764 items by Andrew Dansby

  • Riser

    Riser | ALBUM REVIEW

    Forget hard times – these days, too many country stars are just looking for the party. Compared to what gets played on country radio, Dierks Bentley can almost sound like a traditionalist, with his hickory voice...

    February 25, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • The Lights From the Chemical Plant

    The Lights From the Chemical Plant | ALBUM REVIEW

    You can't take the country out of the boy – just listen to Robert Ellis' honeyed twang – but the boy can take the country out of his songs. The young Texas songwriter, who has proved his...

    February 11, 2014 12:10 AM ET
  • Jerry Garcia Comes Alive

    Jerry Garcia Comes Alive | ARTICLE

    The new Pure Jerry live album series launches this month and will give Grateful Dead fans a chance to hear some of the best of the 500-plus concerts that frontman Jerry Garcia performed away from the Dead....

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Ashlee Back at Number One

    Ashlee Back at Number One | ARTICLE

    Had it followed the typical teen-pop template, Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography should have made its big splash three weeks ago at Number One before quietly slipping out of the Top Ten, then the Top 100. But her story...

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Rick James Dies

    Rick James Dies | ARTICLE

    Rick James died today in Los Angeles, reportedly of natural causes; the punk funk singer/songwriter/producer was fifty-six. Born in Buffalo, New York, James bounced around the city's meaner streets into his teens, at which point he joined...

    August 6, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Sony, BMG Complete Merger

    Sony, BMG Complete Merger | ARTICLE

    Sony Corp. and German multi-media company Bertelsmann AG have finalized the merger of their music units to form Sony BMG Music Entertainment this week. The new company becomes the second largest record company in the world behind...

    August 6, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • G Unit's Buck Steps Out

    G Unit's Buck Steps Out | ARTICLE

    Young Buck will be the next member of 50 Cent's G Unit posse to step out as a solo artist with the August 24th release of Straight Out of Cashville. Though Cashville is Young Buck's first album, the...

    August 5, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Artists to Rock Swing States

    Artists to Rock Swing States | ARTICLE

    Twenty acts including Bruce Springsteen, the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, the Dixie Chicks and R.E.M. will take part in the Vote for Change tour, which kicks off October 1st with different artists playing cities located in...

    August 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Now! 16 Tops the Chart

    Now! 16 Tops the Chart | ARTICLE

    The hit single compilation series Now That's What I Call Music! has returned to the top of the charts, as the sixteenth edition of Now sold 504,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to debut Number One. Now...

    August 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Mayer Gives Sweet Relief

    Mayer Gives Sweet Relief | ARTICLE

    The Sweet Relief Musicians Fund will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a four-night benefit concert series in Nashville. The shows, set for August 25-28, will include performances by John Mayer, Sweet Relief founder Victoria Williams, her husband...

    August 4, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Cris Kirkwood Sentenced

    Cris Kirkwood Sentenced | ARTICLE

    Cris Kirkwood was sentenced to twenty-one months in prison Monday, for assaulting a Phoenix security guard with a dangerous weapon. The former Meat Puppets bassist, 43, was involved in an argument with a woman at a post office...

    August 3, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Traffic Cancel Tour

    Traffic Cancel Tour | ARTICLE

    Traffic have called off their fall reunion tour, as drummer Jim Capaldi begins treatment for a severe gastric ulcer. The tour would have kicked off on October 1st in San Francisco. Frontman Steve Winwood announced the outing during...

    August 3, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Farm Aid Moves West

    Farm Aid Moves West | ARTICLE

    Farm Aid organizers Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp will hold the annual concert in Auburn, Washington, just outside Seattle, this September. Farm Aid, in its nineteenth year, is typically held in the Midwest, but...

    August 2, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Ashlee Simpson Tops Chart

    Ashlee Simpson Tops Chart | ARTICLE

    Ashlee Simpson wasted no time establishing herself as a pop presence in her own right. The little sister of singer Jessica Simpson sold 398,000 copies of her debut album Autobiography, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to reach Number...

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Matthew Sweet's New Things

    Matthew Sweet's New Things | ARTICLE

    "At the major label, they always wanted to get all involved," Matthew Sweet explains. "'Who are you going to work with?' and, 'What are you going to do?' and, 'Is it the right record?' I just got...

    July 27, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Cale's "HoboSapiens" Walks

    Cale's "HoboSapiens" Walks | ARTICLE

    No stranger to taking music in experimental directions, John Cale encountered the worst possible problem with several of the songs that were to constitute his new album: They started to bore him. Cale's resume doesn't lend itself to...

    July 26, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Fatboy Strikes Up the Band

    Fatboy Strikes Up the Band | ARTICLE

    Norman Cook doesn't always enjoy hearing his own work. But his new Palookaville has charmed even its creator. "Usually when I finish a record I think it's rubbish and never want to hear it again," he says....

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Dylan, Browne Honor Zevon

    Dylan, Browne Honor Zevon | ARTICLE

    Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, the Pixies, Steve Earle and Don Henley are among the artists who have covered songs by the late Warren Zevon for a tribute album due this fall on Artemis Records. Several of...

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Buffett Chills at Number One

    Buffett Chills at Number One | ARTICLE

    Jimmy Buffett's gone country and it's paid off. The beach bum balladeer sold 239,000 copies of his new album, License to Chill, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to debut Number One. Last year's "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere," a...

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM ET
  • Streets, Franz See Mercury

    Streets, Franz See Mercury | ARTICLE

    The Streets' A Grand Don't Come for Free, Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut, Belle and Sebastian's Dear Catastrophe Waitress, Basement Jaxx's Kish Kash and Joss Stone's Soul Sessions are among the albums nominated for U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize....

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM ET