1. Difford Preps Album, Hopeful For Squeeze Reunion

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST On the eve of his first U.S. tour in a decade, Squeeze's Chris Difford is currently putting the finishing touches on his second solo album, "Another Day Above Ground." On the eve of his first U.S. tour in a decade, Squeeze's Chris Difford is currently putting the finishing…

  2. NORTHERN SKY

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. A group of childhood pals try to instigate a British folk revival in this seriocomic tale by Radcliffe, a BBC radio deejay. Narrator Ed Beckinsale is so sensitive he&…

  3. DARKER THAN THE DEEPEST SEA

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Meticulous portrait of the gentle English singer/songwriter whose posthumous impact on the music world continues to gather force. Meticulous portrait of the gentle English singer/songwriter whose posthumous impact on the music world continues to gather force. For someone with only three…

  4. Ask Billboard

    December 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Answers to readers' questions about Nick Drake, No Doubt, Bush and more! DRAKE ON THE MIND Hi Keith, About three years ago a friend introduced me to the music of Nick Drake and I thought it was amazing. A few days later I went to a record store and bought all three of Nick's studio…

  5. New Magic Numbers Hitting U.S. In February

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock act the Magic Numbers have set a Feb. 20 release date for their sophomore Capitol effort, "Those the Brokes." U.K. rock act the Magic Numbers have set a Feb. 20 release date for their sophomore Capitol effort, "Those the Brokes." The track listing for the U.S.…

  6. Campbell Goes Folk For Second Album Of 2006

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST On the heels of her Mercury Prize-nominated "Ballad of the Broken Seas," a collaboration with former Screaming Trees principle Mark Lanegan, Scottish singer/songwriter Isobel Campbell will on Nov. 7 r On the heels of her Mercury Prize-nominated "Ballad of the Broken Seas,"…

  7. Intonation Festival / June 24-25, 2006 / Chicago (Union Park)

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Drawing thousands of indie rock fans to an obscure park on Chicago's west side is no small feat, yet as so many other stationary fests (Coachella, Bonnaroo, et al.) have shown, a good lineup knows no Last year's inaugural Intonation Festival boasted the element of surprise and…

  8. Bela

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based band, Bela. Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based band, Bela. The 30-year-old bandleader cites…

  9. ON TV

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2006. MONDAY, MARCH 27 "Live with Regis and Kelly," Syndicated Featured artist: Shakira, Wyclef Jean (also scheduled: Joy Philbin, Chris Kattan). "Martha," Syndicated Featured artist: Aretha Franklin (also scheduled: Dougray…

  10. Two 'Sides' Of Ben

    March 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Ben Harper unveils 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of the Gun," due this week via Virgin. Singer/songwriter Ben Harper unveils 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of the Gun," due this week…

  11. SYD MATTERS, "Syd Matters"

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. A few things about Syd Matters that are worth mentioning that aren't necessarily related to his music per se, but important nonetheless. First,…

  12. Harper Offering Up Two 'Sides' In March

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST A number of tracks on "Both Sides of the Gun" crackle with intensity and outrage over the political climate in the United States, particularly "Black Rain." Singer/songwriter Ben Harper will unveil 18 new songs spread across two discs on the new album "Both Sides of…

  13. 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…

  14. BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mehldau and his trio of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard open their covers-heavy new set with "Knives Out," the Obligatory Radiohead Song. Mehldau and his trio of bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard open their covers-heavy new set with "Knives Out,…

  15. THE CLIENTELE, "Strange Geometry"

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT With so much attention directed at post-punk British acts such as Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs, London's the Clientele may be unfortunately destined for the margins. With so much attention directed at post-punk British acts such as Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs, London's the…

  16. 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…

  17. 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:…

  18. Billboard Bits: Rogue Wave, Brad Mehldau, MTV VMAs

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT News on Rogue Wave, Brad Mehldau, MTV VMAs Rogue Wave looks to expand on the indie success of its 2004 album "Out of the Shadow" with "Descended Like Vultures," due Oct. 25 via Sub Pop. The 11-track set finds group leader Zach Rogue backed by his touring band of multi…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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