Rihanna at the 2010 Kid's Choice Awards

Much to her fan's delight, Rihanna is finally hitting the road again.

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Rihanna starts 'Last Girl on Earth' U.S. tour July 2

She's joined by two other girls, Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj

Rihanna will kick off her biggest tour yet when she hits the road in the U.S. on July 2 at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle, Washington. Joining Rihanna on the "Last Girl on Earth"  outing will be Ke$ha and Nicki Minaj.

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<p>&nbsp;Neil Young</p>

 Neil Young

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Neil Young takes Twisted Road to first solo tour in several years

Theater outing starts May 18 in Albany, N.Y.


Rocker Neil Young, who finally won his first Grammy this year (for best art direction, no less) kicks off his first solo concert in several years May 18 at the Palace Theater in Albany, N.Y.
The three-week  Twisted Road tour will take Young to many historic theaters, including Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and D.C.’s  Constitution Hall.
Tickets go on sale March 27. Even if he’s not coming to you live, Young may be coming to a theater near you this week as “Neil Young Truck Show,” the second in director Jonathan Demme’s trilogy of Young films, screens in theaters across the country this week.
Dates are below:
May 18
Palace Theatre
Albany, NY
May 19
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Buffalo, NY
May 21
Hanover Theatre
Worcester, MA
May 23
Oakdale Theatre
Wallingford, CT
May 24
Constitution Hall
Washington, DC
May 26
Palace Theatre
Louisville, KY
May 27
Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Knoxville, TN
May 29
Fox Theatre
Atlanta, GA
May 30
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Spartanburg, SC
June 1
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
June 2
Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, TN
June 4
Jones Hall
Houston, TX
June 5
Bass Performance Hall
Austin, TX
June 7
Meyerson Symphony Center
Dallas, TX


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Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 Live from the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Cover art for Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 Live from the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Win Ben Harper and the Relentless7's new CD/DVD!

Just answer a very simple question and it's yours (if you hurry)

*****Update: We now have five winners. This contest is now over. Thank you for participating.*****


Ben Harper and the Relentless7 start a new tour next week that will last through the summer and includes dates in Europe with Pearl Jam and concludes with a stint at the Gorge Amphitheater in Gorge, Wash. with Dave Matthews Band.

But if you can’t catch him in concert, Hitfix has the next best thing and, even better, it’s free!
The first five people who can answer the following question will win the band’s brand new CD/DVD “Live from the Montreal Jazz Festival.”  The band’s blistering set features 28 tracks and captures Harper’s stunning guitar work and the wideranging breadth of the group’s talents as the members sway from rock to pop and blues.
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The Dave Matthews Band will attend the Mile High Festival.

The Dave Matthews Band are joining the Mile High club.  But not "that" club.

Join the Mile High Music Festival Club with Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson

My Morning Jacket, Weezer, Keane and Drive-By Truckers also slated for Aug. 14-15 event


Want to join the Mile High club? No, not that one. This one may not be quite as much fun, but you don’t have to leave the ground.
Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson will headline the Mile High Music Festival, Aug. 14-15.
The AEG-produced event takes place at (warning, extremely unwieldy name coming) On the Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, which is just outside of Denver. Tickets go on sale April 10 and are $150 for the two-day event.
Other artists playing the festival include My Morning Jacket, Weezer, Train, Phoenix, Cypress Hill, Drive-By Truckers, Keane and Nas & Damian Marley.
Saturday, August 14
Jack Johnson
Steve Miller Band
Slightly Stoopid
Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Cypress Hill
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Samples (all original members)
Keller Williams
Rusted Root
Donavon Frankenreiter
One eskimO
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
Amos Lee
The Constellations
The Motet
Bobby Long

Sunday, August 15
Dave Matthews Band
My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Cliff
Drive-By Truckers
Railroad Earth
Punch Brothers
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Trevor Hall
Matt Morris
On My Stars
Joe Purdy
The Knew
Danielle Ate the Sandwich


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The album at for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's collaboration "Here Lies Love"

The album at for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's collaboration "Here Lies Love."

Fatboy Slim and David Byrne, Jakob Dylan, Slash and Sharon Jones lead April 6 new release slate

Dr. Dog, Robyn Hitchcock, Melissa Auf der Maur also on the docket


April 6 one of those release dates that’s more interesting than star-studded. There are some fine albums coming out from very talented folks like David Byrne, Slash, and Jakob Dylan, but few are likely to make a mark in the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 next week.
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Soundgarden confirms they will play Lollapalooza this year

Soundgarden confirms they will play Lollapalooza this year.

Credit: Soundgarden

Soundgarden confirms its Lollapalooza appearance for Aug. 8

Letter by letter more acts become clear

 Soundgarden is the first band confirmed for Lollapalooza. The band sent out an email blast to its fans Monday afternoon confirming its participation at the Aug. 6-8 Chicago festival. Soundgarden will take the stage at Grant Park on Aug. 8.

