DIGITAL BEAT: Plaid, Stereophonics, Crystal Method ...

English electronic duo have made snippets of five songs available on the Warp Records Web site.

The third album by English electronic duo Plaid will be titled Double Figure and is due May 29 in the U.S. on Warp Records. Following their 2000 compilation of early tracks, Trainer, the duo, Andy Turner and Ed Handley, have made snippets of five songs from Double Figure available on the Warp Web site (www.warprecords.com). In a similar vein to their first two albums, 1998's Not for Threes and '99's Rest Proof Clockwork, the new album is packed with Plaid's warm sense of melody and inventive, pulsing beats. ...

Exclusive Stereophonics downloads, video footage and streaming tracks are available in the new Stereoclub section of www.stereophonics.com. Those who register (for free) can see a video clip of singer Kelly Jones playing an acoustic version of the band's new single, "Mr. Writer," as well as "Making of the 'Mr. Writer' video: Part 1." Available in the audio section is a live, acoustic cover of the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down," which will be a B-side to the "Mr. Writer" single, due in the U.K. on March 19. ...

Crystal Method lovers can hear music from the duo's upcoming second album, Tweekend, on a free digital postcard at www.thecrystalmethod.com. ...

Fans of British electro-rockers Curve can get a taste of what the band's been working on, thanks to a free download of the melodic new song, "Perish," available at www.curve.co.uk. The group is recording material for the follow-up to 1998's Come Clean. ...

Country singer Radney Foster and his wife, music journalist Cyndi Hoelzle, say they plan a new Web zine to be called PureSpunk.com, dealing with roots music. Scheduled for the first issue of the zine are a feature on Rodney Crowell, 10 Questions with Keb' Mo', the "coolest gigs" in America, short fiction and a Song of the Month Club. ...

Dark rockers Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are previewing tracks from their 11th studio album, No More Shall We Part, on www.nickcave.net. The site offers 40-second clips of all 12 songs. No More Shall We Part is due April 2. ...

Bruce Springsteen can't lay claim to brucespringsteen.com, a site registered to Jeff Burgar and the Bruce Springsteen Club, Reuters has reported. The World Intellectual Property Organization determined Tuesday that Burgar neither registered the name nor used the site in bad faith, and that he hasn't attempted to sell the site for so-called "cybersquatting." Sting also lost a similar case, while Madonna and the estate of Jimi Hendrix won back their domain names. Springsteen's representatives were unavailable for comment. ...

Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft has posted acoustic performances of two tracks, "I Get My Beat" and "You on My Mind in My Sleep," which aired last month on Detroit radio, on his Web site. ...

The Internet Underground Music Archive (www.iuma.com), which showcases unsigned, independent and local artists, announced Wednesday (February 7) that the site may be forced to shut down after more than seven years. In a statement posted on the site, founder Jeff Patterson and General Manager Antony Brydon explain that major cutbacks in funding from Emusic, the company that bought IUMA in 1999, has forced the pioneering site to eliminate its entire staff. In the statement, Patterson said they will continue to look for new partners, but until then the site will stop selling featured bands' CDs, and it will not accept any new acts. ...

The Scour Exchange file-swapping service — or at least a version of it — is on its way back. CenterSpan Communications, which acquired the assets of the bankrupt Scour in December, is beginning beta testing of the new, still-unnamed service, and it hopes to launch the service in late March, according to CNet. CenterSpan hasn't announced what the user fee would be to access music and video files. ...

Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie and electro-folkie Trashmonk are among the celebrity reviewers on Poptones.com, the Web site for British record company mogul Alan McGee's latest label. McGee himself reviews "The Creation Records Story," an unauthorized biography on the legendary label he founded. Movie reviews and political editorials are also included. ...

PJ Harvey has posted the video for "A Place Called Home," from her sixth album, Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000), on her Web site. The video was shot in an 18th century church in East London that is rumored to be haunted. ...

British rockers Suede are documenting their progress on the follow-up to 1999's Head Music on their Web site, www.suede.net. The band has posted pictures and movies of its work in a Wales studio, including a clip of frontman Brett Anderson singing the song "Asda Town." ...

A Perfect Circle bassist Paz Lenchantin is selling her DIY solo debut, Yellow My Skycaptain, for $15 on her Web site, www.pazlenchantin.com. The album compiles songs she has written and recorded (primarily on four-track) since she was a teenager. ...

The Capitol Records Radiohead page is offering live versions of the Kid A tracks "Permanent Daylight," "The National Anthem," "Everything in Its Right Place" and "Morning Bell" for free download. ...

An MP3 clip of a solo track from former Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills is available at ElectricArtists.com. The song, "Anti-Material," is the first solo work from the singer since his split with Kula Shaker in 1999. ...

Music and video clips by English pop quintet Quickspace are available on the Matador Records Web site. The page features video of the band performing "They Shoot Horse Don't They" at London's Electric Ballroom on Nov. 2, as well as MP3s and RealAudio clips of other tracks from The Death of Quickspace, released in March. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report