A fresh batch of funky tunes from the always-interesting Prince, a double-disc sonic salvo from Ben Harper, the second album from the Wilco side project Loose Fur and a new release from eccentric sibling duo Sparks lead this week's Hot Product.
Elvis Costello has scheduled a brief winter tour that will kick off Feb. 19 in Clearwater, Fla., and end March 11 in San Francisco. The 13-date trek comes in support of his latest album, "North" (Deutsche Grammophon). Costello will be accompanied by his longtime collaborator, Attractions/Imposters keyboardist Steve Nieve.
Welcome back to the only new-wave hero whose last record was with a mezzo-soprano and whose next project is "a 200-page score written with a pencil." Between these projects, Elvis Costello is rockin' again.