36 items by Greg Heller

  • Elliott Smith Goes Indie

    Elliott Smith Goes Indie | ARTICLE

    For his forthcoming follow-up to 2000's Figure 8, noted singer-songwriter and former Oscar nominee Elliott Smith will return to the underground well from which he sprang. In an unorthodox move, Smith's label, Dreamworks, has agreed to allow...

    January 3, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • QOTSA Take Drivers Ed

    QOTSA Take Drivers Ed | ARTICLE

    File this one under "strange ironies of modern rock": Critically revered heshers and known revelers Queens of the Stone Age have provided the soundtrack to an educational film about the dangers of driving while drunk or drugged-out....

    January 2, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • System Ready "Toxicity" Video

    System Ready "Toxicity" Video | ARTICLE

    System of a Down are on a Los Angeles soundstage shooting a video for the title track to their near-double-platinum second album, Toxicity. Bassist Shavo Odadjian is taking his first turn as director with the aid of...

    December 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Rick Rubin: Behind the Beard

    Rick Rubin: Behind the Beard | ARTICLE

    Few if any in the music industry can boast of a resume -- or a beard -- as impressive as that belonging to Rick Rubin. Besides co-founding (with Russell Simmons) seminal rap label Def Jam Records in...

    December 17, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Marah Leave Philly for U.K.

    Marah Leave Philly for U.K. | ARTICLE

    Marah are indelibly linked to their hometown of Philadelphia, bars and guitars. But for the rockers' forthcoming third album, they have abandoned Pennsylvania -- ditched the United States, in fact -- and relocated to Wales. The foursome...

    December 11, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • VH1 Edits Out Bizarre Mariah Clip

    VH1 Edits Out Bizarre Mariah Clip | ARTICLE

    VH1 has removed a Mariah Carey-mocking segment of its My Music Awards rebroadcast. According to the network, the editing decision was made because of re-airing time constraints, but the show's producer and the segment's writer cite pressure...

    December 10, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Beasties Ready "Nasty" Follow-Up

    Beasties Ready "Nasty" Follow-Up | ARTICLE

    Three and half years after the release of their fifth full-length album, Hello Nasty, the Beastie Boys are finally getting to work on the follow-up. Along with their DJ, Mixmaster Mike, the Beasties (Ad-Rock, Mike D and...

    December 7, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Dave Matthews Covers DiFranco

    Dave Matthews Covers DiFranco | ARTICLE

    Dave Matthews has recorded a cover of Ani DiFranco's "Joyful Girl" with New York-based jazz/funk/hip-hop fusionists Soulive. Matthews sings and plays guitar on track, which is targeted for the group's forthcoming album, Next. Matthews, who invited Soulive...

    December 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • New Bon Jovi Due Next Fall

    New Bon Jovi Due Next Fall | ARTICLE

    Bon Jovi are set to begin tracking their eighth album and follow-up to 2000's comeback success, Crush. For the album, tentatively titled "Bounce," the band will again call on their Crush cohort Luke Ebbin to co-produce (alongside...

    December 5, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • DMB to Record in January

    DMB to Record in January | ARTICLE

    The Dave Matthews Band is getting ready to begin work on the follow-up to this year's multi-platinum Everyday. The quintet will enter a San Francisco studio on January 20th, eyeing a mid-2002 release for what will be...

    December 4, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • DMB Wins Big at My VH1 Awards

    DMB Wins Big at My VH1 Awards | ARTICLE

    If it weren't official before, it is now: VH1 viewers love the Dave Matthews Band. The arena-stuffing road warriors waltzed off with three trophies at VH1's second annual My Music Awards, held last night at the Shrine...

    December 3, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Bad Religion Ready "Reunion" CD

    Bad Religion Ready "Reunion" CD | ARTICLE

    For certain punks, there was no Bad Religion from 1996 through 2001. During that dark period, co-songwriter Brett Gurewitz split the seminal act he co-created with his pals in high school. He was disenchanted with the band's...

    November 28, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • System Singer Does Side Projects

    System Singer Does Side Projects | ARTICLE

    In the downtime between their recently wrapped Pledge of Allegiance tour with Slipknot and a series of December radio festivals, System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian has recorded a full-length collaboration with noted Armenian multi-instrumentalist Arto...

    November 28, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • N.W.A. Reunion Stalled

    N.W.A. Reunion Stalled | ARTICLE

    It's been well over a year since Dr. Dre first announced that a reunited N.W.A., with Snoop Dogg subbing for the late Eazy-E, had begun work on their first album in ten years, Not These Niggaz Again....

    November 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Corgan Debuts Zwan

    Corgan Debuts Zwan | ARTICLE

    Less than a year after disbanding the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan debuted his new band, Zwan, on Friday night. Eight hundred ecstatic fans packed into Pomona, California's Glass House for a fourteen-song, hour-and-a-half set from the freshly...

    November 19, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Mick Jagger Takes L.A.

    Mick Jagger Takes L.A. | ARTICLE

    For half an hour last night, Hollywood belonged to Mick Jagger. The fifty-eight-year old Rolling Stone burned through a seven-song set in the very intimate confines of the El Rey Theater, mixing songs from his forthcoming solo...

    November 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Ice Cube Shooting Another "Friday"

    Ice Cube Shooting Another "Friday" | ARTICLE

    Several weeks into shooting one film and with two others lined up after it, Ice Cube continues his gradual transition from rapper/actor to actor/rapper. Cube has just begun shooting Friday After Next, the follow-up to 2000's Next...

    November 15, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Silverchair's New Ballroom

    Silverchair's New Ballroom | ARTICLE

    Silverchair have finished recording their fourth full-length album, and frontman Daniel Johns arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday to begin the mixing process with producer David Bottrill (Tool, Peter Gabriel). The follow-up to 1999's Neon Ballroom, was...

    November 12, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Yo La Tengo Rock Hanukkah

    Yo La Tengo Rock Hanukkah | ARTICLE

    Yo La Tengo have booked all eight nights of Hanukkah -- December 9th to 16th -- at their home club, Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey, for what frontman Ira Kaplan envisions as a festive party packed with...

    November 9, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Foos to Hit the Studio

    Foos to Hit the Studio | ARTICLE

    The Foo Fighters have re-worked a B-side for inclusion on the soundtrack to Out Cold, the forthcoming big-screen debut from sizzling-hot video makers Emmett and Brendan Malloy. The song, "Win or Lose," was originally released as "Make...

    October 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET