Alternative rock

  1. Sub Pop Records Co-Founder Wins Independent Spirit Award at Music Biz Conference

    May 08, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Jonathan Poneman, who gave Nirvana and Fleet Foxes their start at Sub Pop, revealed the philosophy that conquered the world of music from an unlikely place as he accepted the award. Jonathan Poneman, cofounder of Sub Pop Records, which launched Ni ...

  2. Ross On Radio: Who Said Alternative Is Supposed To Rock?

    April 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Guitars And "Danger" Could Help, But Shouldn't Define The Format The articles hit within a few days of each other. There was L.A. Weekly's look at how much of what alternative KROQ Los Angeles played wasn't "rock.&quo ...

  3. Updated: Tim Carr, A&R Exec for Capitol, Warner Bros., Dreamworks, Dead at 57

    April 11, 2013 8:38 AM EDT Tim Carr, an A&R exec who worked with the Beastie Boys, Megadeth, Babes in Toyland, David Byrne, Lush, Ash and others during stints with Capitol, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks, was found dead Wednesday in Thailand, according to the Minneapo ...

  4. My Bloody Valentine Finally Release New LP Online -- Leading to Near-Immediate Server Crash

    February 02, 2013 9:13 PM EST More than 21 years after the release of their landmark 1991 LP "Loveless," My Bloody Valentine have, after countless delays and missed release dates, released the follow-up. However, due to a server crash, fans found they have to wai ...

  5. Ra Ra Riot Return to Syracuse University to Teach Classes They Once Took

    November 26, 2012 6:20 PM EST Ra Ra Riot performs at Syracuse University's famed Setnor Auditorium at the conclusion of the band's week-long residency at their alma mater. (Photo: Michael Barletta/MediaWorks) (Disclosure: Ulf Oesterle, the author of this article, is ...

  6. From This Week's Billboard: How Mumford And Sons Scored Highest First Week Sales This Year (So Far)

    October 05, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Below are excerpts from the cover story "600,000" -- an in-depth look at Mumford & Sons' album Babel which scored the highest debut week of 2012 -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features a featu ...

  7. Mumford & Sons' No. 1 Record Offers 'Validation To Be an Independent,' Says Daniel Glass

    October 04, 2012 12:59 PM EDT With 600,000 copies sold in its first frame according to Nielsen SoundScan, Mumford & Sons' Babel not only scored the biggest debut sales week of any album this year in the U.S. and the biggest sales week for a rock album in nearly four y ...

  8. Jeff Castelaz Named President of Elektra Records

    October 04, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Jeff Castelaz was today named President of Elektra Records, which operates under the Atlantic Records Group where he will oversee all areas of Elektra's activities, both working with existing signings and developing new talent. Castelaz will ...

  9. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  10. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' on Track to Sell a Whopping 600,000 Copies in First Week

    September 26, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Mumford & Sons is heading for a massive week. The rock quartet's new album "Babel" is on course to sell as much as 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 30 -- so say industry sources. The set, released ...

  11. Jeff Castelaz In Line to Take Over Elektra: Source

    September 17, 2012 7:49 PM EDT As Billboard.biz speculated Friday, Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz -- who, with general manager Matt Solodky, left the company abruptly last week -- is in line to take over Elektra Records, a source close to the situation confirmed, s ...

  12. Backbeat: Thrill Jockey Celebrates 20th Anniversary In NYC With Future Islands, Liturgy, Tortoise, Matmos, Bettina Richards & Co.

    September 17, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Merch Peeps: (L - R) Thrill Jockey publicist Jonathan Williger, director of marketing and digital media Jamie Proctor, Shipping and Mail Order Manager Josh Koonce, Shipping, Mail Order Assistant Doug Kaplan, Director of Sales and Distribution Erik ...

  13. Updated: Jeff Castelaz, Matt Solodky Exit Dangerbird; Jenni Sperandeo Named President

    September 14, 2012 5:28 PM EDT Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz and General Manager Matt Solodky are leaving the music company to work in management, according to a rather surprising announcement made today by Dangerbird co-founder Peter Walker. Meanwhile, Jenni Sper ...

