1. Modest Mouse Frontman Isaac Brock on the 8-Year Wait for Their New LP & His Issues With 'Portlandia'

    March 18, 2015 9:00 AM EDT What's the deal with Modest Mouse ? Eight years since its last studio LP and eleven since the surprise success of "Float On," the 22-year old band finally returns with Strangers to Ourselves, a rollicking 57-minute indie rock power ...

  2. Johnny Marr Cancels U.S. Solo Tour Dates

    December 08, 2014 4:59 PM EST The former Smiths guitarist axes the end of his 2014 tour over a 'serious close family illness.' Morrissey isn’t the only former Smiths member canceling tour dates these days. On Monday (Dec. 8), Johnny Marr announced he’d been forced to ...

  3. Exclusive: Johnny Marr Drops North American Tour Dates, Talks New Solo Album ‘Playland’

    September 08, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 The former Smiths guitarist also gives an update on his forthcoming autobiography. American fans will soon get a chance to watch the venerable Johnny Marr perform tracks from his forthcoming solo album, as well as some classic tracks from the Smiths ...

  4. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT 4 0 0 Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars ...

  5. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Team for 'It's On Again' on 'Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack

    March 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT 0 8 0 The Neighbourhood, Pharrell, more also to appear on April 22-released soundtrack A song written by Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer has found its way onto the "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack. "It's On A ...

  6. Hans Zimmer Adds Johnny Marr, Dave Stewart and Incubus’ Mike Einziger to 'Spider-Man' Team

    October 31, 2013 2:48 PM EDT Hans Zimmer has again partnered with guitarists Johnny Marr, Dave Stewart and Incubus’ Michael Einziger to score “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Pharrell Williams will also work on the score of the Sony Pictures film that will be released May 2. Zim ...

  7. Johnny Marr Pours Cold Water on Smiths Reunion: Fans Need to ‘Find A Hobby’

    August 12, 2013 6:10 AM EDT Smiths fans, don’t hold your breath on a reunion. Johnny Marr has put another nail in the iconic British group’s coffin. The guitarist has told The Japan Times that followers of the Smiths had to face facts – there won’t be a “big happy ending.” A ...

  8. U.K.’s Isle of Man Festival Canceled Due to Poor Sales

    June 27, 2013 12:30 AM EDT Despite the lure of crowd-pleasers Primal Scream, Paloma Faith and Johnny Marr, organizers of the inaugural Isle of Man festival have canceled the event amid disappointing ticket sales. The festival on the small island located just off the west co ...

  9. Isle of Man Music Festival Cancelled Amid Weak Ticket Sales

    June 26, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Despite the lure of crowd-pleasers Primal Scream, Paloma Faith and Johnny Marr, organizers of the inaugural Isle of Man festival have canceled the event amid disappointing ticket sales. The festival on the small island located just off the west ...

  10. U.K. PPL Chairman Fran Nevrkla Calls For Stronger Gov't Support, British Prime Minister David Cameron Chimes In

    June 05, 2013 8:43 PM EDT The pertinent issue of stronger government support for the music and creative industries was addressed from two opposing viewpoints in London on Wednesday (June 5). Speaking at the annual general meeting of U.K. licensing body PPL, which took pl ...

  11. Record Store Day Q&A With Graham Jones of 'Last Shop Standing'

    April 18, 2013 10:02 AM EDT Record Store Day has made “Last Shop Standing” -- a new documentary on U.K. record shops -- the official film of this year’s edition of its annual event. “Last Shop Standing,” released in the U.K. last year and coming out April 20 on DVD, has ...

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  13. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  14. Warner U.K. Launches New Artist & Label Services Division Headed by Dan Chalmers

    June 14, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Warner Music U.K. is expanding its label offerings with the launch of a new Artists and Label Services division. Effective immediately, Warner Music Artist and Label Services will be headed by London-based Dan Chalmers, managing director of Rhino ...

  15. Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein Sounds Off on Hipsterdom, 'Portlandia' Season Two

    January 05, 2012 4:10 PM EST 0 0 0 On the second season of the culty IFC Channel comedy "Portlandia," Eddie Vedder plays a hot dude with a not-so-hot Eddie Vedder tattoo. Johnny Marr plays a cyclist disgruntled by imcompentent bike valets (they're the worst, right?). A ...

  16. Johnny Marr Enlists Best Coast, Au Revoir Simone and More for Ray-Ban Project

    October 18, 2011 7:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Indie songs produced for fashion lines are as common as Converse sneakers these days, but Ray-Ban's "Raw Sounds" project landed a legend: Johnny Marr . According to Spin , the former Smiths guitarist was asked to pick four younger act ...

