Alternative rock

  1. The Billboard Q&A: Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Venerable indie label Sub Pop has been declared dead twice in its 20 years on Earth: first in 1991, with a Seattle Weekly cover that asked, "Is Sub Pop About to Pop?," and again in 1998, when Rolling Stone said, "Its future looks bl ...

  2. The Shins Releasing Next Album On Frontman's Label

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Shins are likely to self-release their fourth studio album through frontman James Mercer's Aural Apothecary label, Billboard can reveal. The beloved indie rock group's first three albums were released by Sub Pop. "The deal will ...

  3. Jet Takes Off With Manager Kovac

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock band Jet has parted ways with its Sydney-based management company Winterman and Goldstein after six years. The band will now be handled by veteran U.S. manager Allen Kovac, whose clients include Buckcherry, Meatloaf, Hanson and Pap ...

  4. My Bloody Valentine Sets U.S. Dates

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, My Bloody Valentine will perform a handful of U.S. concerts in the days following its appearance at upstate New York's All Tomorrow's Parties festival, to be held Sept. 19-21 at Kutshers Country Club in Monticello, about 100 ...

  5. SOS Records Launches With Hand From Archbishop Tutu

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Using the dramatic calling card "The Day That Music Was Set Free," SOS Records launched at a New York press conference today, including an endorsement from Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Founded by Canadian businessman Steve ...

  6. Beggars Group Shuffles Imprints

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beggars Group is migrating staffers and artists from imprints Too Pure and Beggars Banquet to the 4AD label. The Too Pure and Beggars imprints will not be used "in the near future," according to the group. 4AD head of A&R Ed Horr ...

  7. Johnson, Tankian, The Verve Open Coachella 2008

    April 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A diverse lineup comprising Jack Johnson, the Verve, Serj Tankian, the Raconteurs, the Breeders, the National and Goldfrapp helped usher in the opening day (April 25) of the ninth annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at Empire Polo Fi ...

  8. My Bloody Valentine To Curate New York Festival

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited My Bloody Valentine will headline and curate a new upstate New York branch of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival on Sept. 19-21. According to the Daily Swarm , MBV will also perform in six to eight additional U.S. cities. The AT ...

  9. Foos, Plant, Beck Lead Austin City Limits Fest

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Foo Fighters, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Beck, Manu Chao, John Fogerty, David Byrne, the Raconteurs and the Mars Volta are among the top acts booked for this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for the city's Zilker Park ...

  10. Radiohead, Rage, NIN, Kanye Set For Lollapalooza

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lollapalooza officially revealed this year's lineup, which features some 120 acts led by Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West and Wilco. The three day festival is set for Aug. 1 - 3 at Chicago's Grant Park. Lo ...

  11. Radiohead Go 'Nude’ With New Single, Play Free Gig

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead will play a free concert in central London on April Fools Day in support of their new single release, "Nude." The April 1 gig for BBC Radio 2 will be held at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House in central London. Tickets ...

  12. Fuji Rock Fest Unveils Line-Up

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Reformed U.K./Irish alternative rock act My Bloody Valentine will join dance outfit Underworld, former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown and Bootsy Collins' Tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, at this year's Fuji Rock Festival. Tok ...

  13. Atlas Sound Making Tour A Family Affair

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Getting club promoters to bite on a relatively unknown band isn't always easy. But in the case of Atlas Sound, the solo project of Deerhunter vocalist Bradford Cox, some talent buyers quickly snagged a show from the act's current North A ...

  14. The Verve Books Spring U.S. Shows

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Verve has scheduled its first U.S. shows in nearly a decade in conjunction with its late April appearance at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif. The group will play in Las Vegas on April 26 and in New York on April 28-29. The reunited U.K. ...

  15. Online Exclusive: Five Canadian Acts Burning Their Way To International Stardom

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST While artists as diverse as Michael Buble and Arcade Fire prove Canada's ongoing strength as a source of international talent, rising artists wait in the wings. Here are capsule profiles of five Canadian artists to watch. Basia Bulat Hometown ...

  16. Sasquatch! Snags R.E.M., Cure, Lips, Death Cab

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST R.E.M., the Cure, Flaming Lips, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse and M.I.A. lead the bill for the 2008 Sasquatch! Music Festival, to be held May 24-26 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash. The Flaming Lips will present their "U.F.O. sho ...

  17. LAMC Set For July

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The 9th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference will take place July 8 - 12 at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel. In addition to panel discussions, artist showcases, film screenings and art exhibits, the conference will put on free concerts a ...

