They Might Be Giants have set an Aug. 15 release date for their as-yet-unnamed forthcoming Restless album. Suggested titles for the set, produced by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne/Ivy), are "Yes" and "Secret Mountain Laboratory."
Tool will on May 15 release "Lateralus" (Volcano), its first album in more than four years, as well as kick-off a four-date U.S. tour in Atlanta. The artsy heavy metal act will hit Chicago, Detroit, and New York before heading across the Atlantic for five weeks. Overseas, the band will partake in the inaugural date for the 2001 Ozzfest in England. A full North American tour is expected, but a routing has yet to be finalized.
Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson says the Atlanta-based rock veterans feel revitalized by their forthcoming "Lions," their sixth album and first fruit of a new deal with V2. Due May 8, the set follows a brief stint on Columbia that yielded only 1999's "By Your Side." That album hit No. 26 on The Billboard 200 but posted the lowest sales figures of the Crowes' career.
R.E.M., Carlos Santana, Sarah McLachlan, and members of Rage Against The Machine are among the music heavyweights who have signed an Internet petition to support South African AIDS research activists. The petition is sponsored by Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), a worldwide emergency aid organization.C
Janet Jackson and Destiny's Child reign supreme on The Billboard Hot 100 for a second straight week, with Jackson's "All for You" at No. 1 and Destiny's Child "Survivor" right behind at No. 2. Janet is also the queen of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where her single also holds the top position for a second week. On that chart, "Survivor" also reaches a new peak position, hopping two slots to No. 6.C
After completing initial sessions for the Flaming Lips' new album, frontman Wayne Coyne has decided to become an alien. According the band's official Web site, the Oklahoma native is devoting time between studio sessions to getting his film off the ground. Described as a "futuristic Christmas narrative," the as-yet-untitled project will feature Coyne as "some kind of alien," while Lips cohort Steven Drozd will star.u
Former Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros frontman Perry Farrell's long-delayed solo debut for Virgin, "Song Yet to be Sung," is finally set for a June 19 release. It was reported as near completion as early as March of last year, when Farrell described the music as "ancient global music married to beautiful modern technology," and added, "I've found salvation in the expansiveness of electronica."'
Live and Stone Temple Pilots will headline this year's Rolling Rock Town Fair, set for Aug. 4 in the brewery's home base of Latrobe, Pa. Deftones, Incubus, and Oleander will also be on the bill for the event, to be held at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds, about an hour east of Pittsburgh. Tickets go on sale on April 20.
The suburban sprawl of Coral Springs, Fla., doesn't look like the growing fields for punk music. But it is in this affluent community that pop/punk band New Found Glory began to take shape and is now on the verge of taking over the mainstream.
Country Music Television (CMT) will restore songwriter credits to music videos running on the cable channel, responding to protest threats and a lobbying effort by Nashville songwriters. Songwriting credits were removed beginning April 2. CMT executives said the move was for technical reasons, and that it brought the outlet in line with sister networks VH1 and MTV.