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Billboard Bits: Beyonce, NIN/Bauhaus, Sonic Youth

News on Beyonce, NIN/Bauhaus, Sonic Youth

Beyonce will on Monday (June 12) launch a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her sophomore solo effort, "B'Day." The Destiny's Child frontwoman will choose finalists after they complete a round of auditions judged by her creative team. Available positions include drums, keyboards, bass, guitar, horns and percussion.

Candidates should be at least 18 and prepared to play Beyonce's prior single "Work It Out." In addition to providing a headshot and resume, they are also required to play by ear and perform a minimum one-minute solo, though the ability to read music is optional. Applicants must be available for touring by June 20.

Here are the locations for open auditions:

1806 Park Ave
Weehawken, NJ 07086

Crossover Entertainment Studios
1310 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30318

Center Staging
3407 Winona Ave.
Burbank, CA 91504

Pressure Point Recording Studios
2239 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

VT2 Studios
2401 West Bellfort
Houston, TX 77054

-- Clover Hope, N.Y.

With the Nine Inch Nails/Bauhaus tour in full swing, the bands' respective frontmen Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy yesterday (June 7) unveiled the first of five planned collaborative Webcasts. The three-song set, featuring Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole" and "Hurt" plus Bauhaus' "Sanity Assassin," was streamed on Atlanta radio station WNNX's Web site.

Future sessions are confirmed for Tuesday (June 13) on WWDC-Washington D.C., June 23 on WBCN-Boston, July 1 on WKQZ-Chicago and July 8 on KITS-Mountain View, Calif., which doubles as the last show of the tour.

In related news, fans can now purchase professionally shot photos from each show on the trek via
Front Row Center, a new company formed by journalists Blair R. Fischer and Sam Jemielity.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Sonic Youth is planning a July 8 free show at a secret Los Angeles venue as a treat for area fans that purchase its new Geffen album, "Rather Ripped" upon its release on Tuesday (June 13). For a full list of participating retailers, visit the band's
Web site. As previously reported, Sonic Youth will play its first-ever show at New York club CBGB that evening.

In addition, the group has confirmed several late summer shows with the Flaming Lips, beginning Aug. 24 in St. Paul, Minn., and running through Sept. 3 in Boston. Additional dates will be added.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.