Alternative rock

  1. PIAS U.K. Picks Up Sub Pop

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PIAS U.K. has signed a digital and physical distribution deal with Seattle record label Sub Pop. The deal becomes effective on Sept. 15 and will see PIAS distribute all future Sub Pop releases in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including forthcomi ...

  2. Florence, Kasabian Lead Mercury Prize List

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker ...

  3. Paramore Gets Ready To Shine With 'Brand New Eyes'

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams is asked about her plans after the Sept. 29 release of her new album, "Brand New Eyes," she simply says, "We're going to be on tour—forever." Williams, 20, isn't being terribly ...

  4. Oasis Wins Britpop Airplay Battle

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New airplay figures from U.K. collecting society PRS for Music have revealed that Oasis leads Blur in the battle for Britpop supremacy in the U.K., as the rival acts appear at huge London shows within a week of each other. Oasis' "Wonder ...

  5. Vampire Weekend Previews Sophomore Set

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. alternative act Vampire Weekend performed two new songs at U.K.-based indie XL Recordings' presentation for Q3 and Q4 releases at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts (I.C.A.). The New York band performed "White Sky" an ...

  6. Violent Soho Wrapping New Set

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Aussie buzz band Violent Soho is currently camped in the Welsh countryside putting the finishing touches to their awaited new record for Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, Billboard.biz can reveal. Gil Norton (The Pixies, Echo and the Bun ...

  7. Oasis Vinyl Re-Issues

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Oasis will re-issue all seven of its albums plus its b-sides collection from July 13 in a limited edition vinyl re-press. Released through the band's own Big Brother label, the albums will be available worldwide through Warner M ...

  8. Lemonheads’ Evan Dando Sues GM Over Alleged Song Copy

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lemonheads founder Evan Dando is suing General Motors, saying the auto giant copied one of his songs for an ad. Dando sued GM and advertising and licensing firms in federal court Thursday, claiming the automaker violated his copyright on The Lemon ...

  9. Placebo Announces Arena Tour, Album Premiere

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock outfit Placebo has announced an exclusive online playback of its forthcoming album "Battle for the Sun" from 9am GMT this Friday (May 29). To participate in the playback, fans need to register at www.placeboworld.co.uk to receiv ...

  10. Briefs: Cold War Kids, Beggars Group, Allegro Media

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Cold War Kids are debuting a new kind of music video on MTVMusic.com that allows fans to remix various components into their own custom creations. There are four different versions of the songs posted to the site, each dedicated to a differ ...

  11. Fleet Foxes Up For Three Mojo Honors

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Seattle folk-rock act Fleet Foxes has been nominated for three awards at the 2009 Mojo Honours List. The band is up for album of the year (for "Fleet Foxes," issued by Sub Pop in the U.S. and Bella Union in Europe), best live act and son ...

  12. Canyons Sign With Modular, Mushroom Publishing

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian DJ and producer duo Canyons will be looking to turn their dancefloor buzz into a chart boilover after striking separate deals with Modular Recordings and Mushroom Music Publishing. The adventurous electronic act, comprising Leo Holiday ...

  13. My Bloody Valentine, Cure Close Out Coachella

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival concluded Sunday with a series of challenging, dissonant sets that saw the avant-garde take center stage on the event's final day of music. From My Bloody Valentine's wall of noise and Pu ...

  14. Record Store Day Preview: Events, Releases

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT From an exclusive Queen EP and performance by Talib Kweli to Wilco's advance of its new concert DVD, there will be plenty to celebrate during the second annual Record Store Day (April 18). Over 1,000 indie retail stores worldwide are playing ...

  15. Kill Rock Stars Signs Distribution Deal With Redeye

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Northwest indie label Kill Rock Stars (KRS), which lost its distribution when Touch and Go folded last month, has signed a deal with independent distributor Redeye. KRS will move its catalog, including records by Elliott Smith, the Decemberists, S ...

  16. Stone Roses Reunion Report Rebuffed

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following reports of Stone Roses reunion for a tour by a U.K. tabloid, a spokeswoman for singer Ian Brown says she has no knowledge about the band reforming. According to the Daily Mirror, the band has lined up dates in the U.K. and U.S. with at l ...

  17. Mongrel's Independent Giveaway

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mongrel, the U.K. indie-rock hip-hop crossover act, is to give away its debut album "Better Than Heaven" free with national newspaper the Independent on March 7. The move is billed as the first time a debut album has been distributed fre ...

