Rock Beat: Offspring, Weezer, System Of A Down ...

Punk rockers look to release new album in November; Weezer to tour; System of a Down team up with producer Rick Rubin.

Punk-rockers the Offspring are eyeing a mid-November release date for the follow-up to their multiplatinum 1998 LP, Americana. The band is finishing production on the LP with Brendan O'Brien (Stone Temple Pilots) and will move on to the mixing stage in the coming weeks, sources said. On Wednesday, the Offspring posted new video footage from the studio on www.offspring.com. ...

After a stint on the Vans Warped Tour, Weezer are finishing the summer with a short outing of their own. Weezer will hit the road Aug. 23 in New York and play around the East and Midwest through a Sept. 3 date in Chicago, a band representative said. ... System of a Down are in the studio with producer Rick Rubin, working on their second album, a spokesperson said. The band's label hopes to have the disc out this December. ...

Pop-rockers Barenaked Ladies have come on strong at radio with "Pinch Me," the lead single from their forthcoming album Maroon, due Sept. 12. The song is the most-added track at several formats this week, including Pop and AAA, according to radio research reports. "Pinch Me" also appears on the soundtrack to the VH1 movie "At Any Cost," alongside tunes by Eagle-Eye Cherry and Beyond Gravity. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns VH1.) ... Parachutes, the Mercury Music Prize–nominated debut record from British rockers Coldplay, will be released Nov. 7 in the United States, according to a spokesperson for album licensees Nettwerk America. "Yellow," the LP's first single, will hit radio in January, before the band launches a North American tour. ...

Rock quartet Versus have completed work on an album titled Hurrah, due Oct. 3, according to Merge Records. It will be the band's first full-length since 1998's Two Cents Plus Tax, though they released two EPs in the interim: Afterglow and Shangri-La. ... Marvelous 3's third album, ReadySexGo, is due Sept. 12, according to Elektra Records. The trio will launch a monthlong tour Sept. 3 to support the release, along with Los Angeles pop-rockers Tsar and Baltimore's SR-71. ...

Rockabilly vets Southern Culture on the Skids will release their seventh album, Liquored Up and Laquered Down, on Oct. 10. The disc follows up 1997's Plastic Seat Sweat. ... The debut from Manchester, England, producer Badly Drawn Boy (born Damon Gough), The Hour of Bewilderbeast, is due Oct. 3 on Beggars Banquet Records. The album of 18 deeply personal lo-fi indie-rock songs that feature strings and horns has received critical acclaim in the UK, garnering a recent nomination for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize for best British album. ...

Eminem's mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, has filed a second defamation lawsuit against the rapper following an interview published in Shooting Star magazine, according to the office of his lawyer, Peter Peacock. Mathers-Briggs is seeking damages of $1 million in the new complaint, in addition to the $10 million demanded in the suit she filed against her son last year. Eminem recently rejected an offer to settle the original suit for $2 million. ... Marilyn Manson has posted a clip of "Cruci-Fiction in Space," a track from his upcoming album, on www.marilynmanson.com. In the song, Manson sings, "This is a revolution/ This is evolution" over a slow, grinding groove. The song is the second Manson has previewed from his new album, Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death), which is due in October. ...

Afghan Whigs singer/songwriter Greg Dulli will release his solo album, Twilight As Played by the Twilight Singers, on Sept. 12, according to Columbia Records. Dulli began recording the album in 1997. ... Northwestern punk trio Sleater-Kinney will launch a 16-date tour Sept. 1 in Portland, Ore., according to Kill Rock Stars. The trek will include a Sept. 3 stop at Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival before crossing North America and concluding Sept. 27 in Washington, D.C. ...

Friday's birthdays (Aug. 18): Johnny Preston, 70; Carl Wayne (the Move), 56; Nigel Griggs (Split Enz), 51; Dennis Elliott (Foreigner), 50; Marvin Isley (Isley Brothers), 47; Ron Strykert (Men at Work), 43; Dan Peters (Mudhoney), 33; Tracy Tracy (Primitives), 33; Zac Maloy (Nixons), 32; and Everlast, 31.

— sonicnet.com staff report