stone" "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan) • Bob Dylan, single (1965); Highway 61 Revisited (1965); Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits (1967); Self Portrait (1970); Eat the Document (film)/'66 (1971); Masterpieces (1978); Bob Dylan at Budokan (1979…

  10. GARY BENCHLEY, Rock Star

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A wry debut about self-absorbed twentysomethings who ditch bourgeois gigs in data entry for rock-'n'-roll dreams. A wry debut about self-absorbed twentysomethings who ditch bourgeois gigs in data entry for rock-'n'-roll dreams. A 21st-century Candide, Gary Benchley fled…

  11. Styx Snags Diverse Guests For 'Cyclorama'

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, comedy rock duo Tenacious D, actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton, and 1980s pop star John Waite have all lent their talents to "Cyclorama," the upcoming studio album Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, comedy rock duo Tenacious D, actor/musician…