Dave Matthews Band has enlisted producer Mark Batson (Seal, Indie.Arie) for its as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, due later this year via RCA. "Mark met the band at their [Los Angeles] show in August of last year," reads a message on a new Web site dedicated to the project. "After a late night of musical dialogue and shared experiences, it was obvious to all the guys that they had to work with Mark."
Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand leads the field with five nominations for the Brit Awards, which will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year. Muse was close behind with four nominations, while American acts Maroon 5 and Scissor Sisters garnered three each. The Brit Awards will be handed out Feb. 9 in London.
2000 - Venerable Chicago club Lounge Ax opens its last week of business with a bang, thanks to a surprise appearance by rock quartet Wilco. The group plays a two-and-a-half hour set before a capacity crowd, many of whom had lined up outside the club as early as seven hours before doors were to open.
Despite the polished orchestrations that give it an overall glossy sheen, David Sanborn's new collection, "Closer," has its share of moving moments, especially when the alto saxophonist renders ballads and plays with spice.
The shy duo date of vocalist/violinist Petra Haden and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell is a delicate flower with deep roots. Quiet, intimate and softly floating, this album is an eclectic mix of mild-mannered pop tunes that matter.