 The Seattle band may have jumped the gun a little bit since Lollapalooza has yet to officially confirm any performers, despite the rampant rumors that Green Day and Lady GaGa are among the other headliners.
As we reported earlier, visitors to the Lollapalooza site are greeted with blank spaces for all the acts playing with a letter occasionally filled in, like Wheel of Fortune or Hangman. For example, any artist with the letter S, R, O or I in its name already has those letters turned over. The letters certainly fit for Green Day. There are no letters turned over yet for the third name, which lends credence to those rumors about Lady GaGa. The S got turned over today, leaving Soundgarden clearly confident enough to spill the not-very-well-kept beans. Depending upon your patience and love of games, you either find this type of reveal fun or damn irritating.
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<p>&nbsp;Bob Dylan</p>

 Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan cancels Asian tour after Chinese officials ban his Beijing and Shanghai dates

Blame Bjork: Culture ministry still skittish after her pro-Tibet remarks in 2008


Bob Dylan has canceled the remainder of his Asian tour after Chinese officials denied the legendary singer/songwriter permission to perform in Beijing and Shanghai.
According to U.K. paper, The Guardian, Dylan’s “counter culture” past, from, oh, let’s see, more than 40 years ago, made him a risky choice to play in China. Let's face it, anyone who's seen Dylan in concert knows he mumbles through the whole thing. Even if English is your native language, you can't understand a word he's saying. He could call for a total revolution and the whole audience would probably just go, "What? Did you understand what he just said?"
Promoter Jeffrey Wu told Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post that the Chinese officials remain skittish after Bjork made pro-Tibet comments during a concert in Shanghai in 2008.
Wu further commented that Dylan, who has been playing in Japan, cancelled his dates in Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan, following the Shanghai and Beijing ban. “The chance to play in China was the main attraction for him,” Wu said. “When that fell through everything else was called off.”
As the Guardian points out, following Bjork’s outburst, the Chinese ministry of culture has cast an extremely wary eye toward Western acts. Oasis was also banned from playing Beijing and Shanghai last year because the band’s Noel Gallagher has supported Tibet in the past, including appearing at a Tibetian freedom concert in the late ‘90s.


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<p>&nbsp;Kurt Cobain</p>

 Kurt Cobain

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On the 16th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death are we any closer to a film about his life?

Who else is 'languishing' in biopic purgatory?

Today marks the 16th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Are we any closer to a biopic on the Nirvana leader? 

It depends upon whom you believe.
In an extensive story on biopics in April 1’s Variety, author Steve Chagollan calls any attempt to bring Cobain’s story to the big screen, “long languishing.” Among the others that can’t seem to achieve lift off? Projects on Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Keith Moon, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Frank Sinatra.
However MTV reports today, perhaps to commemorate Cobain’s death, that Oren Moverman, best known as director of “The Messenger,” is still in talks to direct a Cobain biopic based on Charles R. Cross’s 2001 book “Heavier Than Heaven.” Moverman is very cautious, telling MTV that “it’s so early in the process, it would be not right for me to try to guess what the film will be before I start to actually attack it, before I’m officially on it.” As we previously reported, Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, has optioned the rights to "Heavier Than Heaven." Universal owns the rights to Cobain's and Love's life stories. Odd, but true.
As Chagollan's piece points out, biopics can be very messy business when it comes to getting rights to the music and the estate's approval, if that's an issue.
Do we really need a Cobain biopic? No, we just need the music. So today, in honor of Cobain, take out your favorite Nirvana album and turn it up loud.



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Who comes out on top of next week's album chart in Usher v. Bieber?

Does the protege remain at No. 1 or does his mentor steal his crown?

Usher’s album may be called “Raymond v. Raymond,” but it’s really Usher v. Bieber on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. Can Usher, returning with his first album since 2008’s “Here I Stand,” knock pop pipsqueak Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” out of the top spot? Either way, it’s a win for Usher since Bieber is signed to his label.
It looks like Usher will triumph with “Raymond v. Raymond” handily coming in at No. 1 with sales of 370,000, according to Hits Daily Double. Bieber will slip to No. 2 with very strong sales of 240,000. Erykah Badu, fueled over the controversy from her video for “Window Seat” is poised to come in at No. 3, also with six figure sales. She should move around 130,000 copies of  “New Amerykah, Part ll: Return of the Ankh.”
Other debuts in the Top 10 include Alan Jackson’s “Freight Train,” which looks like it will pull into the station at No. 7, while the latest from Ghost + Meth + Rae (Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon), “Wu-Massacre,” come in at No. 10.
The rest of the top 10 remains made up of familiar names, Monica, who had a great return last week, sticks aaround at No. 5. Our two Ladies: Antebellum and GaGa, remain strong, while Bieber’s previous set, “My World,” remains in the top 10 as well, at No. 8.

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<p>Alicia Keys</p>

Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Black Eyed Peas and Annie Lennox all slated for 'Idol Gives Back'

Past 'Idol Gives Back' have raised more than $140 million for charity

 After taking a year hiatus, “Idol Gives Back” returns April 21 with some major stars in tow. Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Jeff Beck are all slated to appear. As in years past, some major names like Brad Pitt, President Clinton, etc., may drop by.

“Idol Gives Back” has raised more than $140 million for charity so far, according to the show. This year’s event will raise funds for a number of U.S. and international organizations including Feeding America, United National Foundation, Children’s Health Fund and Malaria No More.
Viewers will be able to make donations during and following the program.


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