Modern rock paragons Radiohead and R.E.M. are showing off their two-dimensional acting skills on cartoon sitcoms. Tonight's (July 11) episode of "South Park" will feature a guest spot by Radiohead, and R.E.M. has confirmed that its members will appear in an episode of "The Simpsons" later this year.
Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard's solo debut album, "Bayleaf," is set for a Sept. 11 release by Epic. The first solo effort from a member of the veteran Seattle rock outfit finds Gossard singing lead on seven of the 10 tracks, with former Green Apple Quick Step frontman Ty Willman singing the other three. "Without [Ty's] support, I'm not sure I would have finished the [record]," Gossard says in a statement. "I know it wouldn't be as good."
"Rejected Unknown," a long completed but never properly released studio album by beloved singer/songwriter Daniel Johnston, is finally being made widely available. According to a spokesperson for the artist, the album was originally intended for release on the Tim/Kerr label, and later put out on a limited basis in the Austin, Texas, area via Which? Records. It is now available via Johnston's official Web site, and on Oct. 9 will be the inaugural release for Gammon Records.
While radio and the Internet will provide a good deal of music for listeners this summer, CDs will be the primary source for most, according to a recently completed Billboard.com poll. With 44% of 11,231 votes, CDs came out on top.
Idiosyncratic Welsh popsters Super Furry Animals will reveal more than just a visual accompaniment to their new album "Rings Around the World" on July 23, when they release the album simultaneously on DVD and CD (via Epic in the U.K. and Europe).
Award-winning U.K. garage duo Artful Dodger has thrown in the towel. A statement issued by Warner Music confirmed that Mark Hill and Pete Devereux -- who were recently honored with an Ivor Novello award for their songwriting skills -- have amicably parted company. The news comes just weeks before the release of their group's next single, "Twentyfour/Seven," which features guest vocalist Melanie Blatt, late of All Saints.
Prince has scrapped the remaining dates on a summer North American tour that was scheduled to run through early August. No reason has been given for the cancellation, but a Prince spokesperson says the artist may still return to the road later this summer.
The estranged wife of Grammy-winning rapper Eminem was arrested in Harrison Township, Mich., after deputies found her following reports of a personal-watercraft accident. Macomb County sheriff's deputies saw 26-year-old Kimberly Anne Mathers of Clinton Township and her friend, 22-year-old Jennifer Freeman of Warren, walking along Jefferson Avenue in their bathing suits on Sunday afternoon.
A head-spinning array of performers, including the Black Crowes, Mos Def, Ween, Loretta Lynn, and Taj Mahal, are confirmed to appear Seattle's 31st annual Bumbershoot festival, taking place Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at the 74-acre Seattle Center. The event kicks off Aug. 31 with the Hip-Hop 101 showcase, featuring Mos Def, Dilated Peoples, and Jurassic 5.
The Black Crowes will begin a fresh round of North American touring Aug. 25 in Green Bay, Wisc. Although the full itinerary is not yet finalized, confirmed dates run through an Oct. 27 performance in New Orleans. The Crowes are currently on tour in Europe and will perform tonight (July 10) at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. They will also hit Japan before returning to the States.
The Incredible Moses Leroy (real name: Ron Founteberry), will kick off a tour tomorrow (July 11) at Schuba's in Chicago. The trek comes in support of his cleverly concocted Ultimatum debut album, "Electric Pocket Radio." Among the dates is a free appearance Saturday (July 14) at Chicago's Miller Blind Date Street Bash, as well as four dates supporting Tommy Boy act Joydrop.
A host of Smashing Pumpkins archival projects are in the works, including an as-yet-untitled greatest hits set due for a Nov. 6 release on Virgin. According to fan reports, the group's former frontman Billy Corgan made the announcement Saturday at a Pumpkins tribute concert at Chicago's Metro club, the site of the pioneering modern rock group's final concert last December.