Latin Music Week

Billboard Bits: Barenaked Ladies, Opie & Anthony, M. Ward

Barenaked Ladies are making 16 multi-track studio recordings for their new single, "Easy," available for paid download from their...

Barenaked Ladies are making 16 multi-track studio recordings for their new single, "Easy," available for paid download from their Web site and encouraging fans to create their own personalized versions of the song. Four multi-tracks will be available for free on the band's Myspace.com site.

In the coming weeks, the group will repeat the process with four other new songs, leading up to the Sept. 12 release of the new BNL album "Barenaked Ladies Are Me." Fans can submit their remixes to the band's site; five winners will be chosen for an EP, the proceeds from which will be donated to charity.

-- Jill Menze, N.Y.






Shock jocks Opie and Anthony are spearheading the Opie & Anthony Traveling Virus -- The Comedy Event of the Year! tour, a multi-act, festival style comedy outing.

Three dates for the traveling comedy festival have been announced so far: Aug. 5 in Worcester, Mass., at the DCU Center featuring Bob Saget, Jim Norton, Bill Burr, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Vos, Tracy Morgan and Ralphie May; Aug. 26 in Holmdel, N.J. at the PNC Bank Arts Center featuring Carlos Mencia, Bob Saget, Jim Norton, Bob Kelly, Bill Burr, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Vos and Tracy Morgan and Sept. 9 in Camden, N.J., at the Tweeter Center featuring Bob Saget, Jimmy Shubert, Jim Norton, Dom Irrera, Bob Kelly, Bill Burr, Ralphie May, Patrice O'Neal, Rich Vos and Tracy Morgan.

The syndicated jocks' flagship station is 92.3 Free FM in New York, where they broadcast from Howard Stern's old studios.

-- Ray Waddell, Nashville






M. Ward will be touring 24 of the 30 days in September in support of his new album, "Post-War" (Merge). Nuemo in Seattle will play host to the first date on Sept. 1. Ward will be joined by violist Amanda Lawrence and percussionists Rachel Blumberg and Jordan Hudson on the road.

The latter two toured with him during his stint with the White Stripes last year and,
as previously reported, appear on the record alongside guests like Mike Coykendall, Neko Case and Jim James. "Post-War" will be released Aug. 22.

Here are M. Ward's tour dates:

Sept. 1: Seattle (Nuemo's)
Sept. 2: Vancouver (Plaza Club)
Sept. 5: Minneapolis (Varsity Theatre)
Sept. 6: Omaha, Neb. (Scottish Rites Hall)
Sept. 7: Milwaukee (Pabst Theatre)
Sept. 8: Chicago (Metro)
Sept. 9: Columbus, Ohio (Little Brother's)
Sept. 11: Toronto (Mod Club)
Sept. 12: Montreal (La Sala Rossa)
Sept. 14: New York (Webster Hall)
Sept. 15: Alexandria, Va. (Birchmere)
Sept. 16: Philadelphia (Theatre of Living Arts)
Sept. 17: Somerville, Mass. (Somerville Theater)
Sept. 18: Charlottesville, Va. (Satellite Ballroom)
Sept. 19: Carrboro, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Sept. 20: Nashville (Belcourt Theatre)
Sept. 22: Denton, Texas (Haileys)
Sept. 23: Austin, Texas (The Parish)
Sept. 25: Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto Theatre)
Sept. 26: Tempe, Ariz. (The Clubhouse)
Sept. 27: San Diego (San Diego Woman's Club)
Sept. 28: Los Angeles (Henry Fonda Theatre)
Sept. 29: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Sept. 30: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theatre)

-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.