Billboard Bits: System Of A Down, Raul Malo, Tuatara

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System Of A DownSystem Of A Down will precede the Sept. 4 release of its sophomore American Recordings album, "Toxicity," with a free concert in Hollywood, Calif., a day earlier. The show will begin at 5 p.m. PT in a parking lot across the street from independent record store Vynyl (1650 Schrader Blvd., just south of Hollywood Blvd.). Although tickets are not needed to attend, beginning today (Aug. 27) local radio outlet KROQ will give away passes to a special pit area at the show.

As previously reported, System Of A Down will support "Toxicity" on the Pledge of Allegiance co-headlining tour with Slipknot. The six-week tour kicks off Sept. 14 just outside of Chicago, and is slated to run through an Oct. 31 finale in New York.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Raul MaloFormer Mavericks member Raul Malo will release his debut solo album, "Today," Oct. 23 via Higher Octave Records. Produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Dave Alvin), the album melds rock, pop, and Latin influences, and features a duet with longtime friend Shelby Lynne. The pair collaborate on the song "It Takes Two to Tango," a Ray Charles/Betty Carter duet to which Malo has given a Latin twist.

Along with his own album, Malo recently produced KT Oslin's latest, "Live Close By, Visit Often" (BNA), and contributes vocals to two tracks on Los Super Seven's "Canto," and a track to the upcoming "Sing Along With Los Straitjackets" album, due out Sept. 25 via Yep Roc.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Peter BuckSeattle instrumental rock combo Tuatara will release its third album, "Cinematique," in September on drummer Barrett Martin's new, as-yet-unnamed independent label. The experimental outfit, which also includes R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, former Luna bassist Justin Harwood, Young Fresh Fellow/Minus 5 frontman Scott McCaughey, and saxophonist Skerik, is also planning to tour North America in the fall.

According to a post on the group's official Web site, the new album has an "ambient, textural quality, hearkening back to the sounds of vintage keyboards, shimmering vibraphone, lone gunman guitar, blistering sax, and flute, all supported by a tight, well muscled rhythm section."

The group first assimilated around Harwood and Martin in 1996, releasing its debut album "Breaking the Ethers" on Epic the following spring. "Trading With the Enemy" followed in 1998.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.


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