1. Let Go

    February 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST After a four-year hiatus, New York trio Nada Surf returns with its third, and arguably best, studio effort. After a four-year hiatus, New York trio Nada Surf returns with its third, and arguably best, studio effort. With Let Go, frontman Matthew Caws has matured into an astute singer…

  2. If They Knew This Was the End

    February 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Finally appearing seven years after it was first recorded, the Mendoza Line's "lost" debut, If They Knew This Was the End, is an attempt by the band to present a more cohesive portrait of its early ye Finally appearing seven years after it was first recorded, the Mendoza Line&…

  3. Billboard Bits: Metallica, Keith Urban, JC Chasez

    January 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST News on Metallica, Keith Urban, JC Chasez Sources say Metallica is in the process of putting together another stadium metalfest package similar to 2000's Summer Sanitarium tour. Metallica last toured in 2000, taking in $40.5 million from only 20 shows, about a dozen of which were Summer…

  4. Toad Reunion Relies On Tour Success

    January 31, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Expectations are high for Toad the Wet Sprocket's national reunion tour, especially given that there are low expectations of the band staying together for the long-term. After testing the touring waters by opening a few times for Counting…

  5. This Day in Music

    January 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from nearby Dee Why dies from a heart attack after being caught in the surge of the 55,000-strong crowd as Limp Bizkit take 2001 - During the Big Day Out tour stop in Sydney, a 15-year-old girl from…

  6. Bering Strait

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Much-hyped Russian import Bering Strait finally materializes on Universal South, and the results work far more than just on a curiosity level. The sound is an interesting blend Much-hyped Russian import Bering Strait finally materializes on Universal South, and the results work far more than…

  7. Rêves d'Oasis: Desert Blues 2

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Ambiances du Sahara: Desert Blues, released in '96, was a huge hit that lingered on Europe's world-music charts for months. Such success has sparked Desert Blues 2, a second double-CD compilation high Ambiances du Sahara: Desert Blues, released in '96, was a huge hit that…

  8. Selling Live Water

    January 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST "I only rap cuz I ain't smart enough to write a book." That's the improbable (and untrue) hook on "Da Baddest Poet," which introduces rapper sole's second album. "I only rap cuz I ain't smart enough to write a book." That's the improbable…

  9. 21 Classic Songs, Albums To Step Into Grammy Hall

    January 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin's 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven" and Peter, Paul and Mary's classic 1963 recording of "Blowin' in the Wind" are among 21 new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Recording Aca Led Zeppelin's 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to…

  10. Alkaline Trio Axes U.S. Tour

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Chicago-based rock outfit the Alkaline Trio has canceled its winter tour, according to a post on the group's official Web site. Chicago-based rock outfit the Alkaline Trio has canceled its winter tour, according to a post on the group's official Web site . The 12-date outing was due…

  11. Sparta, Glassjaw Strap In For SnoCore

    January 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Sparta, Glassjaw, Hot Water Music, and Dredg have signed on for ArtistDirect's 2003 SnoCore tour, which will kick off Feb. 11 in Albuquerque, N.M., and run through late March. Tickets for some shows a Sparta, Glassjaw, Hot Water Music, and Dredg have signed on for ArtistDirect's…

  12. Epic/Legacy Shapes Up 'Mullets Rock!'

    January 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST In homage to one of America's most revered hairstyles, Epic/Legacy will merge 35 hard stomping classics for "Mullets Rock!," a two-CD set due March 4. In homage to one of America's most revered hairstyles, Epic/Legacy will merge 35 hard stomping classics for "Mullets…

  13. The Hell I Am

    January 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST South Carolina hellbilly Hick'ry Hawkins is kicking up some dust with an ornery brand of hard-twang country loaded with attitude. South Carolina hellbilly Hick'ry Hawkins is kicking up some dust with an ornery brand of hard-twang country loaded with attitude. Hawkins moans with…

  14. New Limp Bizkit Album Nearly Finished

    January 10, 2003 12:00 AM EST Modern rock act Limp Bizkit is nearly finished with its next Flip/Interscope album, "Less Is More," which is tentatively due in April. "I'm in the studio just about to wrap up the vocals," frontman Fr Modern rock act Limp Bizkit is nearly finished with its next Flip…

  15. 'Punk-O-Rama' Comes Home On DVD

    January 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST Epitaph is bringing its popular "Punk-O-Rama" series to DVD. Due Feb. 25, the first home video edition will boast 22 videos, including selections from such luminaries as the Offspring, Rancid, Pennywi Epitaph is bringing its popular "Punk-O-Rama" series to DVD. Due Feb. 25…

  16. Sweat Wraps Elektra Tenure With Live Set

    January 07, 2003 12:00 AM EST Following a 15-year stretch with Elektra, R&B veteran Keith Sweat is closing out his tenure with the label via the upcoming concert set "Keith Sweat Live." The album, due Feb. 4, features renditio Following a 15-year stretch with Elektra, R&B veteran Keith Sweat is closing…

  17. Saliva Takes 'System' On The Road

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Memphis-based hard rock band Saliva, fresh off the November release of its second Island album, "Back Into Your System" (Island), will hit the road beginning Jan. 14 in Jackson, Miss. The tour will pl Memphis-based hard rock band Saliva, fresh off the November release of its second…

  18. Avril Skates To No. 1 In The U.K.

    January 06, 2003 12:00 AM EST Avril Lavigne's debut Arista album, "Let Go," having already shipped 600,000 units in the U.K., received a major international boost yesterday (Jan. 5) when it hit No. 1 on the U.K. album chart for th Avril Lavigne's debut Arista album, "Let Go," having already…

  19. Small Faces Feted With Debut Album Reissue

    December 26, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Small Faces are a band whose recorded legacy seems to grow in legend by the year. British contemporaries of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones, their career was short (four years), but the sheer q The Small Faces are a band whose recorded legacy seems to grow in legend by the year.…

  20. Electric Circus

    December 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST The rapper formerly known as Common Sense snaps, crackles, and pops the perceived boundaries of hip-hop on his fifth (second for MCA) album. The rapper formerly known as Common Sense snaps, crackles, and pops the perceived boundaries of hip-hop on his fifth (second for MCA) album. Fans of his…

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