Rapper Talib Kweli has just embarked on a self-booked U.S. tour in support of his first solo album, "Kwelity." The trek, which also features fellow hip-hoppers Blackalicious and KRS-One on select dates, hits New Orleans on Thursday (April 18) and wraps May 14 in South Amboy, N.J. Kweli will be selling a mixtape at the shows, featuring previews of some of the new album's tracks.
Listeners shouldn't be fooled by "Lovedust," the sunny opener to Luna's new studio set, "Romantica": The album isn't all so bright, notes frontman Dean Wareham. "There's some sad songs on there -- they'll make you cry," he insists, half seriously.
Canadian power trio Rush will kick off its first tour in five years June 28 in Hartford, Conn. The 27 confirmed stops are the first in the band's planned extensive tour in support of its latest Atlantic album, "Vapor Trails," due May 14. First single "One Little Victory" thundered to a No. 22 debut on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart last week.
Chart-topping modern rock act Nickelback and jazz pianist/vocalist Diana Krall snared three trophies each at Canada's Juno Awards last night (April 14) in St. John's, Newfoundland. Nickelback grabbed Junos for best group, best single for "How You Remind Me" and best rock album for "Silver Side Up" (Roadrunner). Krall picked up Junos for best album and best vocal jazz album for "The Look of Love" (Verve), and the best artist honor.
A federal judge in Los Angeles has cut off a lawsuit against pop group 'N Sync brought on by puppet makers Sid and Marty Krofft. Their company sued in December 2000, seeking damages because an 'N Sync program and backstage passes featured a likeness of the puppets the Kroffts made for their "Bye Bye Bye" performance at the American Music Awards in September 2000.
Gareth Gates has now outdone Will Young, the singer that beat him to the "Pop Idol" crown on the U.K. TV series -- at least in terms of weeks at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Gates' "Unchained Melody" has now outlasted its fellow S/BMG release "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible," starting a fourth week at the top yesterday (April 14). Young's single spent three weeks there last month, and is likely to remain the bigger seller, with current sales of more than 1.5 million copies.
ZZ Top will hit the road next month for a mini-tour of U.S. casinos. The trek will be the band's first since canceling the final leg of its XXX World Tour last May when bassist Dusty Hill was diagnosed with Hepatitis C.
The release of the long-promised They Might Be Giants kids album, "No!," has been moved to June 11. Originally expected in April, the Idlewild Recordings/Rounder release will be issued as an enhanced CD featuring videos for 13 of the album's 17 tracks.
Cult rock duo Ween will put off the recording of its next studio album in favor of a summer North American tour. Dates begin Friday (April 19) in Asheville, N.C., and are booked through a June 23 appearance at the..