1. D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 23, 2015 4:53 PM EST Some music comes armored in myth -- Brian Wilson 's Smile sessions, My Bloody Valentine 's Loveless , Nas ' Illmatic . In these cases, the stories of all-star personnel, torturous recording sessions, or delayed release dates are almost as important as the actual songs. D'…

  2. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing

    December 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST Imagine going to a steakhouse, ordering the best steak in the restaurant after being told the best steak will take an hour to properly cook, waiting impatiently as everyone around you gets their food before you, angrily wondering why YOUR steak has to take so damn long... and then…

  3. Shoegaze Pioneers Ride Reuniting for 2015 Tour

    November 19, 2014 12:12 PM EST saw the long-awaited return of My Bloody Valentine , and now one of their foremost followers have announced a reunion. Influential British shoegazers Ride have announced they will be reforming for a string of European 2015 dates, with a pair of North American shows sprinkled in. The…

  4. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  5. Hear Empires Exclusively Premiere Epic New Alt-Rock Album ‘Orphan’

    September 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The story of Empires’ new album is the story of what a great producer can do for an already-promising band. For their sweeping new album Orphan (out Sept. 23), the Chicago group enlisted veteran rock producer John Congleton to explore untapped expansive potential. With bandleader Sean Van…

  6. U2's 'Songs of Innocence' & 12 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    September 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  7. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  8. Outkast, Beck, Portishead to Headline Ireland's 2014 Electric Picnic Festival

    March 20, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Meanwhile, Scotland's RockNess festival has decided to suspend its 2014 edition and gear up for 2015 Outkast are headlining yet another festival, and it's Ireland's Electric Picnic . Beck and Portishead are listed as the other headliners and remarkably, the latter are actually…

  9. Foster the People, 'Supermodel': Track-By-Track Review

    March 17, 2014 1:16 PM EDT What's harder than making America dance to a song that's ostensibly about a school shooting? Figuring out how to follow that out-of-nowhere success, of course. With the 2010 single "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People mastermind Mark Foster proved he could do the former,…

  10. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  11. Mazzy Star to Release First Album in 17 Years

    July 16, 2013 4:10 PM EDT Dream pop darlings Mazzy Star, whose folky brand of alt-rock scored them a hit with 1993's "Fade Into You," will end a 17-year pause between albums with "Seasons of Your Day," the group's fourth studio set, due Sept. 24. Driven by the songwriting duo Hope…

  12. 2013 Mid-Year Staff Picks: 13 Albums You Might Have Missed

    July 03, 2013 2:35 PM EDT Listen to our favorite less-heralded releases of the year, including albums from MS MR, Big K.R.I.T. and Parquet Courts. The midway point of the 2013 calendar has come and gone, and this week at Billboard.com has been dedicated to taking stock of the past six months in music, be it through…

  13. My Bloody Valentine to Headline L.A.'s FYF Fest

    May 13, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Shoegaze legends My Bloody Valentine will play their first U.S. gig since 2009 at Los Angeles' FYF Festival. Also on hand for the fest -- which runs Aug. 24-25 at L.A. State Historic Park -- are acts like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Solange, and MGMT. The decade-old punk and…

  14. ATP Looking Far Afield, But Not To the U.S.

    February 19, 2013 7:02 AM EST All Tomorrow’s Parties won’t be partying in the United States anytime soon. The boutique British festivals brand first made an impression in the U.S. back in 2002 and staged a show as recently as September 2012 with its sister I’ll Be Your Mirror event, which was held in New York. However,…

  15. Guns N' Roses Added To Governors Ball Fest Lineup

    February 07, 2013 1:46 PM EST As if previously announced headliners Kanye West and Kings of Leon weren't enticing enough, the 2013 Governors Ball Music Festval has added Guns N' Roses as a third headlining act. Axl Rose and co. will head to Randall's Island Park in New York City during the weekend of June…

  16. My Bloody Valentine, 'mbv': Album Review

    February 03, 2013 10:30 AM EST My Bloody Valentine mbv (self-released) 21 years. *21 years!* That's how long it's taken My Bloody Valentine to release the follow-up to the brilliant "Loveless," the album that defined 1990s dreampop and cast a towering shadow over the Pitchfork generation – a…

  17. My Bloody Valentine Releases New Album Online

    February 02, 2013 8:10 PM EST "mbv" arrives over 21 years after "Loveless." Shoegaze titans My Bloody Valentine have, at long last, released the follow-up to their landmark 1991 album "Loveless." On Saturday afternoon (Feb. 2), the group posted the following message to its Facebook page : …

  18. My Bloody Valentine 'Finished' with New Album

    December 26, 2012 1:47 PM EST In an announcement 21 years in the making, My Bloody Valentine say they're finished with a new album. On Dec. 21, the group "finished mastering the new album!," per My Bloody Valentine's Facebook page . The ear-rattling shoegaze band has been legendarily quiet on the…

  19. Crystal Castles, '(III)': Album Review

    November 12, 2012 8:00 PM EST CRYSTAL CASTLES (III) Producer Ethan Kath Casablanca/Republic Records/Fiction Release Date Nov. 13 At first glance, Crystal Castles' third album is even more unrelentingly bleak than its predecessors-singles are titled "Plague" and "Wrath of God," and the artwork is…

  20. My Bloody Valentine's 'Loveless' Follow-Up Coming This Year

    November 07, 2012 1:50 PM EST "I think with this record, people who like us will immediately connect with something," says Kevin Shields. My Bloody Valentine plans to release the long-anticipated follow-up to its shoegaze masterpiece, 1991's "Loveless," before the end of 2012. In an interview with…

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