News …

New book, “Girls Like Us,” chronicles the early careers of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon The New York Times (registration may be required)

Trial doesn’t hamper R. Kelly’s star power – The Chicago Tribune

USPS releases Frank Sinatra commemorative stamp today – NPR

Scott Weiland begins 8-day jail stretch – People

Dwight Yoakam to make 24th appearance on “Tonight Show” this week, breaking the record for number of appearances on the program by any artist – Associated Press

You can’t have a vinyl comeback without a having a turntable comeback. It just ain’t natural – Boston Herald

Views …

Leonard Cohen opens first tour in 15 years in Fredericton, New Brunswick – “He was in fine voice all night long, and his enthusiasm never flagged over a 20-song performance.” Daily Gleaner

The Cure in Boston – “Smith’s 49-year-old voice has lost little of its range and nuance over the past 20 years, and his backers have become journeymen with great chops and restrained good taste.” – Boston Herald

Radiohead in Bristow, VA – “The crowd cheered rapturously, and for the briefest of moments, the stoic Yorke appeared to be smiling.” – The Washington Post

in Edmonton – ” … wholesome, empowering, healthy heavy metal music served up to 4,500 black T-shirt-clad metalheads,” – Edmonton Sun

Taking Back Sunday in NYC – ” … started with a bang Friday night, as the band made its Madison Square Garden debut.” – Newsday

Architecture In Helsinki in Sydney, Australia – ” … they really enjoy making their potent sonic cocktail – and the enjoyment is infectious.” – Sydney Morning Herald

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

Stevie Wonder is 58

Lari White is 43

Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish) is 42

Andy Williams (Casting Crowns) is 36

Mickey Madden (Maroon 5) is 29