Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals shaped their new record, "Lifeline," during several months' worth of soundchecks and knocked it out during one busy week in a Paris studio. So it couldn't be less surprising to see that it migrates back to the stage with an assured, groovy ease.
Anyone who knows Maynard James Keenan primarily from Tool and A Perfect Circle may be surprised to learn that the singer's most recent video finds him onstage in a Oak Ridge Boys outfit and fairly alarming hairpiece, singing a twangy number about sleeping with what is more or less a complete roster of country-music icons.
Singer, rapper and activist Michael Franti is wrapping up work in support of his Iraq-themed 2006 album "Yell Fire!" and its companion film and book "I Know I'm Not Alone" with an online-only live album to be released this week.
Guitar hero Nils Lofgren has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Ringo Starr, but on his new single, "Whatever Happened to Muscatel?," he's collaborating with a big name from an entirely different arena: best-selling author Clive Cussler.
Long-known for their relatively epic waits between studio releases, the Beastie Boys surprised fans this spring with the announcement that their new record would arrive a scant three years after 2004's "To the 5 Boroughs."
The last time Thom Zimny edited a Bruce Springsteen concert film, it was "Hammersmith Odeon, London '75," a recording that -- as the legend goes, anyway -- was literally forgotten and left in a cold dark corner of Springsteen's vaults. The new "Live in Dublin," due June 5 via Columbia, was probably a little easier.