News on 'S.M.A.C.K.,' NYC River To River,

Paul Wall, DMX, Juvenile and Bun B are among the hip-hop artists featured on "S.M.A.C.K. The Album: Volume 1," due May 23 via Koch. The two-disc CD/DVD set also spotlights up-and-coming rappers such as Maino and Bleu DaVinci.

The CD features a reunion track with Redman, Erick Sermon and Keith Murray, while the DVD boasts interviews with Paul Wall, Mike Jones, E-40, Murder Inc. and Funkmaster Flex, among others.

The project is being released by SMACK White Entertainment, which is responsible for the well-known DVD series that spawned the SMACK freestyle rap battle. SMACK (which stands for Streets, Music, Arts, Culture & Knowledge) launched in 2002 as the first DVD magazine. A print publication and a documentary video series are also being developed.


-- Clover Hope, N.Y.







Super Furry Animals, Richard Hawley, the Box Tops with Alex Chilton, Eels, Hot Chip, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Ralph Stanley, Son Volt and Mates Of State are among the acts that will perform as part of New York's annual River to River Festival this summer. The shows are free and are held at Battery Park, South Street Seaport and the World Financial Center.

Among the highlights of the schedule is a July 4 show in Battery Park by Belle & Sebastian, on the heels of labelmates Stephen Malkmus and Yo La Tengo's Independence Day performance at the same venue in 2005.

The Sugar Hill Gang, Little Feat, Dianne Reeves, the Spinners, the Hold Steady, Dave Alvin, Okkervil River and Dr. John will also play throughout the summer series.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Brooks & Dunn, Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynyrd will team up for a triple-bill as part of the annual CMA Music Festival. The event will be held June 8 at the Coliseum in Nashville; admission is included in the festival's four-day pass but can also be purchased separately. The bill for the gig will be rounded out by Gary Allan, Sara Evans, Pat Green, Blake Shelton and Little Big Town.

The CMA Music Festival runs through June 11 and will feature appearances by Trace Adkins, Sugarland, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood and Tanya Tucker, among many others.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.