  17. Backbeat: Johnny Marr, Best Coast Rock Ray Ban Party

    October 17, 2011 12:07 PM EDT Last Thursday, Ray Ban hosted a party at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in the Lower East Side to celebrate its "Raw Sounds" project. The event featured performances by Johnny Marr and the Healers , Best Coast , Mona , and Au Revoir Simon ...

  18. Bert Jansch, British Folk Legend, Dies at 67

    October 05, 2011 11:46 AM EDT He was quiet, modest, uncomfortable in the spotlight - not looking for No. 1 hits or commercial ditties. But when Bert Jansch picked up an acoustic guitar, people listened, often spellbound by his subtle innovation and mastery. Jansch, who died of ...

  19. Bert Jansch, British Folk Legend, Dies at 67

    October 05, 2011 11:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 He was quiet, modest, uncomfortable in the spotlight - not looking for No. 1 hits or commercial ditties. But when Bert Jansch picked up an acoustic guitar, people listened, often spellbound by his subtle innovation and mastery. Jansch, who died of l ...

  20. Billboard Bits: 'Watch the Throne' Outrages Indie Retailers, Morrissey Slams Norway

    July 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to gi ...

  21. Johnny Marr, Ex Smiths Guitarist, Talks Film and TV Scores, Solo Plans

    May 17, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Johnny Marr, the former Smiths guitarist and songwriter, expects to start a world tour in October beginning with a show in New York. Currently working on two albums and scoring the second season of David Cross's British TV series, "The I ...

  22. Johnny Marr, Former Smiths Guitarist and 'Inception' Collaborator, Planning Two Solo Albums

    February 28, 2011 4:25 PM EST Johnny Marr onstage in London, 2009 (Photo: Redferns) Johnny Marr, former songwriter and guitarist in the Smiths, is planning a return to frontman status. After stints performing with Cribs and Modest Mouse, Marr told Billboard that he plans to re ...

  23. 'Inception' Movie Composer Hans Zimmer Adds Drama

    July 16, 2010 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Inception," the "Matrix"-meets-"Casablanca" Warner Bros. film starring Leonardo DiCaprio that opened today (July 16), marks the third collaboration between writer/director Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer . T ...

  24. Lily Allen Wins Three Ivors

    May 20, 2010 1:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 A tearful Lily Allen won three Ivor Novello Awards at the ceremony for British songwriters in London - and said she now plans to focus on writing for other artists. There were also awards for alt-rock act Bat For Lashes , singer songwriter Paolo Nut ...

  25. Volcanic Dust Threatens U.K. Acts' Coachella Sets

    April 15, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 U.K. acts Gary Numan, the Cribs and Bad Lieutenant could miss their Coachella Festival appearances this weekend because of volcanic ash affecting flights. All flights in and out of Britain have been stopped because of a volcanic eruption in Iceland. ...

  26. Johnny Marr Can't 'Ignore' The Cribs

    November 17, 2009 11:39 AM EST 0 0 0 Mutual regard and geographic proximity were what led to Johnny Marr joining the Cribs for the group's just-released fourth album, "Ignore the Ignorant." "I love the band, anyway," the Modest Mouse and former Smiths guitarist ...

  27. UMPG Re-Signs Johnny Marr

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has confirmed the re-signing of Johnny Marr to a long-term, global publishing agreement, covering all the songs co-written for the Smiths. The Smiths' four studio albums, singles and other album-length release ...

  28. Pet Shop Boys Say 'Yes' To 25 Years Of Synth Pop

    April 06, 2009 10:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 The title of the Pet Shop Boys' 10th album, "Yes," perfectly reflects the duo's positive mood as they celebrate 25 years of proving synth pop can rise above mindless fluff. With 32 Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart entries, the ...

  29. Modest Mouse Returning To The Road

    January 28, 2009 1:57 PM EST 0 0 0 Modest Mouse is returning to the road next month for a 12-date U.S. tour, beginning Feb. 22 in Oakland, Calif. The trek concludes March 8 at the Langerado Festival in Miami. Former Grandaddy guitarist Jim Fairchild will join Modest Mouse on stage in ...

  30. Modest Mouse Returning To The Road

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Modest Mouse is returning to the road next month for a 12-date U.S. tour, beginning Feb. 22 in Oakland, Calif. The trek concludes March 8 at the Langerado Festival in Miami. Former Grandaddy guitarist Jim Fairchild will join Modest Mouse on stage ...

  31. Pet Shop Boys Spread The 'Love'

    January 16, 2009 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Synth-pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys will release a new album, "Yes," March 23 internationally through Parlophone/EMI. A North American release has yet to be announced. First single "Love Etc" arrives March 16. The album is a col ...

  32. Morrissey Unveils New Album In London

    December 11, 2008 4:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Morrissey was on hand tonight (Dec. 11) in London to introduce a playback of his new Polydor/Decca album, "Years of Refusal,” but he made no comment on recent reports of a Smiths reunion. A spokesman later declined to comment on a story in the ...

