News …

Are record stores an endangered species? – Springfield News-Sun

Aerosmith’s Joe Perry upcoming solo gig is a family affair” – Boston Herald

Today’s new word is “Sleeveface” – San Francisco Chronicle

Amy Winehouse’s road to destruction – The Times Online

Kasey Chambers’ next album is a “partnership” with husband Shane Nicholson – The Daily Telegraph

Long Island lawyer stars in touring company of Billy Joel / Twyla Tharp musical “Moving Out” – Newsday

Views …

Van Halen in Oklahoma City – “Not only was the old band back together, it was thriving” – The Oklahoman

The Mars Volta in Ann Arbor, Mich – “I could barely tear myself away from the visual and aural spectacle” – The Ann Arbor News

Judy Collins in NYC – “stole through the room like a shaft of light falling through a stained-glass window” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Alison Moyet in Nottingham – “she has never sounded happier, more confident, or in better voice” – This Is Nottingham / Evening Post

Elton in the UAE – “A night to remember” –Khaleej Times

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Doug Kershaw is 72

Ray Stevens is 69

Aaron Neville is 67

Neil Diamond is 67

Yakov Smirnoff is 57

Jools Holland is 50

Sleepy Brown is 38