Modern rock trio Built to Spill will embark on a U.S. tour Sept. 4 in Minneapolis. The trek, which comes in support of the group's latest Warner Bros. album "Ancient Melodies of the Future," is due to run through Sept. 30 in Dallas. Earlier this year, the group played 25 dates on the West Coast prior to the new album's release.
World music veterans the Gipsy Kings, Colorado rockers Big Head Todd & the Monsters, saxophonist Maceo Parker, and reggae artist Alpha Blondy will headline the Janus Jazz Aspen festival this Labor Day weekend in Snowmass Village, Colo., near Aspen. Parker, known for his work with James Brown, will kick off the festival on Friday, Aug. 31, while Blondy will wrap the four-day event with a Monday evening performance.
Warner Communications Inc., which includes the Warner, Elektra, and Atlantic labels, has agreed to stop a promotion policy that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said involved fixing prices for recordings of the opera stars the Three Tenors -- Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, and Placido Domingo.
Who says you can't be all things to all people? Not the Crystal Method. The Los Angeles-based duo has heated its cauldron of rock, hip-hop, and electronica alongside Limp Bizkit on the Family Values tour, then backed up Orbital on the rave-centric Community Service outing. The group continues to conflate genres-and defy expectations-on its sophomore effort, "Tweekend," due July 31 via Geffen/Interscope.
Hip-hop mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs recently linked up with veteran rocker David Bowie to record a re-make of Bowie's 1985 track "This Is Not America." The song will be featured on the Priority soundtrack to the upcoming film "Training Day." The movie is set to hit U.S. theaters Sept. 21, while the soundtrack will be released Sept. 11.
Modern rock act Incubus will hit the road Sept. 14 in advance of its fourth studio album, "Morning View" (Immortal/Epic). The tour will kick off at the Meadowbrook Amphtheatre in Gilford, N.H., and come to a close Dec. 1 at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre.
With three nominations apiece, Jill Scott, 3LW, and Sunshine Anderson head the list of nominees for the seventh annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, taping Aug. 28 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, Calif. Awards will be handed out in a total of nine categories encompassing R&B, hip-hop, rap, and gospel.
Ruthless Records has filed a multiple-count breach-of-contract lawsuit against the rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony seeking undisclosed "substantial" damages, Billboard Bulletin reports. The suit, filed July 25 in Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles, alleges that the group delivered material for only three of the six albums stipulated by a recording and publishing contract signed on May 1, 1994.
While accounts vary in the U.K. media about the health of George Harrison, the ex-Beatle continues to turn up as a treasured guest on various recordings. Next up is an apperance on guitar on "Anna Julia," the forthcoming single by ex-Traffic member Jim Capaldi. The cut also features Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and backing vocals by ex-Jam/Style Council leader Paul Weller.
Children's television network Nickelodeon is partnering with Jive Records -- home of teen pop sensations 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears -- to create Nick Records. "Music plays a vibrant part in the lives of our audience," said Albie Hecht, president of Nickelodeon's film and entertainment departments. "We are excited to launch a record label that will once again put Nickelodeon in the leadership position in entertainment for kids and tweens."
Twenty-four years since the inception of the prominent breakdancing collective the Rock Steady Crew, its members are still holding strong and giving back to the hip-hop community that raised them. The anniversary was celebrated last week with a basketball tournament on Thursday, a film festival on Friday, free performances by DJs Tony Touch, Cucumber Slice, and Afrika Bambaataa on Saturday, and a star-studded show last night (July 29) at New York's Manhattan Club.