It is tough not to be jealous of Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes' 22-year-old frontman. During the second of two recent shows in Los Angeles, Oberst spectacularly described in song the beautiful but oftentimes terrible nuances of the human experience at an age when he is barely able to drink legally. And—oh, yeah—the guy is pretty dreamy looking, too.
Fiercely independent and musically fearless, Waylon Jennings' contributions to American music cannot be overstated, and the diverse nature of those paying homage on this record gives evidence of Ol' Waylon's far-flung influence.
Radiohead and Sigur Ros will create new music for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's piece "Split Sides," which will debut Oct. 14 at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood reveals to Billboard.com that on opening night, each group will perform 20 minutes of live music with a twist: the dancers "won't have heard the music until they start."
Considering Aerosmith's sizeable presence on the pop landscape and its place in rock history, it's a bit funny to hear guitarist Joe Perry relay that the group is working on a new album in his basement studio, which he says is the size of a small living room.
Norah Jones and the Roots will perform a free concert May 9 at New York's Battery Park as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. The concert, titled 100% NYC: A Concert Celebrating the Tribeca Film Festival, is being presented in part by MTV, VH1, and New York top 40 radio station WNEW/102.7 Blink. Additional performers will be announced at a later date, and MTV and VH1 will televise the concert on May 17 as part of a special about the festival
Following in the vein of successful hits compilations of rock'n'roll paragons the Beatles ("1," Apple/Capitol) and the Rolling Stones ("40 Licks," Virgin), Capitol will on June 10 release "Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys," a collection of the legendary surf-rock group's 30 biggest hits.
The estates of late Doors vocalist Jim Morrison and his wife, Pam Courson, have filed an 11-count trademark-infringement lawsuit against original band members Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger, among others.
Mariah Carey will embark on her first tour in more than three years June 24 in Osaka, Japan. The North American segment of the 47-date Charmbracelet World Tour begins July 18 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska, and wraps Sept. 23 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. The tour will also include stops in Asia, Europe, and the U.K. before wrapping in early November.
Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal revisits the Hawaiian sounds he first explored in the late 1980s on his next album, "Hanapepe Dream." The set will be released June 10 on Mahal's own Kan-Du Records via a new deal with Tone-Cool Records.