1. Exclusive: Watch First Aid Kit Perform 'Walk Unafraid' with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck From 'Wild'

    January 15, 2015 11:55 AM EST After releasing their third full-length album and first major label debut, Stay Gold, in June-- Swedish Sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg (who comprise 70's-tinged folk-rock group First Aid Kit ) spent a whirlwind 2014 headlining world tours, playing for the masses at summer…

  2. Portishead's Geoff Barrow Accuses Phantogram of Drumbeat Theft

    September 10, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Portishead drummer Geoff Barrows has accused Phantogram of stealing one of his beats on the electro-pop duo's 2010 song "When I'm Small."  Barrows confronted the band Friday, writing "Just wondering why I'm playing the drums on one of your tracks? Any thoughts?…

  3. Who Got Nominated For the 2014 Mercury Prize?

    September 10, 2014 7:11 PM EDT If you're a U.K. musician making alternative music, the Mercury Prize is one of the greatest honors you can achieve. The annual award celebrates the best full-length from a British Isles-based artist and regularly goes to a dark horse, a left-field candidate largely ignored by the…

  4. Where's the Money, Jabberwocky? ATP Cancels Festival, Leaves Fans in the Lurch

    August 14, 2014 1:43 PM EDT It's been a couple days since All Tomorrow's Parties dropped the bombshell news that they were calling off this weekend's Jabberwocky festival in London. Citing good-but-not-good-enough ticket sales, ATP announced that had they carried on with the event, headlined by James…

  5. Rise Against, Bleachers & Jenny Lewis Make Moves On Rock Charts

    July 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The punks score their second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. Plus, chart action for Bleachers, Jenny Lewis, Vance Joy and more Rise Against notches its second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums , and fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as The Black Market debuts with 53,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  6. Perfume Genius’ 'Queen' Ranks at No. 3 on Billboard Twitter Trending 140

    July 17, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Perfume Genius, the work of Mike Hadreas, is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The lead single off of Hadreas’ third album “Too Bright” (due Sept. 22 on Matador Records) peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart upon its release July 15 th and has been…

  7. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  8. Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Stevie Wonder Set for Montreux Jazz Festival

    April 03, 2014 2:43 PM EDT The 48th edition of the Swiss festival spans two weeks at some of Montreaux's most prestigious venues Switzerland's esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival has announced the lineup for its 48th edition, and there's an impressive mix of old masters, modern buzz artists and an awful lot…

  9. Big Boi Signs New Management Deal: 'We Have a Lot of New Material Coming' (Exclusive)

    March 21, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Big Boi, the rap artist best known as half of hip-hop duo Outkast, has signed a management deal with Jordan Feldstein's Career Artist Management, whose clients include Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke. The news comes as Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton) is reuniting for the first time since…

  10. Outkast, Beck, Portishead to Headline Ireland's 2014 Electric Picnic Festival

    March 20, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Meanwhile, Scotland's RockNess festival has decided to suspend its 2014 edition and gear up for 2015 Outkast are headlining yet another festival, and it's Ireland's Electric Picnic . Beck and Portishead are listed as the other headliners and remarkably, the latter are actually…

  11. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  12. The Glitch Mob Goes Harder on New Album, Remain Totally D.I.Y.

    February 10, 2014 5:38 PM EST Dressed in black with tight haircuts and a cool, calm intensity about them, The Glitch Mob’s Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Josh Mayer look every bit the part of “rock star.” But when they start gushing about their fans, they reveal the inner music geeks they really are. “The Glitch Mob is the…

  13. Above & Beyond Surprises with Skrillex and a Stellar Acoustic Show: Review

    October 15, 2013 1:49 PM EDT About two-thirds of the way into their mostly-acoustic performance on Sunday night, their second in a row at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater, Above & Beyond asked their friend with nice glasses, Sonny Moore, to join them on stage. Moore, of course, is multiple-Grammy-winning DJ Skrillex,…

  14. The Weeknd, 'Kiss Land': Track-by-Track Review

    September 06, 2013 3:14 PM EDT For a moment, the Weeknd almost lost us. It wasn't because of poor quality music — 2011's trio of mixtapes ("House of Balloons," "Thursday," "Echoes of Silence") that introduced the mysterious singer were, individually, compelling and progressive R…

  15. Lorde: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 06, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Meet your new alt-rock heroine: how an unknown 16-year-old from New Zealand became the most sought-after new artist of the year This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. "In a perfect world, I would never do any interviews," Ella…

  16. The Weeknd Releases 'Belong To The World' Video, Talks 'Kiss Land' Album

    July 15, 2013 6:53 PM EDT In anticipation of The Weeknd’s upcoming debut album, "Kiss Land," the singer released the video for, "Belong to the World." The video for the song, which samples Portishead's "Machine Gun," features the artist as a part of a military regime exploring…

  17. Hooverphonic, 'The Night Before' Album Stream, Video, & Free 'Unfinished Sympathy' Download

    June 03, 2013 1:52 PM EDT The trip-hop outfit sheds the sub-bass on Massive Attack cover. It’s been nearly 20 years since Hooverphonic released “2 Wicky,” a drowsy, Isaac Hayes-sampling seductress of a track that typified the trip-hop era. But their latest album doesn’t have the astro-groove of their original works,…

  18. NERVO, 'Hold On': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 27, 2013 10:46 AM EDT The Aussie singer/songwriter/DJ/producer duo stuns with new single. Fresh off a busy Miami Music Week—including two sets at Ultra Music Festival, their own party at Mynt and an event backed by their sponsor, CoverGirl—the sisters of NERVO are set to release their new single “Hold On.”…

  19. The xx, 'Coexist': Track-By-Track Review

    September 07, 2012 2:30 PM EDT If you hated "xx," the xx 's haunting, Mercury Prize-winning 2009 debut, don't bother listening to their follow-up, "Coexist." The U.K. trio of Romy Madley-Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith have a popular formula -- Madley-Croft and Sim quietly sing about the…

  20. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Performs 'Lady' With Kenny Rogers... Other Acts Include The-Dream, Polica, Vintage Trouble and Wallpaper. With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Southwest Festival with a showcase at ACL Live…

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