For The Record: Quick News On Dave Matthews Band And Roots, Mya, AFI, Radiohead, Backstreet Boys & More

After performing alongside the Beastie Boys, Blur and others at the Field Day Festival on June 8, the Roots will join the Dave Matthews Band's summer tour. ?uestlove and crew will be out with the stadium rockers from July 26 to August 2. ...

Vanessa Carlton, Mya, Tweet and Lucy Woodward will perform at the third annual Pantene Pro-Voice competition, a singing contest for girls ages 14-24, in Central Park in New York on August 7.The lucky winner will receive a $5,000 demo-recording deal from Atlantic Records. Vocalists can enter at pro-voice.com. ... The third annual BET Awards will be held June 24 in Hollywood's Kodak Theater and broadcast that day on the cable network at 9 pm. ET/PT. Nominees and performers have yet to be announced. ...

The 2003 Vans Warped Tour Compilation, the sixth in a series, is due June 3.

Andrew W.K., Less Than Jake, Simple Plan, Taking Back Sunday and the Used are among the artists on the double-disc release. ... Whitney Houston will premiere her new video for "Try It on My Own" on ABC on Saturday. The clip will air at 9:26 ET, during a showing of "The Birdcage." ... Darkness-obsessed rockers AFI are releasing a special edition of their major-label debut Sing the Sorrow on April 21 that will include a 60-plus page booklet, a DVD containing the short film "Clandestine" and 5.1 surround sound mixes of album tracks. Always looking for new ways to make its following feel like family, the band has been inviting members of its "Despair Faction" fan club to recent pre-gig sound checks. ...

Xzibit is set to host "Rhyme Night," a new monthly talent show that provides a forum for both signed and unsigned hip-hop acts to display their skills. The show will debut May 28 at 9 p.m. at the Hollywood club Sixteen-Fifty. ... Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson is getting environmental — he hosts and narrates a new video to educate elementary school kids about public lands and habitats. Put together by National Geographic and the nonprofit group Just Within Reach, the 20-minute video will be distributed to hundreds of fifth grade classes during the 2003-04 academic year. ...

"Karma Police," "Knives Out," "Fake Plastic Trees," and 12 other Radiohead songs are covered by classical pianist Christopher O'Riley on his album True Love Waits, due June 10. The sophisticated pianoman has been obsessed with the English group, scarfing up B-sides and rare live cuts, ever since hearing 1997's OK Computer. ... Lee Ving of Fear, Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks and filmmaker Penelope Spheeris will be on hand for a Q&A session following benefit screenings of the first and third installments of Spheeris' punk documentary series "The Decline of Western Civilization" (the second film focused on the metal scene). The screenings, to take place April 28 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, benefit the Sweet Relief Organization. ...

While every other major musical event in China has been canceled since the threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) surfaced in late March, Paul Oakenfold will take the stage Friday (April 18) in Shanghai and Saturday in Beijing. ... Nü-metal outfit Spineshank have finished mastering their forthcoming third album, Self-Destructive. ...

Phil Demmel, late of Robb Flynn's pre-Machine Head thrash metal band Vio-Lence, has officially joined Flynn's current outfit. Demmel replaces guitarist Ahrue Luster, who split from Machine Head following touring commitments supporting the release of their most recent studio album, Supercharger. ... Canada's Barenaked Ladies are working on their sixth album, the follow up to the 2000's

Maroon, in a Southern California studio. The songs expected to appear on the as-yet-untitled LP, which is slated for a late summer release, include the tentatively titled "Testing 123," "Yes! Yes!! Yes!!!," and the profanity-laced "Sign Me Up." ...

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Aaliyah's single "Miss You" and the remix which features Jay-Z will be released in stores on April 29. A portion of the enhanced-CD sales will be donated to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund. ...

Sean Paul, Lil' Kim, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man and Wyclef Jean will perform at the Reggae Sumfest in Miami on May 25. The event, which will go down at Bicentennial Park, marks the first time the concert is taking place in the United States. Sumfest will still happen in Jamaica this year as well, from July 22-26. ...

Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden appears on "Jaded (These Years)," the first single from Mest's forthcoming eponymous album, the Chicago band's fourth LP overall, due June 10. Madden also shows up in the video, which was shot two weeks ago in Los Angeles. ... Kelly Osbourne was forced to cancel the last three dates of her North American tour after a back injury she sustained in Dallas on April 4 grew increasingly aggravating. Shows in San Francisco (April 13), Seattle (April 16) and Portland, Oregon (April 18) were called off without any plans to reschedule. ...

It's been four years since the estrogen-charged Lilith Fair made its rounds, and just when prospects looked dim for self-respecting rocker chicks, the man behind the Warped Tour is shedding some light on the scene. Kevin Lyman is planning a tour called Girls Garage, which is expected to hit 750- to 1,200-seat clubs and theaters in October. A lineup has yet to be announced, but the trek has already secured its first sponsor, Hurley Girls clothing. ...

On Wednesday night on Funkmaster Flex's radio show in New York, Irv Gotti debuted "Rock With You," the first single from Ashanti's upcoming album, Chapter 2. The LP, which Gotti referred to as "an R&B classic," is due July 1. Gotti also said that he would be contributing a track to the "Bad Boys 2" soundtrack, coming out on Bad Boy Records. ... Giving props to a few of hip-hop's biggest pioneers, P. Diddy has tapped the Roots to appear in his new Sean John campaign. The Roots, reportedly handpicked by Puff, were chosen among other celebrities, icons and entertainers famous for their originality and for paving the way for others in their fields. The Rev. Al Sharpton, actor Mekhi Phifer, rap legends Gang Starr, Fabolous and Diddy himself round out the list. ...

A trio of hipster acts, Hot Hot Heat, Interpol and Electric Six, have joined the eclectic lineup for the U.K.'s annual Reading and Leeds Festivals. The marquee for the three-day outing, August 22-24, is topped by Metallica, Linkin Park, Blur, Blink-182, the White Stripes, System of a Down, Beck, Good Charlotte and Courtney Love. ... Though the couple have yet to announce a date, British tabloids report that Natalie Imbruglia and Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns will wed on December 15 in his hometown of Newcastle, Australia (where they're planning to spend this Easter together as well). The wedding will reportedly be a low-key family affair. ...

Though he's probably still wondering what scarf will go with the cap and gown, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is scheduled to address more than 600 graduates at the commencement exercise of Boston's Berklee College of Music on May 10. Tyler is one of two musicians set to receive honorary doctor of music degrees from the prestigious music school. ... The outstanding songwriting abilities of Elvis Costello (see "Alison," "Less Than Zero" and "Radio Radio" for proof) will be recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at its annual Pop Music Awards on May 10 in Beverly Hills, California. Previous recipients include Quincy Jones, Tom Waits, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder. ...

A Canadian version of "American Idol" is getting set to launch. Brought together by the team behind the Juno Awards, the judges will include singer Sass Jordan and industry insiders Farley Flex, Jake Gold and Zack Werner. Auditions for "Canadian Idol" kicked off in Winnipeg earlier this week, with more auditions slated for Thursday (April 17) at the Metropolitan Centre in Calgary. For more information, check the official Web site at idol.ctv.ca. ... Eighty-five of the 92 U.S. Naval Academy students who had their computers confiscated after they were accused in November of engaging in illegal file-sharing have been disciplined by the Academy. Although their punishment was unspecified, it fell short of suspension or expulsion, and, instead, could have ranged from demerits to loss of privileges.