1. JOSE GONZALEZ, "Stay in the Shade EP"

    February 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." If you blinked last year, you might have missed Jose Gonzalez's stateside debut, "Veneer." The Swedish-by way of-Argentina folk singer has drawn modest comparisons to…

  2. Sweden? More Like Sweeten...

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Perhaps unknown to many, the Scandinavian region has produced a bumper crop of enjoyable music as of late. Writing about acts by geography essentially groups unique, blisteringly awesome bands into a superficial category so that I may discuss them at length without having to justify their…

  3. Pianist O'Riley Reworks Smith, Drake

    August 30, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Respected classical pianist Christopher O'Riley received accolades two years ago for his album "True Love Waits: Christopher O'Riley Plays Radiohead." Respected classical pianist Christopher O'Riley received accolades two years ago for his album "True Love Waits:…

  4. M.I.A., MC5 To Visit New York's SummerStage

    May 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A., the MC5 and Coheed & Cambria are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of New York's Central Park SummerStage. M.I.A., the MC5 and Coheed & Cambria are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of New York's Central Park SummerStage. The…

  5. Coldplay Sounds Loud, Proud On 'X&Y'

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay offers up a bigger, louder version of its widely loved pop/rock sound on its third studio album, "X&Y." Due June 7 in North America via Capitol, the 12-track set is led by the soaring sin Coldplay offers up a bigger, louder version of its widely loved pop/rock sound on…

  6. Hot Product

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Other titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: Up-and-coming Irish rock act the Thrills' "Let's Bottle Bohemia" (Virgin), with guest spots from R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Van Dyke Parks. Bowling For Soup's latest Jive set, "A Hangover You Don&…

  7. B&E: Cary Brothers

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. BROTHERLY LOVE: It's easy to imagine Cary Brothers during the height of the acoustic genre. If he'…

  8. Hot Product

    August 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Garden State ’Garden’ Of Stone The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Iron & Wine have contributed tracks to the "Garden State" soundtrack, due this week via Epic. Written and directed by Zach Braff (NBC's "Scrubs), the film opened July 28 in limited U.S…

  9. Hot Product

    July 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Kings Of Convenience 'Quiet' Riot European rock duo Kings Of Convenience releases its third album, "Riot on an Empty Street," this week via Astralwerks. The set finds group members Erlend Oye and Eirik Glambek Boe expanding on the quiet, acoustic framework of past releases…

  10. Shins, Iron & Wine Visit 'Garden State'

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Iron & Wine have contributed tracks to the "Garden State" soundtrack, due Aug. 10 via Epic. Written and directed by Zach Braff (NBC's "Scrubs) The Shins, Coldplay, Zero 7, Thievery Corporation and Iron & Wine…

  11. Adams Takes On 'Rock,' 'Love'

    December 26, 2003 12:00 AM EST In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acclaimed alt-country band, Whiskeytown, fans and critics alike have adored pretty much everything he has put out -- no matter how far it found him strayin In the three years since Ryan Adams left his acclaimed alt-country band, Whiskeytown, fans…

  12. Out of Season

    November 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST Two of rock's most gifted impressionists, Portishead vocalist Beth Gibbons and former Talk Talk member Paul Webb (aka Rustin Man) join forces on this suitably ethereal collection. Two of rock's most gifted impressionists, Portishead vocalist Beth Gibbons and former Talk Talk member…

  13. Adams Readies Avalanche Of Material

    October 22, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A veritable avalanche of material from singer/songwriter Ryan Adams is slated for release over the next few months. And, as Adams paints it, it all comes as a result of disagreements he had with his l A veritable avalanche of material from singer/songwriter Ryan Adams is slated for release…

  14. Fancy Blue

    August 30, 2003 12:00 AM EDT On her debut album, Tywanna Jo Baskette stakes out terrain among idiosyncratic singer/songwriters like Jane Siberry, Sam Phillips and Nick Drake. On her debut album, Tywanna Jo Baskette stakes out terrain among idiosyncratic singer/songwriters like Jane Siberry, Sam Phillips and Nick Drake.…

  15. Unreleased Tracks Bolster Noise Pop Compilation

    February 22, 2002 12:00 AM EST San Francisco's Noise Pop festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a two-disc, 43-track compilation due March 11 from Amazing Grease Records. The set, titled "Ten Years Of Noise Pop," will in San Francisco's Noise Pop festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary…

  16. The Edge of Silence

    February 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST The Edge of Silence will be remembered as the album where Solas began to push the envelope and first hinted that nothing was beyond its collective musical soul. The Edge of Silence will be remembered as the album where Solas began to push the envelope and first hinted that nothing was beyond…

  17. Noise Pop Adds GBV, Modest Mouse

    January 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse, Big Star, Versus, Folk Implosion, and the Donnas have been added to the lineup for the 10th edition San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival, running Feb. 26 through Ma Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse, Big Star, Versus, Folk Implosion, and the Donnas have…

  18. Jack Johnson's Hawaiian Fairytale

    December 03, 2001 12:00 AM EST Few singer/songwriters can claim as unique a career launch as acoustic groovemaster Jack Johnson. With "Brushfire Fairytales," both his and the tiny Enjoy label's debut release, over the past year the Few singer/songwriters can claim as unique a career launch as acoustic…

  19. Billboard Bits: Wiseguys, Shriekback, BET

    June 26, 2001 12:00 AM EDT News on Wiseguys, Shriekback, BET Last year, Rykodisc introduced Nick Drake to a whole new audience following the use of "Pink Moon" in an advertisement for the Volkswagen Cabrio. Now, Mammoth is hoping for similar results with Britain's Wiseguys (led by producer Theo Keating),…

  20. Sheik's Collaboration With Playwright Yields 'Phantom Moon'

    March 07, 2001 12:00 AM EST When New York playwright Steven Sater approached Atlantic singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik to write music to his lyrics, neither expected the result to become a full-fledged recording. When New York playwright Steven Sater approached Atlantic singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik to write music to his…

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