Link-O-Rama …A federal judge grants RIAA’s request to have College of William and Mary identify 20 students suspected of copyright infringing activities – The Virginian-Pilot

Two brothers charged with murder in shooting of assistant – Associated Press

First computer-generated music found. RIAA immediately consults its lawyers – The Inquirer U.K.

Sure, you can buy music at iTunes, but did you know you can also download music lessons? – Macworld

Weird and wonderful music venues. Forget arenas, clubs and amphitheatres, former pickle factories and ex-leper hospitals are where it’s at – The Guardian U.K.

Boy George takes questions, gives answers – San Francisco Chronicle

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Looks as if extra dates for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band are trickling out one at a time. Earlier this week we received information on the Hershey, PA, show (August 19), and today we have a new date for Nashville (August 21). Ticketmaster says the Hershey show goes on sale tomorrow, and the Nashville date goes on sale a week from tomorrow.

The Icelanders are coming! The Icelanders are coming! Actually it’s Icelandic band Sigur Ros touring North America during September and October. Dates include September 17 – 19 in New York at United Palace; September 20 in Montreal at Quays Jaques Cartier; September 24 in Chicago at Chicago Theatre; September 25 in Minneapolis at The Orpheum Theatre, September 27 in Denver at Red Rocks; October 1 in San Diego at Copley Symphony Hall; October 2 in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre and October 7 in Vancouver, British Columbia, at Chan Centre For The Performing Arts.

Luis Miguel updates today with new listings for Nevada, California, Florida and Argentina. Dates include September 7 at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena; September 24 in Fresno, CA, at Save Mart Center, November 7 in Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena and November 25 in Mendoza, Argentina, at Malvinas Argentinas Stadium.

Chris Thile, mandolist and vocalist for Nickel Creek, plays the United Kingdom next month and lines up several new U.S. dates for August and November. Appearing as Punch Brothers Feat. Chris Thile, the U.K. routing includes listings for Birmingham on July 13; London on July 14 and Manchester on July 18. August U.S. stops include Highlands, NC, on August 10 and Bellvue, CO, on August 29. November gigs include Richmond, VA (November 11 – 12); West, IN (November 20) and Fayetteville, AR (November 22). Mr. Thile also adds a couple of 2009 dates – February 13 in Chico, CA, and February 14 in Davis, CA.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Seven Mary Three, Nebula, Natalie Cole, Michael Powers, Madeleine Peyroux, Indigo Girls, Chris Botti, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Asylum Street Spankers, Ana Popovic, Totimoshi, Wild Sweet Orange and Fritz’s Polka Band.

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This Day In Music History … (from Associated Press)

In 1969, the three-day Newport Festival began in Northridge, California, featuring such performers as Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker and Ike and Tina Turner. Hendrix was paid a then-record $135,000.

In 1980, Bob Dylan released his second religious-themed L-P, Saved. It won him the rock vocal Grammy Award.

In 1986, the first Prince’s Trust concert was held in London. The performers included Bryan Adams, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Tina Turner.

In 1992, members of the Irish rock band U2 were among anti-nuclear protesters who used inflatable dinghies to land on a beach in northern England. Their protest against a nuclear reprocessing plant defied a court order.

In 1994, Geffen Records offered the estimated two- (m) million subscribers to the CompuServe computer bulletin board an opportunity to download a previously unreleased Aerosmith song. “Head First” was recorded for the 1993 album