Billboard Bits: Radiohead, Powerman 5000, Carter, Moke

Stories on Radiohead, Powerman 5000, Aaron Carter, and Moke.

RadioheadRadiohead has added an Aug. 7 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden to its U.S. tour itinerary. Tickets for the show, which like the rest of the tour will include Kid Koala and the Beta Band, will go on sale to the public July 21, with a special one-day Internet pre-sale scheduled two days prior.

All tickets, which will be available via Ticketmaster, will be priced at $45, including 1,000 in a general admission area on the floor directly in front of the stage. There will be a four-ticket limit.

Radiohead is touring in support of its latest Capitol album, "Amnesiac," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, and is at No. 43 in its fourth week on the chart.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Powerman 5000The release of Powerman 5000's upcoming DreamWorks album, "Anyone For Doomsday?," has been bumped from July 17 to Aug. 28. The album is preceded by first single "Bombshell," which is getting early airplay on several commercial Modern Rock stations, including Boston stations WFNX and WAAF, KXXR Minneapolis/St. Paul, and WAQZ Cincinnati.

As previously reported, the band recorded the album in Los Angeles with producer Terry Date (Soundgarden, Deftones). The new set is the follow-up to Powerman 5000's platinum-certified 1999 sophomore album "Tonight the Stars Revolt." That set peaked at No. 29 on The Billboard 200, and has sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

Aaron CarterTeen popster Aaron Carter is gearing up to release his fourth album, "Oh Aaron" on Jive Records Aug. 7. The album's title track will be its first single. Aaron's brother, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, as well as newly signed Jive girl group No Secrets, make guest appearances on the set.

Carter's Jive debut "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" entered the Billboard 200 at No. 16 last October, leaping as high as No. 4 in April on the strength of the title track and second single "That's How I Beat Shaq," featuring Shaquille O'Neal.

The self-proclaimed "Little Prince of Pop" is part of a trifecta of singing siblings. Aaron and Nick's sister Leslie released her debut album "Like Wow!" earlier this year on Dreamworks. Leslie is currently supporting Aaron's U.S. tour, which tonight plays Kansas City, Kan., and will run through late August.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.

MokeLondon-based rock act Moke will kick off a U.S. tour on Sunday (July 8) in support of its sophomore album "Carnival." Due in stores Tuesday, the Ultimatum/Artemis album is preceded by the single "My Degeneration," a somewhat twisted homage to the Who anthem "My Generation."

Produced by Paul Stacey (who engineered Oasis' "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants") and mixed by Bob Clearmountain (David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen), the 11-track "Carnival" was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, and at Stacey's Strangeways studio in London's Notting Hill district.

Following the release of its 1998 debut, "Superdrag" (later reissued by Ultimatum as "Moke"), the band spent nearly two years on the road, garnering the attention of crowds and critics alike. While sparse, the band's recently launched Web site promises a downloads section in the near future that will include B-sides, previously unreleased songs, and live recordings.

Here are Moke's U.S. tour dates:

July 8: Austin, Texas (Stubbs)
July 10: Tucson, Ariz. (The Rock)
July 11: Phoenix (Big Fish Pub)
July 12: San Diego (Brick By Brick)
July 13: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Velvet Jones)
July 14: Sacramento, Calif. (Old Ironsides)
July 15: Reno, Nev. (Peppermill)
July 16: San Jose, Calif. (Cactus Club)
July 23: Tarrytown, N.Y. (Tarrytown House)
July 24: Boston (Bill's Bar)
July 26: New London, Conn. (El 'N' Gee Club)
July 27: Asbury Park, N.J. (the Saint)
July 28: Baltimore (Nottingham's)
July 29: Philadelphia (Pontiac Grille)
July 30: Cleveland (Peabody's)
July 31: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Intersection)
Aug. 2: Chicago (Double Door)
Aug. 3: TBA
Aug. 4: Atlanta (the Library)

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


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