James "Jimbo" Mathus, founding member of the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Squirrel Nut Zippers, has been working with the Knockdown Society as a side project for a few years, and as the Zippers' schedule has become less hectic, he has devoted more energy to this hardcore blues group.
Gavin Rossdale and company make the jump to Atlantic for their first studio effort since 1999's The Chemistry Between Us, and it shows them returning to the no-frills rock sound that fueled their 1994 breakthrough Sixteen Stone.
In his first solo outing after a stint with his trio—Aleks Syntek y La Gente Normal—and after producing discs for artists from Tania Libertad to Calo, Mexican pop-rocker Aleks Syntek brings together a variety of genres and sounds to create a mix that's both sophisticated and appealing.
Sons da Terra was recorded last year during the Brasil 500 edition of the Berlin summer music festival HeimatKlÄnge and was produced as a benefit for Brazilian street kids (for more info, see Strassenkinder-archiv.de).
Innovative troubadour Tom Waits will follow-up his acclaimed 1999 debut for Epitaph's Anti- imprint, "Mule Variations," with a pair of albums, "Alice" and "Red Drum." Due in spring 2002, the releases are described by the label as "startlingly different in landscape, sound, emotion, and composition."
Garbage drummer Butch Vig has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A and will not play on the band's European tour, which kicks off tonight (Nov. 2) in Trondheim, Norway. The shows will go off as planned, with Vig replaced by in-demand session drummer Matt Chamberlain, who played on tracks on Garbage's recent Interscope album "Beautifulgarbage." The set is No. 63 in its fourth week on The Billboard 200.
"Everything about this record is turned up a few extra notches," Creed frontman Scott Stapp tells Billboard about "Weathered," the modern rock trio's third Wind-Up set, due Nov. 20. "The uptempo songs rock harder than anything we've imagined doing, and the softer, chilled songs have more depth, more complexity. We went for broke on this album -- no boundaries, no limits."
Paul McCartney says he is rushing out a second charity single to raise money for New York's emergency workers affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His new song, "Freedom," which was well received when McCartney played it at the Concert for New York City last month, will go on sale in the U.K. on Monday (Nov. 5) by EMI -- a week after fellow charity single "From a Lover to a Friend" -- and a week later in the U.S. via Capitol.