1. Chart Beat

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Stevie makes his highest album chart debut since the mid-'70s, Madonna posts her 51st Hot 100 single, Shakira breaks a Hot Latin Songs record, plus news on Rod Stewart, Gwen Stefanin & others. DELIVERED: It took a while, but it was worth it. Stevie Wonder's long-promised "A…

  2. THE LIVING BLUE, "Fire, Blood, Water"

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Like it or not, the garage rock revival is not over yet. There's still at least one more crop of fresh-faced, snotty rockers out to prove their worth, but at least they love their pop, too. Like it or not, the garage rock revival is not over yet. There's still at least one more crop…

  3. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part four The war impinged in various ways. Most directly because Willie was in the Army Corps of Engineers overseas -- he was in one of the first units to cross the Rhine, and they eagerly followed the news of his division's movements and looked forward to his letters home. Sam and L.C.…

  4. Billy Joel: The Life & Times Of An Angry Young Man (continued)

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part four Made His Move on Christie Lee After a relatively short tour that culminated with a New Year's Eve performance at Madison Square Garden, Billy found himself back home. Only now the home was empty. "I just have to get used to being on my own," he said. "I'm…

  5. Phair Powers Up For Podcasts

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Currently touring in support of her latest Capitol album, "Somebody's Miracle," Liz Phair says she's found a positive outlet for downtime while on the road. "I'm all about podcasting," Phair tells Bil Currently touring in support of her latest Capitol album,…

  6. 'Joint' Custody

    October 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Aerosmith kicks out the jams on the live disc "Rockin' the Joint," which was taped Jan. 11, 2002, during a rare club show at Las Vegas' the Joint. Aerosmith kicks out the jams on the live disc "Rockin' the Joint," which was taped Jan. 11, 2002, during a rare…

  7. Mike Peters

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Dead Men Walking tour continues, a new Alarm album is mastered and future plans are made. Thursday 13th October-Colchester Long drive down to Colchester today so I whiled away the hours watching 'No Direction Home', the Bob Dylan film put together by Martin Scorsese. What an…

  8. Windham Hill Founder Mulling Next Album

    October 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman is at work on material that he expects to form the basis of his next studio album. Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman is at work on material that he expects to form the basis of his next studio album. The project will be the follow-up to 2004's "…

  9. 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…

  10. I 'Me' Mine

    October 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lest anyone has forgotten, Ashlee Simpson appeared on "Saturday Night Live" last October. As she prepared to sing her second song, a prerecorded vocal track of her first performance erroneously began Lest anyone has forgotten, Ashlee Simpson appeared on "Saturday Night Live…

  11. Slug Keeps Growing On New Atmosphere Album

    October 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Six albums into a career that has mobilized and polarized the indie rap underground, the Minneapolis rapper Slug, one-half of acclaimed Rhymesayers duo Atmosphere, is finally stepping outside himself. Six albums into a career that has mobilized and polarized the indie rap underground, the…

  12. Cullum Has New 'Tales' To Tell

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT You cannot fence in Jamie Cullum. The spunky 26-year-old pianist's appeal ranges from teenagers to the fiftysomething crowd. And he not only entertains with a plucky panache but also displays heartfel You cannot fence in Jamie Cullum. He is a spunky 26-year-old pianist who infuses the…

  13. Cowboy Troy

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A show in the rain, a hometown crowd, a few days off and a little studio time are all part of the past week of Cowboy Troy's life. Whew!! Diggity-dig this!!! On Oct. 8, Big & Rich and I had a truly energetic show in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was pretty cold and raining but the fans…

  14. Beck / Oct. 6, 2005 / New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The word was that Beck was sick -- but at least he had seven people to cover for him during an Oct. 6 show in New York. Once upon a time when Beck was still a "Loser" and hadn't a despairing "Sea Chan The word was that Beck was sick -- but at least he had seven people to…

  15. O.A.R.

    October 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Just out, new album 'Stories of a Stranger' is on O.A.R. bassist Benj Gershman's mind as the band's fall tour gets underway. Our new record, "Stories of a Stranger," came out Oct 4. Talk about a sigh of relief... felt like we'd been working on it for years,…

  16. Metal Veterans Salute Iron Maiden

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Iron Maiden celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, so it's fitting that the band is being celebrated by a host of compatriots. Iron Maiden celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, so it's fitting that the band is being celebrated by a host of compatriots. "Numbers From…

  17. Reunion Nearly Complete, Pixies Look Ahead

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With the first phase of its reunion nearly complete, the Pixies have begun contemplating the future. Six shows in Japan are on tap in December, but what will happen afterward is anybody's guess. Guita With the first phase of its reunion nearly complete, the Pixies have begun…

  18. Mike Peters

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT His wife and toddler son in tow, Mike resumes the Dead Men Walking tour in Scotland and Captain Sensible decides the gigs are 'clothing optional.' Friday 30th September-Kinloss, Scotland Big drive up to Scotland today. The whole of the Peters family is on the road. Myself, Jules and…

  19. Cowboy Troy

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Out on the road with Brooks & Dunn, Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, the self-proclaimed "hick-hop" artist checks in with tales of food and music on the highway. Yo hawww!!!! Now that it's out of my system let's get down to brass tacks (whatever that means). Right…

  20. Pearl Jam, Plant Get The Led Out In Chicago

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A thousand dollars is a lot for a concert ticket, but Pearl Jam and special guest Robert Plant justified the price last night (Oct. 5) during an intimate benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims at Chica A thousand dollars is a lot for a concert ticket, but Pearl Jam and special guest Robert…

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