Link-O-Rama …

Bloc Party frontman accuses Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten / John Lydon of instigating a racist attack during weekend festival – The Times Online U.K.

Is Napster ripe for a takeover? – Bloomberg

Lil Scrappy free on bail after allegedly living up to his name with his sister’s boyfriend – Associated Press

Artist manager Terry McBride (Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan) isn’t afraid of music pirates – AFP

Trojan horse circulating on P2P networks turns MP3s into ASFs – Wired News / Listening Post

Q&A with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

James is back with a tour of North America scheduled to commence in mid-September. Playing mostly clubs and theatres, dates include Boston on September 15 at Paradise Rock Club, Montreal on September 22 at Club Soda, Denver on September 29 at Ogden Theatre, Los Angeles on October 2 El Rey Theatre, and Mexico City at a venue yet to be announced on October 7.

Australian band Cut Copy joins up with The Presets for clubs and theatres come September and October. Stops include Kansas City on September 15 at The Record Bar, Chicago on September 17 at Metro / Smart Bar, Philadelphia on September 25 at Trocadero Theatre and Vancouver on October 9 at Commodore Ballroom.

Brit electronic group Goldfrapp updates with new North America shows for September and United Kingdom gigs for October and November. On this side of the ocean the new ones include New York on September 12, Toronto on September 14, Vancouver on September 16, Seattle on September 17 and Los Angeles on September 21. U.K. dates include Liverpool on October 31, Manchester on November 2 and London on November 9.

And it looks as if The Rocket Summer wants to turn September and October into The Rocket Fall. New dates include September 10 in Vegas, September 12 in San Diego, September 24 in Milwaukee, October 2 in Washington, October 7 in Atlanta and October 18 in Dallas.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Whitechapel, Zebrahead, Lucero, Madonna, Flobots, Ben Nichols, Black Francis (aka Frank Black), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (B.R.M.C.) and Atreyu.

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