1. Bits: Michael Franti, Polyphonic Spree, Echo & The Bunnymen

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Michael Franti preps new album and DVD, the Polyphonic Spree works on a new album and Echo & The Bunnymen plan a brief U.S. tour. Michael Franti will release a new album and documentary DVD July 25 via Epitaph's Anti- label. The latter is a chronicle of his travels to Baghdad, the…

  2. Billboard Bits: Wetlands, Billy Talent, Angie Aparo

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on Wetlands, Billy Talent, Angie Aparo "Wetlands Preserved," a documentary chronicling celebrated downtown New York rock club the Wetlands Preserve, will make its official debut Sunday (April 23) at a screening at New York's Ziegfeld Theater. The screening will serve as…

  3. Franti Preps Album, Film, Book Releases

    February 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Two of the most pivotal and event-filled years in the life of lauded singer/songwriter Michael Franti will culminate in June with the simultaneous release of a new studio disc with Spearhead and a doc Two of the most pivotal and event-filled years in the life of lauded singer/songwriter…

  4. Crowes, Wilco, Lips Sign On For Langerado Fest

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Black Crowes, Wilco, the Flaming Lips and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals are among the acts confirmed to perform at the fourth Langerado Music Festival. The Black Crowes, Wilco, the Flaming Lips and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals are among the acts confirmed to perform…

  5. Music Remains Substantial Source Of Katrina Aid

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks following the devastating Hurricane Katrina, a host of music-related initiatives are raising funds for those suffering the effects of the storm. Two weeks following the devastating Hurricane Katrina, a host of music-related initiatives are raising funds for those suffering the…

  6. Franti Preaching Peace, Charity At San Fran Fest

    September 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Like countless other musicians and organizations across the country, Michael Franti's annual Power to the Peaceful festival has a crucial new task this year: offering aid to victims of Hurricane Katri Like countless other musicians and organizations across the country, Michael Franti&…

  7. Inaugural Vegoose Fest Solidifies Lineup

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews and Friends, Jack Johnson and Widespread Panic will head the lineup for the first Vegoose festival, assembled by A.C. Entertainment and Superfly Presents, the organizers behind Bonnaroo. As first tipped here last month, Dave Matthews and Friends, Jack Johnson and Widespread…

  8. Soulive Finds New Groove On Concord

    June 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jazz/rock trio Soulive has inked with Concord Records for the Sept. 13 release of its next album, "Break Out." Jazz/rock trio Soulive has inked with Concord Records for the Sept. 13 release of its next album, "Break Out." The group was previously signed to Blue Note, which…

  9. String Cheese Drafts Pals For Summer Jaunt

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The String Cheese Incident will headline the BIG Summer Classic 2005, a jam-band festival tour that will launch with a July 2-3 stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Col. The three-week tour wi The String Cheese Incident will headline the BIG Summer Classic 2005, a jam-band festival…

  10. 10,000 Lakes, All Good Fests Set Initial Bills

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival and West Virginia's All Good Music Festival have each confirmed eclectic performance lineups for their third and ninth annual events, respectively. Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes Festival and West Virginia's All Good Music Festival have each…

  11. No Doubt, Johnson, Watt Pay Tribute To Sublime

    April 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Though its existence was brief, Sublime's cheerful music struck a chord amid the mid-1990s modern rock explosion. Though its existence was brief, Sublime's cheerful music struck a chord amid the mid-1990s modern rock explosion. Now, nine years after singer/songwriter/guitarist…

  12. Billboard Bits: Michael Franti, B.G., Lizz Wright

    March 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Michael Franti, B.G., Lizz Wright Outspoken musician/poet/activist Michael Franti will record his next album in Kingston, Jamaica, with Island Records founder Chris Blackwell executive producing. Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare and Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson) are…

  13. Nelly, DMB, Juanes Among N.O. Jazz Fest Acts

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST For its 36th annual edition, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has confirmed a rich and eclectic lineup befitting its storied history. For its 36th annual edition, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has confirmed a rich and eclectic lineup befitting its storied history.…

  14. Franti, Doughty To Rock Slamdance

    January 10, 2005 12:00 AM EST Somewhat edgier than its better-known Sundance cousin, this year's Slamdance Film Festival will offer its share of musical treats to entertain moviegoers. Somewhat edgier than its better-known Sundance cousin, this year's Slamdance Film Festival will offer its share of musical…

  15. Music In The Sundance Spotlight

    December 28, 2004 12:00 AM EST Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Jan. 20-30 independent film showcase will see a slate of eclectic live performances to entertai Music seems to take a bigger role each year at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park…

  16. Galactic Goes 'Freezestyle'

    December 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jazz funk jam band Galactic will launch its third annual Freezestyle tour Jan. 15 in Ft. Lauderdale. The trek will include two hometown shows at New Orleans' Tipitina's during Mardi Gras, as well as t Jazz funk jam band Galactic will launch its third annual Freezestyle tour Jan. 15…

  17. Jack Johnson Plans Hawaiian Benefit

    November 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will headline a benefit concert on Jan. 3 in Oahu, Hawaii. The event will also feature performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, DJ Logic, Makana and Amy Hawaiian singer/songwriter Jack Johnson will headline a benefit concert on Jan. 3 in Oahu,…

  18. Hot Product

    September 15, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Blind Boys Of Alabama 'Tell' Me About It The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recruited a star-studded cast to help fill out their upcoming album, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," due this week via Real World Records. The disc will be the legendary vocal group's first holiday…

  19. BREAKING & ENTERING

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Michael Franti & Spearhead and Kings Of Leon. /bb/breakenter/index.jsp News Michael Franti …

  20. Breaking & Entering

    September 03, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Michael Franti and Kings Of Leon. FOR THE PEOPLE: When the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy emerged on the hip-hop scene in the early 1990s, there was talk that leader Michael Franti would grow into a sort of…

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