  18. Bright Eyes, M. Ward To Rally Behind Obama

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bright Eyes and M. Ward will headline a free rally concert at the Saddle Creek Records-owned Slowdown on Feb. 7 to raise awareness for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. To recruit voters for the Nebraska Democratic caucus on Feb. 9, ...

  19. Modest Mouse, The National Opening R.E.M. Tour

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST R.E.M. has drafted Modest Mouse and the National as support acts for its upcoming tour of North American theaters and arenas, which begins May 23 in Vancouver. The outing comes on the heels of the April 1 release of R.E.M.'s new Warner Bros. ...

  20. Dim Mak, Downtown Sign Joint Venture

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dim Mak Records, the label founded by celebrity DJ Steve Aoki, has signed joint venture with Downtown Records. According to a statement, Downtown will provide Dim Mak with infrastructure and marketing support. Downtown's roster includes Gnarl ...

  21. Portishead, Johnson, Waters To Headline Coachella

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson and former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters will headline the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 25-27 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also near the top of the bill are the Verve, Kraftwerk, Death ...

  22. Fratellis, Cranberries Are Border Breakers

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop/rock band the Fratellis and former Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan are among the 10 winners of the fifth European Border Breakers Awards. The winners' names were unveiled today ahead of a ceremony to be held in Cannes on ...

  23. Radiohead Sets U.S. Deal For New Album Release

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected, Radiohead has completed a deal with ATO Records Group for the U.S. release of its new album, "In Rainbows." The album, to be released on the TBD Records imprint, will arrive Jan. 1, one day after being issued in the United K ...

  24. B-Unique Goes Atlantic Route, Starts Management Arm

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST B-Unique, the British label home to Kaiser Chiefs and Primal Scream, has struck a deal with Warner Music U.K. that will see it become integrated into Atlantic Records U.K., with effect from February 2008. The new partnership, unveiled today, will ...

  25. Report: XL Handling Radiohead CD Outside U.S.

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT XL Recordings will distribute the physical edition of Radiohead's new album, "In Rainbows," outside the United States, according to the New York Times. The company last year released Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo album, ...

  26. Poptones Plays Its Final Tune

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. independent label figurehead Alan McGee has closed his London-based label Poptones. A statement today (Oct. 4) from McGee and his joint shareholder in Poptones, Stephen King, said that the two companies the pair owned, Poptones and Creation M ...

  27. One Little Indian Acquires Albums From Spin Art

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based indie label One Little Indian has acquired the rights to many albums from the Spin Art back catalog, including titles from such bands as Apples in Stereo and the Dears. The albums will be re-pressed and re-released in the coming months, ...

  28. Charlatans To Give Away New Album

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alternative rock veterans the Charlatans will release their new album as a free download with modern rock radio network Xfm's Web site, xfm.co.uk, in early 2008. The band's new single "You Cross my Path" will be released a ...

  29. Embrace's McNamara Joins Big Life Roster

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Big Life Management has signed Embrace guitarist and songwriter Richard McNamara to its roster of producers. EMI Music Publishing writer McNamara has several production credits for his own band's work in the past decade, including the 2005 si ...

  30. Patrick Watson Takes Polaris Music Prize

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Montreal's Patrick Watson beat out higher profile contenders like Arcade Fire and Feist on Monday night to take the second annual Polaris Music Prize at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. "Close to Paradise," the album by Patrick Watson, ...

  31. Indie Acts Dominate ARIA Nominations

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent label acts dominate the nominations for the annual Australian Recording Industry Association awards, announced today (Sept. 19) at the Sydney State Theatre. Topping the list with six nominations was Sydney dance act Sneaky Sound System ...

  32. Wilson Tribute Web Site Goes Live

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Friends and family of the late Tony Wilson have launched an official Web site in memory of the former Factory Records boss and broadcaster. The site, www.anthonyhwilson.com , has contributions from musician friends such as the Charlatans' Tim ...

  33. Wilson Funeral Details Revealed

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The funeral of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson will take place Aug. 20 at the Hidden Gem Church in Manchester, England. The ceremony will be open only to invited family and close friends, a representative for the late entrepreneur said today. ...

  34. Hacienda Co-Founder Wilson Dies

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tony Wilson, who managed Manchester bands Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, has died, British media reported on Friday. The Manchester Evening News reported that the 57-year-old, who also co-founded Factory Records and the legendary Hacie ...

