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On Dec. 1, the White Stripes will stage the first musical performance ever on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Comedy Central. "We've never had a musical performance on the show before -- not because we haven't wanted one -- but because we were holding out for a reunited Spandau Ballet. This will have to suffice," Stewart says.

The Stripes just concluded an extensive North American tour with a trio of shows in their Detroit hometown. A month-long European jaunt begins Oct. 16 in Paris.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

A new Dixie Chicks recording, "I Hope," has been made available as a digital download with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and the American Federation of Musicians' Gulf Coast Relief Fund. It was co-written by the Dixie Chicks and Keb' Mo' and produced by Rick Rubin and the Chicks.

The group performed the song on the Sept. 9 multi-network telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert For the Gulf Coast." The single was recorded the night before and features the group accompanied by keyboard player Benmont Tench and other prominent musicians.

Released digitally on Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Records, the single may or may not be included on the Chicks' new Rubin-produced studio
album, due early next year.

-- Phyllis Stark, Nashville

In the midst of preparing for Tortoise's collaborative
tour with Daniel Lanois, which begins tomorrow (Oct. 6) in Somerville, Mass., bassist Doug McCombs has also been at work on a new album with his pre-Tortoise band Eleventh Dream Day.

Basic tracks were recently recorded in Chicago; "after Tortoise gets back from the Lanois tour, we'll mix it," McCombs tells The Thrill Jockey set will be EDD's first since 2000's "Stalled Parade."

McCombs also reports that his Brokeback side project is "hibernating" for now, but that he's "starting to have some ideas for some new Brokeback material. I feel like I may want to sing a little bit. I haven't written any lyrics in about 10 years, and I just started to in the last six months. I have three sets of lyrics I think are really good. We'll see where it goes."

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.