  14. Backbeat: Fun. Rock The Wiltern In L.A. In Front Of Atlantic, Fueled By Ramen Execs

    August 27, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Fun. performing at Los Angeles' The Wiltern. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Between the confetti, balloon drop, celebs in attendance -- including Alia Shawkat from " Arrested Development," Mae Whitman of " Parenthood" and singer/so ...

  15. Backbeat: The Kills Celebrate New Book With Signing, Free Converse City Carnage Show

    August 20, 2012 11:43 AM EDT (L-R): Photographer Kenneth Cappello and The Kills' Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart share a laugh with each other and a fan during their book signing at BookMarc in Manhattan's West Village. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Saturday was offi ...

  16. Jason Noble of Rodan, Rachel's Dies of Cancer

    August 05, 2012 11:12 AM EDT Jason Noble, a principal member in the influential Louisville-based bands Rodan, Rachel's and Shipping News, passed away this morning in Bethesda, Md., after a three-year battle with cancer. Noble served as the main vocalist and also played g ...

  17. 40 Under 40: John Janick

    August 02, 2012 2:29 PM EDT John Janick Chairman/President, Fueled By Ramen; Co-President, Elektra Records Website: Fueledbyramen.com ElektraRecords.com Twitter: @fueledbyramen @Elektrarecords Fueled By Fun John Janick, 34, has balanced running Fueled by Ramen, which he foun ...

  18. Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control Dead at 43

    July 31, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Bill Doss, a founding member of indie rock group the Olivia Tremor Control, has died at the age of 43 of as-yet-unannounced causes. After reports surfaced early Tuesday (July 31) of Doss' death, the official OTC web site confirmed the sad new ...

  19. LAMC Wraps-Up With Big Hopes for Latin Alternative as 'Demographic Growing Exponentially'

    July 16, 2012 4:45 PM EDT The LAMC "Licensing in 2012: Are Advertising, Games & Synchs the New Radio?" panel. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City wrapped up on Friday and Saturday with three panels on topics ran ...

  20. ATP's 'I'll Be Your Mirror' 2012 Relocating To NYC From Asbury Park, NJ

    July 13, 2012 12:23 PM EDT ATP Concerts today announced that its Sept. 2012 'I'll Be Your Mirror' festival co-curated by Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli originally slated for Asbury Park, New Jersey is relocating the event to Pier 36 in Manhattan. A post on the ...

  21. Latin Alternative Music Conference Day 1: Lots of Alternative, But Not Much Rock

    July 12, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Monica Lionhert performs at the LAMC Indie Showcase. (Photo: Marlon Bishop) The 13th Latin Alternative Music Conference kicked off Wednesday evening in New York City with a pair of concerts of very different scale: an outdoor show at Central Park& ...

  22. Dennis Flemion of the Frogs Missing, Presumed Dead

    July 10, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Dennis Flemion, half of cult lo-fi duo the Frogs, has been missing since Saturday (July 7) when he went for a swim and failed to resurface during a family and friends boating trip in Racine County, Wis. The NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, WTMJ, report ...

  23. Backbeat: Metric Celebrates Fifth Studio Album 'Synthetica' With Private KROQ Gig in Los Angeles

    June 26, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Metric guitarist James Shaw and vocalist Emily Haines hit the stage at KROQ's Red Bull Sound Space in L.A. (Photo: Catie Laffoon) Metric made the rounds while in LA. First it was a sold out show at the El Rey where the crowd included A-lister ...

  24. Zulu Winter Reboots

    June 14, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Zulu Winter has been working full-time for only six months, but that hasn't stopped the U.K. rock band from making a rapid impact on the indie scene. The London-based five-piece, all former childhood friends from Oxfordshire, England, last ye ...

  25. Yep Roc Label To Celebrate 15 Years With 3-Day Concert With Nick Lowe, Robyn Hitchcock, Jon Doe, Others

    May 16, 2012 2:48 PM EDT Yep Roc Records will celebrate 15 years with a three-night birthday party. The indie label's Yep Roc 15 concerts will be held October 11-13 at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina, and feature artists from throughout the label� ...

