News …

Sheryl Crow to give out free music to voters. – Associated Press

Ticketmaster becomes independent, standalone company. – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

Thailand doesn’t want him. China doesn’t want him. Looks as if Gary Glitter has run out of countries willing to have him. – The Times Online U.K.

Apple says battery problem caused iPod Nano overheating. – Associated Press

Hey look! Canada is getting a copyright law just like the DMCA in the United States. Wanna bet Canadians thrilled beyond belief? How about silently pleased? Pleasantly ticked-off? – Times & Transcript

Dubliners founder, Ronnie Drew, passes at 73. – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Founding member of The Skatalites, Johnny Moore, dies at 70. – The Press Association

Views …

John Mayer in Pittsburgh – “There’s a reason Rolling Stone put Mayer on the cover of its February 2007 edition “New Guitar Gods.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Alejandro Fernandez and Marc Anthony in Chicago – “Two wildly different Latin music stars in a duet on the ranchera standard ‘Volver, Volver:’ It doesn’t get any more pan-Latin than that.” – Chicago Sun-Times (registration may be required)

Stanley Clarke / Marcus Miller / Victor Wooten in Philadelphia – “Facing off in solo exchanges on Miller’s ‘Thunder,’ a funk track with hip-hop inflections, the bassists brought down the house within minutes.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

in northern California – ” … rocks with punk, pop, nerdcore hip-hop.” – Chico Enterprise-Record

The Beach Boys in New Jersey – “By the time the concert got to the car songs – ‘Little Deuce Coupe,’ ‘409,’ ‘Shut Down,’ ‘I Get Around’- fans were totally transported in time.” – The Star-Ledger / Morristown Green /

Joe Bonamassa in Lewiston, New York – “…rocks the blues like a wizard” – The Buffalo News