Billboard Bits: KCRW, Oasis, Rock Boat

News on KCRW, Oasis, Rock Boat

RadioheadRadiohead, My Morning Jacket, Flaming Lips, Interpol and Franz Ferdinand are among the 13 artists represented on the compilation "KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3," due Jan. 11 via Palm. All tracks were recorded on the Los Angeles-area station's celebrated radio show "Morning Becomes Eclectic," hosted by Nic Harcourt.

Radiohead turns in an acoustic version of "Go To Sleep," while Iron & Wine covers the Flaming Lips' "Waiting for a Superman." The track list is rounded out by performances from Damien Rice, Jem, Paul Weller, Kinky, Sarah McLachlan and Steve Earle.

In related news, a planned Nov. 20 KCRW benefit concert at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre has been postponed until early next year. The show was set to feature members of Coldplay, Rilo Kiley and Nellie McKay.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

OasisOasis has confirmed three massive outdoor stadium shows next summer in the United Kingdom: June 29 in Glasgow, July 2 in Manchester, England, and July 9 in London. According to the band's
official Web site, the concerts will feature several special guests; tickets go on sale Saturday (Nov. 6).

Oasis is in Los Angeles working on its next Epic studio album, tentatively due in May. It's the group's first new set since 2002's "Heathen Chemistry." In September, Oasis celebrated the 10th anniversary of its debut full-length, "Definitely Maybe," with a retrospective DVD chronicling the making of the album.

Here are Oasis' tour dates:

June 29: Glasgow (Hampden Park)
July 2: Manchester, England (City of Manchester Stadium)
July 9: London (Milton Keynes National Bowl)

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto

GavinGavin DeGraw, O.A.R., Cowboy Mouth, Sister Hazel, the Clarks and Marc Broussard will perform as part of the 2005 Rock Boat excursion. The four-day cruise will set sail Sept. 29 from New Orleans for the Caribbean and return to port on Oct. 3. Tickets are on sale now via the event's
official Web site.

A related event, the Rock Slope, will be held March 17-20 in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with a lineup featuring Sister Hazel, Better Than Ezra and Edwin McCain, among others.

Featuring Sister Hazel, Cowboy Mouth and Tonic, the most recent Rock Boat was held earlier this fall and sailed from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.