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  • Buddy Guy, Oasis Heat Up Austin City Limits

    Buddy Guy, Oasis Heat Up Austin City Limits | ARTICLE

    Imagine spending an entire year planning a party for close to 200,000 guests, and coming this close to having the damned thing crashed by an act of nature. That was the nightmare -- or, putting things in...

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM ET
  • Chicks Boycott Overblown

    Chicks Boycott Overblown | ARTICLE

    While rock acts like Pearl Jam have gone relatively unchallenged when protesting the war on Iraq, the Dixie Chicks found out the hard way that such sentiments didn't fly as well with the flag-waving country set. After Lubbock, Texas, born...

    March 19, 2003 12:00 AM ET
  • Chicks Shine at Homecoming

    Chicks Shine at Homecoming | ARTICLE

    A week after the Oklahoma Sooners wiped the field with the University of Texas Longhorns, Dallas' Cotton Bowl hosted another embarrassment of Lone Star State-sized proportions: A stadium-full of Texas music fans and some of its biggest performers managed to mangle...

    October 21, 2002 12:00 AM ET
  • Costa Gives up the Funk

    Costa Gives up the Funk | ARTICLE

    Nikka Costa wants to be a star. It comes naturally to her, almost like a birthright. She's had years of practice, having performed before thousands as a pre-teen and teen sensation internationally, in addition to having been...

    December 18, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • McCartney Toasts New York Heroes

    McCartney Toasts New York Heroes | ARTICLE

    It began with David Bowie, sitting Indian-style alone on the darkened Madison Square Garden stage and plunking out a warm but playful version of Simon and Garfunkel's "America" on a tiny electric keyboard, and ended five hours...

    October 21, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Ours' House Is Yorn's House

    Ours' House Is Yorn's House | ARTICLE

    Between the two of them, New Jersey singer-songwriter Pete Yorn and Jimmy Gnecco, the golden-voiced frontman for earnest New York modern rockers Ours, have probably hogged up a good fifty percent of MTV2's summer airtime. Given the...

    August 29, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Byrne Has Look of Love Live

    Byrne Has Look of Love Live | ARTICLE

    Before David Byrne had even played a note Tuesday night show at Austin, Texas' beautiful outdoor theater, the Backyard, the enthusiastic crowd greeted him the kind of applause usually reserved for a final bow. Visibly moved, all...

    August 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Under the Influence of Alejandro

    Under the Influence of Alejandro | ARTICLE

    It's a week before Alejandro Escovedo is due to return to the road in support of his first new studio album in five years, A Man Under the Influence, and what will surely be one of the...

    May 8, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Love in the Air at Rock Hall

    Love in the Air at Rock Hall | ARTICLE

    Some artists -- your Rolling Stones, your Bruce Springsteen, etc. -- waltz right into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the first year they become eligible (twenty-five years after their first recording). Everybody else takes a...

    March 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Steely Dan, U2 Top Grammys

    Steely Dan, U2 Top Grammys | ARTICLE

    When Stevie Wonder and Bette Midler announced the winner for Album of the Year at last night's 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, the real Slim Shady was not asked to stand up. Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of...

    February 22, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Beatles Make It Eight Weeks at the Top

    Beatles Make It Eight Weeks at the Top | ARTICLE

    Although the sales tallies for dancehall reggae star Shaggy's aptly titled Hotshot continue to increase, he may have lost his last chance at seeing the album hit No. 1 on the SoundScan album chart. Despite a sales...

    January 24, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Beatles "1" Remains on Top

    Beatles "1" Remains on Top | ARTICLE

    Another week, another couple-hundred-thousand-plus copies of the Beatles 1 rung up on American cash registers. With only a couple of marginally interesting blips on the radar, it was business as usual in record stores last week, with...

    January 17, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Beatles Top Stale Album Chart

    Beatles Top Stale Album Chart | ARTICLE

    With the Backstreet Boys having apparently thrown in the towel and Jennifer Lopez's new album not due for another couple of weeks, the formidable task of putting heat on the Beatles' unstoppable 1 has fallen to one...

    January 10, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • N Sync, Eminem, Britney Top Y2K Album Sales

    N Sync, Eminem, Britney Top Y2K Album Sales | ARTICLE

    Despite all the cries this year of Napster dooming the music industry, it was still an unqualified blockbuster for record sales. How else to sum up a year in which no less than six albums sold more...

    January 3, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • U2 Remembers the Ramones in New York

    U2 Remembers the Ramones in New York | ARTICLE

    "It's like landing a 747 onto your front lawn," quipped Bono Tuesday night from the stage of New York's 1,000 capacity Irving Plaza. "Feels like starting again. That's a nice feeling." Bono never broke out the white flag...

    December 6, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Q&A: Rush's Geddy Lee Steps Into the Solo Limelight

    Q&A: Rush's Geddy Lee Steps Into the Solo Limelight | ARTICLE

    Contrary to the stereotype of lead singers in successful rock & roll bands, Geddy Lee of Rush swears that he never harbored any big dreams about branching out with a solo career. "I was always very happy...

    November 22, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Beatles Back on Top With "1"

    Beatles Back on Top With "1" | ARTICLE

    Call it "La Charta Loca." How else to explain a SoundScan album chart in which the new No. 1 album, moving a blockbuster 594,666 copies its first week in stores, belongs to a group that broke up...

    November 22, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • The Dixie Chicks are Ready for their Prime Time Close-up

    The Dixie Chicks are Ready for their Prime Time Close-up | ARTICLE

    In the beginning, the Dixie Chicks really didn't want to cap their banner year with a network special -- if for no other reason than that it had been done before. "We normally don't like to do...

    November 17, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Jane Wiedlin Goes Solo and Go-Go

    Jane Wiedlin Goes Solo and Go-Go | ARTICLE

    Belinda Carlisle's late-Eighties success as a solo artist notwithstanding, there was a good chunk of time over the last decade and a half when we didn't hear much from the Go-Go's camp. Them days are over. Sure,...

    November 16, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Sammy Hagar Still Stands on Top of the World

    Sammy Hagar Still Stands on Top of the World | ARTICLE

    Right here, right now, Sammy Hagar wishes he was sleeping. Three days ago, he flew into New York from his home in California for a week-long blitz of early morning TV appearances to promote his new solo...

    November 1, 2000 12:00 AM ET
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