News …

Is Grammy showing its age? – Newsday

Grammys’ Amy Winehouse “shadow” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Checking out the “America Idol” contestants – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

The new “pop and roll royalty” – New York Post

Elizabeth McGovern (yes, that Elizabeth McGovern) finds happiness playing in a band in South London – The Times Online

Views …

Rufus Wainwright Down Under – “He came, he sang, he conquered” – Advertiser Adelaide

Rascal Flatts in Toronto – “the core of the Rascal Flatts show is big-budget, high-tech arena-sized electrickery and futuristic stage gadgetry” – Toronto Star

Yonder Mountain String Band in Tulsa – “These guys are a musical force to be reckoned with’ – Tulsa World

matchbox twenty in Cleveland – “Even if you don’t own a single Matchbox Twenty CD, you easily could’ve sung along” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kula Shaker in the United Kingdom – “The memorable set included a whistle-stop tour of their back catalogue …” Norwich Evening News

Joe Henry in NYC – ” … the songs on Henry’s album, Civilians, released Sept. 11, make their way through a world gone black and cold, where hope springs eternal but often gets chopped off at the knees” – Philadelphia Inquirer

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

John Williams is 76

Robert Klein is 66

Dan Seals is 60

Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 47

Sammy Llanas (BoDeans) is 47

Phoenix (Linkin Park) is 31