In the late '90s, like it or not, there was no avoiding the Spice Girls. For some, the British girl group was little more than a sexed-up Pepsi ad, an annoying chorus ("zigazig" huh?) and a collection of bizarre nicknames that didn't make any sense.
Last time Rascal Flatts played New York's Madison Square Garden in 2006 for the Me and My Gang tour, vocalist Gary LeVox ribbed that "only 12 people" attended. This time around, though, a sold-out crowd welcomed the trio of LeVox, Jay Demarcus and Joe Don Rooney when they took the stage on Jan. 18.
There's not a whole lot you can say bad about Ted Leo. The Jersey boy has an amiable disposition, he can safely inject political messages into his music without coming off as pretentious or obnoxious...
It's hard to pin down what exactly to think of Rilo Kiley at this point in the group's career. On the one hand, as a band that has worked its way up from humble beginnings to indie stardom, honing its musicianship, live show and overall presence over the past nine years, the L.A.-based quartet is pretty damn impressive.
Looking and sounding more suited to be playing a beer-smelling dive bar rather than New York's esteemed Radio City Music Hall, Southern rockers Kings Of Leon and greasy bad boys Black Rebel Motorcycle Club nonetheless rocked the enthusiastic, sold-out crowd there on Sept. 19.
Season four "American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice will release his second album, "See the Light," Oct. 23 exclusively via Wal-Mart stores through the indie StartArt label, Billboard.com has learned. First single "Witness" will hit U.S. radio outlets later this month.
It's been quite a year for the whistling Swedish trio Peter Bjorn & John. After the breakout success of the inescapable and ridiculously catchy single "Young Folks," PB&J has garnered praise far and wide from seemingly everyone including the likes of Kanye West, who sampled the song on a mixtape and even asked the band to back him onstage at a show in Sweden.