Overnight Sensation …

Take a break from all the bad news going around these days by reading the following two happy items scheduled to post within the next sixteen hours and written by our happy news writers who own happy cars, live in happy houses and live happy lives.

Lila Downs Shakes Things Up – Mexican vocalist Downs brings her unique take on the rich culture of her native country to the States.

Robots Sad; Fans Happy – Canadian quintet Stars has announced details for a much anticipated tour of North America in support of new EP Sad Robots.

Link-O-Rama …

After forecasting a wider loss and lower subscription growth than expected, Sirius XM Radio stock drops to under a buck per share – BusinessWeek / Associated Press

Laurie Anderson, her new tour and tomorrow’s 9/11 anniversary – Boston Herald / The Edge

Carrie Rodriguez talks about the craft of songwriting – San Francisco Chronicle / SFgate.com

Stars rally around Don Imus and his charity for kids – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Proving that you don’t need to be breathing to rock, heavy metal anthems and football theme songs are the most requested songs at funerals in Western Australia – The West Australian

And for those of you into lists, here’s five great songs about sexy teachers – TheFrisky.com

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Singer / songwriter Susan Werner provides a substantial update today detailing her plans for November of this year and February and March of next. New 2008 dates include November 12 in The Woodlands, Texas, at Dosey Doe and November 14 in La Grange, Texas, at The Bugle Boy. 2009 dates include Denver on February 13 at Swallow Hill and Berkely, California, on March 14 at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.

Nada Surf continues to build the perfect tour routing by adding shows for November and December. Stops include November 9 in NYC at The Living Room, November 19 in Mexico City at Hard Rock Live, November 29 in Chicago at Fine Line Music Café, December 6 in NYC at Bowery Ballroom and December 7 in NYC at Webster Hall.

The Walkmen adds an impressive amount of new European and United Kingdom dates this afternoon. New shows on the schedule include October 22 in Paris at La Maroquinerie, October 24 in Amsterdam at Paradiso, October 28 in London at ULU and November 1 in Glasgow at Stereo.

Finally, Randy Travis adds a couple of new ones – October 26 in Grand Prairie, Texas, at Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie, and December 5 in French Lick, Indiana, at French Lick Resort & Casino.

During the day we also updated the schedules for Josh Gracin, Ashes Divide, Archer, Paul Potts, Oasis, The Faint, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Charlie Daniels Band, Lacrimas Profundere, Night Ranger, Joan As Police Woman, Graham Parker, Travis Tritt, Dirty South, The Bangles, Ian Moore, John Gorka, plus all your favorites and none of the losers.

That’s a wrap for today. As always, thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you tomorrow. See ya!