1. Tim Wright, Bassist in Avante Garde Bands Pere Ubu and DNA, Dead

    August 06, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today. Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of…

  2. Mike Watt Revisits Minutemen's Music for 'Hyphenated' Rock Opera

    January 26, 2011 4:57 PM EST For nearly 20 years, Mike Watt would not listen to Minutemen music after bandmate D. Boon's death in a 1985 auto accident. But after participating in the 2005 documentary "We Jam Econo," Watt found himself moved to write again in Minutemen style for his third rock opera, "…

  3. RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN: Postpunk 1978-1984

    March 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST The history of postpunk rock gets a microscopic examination by a keen-eyed English observer. The history of postpunk rock gets a microscopic examination by a keen-eyed English observer. British critic Reynolds, who picked apart the development of house music, techno and the U.K. rave scene in…

  4. Dead Boys Come Alive For Shows, Recording

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Although they weren't a true New York band, Ohio transplants the Dead Boys are considered one of the finest acts to emerge from the same first punk wave that unearthed the Ramones, Blondie and the Tal Although they weren't a true New York band, Ohio transplants the Dead Boys are…

  5. Breaking & Entering

    August 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Steve Burns and Broadcast. GET A CLUE: Those who have seen the Flaming Lips know that the group's live shows can feel like child's birthday party run amok, with sometimes dozens of fans donning…

  6. Television Pondering Studio Work

    August 01, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Seminal New York rock act Television is pondering a return to the recording studio, guitarist Richard Lloyd tells Billboard.com. Seminal New York rock act Television is pondering a return to the recording studio, guitarist Richard Lloyd tells Billboard.com. Although Television has not…

  7. 'Simpsons' Creator To Curate All Tomorrow's Parties

    July 02, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Matt Groening, creator of the animated Fox series "The Simpsons" and "Futurama," will curate the 2003 U.S. edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) festival, to be held in June on the University of Matt Groening, creator of the animated Fox series "The…

  8. Billboard Bits: Nine Days, Oscar Peterson, Pere Ubu

    June 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Nine Days, Oscar Peterson, Pere Ubu Pop/rock act Nine Days will release its sophomore album, "So Happily Unsatisfied," Sept. 17 via Epic. The album was produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse) and will be led by the single "Good Friend," due to hit U.S. radio outlets in…

  9. Vintage Richard Hell Frozen In 'Time'

    March 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Punk original Richard Hell is in retrospective mode. On March 19, Matador Records will release "Time," a two-CD compilation of vintage 1975-1984 live recordings -- more than half of them previously un Punk original Richard Hell is in retrospective mode. On March 19, Matador Records…

  10. Frank Black Slates Stateside Catholics Tour?

    February 15, 2001 12:00 AM EST Frank Black, former principal of revered alternative rock act the Pixies, has revealed the first set of North American dates in support of his latest album with the Catholics, "Dog In The Sand" (What Frank Black, former principal of revered alternative rock act the Pixies, has…

  11. Frank Black Beefs Up Band For Third Catholics Album

    January 26, 2001 12:00 AM EST As Frank Black gears up for the Jan. 30th release of "Dog In The Sand" -- his third album with backing band the Catholics and first on new label What Are Records? -- the journeyman As Frank Black gears up for the Jan. 30th release of "Dog In The Sand" -- his third album…

  12. Frank Black Beefs Up Band For Third Catholics Album

    January 26, 2001 12:00 AM EST As Frank Black gears up for the Jan. 30th release of "Dog In The Sand" -- his third album with backing band the Catholics and first on new label What Are Records? -- the journeyman singer/so As Frank Black gears up for the Jan. 30th release of "Dog In The Sand" -- his…