1. Van Dyke Parks Takes Artful Approach on First Solo Album in Decades

    July 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT On "Songs Cycled," acclaimed composer enlists artists Art Spiegelman, Klaus Voorman and others The artwork inside the booklet for Van Dyke Parks' first solo album in 20 years is as important as the music itself, the songwriter-composer arranger says. With contributions from…

  2. Van Dyke Parks, 'SMiLE' Collaborator, Aims to 'Agitate' With Solo Music

    May 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Van Dyke Parks' mantra these days is "My greatest victories are ahead of me, not behind." And that's saying something considering the musical track record the composer, arranger, producer and lyricist has amassed to this point. Roman Cho Probably best known as Brian Wilson…

  3. Bound for Glory: Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert an Inspired Tribute

    April 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Woody Guthrie centennial celebration landed in Los Angeles for a weekend of scholarly discussions and a sold-out, 3-1/2 hour concert that ended with a most unlikely sight -- more than 2,000 people pogo-ing while singing Guthrie's best-known song, "This Land is Your Land."…

  4. Richard Thompson Preps New Live 'Dream'

    May 25, 2010 3:21 PM EDT R ichard Thompson says "misguidedness" led him to record his next album, "Dream Attic" -- due out Aug. 31 -- live in concert rather than in a studio. "I was thinking that, gosh, recording is an expensive process in the studio, and with shrinking budgets it's hard…

  5. Ringo Starr Says 'Y Not' For New Album, Tour

    January 11, 2010 5:00 AM EST R ingo Starr says that "a lot of luck went into" his new album, "Y Not," particularly in assembling the all-star cast that co-wrote songs with him and play on the album. "People just came out and supported me 'cause I was doing it," Starr tells Billboard.com…

  6. Ringo, McCartney Duet On Starr's Latest Solo Album

    November 19, 2009 2:43 PM EST R ingo Starr is joined by his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney for a duet on "Y Not," the drummer's forthcoming solo album due out Jan. 12, 2010 on Hip-O Records/UMe. The album also includes vocal turns by Joss Stone , Ben Harper and Richard Marx as well as musical and…

  7. Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit Sets Solo Album Release Date

    September 15, 2009 9:00 AM EDT Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit is planning an Oct. 20 release date for "Expando," his first solo album in eight years, on Lost Highway. The 11-track set includes a variety of guests, including Kid Rock , Dwight Yoakam , Graham Nash , Keb' Mo' , Kenny Wayne Shepherd , the…

  8. Eagles' Timothy Schmit Taps Kid Rock, Dwight Yoakam For Solo Set

    April 21, 2009 1:22 PM EDT Amidst touring with the Eagles and this weekend's Poco reunion at the Stagecoach festival in Indio, Calif., Timothy B. Schmit is putting the finishing touches on "Expando," his first solo album in eight years. The singer and bassist tells Billboard.com that the album, which he…

  9. Ramblin' Jack Elliott Sings The Blues

    January 30, 2009 12:05 PM EST Van Dyke Parks and Los Lobos' David Hidago lend a hand on storied songwriter Ramblin' Jack Elliott's second album this decade, "A Stranger Here." Due April 7th via Anti-, the set finds Elliott, 77, working with producer Joe Henry to interpret Depression-era blues…

  10. Sun, Sun, Sun, Here It Comes

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After issuing his recent work on Rhino and Nonesuch, Beach Boys principal Brian Wilson returns to Capitol Records for the release this week of his next album, "That Lucky Old Sun." After issuing his recent work on Rhino and Nonesuch, Beach Boys principal Brian Wilson returns to…

  11. The Sea & Cake Energized For Eighth Album

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop concedes "Car Alarm," the Chicago indie rock institution's eighth studio album, "does feel much more upbeat and as much in your face as the Sea & Cake can be The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop concedes "Car Alarm,"…

  12. Brian Wilson Returns To Capitol For New Album

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After issuing his recent work on Rhino and Nonesuch, Beach Boys principal Brian Wilson has returned to Capitol Records for the release of his next album, "That Lucky Old Sun." The set is due Sept. 2. After issuing his recent work on Rhino and Nonesuch, Beach Boys principal Brian…

  13. Peter Moren

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A great addition to the tour company I would say! She's a Tetris master and knows how to pack a van properly. 008-04-26: Schubas (Peter Morén "The Last Tycoon" Solo Album Tour), Chicago I'd never been to Schubas Tavern before. Really nice venue. And the restaurant has…

  14. Newsom Shines With Brooklyn Philharmonic

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Joanna Newsom performed her critically acclaimed album "Ys" from start to finish last night (Jan. 31) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, teaming up with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. Joanna Newsom performed her critically acclaimed album "Ys" from start to finish…

  15. Gnarls CD Nearly Done; Danger Mouse Branches Out

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Gnarls Barkley's sophomore album is nearing completion, although a name and a release date have yet to be revealed. Gnarls Barkley's sophomore album is nearing completion, although a name and a release date have yet to be revealed. One song confirmed to have made the cut is a…

  16. Which movie has the best soundtrack?

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Last time we checked in with readers, you responded to the following question: There's a multiplex-full of music-driven movies in theaters this season. Which one actually has the best soundtrack? Last time we checked in with readers, you responded to the following question: There's…

  17. Film & TV Conference: Reilly Does Cox For 'Walk Hard'

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT John C. Reilly gives voice to 50 years worth of popular music in the upcoming film "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox," which was written and produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Jake Kasdan. It opens Dec. John C. Reilly gives voice to 50 years worth of popular music in the upcoming film …

  18. Brian Wilson / Sept. 11, 2007 / London (Royal Festival Hall)

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brian Wilson's visits to London's South Bank have become so frequent that a new concert engagement by the musical titan is almost like an annual treat for his British faithful. Back we come, time afte Brian Wilson's visits to London's South Bank have become so frequent…

  19. Brian Wilson Hoping To Record 'Lucky Old Sun'

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brian Wilson intends to record "That Lucky Old Sun," the new work he premiered at London's Royal Festival Hall on Sept. 10, the Beach Boy legend tells Billboard.com. Brian Wilson intends to record "That Lucky Old Sun," the new work he premiered at London's Royal…

  20. Buddy Up

    February 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Esteemed guitarist Ry Cooder follows his 2005 album "Chavez Ravine" with "My Name Is Buddy," due this week via Nonesuch. On it, Cooder narrates from the perspective of Buddy Red Cat, a fictional felin Esteemed guitarist Ry Cooder follows his 2005 album "Chavez Ravine…

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