1. Modest Mouse Scores First No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs

    February 20, 2015 11:00 AM EST Modest Mouse scores its first leader on Billboard' s Adult Alternative Songs chart  as "Lampshades on Fire" rises 3-1. The song precedes the act's first album in eight years, Strangers to Ourselves (due March 3). The Issaquah, Wash. band previously charted as high as No.…

  2. Album Review: Father John Misty's 'I Love You, Honeybear' Is a Touchingly Bizarre Affair

    February 09, 2015 4:32 PM EST Three years ago, singer-songwriter J. Tillman traded morose ballads for mordant wit, headed down the coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and rechristened himself Father John Misty . Surrounding himself with pedal steel, strings and vocal chorales, the former Fleet Foxes drummer cracked wise…

  3. Folk Musician Roy Harper Cleared of Two Child Sexual Abuse Charges, Could Face Retrial

    February 06, 2015 7:04 PM EST Following more than two weeks of trial and jury deliberation, English folk-rock musician Roy Harper was cleared of two child sex charges on Thursday. But he could face a re-trial. Roy Harper Albums Get U.S. Releases The singer-songwriter -- who is best known as the singer of Pink Floyd '…

  4. Top 10 Biggest GRAMMY Upsets Of The Past 10 Years

    February 04, 2015 1:40 PM EST Esperanza Spalding, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock and more artists who shocked the world with GRAMMY wins in the past decade. One of the more enjoyable reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards each year is because of the shocking upset victories -- the artists, songs and albums in the running that…

  5. 15 Spot-On Hipster Parodies From 'Portlandia'

    January 08, 2015 3:50 PM EST Season five of Portlandia debuts tonight on IFC. In anticipation of the pitch-perfect Portland parody program's return, we've rounded up the show's 15 best sketches that skewer hipster life in all its glorious facets. Some feature indie all-stars, some feature obscure music…

  6. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser Talks Going Solo, Rostam Batmanglij Collaboration

    December 12, 2014 2:13 PM EST He announces he’s “working on a bunch of stuff” with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. For the second installment of the Alt In Our Stars podcast, we're here to remind you that we're just as much about the "alt" as we are about the stars. For almost 20 years, the…

  7. Exclusive: Elijah Wood's All-Vinyl DJ Outfit Wooden Wisdom Will Hit the Road in 2015

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Wood and DJ partner Zach Cowie will bring their retro "paradise garage" sound to five North American cities in January. Wooden Wisdom is a DJ supergroup made up of Elijah Wood ( Lord of the Rings ,  The Hobbit ) and Zach Cowie , a music business jack-of-all-trades who has managed…

  8. Foo Fighters' Nate Mendel Marries Longtime Girlfriend Kate Jackson

    November 10, 2014 10:25 PM EST Foo Fighters bassist Nate Mendel married longtime girlfriend Kate Jackson last month, Billboard has confirmed. The ceremony took place on Oct. 11 at Studio City's Tree People , the nonprofit conservancy organization based at the top of Coldwater Canyon in Los Angeles' San…

  9. Watch Arcade Fire's Short Halloween Horror Flick, 'Festi,' With The National, Fleet Foxes

    October 31, 2014 9:39 PM EDT Arcade Fire are celebrating Halloween with a bit of a trick and a treat.   The band released a short horror film Friday called Festi , which features the band celebrating multi-instrumentalist Will Butler's 27th birthday while on tour at a festival. There's party with friends the…

  10. Lollapalooza 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Spoon Heat Up a Diverse Day 2

    August 03, 2014 1:42 AM EDT Temperatures rose, tank tops were on display and Chicago's Grant Park welcomed back the masses on Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2014 , which featured an even more diverse array of top-line talent on Saturday (Aug. 2). From rising rock artists to veteran MCs, from banging bass drops to quiet…

  11. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 20 Songs For Season 4

    April 02, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tywin is blasting Aloe Blacc, Margaery is channeling Chris Martin, and Joffrey is a nu-metal "freak": check out our picks for season 4 of "GoT." Pack your bags for Westeros: "Game of Thrones" finally comes back on Sunday night (Apr. 6), with the brilliantly…

  12. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  13. Foxes and Twerking Teddy Bear Costumes Selling Well for Halloween

    October 24, 2013 4:00 PM EDT What does the fox say? Ka-ching at the moment, at least for some Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian TV hosts who asked the question in a goofy video that landed them on U.S. talk shows and music charts. Funny brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, known as Ylvis (ILL-vis), elevated…

  14. How Fred Armisen Teamed with The Clash for Funny Or Die

    October 16, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Ian Rubbish, a British punk character Fred Armisen introduced in his last season on “Saturday Night Live” this past spring, has teamed up with The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon in a new video for Funny Or Die. The six-minute clip, called "The Last Gang In Town," was filmed…

  15. Pearl Jam to Get a Full Week of Love on 'Fallon'

    October 11, 2013 7:18 PM EDT Pearl Jam is getting special treatment on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." For a full week from Oct. 21 to 25, special performances from the iconic band's catalogue will be performed by star musicians, the network announced Friday. The weeklong celebration will come…

  16. Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

    July 29, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As the summer festival economy continues to enjoy its boon era at the same time the wider music industry remains unsure what it's going to be when it grows up, every promoter has no doubt felt the pressures that force fests to either make room for outside controlling interests -- big…

  17. Pearl Jam, Beyonce, One Direction & More Set For Global Citizen Tickets Initiative

    May 01, 2013 10:08 PM EDT Some of the most powerful touring artists in the world -- including Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Jay-Z and many more -- will unite behind the Global Poverty Project (GPP) through the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, a new program launched today which is designed…

  18. Kid Cudi, 'Indicud': Track-by-Track Review

    April 16, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Many were introduced to Kid Cudi as Kanye West’s dedicated hook man. Cudi assisted with writing and vocals on Kanye’s 2008 Auto-Tune detour, "808s & Heartbreak," before signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and releasing "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" and …

  19. The Staves, 'Dead & Born & Grown': Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 12, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Hear the folk-rock group's debut album in its entirety, launching exclusively in the U.S. on Billboard.com. U.K.-based sister trio The Staves makes its Atlantic Records debut next week with "Dead & Born & Grown," an album of mesmerizing folk-rock highlighted by…

  20. Santigold Gathers a 'Girls' Group in New Video: Watch

    January 14, 2013 9:22 AM EST In the video for the lead single from the HBO series' soundtrack, Santigold offers dozens of women singing and dancing to her title track. The video misses the shows' stars, but it does feature a few shots of Santi herself -- when it's not heading to the ice skating rink, New…

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