Alt-country darling Kathleen Edwards has added another set of U.S. tour dates in support of her Zoe/Rounder debut, "Failer." The tour will kick off May 15 in Indianapolis and stretch through a June 15 stop in Woodstock, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Liz Phair will embark on her first tour in several years with a string of acoustic performances opening for the Flaming Lips. The seven-date trek begins May 23 in Portland, Ore., and wraps June 3 in Denver. As previously reported, Phair will also be on hand June 7 for the inaugural Field Day Festival in Calverton, Long Island, N.Y.
NBC's "Today" morning show will kick off its annual concert series tomorrow (April 18) with a performance by Fleetwood Mac outside its New York studios. The Rockefeller Center Plaza location will also play host to the likes of Mariah Carey, Alan Jackson, Annie Lennox, Ashanti, LL Cool J, and R.E.M. through October.
For Scottish rogue act Idlewild, the U.K. commercial success of its third album, "The Remote Part" (released domestically March 25 by Capitol), allowed it to finally become more than just a cult favorite on its native soil. The group started playing out in Edinburgh in 1995 while its members were still teenagers, releasing two singles and a mini-album, "Captain." On the strength of these and live shows legendary for bedlam, the band landed a major label deal and in 1999, released its Odeon debut, "Hope Is Important."
pioneers the Buzzcocks will be celebrated June 10 by EMI/Capitol with the release of "Buzzcocks: Inventory -- Singles Box Set." The set will collect the group's 14 singles recorded for EMI, from its first single, "Spiral Scratch EP," to 1981's "What Do You Know," each complete with all the original B-sides.
Eminem and hip-hop veterans Rev. Run (Run-D.M.C.) and Doug E. Fresh are among those who will take part in the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's (HSAN) April 26 Detroit event. Slated to take place at the city's 13,000-capacity Cobo Hall, the free gathering will operate under the theme "Remix: Rebuilding, Refocusing, Reinvesting, Resurgence," and focus on youth empowerment.