Link-O-Rama …

Have you been keeping up on David Byrne’s latest project? The former Talking Head is turning a New York City building into an orchestra – The New York Times (registration may be required)

It’s tough out there for emo kids – The Times Online U.K.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may have only attended four rock concerts in her life, but this week she met KISS, and now her life is changed … forever! – Reuters

Multimillion-dollar Long Island home that’s the center of a dispute between 50 Cent and an ex-girlfriend goes up in flames – Associated Press

Keboardist Butch Taylor departs the Dave Matthews Band. No reason is given – Dave Matthews Band

Something we found while looking for something else – a 1975 review of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band in London – The Times Online U.K.

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Rachael Sage updates today with new gig listings on both sides of the Atlantic. On the UsofVA side the singer / songwriter adds October 11 in Boise. On the other side the new one is August 6 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Dolly Parton adds to her August schedule. Today’s update includes an August 7 date in Portland, OR, and an August 13 date in Clarkston, Michigan (Detroit-area market).

Duncan Sheik gets busy and books new shows for July, November and next year. Duncan’s latest update shows him playing East Meadow, New York, at the Harry Chapin Theatre on July 12. New fall dates include November 1 in Lake Worth, FL, at Duncan Theatre; November 11 in Wilmington, DE, at the Grand Opera House; and November 14 in St. Louis, MO, at Westport Playhouse. The new 2009 date is February 17 in Mesa, AZ, at the Ikeda Theatre.

And the Molly Ringwalds add new dates in the American southeast – June 13 in Jackson, MS; June 14 in Starkville, MS; June 20 in Lafayette, LA; July 3 in Pensacola, FL; and July 4 & 5 in Gulfport, MS.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Kataklysm, Pat McGee Band, The Devil Makes Three, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stone Temple Pilots, Tokio Hotel, Toby Keith, Liz Pappademas, John Michael Montgomery, BlackHawk, Great Big Sea and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.

That’s the skinny at the halfway mark. As you read this, trucks are unloading new dates on our loading dock, planes are landing with fresh schedules on our airstrip and yet another freight train loaded with new schedules has just arrived on our private railroad spur. In other words, there’s plenty more concert info yet to post. Check it out in Your Latest Update, coming up around 3 pm (PDT), from!

This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

Today is May 30th In 1966, future superstar Anne Murray signed a contract with CBC’s “Singalong Jubilee.” She would be paid $71.50 for each appearance on the T-V show, and 99 dollars if she soloed.

In 1968, the Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album, a two LP set whose official title was simply The Beatles. The album was packaged in a plain white jacket. In 1971, 36 people were treated after unwittingly drinking apple cider laced with LSD at a Grateful Dead concert in San Francisco.

In 1978, Led Zeppelin began work on their final album, In Through the Out Door. A later Zeppelin album, Coda, was composed of early recordings and outtakes.

In 1987, David Bowie opened his Glass Spider world tour before 100-thousand fans in Rotterdam. Reviewers called the event a “travelling rock ‘n’ roll Broadway show.” It took a 150-member crew to set up the equipment, which included two sound systems, 260 speaker cabinets, one-thousand lights and three computers.

In 1992, singers Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were married in suburban New York City.