News …

Sony to acquire BMG share of Sony / BMG – Associated Press

Study indicates music is associated with antisocial behavior, a proclivity towards suicide and drug use among teens. Hmmm…. Didn’t people once make the same claims about Elvis? – The Canberra Times

Paul McCartney pens love song about … Heather Mills?? – The Mirror U.K.

Ten things learned at this year’s

Brooks & Dunn receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame – Los Angeles Times</a> (registration may be required)

Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz talks about success and mental illness – The Star-Ledger

Views …

James Taylor in Salt Lake City – “For nearly 40 years, James Taylor has been singing, recording and entertaining audiences around the world. And he showed no signs of stopping anytime soon.” – Deseret News

Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys in Minneapolis – ” … get wild — in a good way — at the Minnesota Zoo.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Coldplay in DC – “What Coldplay offers live are well-designed Big Rock Band trappings – video screen the width of the stage, a rainbow of lasers, neon butterfly confetti – but instead of coating them with the cool self-assurance of a thousand other rock stars, the band projects an endearing warmth.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch /

on Long Island – “Here artists and fans celebrated their splinter group largely by ignoring much of what constitutes hip-hop today.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Tom Waits in Edinburgh – “It hits home straight away just how defiantly odd Waits is and how that oddness hasn’t receded with age.” – Guardian U.K.

Third Day at Kingdom Bound – ” … stood out as great musicians as soon as they opened their set with ‘Creed,’ bringing a level of energy to the venue that hadn’t quite been there earlier in the night.” – The Buffalo News

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

Vern Gosdin is 74

Rick Huxley (The Dave Clark Five) is 66

Rick Derringer is 61

Samantha Sang is 55

Mark O’Connor is 47

(Beastie Boys) is 44

Terri Clark is 40