Punk

  1. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement, emanating from New York's underground in the mid-'70s, ush ...

  2. Omnivore, Rhino to Release 'CBGB' Soundtrack

    August 02, 2013 3:00 AM EDT Talking Heads, Television, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, the Dictators and other bands that played significant roles in the New York rock ‘n’ roll scene of the mid-1970s will appear on “CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” that Omnivore ...

  3. Backbeat: Lisa Worden On KROQ's 'Almost Acoustic Xmas' 'We Spend The Entire Year Curating the Lineup'

    December 11, 2012 2:57 PM EST From left: Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and Ryan Ries of The Whosoevers (Photo courtesy of Ryan Ries) The moment when Gwen Stefani joined her husband Gavin Rossdale onstage for a moving rendition of Bush's staple "Glyercine" served ...

  4. Nick Lowe Helps Yep Roc Celebrate 15 Years, Explains The Label Allowed Him To 'Move Forward'

    September 24, 2012 5:44 PM EDT Nick Lowe will headline the first night of Yep Roc Records' three 15th anniversary concerts at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. It's a logical booking for Lowe: Yep Roc might have never existed were it not the desire of three men ...

  5. Streetlight Manifesto Flips Off Victory Records, To Release Acoustic Version of Final LP on Same Day

    August 30, 2012 5:52 PM EDT The same day Victory Records releases the last album in their contract with Streetlight Manifesto on November 6, the band will issue an album containing acoustic versions of the same songs on their own label. The Hand That Thieves , bearing the mo ...

  6. Former Cro-Mags Bassist Reportedly Stabs, Bites Bandmembers at CBGB Festival Show

    July 07, 2012 12:31 PM EDT A CBGB Festival show at New York's Webster Hall was shut down early last night after founding Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan stabbed and bit current members of the band, according to reports in the New York Post and the New York Times . Fla ...

  7. Michael Davis, MC5 Bassist, Dead at 68

    February 19, 2012 4:56 PM EST Michael Davis, the bassist of legendary rock band the MC5, has died of liver failure, his wife said Saturday. He was 68. Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif., on Friday afternoon after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease, ...

  8. 'Shellac In His Veins': The Billboard Icon Award Interview With Seymour Stein

    January 21, 2012 11:18 PM EST Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music indust ...

  9. Lookout! Records, Former Label of Green Day, Rancid, Ted Leo, Calling It Quits

    January 17, 2012 4:39 PM EST Last week Lookout! Records President Chris Appelgren announced on the label's website that the seminal Berkeley, Calif.-based punk rock label had completely closed shop and will no longer keep their catalog in print or have it available on di ...

  10. Emo's Owner on Famed Austin Club's Closure: 'What Makes a Venue Is Not Four Walls'

    September 29, 2011 1:22 PM EDT Posters at Emos, Austin, TX from MightiestofGuns.com on Vimeo . Last Saturday, during the Official Austin City Limits after-show, Toronto dance-punk band Death from Above 1979 took the stage at Emo's main room, becoming the last band to ever ...

  11. This Week In Music: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Dangerbird Records' CEO Jeff Castelaz (Video)

    September 06, 2011 5:33 PM EDT On This Week in Music, Topspin Media Ian Rogers sits down with Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Jeff Castelaz, the band's manager as well the CEO of Dangerbird Records. Here Casey discusses how his band managed to sell four million recor ...

  12. Nick Lowe Enthralls Grammy Museum Crowd

    August 17, 2011 7:26 AM EDT Nick Lowe who told the audience at the Grammy Museum last night that "As you get older, it's more fun to sing the blues. It cheers you up." The history of Nick Lowe, from his childhood favorites to Brinsley Schwartz and "(What& ...

  13. Iggy Pop on Tonight's Ron Asheton Tribute Concert, 'American Idol'

    April 19, 2011 7:45 AM EDT If it wasn't already clear to those who have seen or heard Iggy Pop during the past four decades, his latest moves confirm he's not one to back down from a challenge. The punk pioneer and sonic provocateur returns to the Michigan town th ...

  14. Iggy Pop: 'American Idol' Contacted Me About Being A Judge

    April 11, 2011 3:48 PM EDT The world is still buzzing about his performance of Johnny O'Keefe's "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" on "American Idol" last week, but Iggy Pop says "it was just a gig" to him -- albeit a good one. "I enjo ...

  15. Universal Music Canada Names Mark Spicoluk Head of A&R

    March 22, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Universal Music Canada (UMC) has announced a significant expansion to its A&R department and new approach to finding talent only two months after a round of layoffs. UMC president and CEO Randy Lennox promoted Mark Spicoluk to the head of the ...

