For The Record: Quick News On Alicia Keys, The Calling, Funkmaster Flex, Blink-182, Mos Def, Violent Femmes & More

Alicia Keys is thinking about her next album. The five-time Grammy winner will start writing the LP in July, she said at Urban Aid 2 in New York on Tuesday. ... Guitarist Aaron Kamin returned to duty with the Calling Tuesday in Melbourne, Australia, after suffering a severe electric shock during sound check in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 4 that forced the group to cancel that evening's show. In a post on the band's Web site, singer Alex Band said Kamin was "pale as a ghost" after receiving the jolt and "had gotten the strings of the guitar melted in the palm of his hand and fingers." ...

"The Kingpin" of New York radio, Funkmaster Flex, is readying his new album, 60 Minutes of Funk, Volume 5: The Mixtape for release sometime this year. "I always go for the big dogs: DMX, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Fat Joe. Those are the people I wanna have, and those are the people I'm going to continue to have," he said on Tuesday. ... Blink-182 fans will get an even closer look at the band on May 7 when the group releases the home video "Urethra Chronicles II: Harder Faster Faster Harder," the sequel to 1999's "Urethra Chronicles." The package will include interviews, tour highlights and videos for "The Rock Show," "First Date" and the original version of "Stay Together for the Kids," featuring footage of a wrecking ball slamming into a house which was removed by the group's label after the events of September 11. ...

Counting Crows' Adam Duritz appears on "Songs About You" from former Dogs Eye View singer Peter Stuart's first solo album, Propeller, which is available at his official Web site, www.peterstuart.com. ... Goo Goo Dolls have announced a handful of dates for their upcoming tour in support of their latest release, Gutterflower. The outing thus far kicks off in Long Beach, California, on Saturday and finishes up in Chicago on May 29. ...

"Top Dog/Underdog," a play by Suzan-Lori Parks which features Mos Def in a starring role, was awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for drama. ... Rufus Wainwright has a cameo role in the April 30 episode of NBC's "Frasier." Those hoping to catch a glimpse of the romantic crooner will be disappointed, however — only Wainwright's voice takes the spotlight, as he plays a teenage boy named Jeremy who phones in to Dr. Crane's radio show. ...

Ill Niño frontman Cristian Machado is featured as a guest vocalist on "One," a track from Soulfly's next album, III, due June 25. ... The Violent Femmes are reissuing their 1983 self-titled debut, which featured time-tested classics such as "Blister in the Sun" and "Kiss Off," as a double-CD set, according to the Los Angeles Times. The second disc will feature 26 tracks, 23 of which have never been released. ...

04.09.02

Getting sent to the principal's office may not be such a bad thing after all if Eve or Ricky Martin rule the school. Along with more than 1000 civic leaders and celebrities, the First Lady of Ruff Ryders and the hip-swiveling pop star will serve as principals for a day as part of an education initiative in New York City taking place April 19. ...

Outkast, Nickelback, P.O.D., Godsmack, Alien Ant Farm, Sevendust, Default and Injected will take the stage for the third annual Rolling Rock Town Fair, taking place July 27 at the namesake beer's birthplace of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Last year's concert featured Stone Temple Pilots, Staind and Incubus, among others. ...

Sheryl Crow, the Goo Goo Dolls, Jewel, Five for Fighting, Ryan Adams and John Mayer will perform at the second annual Fan Nation concert April 27 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. Each of the acts will participate in autograph sessions at a special interactive tent. ... No Stranger to Shame, the second album from Kid Rock DJ Uncle Kracker, will hit shelves in mid-summer. Among the tracks slated for the follow-up to 2000's Double Wide is a version of Kracker's concert staple, Dobie Gray's 1973 hit "Drift Away," featuring Gray himself on backing vocals. ...

Sarah McLachlan and her drummer husband Ashwin Sood welcomed their first child Saturday, a baby girl named India. McLachlan and the baby are doing well. ... SoCal punks Lit are going back to school — Paloma Valley High School in Menifee, California, that is, to host a fund-raising concert on April 10, called the Punk Rock Prom. Proceeds from the advance sale of 1,500 tickets have helped the school — located in Riverside County, adjacent to Lit's home turf of Orange County — meet its financial goal of building a new athletic complex. ... Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn will hit the road for a few weeks to promote his 2001 solo album, H-Wing. The tour begins May 5 in Montreal and ends May 18 in Ferndale, Michigan. ... Goldfinger will release their fourth full-length album, Open Your Eyes, on May 21. The band recently filmed a "Twilight Zone"-like video for the title track first single. ...

Trance wizard Paul Van Dyk has remixed "Be Angled," the latest single from fellow German electronic artists Jam & Spoon. ... Charleston, South Carolina's Jump, Little Children recently filmed a hometown show to be the centerpiece of a DVD titled "J,LC Return to the Farm," due this summer. Meanwhile, the band, whose 2001 album, Vertigo, is a favorite at college radio, will sing the national anthem at a Boston Red Sox game May 1. ... Ohio roots rockers O.A.R. will release the double-disc live album Any Time Now on May 7.