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  • Live Review: The Wainwright Family & (Cooler) Friends (Than You Have) Christmas

    Live Review: The Wainwright Family & (Cooler) Friends (Than You Have) Christmas | ARTICLE

    Musical siblings Rufus and Martha Wainwright turned Carnegie Hall into their own private living room last night, offering fans a casually delightful way to celebrate the holidays with their extended family and closest friends. It doesn't hurt...

    December 14, 2006 1:03 PM ET
  • Canadian Indie Rockers the Dears Deliver Sparkling New Disc

    Canadian Indie Rockers the Dears Deliver Sparkling New Disc | ARTICLE

    Most musicians are driven to prove just how cool they can be. Montreal collective the Dears take the contrary approach. Case in point: They named their latest album, due October 3rd, Gang of Losers. ...

    September 13, 2006 10:04 AM ET
  • Jon Stewart, David Byrne and Sufjan Stevens Join David Eggers' Cause on "Bookeaters" tour

    Jon Stewart, David Byrne and Sufjan Stevens Join David Eggers' Cause on "Bookeaters" tour | ARTICLE

    Last night at New York's Beacon Theater, author and cultural figure Dave Eggers kicked off the first in a series of traveling benefit concerts, cryptically titled the "Revenge of the Bookeaters" tour. Jon Stewart, David Byrne and...

    August 24, 2006 7:43 AM ET
  • Head Automatica Packs a Pop Punch

    Head Automatica Packs a Pop Punch | ARTICLE

    A bold title says a lot, and popsters Head Automatica went for transparency with their second album, Popaganda, released earlier this summer. With its startling, pop-packed sound, the Daryl Palumbo-fronted outfit opted for a major sonic shift,...

    July 27, 2006 9:43 AM ET
  • Live Review: Bloc Party and More at Chicago's Intonation

    Live Review: Bloc Party and More at Chicago's Intonation | ARTICLE

    This weekend, the Vice Records-curated Intonation Festival kicked off Chicago's musically saturated summer at Union Park on the West side, with a hip-hop- and indie-rock-heavy, 26-act bill split across two stages. Headliners included the Streets, Bloc Party,...

    June 27, 2006 10:08 AM ET
  • Lady Sovereign Hits American Freeways

    Lady Sovereign Hits American Freeways | ARTICLE

    After a successful performance to an overflow crowd at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the California desert, hip-hop newcomer Lady Sovereign will kick off a round of U.S. tour next month, opening for...

    May 10, 2006 4:02 PM ET
  • New Bloc Party All Grown Up

    New Bloc Party All Grown Up | ARTICLE

    "I don't want to use the term 'grown-up' -- because that sounds so cheesy -- but I think we found different ways of expressing ourselves," says Kele Okereke, frontman for London hipsters Bloc Party, speaking about the...

    May 9, 2006 2:35 PM ET
  • Tom Verlaine Returns With "Songs"

    Tom Verlaine Returns With "Songs" | ARTICLE

    Even though it's been fourteen years since his last release, Television frontman Tom Verlaine feels little has changed. Well, except for his famous pipes -- just a little. "I have to tune the guitar lower...

    April 27, 2006 5:51 PM ET
  • Ani DiFranco Salutes New Orleans

    Ani DiFranco Salutes New Orleans | ARTICLE

    Last summer, prolific folk singer Ani DiFranco had just begun to record her latest album in her New Orleans apartment when Hurricane Katrina began closing in. Sent packing, DiFranco gathered up the initial recordings and evacuated to...

    April 25, 2006 5:04 PM ET
  • Rascal Flatts Stay on Top

    Rascal Flatts Stay on Top | ARTICLE

    Country boy band Rascal Flatts held onto the top spot in a country-dominated week, selling another 345,000 copies of their latest album, Me and My Gang, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This means the boys have sold more...

    April 19, 2006 4:12 PM ET
  • Rascal Flatts Top the Charts

    Rascal Flatts Top the Charts | ARTICLE

    Rascal Flatts stormed the chart this week: Their fourth studio effort, Me and My Gang, moved a whopping 722,000 copies in its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making for the contemporary country trio's second consecutive...

    April 12, 2006 5:03 PM ET
  • T.I. Crowned King of the Chart

    T.I. Crowned King of the Chart | ARTICLE

    T.I.'s latest effort, King, sold a whopping 522,000 copies in its first week out to dominate the chart. In a week of several fresh releases, the Atlanta rapper -- and the star of the new movie, ATL, alongside...

    April 5, 2006 4:01 PM ET
  • Prince's "3121" Tops the Chart

    Prince's "3121" Tops the Chart | ARTICLE

    Prince cast a funky purple glow over the charts this week, selling 183,000 copies of his 3121, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to capture Number One. Critically acclaimed and boasting the sexed-up single "Black Sweat," 3121 finds the...

    March 29, 2006 4:51 PM ET
  • James Blunt, E-40 Outsold by Tweens

    James Blunt, E-40 Outsold by Tweens | ARTICLE

    Tweens came out in force this week, snatching up the soundtrack to the Disney Channel movie High School Musical to propel the album back to Number One. The chipper CD, which sold another 142,000 copies this week,...

    March 22, 2006 2:15 PM ET
  • Regina Spektor's Got New "Hope"

    Regina Spektor's Got New "Hope" | ARTICLE

    Anti-folk chanteuse Regina Spektor found a way to push the boundaries of her unconventional sound on her latest effort, Begin to Hope, due June 13th. The singer-songwriter -- who broke out with her 2004 major-label debut Soviet...

    March 15, 2006 4:17 PM ET
  • Juvenile Takes the Top Spot

    Juvenile Takes the Top Spot | ARTICLE

    Juvenile took the Number One spot this week, with his latest album, Reality Check, selling 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While the New Orleans rapper was completing the record,hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck, and Juvenile was...

    March 15, 2006 2:36 PM ET
  • Ne-Yo, Hawthorne Heights Top the Chart

    Ne-Yo, Hawthorne Heights Top the Chart | ARTICLE

    Riding the Top Ten single "So Sick," Ne-Yo's debut, In My Own Words, took the Number One spot this week, selling 301,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The twenty-three-year-old R&B prodigy started his career writing hits for...

    March 8, 2006 12:49 PM ET
  • Lying in States Make Great "Lake"

    Lying in States Make Great "Lake" | ARTICLE

    Over the years, Chicago has been responsible for producing a fleet of celebrated artists, and its indie-rock pedigree is especially sterling. Consider acts like Liz Phair, Tortoise and a small band called, um, Wilco. Now add to...

    March 2, 2006 12:11 PM ET
  • Dinosaur Man Readies Witch's Brew

    Dinosaur Man Readies Witch's Brew | ARTICLE

    Dinosaur Jr. singer/guitarist J Mascis might have recently finished a successful reunion tour with his band -- and lined up another round of dates next month -- but that hasn't stopped him from delving into other projects....

    February 14, 2006 1:20 PM ET
  • Fiery Furnaces Heat Up "Tea"

    Fiery Furnaces Heat Up "Tea" | ARTICLE

    Matthew Friedberger, one half of sibling duo the Fiery Furnaces, has a warning for fans about the upcoming Bitter Tea. "This record, if you have it too loud, you'll hurt yourself," he cautions about the...

    February 8, 2006 2:41 PM ET
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