Rock Beat: Stephen Malkmus, Rage Against The Machine, Lenny Kravitz ...

Pavement singer working on side project; heavy rockers provide music for video game; Kravitz joined onstage.

Stephen Malkmus, singer/songwriter for lo-fi rockers Pavement, is working on an album with a new band, according to Matador Records. The trio, called the Jicks, are planning to release an LP early next year. ...

Songs from Rage Against the Machine, Papa Roach, Bad Religion, Powerman 5000, Fu Manchu and others are featured on "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2," a new skateboarding game for the Sony PlayStation, according to game-makers Activision. ... Rocker Lenny Kravitz and Medeski Martin & Wood bassist Chris Wood sat in with saxophonist Karl Denson's Tiny Universe during the band's show Saturday (Aug. 5) at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Denson served as a sideman for Kravitz on his debut album, Let Love Rule (1989), and its follow-up, Mama Said (1991). ...

Hip-hop folkie Everlast is talking with his former House of Pain bandmates about reuniting next year, according to Tommy Boy Records. Eat at Whitey's, the rapper's second solo album, is due Oct. 17, during his tour with Santana, who appears on the new LP's "Babylon Ceiling." ... The family of Jimi Hendrix won an international copyright case, arbitrated by a division of the United Nations, against the holder of the Internet domain name www.jimihendrix.com, Reuters reported. The family owns a registered trademark of the guitar legend's name, and the domain name holder, unable to prove a legitimate interest, was ordered to transfer ownership to the family, according to the news service. ...

Jonas Akerlund, the Swedish video director who created the videos for the Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" and Madonna's "Music," has been chosen by U2 to direct the video for their upcoming single, "Beautiful Day," according to MTV News Online. The band's new album, still untitled, is due in November. ... Gothic metal band Type O Negative are releasing a best-of album, The Least Worst of Type O Negative, on Halloween, Roadrunner Records said. The disc will contain some previously unreleased material. ...

Mike D of the Beastie Boys was released from a New York hospital on Wednesday (Aug. 2) after having his right shoulder reconstructed, according to a spokesperson. The rapper is expected to recover fully within three months. Refunds for postponed Beastie Boys/Rage Against the Machine dates are being made available to ticket holders. ... Bruce Springsteen's downbeat 1982 album Nebraska will be saluted Nov. 7 on a tribute disc called Badlands, a spokesperson for Sub Pop Records said. Among artists slated to record songs for the project include Chrissie Hynde, Ani DiFranco, Los Lobos, Hank Williams III, Ben Harper, Billy Bragg, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. ...

Papa Roach will follow their tour as a supporting act for Korn with a club tour of their own, according to DreamWorks Records. The band has lined up 15 shows, beginning Aug. 22 in Quebec City, Quebec, and continuing until Sept. 15 in Charleston, S.C. ... Veteran guitarist Carlos Santana has designed a T-shirt in conjunction with the Hard Rock Cafe to raise money for the Milagro Foundation, a charity he started with his wife in 1998 to help grassroots youth organizations. The shirts, which will be sold at the 40 U.S. Hard Rock Cafe locations, feature the message "Treat each other with dignity, justice, compassion and love," according to the restaurant chain. ...

Tuesday's birthdays (Aug. 8): John "Jay" David (Dr. Hook), 58; Ali Score (A Flock of Seagulls), 44; Dennis Drew (10,000 Maniacs), 43; David "The Edge" Evans (U2), 39; Paul Jackson (T'Pau), 39; and Rikki Rockett (Poison), 39.

— sonicnet.com staff report