News on 'Swampstock,' Los Lonely Boys, Isis

TimCountry superstar Tim McGraw will host his 10th annual Swampstock concert and celebrity softball event Sept. 19 in Rayville, La. Along with McGraw, the concert will feature performances by his wife, Faith Hill, as well as Martina McBride, Jeff Bates, Big & Rich and the Warren Brothers.

Advance tickets are priced at $20 and will go on sale Saturday (Aug. 28) via McGraw's official Web site and local outlets. Day-of-show tickets will cost $25. Proceeds from the event, which is sponsored by Coca-Cola and Dickies Clothing, will benefit "deserving causes in the area."

Additionally, funds will be raised via an online auction that gets underway Sept. 7 via McGraw's site. Artists Toby Keith, Loretta Lynn and Clint Black and basketball player Karl Malone have all donated items. As in past years, softball jerseys signed by McGraw and Hill are also expected to be among the offerings.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







BoysLos Lonely Boys' spring performance at Texas' South By Southwest music festival will be released Sept. 14 on DVD via Or Music/Epic. More than 25,000 attended the free outdoor show, which is the basis for "Texican Style: Live in Austin."

Along with songs from Los Lonely Boys' self-titled debut, the disc features performances of several previously unreleased tracks, as well as a documentary on the band and a tour of its San Angelo, Texas, hometown.

As previously reported, Los Lonely Boys will perform with Carlos Santana Sept. 1 during the fifth annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live on CBS.


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.







IsisUnderground rock act Isis will release its highly anticipated sophomore full-length, "Panopticon," Oct. 19 via Ipecac Recordings. The seven-track set was produced by Matt Bayles, who was behind the boards for the band's acclaimed 2002 album "Oceanic." Tool bassist Justin Chancellor guests on penultimate cut "Altered Course."

The album expands Isis' sonic horizons with less of a focus on Aaron Turner's growled, guttural vocals and even lengthier, ultra-heavy instrumentals than those found on "Oceanic." Tracks average out at more than eight minutes, including two that skirt just under the 10-minute mark.

Isis will tour North America in support of "Panopticon" beginning in November and running through mid December, but dates have yet to be finalized.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

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