The reunited New Kids On The Block will release its first new music since 1994 on May 13, when the single "Summertime" will be made available via all digital music services, according to a blog post today (May 1) on the group's official Web site.
First things first: the Drive-By Truckers' seventh record, "Brighter Than Creation's Dark," due Jan. 22 on New West, is extremely long. Nineteen tracks long, can't-burn-two-seconds-more-on-the-CD long, long enough that Patterson Hood says it would have probably been a double album if the record company had been remotely OK with it.
Billy Joel has broken his self-imposed retirement from pop for the second time in a year, but he'd almost rather you didn't know that. The second new Joel-penned single since his last pop album, 1993's "River of Dreams," is called "Christmas in Fallujah" and hits iTunes Dec. 4.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals shaped their new record, "Lifeline," during several months' worth of soundchecks and knocked it out during one busy week in a Paris studio. So it couldn't be less surprising to see that it migrates back to the stage with an assured, groovy ease.