Billboard Bits: Massive Attack, Hall & Oates, 'Natural Selection,' New Orleans Social Club

News on Massive Attack, Hall & Oates, 'Natural Selection,' New Orleans Social Club

Massive Attack has confirmed a long-rumored appearance at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 29-30 in Indio, Calif. The U.K. act will play on the mainstage during the event's second night, right before headliners Tool. This will be Massive Attack's first American appearance in eight years and will come ahead of an international tour that will run from June through September.

As reported earlier this week, Massive Attack will on April 4 issue the double-disc retrospective "Collected," which features one audio disc and a second DualDisc with rarities and DVD content.

Meanwhile, Coachella has added several new acts since its initial lineup announcement, including the Eagles Of Death Metal, Celebration, Murs featuring 9th Wonder and Ted Leo/Pharmacists.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Darryl Hall and John Oates will make a guest appearance on Thursday's (Feb. 9) episode of "Will & Grace." The artists appear as themselves throughout the half-hour, having been hired to perform at title character Grace's upcoming wedding on the show, which is riding out its final season on NBC.

Titled "The Definition of Marriage," the episode finds them performing "Maneater" and "She's Gone," along with pieces of other familiar hits from their catalog. Not seen in the episode is impromptu performance of "You Make My Dreams" and "Sara Smile" with Hall on piano and Oates on acoustic guitar, delivered during a break in last week's taping in front of a studio audience.

Hall & Oates open a new slate of tour dates tonight (Feb. 7) in Jacksonville, Fla., with shows on the books through March 18 in Upper Darby, Pa. They're touring in support of 2004's "Our Kind of Soul" (DKE), which peaked at No. 69 on The Billboard 200.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

A host of hip-hop notables have lent tracks to the compilation "Natural Selection," due April 4 via Nature Sounds. The 11-track set is led by the track "Angeles" from the buzzed-about collaboration between Ghostface and MF Doom and "The PJs," a Pete Rock track featuring Raekwon and Masta Killah that will be found on Rock's upcoming album, "NY's Finest."

The collection is rounded out by two cuts from Strong Arm Steady (comprised of Xzibit, Phil The Agony, Krondon and Mitchy Slick), one which features Chamillionaire and Ras Kass, Masta Killa's "Ringing Bells" and a Raekwon/Tragedy pairing on "Guerilla Rap."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Dispersed about the country by last summer's Hurricane Katrina, musicians who called New Orleans home gathered six weeks later in Austin, Texas, to reaffirm their faith in the city's musical heritage. Calling themselves the New Orleans Social Club, they spent seven days recording "Sing Me Back Home," due April 4 via Burgundy Records/Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group/Honey Darling Records.

The core group consists of organist Ivan Neville, pianist Henry Butler, drummer Raymond Weber and Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli and bassist George Porter Jr., who served as musical director. Upping the ante, producers Leo Sacks and Ray Bardani assembled a guest list that included Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Dr. John, Willie Tee, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and the subdudes, among others.

The New Orleans Social Club will make its public debut tonight (Feb. 7) at the Grammy Awards-related, Heineken-sponsored Fais Do Do party at Los Angeles' Henry Fonda Music Box Theater.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.