1. 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…

  2. Franz Ferdinand Snares Mercury Music Prize

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. Scottish alternative rock act Franz Ferdinand has won the 2004 Nationwide Mercury Prize with its eponymous debut album. The annual music-industry award, recognizing the U.K.…

  3. Ackerman Sets The Musical Record Straight

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father of new age music thanks to his stewardship of artists like George Winston, Alex DeGrassi and Liz Story, his Although Windham Hill Records founder William Ackerman is consistently labeled as the father…

  4. Slayer Tops Fall Jägermeister Bill

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Slayer will headline the fall Jägermeister tour, which begins Oct. 29 at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Mo. Slayer will headline the fall Jägermeister tour, which begins Oct. 29 at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Mo. The bill will also feature Killswitch Engage and Mastodon, as well as…

  5. Fall Pixies Tour Keeps Growing

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Pixies have added several additional dates to their extensive fall tour schedule, including the first shows near its one-time Boston homebase since November 1991. The Pixies have added several additional dates to their extensive fall tour schedule, including the first shows near its one…

  6. Pixies Prevail In Slow Touring Season

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza crashed and burned. The U.S. touring market has been in dire straits all summer. But a savior showed up in the ve Britney Spears, Lenny Kravitz and Christina Aguilera have scrapped tours. Lollapalooza…

  7. Black Orbits Past Pixies 'Planets'

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The 28-track collection features 15 pre-Pixies demos on one disc and 13 new recordings of Pixies songs with Two Pale Boys' Andy Diagram and Keith Moline. Additional details have come to light surrounding " Frank Black Francis ," a forthcoming two-disc set from Pixies singer…

  8. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson discusses chart records, Fantasia, song titles, Top 40 radio and Maroon5 with readers. NOT GOING BACK, NOT GOING FORWARD Dear Fred, Kenny Chesney's "I Go Back" remains at No. 2 [on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart] for a sixth non-consecutive…

  9. Billboard Bits: 'Swampstock,' Los Lonely Boys, Isis

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Swampstock,' Los Lonely Boys, Isis Country superstar Tim McGraw will host his 10th annual Swampstock concert and celebrity softball event Sept. 19 in Rayville, La. Along with McGraw, the concert will feature performances by his wife, Faith Hill, as well as Martina McBride,…

  10. Beasties Sign On For Benefit, Expand Tour

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Beastie Boys and De La Soul will hook up this weekend for a rare club show to benefit HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. The MTV2 Presents: A LIFEbeat Benefit will take place Saturday (Aug. 28) at the M The Beastie Boys and De La Soul will hook up this weekend for a rare club show to benefit…

  11. Ashanti, Latifah Off To Muppets' 'Oz'

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ashanti will star in an original ABC television movie tentatively titled "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz." Ashanti will star in an original ABC television movie tentatively titled "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz." In addition, Queen Latifah is in final negotiations to…

  12. Browne, Raitt, Yorn Bolster Zevon Tribute

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn are among the artists filling out the forthcoming tribute album "Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon." Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn are among the artists filling out the…

  13. Injury Forces Helmet To Revise Tour

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The trek was due to kick off Sept. 17 in Atlanta but will now get underway in early October. Hard rock act Helmet has been forced to push back the start of its first tour in seven years after group leader Page Hamilton broke his collar bone in a mountain biking accident. The trek was due to…

  14. Another Bedingfield Leads U.K. Charts

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Natasha Bedingfield, the 22-year-old sister of British hitmaker Daniel Bedingfield, scored her first U.K. No. 1 single yesterday (Aug. 22) as "These Words" (Phonogenic/BMG) debuted at the top. It is t Natasha Bedingfield, the 22-year-old sister of British hitmaker Daniel Bedingfield…

  15. Billboard Bits: D-Roc, Linkin Park, Coleman, Scialfa

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT News on D-Roc, Linkin Park, Coleman, Scialfa Body Count guitarist D-Roc (real name: Dennis Miles) died Tuesday in California after a battle with lymphoma. He was 45. D-Roc is the third member of Body Count to pass away since 1996; Beatmaster V died that year due to leukemia and bassist…

  16. Skaggs Leads Country Voter Initiative

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Skaggs and Josh Turner are among a group of artists putting their names behind the Your Country Your Vote initiative. Ricky Skaggs and Josh Turner are among a group of artists putting their names behind the Your Country Your Vote initiative. Aiming to mobilize country music fans in this…

  17. Reunited Helmet Plans Road Run

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Helmet will launch its first tour in seven years Sept. 17 in Atlanta. The headlining tour will visit clubs, with 28 stops confirmed through an Oct. 30 show in Anaheim, Calif. More dates are expected. Helmet will launch its first tour in seven years Sept. 17 in Atlanta. The headlining tour…

  18. LL Cool J, Big Boi Lead Atlanta SoulFest

    August 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT LL Cool J and Big Boi, of Atlanta-based hip-hop act OutKast, will headline the inaugural SoulFest event in the Georgia capitol. LL Cool J and Big Boi, of Atlanta-based hip-hop act OutKast, will headline the inaugural SoulFest event in the Georgia capitol. Set for Sept. 4-5, the festival will…

  19. Black Re-Interprets Pixies, Gets Mellow In Nashville

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Amid the Pixies' wildly successful reunion tour, Frank Black has found time to prep two new albums, including a double-disc set. Tentatively due Oct. 12 via spinART is "Frank Black Francis," the first Amid the Pixies' wildly successful reunion tour , vocalist/guitarist…

  20. Keys Hit Triggers Calls To Georgia Man

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. Fans of Alicia Keys keep calling her number, but it's J.D. Turner of Statesboro, Ga., who picks up the phone. The retired pastor has the unfortunate luck of having the same…

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