News …

NYC record stores struggle to remain open – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Students vs RIAA at Boston University – The Daily Free Press

Lance Bass speaks out against discrimination – Associated Press

Catching up with the Yazoo reunion – The Times Online U.K.

Q&A with Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard – Seattle Times

Avant-garde jazz label Cryptogramophone celebrates its first decade – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Views …

Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn in Edmonton – “By the time the night drew to a close, we were all cowboys, inside, where it counts.” – Edmonton Sun

Ben Folds in Adrian, MI – “This was, as far as anyone could tell, the biggest concert in the history of Adrian College.” – The Jackson Citizen Patriot

Shelby Lynne in Dallas – “The rain drummed against the Granada Theater’s roof Thursday night, but the mood inside was steamy, not soggy.” – Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea and Jack DeJohnette in Los Angeles – “It was pretty obvious from the names of the headliners … that their performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall Wednesday night would be an unusual event. But who knew how unusual?” – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Sarah Johns in Idaho – “‘Have any of you girls been cheated on?'” – Idaho Statesman

Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs in Troy, NY – ” … the musicians onstage seemed to be loving it every bit as much as the fans that packed the music hall to near capacity.” – Albany Times Union