  33. Neil Finn To Rock With Radiohead, Wilco Mates

    November 17, 2008 3:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Wilco 's Jeff Tweedy, John Stirrat, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, singer/songwriter Li ...

  34. Neil Finn To Rock With Radiohead, Wilco Mates

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, John Stirrat, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone, Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastia Neil Finn has drafted Radiohead&# ...

  35. Flea, Johnny Marr On New Frusciante Album

    November 12, 2008 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's new album, "The Empyrean," due Jan. 20 via Record Collection. The Sonus Quartet and the New Dimension Singers also make a ...

  36. Flea, Johnny Marr On New Frusciante Album

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's new album, "The Empyrean," due Jan. 20 via Record Collection. Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests ...

  37. Modest Mouse Rocks Last-Minute Brooklyn Show

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nearing the end of summer tour supporting R.E.M., Modest Mouse took a break from arenas and wedged itself into Brooklyn's 550-capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg for a set that began this morning (Jun Nearing the end of summer tour supporting R ...

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

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 R.E.M. has drafted Modest Mouse and the National as support acts for its upcoming tour, which begins May 23 in Vancouver. The outing comes on the heels of the April 1 release of R.E.M.'s new Warner Br R.E.M. has drafted Modest Mouse and the Nat ...

  39. Marr Signs To Chrysalis Music

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST British independent firm Chrysalis Music has signed Johnny Marr to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement, unveiled today, covers all future works and a wealth of earlier material, including efforts with Crowded House and Modest Mouse, his col ...

  40. Morrissey Rewards Diehards, Quashes Smiths Reunion

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A number of special opportunities have been created for multiple-night runs in Los Angeles and New York, including a "seasons ticket," with a reduced price for fans that want to attend every show. Morrissey is taking special care of his mo ...

  41. L.A., NYC Residencies On Moz's Fall Calendar

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Morrissey has unveiled plans for a six-week fall North American tour, which includes multiple-night stands in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Morrissey has unveiled plans for a six-week fall North American tour, which includes multiple-nigh ...

  42. BORIS WITH MICHIO KURIHARA, "Rainbow"

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 To fans of experimental metal, the notion that Boris creates the mightiest rumble to come out of Japan since Godzilla fought Rodan is a redundancy. To fans of experimental metal, the notion that Boris creates the mightiest rumble to come out of Japa ...

  43. Pearl Jam Brings It All Back Home To Close Lollapalooza

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Playing its most watched U.S. show in a decade, Pearl Jam closed the 2007 edition of Lollapalooza on a political note, bringing injured Iraq War soldier Tomas Young on stage to urge the audience to re Playing its most watched U.S. show in a decade, ...

  44. Marr, Dixie Chicks Enrich Crowded House Album

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As expected, the newly reformed Crowded House will release its first album in nearly 15 years this summer. "Time on Earth" will feature contributions from guitarist Smiths/Modest Mouse guitarist Johnn As expected , the newly reformed Crowd ...

  45. 'Dashboard' Confessional

    March 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Modest Mouse had been an indie rock standard-bearer for more than a decade when its single "Float On" suddenly became a mainstream hit in 2004. The Epic album from which it was drawn, "Good News for P Modest Mouse had been an indie ro ...

  46. The Billboard Q&A: Modest Mouse

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Modest Mouse had been an indie rock standard-bearer for more than a decade when its single "Float On" suddenly became a mainstream hit in 2004. The Epic album from which it was drawn, "Good News for P Modest Mouse had been an indie ro ...

  47. Modest Mouse Confirms Release Date, Track List

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Modest Mouse has set a March 20 release date for its new Epic album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank." The 14-track set is led by the single "Dashboard," which is No. 10 in its third week on B Modest Mouse has set a March ...

  48. Modest Mouse Pounds The 'Dashboard'

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 "Dashboard," the first single from Modest Mouse's upcoming Epic album "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," will hit U.S. radio outlets Jan. 16, Billboard.com has learned. A poor quality version o "Dashboard," ...

  49. Modest Mouse Wraps Tour With New Songs, Comic Surprise

    November 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Modest Mouse wrapped a 10-shows-in-13-days U.S. tour last night (Nov. 18) at New York's intimate Bowery Ballroom, offering up four songs from its upcoming Epic album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Eve Modest Mouse wrapped a 10-shows-in-13- ...

  50. Modest Mouse Plots Live Dates, Bumps Album

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The good news? Modest Mouse will play a host of live dates in Los Angeles, New York and London next month. The good news? Modest Mouse will play a host of live dates in Los Angeles, New York and London next month. The bad news? The band's highl ...

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