1. Black Lips Add Polish with Mark Ronson's Help on 'Arabia Mountain'

    May 17, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Through five albums in eight years, the recording process of Atlanta's Black Lips was a lot like their songs: quick, sloppy and without help from anyone. But for "Arabia Mountain," out June 7, the band had bigger ambitions. "The deadline for finishing this record was, &…

  2. Arcade Fire Covers Jay Reatard's 'Oh It's Such A Shame'

    August 03, 2010 6:05 PM EDT Before last night (Aug. 2), no one would put Canadian indie favorites Arcade Fire and pop-punk Memphis rocker Jay Reatard in the same sentence. The former put the combination at the tip of everyone's tongues when they covered Reatard's "Oh It's Such a Shame" at their…

  3. 10 Buzz Bands To Watch

    July 13, 2010 11:58 AM EDT These ten artists are rising stars doing their own thing who ready to burst into wider public consciousness this year. Read, listen, rock out. Wavves Latest Album: 'King of the Beach' After breaking out last spring with its eponymous sophomore album, Nathan Williams and his noise…

  4. Wavves Roll Past Public Meltdown To "Beach"

    July 09, 2010 12:37 PM EDT For singer/guitarist Nathan Williams and his noise-pop band Wavves , 2009 was both a year that every aspiring musician hopes for-and every established musician dreads. After drawing critical acclaim last spring for a sophomore album recorded in his bedroom, Williams embarked on a European…

  5. Beyonce and Jay-Z Make a Bundle, Usher Loses One

    January 14, 2010 5:16 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Beyonce and Jay-Z were just named the top-earning couple by Forbes Magazine. The pair brought in $122 million last year, $90 of which came from Beyonce's sales and touring. Meanwhile, Usher lost some money when a…

  6. Jay Reatard Found Dead in Memphis Home

    January 13, 2010 4:28 PM EST Memphis garage-punk artist Jimmy Lee Lindsey, better known as Jay Reatard , was found dead in his Memphis home early Tuesday morning, according to friends. He was 29. Goner Records, which has released a number of Reatard's singles and EPs, posted the following statement to its website…

  7. Indies Get Wilco DVD Early For Record Store Day

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST In an effort to boost excitement for Record Store Day (April 18), Wilco is making its new Nonesuch concert DVD, "Ashes of American Flags," available early, and exclusively, to indie retail for the occasion, Billboard has learned. The film -- recorded in Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans;…

  8. Initial Bands Announced For CMJ 2008

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Broken Social Scene, Deerhoof, They Might Be Giants and Lee "Scratch" Perry are among the first acts confirmed for the 2008 CMJ Music Marathon, to be held Oct. 21-25 in New York. Broken Social Scene, Deerhoof, They Might Be Giants and Lee "Scratch" Perry are among the…