There's good news and bad news from the online music royalty battlefield. The good news is that all parties have finally agreed mechanical royalties for streamers and limited (subscription) download services. The bad news is that this doesn't resolve the Internet royalty dispute - Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)
Described as "hip hop meets The Muppets," new TV program Alligator Boots features music performed by Kanye West and Rhymefest - If Magazine
Are you sick and tired of that friend / coworker / relative that keeps showing off his / her iPhone? The new Android phone from Google should put a dent in all that bluster - PC World
How would you like to receive a wake-up call in the morning from Phil Vassar or members of Little Big Town? All you need do is stay at a Red Roof Inn - The New York Times (registration may be required)
Did you know there is an English band whose lead singer is as old as Keith Richards looks? What's more, they just celebrated the launch of their debut album - Reuters
Music-making asphalt in Lancaster, California, to be paved over today. No, we're not making this up - The Salt Lake Tribune / Associated Press
Dates, Dates & More Dates …
Neil Diamond adds a third leg to his current tour, thus giving every living being in North America a chance to see him in action. New dates include November 28 in Uncasville, Connecticut, at Mohegan Sun, November 30 in Ottawa, Ontario, at Scotiabank Place, December 2 in Toronto, Ontario, at Air Canada Centre, December 6 in Worcester, Massachusetts, at DCU Center and November 8 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and December 10 in Atlanta, Georgia, at Gwinnett Center. Other towns on the new leg include Charlotte, Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Portland, Oregon. We'll have a special item posting on this new development as soon as our writers finish crossing their eyes and dotting their tees.
This year's "Jagermeister Music Tour," is starting to take shape. Comprised of headliner Hinder, and featuring Trapt and Rev Theory, new dates include October 24 in Magna, Utah, at The Great Saltair, October 28 in San Diego at 4th & B, October 30 in Las Vegas at Pearl Concert Theatre and Reno on October 1 at Grand Sierra Resort. Other new stops include Anaheim, Baltimore, Worcester, Montclair and Atlantic City.
Ill Nino lines up the clubs dates for October and November. New listings include October 28 in Atlanta at The Masquerade, New York on November 4 at Blender Theatre At Gramercy, November 12 in Mokena, Illinois, at Pearl Room and November 30 in West Hollywood at the Key Club.
It's "hip, hip, hip and away we go" as The Mighty Underdogs hit the road. Look for the band in Los Angeles at the Knitting Factory on October 30, Austin at The Mohawk on November 5, Dallas at House Of Blues on November 6, Denver at the Marquis Theater on November 11 and San Francisco at Regency Center Ballroom on November 22. Other dates include stops in Tempe, Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Dallas, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Seattle and Milwaukee.
During the past few hours we also updated the schedules for The Subdudes, The Gruff, The Jets, Tina Turner, The Futureheads, The Dreaming, Stephen Fretwell, OTEP, Murder City Sparrows, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, and Dada.
And that's the scoop at the halfway mark, and we'll have more fresh concert information coming right up in Your Latest Update, posting sometime around 3 pm (Fresno Daylight Time).