News on CMT Awards, The Cult, LCD Soundsystem, Ween

Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland are confirmed to perform at the 2006 CMT Music Awards. Tickets for the April 10 show at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville go on sale Saturday (March 4) via Ticketmaster.

Online voting, which is open through March 9 at CMT.com, will determine finalists in all categories except video of the year. Votes cast during the live telecast will determine the winner of that award.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







With its Return to Wild tour about to kick off tomorrow (March 1) in San Francisco, veteran rock act the Cult has inked with Instant Live to produce authorized recordings of each upcoming show. The sets can be purchased at the venue or online afterward via Napster.

Core members Ian Astbury (vocals) and Billy Duffy (guitar) will be backed on the road by Helmet/White Zombie drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse, who played on the Cult's 2001 studio album "Beyond Good and Evil."

Astbury recently told Billboard.com he's hopeful new Cult music could be a byproduct of the reunion, reporting that he's been "writing songs that are appropriate for the Cult. There's got to be some sort of creative aspect to this."


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







James Murphy has rounded up 10 rare B-sides and remixes from his LCD Soundsystem project for "Introns," which will be released as a digital album March 14 via DFA/Capitol. The effort is highlighted by a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Slowdive," Soulwax's remix of the dance hit "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" and a Tiga remix of "Tribulations."

Murphy will hit the studio next month to begin work on the follow-up to 2005's "LCD Soundsystem," which debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart and No. 16 on the Heatseekers tally.

Here is the track list for "Introns":

"Yr City's a Sucker"
"Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" (Soulwax Shibuya mix)
"Disco Infiltrator" (FK's Infiltrated Vocal)
"Disco Infiltrator" (FK's Infiltrated Dub)
"Slowdive" (XFM session)
"Tribulations" (Tiga's Out of the Trance Closet mix)
"Tribulations" (Lindstrom mix)
"On Repeat" (XFM session)
"Thrills" (XFM session)
"Too Much Love" (Rub'n'Tug mix)


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







While work continues on its next Sanctuary studio album, Ween will return to live duty April 7 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. According to the group's Web site, approximately 35 shows are on tap through the fall, but at deadline only a handful of shows are confirmed.

Among them is a July 15 appearance at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, W. Va., alongside the Black Crowes, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Les Claypool, the Greyboy Allstars and the Disco Biscuits, among others.

Here are Ween's tour dates:

April 7: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Revolution)
April 8: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jannus Landing)
April 9: Tallahassee, Fla. (the Moon)
April 10: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
April 12: Raleigh, N.C. (Disco Rodeo)
July 15: Masontown, W. Va. (All Good Music Festival)


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.