1. Chilly Gonzalez Explains Why the Classical Music World Should Stop Resisting Rap & Pop Music

    March 26, 2015 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Why are pop hits so effective? Last year, the musician Owen Pallett wrote a couple of popular posts about this topic for Slate ,where he explained the technical structure underpinning several radio juggernauts ( Katy Perry 's "Teenage Drea ...

  2. Owen Pallett: 'Jian Ghomeshi Is My Friend, And He Beats Women'

    October 28, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The indie singer-songwriter speaks out on the claims against the Canadian broadcaster. Days after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fired nationally beloved broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi -- host of a radio arts program called Q -- amid allegations ...

  3. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. She ...

  4. Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 23, 2014 2:40 AM EDT Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s album Animism  (Six Shooter Records) was named Canadian album of the year at the Polaris Music Awards Monday night (Sept. 22) in Toronto, beating out albums by Arcade Fire , Drake , Owen Pallett and six others. S ...

  5. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT “They can just listen to the same thing we’ve listened to a bunch of times and they’ll probably hate it just as much.” Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed d ...

  6. Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List (Updated)

    July 15, 2014 3:23 PM EDT There are many repeat contenders and two past winners on 2014 Polaris Music Prize short list this year, including Drake, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, Shad, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Basia Bulat and Timber Timbre announced today in Toronto at The Car ...

  7. Backbeat: Arcade Fire, Oscar Music Noms Avoid the Great LA Deluge at Society of Composers Party

    March 02, 2014 12:48 PM EST Related Articles Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Will Butler and Owen Pallett, More Deliver at First-Ever Oscar Concert Arcade Fire's Will Butler on Co-Writing Best Score Oscar Nominee 'Her,' The 'Intimidating' Sex Scene ...

  8. Alexandre Desplat, John Williams, Will Butler and Owen Pallett, More Deliver at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:10 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena& ...

  9. First, Likely Annual, Oscar Concert to Honor Nominated Composers John Williams, Desplat and More

    February 13, 2014 1:41 PM EST After 85 years, Oscar is putting on his very first concert, and there are plans to televise future shows worldwide. The motion picture academy will present a live Oscar Concert in the days leading up to the 86th annual Academy Awards that celebrat ...

  10. Everything Is New Project Empowers India's 'Untouchable' Children, Features Jarvis Cocker, Four Tet

    December 17, 2013 4:08 PM EST It's a well-established idea that participating in music can have a positive influence on a child's life, and maybe none more so than those living at the Light of Love Children's Home in Tuni, southeastern India. It's there tha ...

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  12. 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 ...

  13. Arcade Fire Wins Canada's Polaris Music Prize

    September 20, 2011 1:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 After taking home the Grammy award and Juno award for Album of the Year, Arcade Fire 's "The Suburbs" has been named the best Canadian album of the past 12 months by earning the 2011 Polaris Music Prize, it was announced on Monday (Se ...

  14. Billboard Bits: Rihanna's Wax Figure, Green Day's Live Album

    August 31, 2010 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Gets Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Rihanna is the latest star to receive a wax replica at Madame Tussauds museum in Washington D.C., according to MTV. The pop sin ...

  15. Caribou, Broken Social Scene Make Polaris Prize Shortlist

    July 07, 2010 7:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 10 Canadian albums that made the shortlist for the annual Polaris Music Prize have been unveiled. Five previous nominees make the shortlist - the Besnard Lakes , Broken Social Scene , Caribou , Owen Pallett and Shad . Pallett won in 2006 as Fina ...

  16. Caribou, Broken Social Scene Make Polaris Prize Shortlist

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 10 Canadian albums that made the shortlist for the annual Polaris Music Prize have been unveiled. Five previous nominees make the shortlist - the Besnard Lakes, Broken Social Scene, Caribou, Owen Pallett and Shad. Pallett won in 2006 as Final ...

  17. Arcade Fire Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    June 01, 2010 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 A rcade Fire , the celebrated Canadian rock band that last week unveiled the first songs from its much anticipated album "The Suburbs," has announced a brief U.S. tour to coincide with the release. Between Aug. 1-11, the band will play hea ...

  18. Arcade Fire Unveil 'The Suburbs'

    May 27, 2010 1:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Canadian rock band Arcade Fire 's new album, "The Suburbs," is set for release on Aug. 3, the group's label Merge announced today. The album's first single, also entitled "The Suburbs" and backed with "Month o ...

  19. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST 0 0 0 J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Spec ...

  20. Arcade Fire Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 3:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Arcade Fire, Title TBD (Merge) Release Date: Second half of 2010 Merge confirms that an Arcade Fire album should be out in the second half of the year, but as yet there's little concrete info on the follow-up to "Neon Bible," which hi ...

  21. F---ked Up Wins Polaris Music Prize

    September 22, 2009 10:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 Of the all the acts on the shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize, Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up seemed the least likely to take the $20,000 award. But that's exactly what happened as a jury of 10 Canadian music journalists, bloggers ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 'Bible' Study

    February 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new and exciting places on its slavishly anticipated new album, "Neon Bible," due this week via Merge. The 11-track set was primarily recorded in a church outside the The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new ...

  24. The Arcade Fire Aims High On 'Neon Bible'

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new and exciting places on its slavishly anticipated new album, "Neon Bible," which, as previously reported, is due March 6 via Merge. The 11-track set was primarily The Arcade Fire takes it sound to new a ...

  25. FINAL FANTASY, "He Poos Clouds"

    July 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With nothing but a brief break to record a second album accounting for the slightest wane in Arcade Fire mania, the time seems right for all the inevitable side-projects to take center stage. With nothing but a brief break to record a second album a ...