1. Phish Announces Summer Tour, 'It' Event

    March 25, 2003 12:00 AM EST Phish will cap its 21-date summer U.S. tour with It, a two-day event to be held Aug. 2-3 at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. The revered Vermont-based jam band previously held its Great Went Phish will cap its 21-date summer U.S. tour with the It, a two-day event to be held Aug. 2-3…

  2. Cracker Preps Two New Albums

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, "Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou?," on May 6 through Pitch-A-Tent Records. The follow up to 2002's "Forever" is the first of two new records Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, …

  3. Hot Product

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Other key titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: -- New albums from the all-star rap outfits Hot Boys ("Let 'Em Burn," Cash Money) and the Diplomats ("Diplomatic Immunity," Diplomat/Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam). -- The 12th installment in the "NOW…

  4. Dust

    March 22, 2003 12:00 AM EST Lawrence Muggerud, the artist better-known as DJ Muggs (or Muggs for short), staked a considerable reputation as the creator of Cypress Hill's powerhouse funky sound. Lawrence Muggerud, the artist better-known as DJ Muggs (or Muggs for short), staked a considerable reputation as the…

  5. Petty Aims To Beat The Scalpers

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Remaining tickets for three Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concerts at Chicago's Vic Theatre will go on sale tomorrow, but unlike the Internet presale for the shows, fans will have to follow strict p Remaining tickets for three Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concerts at Chicago's…

  6. Train Moving Into 'Private Nation'

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Following a number of delays, Train's follow-up to March 2001's "Drops of Jupiter" is slated for a June 3 release via Aware/Columbia, and no one could be happier about the pending arrival of "My Priva Following a number of delays, Train's follow-up to March 2001&…

  7. Jay-Z Redraws The 'Blueprint'

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z will on April 8 release "Blueprint 2.1," featuring highlights from last year's Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam double-CD set "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse," plus a handful of as-yet-unannounced p Jay-Z will on April 8 release "Blueprint 2.1," featuring…

  8. Offspring Drummer Exits, Freese Takes Over

    March 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST Longtime Offspring drummer Ron Welty has left the band after more than a decade-and-a-half of service. The Orange County, Calif.-based punk act will replace Welty with friend Josh Freese (Vandals, A P Longtime Offspring drummer Ron Welty has left the band after more than a decade-and-a-half…

  9. 2003 Tejano Music Awards Nominees

    March 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Tejano Music Awards Nominees SONG OF THE YEAR "El Dolor de tu Presencia," Jennifer Pena "Quiero Ser Viejo," Jay Perez "Suena," Intocable "Vanidosa," Bobby Pulido "Yo Te Voy a Amar," Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz MOST PROMISING BAND OF THE…

  10. Man Faces Murder Charge In Zapata's Death

    March 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST A Florida man charged in the 1993 strangling of Seattle musician Mia Zapata will not fight extradition to Washington state. Jesus Mezquia, 48, who is being held without bail in Miami on first-degree m A Florida man charged in the 1993 strangling of Seattle musician Mia Zapata will not fight…

  11. Knopfler Injured In Motorcycle Crash

    March 18, 2003 12:00 AM EST Mark Knopfler broke six ribs and a collarbone in a motorcycle accident yesterday (March 17) in London. The former Dire Straits frontman was on his way to conduct rehearsals for his upcoming tour when Mark Knopfler broke six ribs and a collarbone in a motorcycle accident yesterday (March 17)…

  12. Hot Product

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Allman Brothers Band 'Note' Perfect The Allman Brothers Band's "Hittin' the Note" is the veteran Southern rock combo's first studio album in more than eight years. Due this week on the band's own Peach Records imprint via Sanctuary, the set sports a…

  13. Hot Product

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Buzzcocks Look Sharp It's not uncommon to see a punk band squeeze out several albums of sheer greatness and then break up while at the height of its energy, preferring to burn out in a blaze of glory rather than fade away into embarrassing obscurity. Manchester, England's the…

  14. Skaggs Goes Live On 'Charleston Music Hall'

    March 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST Excerpted from Billboard magazine. Ricky Skaggs' only live album to date has been "Live in London," a 1985 Epic set recorded at the height of his country chart success. But with the March 25 release of "Live at the Charleston Music Hall" on his Lyric Street…

  15. South By Southwest Diary: Day Four

    March 16, 2003 12:00 AM EST South By Southwest Diary: Day Four Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) is a music and media conference offering industry-related panels and presentations, as well as more than 900 acts performing in more than 50 venues over the course of four days (March 12-16). Billboard.com…

  16. This Day in Music

    March 15, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Singer Ayman takes top honors at the Echo Awards in Berlin. He wins for national rock/pop artist and national newcomer. Limp Bizkit's "Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water" 2001 - Singer Ayman takes top honors at the Echo Awards in Berlin.…

  17. Buzzcocks Still Razor Sharp On New Merge Set

    March 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST For most punk rock bands, a propensity for intensity is par for the course. It's not uncommon to see a band squeeze out several albums of sheer greatness and then break up while at the height of its e For most punk rock bands, a propensity for intensity is par for the course. It's…

  18. South By Southwest Diary: Day One

    March 13, 2003 12:00 AM EST South By Southwest Diary, Day One Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest (SXSW) is a music and media conference offering industry-related panels and presentations, as well as more than 900 acts performing in more than 50 venues over the course of four days (March 12-16). Billboard.com…

  19. 50 Cent Overtakes Norah Jones At No. 1

    March 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Two weeks after five Grammy wins catapulted Norah Jones' Blue Note/Capitol debut "Come Away With Me" to the top of The Billboard 200, the album suffers a 45% dip in U.S. sales to 337,000 copies, accor Two weeks after five Grammy wins catapulted Norah Jones' Blue Note…

  20. Lineup Set For 10th Music Midtown

    March 12, 2003 12:00 AM EST Atlanta's famed Music Midtown festival has revealed the lineup for its 10th anniversary edition. The 120 acts will include such luminaries as Aimee Mann, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Buddy Guy, Crosby, Stil Atlanta's famed Music Midtown festival has revealed the lineup for its 10th…

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