The Field Day festival, scheduled for June 7-8 in Calverton, N.Y., appears to be in doubt. According to published reports, officials in Suffolk County have denied the festival a permit to operate, fearing local police would not be able to handle the anticipated crowd of 50,000. Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Beck, Underworld, Sigur Ros, the Roots, and Liz Phair are among the acts scheduled to appear at the two-day affair.
Atlantic Records is offering something extra to Jewel fans who buy her forthcoming album "0304," due June 3, during its first week of release. Each copy in the first run of "0304" will include a download card with a unique PIN number allowing access to a secure site from which users can download solo live MP3 versions of "The New Wild West" and "Life Uncommon." The promotion runs through June 9.
Modern rock act Eve 6 will hit the road next month in advance of the July 22 release of "It's All in Your Head" (RCA). Produced by Gregg Wattenberg (Five For Fighting) and mixed by Tom Lord-Alge (Rolling Stones), the band's third album will be preceded by the radio single "Think Twice."
Veteran New Orleans-based vocalist Aaron Neville plans to release an album of his interpretations of American standards. Due Aug. 26, "Nature Boy" is his first album under a new deal with Verve. The collection features Neville working through songs by the likes of Nat "King" Cole, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin, among others.
As an independent band that manages to sell more than 300,000 copies of your self-released albums, signing with a major label might seem like the most logical move to the next level. But O.A.R. bassist Benj Gersham tells Billboard.com the Maryland-bred, Ohio State University-brewed group's decision to ink with Lava/Atlantic was anything but simple.
2001 - Tracy Byrd takes part in a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Byrd sings while the jumbotron video screens show highlights of Earnhardt's many exploits at the track.