  18. Hey Rosetta! Triumphs At East Coast Music Awards

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hey Rosetta! won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards at the ceremony in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. The epic-sounding indie rock act took home awards for group recording of the year, recording of the year, and alternative recording of the year ...

  19. Blur, Oasis Steal The Show At NME Awards

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nearly 15 years after they first locked horns, British rock rivals Oasis and Blur once again stole the show at the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards, held at London's O2 Academy Brixton in the U.K. Oasis was crowned best British band although the de ...

  20. Touch & Go To Cease New Signings, Distribution

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Revered Chicago indie label Touch & Go Records, which has been home to such iconic bands as Slint, the Jesus Lizard and Big Black, will stop releasing new albums and operate going forward as a catalog label. A source at the label confirms the ...

  21. Germany's GUN Records Shut Down

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Germany has closed GUN Records in Bochum with immediate effect. The rock label GUN (Great Unlimited Noises) was founded in 1992 as a joint venture by Wolfgang Funk and BMG. Funk, who left his role as president of the company in December ...

  22. UMPG Australia In JV With Indie Publisher Dew Process

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group Australia has entered into an exclusive, long-term, worldwide joint venture with Brisbane-based independent music publisher Dew Process Publishing. Under the deal, Universal Music Publishing Group will handle all c ...

  23. Oasis Announces China Dates

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britpop superstars Oasis will tread on Chinese soil for the first time ever as part of its “Dig Out Your Soul” world tour. The U.K. band -- currently on tour in Europe -- has announced shows at Beijing Capital Gym (April 3) and Shanghai Grand Stag ...

  24. Merge To Celebrate 20th With Chapel Hill Fest

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Merge Records will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a five-day music festival this summer in its homebase of Chapel Hill, N.C. Dubbed XX Merge, the July 22-26 event is expected to feature past and present bands from throughout the label's ...

  25. Team Love To Offer Free Downloads

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Indie label Team Love announced the launch of the "Team Love Library," which will allow registered users to download select content for free. Team Love, whose acts include Tilly and the Wall and Jenny Lewis, will post full albums, as wel ...

  26. Flaming Lips Curating ATP New York

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Flaming Lips will curate a day of the 2009 All Tomorrow's Parties festival, which will be held Sept. 11-13 at Kutsher's Country Club in Monticello, N.Y. Other confirmed performers include Panda Bear, Atlas Sound, Animal Collective, D ...

  27. Yunupingu Wins AIR Awards Triple

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was the big winner at the 2008 Jagermeister AIR Awards held at Melbourne's Corner Hotel, where the Aboriginal singer and multi-instrumentalist grabbed three awards. Yunupingu, who hails from Elcho Island in Austral ...

  28. Glasvegas Headlines NME Awards Tour

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. music publication NME has announced Scottish rockers Glasvegas as the headline act on its 2009 NME Awards Tour. The tour, which begins Jan. 29 at Liverpool University, will also feature rising U.K. acts Friendly Fires, White Lies and Florence ...

  29. The Cure To Headline 'Big Gig'

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following news that they will be named Godlike Geniuses at the 2009 Shockwaves NME Awards, The Cure has been confirmed as headliners for the accompanying Big Gig at the O2 arena in London. The Big Gig is held the night after the NME Awards, which ...

  30. Beggars Group, Matador Pact With Imeem

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social music service imeem today announced a worldwide licensing and marketing partnership with indie labels Beggars Group and Matador Records. Beggars Group and Matador Records' entire digital music and video catalog will now be available fo ...

  31. The Cure Named NME Godlike Genius Winners

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative-rock veterans The Cure are to be honored on Feb. 25 as recipients of the 2009 Godlike Genius accolade at the Shockwaves NME Awards. The announcement coincides with the release of the band's thirteenth album, "4:13 Dream& ...

  32. Operator Please Wins Export Award

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Teenage alternative pop outfit Operator Please won the "special Premier's award" at the Premier of Queensland's Export Awards in Brisbane tonight (Oct. 16), held annually to recognize achievements in trade export for businesses ...

  33. Ben Lee Signs With Dew

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Critically feted Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee has joined the roster of indie label Dew Process Recordings. Paul Piticco's Brisbane-based Dew Process has inked a three-album deal with Lee covering Australia and New Zealand; New West is ...