  26. Chris Daughtry Sued By Former Bandmates Over Song Royalties

    April 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT "American Idol" season 5 finalist Chris Daughtry has been sued by his former bandmates over royalties, Greensboro, N.C.'s News & Records reports. Bassist Ryan Andrews, drummer Scott Crawford and guitarist Mark Perry -- who joine ...

  27. Bob Mould, Merge's Mac McCaughan, Daniel Glass Discuss 'Creating Your Second Act' @ SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 11:38 AM EDT From left: Daniel Glass of Glass Note, lawyer John Strom (and former Blake Baby), musician Bob Mould, moderator Kim Glauber, Nada Surf's Matthews Caws, Merge's Mac McCaughan also of the band Superchunk, and CMT's Leslie Fram made up ...

  28. Jezabels Win the Australian Music Prize

    March 09, 2012 6:00 AM EST Four-piece indie pop-rock group the Jezabels on Thursday won the Australian Music Prize for their debut album, "Prisoner" (MGM Distribution), during a ceremony held at the Basement venue in central Sydney. The AMP caps a stunning six mon ...

  29. Domino Records Releasing Flexi Disc Zine For Record Story Day

    February 24, 2012 7:50 AM EST Indie label Domino records and its subsidiary Ribbon Music today announced they are releasing a zine/flexi disc exclusively for 2012's Record Store Day. The five individual, multi-colored discs will contain exclusive, unreleased tracks by lab ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Daniel Glass

    January 26, 2012 11:37 PM EST No. 99 Daniel Glass Founder Glassnote Entertainment Group Twitter: @DGGlassnote Indie Hero... Daniel Glass is the industry's comeback kid. His power includes the ability to usher indie folk into the mainstream: Think Mumford & Sons. The v ...

  31. Coachella Sells Out

    January 13, 2012 4:24 PM EST This year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held consecutive weekends on April 13-15 and April 20-22 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., has sold out in just under three hours, according to the festival's Twitter acc ...

  32. Caveman Sign to Fat Possum Records

    January 10, 2012 4:01 PM EST New York five-piece Caveman announced today that they've signed to Fat Possum Records. The signing includes the band themselves, in addition to their own label, Magic Man!. In concurrence with the signing announcement, Fat Possum rereleased C ...

  33. Exclusive: Bear in Heaven Cosigns to Dead Oceans, Hometapes

    December 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST Experimental indie trio Bear in Heaven have cosigned to Dead Oceans and their native label Hometapes, Billboard.biz has learned. The band will release their upcoming third LP ("I Love You, It's Cool," out April 3) through both impri ...

  34. The Year in Rock: Who's the New Kid?

    December 09, 2011 10:20 AM EST The fragmented genre of rock has morphed into one side of a hyphenate, paired with every other genre under the sun as to say, "this music has guitars." The industry, too, plays its hand in the over-categorization of rock, from the Grammy ...

  35. Exclusive: Frenchkiss Leaves RED, Takes Physical Distribution to Orchard

    December 08, 2011 2:10 PM EST Frenchkiss Records, the independent label founded by Les Savy Fav bassist Syd Butler, told Billboard.biz that they have left Sony distribution arm RED in favor of diving in 100% with digital-leaning outlet the Orchard. The label has worked with bo ...

  36. Afghan Whigs Announce First Show In 13 Years at ATP, Curating 2012's Asbury Park Shows

    December 07, 2011 12:52 PM EST The Afghan Whigs are back together to play both the London and New Jersey stops of the All Tomorrow's Parties I'll Be Your Mirror festival in 2012. This coming May at Alexandra Palace in London, the Afghan Whigs will play the UK show cur ...

  37. Black Keys Announce First Headlining Arena Tour, Arctic Monkeys Opening

    December 02, 2011 3:33 PM EST Blues-rockers the Black Keys are moving on up, announcing their very first headlining arena tour today. The duo will headline the 15-city North American arena tour alongside opening act Arctic Monkeys . The tour kicks off on March 2 in their homes ...

  38. Glassnote's Daniel Glass on Mumford & Sons Grammy Noms, Indie Success and Getting Props From Drake

    December 01, 2011 4:44 PM EST When they released their debut record "Sigh No More" in October 2009, British indie-folkies Mumford & Sons became unlikely superstars practically overnight. Glassnote Records, who scooped the quartet up in the U.S. two months prior t ...

