News …

Tijuana, music and violence – The Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

At first you don’t succeed … Dell reportedly planning to market very small MP3 player priced under $50 – Reuters

Lebanese pop singer Suzan Tamim murdered in Dubai – The National

Jack White and Alicia Keys team up to record Bond theme – The Times Online U.K.

“Voice of India” 2007 winner Ishmeet Singh drowns while on promo tour – India Today

Jazz guitarist Joe Beck passes at 62 – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Views …

Nine Inch Nails in Calgary – ” … Reznor and his crew of killer musicians absolutely gripped the crowd of 8,500 fans who showed up to pay respects to the king of industrial metal.” – Calgary Herald /

Sugarland in Davenport, Iowa – ” … one of the most energetic and freewheeling shows the fair grandstand has seen this decade.” – Quad-City Times

Backstreet Boys in St. John’s, Newfoundland – “As a boxing ring floated to centre stage, all four boys (Kevin quit the band, ladies) bounced with muchos testosterone, which matched the mesmerizing estrogen-overloaded shrieks that blared resoundingly throughout the stadium.” – The Telegram

in Pittsburgh – “Although it may have been the most diverse tour yet, the crustiest punks on the bill played the most intense set of the day yesterday at the Post-Gazette Pavilion.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Dave Matthews Band in Columbus, Ohio – “Timeless, familiar tunes still pack punch.” – The Columbus Dispatch

Lucinda Williams in Utah – ” … turned a Monday night in Park City into a Saturday night in New Orleans.” – The Salt Lake Tribune

The Police in Pittsburgh – “Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland are more than mere rockers; each of them has the chops to stretch out the music, re-invent it inside out, as if they were disciples of Miles Davis.” – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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

Buddy Guy is 72

Paul Anka is 67

David Sanborn is 63

Otis Taylor is 60

Kate Bush is 50

Neal McCoy is 50

Dwayne O’Brien (Little Texas) is 44

Brad Hargreaves (Third Eye Blind) is 37