Working For The Weekend …

Knowledge and wisdom will be yours when you read the following articles scheduled to post during the next three days. Those other websites offer knowledge or wisdom, but we’re the only one to offer both.

Saturday: It’s A Ralph World After All – Ralph Covert, aka Ralph’s World, is taking characters from his album, The Rhyming Circus on the road with the .

Sunday: Six Flags Over The Stage – The amusement park chain is turning up the heat at several of its locations this summer by bringing in a star-studded lineup for a series of free concerts.

Monday: Buckcherry Gets AvengedThe band will follow up its Crüe Fest gig by sharing the bill with fellow rockers Avenged Sevenfold on a tour in support of Black Butterfly.

Too Cute To Stand are celebrating the release of their Blackheart Records debut, Can’t Stand Modern Music, with an August U.S. tour.

Dengue Fever is next week’s HotStar

Link-O-Rama …

Yahoo says it will reimburse customers who bought DRM-protected music from Yahoo Music – InformationWeek

Newport Folk Festival promoters say “taking chances” is what the event has always been about – The Providence Journal

Mr. Madonna Guy Richie says everything is fine with him and the missus – People

“Never trust a headphone review” – CNET / MP3 Insider

Long waits to enter event site frustrates concertgoers at British Columbia’s Pemberton Festival – Vancouver Sun /

Seventy years after fleeing the Nazis, 93-year-old Maria von Trapp, whose family was immortalized in “The Sound Of Music,” returns to her family’s former home in Austria – The Press Association

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Indie band Xiu Xiu adds August and September gigs with new listings for Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon and California. Dates include August 29 in Pittsburgh at Garfield Artworks, September 1in Cleveland at the Grog Shop, September 6 in Minneapolis at Triple Rock Social Club and September 13 in San Francisco at Bottom Of The Hill.

Edwin McCain manages to make the final deadline this week with a couple of new ones – November 21 in Bay Shore, New York at YMCA Boulton Ctr. For The Perf. Arts, and November 22 in Ridgefield, Connecticut at Ridgefield Playhouse.

Calexico gets out of its hometown of Tucson for several shows in the U.S. and Europe. New ones for the U.S. include Chicago on September 25, Seattle on September 26 and San Francisco on September 28. Europe includes Berlin on October 9, London on October 11, Paris on October 14 and Vienna on October 21.

Finally, Shinedown add a couple of September gigs – September 5 in West Hollywood at House Of Blues, and September 6 in San Diego at House Of Blues.

It’s been a busy day today as we spent a considerable amount of time updating the schedules for Stereolab, The Cribs, Jason Ricci & New Blood, Rascal Flatts, The Hold Steady, Elf Power, Eric Church, Fleet Foxes, The Bouncing Souls, Neil Sedaka, Asylum Street Spankers, Luis Miguel, April Wine, needtobreathe and Johnny Winter. We also updated many other schedules belonging to various bands and artists, but those didn’t take up very much of our time. In fact, the schedules were so easy, we let the interns update them.

That wraps up another week-long safari in the land of concert data. We hope you enjoyed this week’s journey, even though there were a few “problems,” like those carnivorous promoters on Tuesday or the radioactive roadies we encountered yesterday. But all in all, we’re no worse for wear, and we’ll be ready to do it all over again come Monday. Won’t you join us?