News …

Tejano star Emilio Navaira upgraded to fair condition – Associated Press

Restraining order against Britney pal Sam Lutfi extended to July 31 – Reuters

Looking past DRM in an online world – The Guardian U.K.

Artist manager Irving Azoff talks about Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Tommy Hilfiger launches online channel combining music with passion for fashion – The Times Online U.K.

Barbra Streisand gives $5 million to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Associated Press

Views …

Eddie Vedder in San Diego – ” … the charismatic lead singer of Pearl Jam delivered a consistently inspiring performance that was all he more impressive because he didn’t have a band to flesh out his music.” – San Diego Union Tribune / Street

Nick Lowe in Boulder, Colorado – ” … the 59-year-old Englishman and his acoustic guitar left little room for disappointment, putting the focus squarely on the man’s 40-year catalog of genius pop songs.” – The Denver Post

The Gossip in NYC – “Beth Ditto … takes a shrewdly inclusive approach to the art of spectacle.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Chuck Berry in Beantown – “Fifty-three years after his first single, ‘Maybellene,’ rode to the top of the pop charts and helped usher in rock ‘n’ roll, the mere sight of Chuck Berry with an electric guitar can still thrill the onetime schoolgirls and boys who remain forever young in Berry’s universe.” – The Boston Globe

Kimya Dawson in Milwaukee – “Between the spare instrumentation and the minimalist melodies, the songs were a stream-of-consciousness poetry.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Minus The Bear in the Hoosier State – ” … shook the walls of The Bluebird Nightclub …” – Indiana Daily Student

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

Jan Hammer is 60

Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) is 53

Maynard James Keenan (Tool) is 44

Liz Phair is 41

Redman is 38

Victoria Beckham (Spice Girls) is 34