  34. MTVNI Scores Exclusive Oasis Gig Broadcast

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International will exclusively broadcast Oasis' sold-out concert at London's Wembley Arena live-to-air at 9pm on MTV One on Oct. 16 in the U.K. and Ireland. It will be the first broadcast of the tour for the U.K. rock act� ...

  35. RED, Virgin, NME Team For Giveaway

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Independent distributor RED has linked with Virgin stores and UK music magazine NME for a free offer. From Sept. 16 to Nov. 10, shoppers at Virgin stores will be able to pick up a free issue of NME with articles featuring bands from RED's cur ...

  36. Oasis Kicks Off Tour, Adds NYC Show

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis kicked off its North American tour with Ryan Adams Tuesday (Aug. 26) in Seattle, debuting four songs from its upcoming album, "Dig Out Your Soul," including first single "The Shock of the Lightning." The group also played ...

  37. My Bloody Valentine Albums Go Digital

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT My Bloody Valentine's two full-length albums, "Isn't Anything" and "Loveless," will be re-released digitally today (Aug. 26). The releases had previously only been partially available online. In addition, the newly re ...

  38. Merge Turns 20 With Curated Boxed Set

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT North Carolina indie Merge Records will celebrate its 20th anniversary with the release of SCORE!, a subscription-only boxed set. The series will feature 14 custom-curated discs comprised of material from the Merge catalog, along with original art ...

  39. The Verve Makes A Beautiful Racket On Reunion Album

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Talk of a return to the relative glory days of a decade ago is often hostage to the fortunes of the modern music business. But the re-formation of the Verve has its supporters dreaming big. The reunited British modern rock quartet, fronted by Rich ...

  40. Kaiser Chiefs Find New Home Down Under

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie-rock band Kaiser Chiefs, signed or licensed to Universal affiliates domestically and in the U.S., has broken ranks down under. The act has signed with Michael Gudinski's Liberator Music for Australia and New Zealand, distributed th ...

  41. The Verve Storms Back On Fourth Album

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Verve roars back to life after an 11-year hiatus between new albums with "Forth," a bracing blend of the experimentalism of the group's early work and the more structured songwriting of its last two efforts. The set is due Aug. ...

  42. Oasis Inks North American Distro Deal

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis' Big Brother Recordings has signed a North American distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records. The first new release under the deal will be the band's forthcoming studio album, "Dig Out Your Soul," due Oct. 7. As previo ...

  43. Australia's Eleven Switches To Universal

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's most successful independent labels, Eleven A Music Company, has found a new home -- and a 50% partnership - with Universal Music, with effect from Sept. 1. Set up by Sydney-based act managers John Watson and Melissa Chenery ...

  44. O'Donnell Splits EMI Australia, Poston Rises

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John O'Donnell, Sydney-based CEO of EMI Music Australasia is leaving the company at the end of September. He continues in an advisory capacity until March 2009. Meanwhile, Mark Poston has been elevated to the dual roles of senior VP of market ...

  45. Suede's Anderson Unveils New Material

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former Suede frontman Brett Anderson has unveiled his new solo album, "Wilderness," at an intimate London gig. The Monday night (July 7) Mermaid Theatre show was in two parts, the first showcasing the new album with Anderson seated at a ...

  46. Travis Returns With 'Ode', New Label Deal

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scottish melodic rock quartet Travis is lining up a late September release for their sixth studio album, which will arrive through the resuscitated Red Telephone Box label. The new album, "Ode To J Smith," will land on Sept. 29, thanks t ...

  47. One Little Indian Links With Fat Cat

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London-based One Little Indian has teamed up with fellow U.K. indie FatCat Records in a joint venture deal. FatCat's "strong independent ethos" will be consolidated within the partnership according to a statement issued by One Littl ...

  48. Oasis Go For 'Soul' With New Album

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis' first album under the British rockers' new recording deal will land in the fourth quarter. The awaited new set, "Dig Out Your Soul," is slated for an Oct. 6 release in the United Kingdom through their own label, Big Brot ...

  49. Wilson Feted With 24-Hour Party

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The life of Factory Records' legendary late founder Tony Wilson was remembered over the weekend with a 24-hour celebration featuring some of his best-known signings and friends. The likes of comedian Steve Coogan, New Order's Peter Hook, ...

  50. The Indies Issue: The Visionaries

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Here, Billboard presents 10 indie innovators who are taking risks and reaping the rewards. Click here to read more information about each innovator. Pennywise Take one venerable punk band, add a pioneering social networking site, throw cash from a ...

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