1. Jon Balke, "Siwan"

    July 13, 2009 12:46 PM EDT Rarely during the course of a listening year does a recording strike such emotional depth as the Norwegian keyboardist / conductor Jon Balke 's latest ECM outing, the cross-cultural masterpiece "SIWAN." With a large cast of improvising jazz artists (including trumpeter Jon…

  2. Conor Oberst & Jenny Lewis / July 4, 2009 / New York (Battery Park)

    July 09, 2009 7:15 PM EDT A sea of blankets spread across the shady grounds of Battery Park as concertgoers gathered on a beautiful Fourth of July afternoon to see Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis. The free event, part of the summer-long NYC River to River Festival, drew a large diverse crowd…

  3. Omar Faruk Tekbilek, "Rare Elements"

    July 07, 2009 4:31 PM EDT The Turkish-born musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek is also a composer, and his music is the inspiration for this remix disc, the second installment in 5 Points Records' remix series. Tekbilek is a Sufi, and therefore his approach to music is mystical and worshipful. Handing his tunes to a…

  4. The Dead, Black Crowes Deliver At Rothbury

    July 05, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Forget Independence Day. Saturday was the day of The Dead at the Rothbury Festival, which came as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the plethora of Grateful Dead-related attire worn around the Double JJ ranch site or to the many Dead flags that popped up at virtually every other…

  5. Flaming Lips Offer 'Embryonic' Sneak Peek

    June 23, 2009 7:56 AM EDT Fans who use the Internet to purchase concert tickets to the Flaming Lips' forthcoming U.S. summer tour will receive a sneak peek of the alternative-psychedelic band's new double-album, "Embryonic," scheduled for release later this year on Warner Bros. The Flaming Lips…

  6. Nine Inch Nails & Jane's Addiction / June 7, 2009 / Wantagh, NY (Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre)

    June 10, 2009 8:11 PM EDT It was a breezy Sunday night (June 7) in Long Island, NY, and 15,000 black-clad rockers were congregating at the oceanside Jones Beach amphitheater, all of them ready to party like it's 1991. That was, of course, the year of Perry Ferrell's inaugural Lollapalooza festival, the stage…

  7. Electric Daisy Carnival Lineups Expanded

    June 03, 2009 8:03 PM EDT Thievery Corporation, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, the Crystal Method, Shiny Toy Guns, STS9, Groove Armada (DJ Set) and Tortured Soul, among others, are scheduled to appear at the 2009 Electric Daisy Carnival, to be held June 26-27 at Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The…

  8. Madonna Concert Set For Israel

    June 02, 2009 12:12 PM EDT The Material Girl is coming to the Holy Land. Madonna will play in Tel Aviv on Sept. 1 for the last stop on her Sticky and Sweet world tour. The pop star's website quotes her as saying she's "very excited about returning to Israel for my last and final show." Madonna isn&…

  9. Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A. Lead San Diego Street Scene Bill

    June 02, 2009 8:38 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas, M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, Modest Mouse, the Dead Weather and Cake lead the lineup for the 2009 Street Scene festival, to be held Aug. 28-29 in downtown San Diego. The festival will be set up in San Diego's East Village, including Tailgate Park near Petco Park…

  10. Judas Priest Digs Deep For 'Evil' Live Album

    May 26, 2009 3:39 PM EDT Judas Priest has chosen 10 songs not previously released in live album form for its next concert set -- "A Touch of Evil: Live," which is due out July 14, in the midst of the band's U.S. summer tour. "A Touch of Evil" includes live renderings of longtime fan favorites…

  11. Flaming Lips Stretching Out For 'Mystics' Follow-Up

    May 12, 2009 8:37 AM EDT Admittedly feeling not so much prolific as just more ambitious, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne tells Billboard.com his alternative-psychedelic band is planning a late summer street date for its first double album, which is a follow-up to 2006 effort "At War with the Mystics." …

  12. Mastodon Eying 'Crack The Skye' Movie

    May 05, 2009 7:25 AM EDT A film adaptation of Mastodon's latest album, "Crack the Skye," is well within the realm of possibility -- albeit not in production yet. Drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor tells Billboard.com that the heavy rocking Atlanta quartet sat down with a film director, who he declines…

  13. Wilco Tour, Album Take Shape

    April 24, 2009 11:24 AM EDT With a still-untitled album slated for June 30 on Nonesuch, Wilco will be hitting the U.S. highways this summer beginning June 12 in Cincinnati. Many dates are going on sale today including the Los Angeles, Red Rocks, and Brooklyn shows. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band will join as…

  14. George Harrison Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

    April 15, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Hundreds of George Harrison's biggest fans and best friends, including Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, turned out Tuesday to see a posthumous star for the quiet Beatle unveiled during a raucous celebration on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fellow Beatle McCartney stood next to Harrison's…

  15. Nas, Damian Marley, The Roots Lead Rock The Bells Bill

    April 07, 2009 10:00 PM EDT Nas, Damian Marley, the Roots, Big Boi and Common, among others, will lead this summer's Rock the Bells traveling hip-hop festival, which is set to visit 10 North American cities on consecutive weekends from June 27-Aug. 9. Also on the bill in various markets are KRS-One, House of Pain,…

  16. Watching The 'Watchmen' Soundtrack

    March 03, 2009 6:09 PM EST Last summer’s “The Dark Knight” was perhaps the most highly anticipated superhero film of all time— until Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” due March 6, came rumbling along. Adapted from the blockbuster 1985 graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, “Watchmen” has been embroiled in…

  17. Leonard Cohen Dazzles At New York Tour Warm-Up

    February 20, 2009 2:38 AM EST Tuning up for a spring North American tour, Leonard Cohen played his first show on American soil in 15 years last night (Feb. 19) at New York's Beacon Theatre. The three-hour performance featured all of Cohen's classics, including "Suzanne," "Bird on the Wire"…

  18. Conor Oberst Explores The 'Outer South'

    February 19, 2009 3:08 PM EST Conor Oberst has wrapped his second album with his Mystic Valley Band, "Outer South," and will release it May 5 on Merge Records. The group debuted with an album under Oberst's name last summer. The five-piece Mystic Valley Band, which consists of guitarist Taylor Hollingsworth…

  19. Leonard Cohen To Release First Album Since 2004

    February 13, 2009 10:44 AM EST Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen will release "Live in London," his first new album in five years, on March 31 via Columbia. The set was culled from his July 17, 2008, performance at London's 02 Arena during his world tour last year. The 26-track "Live in London,…

  20. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 7:17 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. McCartney will…

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