Billboard Bits: Lambchop, Omarion, White Stripes

News on Lambchop, Omarion, White Stripes

LambLambchop teams with Nashville electronica duo Hands Off Cuba on the appropriately named EP "CoLab," due Oct. 11 via Merge. The project finds the two acts enmeshed in each other's music; opener "Prepared" was penned by Lambchop leader Kurt Wagner but sports an arrangement created in tandem with Hands Off Cuba's Ryan Norris and Scott Martin.

On "Blur" and "Gus," Hands Off Cuba encircles Wagner compositions with skipping electronic drums, headphone-filling sound effects, mournful strings and psychedelic production techniques. On "Women," Wagner's vocals are sliced and diced atop sparse computerized rhythms and far-off piano melodies.

Although Merge says there are no plans to reproduce "CoLab" material live, Lambchop will regroup for two upcoming shows: Oct. 14 at New York's Bowery Ballroom and the following evening in North Adams, Mass.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

OmarionFormer B2K lead singer Omarion, whose Epic solo debut, "O," bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 earlier this year, will appear in the upcoming horror film "Help," he said backstage last Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards. Shooting will begin once Omarion finishes his stint on the Scream tour alongside Bow Wow and Bobby Valentino Sunday (Sept. 4) in Miami.

The artist lent his voice to the animated feature "The Proud Family Movie," which recently premiered on the Disney Channel. He has previously appeared in the films "You Got Served" and "Fat Albert."

-- Leila Cobo, Miami

WhiteThe White Stripes' Sept. 27 concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion Theatre in Columbia, Md., will be streamed live online via the National Public Radio Web site, The show will mark the first time the band has Webcast one of its performances and will also include sets by support acts the Shins and M. Ward.

The Columbia gig will fall in the midst of the White Stripes' fall tour in support of its latest album, "Get Behind Me Satan." The run kicks off Thursday (Sept. 8) in Milwaukee and closes with an Oct. 1-2 stand in Detroit.

Released in June, the Third Man/V2 disc debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 507,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.