Link-O-Rama …

These aren’t your father’s music festivals anymore. Well, actually they are. And your children’s. And your grandparents’ – Associated Press

BBC to launch targeted Web music service – The Guardian U.K.

Remember a couple of weeks ago when Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman said video game makers weren’t paying enough to use the label’s music in games like “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band?” Now some people are wondering if the gaming industry really needs Warner Music Group –

What do delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have in common? That is, other than a week whooping it up? Delegates to each convention get free, politically-themed Zunes from Microsoft – GearLog

Got a favorite band? How would you like to own a piece of them? – The Telegraph U.K.

In the tradition of “The Porter Wagoner Show,” “Flatt & Scruggs” and “Hee Haw,” Marty Stuart to launch his own country music TV show – Associated Press

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Susan Tedeschi tours with James Hunter during the month of November, with today’s update focusing on new dates for the eastern and midwestern United States. New listings include Baltimore on November 7 at Rams Head Live, Boston on November 11 at Berklee Performance Center, Chicago on November 20 at Park West and Indianapolis on November 24 at The Vogue.

Road warrior Delbert McClinton loads up on October and November gigs today, adding shows for Texas, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, new York, Nevada and Washington. A sampling of the new listings shows Mr. McClinton playing Lewisburg, Tennessee on October 10 at Rock Creek Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on October 17 at Whitaker Center, Alexandria, Virginia on Halloween at the Birchmere, November 13 in Austin at the Austin Music Hall and on November 21 it’s Vegas (baby!) at Boulder Station Hotel & Casino.

Squirrel Nut Zippers update today with new dates for October. Included are shows scheduled for Richmond, Virginia (October 24), Charleston, South Carolina (October 28), Atlanta, Georgia (October 29) and Knoxville, Tennessee (October 30).

And the Yonder Mountain String Band fills up its October calendar with shows in the Carolinas, Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. Clubs and theatres make up the venues, and individual dates include October 2 in Charlotte, October 10 in NYC, October 16 in Milwaukee, October 18 in Chicago and October 25 in Omaha.

During the last couple of hours we also updated the schedules for Theresa Andersson, The Radiators, The Felice Brothers, The Brew, The Damnwells, Swampdawamp, Rick Brantley, Nicole Hart, John Brown’s Body, Deana Carter and Ben Nichols.

That’s the skinny at the halfway mark, but we’ll have another dose of fresh concert data in Your Latest Update, posting around 3 pm (PDT), from!