1. A Smart Start For Green Day

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. With "American Idiot," Green Day is back to rightfully reclaim the punk/pop throne. In the four years since the band's last studio album, "Warning," Green Day has watched groups it has clearly influenced, such as Blink…

  2. Wet From Birth

    October 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The charm of the Faint is that it makes indie kids dance. The charm of the Faint is that it makes indie kids dance. The act's latest, "Wet From Birth," undoubtedly re-establishes its penchant for synthy dance-rock and none-too-subtle lyrics. Where the Faint falls short, though,…

  3. Unreleased Strummer, Rancid Kick Hellcat Compilation

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Unreleased tracks by the late Joe Strummer, Rancid and others fill out the ranks of the latest "cheapo" compilation from the independent Hellcat Records label. Unreleased tracks by the late Joe Strummer, Rancid and others fill out the ranks of the latest "cheapo"…

  4. The 'American' Way: Green Day Debuts At No. 1

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Green Day scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with its first album in four years, "American Idiot." It's also the biggest opening sales week ever for the pop/punk act, as its fifth s Green Day scores its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week with its…

  5. Prydz, Green Day Lock Down U.K. Charts

    September 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Swedish DJ Eric Prydz started a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 26) with "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound), while Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) became the punk tr Swedish DJ Eric Prydz started a second week atop the U.K. singles…

  6. Age of Miracles

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Chuck Prophet has been solo since 1990, after establishing his bona fides with California's psychedelic country punks Green on Red. Chuck Prophet has been solo since 1990, after establishing his bona fides with California's psychedelic country punks Green on Red. But it's only…

  7. American Idiot

    September 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The unveiling of Green Day's first studio album in four years shows new set "American Idiot" to be rambunctious and focused. The unveiling of Green Day's first studio album in four years shows new set "American Idiot" to be rambunctious and focused. The current…

  8. Bad Religion Takes 'Empire' On The Road

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stalwart California punk act Bad Religion has made plans for a fall U.S. tour that will kick off Oct. 14 in Dallas. Stalwart California punk act Bad Religion has made plans for a fall U.S. tour that will kick off Oct. 14 in Dallas. The run, which will close Nov. 19 in Hollywood, Calif., comes…

  9. Good Charlotte, Sum 41 Teaming For Tour

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Two of pop/punk's biggest acts, Good Charlotte and Sum 41, will join forces for a fall North American tour. At deadline, 12 shows were confirmed, beginning Oct. 21 in Seattle. The outing is expected t Two of pop/punk's biggest acts, Good Charlotte and Sum 41, will join forces for a…

  10. Nelly Runs 'Sweat,' 'Suit' Straight To The Top

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT With two simultaneously released albums, Nelly pushes everyone out of his way on The Billboard 200 this week, taking over the chart's top two slots. The St. Louis-based rapper's "Suit" took No. 1 on U With two simultaneously released albums, Nelly pushes everyone out of…

  11. Hot Product

    September 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Green Day 'American' Mind Punk trio Green Day returns rambunctious and focused on "American Idiot," its first studio album in four years. Songs like "Holiday," "Jesus of Suburbia" -- a nine-minute opus in five parts, which is a first for a group that…

  12. Billboard Bits: Smith/Television, John Brown's Body, Street Dogs

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Patti Smith and Television, John Brown's Body and the Street Dogs. Punk-era New York music icons Patti Smith and Television have made plans to share a stage for the first time since 1977. The artists will perform Oct. 2 at Gotham's Roseland Ballroom. The date is…

  13. Punk Legend Johnny Ramone Dies At 55

    September 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his home in Los Angeles. He was 55 and had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time Johnny Ramone, a founding member of pioneering punk act the Ramones, died yesterday…

  14. Winchester Cathedral

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT If you've been missing the dulcet tones of the rock clarinet, never fear: Clinic is back. If you've been missing the dulcet tones of the rock clarinet, never fear: Clinic is back. The Liverpool, England, quartet made its mark in the United States two years ago, when second full…

  15. The Secondman's Middle Stand

    September 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt's third solo set (his first in seven years, delayed by his commitments with the re-formed Stooges) ranges into new and oft-unusual territory. Ex-Minutemen bassist Mike Watt's third solo set (his first in seven years, delayed by his commitments with the…

  16. APC Covers Revolutionary Anthems

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On its forthcoming album "eMOTIVe," A Perfect Circle offers a pack of 10 covers and two new songs. On its forthcoming album "eMOTIVe," A Perfect Circle offers a pack of 10 covers and two new songs. Bandleader Maynard James Keenan's description of the set as "a…

  17. Westerberg Indulges His 'Folker' Side

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rarely does a recording artist resist the urge to extrapolate in longwinded fashion about their latest project. When prompted, most will discuss both broad concepts and minute details with equal aplom Rarely does a recording artist resist the urge to extrapolate in longwinded fashion about…

  18. Soviet Kitsch

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On her major-label debut, Russian-born, Bronx, N.Y.-raised, classically trained Regina Spektor emerges as the fresh-faced piano balladeer of the downtown New York set. On her major-label debut, Russian-born, Bronx, N.Y.-raised, classically trained Regina Spektor emerges as the fresh-faced…

  19. One for the Road

    September 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Previously unavailable on CD in the United States, this classic live document of one of rock's most resilient and influential groups is among 15 Kinks reissues to be offered on hybrid Super Audio CD. Previously unavailable on CD in the United States, this classic live document of one of…

  20. CD/DVD Revisits Rare Wire TV Gig

    September 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Art-punk icons Wire have unearthed tapes from a 1979 interview and performance on the German television show "Rockpalast," and will release them as a combo DVD/CD Oct. 26 through the band's own Pinkfl Art-punk icons Wire have unearthed tapes from a 1979 interview and…

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