In advance of a longer tour later this year, Maroon 5 will hit six small venues in the coming weeks in support of its new album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long." The trek will begin May 30 at Axis in B

In advance of a longer tour later this year, Maroon 5 will hit six small venues in the coming weeks in support of its new album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long." The trek will begin May 30 at Axis in Boston and run through June 11 at New York's Bowery Ballroom.

Pre-sale tickets for fans will be available beginning May 7, while general public on-sales start May 12. The tour will also visit San Francisco (Great American Music Hall, June 1), Los Angeles (Troubadour, June 2), Minneapolis (June 7) and Miami (June 9).

"It Won't Be Soon Before Long" will be released May 22 via A&M/Actone Records. As reported earlier today, first single "Makes Me Wonder" rockets 64-1 this week on the Billboard Hot 100, the biggest leap to the top in chart history.


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.







Much like her 2002 effort "Fashionably Late," British singer/songwriter Linda Thompson's forthcoming effort, "Versatile Heart," is packed full of guest talent, including Rufus and Martha Wainwright and Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons.

While Thompson's career has spanned nearly 40 years, this will only be her third solo effort, to be released Aug. 14 via Rounder. Thompson tapped producer Ed Haber for the set, which features four songs co-written with her son, Teddy Thompson. She also sings with daughter Kamila and with folk icons Martin and Eliza Carthy. Thompson duets with Antony on the Rufus Wainwright-penned "Beauty."

Thompson's only other solo release prior to "Fashionably Late" was "One Clear Moment," released in 1985. Before that, she recorded and performed with her former husband Richard Thompson.


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.







Digital music subscription service Rhapsody has finalized a licensing deal with indie label Dischord Records, marking the first time the company's catalog has become available on a subscription basis. Dischord is home to such acts as Minor Threat, Fugazi, Shudder To Think and Jawbox.

In related news, Dischord has recently made available a remastered edition of Fugazi's 1995 album "Red Medicine," as part of an ongoing effort to upgrade the sound quality of past releases.


-- Antony Bruno, Chicago

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