1. Magnetic Fields Frontman (and Scrabble Nut) Stephin Merritt Schools You on How to Rock at the Word Game

    October 29, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Stephin Merritt has a way with words, and not just because he’s the lead singer of acclaimed indie-pop band The Magnetic Fields . A Scrabble nut, Merritt, 49, has a new book of poems, 101 Two Letter Words (W.W. Norton & Company), to help you memorize each of the two-letter words in The…

  2. Andrew Bird Performs Live at Sunrise: Watch

    January 30, 2013 10:11 AM EST Watch Bird play songs from "Hands of Glory" and talk stripped down recording at his Billboard Tastemakers @ Sunrise session. Photos: Andrew Bird's Tastemakers Session Andrew Bird has gone back to basics. The indie favorite has been releasing music (both solo and with…

  3. Lea Michele's Songs from 'Dorothy of Oz' To Premiere at Comic-Con

    July 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Next, year, Sony will release the soundtrack to the 3D animated musical "Dorothy of Oz," but the film's songs will be unveiled this Saturday (July 23) at Comic-Con in San Diego. The film, which features "Glee" star Lea Michele in the title role, is penciled in for an…

  4. Chris Brown and B2K's Raz-B Twitter Fight Over Rihanna

    December 30, 2010 10:48 AM EST Chris Brown recently Twitpic'ed a photo of his certificate for completing the domestic violence counseling sessions he was required to take as part of his sentence for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. But there's one person that hasn't gotten past Brown's, well,…

  5. Conan O'Brien Announces New Show Band

    October 19, 2010 6:22 PM EDT Conan O'Brien's musical sidekick on his upcoming TBS show will be called The Basic Cable Band, and it will be made up of familiar faces for Conan fans. With Max Weinberg out of the picture , Jimmy Vivino will become band leader for the Nov. 8 debut of Conan, TBS confirmed in a…

  6. The Magnetic Fields, "Realism"

    February 05, 2010 2:28 PM EST The Magnetic Fields ' latest studio album, "Realism," is the final--and most convincing--installment of the band's "no synth" trilogy, which began in 2004 with "i." On the new set, Magnetic Fields founder Stephin Merritt continues to move away from the…

  7. The Magnetic Fields "Realism" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:20 PM EST The Magnetic Fields, "Realism" (Nonesuch) Release Date: January 26, 2010 "Realism" is the sonic counterweight to the Magnetic Fields' heavily feedbacked 2008 set, "Distortion." On the band's ninth album, "we have an exaggeratedly realistic…

  8. Stephin Merritt's 'Coraline' Musical Debuts Off-Broadway

    June 02, 2009 5:02 PM EDT Best known for his work as the wry frontman for the Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt's music and lyrics for the off-Broadway version of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline" officially debuted last night (June 1) in lower Manhattan at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The production has been…

  9. Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN Set For Bonnaroo

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Phish, the Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg and Elvis Costello lead the lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo festival, to be held June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Bonnaroo will be Springsteen's only North American…

  10. Bonnaroo: Veterans Lesh, Helm, King Hit The Right Notes

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music veterans like Phil Lesh, Levon Helm and B.B. King showed the younger generation a thing or two on the second day of Bonnaroo, offering a strong contrast to performances by rockers like Pearl Jam If Friday's day and night of music at Bonnaroo was marred by intense heat and, later,…

  11. Billboard Bits: Telluride Bluegrass, Steve Reich, The Notwist

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Ani DiFranco, the Frames, Arlo Guthrie, the Swell Season, Bela Fleck, the Del McCoury Band and Solomon Burke lead the lineup for the 35th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festi Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Ani DiFranco, the Frames, Arlo Guthrie, the Swell Season, Bela…

  12. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    February 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Janet Jackson begins her new chapter at Island Def Jam, Erykah Badu returns from a long recording hiatus with an ambitious new project, Dolly Parton gives mainstream country another try and Goldfrapp Rapper Webbie's "Southern Life 2" (Asylum), featuring the hit "…

  13. Billboard Bits: Jakob Dylan, Love, DirecTV/SXSW

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Columbia Records and Starbucks Entertainment will co-release the solo debut from Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan. Columbia Records and Starbucks Entertainment will co-release the solo debut from Wallflowers frontman Jakob Dylan. Due May 13, the largely acoustic "Seeing Things" was…

  14. Louden Up Now

    January 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Feedback and the drive to recreate the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Psychocandy" were the impetuses for the Magnetic Fields' eighth studio album, appropriately titled "Distortion." Feedback and the drive to recreate the Jesus & Mary Chain's "…

  15. Magnetic Fields Opt For 'Distortion'

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Feedback and the drive to recreate the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Pscyhocandy" were the impetuses for the Magnetic Fields' eighth studio album, appropriately titled "Distortion." Feedback and the drive to recreate the Jesus & Mary Chain's "…

  16. MMJ, Roots, Yo La Tengo Highlight Dylan Tribute

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what was billed as a concert celebration of Todd Haynes' forthcoming Bob Dylan film "I'm Not There," a number of performers from the recently released Columbia soundtrack hit the stage at New York' In what was billed as a concert celebration of Todd Haynes'…

  17. Music On TV: June 11-17

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on TV listings for June 11-17, 2007. MONDAY, June 11 "Today," NBC Featured Artist(s): Sam Moore (also featured: Jessica McClure). "The View," ABC Featured Artist(s): Rihanna (also featured: Kim Coles; Seth Green). "Tavis Smiley," PBS Featured Artist(s):…

  18. Tweedy, Costello, Jones Enliven New Louvin Album

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and George Jones are among the artists pitching in on country legend Charlie Louvin's first new album in more than a decade. The self-titled 12-track set will arriv Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello and George Jones are among the artists…

  19. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    October 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sting looks (way) back for musical inspiration on his new album, Robert Randolph and the Family Band make the best of a release date switch, Cobra Starship moves beyond "Snakes on a Plane" and Jimmy B The latest studio album from Jimmy Buffett, "Take the Weather With You" …

  20. Merritt Returns To 'Bubble-Gum Goth' On New Album

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT It's been nearly 10 years since Stephin Merritt released an album under the moniker the Gothic Archies, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been working on one. It's been nearly 10 years since Stephin Merritt released an album under the moniker the Gothic Archies, but that…

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