Jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval's piano debut—a mix of a broad range of standards (from "Esta Tarde Vi Llover" to "Stella by Starlight")—arrives after years of writing on the instrument and of playing it at numerous live shows.
After a lengthy musical pause (it's been four years since her sophomore set, Never Say Never), Brandy returned earlier this year with the off-kilter "What About Us?" Produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, the trippy track goes against the musical grain, with the artist singing against—not with—the mechanical beats.
Upholding the terms of a January plea bargain that allowed DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) to avoid prison, a New Jersey judge agreed to allow the rapper to lend his voice to public service announcements against animal abuse as part of his sentence for animal cruelty.
Sebastian Bach, lead singer of rock band Skid Row, was charged with making terrorist threats and drug possession after a dispute with a bartender at a restaurant in Middletown, N.J. Bach (real name: Sebastian Bierk) was released yesterday (March 15) on $10,000 bail. He also was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of under 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
As first tipped here earlier this month, California-based modern rockers Counting Crows are slated to release their fourth studio album this summer via Geffen. Tentatively titled "Hard Candy," the set was produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews Band). It's the follow-up to 1999's "This Desert Life," which has sold 1.1 million copies to date, according to SoundScan.
Modern rock trio Goo Goo Dolls will headline the Pioneer Rock & Roar Concert at the 28th annual Toyota Grand Prix, set for April 13 outside Long Beach, Calif.'s Convention Center. Pioneer will also stage concerts by as-yet-unannounced acts around upcoming auto races in Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 22), Cleveland (July 13), and Denver (Aug. 31).
Contemporary metal act Static-X will be the subject of an upcoming sci-fi action adventure comic book. Due July 24 from Chaos! Comics, "Static-X #1" will find the band's members -- Wayne Static, Ken Jay, Tony Campos, and Tripp Eisen -- recast as cybernetically enhanced enslaved workers for the State, which rules the world.
It is easy to guess why guitarist Nono Presta, bassist Christian Montagne, and drummer Jean Michel Cavallo were mesmerized when they caught Declan O'Shea singing in an Irish pub in 1995. The trio -- which later formed Cyclefly with O'Shea and his brother, guitarist Ciaran O'Shea -- could not turn away from his intense, raspy vocal style. It's a sound that permeates the act's sophomore set, "Crave," due March 26 via Radioactive/MCA.