1. The Soft Pack "The Soft Pack" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:43 PM EST The Soft Pack, "The Soft Pack" (Kemado) Release Date: February 2, 2010 San Diego-turned-Los-Angeles-based four-piece the Soft Pack made headlines in late 2008 for changing its name from the Muslims -a moniker that reportedly subjected the band to what it called "racist"…

  2. Video: Virgin Mobile FreeFest All Access Doc

    November 18, 2009 3:45 PM EST The annual Virgin Mobile fest near Baltimore changed to reflect the times this year. Renamed the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the 2009 event reacted to the country's economic struggles by condensing the proceedings to one day, making the tickets free, and sending out a crew of 14 teen…

  3. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: 2009 CM&P Award Finalist

    September 08, 2009 4:32 PM EDT Tapping into the economic realities of the country, Virgin Mobile USA teamed with Washington D.C. promoter I.M.P. to offer the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival for free, creating Virgin Mobile FreeFest on Sunday, August 30, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The move to a…

  4. Virgin Mobile FreeFest: Preview

    August 27, 2009 12:14 PM EDT Following last weekend's successful V Fest in the U.K. -- which featured a buzzed-about appearance by Amy Winehouse during The Specials' headlining set -- its organizers are bringing big name bands to U.S. shores this Sunday (Aug. 30) for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a one-day…

  5. Baaba Maal Tunes In With Brazilian Girls On 'Television'

    July 22, 2009 11:09 AM EDT After an eight-year break, Senegalese recording artist Baaba Maal will release "Television," his first album of all-new recorded material since 2001's "Missing You." Due September 15 on Palm, the album joins Maal with members of New York lounge-pop act Brazilian Girls…

  6. Drake Flies Twice Into Top 10 Of Billboard Hot 100

    June 25, 2009 10:56 AM EDT Drake flies twice into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, with "Best I Ever Had" the week's greatest airplay gainer and "Every Girl," his collaboration with Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Mack Maine and Jae Millz, the week's biggest digital gainer. Drake&…

  7. Blink-182, Weezer To Headline Free Virgin Fest

    June 24, 2009 12:03 AM EDT After months of speculation about the fate of the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers have made an announcement that should please music fans who've felt the economic pinch of the recession: this year's event is free. With headliners Weezer and Blink-182, organizers say 35,000…

  8. Airborne Toxic Event Flying High

    June 23, 2009 8:59 AM EDT The trouble with fronting a constantly touring rock outfit is that it leaves little time to finish a novel. That's what Mikel Jollett, singer/guitarist of the Airborne Toxic Event, came to realize as the momentum behind his band's self-titled debut album stalled his prose output. …

  9. Dirty Projectors Shift Gears On 'Orca'

    June 08, 2009 8:25 AM EDT The Dirty Projectors' last two releases, "The Getty Address" and "Rise Above," were lo-fi concept albums built around inscrutable song structures. Given the Brooklyn-based indie band's track record, "Stillness Is the Move" -- the group's pop…

  10. Franz Ferdinand Get Dub Infusion With 'Blood' Release

    April 22, 2009 1:50 PM EDT Scottish rock outfit Franz Ferdinand will release "Blood," its second album of 2009, on June 1 through Domino. The nine song set is a dub version of the group's third album, "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand," which was released this past January. "Blood" was…

  11. McCartney, Morrissey and Leonard Cohen Kick Off Coachella

    April 18, 2009 1:41 PM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got off to a fab start Friday (April 17), thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, who headlined the event with a marathon performance worthy of his long and lauded musical legacy. Proving himself the ultimate showman, Macca played a thrilling 2…

  12. Springsteen To Headline Glastonbury Festival

    February 23, 2009 11:08 AM EST Bruce Springsteen has been confirmed to headline the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival on June 27. The Saturday night slot was occupied by Jay-Z last year. Springsteen's booking for the 170,000-capacity event at Worthy Farm in Somerset follows months of speculation and it is believed to…

  13. Springsteen Has 'Dream' Debut Atop Album Chart

    February 04, 2009 11:27 AM EST As expected, Bruce Springsteen's new album, "Working on a Dream," dethrones Taylor Swift's "Fearless" after an eight-week reign. The Columbia set sold 224,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the Boss' his ninth No. 1 album…

  14. Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen Crown U.K. Charts

    February 02, 2009 10:54 AM EST Lily Allen and Bruce Springsteen were the new champions on the U.K. singles and album charts yesterday (Feb. 1). Allen's "The Fear" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) debuted atop the singles chart, while Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia/Sony BMG) entered the…

  15. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 7:17 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. McCartney will…

  16. The Soft Pack Signs With Kemado

    January 21, 2009 2:28 PM EST Los Angeles based rock act the Soft Pack has signed Kemado Records, Billboard.com can reveal. The band previously known as the Muslims was heavily courted by labels after last year's CMJ Festival, eventually choosing New York-based Kemado, which had been in discussions with the band…

  17. Franz, Kings, Weller To Headline Benicassim

    December 24, 2008 2:13 PM EST Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and Paul Weller have been confirmed as headliners for the 2009 FIB Heineken Benicassim Festival in Spain. The 2009 festival, running July 16-19, will be the 15th annual Benicassim event. The festival, which has become established as a favorite with overseas…

  18. Franz Ferdinand Keeps Grooving On Third Album

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Franz Ferdinand makes good on its stated desire to produce a "dirty pop" album with "rhythm- and dance-based" songs on "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand," due Jan. 29 via Epic. It's the Scottish band's first Franz Ferdinand makes good on its stated desire to…

  19. T.I., M.I.A., Hot Chip Highlight Diesel Bash

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. with Franz Ferdinand? Chaka Khan with Hot Chip? These unlikely combinations were on display as part of Diesel's "rock'n'roll circus" Saturday (Oct. 11) in Brooklyn, N.Y., as part of its 30th anni T.I. with Franz Ferdinand? Chaka Khan with Hot Chip? These unlikely…

  20. Franz Ferdinand Unveils New Songs In Brooklyn

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scottish rock combo Franz Ferdinand previewed a handful of new songs from its forthcoming album to a packed house at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (Oct. 8). Scottish rock combo Franz Ferdinand previewed a handful of new songs from its forthcoming album to a packed…

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