1. Danger Mouse: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 5:42 PM EDT "Dark Night of the Soul" (EMI, July 13) The official release of this album is bittersweet-it comes out only a few months after Sparklehorse 's Mark Linkous, a major contributor to the project, committed suicide. The dreamy indie rock album features Iggy Pop , Wayne Coyne and…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Avett Brothers, Susan Boyle, Lil Wayne

    January 07, 2010 5:45 PM EST FOLK TALES: Billboard's Folk Albums chart sports its first non-holiday No. 1 since its launch at the beginning of December. The Avett Brothers ' "I and Love and You" lifts 3-1, as the list's sole previous leader, Bob Dylan 's "Christmas in the Heart,"…

  3. Singer Vic Chesnutt Dead At 45

    December 25, 2009 10:30 PM EST Vic Chesnutt , a singer-songwriter from Athens, Ga. known for his painful and poignant songs, died on Friday (Dec. 25) after an apparent suicide attempt. He was 45. "In the few short years that we knew him personally, Vic transformed our sense of what true character, grace and…

  4. Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Album Release Scrapped

    May 15, 2009 4:06 PM EDT It’s been one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2009 since it was first announced: “Dark Night of the Soul,” a collaboration between the producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Black Keys) and critically acclaimed psych-rock act Sparklehorse (a.k.a. Mark Linkous). Due to…

  5. R.E.M. Surprises At Carnegie Hall Tribute

    March 12, 2009 9:46 AM EDT R.E.M. made a surprise appearance last night (March 11) at Carnegie Hall. The band was being honored with a tribute show that boasted 20 different performers interpreting R.E.M.’s vast catalog. Stipe was humbled by the depth and range of the evening, and proceeded to play “E-Bow The Letter”…

  6. No Depression Surveys Decade Of Alt-Country

    August 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Call it Americana, alt-country, roots music, what-have-you: The musical genre without a bin card has been defined for a decade by No Depression magazine. Call it Americana, alt-country, roots music, what-have-you: The musical genre without a bin card has been defined for a decade by No…

  7. Indigo Girls Unearth 'Rarities,' Plan Tour

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rock duo the Indigo Girls have dipped into their archives for "Rarities," an 18-track set due June 14 via Legacy. Rock duo the Indigo Girls have dipped into their archives for "Rarities," an 18-track set due June 14 via Legacy. The album is highlighted by the previously…

  8. Shocked Completes Diverse Album Trio

    March 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked will release three albums June 7 on her own Mighty Sound label through RED Distribution. Singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked will release three albums June 7 on her own Mighty Sound label through RED Distribution. "I'm not gonna try to convince…

  9. Hot Product

    March 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Additional titles Additional titles hitting stores this week include: R&B vocalist Tweet's "It's Me Again" (Atlantic), featuring guest appearances by Missy Elliott. A new album from Detroit-based power-pop purveyor Brendan Benson, "The Alternative To Love" …

  10. Hot Product

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Crooked Fingers / Iron & Wine / M. Ward Meet The Folkers This week brings new releases from three acclaimed singer/songwriters, led by a new Sub Pop EP, "Woman King," from Iron & Wine. The set finds Iron & Wine mastermind Sam Beam broadening his acoustic-based repertoire…

  11. Wilson, Costello Sign On For South By Southwest

    January 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST The revival of Brian Wilson's long dormant "Smile" album will be the subject of an all-star panel discussion at this year's South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The revival of Brian Wilson's long dormant "Smile" album will be the subject of an…

  12. Billboard Bits: Ben Lee, Sasha, Cam'ron/Diplomats

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST News on Ben Lee, Sasha, Cam'ron/Diplomats New West Records has signed singer/songwriter Ben Lee and will release his next album, "Awake Is the New Sleep," Feb. 22. It was produced by Brad Wood, who also helmed Lee's first two sets, 1994's "Grandpaw Would"…

  13. Por Vida: A Tribute to the Songs of Alejandro Escovedo

    August 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Great tunes for a worthy cause is a powerful combination, and "Por Vida" is just that. Great tunes for a worthy cause is a powerful combination, and "Por Vida" is just that. This double-CD was created to raise funds to help Alejandro Escovedo with his medical expenses: He…

  14. Sweet Relief Celebrates 10 Years

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary celebration for the ... A Nashville concert series featuring Victoria Williams, Josh Rouse, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and others will serve as the 10th anniversary…

  15. Hot Product

    July 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo A Star-Studded Tribute A top-shelf roster of artists has pitched in for "Por Vida," a tribute album for singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo due this week via Or Music. The set also boasts a previously unreleased track by the tribute's subject himself.…

  16. As Escovedo Recovers, Friends Pitch In

    June 26, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from Hepatitis C. The revered singer/songwriter was hospitalized after collapsing in April, and is currently resting a Alejandro Escovedo is on hiatus until next year as he recovers from complications from…

  17. Silver Lake

    April 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST The title of the Georgia-based musician's latest set namechecks the Los Angeles neighborhood of the rambling mansion where this set was cut in a two-week sprint last year. The title of the Georgia-based musician's latest set namechecks the Los Angeles neighborhood of the rambling…

  18. Thompson Takes 'Old Kit Bag' On The Road

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Veteran singer/songwriter Richard Thompson will kick off a U.S. tour April 21 in Boulder, Colo. Scheduled dates last through a May 25 show in Groveland, Calif., with more expected. Veteran singer/songwriter Richard Thompson will kick off a U.S. tour April 21 in Boulder, Colo. Scheduled dates…

  19. 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…

  20. South By Southwest Diary: Day Two

    March 14, 2003 12:00 AM EST South By Southwest Diary: Day Two 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…

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