News on Andre 3000, Radio 4, Jim Dickinson, Pearl Jam

Cartoon Network has set a fall premiere date for the series "Class of 3000," created by OutKast's Andre 3000. The show stars the artist as Sunny Bridges, a graduate of a performing arts school in Atlanta who drops a successful career in music to teach there.

Twelve half-hour episodes will follow a one-hour November premiere. Benjamin said last week that the show was modeled on other classic TV animation such as Bill Cosby's "Fat Albert" and the "Peanuts" specials. He promised that there would be at least one original song per show.


-- Paul J. Gough, N.Y.







In the wake of its leak over the weekend, the new Pearl Jam single, "World Wide Suicide," will be available for free download without digital rights management restrictions at 5 p.m. ET today (March 6) from the band's Web site, as opposed to 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The track was not intended to impact U.S. rock radio outlets until March 14 but was spun nearly 30 times since Friday by KNDD, the modern rock outpost in Pearl Jam's Seattle home base. As previously reported, the self-titled album from which it is drawn is due May 2 via J Records. An announcement about Pearl Jam's summer tour plans is expected imminently.

Fans who download "World Wide Suicide" from the band's site will also find a surprise: the first authorized download in a long-discussed series of special performances from the Pearl Jam's vault. The Nov. 30, 1993, gig in Las Vegas featured a mini-reunion of Green River, the pre-Pearl Jam Seattle band that featured bassist Jeff Ament, guitarist Stone Gossard and future Mudhoney vocalist Mark Arm.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







New York rock act Radio 4 will release its fourth album, "Enemies Like This," May 18 via Astralwerks. The 10-track set was produced by Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Kasabian) and is the follow-up to 2004's "Stealing of a Nation." The group will debut new material March 18 at the Astralwerks/DFA showcase as part of South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, alongside the Juan Maclean, Hot Chip and Small Sins.

As previously reported, a remix of Radio 4's "Dance to the Underground" will be found on the compilation "The DFA Remixes -- Chapter One," due April 4 via DFA/Astralwerks.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Music veteran Jim Dickinson will release a new solo album, "Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger," May 30 via Memphis International. The set was recorded in just 11 days at the Dickinson family's Zebra Ranch studio in Independence, Miss., and features backing by Dickinson's sons Cody and Luther of the North Mississippi Allstars.

Father and sons are expected to hit the road together this summer. Among the tracks confirmed to appear on "Jungle Jim" are the Chuck Prophet-penned "Somewhere Down the Road," "Red Neck, Blue Collar" (written by folk artist Bob Frank) and the oft-covered "White Silver Sands."

The album is the follow-up to 2002's "Free Beer Tomorrow," which was Dickinson's first solo release since 1972's "Dixie Fried."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.