Soulive is the latest signing to the reactivated Stax Records label, which will issue the group's next album, "No Place Like Soul," on July 31.

Soulive is the latest signing to the reactivated Stax Records label, which will issue the group's next album, "No Place Like Soul," on July 31. The set is Soulive's first with full-time vocalist Toussaint, formerly of the China Band. It's the follow-up to 2005's "Breakout" (Concord), which reached No. 3 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.

The group will return to live duty with a two-show run at New York's Bowery Ballroom beginning Thursday (April 12), to be followed by an April 20 date in Providence, R.I., with the Roots and an appearance at the end of the month at New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Former Concrete Blonde frontwoman Johnette Napolitano will release a new solo effort, "Scarred," May 29 via Hybrid Recordings. The 12-track set includes all-new originals plus covers of Coldplay's "The Scientist" and the Velvet Underground/Nico's "All Tomorrow's Parties."

Napolitano collaborated with Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle contributor Danny Lohner, Will Crewdson and Catfish Scar's Sultan Ahmed on the release. The singer/songwriter will tour in support of "Scarred" beginning April 27 in San Francisco.

Johnette recently self-released a pair of limited edition albums, "Sketchbook" and "Sketchbook 2," via CD Baby.


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.







Fountains Of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger with the Candy Butchers' Mike Viola, the Posies' Jon Auer, Donovan, the Frames' Glen Hansard, Rhett Miller and the Slip are among the acts confirmed to perform as part of the 2007 Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge, which runs May 1-4 at the Canal Room concurrently with the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Jimmy Webb, Mary Gauthier, Kenna, Cass MCcombs, Alice Smith, Martha Wainwright, the Slip, Yerba Buena and Matt White are also on the bill for the series.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.