1. R. Kelly Goes 'Show Biz' For Spring Tour

    February 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having already brought to life the multiple characters of the epic musical saga "Trapped in the Closet," R. Kelly is putting another twist on his own identity. The veteran R&B artist will hit the Having already brought to life the multiple characters of the epic musical saga …

  2. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Tim Kelly, guitarist for Slaughter, dies from injuries suffered in a collision on a remote highway in Arizona. Kelly, 34, is driving on State Route 96 when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer ja 2003 - Legendary Czech crooner Karel Gott announces that he would consider…

  3. This Day in Music

    February 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1999 - </b>Internationally acclaimed dance and R&B music legend Gwen Guthrie dies of cancer in Orange, N.J. Guthrie, 49, is most famous for her 1986 hit, "Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent."< 2003 - Claude Pepper, aka Jack Mack of L.A. R&B…

  4. FILM SCHOOL, "Film School"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Borrowing but not stealing from new wave and shoegaze pioneers, Film School washes its distorted jams, crunchy melody lines and crescendos with a thick layer of atmospheric noise. Borrowing but not stealing from new wave and shoegaze pioneers, Film School washes its distorted jams, crunchy…

  5. PEARLS & BRASS, "The Indian Tower"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pearls & Brass are a three-piece rock unit from Allentown, Pa., a place not exactly known for stoner jams. They draw heavily from Sabbath and Zep, but are still able to make this heavy-duty rock f Pearls & Brass are a three-piece rock unit from Allentown, Pa., a place not exactly…

  6. Rhino Revisits Costello's 'Juliet Letters'

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Continuing its Elvis Costello catalog reissue campaign, Rhino has revamped the artist's collaboration with string ensemble the Brodsky Quartet, "The Juliet Letters." Continuing its Elvis Costello catalog reissue campaign, Rhino has revamped the artist's collaboration with…

  7. Chart Beat Chat

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "High School Musical," musical siblings, Bedingfields, Lee Greenwood and much more with readers. NEVER HEARD OF A HUDGENS, NOR AN EFRON Fred, Has anyone, especially an obscure singer such as Zac Efron, had a better week? He had two debuts last week (at No. 86 and No.…

  8. Keys Pleasantly Surprised By Grammy Nominations

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite having reeled in nine Grammy Awards and multiple nominations over the past five years, Alicia Keys was surprised to hear of her five additional nods for this year's 48th annual honors. Despite having reeled in nine Grammy Awards and multiple nominations over the past five years,…

  9. Poll: Legend Will Win Best New Artist

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Top nominee John Legend is a shoo-in to win the best new artist award at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, according to a Billboard.com poll. Top nominee John Legend is a shoo-in to win the best new artist award at the 48th annual Grammy Awards, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 1,950 voters…

  10. Corgan, Chamberlin Revive Smashing Pumpkins

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is moving ahead with his plan to revive seminal alternative rock act Smashing Pumpkins, sources say the group has signed a new management deal with Jared Pau In the clearest sign yet that Billy Corgan is moving ahead with his plan to revive seminal…

  11. PAUL McCARTNEY

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST The cute Beatle may not have been quite so cuddly. The cute Beatle may not have been quite so cuddly. Christopher Sandford ("Keith Richards: Satisfaction," 2004, etc.) rejects the idea that among the Beatles, John Lennon was the caustic poet of depth and insight while Paul, though…

  12. WITHOUT YOU: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical RENT

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST A moving, absorbing journal of life on stage and at home. A moving, absorbing journal of life on stage and at home. A young (early 30s) veteran of stage ("Rent") and screen ("Adventures in Babysitting"; "A Beautiful Mind"; the film adaptation of "Rent")…

  13. GREAT PRETENDERS: My Strange Love Affair with '50s Pop Music

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Former Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer checks out some singers of the pop tunes of the '50s and, surprised to discover that their records were not a waste of vinyl, finds love in the kitsch. Former Newsweek music critic Karen Schoemer checks out some singers of the pop tunes of the …

  14. This Day in Music

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>James Louis "J.J." Johnson, the father of modern jazz trombone, dies at home in Indianapolis of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had been suffering from prostate cancer. He i 2004 - One of the most respected groups to emerge from the 1980s…

  15. Calexico / Jan. 24, 2006 / New York (Joe's Pub)

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The packed house at Joe's Pub, mostly poor-looking rich hipsters guzzling down $12 boutique drinks, looked like the farthest cry from the border town banditos who come to mind when you listen to a Cal The packed house at Joe's Pub, mostly poor-looking rich hipsters guzzling down $12…

  16. R. Kelly Leads Soul Train Award Nominees

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by Tyrese and actress Vivica Fox at Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills, Calif. R. Kelly leads the list of nominees for the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, announced today (Feb. 2) by…

  17. Soaring With Kirk & Rebecca

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Kirk Franklin and Rebecca St. James sing during GMA nomination announcement. Kirk Franklin, left, sings with artist Rebecca St. James in Nashville at the Feb. 1 announcement of nominations for the 37th GMA Gospel Music Awards. Franklin and St. James will host the awards ceremony April 5 at…

  18. Billboard Bits: Lachey/Simpson, Chicago, Living Things

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST News on Lachey/Simpson, Chicago, Living Things The first new music to emerge from the Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey split will come from Lachey, in the form of the ballad "What's Left of Me." The track will premiere tomorrow (Feb. 3) at 12:01 AM ET via AOL Music, which will also…

  19. Foo Fighters Draft Band For Acoustic Tour

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Foo Fighters are making plans for their first acoustic tour, which will tentatively get underway in May. The trek will focus on the less aggressive material found on the second disc of 2005's "In The Foo Fighters are making plans for their first acoustic tour, which will…

  20. Roots' Thompson In The Mix With 'Misery'

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Just in time for Valentine's Day, Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will on Feb. 14 release his second BBE mix CD under the "Babies Makin' Babies" header. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson will on Feb…

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