The second installment of Rhino's magnificent Elvis Costello two-CD catalog reissues (with each set's second disc including bonus material) focuses on the artist's harder-edged Attractions-generated rock sound with which he is still most closely identified.
With the all-star Down From the Mountain tour recently finished, Alison Krauss & Union Station are looking ahead at a busy spring. The group will maintain a high media profile in advance of its upcoming tour in support of its latest album, "New Favorite" (Rounder).
The father of singer LeAnn Rimes says he and his 19-year-old daughter have resolved their legal battle. "It is difficult to express just how happy I am that all of the legal troubles between my daughter and I are over," Wilbur Rimes said in yesterday's editions of The Tennessean newspaper. He didn't say how the dispute had been settled. The singer's publicist had no comment on the father's statement.
QD3 Entertainment is finalizing its "Thug Angel: The Life and Times of Tupac Shakur" documentary DVD, now scheduled for an April 2 release via Image Entertainment. As reported here last November, the 90-minute "Thug Angel" compiles previously unreleased footage of the rapper, much of it filmed by close friends and associates. A companion audio CD will be released in mid-May.
Seminal underground rock outfit Guided By Voices has parted ways with TVT after two albums and is negotiating with labels for the release of a new, already completed set, tentatively titled "From a Voice Plantation." The group's perpetually revolving drum stool has spun again with the amicable exit of Jon McCann, who has been replaced by Kevin March (Dambuilders, Shudder To Think). March makes his live debut with GBV tonight (Feb. 22) in Bloomington, Ind.
Pioneering industrial rock act Ministry will issue the live disc "Sphinctour" March 19 as the first release under a new deal with Sanctuary Records. A companion home video release on DVD and VHS is due April 9, and a new studio album, dubbed "Animositisomina," is due later this year.
Crowded House/Split Enz principal Neil Finn has lined up a handful of live dates in support of his new live album, "7 Worlds Collide," due Tuesday (Feb. 26) via Nettwerk. Finn will hit San Francisco on March 11, perform on "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" the following day, and in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., that evening. The trek winds down March 15 in Austin, Texas, but Finn is expected to return for more shows this year.
San Francisco's Noise Pop festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a two-disc, 43-track compilation due March 11 from Amazing Grease Records. The set, titled "Ten Years Of Noise Pop," will include songs from artists that have appeared throughout the festival's existence, half of whom contributed previously unreleased or live tracks.
DJ superstars Sasha and John Digweed are setting out in late March on a two-month jaunt across North America, dubbed the Delta Heavy Spring 2002 Tour. The famed mixing duo will be transporting its own sound system, custom-designed visuals, and interactive lighting to create the right atmosphere at each of the tour's performances.
The parents of a 4-year-old boy who drowned in a swimming pool at Tommy Lee's house have sued the former Motley Crue drummer for wrongful death and negligence. Daniel Karven-Veres, son of actress Ursula Karven and television producer James Veres, died last June after he was pulled from the swimming pool of Lee's Malibu home. The child was attending a birthday party for one of Lee's two sons.