Stories on the Pixies, Gwen Stefani and Kem

PixiesThe Pixies' wildly successful reunion tour will close with a Dec. 18 double-header at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, where the band has already sold out six prior engagements. The Pixies will play a 7 p.m. show with support from Mike Watt and the Secondmen, while a midnight gig will feature former Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh's new band, 50 Foot Wave. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Oct. 9) via Ticketmaster.

Pixies guitarist/vocalist Frank Black recently told Billboard.com he expects the group will return to the road sometime next year, and may even hit the studio for work on the first Pixies album since 1993. The group's cover of Warren Zevon's "Ain't That Pretty at All" can be found on the upcoming tribute album "Enjoy Every Sandwich," due Oct. 19.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







GwenNo Doubt singer Gwen Stefani is scheduled to make her solo television performance debut when she opens the American Music Awards broadcast, set for Nov. 14 on ABC. She joins previously confirmed performers Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban, Toby Keith, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson.

As previously reported, Stefani's debut solo album, "Love, Angel, Music, Baby," will be released Nov. 23 via Interscope. The set sports contributions from OutKast's Andre 3000, Linda Perry, Nellee Hooper and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







KemR&B singer/songwriter Kem will release his sophomore album, "Kem Album II," on Feb. 5 via his own Kemistry Records label through Motown. In advance of the set, he will embark on a 20-city tour that will kick off with a Nov. 1-2 stand in Annapolis, Md.

In addition to the tour, Kem will wrap the year with a Dec. 29 holiday concert at the Detroit Opera House. A pre-sale for that show will be held Nov. 1-14 via kemistryrecords.com, with Ticketmaster and the venue's box office selling tickets beginning Nov. 15.

The artist's debut album, "Kemistry," reached No. 14 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 90 on The Billboard 200. It has sold 532,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.