1. Hot Product

    October 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Franz Ferdinand Boys, 'Better' After a breakout year in 2004, Franz Ferdinand is not resting on its success. Just 18 months after the Glasgow, Scotland, four-piece of frontman/guitarist Alex Kapranos, guitarist Nick McCarthy, bassist Bob Hardy and drummer Paul Thomson helped lead an…

  2. Nada Surf Hitting The Road This Fall

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Produced by Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, "The Weight Is a Gift" is the follow-up to 2003's "Let Go," which debuted at No. 31 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. Indie rock act Nada Surf will hit the road in North America in October in…

  3. SXSW 2005 PREVIEW (2 of 4)

    March 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Selected profiles of noteworthy acts that will perform during this year's South by Southwest Music & Media Conference March 16-20 in Austin, Texas: Dropping Daylight, The Go! Team, Giant Drag and Selected profiles of noteworthy acts that will perform during this year's South by…

  4. Hootenanny Salutes Strummer

    July 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Late Clash frontman Joe Strummer was honored with a few special tributes at last weekend's ninth annual Hootenany rockabilly festival and car show in Orange County, Calif. Late Clash frontman Joe Strummer was honored with a few special tributes at last weekend's ninth annual…

  5. 'Three Pickers' Concert Heads To CD, DVD

    May 08, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Ricky Skaggs will be documented on upcoming CD and DVD releases. Due July 15 via Rounder, "Three Pickers" features A 2002 concert that brought together bluegrass legends Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs,…

  6. Au Cabaret Sauvage

    October 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Au Cabaret Sauvage—in the wild cabaret, indeed. Au Cabaret Sauvage—in the wild cabaret, indeed. This hardy troupe, founded by Denis Péan, has the verve of Gypsy buskers and a collective musical appetite that feasts on everything the world has to offer. Au Cabaret Sauvage takes the listener to…

  7. Chesney Gallops Straight To No. 1

    May 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Country star Kenny Chesney bows on top of The Billboard 200 with his latest BNA album, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," which moved a hardy 235,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Country star Kenny Chesney bows on top of The Billboard 200 with his latest BNA…

  8. Hard Rockers Square Off On 'WWF Forced Entry'

    February 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST Rare tracks by Creed and Limp Bizkit and a host of newly recorded theme songs are all in the mix on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) compilation "WWF Forced Entry," due March 26 from Columbia. The Rare tracks by Creed and Limp Bizkit and a host of newly recorded theme songs are…

  9. Colvin, Vega On New Folkways Set

    December 13, 2001 12:00 AM EST Recordings from Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, John Gorka, and Lucy Kaplansky will be featured on the two-disc, 34-track Smithsonian Folkways release "Fast Folk: A Communi Recordings from Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, John Gorka,…

  10. Chuck Berry Recording New Album

    October 24, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Legendary guitarist Chuck Berry is recording a new album, his first with new material in 20 years, in a St. Louis studio in celebration of his recent 75th birthday. Berry tells Billboard he hopes that Legendary guitarist Chuck Berry is recording a new album, his first with new material in 20…

  11. Billboard Bits: J. Lo, Silver Jews, Murder City Devils

    September 18, 2001 12:00 AM EDT Stories on Jennifer Lopez, Silver Jews, and the Murder City Devils Jennifer Lopez will perform two full shows -- her first ever -- Thursday (Sept. 20) and Friday at the 10,000-seat Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The shows will be taped by NBC and will air in November as a…

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