1. Weezer Kicks Off Nostalgic 'Memories' Tour in Los Angeles

    November 29, 2010 6:38 PM EST There may be only a few '90s-era alt-rock stars left, but none has had a more unique path to sustained relevance than Rivers Cuomo and his bandmates in Weezer . Consider: After their self-titled breakthrough (now known as "The Blue Album"), which was a mainstay of MTV and radio…

  2. David Lynch Releases 'Good Day,' 'I Know' Singles

    November 29, 2010 12:20 PM EST Director David Lynch has released new original music via iTunes: a synth-heavy dance track called "Good Day Today" and a brooding bluesy number called "I Know." The revered auteur, whose films have inspired many eclectic soundtracks, handles both vocals and production…

  3. Robyn Revs Up Miami's Fillmore

    November 09, 2010 5:37 PM EST Robyn kicked off her first solo tour of the U.S. to a crowd of about 500 in Florida's 2,400-capacity Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on Friday (Nov. 5). But the 31-year-old leftfield pop star, sporting her trademark white-blonde pixie 'do, a cut-off Philadelphia…

  4. Kings of Leon Make Record-Breaking Debut on U.K. Chart

    October 25, 2010 10:25 AM EDT K ings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) made a record-breaking start to its U.K. album chart career yesterday (Sunday). In selling over 183,000 copies, it recorded the biggest first-week sale of any artist album this year, and the 49,000…

  5. Die Antwoord, "Evil Boy"

    October 22, 2010 12:07 PM EDT Die Antwoord is not known for subtlety: The South African rave-rap trio's style of pairing pummeling beats with filthy rhymes has exploded overnight on the Internet. It carries on its M.O. with a phallus-filled video for "Evil Boy," yet the single, part of the U.S. rerelease of…

  6. Ozzy Osbourne Says Booze, Not Politics, Prevented Israeli Gigs

    September 27, 2010 1:08 PM EDT O zzy Osbourne said that alcohol, not politics, has stopped him from playing in Israel until now. Osbourne is in Israel this week as part of this year's international Ozzfest tour, along with Soulfly and Korn . Tuesday's performance will be his first ever in the Holy Land. Asked why…

  7. Kings of Leon Previews New Album In London

    July 01, 2010 1:56 PM EDT Tennessee-based rock heartthrobs Kings of Leon treated a sold-out crowd at London's Hyde Park last night to a four-song teaser from its upcoming, untitled album. According to NME, the quartet previewed four new songs -- "Immortals," "Mary," "Radioactive" and…

  8. Elton John Rocks Israel After Other Artists Cancel

    June 18, 2010 9:15 AM EDT A concert by Elton John has given Israelis a boost after a string of cancellations by other world-famous artists . The British rocker performed late Thursday in front of a screaming crowd of nearly 50,000 fans at a Tel Aviv stadium. John, who wore blue-tinted sunglasses, told the audience…

  9. Top 10 Moments At Bonnaroo 2010

    June 14, 2010 9:12 AM EDT Trying to boil down three days and four nights of relentless music, comedy, distant bass thumping, a unrelenting jerk of a sun that made you sort of wish you had never been born, heat-based insomnia, unstable baked-mud terrain, fried foods in paper trays, sympathy-inducing sunburns and…

  10. Christina Aguilera's 'Bionic' Tops U.K. Chart

    June 14, 2010 7:27 AM EDT Christina Aguilera won her second U.K. No. 1 album and the British singles chart was overrun by soccer-related releases, as the Official Charts Company's latest sales data was unveiled. Aguilera's "Bionic" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) is her second consecutive studio…

  11. Israeli Raid On Gaza-Bound Flotilla Draws Mixed Artist Reaction

    June 11, 2010 12:10 PM EDT When the Pixies canceled their first-ever performance in Israel just three days before a scheduled June 9 gig in Tel Aviv, the veteran indie rock band became the latest in a string of acts to call off shows in the Jewish state. The Pixies' decision came a week after an Israeli commando…

  12. Pixies Calls Off Israel Concert After Gaza Raid

    June 07, 2010 8:17 AM EDT Pixies has canceled a concert in Tel Aviv in the wake of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The group's Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret." The band did not specify why it was…

  13. Bamboozle NJ: Top 10 Moments

    May 03, 2010 6:11 PM EDT Fans young and old laced up their Chuck Taylors and headed to the New Jersey's Meadowlands complex May 1-2 for a sweltering weekend of rock, pop, punk and hip-hop as Bamboozle 2010 juxtaposed Drake, Hanson, Ke$ha, MGMT, the reunion of Jack's Mannequin singer Andrew McMahon with…

  14. LCD Soundsystem: This Is Happening Now

    April 23, 2010 12:11 PM EDT Just days after LCD Soundsystem 's new single, "Drunk Girls," leaked online, a companion video of sorts hit YouTube. As the first taste of the band's third album, the song had already set tongues wagging, from Pitchfork awarding it a "Best New Music" tag to…

  15. Ok Go / April 20, 2010 / Columbia, Mo. (The Blue Note)

    April 21, 2010 6:18 PM EDT The members of OK Go might claim Chicago as their hometown, but there's another important city in the annals of the band's history. "The first place we ever played was Columbia, Mo., like 700 years ago," frontman Damian Kulash told the crowd two songs into Ok Go's set…

  16. Lacey Brown First to Go on 'American Idol'

    March 17, 2010 10:43 PM EDT Lacey Brown is down and out on "American Idol." The 24-year-old event coordinator from Amarillo, Texas, was the first finalist eliminated from the ninth season of the Fox singing competition Wednesday. Brown, who turned in a lackluster rendition of the Rolling Stones ' "…

  17. Frank Black Keeps The Music Coming 'Non Stop'

    March 08, 2010 2:08 PM EST Having dabbled in various styles over his two-decade-plus career, singer-songwriter Charles Thompson (aka Frank Black , Black Francis) tells Billboard.com his creative approach -- as heard on his new Black Francis CD "NonStopErotik," due out March 30 on Cooking Vinyl -- remains the…

  18. Lady Gaga, Florence Set To Shine At BRIT Awards

    February 16, 2010 11:24 AM EST Lady Gaga , Florence and the Machine , Dizzee Rascal , Robbie Williams and Jay-Z should all get a sales boost from the U.K.'s BRIT Awards. The event, organised by U.K. trade body the BPI and sponsored by MasterCard, will be televised live on ITV1 from 8pm tonight (Feb. 16) with further…

  19. Billboard Bits: Wilco, Frank Black, Apache, Dru Hill And More

    January 22, 2010 6:58 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Hip hop pioneer Apache has died, according to an AllHipHop.com report . An original member of Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit, Apache best known single was "Gangsta Bitch" which hit No.…

  20. Lily Allen, Lady Gaga Up For BRIT Awards

    January 19, 2010 6:49 AM EST British women have a strong showing in the nominations for the 2010 BRIT Awards - but not Susan Boyle . U.K. acts Florence and the Machine , Lily Allen and Pixie Lott each has three nominations for the awards, staged at London's Earls Court Arena on Feb. 16 and screened live on ITV1.…

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