Link-O-Rama …

Hey, kids! What time is it? It’s time for the ! – Houston Chronicle

A few weeks ago Warner Music Group head honcho Edgar Bronfman said video game manufacturers should be paying more for music to use in games like “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band.” Now the CEO of Activision, which makes “Guitar Hero,” wonders if the labels should be paying game makers for exposing songs to a wider audience – Arts Technica

Coming to a kegger near you – Kid Rock Beer (but they’re missing a big marketing opp if they don’t come up with a bock brew) – KBS Radio

The times they are a-changin’ as Bob Dylan streams new album – Tell Tale Signs – for an entire week on

Latin stars Wisin & Yandel partner with Ice Tek to promote custom logo watches – National Jeweler Network

Kraftwerk’s Ralf Hutter sits still long enough to do a Q&A – New Zealand Herald

Dates, Dates & More Dates …

Chris Thile updates today with new listings for both this year and next. In October look for Nickel Creek’s singer and mandolin player appearing on dates billed as Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, including the 20th in Lexington, Kentucky, at Kentucky Theatre, the 21st in Nashville at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 24th in Chicago at Mandel Hall and the 29th in New York City at the Isaac Stern Aud. @ Carnegie Hall.

Another CT tour is called Punch Brothers Feat. Chris Thile, which has new dates for November of this year and the first four months of next year. Stops include November 8 in Greenville, South Carolina, at Peace Center Concert Hall, November 19 in St. Louis at Sheldon Concert Hall, November 24 in Maryville, Missouri, at Mary Linn Perf. Arts Center, January 30 in Decatur, Alabama, at Princess Theatre. February 2 & 3 in Baton Rouge at Manship Theatre, March 26 in Athens, Georgia, at University Of Georgia and March 3 in Goshen, Indiana, at Goshen College.

Plain White T’s add November stops to the ol’ routing sheet. New on the schedule is Kansas City on the 16th at Beaumont Club, 19th in Loves Park, Illionis, at Victory Sports Complex, 20th in Urbana, Illinois, at Canopy Club, the 21st in Columbia, Missouri, at The Blue Note and November 22 in Des Moines at People’s.

The Pink Spiders are also busy in November. New dates include November 18 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at T.T. The Bear’s, November 22 in Detroit at Magic Stick, November 24 in Columbus, at The Basement and November 28 in Nashville at The End.

And the Swamp Fox is going to Europe as the legendary Tony Joe White loads up on November bookings. Stops include Paris on November 4, Amsterdam on November 6, Ghent on November 13, Bonn on Nov ember 18 and Hamburg on November 21.

During the past couple of hours we also updated the schedules for The Gourds, Supersuckers, Tyler Summers, Mythical Beast, Matt Keating, Kelly Willis, Janet Jackson, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, Chris Botti and This Is Hell.

But that’s just the first half of today. Find out how Friday afternoon is treating us by checking back for Your Latest Update, posting sometime around 3 pm (PDT).