1. Lewis & Clarke

    August 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With a sound that recalls Elliott Smith and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lewis & Clarke has carved out its own niche thanks to the lush arrangements of its debut, 2005's "Bare Bones and Branches." With a sound that recalls Elliott Smith and Bonnie "Prince"…

  2. JOSE GONZALEZ, "Stay in the Shade EP"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." The Swedish-by way of-Argentina folk singer has drawn modest comparisons to…

  3. Old 97's' Miller Readies Second Solo Set

    December 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST While the Old 97's might not have flanked Rhett Miller on his forthcoming solo album, "The Believer," the singer got some help from some pretty notable names -- even if in spirit alone. The set is due While the Old 97's might not have flanked Rhett Miller on his…

  4. This Day in Music

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Mart 2004 - In the midst of the Halloween season when the 1960s novelty hit "…

  5. Sweden? More Like Sweeten...

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Perhaps unknown to many, the Scandinavian region has produced a bumper crop of enjoyable music as of late. Writing about acts by geography essentially groups unique, blisteringly awesome bands into a superficial category so that I may discuss them at length without having to justify their…

  6. Hot Product

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The latest album from singer/songwriter David Gray, "A Day in the Life" (ATO/RCA). The soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's new film "Elizabethtown" (RCA), featuring My Morning Jacket, Tom Petty, Ryan…

  7. Spree, Smith Enliven Mills' 'Thumbsucker'

    August 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Polyphonic Spree leader Tim DeLaughter has penned the bulk of the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Thumbsucker," which marks the film directorial debut of visual artist Mike Mills. The Polyphonic Spree leader Tim DeLaughter has penned the bulk of the soundtrack to the upcoming…

  8. Billboard Bits: Bragg, Seagal, Elliott Smith, Silkworm

    July 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Billy Bragg, Steven Seagal, Elliott Smith, Silkworm A little more than a week after Yep Roc Records confirmed it was prepping deluxe reissues of four Billy Bragg albums and a box set, the artist has postponed the projects until 2006. "As the date of release has approached, I have…

  9. Redwalls Offer Sibling Variety On 'De Nova'

    July 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Redwalls, a swaggering power-rock quartet from largely unswaggering Deerfield, Ill., produce a sound that's more suited to your average British pub than a Chicago burb. But the buzz around the ban The Redwalls, a swaggering power-rock quartet from largely unswaggering Deerfield, Ill.…

  10. Frisell Unites 'East/West' On Live Set

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Bill Frisell captures two trio performances on an upcoming live album, "East/West. Guitarist Bill Frisell captures two trio performances on an upcoming live album, "East/West." Due Aug. 9 via Nonesuch, the double-disc chronicles a set with drummer Kenny Wolleson and…

  11. Pajo Rocks Quietly On New Album

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Indie rock institution David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Papa M) unveils a new project under his last name this week via Drag City. The set was inspired by the artist's move from Louisville to New York, wh Indie rock institution David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Papa M) unveils a new project under…

  12. Hot Product

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT David Pajo A Pajo By Any Other Name Indie rock institution David Pajo (Slint, Tortoise, Papa M) unveils a new project under his last name this week via Drag City. The set was inspired by the artist's move from Louisville to New York, which initially found him playing with the metal…

  13. South By Southwest Diary: March 17

    March 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard staffers criss-cross Austin, Texas' South by Southwest music festival in search of old favorites and new discoveries. In the second installment of a daily diary, Barry A. Jeckell, Todd Marte South By Southwest Diary: March 17 Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW)…

  14. Jeff Hanson

    March 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST First, get your head around the fact that Jeff Hanson sounds like a girl. Good. Now, move on to his pristine songwriting, his strolling—but never hobbling —emotional guitar and piano-bas First, get your head around the fact that Jeff Hanson sounds like a girl. Good. Now, move on to his…

  15. B&E: Madeleine Peyroux

    February 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Madeleine Peyroux. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. Husky and elegant, Madeleine Peyroux's voice is one that transports to a…

  16. Hot Product

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: The compilation "KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3," featuring tracks from Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Flaming Lips, Interpol and Franz Ferdinand recorded on the Los Angeles-area station's celebrated radio show "…

  17. 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…

  18. Stooges, Black Keys On Kimbrough Tribute

    November 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Iggy and the Stooges, the Black Keys and Pete Yorn are among the artists who have contributed tracks to a forthcoming tribute to Junior Kimbrough. Iggy and the Stooges, the Black Keys and Pete Yorn are among the artists who have contributed tracks to a forthcoming tribute to Junior Kimbrough.…

  19. From a Basement on the Hill

    October 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT His music perfectly laced brutal sarcasm with utter seriousness. His music perfectly laced brutal sarcasm with utter seriousness. When Elliott Smith died of possibly self-inflected wounds in 2003, addiction, depression and love were already the foundation of his canon. On the posthumously…

  20. Rod Returns To No. 1 With 'Stardust'

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The third time is the charm for Rod Stewart, who with his latest collection of standards sits at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for the first time in more than 25 years. The artist's new J Records release The third time is the charm for Rod Stewart, who with his latest collection of…

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