  35. Vagrant Launches Density Imprint

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based rock indie Vagrant Records has launched a new imprint in Density Records. Vagrant, which has worked with such acts as the Get Up Kids, Dashboard Confessional and From Autumn to Ashes, among others, is launching Density to delve i ...

  36. Review: Bright Eyes' 'Cassadaga'

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bright Eyes: "Cassadaga" Producer: Mike Mogis Saddle Creek Release Date: April 10 "Cassadaga," the sixth proper full-length from Conor Oberst under the Bright Eyes moniker, is-at its core-a road album. The travels the indie sup ...

  37. Silverchair On Hot Streak In Oz

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Silverchair is on a record-breaking streak at home. Four weeks after becoming the first Australian band in 40 years to achieve three No. 1 singles in the national chart, Silverchair this week scored another chart milestone as their "Young Mod ...

  38. ADA Spearheading Indie Rock Compilation Series

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Distributor ADA and top indie labels may be teaming to create a series of compilations modeled after the very successful "NOW That's What I Call Music" series. However, sources tell Billboard.biz the series is in the earliest discus ...

  39. SXSW Day II: Deerhunter, Besnard Lakes Steal The Night

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The psychedelic rock of Deerhunter and the classic rock stylings of Besnard Lakes were centerpieces on the second night of music showcases at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in Austin, Texas. As crowds descended upon Sixth Street -- ...

  40. Rough Trade Bolsters Caroline's Roster

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected, EMI-owned Caroline Distribution has confirmed that it will distribute releases from U.K.-based Rough Trade Records in the U.S. Rough Trade comes to Caroline through the indie's relationship with management firm/label group World& ...

  41. Sonic Youth, Slint 'Look Back' In London

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Don't Look Back, the London-based live music season that features bands playing classic albums in full, today (Feb. 20) unveiled three dates for 2007. Slint will play their critically acclaimed 1991 album, "Spiderland", on Aug. 22 a ...

  42. Irish NME Folds

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Publishers of U.K. music weekly the New Musical Express (NME) have pulled the plug on its special Irish edition less than four months after it was launched. The Irish edition of the publication featured local live reviews, listings and music news, ...

  43. AMP Shortlist 8 Becomes 9

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Organizers of the Australian Music Prize (AMP) sprung a surprise today (Jan. 31) when the final nomination Short List 8 carried an extra album title. The reason was simple, explains Scott Murphy, AMP founder and prize director: there were more tha ...

  44. U.K. Band Signs Deal With Ford Transit

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Liverpool garage rock band The Coral are the latest to benefit from the car industry's desperation to be hip. According to a report at Mad.uk , the band has formed a partnership with Ford Transit for their upcoming U.K. tour. The group will h ...

  45. Review: The Shins' 'Wincing The Night Away'

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Shins: "Wincing the Night Away Producers: James Mercer, Joe Chiccarelli Sup Pop Release Date: Jan. 23 The Shins' third album probably won't change your life, despite what Natalie Portman insists. But "Wincing the Night Away ...

  46. Deerhoof, Out Of The Woods

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST San Francisco experimental noise-pop trio Deerhoof didn't feel the need to upgrade to a fancy tour bus after being handpicked to open for Radiohead on a string of California gigs last June, which included a stop at Berkeley's Greek Theat ...

  47. Animal Collective Inks Deal With Domino

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Experimental indie outfit the Animal Collective has signed with the U.K.-based Domino Records, the label home to Franz Ferdinand, Clinic and Four Tet, among others, Billboard.biz has learned. The New York-based group is slated to head into the stu ...

  48. Rough Trade Links With World's Fair For U.S.

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Storied U.K. indie Rough Trade Records has linked with the World's Fair Label Group to license and market select titles for North American release, Billboard.biz has learned. World's Fair releases are handled by EMI's Caroline Distr ...

  49. Classic Sebadoh Lineup Reuniting For 2007 Tour

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Having spent the past two years on tour with the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr., Lou Barlow is now setting his sights on Sebadoh, which became his main musical outlet after exiting Dinosaur Jr. in the early 1990s. The influential indie rock group ...

  50. Cranberries' O'Riordan Solo Set Due In May

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Dolores O'Riordan, former front-woman for Irish alternative rock act the Cranberries, is stepping out with a solo album. The as-yet-untitled record is expected to land in the U.K. on May 7, 2007 through a deal with Sequel, the recently reacti ...

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