Soulive

Soulive

Several jazz artists—most notably Charlie Hunter, Steve Bernstein, John Scofield, and the trio of Medeski, Martin & Wood—have crossed over from the jazz world into the jam-band circuit.
Phair Goes Acoustic With Flaming Lips

Phair Goes Acoustic With Flaming Lips

Singer/songwriter Liz Phair will embark on her first tour in several years with a string of acoustic performances opening for the Flaming Lips. The seven-date trek begins May 23 in Portland, Ore., and wraps June 3 in Denver. As previously reported, Phair will also be on hand June 7 for the inaugural Field Day Festival in Calverton, Long Island, N.Y.
Vega Takes 'Best' On The Road

Vega Takes 'Best' On The Road

In conjunction with Tuesday's (April 22) A&M/Universal release of "Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega," the veteran singer/songwriter will hit the road next week in the U.S. The run will kick off in Annapolis, Md., the day after the compilation is issued, and last through a May 31 show in Philadelphia.
CHART BEAT BONUS

CHART BEAT BONUS

Fred Bronson reports on the chart feats of Peggy March and Beth.
Chart Beat Chat

Chart Beat Chat

Fred Bronson discusses 50 Cent, Cher, coincidences, charity singles and albums, the Eagles, Celine Dion, and Madonna with readers.
THE HOT 100

THE HOT 100

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Aerosmith Looks To Standards For Blues Album

Aerosmith Looks To Standards For Blues Album

Aerosmith will likely enter the studio sometime in the next two or three weeks to begin recording its much-discussed blues album for Columbia, guitarist Joe Perry tells Billboard.com. Blind Willie McTell's "Broke Down Engine," Little Walter's "Temperature," and "I'm Ready," famously recorded by both Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters, are among the songs being worked up by the band, which he says is now rehearsing and doing a bit of recording in Perry's home studio in Boston.
Luther Vandross Recovering From Stroke

Luther Vandross Recovering From Stroke

Grammy-winner Luther Vandross is recovering from a stroke, but it wasn't clear whether the R&B singer's motor skills have been impaired, his spokesperson said. Vandross, who turns 52 on Sunday (April 20), suffered the stroke Wednesday, according to a statement from his business manager, Carmen Romano. "Family and friends are hopeful for a speedy recovery," the statement said. No further details about his condition were included.
CHART BEAT

CHART BEAT

Fred Bronson reports and discusses charts with readers, and offers his weekly trivia challenge.
Oakenfold China Shows Go On Despite SARS

Oakenfold China Shows Go On Despite SARS

Superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold will take the stage as scheduled tonight (April 18) in Shanghai and tomorrow in Beijing, despite the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that has forced the cancellation of every other major musical event in China and Hong Kong since late March.
This Day in Music

This Day in Music

2002 - Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan returns to his roots when he is inducted into the Hall of Honor at his old high school. Bryan is a 1980 graduate of John P. Stevens High School in Edison, N.J.

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