Reprise will on July 17 release a CD/DVD package of live tracks, demos, and previously unreleased recordings and videos from hard rock act the Used. "Maybe Memories" will boast four songs, including the title track, recorded live in March in Los Angeles, while the DVD will feature footage from the same show.
LL Cool J has confirmed 18 dates for a summer tour that will include support from Def Jam labelmate Dru Hill. The trek begins June 7 with a show at Baltimore's Camden Yards, with a number of dates still to be finalized. LL will be out behind his latest studio set, "10," which debuted in November at No. 2 on The Billboard 200.
The four remaining Neil Young studio albums that have never been issued on CD will finally be unveiled in that format next month. "On the Beach," "American Stars 'N Bars," "Hawks & Doves," and "Re.ac.tor" will be released June 24 via Reprise.
SummerStage, an annual fixture of outdoor arts and entertainment performances in New York's Central Park, will open with a weekend of blues-themed programming to coincide with the Congress-designated "Year of the Blues."
Pop singer Vanessa Carlton, hard rock act Cold, and DJ Rocky Rock and MC Supernatural are the latest artists following the video game trend. Each will contribute music to upcoming home video game titles created and marketed by Midway Games.
Alt-country veteran Jay Farrar will release a new, 23-track studio album, "Terroir Blues" on June 24. Marking the debut release through his own Act/Resist imprint via Artemis, the former Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt principal's forthcoming disc will be comprised of new originals, instrumental pieces, and alternate takes recorded in late 2002 and early 2003.
Tony Hawk's Boom Boom HuckJam tour will be back for a second round in the fall. The action sports/music outing will kick off Oct. 2 in Vancouver and visit 28 cities before closing Nov. 16 in Tampa, Fla. Other than house DJ Aero, music acts have not yet been announced.
Universal Music Group (UMG) has filed suit against Bertelsmann AG over the German company's relationship with defunct online file-sharing network Napster. It alleges that Bertelsmann "took numerous actions that directly and materially contributed to the millions upon millions of illegal acts of copyright infringement by the users of the Napster system."