  39. Backbeat: Barsuk Prez Josh Rosenfeld Reminisces @ This Busy Monster, Touring With Elliott Smith @ Phantogram's L.A. Show

    November 09, 2011 7:00 AM EST From left to right: The Windish Agency's Mike Mori (Phantogram booking agent), Doug Kallmeyer (band crew), Jim Petosa (tour manager, wearing hat), Tim Oakley (drummer), Shay Roth (band crew), Barsuk president Josh Rosenfeld (also co-manages P ...

  40. Maggie Vail Leaves Kill Rock Stars for Nonprofit CASH Music

    October 26, 2011 4:42 PM EDT Maggie Vail, whose name has been virtually synonymous with the Kill Rock Stars label for more than 17 years, has left the company and will be focusing fulltime on CASH Music , a nonprofit "that builds open source digital tools for artists and ...

  41. Bush, Foo Fighters, Jane's Addiction, Chili Peppers: The Rise and Charting of Alternative Heritage Acts

    October 18, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Bush notches its first No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Alternative chart since 1999, and its fifth overall, as "The Sound of Winter" rises 3-1. (All charts will be refreshed Thursday (Oct. 20) on Billboard.biz). The first sin ...

  42. Stone Roses Reunite, Announce 2012 Concerts

    October 18, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Seminal U.K. rock band The Stone Roses is to reform for a series of highly lucrative live shows. Following days of speculation that a reunion was imminent, the announcement was made earlier today (Oct. 18) at a packed press conference in The Soho ...

  43. Adele, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver Among U.K.'s Independent Music Award Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:27 AM EDT Adele, Vampire Weekend and Bon Iver are among the acts vying for the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards. British guitar bands The xx, Friendly Fires and The Horrors - all of whom are signed to London-based XL Recordings, label home to Adele - ...

  44. Backbeat: Stars Play Brooklyn: Talk New Album, Regrets At Not Investing in Starbucks

    October 13, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Canadian alternative/pop quintet Stars returned to their roots Tuesday night (Oct. 11), performing at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y. Originally formed in Toronto by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman ...

  45. U.K. Independent Label Market Comes To Brooklyn

    October 07, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Independent Label Market - Vol.2 by Independent Label Market This Saturday (Oct. 8), heads of 20 or so independent music labels will gather at the Brooklyn Flea's Smorgasburg on the Williamsburg waterfront in New York City. Among them will be ...

  46. Jeff Mangum Plays Surprise Performance at Occupy Wall Street (Video)

    October 05, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com Known these days for his more reclusive nature, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum made a surprise appearance last night (Oct. 4), performing for onlookers and activists at Occu ...

  47. Backbeat: Brenda Tamayo Manzanedo's B-Day; Amber Digby @ NYC's Rodeo Bar

    September 28, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Bon Vivants: Record collector and well-known downtown bon vivant, Keith McCarthy: Lucas Cooper, a principal of ROIR (Reachout International Records); Nell Mulderry, principal of Boss Sounds; and Anna Karingal, promotion and marketing manager of RO ...

  48. Web Trends: Web Ablaze with R.E.M. Breakup, Radiohead Tour

    September 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT Google Trends: 14. r.e.m. People are searching about R.E.M. announced breakup. Twitter Music Trend: #REM : People are talking about R.E.M.'s announced breakup. Michael Stipe : R.E.M. member who is speaking about the group's breakup. Digg ...

  49. This Week In Music: Darius Van Arman of Jagjaguwar

    September 19, 2011 5:16 PM EDT This Week in Music features an elucidating conversation between Topspin Media's Ian Rogers and Darius Van Arman owner of the Jagjaguwar label. Based out of Bloomington, IN, the indie label's formidable roster includes Bon Iver, Okkervil ...

  50. Backbeat: Glassnote Signing Oberhofer Plays Brooklyn's Music Hall

    September 09, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Wake-Up Middle Guy! Oberhofer with Billboard's Chris Payne (second from Left) and Glassnote's Daniel Glass (second from right). Freshly signed to Glassnote Records , the New York by-way-of Tacoma, WA rockers Oberhofer played a lively set ...

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