Overnight Sensation …

Most of our overnight crew woke up this morning to find themselves in a potato field in Munger, Michigan. Don’t you just love April Fool jokes? Anyway, until they arrive back at the ranch, we only know of one item scheduled to run between now and sometime tomorrow morning:

Returns To AtlantaQueens of the Stone Age, Ghostland Observatory, Supersuckers and more return to the city’s Centennial Olympic Park.

Link-O-Rama …

UC Berkeley study says pro-drug lyrics in rap music “jumped dramatically” over the last 20 years – UC Berkeley / EurekaAlert.com / press release

Ticket scalp … er, secondary ticket vending in New York State – amNewYork

Mix tape sites and the law – CNET / News.com

Britney Spears reportedly back with former manager Larry Rudolph – People

Catching up with Stephen Malkmus and The JicksBoston Herald / The Edge

Shining a little light on Marty Scorsese and The Rolling StonesPremiere Magazine

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Considered to be one of the greatest and funkiest bass players alive, Bootsy Collins hits the clubs in May and June. Stops include Royal Oak (Michigan), Toronto, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Dallas, Anaheim, San Francisco, Portland (Oregon) and Seattle.

Gin Blossoms update today with new July dates for Illinois, Ohio, New York and Alberta. New stops are July 5 (Wheeling, IL), July 18 (No. Lawrence, OH), July 19 (Calgary, AB), and July 24 (Buffalo, NY).

Rancid begins to lay down the summer tour plans. New to the itinerary is Tucson (June 10), Austin (June 13), St. Petersburg (June 16), Ft. Lauderdale (June 19), Lake Buena Vista (June 20), Jacksonville (June 21), No. Myrtle Beach (June 24) and Tulsa (June 29).

Finally, Josh Gracin manages to update his schedule before the final deadline. New dates include May 25 (Altoona, IA), June 7 (Russellville, AR), June 20 (Lake Elsinore, CA) and June 30 (Orem, UT).

During the day we also updated the schedules for Gary Pfaff, Carlene Carter, Firehouse, Galactic, Jonathan Edwards, Lipbone Redding, Twiztid, Too Slim And The Taildraggers, The Waifs, Victoria Vox, “Bandemonium Tour,” Dave Attell, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Kooks, Todd Carey, N*E*R*D, Family Force 5, Emerson Drive, Dwight Yoakam, Killswitch Engage, Mary J. Blige, Elton John, Simple Plan, plus more bands and artists than those other music sites list, if only because their editors suffer from various medical conditions such as bromhidrosis and oral malodor.

And that wraps up this most excellent Tuesday. Thank you for being our companion on April Fool’s Day 2008 and we hope you’ll join us tomorrow. Goodnight, good luck and good hunting.