Steve Earle, Wilco's John Stirratt, and former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will join Nicholas Tremulis' house band for the fourth annual Waltz benefit. The event, set for March 23 at Chicago's Metro, takes its name from "The Last Waltz" concert honoring the breakup of the Band. Proceeds will benefit Heartland Alliance's Neon Street whose stated mission is to "ensure that homeless teens do not become homeless adults."
Power-pop icon Tommy Keene will release his first studio album in nearly four years on June 4 as part of a new deal with spinART Records. Titled "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down," the 12-song follow-up to 1998's "Isolation Party" (Matador) will feature such guests as former Wilco member Jay Bennett on keyboards. According to Keene, Gin Blossoms members Robin Wilson and Jesse Valenzuela also supplied backing vocals to a number of tracks.
Just two weeks after generating a host of Grammy victories, the Lost Highway/Mercury soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" claims the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200. The set manages the feat 63 weeks after debuting at No. 192, fending off Brandy's "Full Moon" (Atlantic/AG), which debuts at No. 2 on sales of 155,000 copies, according to SoundScan.
Fifty years after she began her professional music career on a Columbus, Ohio television show, jazz singer Nancy Wilson says it's time to relax a bit. Wilson told the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette she's tired of having an itinerary and that she wants to spend more time at home with her family.
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, former Verve guitarist Nick McCabe, Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin, and the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd will make appearances on "Your Love Means Everything," the second album from U.K. DJ David Kosten's Faultline project. The set is due in the U.K. in May via Blanco Y Negro, with international release details still pending.
Inspirational modern rock act P.O.D. will head to Europe for a month-long tour, beginning April 29 in Manchester, England. The trek concludes May 24 at Madrid's annual Festimad, which will also feature Jamiroquai, Rammstein, A, Rival Schools, and Faithless, among others. P.O.D. is touring behind its latest Atlantic set "Satellite," which was recently certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of two million copies.
Tanya Donelly will hit the road in April for a North American tour in support of her latest solo album, "beautysleep." Set to kick off April 2 in Northampton, Mass., the dates come after a brief promotional swing last month through the U.K.
The lineup for the April 9 UrbanAID 2 benefit concert at New York's Beacon Theatre continues to grow with the addition of Ja Rule, the Roots, Fat Joe, Ashanti, and Musiq (formerly Musiq Souldchild) to the bill.