  16. Oscar Winner Audrey Mars Also Played with Mocket, Bratmobile

    February 27, 2011 11:30 PM EST Another musician won a significant Oscar, but not for anything musical. Audrey Marrs, producer of the Oscar-winning documentary "Inside Job," was keyboardist and bassist for several Pacific Northwest bands associated with the Riot Grrrl ...

  17. Slits Frontwoman Ari Up Dead at 48

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ari Up, frontwoman for pioneering British punk band the Slits, died Wednesday (Oct. 20), according to Sex Pistols' John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten). Lydon, who is married to Forster's mother, delivered the news about the 48-year-old singer ...

  18. Daily Variety Sues Vandals Over Logo

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood trade newspaper Daily Variety is embroiled in heated litigation with California punk rock band the Vandals, whose bass player happens to be an attorney. The dispute began in 2004, when the Vandals released their 10th album, "Hollywo ...

  19. Buyer of CBGB Brand Files For Bankruptcy

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The company that bought the right to market the name of the legendary New York City rock club CBGB has filed for bankruptcy. In its punk heyday, CBGB hosted acts such as the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith and Blondie. The venue closed in ...

  20. The Stooges Gain Entry Into Rock Hall

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Iggy Pop was starting to feel like the Susan Lucci of rock 'n' roll. Just as the veteran soap actress believed she might never win a Daytime Emmy, the godfather of punk was certain his groundbreaking band The Stooges wouldn't ever e ...

  21. Guitarist Rowland S. Howard Dies

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rowland S. Howard, an important figure in Australia’s underground rock scene who played guitar for the Boys Next Door and the Birthday Party, has lost his battle with liver cancer. He passed away this morning (Dec. 30) at the age of 50. Howard is ...

  22. The Best Ways To Expose Your Music?

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST What's the best way to get people to listen to your music? For her Monitor Mix blog , Carrie Brownstein at NPR posed the question to a group of industry folks -- musicians, label owners, managers, record store owners, journalists and others . ...

  23. Sunny Day Real Estate Classic Lineup Reunites For Tour

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will return to the road with its four original members this fall and will reissue its first two Sub Pop albums on Sept. 15. These will be the band's first shows of any kind since November 200 ...

  24. Business Briefs: Qtrax, Relix, Jimmy Eat World

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Cinram, which manufactures CDs and DVDS for many major music groups and movie studios, reported a Q1 2009 loss of $22.3 million on revenue $303 million - a 19% revenue drop versus the same period last year. CD revenue dropped 30% to $37 million ...

  25. New York Dolls' Fourth Set In 36 Years

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rock act the New York Dolls will issue its fourth album "Cause I Sez So" via Warner Music Group's Atco label on May 5 in the U.S and a day earlier in the U.K. The band, which was revived in 2004 at the instigation of Morriss ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Cramps Frontman Lux Interior Dies

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cramps frontman Lux Interior passed away today (Feb. 4) at a Glendale, Calif., hospital due to a pre-existing heart condition, the band's publicist confirms to Billboard. He was 60. The Cramps formed in 1976 and were part of the now legendary ...

  28. Stooges Guitarist Ron Asheton Dead At 60

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead this morning (Jan. 6) at his home in Ann Arbor, Mich., according to local police. He was 60. Ann Arbor Detective Bill Stanford tells Billboard.com that police were called to Asheton's house early t ...

  29. Bands, Dates Confirmed For '09 Warped Tour

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Underoath, Thrice, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, NOFX and Anti-Flag are among the dozens of bands confirmed for the 2009 Vans Warped Tour, which begins June 26 in Pomona, Calif., and will wrap Aug. 23 in Los Angeles. Also on the bill for the 15th ...

  30. Former Bosstones Guitarist Named VP at Uni Republic

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nate Albert will step up to the position of VP of A&R for Universal Republic Records. In his new position, he will be based in New York and report to senior VP of A&R Tom Mackay. Albert - who was a founding member, guitarist and songwriter ...

  31. MLB Links With Projekt Revolution

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Through an ongoing partnership with Major League Baseball Properties, some concertgoers attending the 2008 Projekt Revolution tour could walk away with access to exclusive, unreleased by tracks by Linkin Park and other acts on the 24-date summer t ...

  32. Victory, Hawthorne Heights Dispute Ends

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Victory Records and Hawthorne Heights have reached an agreement ending their litigation. Suit was first brought by the band in 2006 for breach of contract. The label counter-sued, claiming rights to release future albums of the band. The joint pre ...

