News on 'Jam Sessions,' Brian Wilson, Luke Vibert

WestKanye West, Kid Rock, Alanis Morissette and Black Eyed Peas with John Legend will headline American Express' second annual "Jam Sessions" in the days leading up to the Grammy Awards. Additional acts will be announced for Feb. 9-12 shows at Los Angeles' House of Blues, as well ways "for fans to experience" the concerts even if they're not there in person, according to organizers.

Net proceeds from the events will benefit VH1's Save the Music Foundation. "Music is one way for young people to express themselves, and it's a bridge for connecting with all kinds of people," West says in a statement. "With so many forces in the world driving people apart, it's important to me to help preserve something that brings people together."

Tickets for the shows are $75 and will be exclusively available to American Express cardholders beginning Sunday (Jan. 30).


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







BrianAfter Brian Wilson concludes a four-date Japanese tour in February, the artist plans to return to the studio. "Maybe [in] March," Wilson tells Billboard.com when asked when sessions might get underway. "We might do a Christmas album in February." The former Beach Boys principal adds that afterward, "I think we're going to be doing Europe in the summer, which should be pretty good."

Wilson continues to reap critical acclaim for his revival of the long-aborted Beach Boys album "Smile," which he completed and released last year via Nonesuch. The set was nominated for best pop vocal album and best engineered album, non-classical Grammys, while the track "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" was nominated for best rock instrumental performance.

As previously reported, Wilson will be honored on Feb. 11, two days before the Grammys, as the MusiCares Person of the Year. He will also participate in a panel discussion about the history of "Smile" at the South by Southwest Music Festival in mid-March in Austin, Texas.

Here are Brian Wilson's tour dates:

Jan. 30: Tokyo (Sun Plaza)
Jan. 31: Tokyo (International Forum Hall A)
Feb. 2-3: Nagoya, Japan (Kosei Nenkin Kaikan)


-- Christopher Walsh, N.Y.







LukeLuke Vibert, the Orb's Alex Patterson, Plaid, Two Lone Swordsmen's Keith Tenniswood, Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin, BBC DJ Rob Da Bank and DJ Vadim are among the 30-plus acts confirmed to perform at a Feb. 4-5 benefit for tsunami relief at Jack's in London. All proceeds will be donated to Oxfam's Southeast Asia Tsunami Appeal campaign.

Other artists on the bill include Ninja Tune acts Bonobo, Pest and Mixmaster Morris, Warp Vision's Zilla and Rephlex label acts Cylob, the Bug and Ed DMX.

In related news, Warp will release an as-yet-untitled new album from electronica pioneers Autechre in April. The set, the duo's first since 2003's "Draft 7.30," will be supported by a tour of the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Japan.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


Kanye West; Kid Rock; Alanis Morissette; Black Eyed Peas; John Legend; Brian Wilson; Luke Vibert; the Orb; Plaid; Two Lone Swordsmen; Lemon Jelly; Rob Da Bank; Autechre

Billboard Bits: 'Jam Sessions,' Brian Wilson, Vibert

WestKanye West, Kid Rock, Alanis Morissette and Black Eyed Peas with John Legend will headline American Express' second annual "Jam Sessions" in the days leading up to the Grammy Awards. Additional acts will be announced for Feb. 9-12 shows at Los Angeles' House of Blues, as well ways "for fans to experience" the concerts even if they're not there in person, according to organizers.

Net proceeds from the events will benefit VH1's Save the Music Foundation. "Music is one way for young people to express themselves, and it's a bridge for connecting with all kinds of people," West says in a statement. "With so many forces in the world driving people apart, it's important to me to help preserve something that brings people together."

Tickets for the shows are $75 and will be exclusively available to American Express cardholders beginning Sunday (Jan. 30).


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







BrianAfter Brian Wilson concludes a four-date Japanese tour in February, the artist plans to return to the studio. "Maybe [in] March," Wilson tells Billboard.com when asked when sessions might get underway. "We might do a Christmas album in February." The former Beach Boys principal adds that afterward, "I think we're going to be doing Europe in the summer, which should be pretty good."

Wilson continues to reap critical acclaim for his revival of the long-aborted Beach Boys album "Smile," which he completed and released last year via Nonesuch. The set was nominated for best pop vocal album and best engineered album, non-classical Grammys, while the track "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" was nominated for best rock instrumental performance.

As previously reported, Wilson will be honored on Feb. 11, two days before the Grammys, as the MusiCares Person of the Year. He will also participate in a panel discussion about the history of "Smile" at the South by Southwest Music Festival in mid-March in Austin, Texas.

Here are Brian Wilson's tour dates:

Jan. 30: Tokyo (Sun Plaza)
Jan. 31: Tokyo (International Forum Hall A)
Feb. 2-3: Nagoya, Japan (Kosei Nenkin Kaikan)


-- Christopher Walsh, N.Y.







LukeLuke Vibert, the Orb's Alex Patterson, Plaid, Two Lone Swordsmen's Keith Tenniswood, Lemon Jelly's Fred Deakin, BBC DJ Rob Da Bank and DJ Vadim are among the 30-plus acts confirmed to perform at a Feb. 4-5 benefit for tsunami relief at Jack's in London. All proceeds will be donated to Oxfam's Southeast Asia Tsunami Appeal campaign.

Other artists on the bill include Ninja Tune acts Bonobo, Pest and Mixmaster Morris, Warp Vision's Zilla and Rephlex label acts Cylob, the Bug and Ed DMX.

In related news, Warp will release an as-yet-untitled new album from electronica pioneers Autechre in April. The set, the duo's first since 2003's "Draft 7.30," will be supported by a tour of the United Kingdom, Europe, North America and Japan.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.