Kaiser Chiefs will tour North America this spring on a jaunt sponsored by U.K. music magazine NME. It will get underway April 13 in New York and also visit Toronto (April 18), Chicago (April 20) and S

Kaiser Chiefs will tour North America this spring on a jaunt sponsored by U.K. music magazine NME. It will get underway April 13 in New York and also visit Toronto (April 18), Chicago (April 20) and San Francisco (April 27), with more dates to be added.

The tour will support of the group's as-yet-untitled second album, due March 27 in North America via Universal and in late February in the band's native United Kingdom. Tracks include "Highroyds," "Angry Mob" "Try Your Best," "Everything Is Average Nowadays" and "Love's Not a Competition (But I'm Winning)."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Having made news as the first player to be ousted from this year's "Survivor: Cook Islands" show, Sekou Bunch about to find out if he has the chops to make it in another cutthroat business. The musician/songwriter has penned a song, cleverly titled "Survivor," that he will sing live on the show's Dec. 17 finale. He also plays bass on the track, which is the preamble to a solo album, "The Next Level," due early next year. Guests on the CD include Boney James and Stanley Clark.


-- Gail Mitchell, L.A.







Shangri-Las vocalist Mary Weiss will release her solo debut, "Dangerous Game," March 6 via Norton Records. She is backed on the 14-song set by Memphis garage rock outfit the Reigning Sound. Tracks were penned by the group's Greg Cartwright; the set also includes a new version of the Shangri-Las B-side "Heaven Only Knows."

Weiss has kept an extremely low profile since the Shangri-Las' '60s heyday. The group is best known for such immortal hits as "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand," "Leader of the Pack" and "I Can Never Go Home Anymore."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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