1. Billboard Bits: NBA All-Star Game, Petra Haden, Ridgway

    February 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on NBA All-Star Game, Petra Haden, Ridgway Rapper Nelly, rapper/actor Ice Cube, singer/songwriter Ryan Cabrera, producer/artist/record executive Jermaine Dupri, singer Brian McKnight and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath are among those taking part in this year's NBA All-Star Celebrity…

  2. B&E: Black Maria

    February 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Black Maria. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Victory Records has a new hard rock darling on the Billboard charts with the Black…

  3. Revamped MTV2 To Focus On Hip-Hop, Rock

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks on Monday (Feb. 7) will unveil a revamped version of MTV2. MTV Networks on Monday (Feb. 7) will unveil a revamped version of MTV2. The relaunch will move the channel further away from its wide-open, all-music-video roots to programming focused almost exclusively on hip-hop and…

  4. New Albums, Reissues On Pollard's Post-GBV Plate

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Guided By Voices called it a career with a two-show blowout late last month in Chicago, but frontman Robert Pollard is quickly moving forward. Guided By Voices called it a career with a two-show blowout late last month in Chicago, but frontman Robert Pollard is quickly moving forward. Beyond…

  5. This Day in Music

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2002 - </b>Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra's lead trumpet player, who they mistakenly thought was a con man. Mack is a cousin of celebra 2002 - Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the…

  6. Pizza Deliverance

    January 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Drive-By Truckers built their legend one busted guitar string and shredded vocal chord at a time. No band has understood the Southern white trash pathos better than the Truckers and their iconoclastic Drive-By Truckers built their legend one busted guitar string and shredded vocal chord at a…

  7. Worlds Apart

    January 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Ten years into its craft, Texas quartet . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead has made the album of its career. "Worlds Apart" is more sprawling and ambitious, yet also more focused, than an Ten years into its craft, Texas quartet . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of…

  8. Buzzcocks To Share 'Philosophy'

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Iconic U.K. punk quartet Buzzcocks will follow up its self-titled 2003 comeback album with an all-new studio disc this year. Iconic U.K. punk quartet Buzzcocks will follow up its self-titled 2003 comeback album with an all-new studio disc this year. Due in late summer or early autumn through…

  9. B&E: Roger Sanchez & Cirque Du Soleil

    January 26, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Roger Sanchez & Cirque Du Soleil. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. THE CIRQUEL OF LIFE: Celebrating 20 years of gravity…

  10. Hot Product

    January 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Burn To Shine 'Shine' Sweet Freedom Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty has created a new DVD series that spotlights live performances from notable rock acts in a given city, all recorded in a single day. The catch: the bands play one song each in an empty house that faces imminent…

  11. Hersh's 50 Foot Wave Copes With Bad Timing

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave. Kristin Hersh had something else entirely in mind when she named her new band 50 Foot Wave. Sometimes there's just not much you can do about bad timing. "It's either on my part or God&…

  12. Dark Snack

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST If the White Stripes were both women and grew up in the South, they might sound like the Moaners. If the White Stripes were both women and grew up in the South, they might sound like the Moaners. North Carolina-based singer/guitarist Melissa Swingle and drummer Laura King spark and slash…

  13. Angels With Dirty Faces

    January 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Amanda & the Marbles pulled critical praise for their 2002 album, "More Seduction," and fans dubbed their sound "neo new wave power pop punk." It's an accurate description for the dozen tracks com Amanda & the Marbles pulled critical praise for their 2002…

  14. Carrabba, Further Seems Forever Reuniting For Spring Festival

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba will rejoin his former bandmates in Further Seems Forever for a one-off live reunion with the group's original line-up. Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carrabba will rejoin his former bandmates in Further Seems Forever for a one-off live…

  15. Billboard Bits: Damien Rice, Death By Stereo, Blood Brothers

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Stories on Damien Rice and the "Goldfish Memory" soundtrack, Death By Stereo album and tour and a Blood Brothers-led Anti-Inauguration concert. Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan's reworked versions of songs by late bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim are featured on the…

  16. The Vandals Ring In 2005 In Iraq

    January 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST While Saddam Hussein spent a second New Year's Eve in a jail cell, a Southern California rock band known for such albums as "Hitler Bad, Vandals Good" and "Look What I Almost Stepped In" played in the While Saddam Hussein spent a second New Year's Eve in a jail…

  17. Goldfinger Plots 2005 Return

    December 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although never as universally popular as some of its peers, Goldfinger has a decade of service to the pop punk community under its belt and a fresh start planned for 2005. Although never as universally popular as some of its peers, Goldfinger has a decade of service to the pop punk community…

  18. Music In The Sundance Spotlight

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Jan. 20-30 independent film showcase will see a slate of eclectic live performances to entertai Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park…

  19. Doe Inks With Yep Roc For 'Forever'

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST X guitarist/vocalist John Doe has inked with independent label Yep Roc, which will on March 22 release his next album, "Forever." X guitarist/vocalist John Doe has inked with independent label Yep Roc, which will on March 22 release his next album, "Forever." The 11-track…

  20. Daft Punk Reveals Its 'Human' Side

    December 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST French electronica duo Daft Punk will return this spring with its third studio album, "Human After All." French electronica duo Daft Punk will return this spring with its third studio album, "Human After All." The 10-track set will be released March 21 internationally via…

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