75 items by Brian Orloff

  • Grandaddy Let the "Cat" Out

    Grandaddy Let the "Cat" Out | ARTICLE

    Retrospection, reflection and memory shade Grandaddy's Just Like the Fambly Cat, the California art rockers' fifth and final album, due May 9th. As the capstone to the band's fourteen-year career, the record teems with the shimmery, layered...

    February 2, 2006 5:00 PM ET
  • Scissor Sisters Sing With Elton

    Scissor Sisters Sing With Elton | ARTICLE

    New York disco-pop outfit Scissor Sisters wrote, recorded and produced their 2004 self-titled debut in keyboardist-bassist Baby Daddy's Brooklyn kitchen. Two years later, the band is cutting its follow-up in its own state-of-the-art studio, aptly dubbed Discoball....

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • Elvis Lives on the Singles Chart

    Elvis Lives on the Singles Chart | ARTICLE

    Elvis Presley returned the top of the Billboard singles chart with "Heartbreak Hotel" today, fifty years after its debut in 1956. The King recorded the tune — his first-ever Number One — two days after his twenty-first...

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM ET
  • The Elected Catch Some "Sun"

    The Elected Catch Some "Sun" | ARTICLE

    Self-professed workaholic Blake Sennett may have spent all year on tour with his band Rilo Kiley -- including an opening stint over the summer for Coldplay -- but that has hardly slowed his prolific nature. Sennett will issue...

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • McGarrigles Sing Carols

    McGarrigles Sing Carols | ARTICLE

    Kate and Anna McGarrigle's holiday album, The McGarrigle Christmas Hour, is a characteristically family affair. On it, the sisters and folk music luminaries trade harmonies and even cede lead vocals to Kate's children, operatic-pop crooner Rufus and...

    December 1, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Sinead O'Connor Bears "Arms"

    Sinead O'Connor Bears "Arms" | ARTICLE

    Throughout an earnest 110 minutes at Chicago's Vic Theatre on Tuesday night, Sinead O'Connor made clear her determination to no longer perform the music that made her famous. Backed by Jamaican masters Sly and Robbie and a...

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Madonna Dances to the Top of the Chart

    Madonna Dances to the Top of the Chart | ARTICLE

    Madonna danced her way to the top this week, selling 350,000 copies of her club-ready album, Confessions on a Dance Floor, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Material Girl is no stranger to big debuts -- her last...

    November 23, 2005 2:17 PM ET
  • Franz Ferdinand Take Off

    Franz Ferdinand Take Off | ARTICLE

    Franz Ferdinand launched their North American tour on Tuesday night with a brisk, one-hour show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. The Scottish dance rockers drew from their acclaimed, self-titled debut and previewed a handful of tracks from their...

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • LeeVees Rock Hanukkah

    LeeVees Rock Hanukkah | ARTICLE

    This year, Jews everywhere can retire "I Have a Little Dreidel" from mass rotation thanks to the ingenuity of Guster's lead singer, Adam Gardner, and Zambonis guitarist Dave Schneider. The two have formed a holiday-timed side project,...

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • David Bowie, Alicia Keys Dress Up for Fashion Rocks

    David Bowie, Alicia Keys Dress Up for Fashion Rocks | ARTICLE

    For proof that music and fashion are inextricably linked, look no further than David Bowie, just one of the artists featured on Fashion Rocks, the extravaganza that helped to kick off New York's fall Fashion Week, set...

    September 9, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Antony and the Johnsons Grabs the Mercury

    Antony and the Johnsons Grabs the Mercury | ARTICLE

    On the eve of a North American tour, Antony and the Johnsons won the Mercury Music Prize last night in London for their album, I'm a Bird Now. Fronted by British-born, New York-raised torch singer Antony Hegarty,...

    September 7, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • North Mississippi AllstarsGo Blue

    North Mississippi AllstarsGo Blue | ARTICLE

    The North Mississippi Allstars pay homage to their blues heroes on their fourth album, Electric Blue Watermelon, due September 6th. "In the Nineties, what just turned me around completely was getting to know [Mississippi blues legends] Otha Turner,...

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Liz Phair Turns to Wonder

    Liz Phair Turns to Wonder | ARTICLE

    "I just felt like I needed to live up to something in making this record," Liz Phair says about her new album, Somebody's Miracle, due October 4th. The album, which she describes as "more soulful this time,"...

    July 26, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Lollapalooza Strikes Back: Full Report on 2005 Fest

    Lollapalooza Strikes Back: Full Report on 2005 Fest | ARTICLE

    As the seminal touring festival of the early to mid-Nineties, Lollapalooza served as a cultural marker of the alt-rock movement, creating an environment in which music fans could revel in an eclectic roster of performers. No longer...

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Dar Williams Covers Neil, Floyd

    Dar Williams Covers Neil, Floyd | ARTICLE

    Dar Williams will release her sixth album, My Better Self, on September 13th, with her wry sense of humor and knack for narratives very much intact. The record also finds the singer-songwriter weighing in on current affairs...

    July 21, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Gang of Four Hate Oldies

    Gang of Four Hate Oldies | ARTICLE

    When British post-punk architects Gang of Four reunited last winter, people wondered if the band, renowned for its political consciousness and tautly constructed tunes, would rock with the same fury. After all, the original lineup had not...

    May 12, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Jenny Lewis' New Soul

    Jenny Lewis' New Soul | ARTICLE

    Jenny Lewis, singer-songwriter for indie rockers Rilo Kiley and backing vocalist for atmospheric electronic act the Postal Service, is expanding her sonic palette with a soul-influenced solo debut. Tentatively titled Rabbit Fur Coat, the album is due...

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Sleater-Kinney Go Exploring

    Sleater-Kinney Go Exploring | ARTICLE

    "We just wanted things to really explode," Corin Tucker says of Sleater-Kinney's seventh album, The Woods, out May 24th. "There's a rebelliousness on this record." This mood led the trio -- singer/guitarist Tucker, guitarist Carrie Brownstein and drummer...

    May 3, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Coldplay, NIN Rock SoCal

    Coldplay, NIN Rock SoCal | ARTICLE

    An estimated 50,000 people descended on the grassy Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, for the two-day, sixth-annual Coachella Valley Music Festival. And while the post-punk sounds of the Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and the Futureheads are...

    May 2, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Shins Break New Tunes

    Shins Break New Tunes | ARTICLE

    Sprightly indie rockers the Shins will take a break from recording the follow-up to 2003's widely lauded Chutes Too Narrow to launch a month-long tour tonight in Portland, Oregon. "That's what I'm supposed to be...

    April 7, 2005 12:00 AM ET