  33. Metallica, Offspring, Raconteurs In For Weanie Roast

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica, the Offspring, the Raconteurs, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Pennywise and the Bravey are among the acts confirmed for KROQ-Los Angeles' Weenie Roast, to be held May 17 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif. Also on t ...

  34. Sources: Victory Records Re-Ups With RED

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Victory Records, a leading punk rock brand, has re-upped with RED for two more years, sources tell Billboard.biz. The Chicago-based Victory, which has been with RED since the label's early days, consistently is among the distributor’s top bil ...

  35. Fantasma's Peck Launches DNA

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of Live Nation's acquisition of Fantasma Productions, Steve Peck, responsible agent for the artists of Fantasma Tours International, Fantasma's booking division, has opened Diversified National Artists (DNA). Lori Stoll, wido ...

  36. Muse Chasing New Fans Across The Globe

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Muse has carved-out a reputation for pushing the boundaries musically, the British alternative rock trio has been particularly busy of late exploring new routes to their fans. The live music juggernaut is on the verge of completing a hattric ...

  37. Caroline, Bridge Nine Extend Deal

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Caroline Distribution extended their deal with Boston-based hardcore label Bridge Nine Records. Their original agreement was signed in 2004. Caroline will continue to be the exclusive distributor of physical and digital albums from Bridge Nine in ...

  38. 6 QUESTIONS WITH FRED FELDMAN

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST When asked about the highlight of his label's recent tenth anniversary benefit show, which featured emo heroes Brand New performing their debut album from start to finish, Fred Feldman replies, "It was seeing the dreams of a while bunch ...

  39. Victory Re-Files Suit Against Virgin/EMI

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Victory Records jumped into the publicity fray on Monday as press around the world began reporting that EMI Music Group was expected to announce a major rehaul of the company and cut staff the following day. Victory re-filed a lawsuit against EMI& ...

  40. Universal, Victory Extend Canadian Deal

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada (UMC) has extended its exclusive distribution deal with Chicago-based Victory Records. UMC will continue to be the sole distributor of Victory's roster, which includes artists such as Silverstein, Hawthorne Heights, Aid ...

  41. Hawthorne Heights Guitarist Calvert Found Dead

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert passed away Friday (Nov. 23) on the band's tour bus in Washington, D.C. He was 25. The cause of death has yet to be announced, although early reports suggest it may be related to acute asthma. "A ...

  42. Management Co. Sues Hawthorne Heights

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Wild Justice Records has sued Hawthorne Heights for breach of a verbal contract. According to the suit filed Oct. 16 in a Michigan state court, Wild Justice claims that it entered a verbal management agreement in January with the band, which entit ...

  43. Late Live Earth Call-Up For Gogol Bordello

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Madonna has invited Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello's self-styled "bandleader and agent provocateur", and Sergey Ryabtsev, the New York gypsy punk act's violinist, to perform with her at Live Earth tomorrow. Their participation at ...

  44. Emo's, C3 Presents Partner On Talent Buys

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Emo's, the popular Austin, Texas, rock club that has booked indie, punk, electronica and underground music for the last 15 years, has signed a deal for C3 Presents to be exclusive talent buyer for national acts, effective today (July 2). C3 i ...

  45. Exclusive: Donnas Start Own Label, Prep New Album

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After two albums with Atlantic, rock quartet the Donnas have formed their own label in a joint venture with Redeye Distribution, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The group's as-yet-untitled next album is due in mid-September. Produced by Jay ...

  46. Hawthorne Heights Not Bound To Victory

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Chicago yesterday reaffirmed that Hawthorne Heights doesn't have to record albums exclusively for Victory Records. In the ongoing legal battle between band members and Victory, Judge James Moran in March ruled that the band ...

  47. Rhapsody, Dischord Ink Deal

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital music subscription service Rhapsody has finalized a music licensing deal with indie label Dischord Records, marking the first time the company's catalog has been made available on a tethered download subscription service. Dischord is ...

  48. The Stooges Share Formative Tales At SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Iggy Pop and his Stooges bandmates Ron and Scott Asheton reminisced about their formative late '60s days in Ann Arbor, Mich., and discussed their improbable comeback today (March 16) during a South by Southwest Q&A with journalist David F ...

  49. Victory Teams With Best Buy For Online Promotion

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chicago-based independent rock label Victory Records will offer $2 off coupons at Best Buy for a number of its artists via its recently launched digital music player VictorStream. The label-themed player allows fans to easily integrate Victory con ...

  50. Hawthorne Heights Wins Partial Victory

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge in Chicago handed Hawthorne Heights a partial victory over Victory Records March 1. Judge James Moran held that Victory Records does not hold exclusive rights for the band's recording services. Simply put, it means the band co ...

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