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  • R.E.M. Announce First World Tour in Four Years

    R.E.M. Announce First World Tour in Four Years | ARTICLE

    R.E.M. have taken another step toward not becoming XTC by announcing their first U.S. tour in four years. The outing, which will begin June 17 in Lisbon, Portugal, and conclude Sept. 11 in Boston, will span fifteen countries...

    February 9, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Woodstock Clamps Down on Deadbeats

    Woodstock Clamps Down on Deadbeats | ARTICLE

    The organizers of this summer's Woodstock extravaganzas -- in upstate New York and Vienna, Austria -- don't have much peace, love and understanding for gatecrashers. As some will remember, the attendees of the original (1969) and faux (1994) Woodstocks were...

    February 3, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Pavement's 'More Accessible' Gold Soundz

    Pavement's 'More Accessible' Gold Soundz | ARTICLE

    A few seconds lapse before producer Nigel Godrich picks up the phone. In that time, the familiar sound of Pavement's desultory guitar wails echo in the background. Already, it's obvious Godrich hasn't performed a sonic lobotomy on the band's archetypal lo-fi...

    January 30, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Stone Temple Pilots Creep Back into Studio

    Stone Temple Pilots Creep Back into Studio | ARTICLE

    Any time all four members of the Stone Temple Pilots are in the same place at the same time it's a reunion. The Pilots have been on a kamikaze mission with infamy for some time now, and -- with ample...

    January 28, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Guns n' Roses Consider Joining Lollapalooza '99

    Guns n' Roses Consider Joining Lollapalooza '99 | ARTICLE

    Metallica did it three years ago and dissenters christened it the end of the alternative era as we know it. Now, one-time tour mates and equally un-alternative act Guns n' Roses may be following in the footsteps...

    January 16, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • Nas Causes a Commotion

    Nas Causes a Commotion | ARTICLE

    Nas doesn't have much to say about his forthcoming album, I Am, and what he does volunteer isn't altogether coherent. In contrast to garrulous rappers like Busta Rhymes and Method Man, and erudite ones like KRS-One and Chuck D, Nas...

    January 13, 1999 12:00 AM ET
  • U2 Begin Preliminary Work on "Pop" Follow-up

    U2 Begin Preliminary Work on "Pop" Follow-up | ARTICLE

    Let's face it, every day is a vacation for U2. So, what difference does it make whether they spend it on the bleach-white beaches of some Caribbean island, or in a recording studio jamming with legendary producers/musicians...

    October 7, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • U2 Consider "Joshua Tree" Producers

    U2 Consider "Joshua Tree" Producers | ARTICLE

    Figure it'll take at least six months for U2 to count the fifty-million simoleons the group raked when it signed a record deal calling for the release of three "best of" albums. By then, U2 should be...

    September 18, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Malice in Chains?

    Malice in Chains? | ARTICLE

    Grunge may be lying dormant, awaiting its nostalgia-driven revival sometime after the millennium clock ticks over, but genre table-setters Alice In Chains aren't about to let the lapse in interest stop their riffing. The group was in the studio recently, laying...

    September 4, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • New Kid in Town Aaron Carter

    New Kid in Town Aaron Carter | ARTICLE

    The last time Aaron Carter toured in Japan he was smothered by theunconditional, harassing love normally reserved for teen idols Hanson or theBackstreet Boys. Amid the ardor, one starry-eyed native gave Aaron her phonenumber and told him she'd wait for...

    September 4, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • 40 Albums To Freedom

    40 Albums To Freedom | ARTICLE

    What the world needs now is another Sublime record -- and another really contagious disease. For now, a new plague will have to wait but, thankfully -- or ruefully, depending on which side you're on -- another Sublime release won't....

    August 21, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • The Straight Dish

    The Straight Dish | ARTICLE

    As of September 1, Fig Dish will no longer be playing the role of red-headed stepchild at A&M. A source at the label has confirmed that the band will officially part ways with in A&M in two weeks and Fig...

    August 19, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Toad the Wet Sprocket Call It Quits

    Toad the Wet Sprocket Call It Quits | ARTICLE

    Twelve years after administering their first dose of saccharin alternapop,Toad the Wet Sprocket have come down from their sugar high. The Santa Barbara,Calif., quartet, renowned for Top 40 hits like "All I Want," "Fall Down" and"Good Intentions," ended its six-album career...

    July 27, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Faith No More Return From Grave

    Faith No More Return From Grave | ARTICLE

    While Faith No More devotees abroad treat the funk-metal outfit like a musical deity, the group's U.S. fanbase could stand and be counted on one hand. None of that's likely to change now that the band's simply no more, but...

    July 3, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Lighting Crashes at Tibetan Freedom Fest

    Lighting Crashes at Tibetan Freedom Fest | ARTICLE

    Soliciting compassion and creating awareness for an arcane cause benefiting people in a distant land becomes that much harder when something grievous hits home. China's brutal oppression and murder of more than a million Tibetans over a fifty-year period registers at...

    June 15, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • New Adventures In Instrumentation: R.E.M. on New Disc

    New Adventures In Instrumentation: R.E.M. on New Disc | ARTICLE

    The veil of secrecy surrounding R.E.M.'s forthcoming album is gradually being lifted. And those lucky enough to hold a ticket to the band's first live performance without original member Bill Berry, on Saturday, June 13 at the...

    June 5, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Weiland Busted For Heroin, Tour Canceled

    Weiland Busted For Heroin, Tour Canceled | ARTICLE

    Scott Weiland continued to buttress his dubious reputation Monday when the 30-year-old frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots was arrested in New York's East Village and charged with criminal trespassing and criminal possession of a controlled substance -- what police say...

    June 3, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Green Day and Wyclef Jean Set D.C.'s HFStival Ablaze

    Green Day and Wyclef Jean Set D.C.'s HFStival Ablaze | ARTICLE

    Making the Crystal Method go on stage at R.F.K. Stadium's HFStival in Washington, D.C., after what Green Day did to it was cruel and unusual punishment. Theirs was a performance that will age well and prove more...

    May 18, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • Magic Bulletin Theory

    Magic Bulletin Theory | ARTICLE

    When the Flaming Lips conceived Zaireeka, they were brimming with innovation, but lacking in foresight. In order the enjoy the album to its full sonic potential, listeners must employ four -- count 'em, four -- CD players to play each...

    April 30, 1998 12:00 AM ET
  • No More Faith No More

    No More Faith No More | ARTICLE

    During Faith No More's fifteen-year run, they spent nearly as much time diffusing break-up rumors as they did making music. As of today, they no longer have to worry about either. The band officially announced its break-up eleven months after...

    April 20, 1998 12:00 AM ET
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