1. EAST RIVER PIPE, "What Are You On?"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST The 13 simple, short songs on the sixth East River Pipe album are rife with the kinds of characters Steely Dan used to chronicle, druggies and phonies wandering the vast and vapid American wasteland. Once upon a time, lo-fi recording was a necessity for anyone on a budget. Later lo-fi became…

  2. PEARLS & BRASS, "The Indian Tower"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pearls & Brass are a three-piece rock unit from Allentown, Pa., a place not exactly known for stoner jams. They draw heavily from Sabbath and Zep, but are still able to make this heavy-duty rock f Pearls & Brass are a three-piece rock unit from Allentown, Pa., a place not exactly…

  3. James Taylor Writing Material For New Album

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter James Taylor has begun work on his first studio album since 2002's "October Road," his final release for longtime label Columbia. Singer/songwriter James Taylor has begun work on his first studio album since 2002's "October Road," his final…

  4. Tunstall Scopes Out U.S.

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST "Have guitar, will travel" has been the motto of many an itinerant singer/songwriter, but it has rarely produced such dramatic dividends as in the international success of KT Tunstall. "Have guitar, will travel" has been the motto of many an itinerant singer/songwriter,…

  5. Chart Beat Chat

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "High School Musical," musical siblings, Bedingfields, Lee Greenwood and much more with readers. NEVER HEARD OF A HUDGENS, NOR AN EFRON Fred, Has anyone, especially an obscure singer such as Zac Efron, had a better week? He had two debuts last week (at No. 86 and No.…

  6. Music Fans Blast Industry In Poll

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music executives love to blame illegal downloading for their industry's woes. But, based on the results of a new nationwide poll, they might want to look in the mirror. Music executives love to blame illegal downloading for their industry's woes. But, based on the results of a new…

  7. Corgan, Chamberlin Revive Smashing Pumpkins

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is moving ahead with his plan to revive seminal alternative rock act Smashing Pumpkins, sources say the group has signed a new management deal with Jared Pau In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is moving ahead with his plan to revive seminal…

  8. PAUL McCARTNEY

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST The cute Beatle may not have been quite so cuddly. The cute Beatle may not have been quite so cuddly. Christopher Sandford ("Keith Richards: Satisfaction," 2004, etc.) rejects the idea that among the Beatles, John Lennon was the caustic poet of depth and insight while Paul, though…

  9. R. Kelly Leads Soul Train Award Nominees

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by…

  10. Buffett's Summer: Album, Soundtrack But No Tour

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Chief Parrothead and summer touring perennial Jimmy Buffett told his Radio Margaritaville listeners yesterday (Feb. 1) that he's planning to take the summer off this year. Chief Parrothead and summer touring perennial Jimmy Buffett told his Radio Margaritaville listeners yesterday (Feb.…

  11. Rhino Rounds Up 'Ultimate' Prince

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The 22-track "Ultimate" follows the 2001 release of the single-disc "The Very Best of Prince." A week before Prince's new NPG Music Club/Universal album, " 3121 ," hits stores on March 21, Rhino will unveil a two-disc collection of remastered hits and…

  12. Roots' Thompson In The Mix With 'Misery'

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Just in time for Valentine's Day, Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will on Feb. 14 release his second BBE mix CD under the "Babies Makin' Babies" header. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will on Feb…

  13. Pretenders Plot Boxed Set, Brief Tour

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST The long-awaited career-spanning Pretenders boxed set, "Pirate Radio," will finally see the light of day March 14 via Rhino. The long-awaited career-spanning Pretenders boxed set, "Pirate Radio," will finally see the light of day March 14 via Rhino. The package features…

  14. Flipsyde

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST A unique mix of hip-hop, rock and Latin rhythms creates something new. With cultures, beliefs and musical styles constantly colliding, Flipsyde is a natural reflection of the world we live in. The band, which hails from California's Bay Area, uses a unique mix of hip-hop, rock and Latin…

  15. Bonnaroo Goes Rock With Radiohead, Petty, Beck

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Radiohead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Death Cab For Cutie and My Morning Jacket are among the acts lined up to play the fifth Radiohead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Beck,…

  16. This Day in Music

    February 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>LeAnn Rimes takes to the Web to directly address her fans about her ongoing legal wrangling and to apologize for the recently released album "I Need You," which she says she was "shocked 2005 - Rob Thomas' solo debut single, "Lonely No More,…

  17. EMI Canada Drafts Auf Der Maur For A&R

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST The assignment is a byproduct of Auf Der Maur moving back to Montreal in recent months, after spending much of the past decade encamped in Los Angeles and New York, as well as touring the globe with H While she completes recording for her sophomore album , expected by year's end via…

  18. Billboard Bits: Destiny's Child, Gomez, Oasis

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Destiny's Child, Gomez, Oasis On the heels of its farewell tour and album, Destiny's Child will perform live for the final time when it sings the National Anthem before the 2006 National Basketball Association All-Star Game. The contest will take place Feb. 19 in Houston and…

  19. Miranda Lambert

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Supporting 'the king of country music,' duck hunting and so much more. So, in case you missed it, my diary during the Keith Urban tour last August and September turned into a weekly column for CMT.com. Apparently, somebody at Billboard thought my ramblings made for good reading; so,…

  20. Update: Tool Joins Depeche Mode As Coachella Headliner

    January 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tool will join Depeche Mode as the headliners for the 2006 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which will be held April 29-30 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Tool performed at the first Tool will join Depeche Mode as the headliners for the 2006 Coachella Valley Music & Arts…

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