For The Record: Michael Stipe, Korn, Gorillaz, O.A.R., She Wants Revenge, Jewel, Vines & More

R.E.M. frontman, Bright Eyes head up anti-war concert; Korn honored by hometown; Gorillaz launch cell phone game.

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes and Public Enemy‘s Chuck D are among the artists slated to appear at “Bring ‘Em Home Now,” a March 20 concert to benefit the anti-war organizations Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War. The concert — to be held on the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq — will take place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and also feature a speech by activist Cindy Sheehan. Other artists scheduled to perform include Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner and Peaches. Tickets for the “Bring ‘Em Home” benefit range from $28-$150, but if you can’t afford it, you’ll still be able to at least hear the show: Janeane Garofalo will broadcast her Air America Radio program, “The Majority Report,” live from the Hammerstein. …

Before kicking off their latest tour Friday in their hometown of Bakersfield, California, Korn will have a street in the city named after them. Mayor Harvey Hall will unveil Korn Row at a 3 p.m. ceremony. … Gorillaz are upping their animated ante by launching a game for cell phones in April. The four bandmembers will be represented in a game whose graphics aim to blend old-school, arcade-style visuals with the band’s already-established look and artwork. For more information about the mobile game, go to MrGoodLiving.com/Gorillaz. … Nominees for the sixth annual Jammy Awards — which honor “artists who thrive in the live music environment” (read: jam bands) — were announced Thursday. Tennessee rockers My Morning Jacket are among the leaders with three nods, although Widespread Panic, the Allman Brothers Band and Ryan Adams will be vying for awards as well. The hardware will be handed out during a concert/awards show to be held April 20 (4/20, dude!) in New York at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. For more information visit Jammys.com. …

O.A.R. will tour college campuses across the country beginning March 29 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and ending April 26 at the Northern University of Illinois in DeKalb. The video game “MLB ’06: The Show,” for which O.A.R. contributed an original track called “Of a Revolution,” is sponsoring the trek. … She Wants Revenge, who recently entered the Billboard albums chart at #38, have signed on to open for Depeche Mode on their North American spring tour. Dates have yet to be confirmed, but the outing is slated for April and May. … “Rock of Ages,” the Los Angeles musical that pays homage to hair metal and stars Tenacious D‘s Kyle Gass, has been extended through March 18. Beginning March 2, the show will move from the Vanguard to the larger RenMar Studios in Hollywood. … Mudvayne will headline Tampa, Florida, radio station 98Rock’s Livestock 15 on April 29. Set for Festival Park in Zephyrhills, the bill will also feature Staind, Rob Zombie and Saliva. …

Jewel will headline the pre-race show for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on Sunday. Fox will televise the event. … The Vines have settled on Vision Valley as the title for their forthcoming disc, due in stores April 4. The album will feature 13 tracks, including “Anysound,” “Nothins Comin” and “Futuretarded.” … A new line of Jerry Garcia-inspired teas will hit premium tea shops and gourmet food stores starting next week. Called J. Garcia Artisan Teas, there are five blends in all named after the late Grateful Dead guitarist. A portion of the proceeds from the teas will benefit DrawBridge, a nonprofit that provides art supplies for children in homeless shelters. The teas in the Garcia line are Morning Brew, Shady Grown, Magic Herb, Spirit of Sage and Jerry Cherry. … SideOneDummy Records will celebrate their 10-year anniversary March 22, 24 and 25 with a series of show at the Key Club in Los Angeles. Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello and MxPx are among the acts scheduled to perform. … The Accident Experiment, former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel‘s new band, will finally release their debut, United We Fear, in May. The band will promote the record with a performance at South by Southwest. …

The Go! Team will trek across the States beginning March 15 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Dates in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Las Vegas will follow before the band hits Coachella April 30. … Secret Machines will release their new record exclusively to online retailers for several weeks beginning February 28. Ten Silver Drops, featuring first single “Alone, Jealous and Stoned,” is due in stores April 18. Former Afghan Wigs singer Greg Dulli will release the fourth album under his Twilight Singers moniker May 16. Powder Burns will feature appearances from Joseph Arthur and Ani DiFranco. … Nothing like five 10- to 13-year-old kids singing “Whip It!” Devo have created a kids’ group called Devo 2.0 that will debut with a CD and DVD on March 14. … Police guitarist Andy Summer has signed a deal with U.K. publisher Portrait/ Piatkus to write his memoir, “One Train Later.” Summer’s autobiography is due later this fall and will include his early days in the London music scene to his superstar heyday with the Police. … The Charlatans UK will release their new album, Sympatico, May 2. Steering away from their typical Brit-rock dance/techno vibe, the new disc will instead consist of light, upbeat reggae tunes. The Charlatans will perform at South by Southwest on March 18 and kick off a headlining trek after the album’s release.

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Beyoncé — who worked on Destiny’s Child‘s last album while shooting “The Pink Panther” — says she won’t be pulling double duty with “Dreamgirls.” “I’ve put mostly everything aside,” she said. “Usually I’m writing an album and performing and touring and doing all these crazy things at the same time, and for the first time I’ve committed six whole months [to do nothing but the movie]. It’s very scary, because performing, singing and writing, that’s my comfort zone, so I had to have confidence in myself with the acting and tell myself, ‘I know I can do this.’ ” Beyoncé plans to start her second solo album after the movie and release it this summer, “which means I have six weeks to record, but I’ve done that just about every album,” so it shouldn’t be a problem meeting the deadline, she said …

Game‘s sophomore LP, The Dr.’s Advocate, will drop June 6, according to the rapper’s camp. Dre, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Scott Storch and Timbaland are said to have beats on the LP. … The party appears to be over: Kristin Cavallari‘s new show “Get This Party Started” has gone on hiatus after only two episodes. A UPN spokesperson said the show, which debuted February 7, will return, but no date has been set. Cavallari’s acting debut has also been bumped — her guest-star stint on “Veronica Mars,” scheduled to air February 15, has been delayed until March 15. … Lil Jon, currently touring in Australia with 50 Cent, is nearly finished with his fourth album, Crunk Rock, which will feature E-40 on the first single, “Snap Yo Fingers.” Jon will release the record later this year on TVT Records after settling a royalties dispute with the label. “TVT cut the check and now it’s time for me to get back to work,” the rapper said in a statement. Jon is also producing for two new TVT acts, rapper Chyna Whyte and R&B singer Oobie. … Green Day will be among the recipients of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy Honors Award, celebrating those who have “improved the environment for the creative community.” Jazz artists George Duke and Dave Brubeck are also being honored at the gala, to be held March 19 at Westin St. Francis.

Snoop Dogg tackled pee-wee football, and now he’s got another league of his own. The hip-hop superstar will serve as the commissioner for the recently announced Hip-Hop Gaming League, which will have top athletes and musicians including NBA forward Carmelo Anthony, NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson, Method Man and Paul Wall battling it out on the Xbox 360. … The Killers are being sued by their former manager Braden Merrick for $16 million for breach of contract. The lawsuit — which also includes the band’s current manager Robert Reynolds, who Merrick claims “intentionally interfered with the contractual relations” between him and the band — was filed late Tuesday in the band’s hometown of Las Vegas. According to court papers, Merrick — who discovered the rock quartet in 2002 and “guided them to stardom,” he claims — says he was kicked to “the nose-bleed seats” by the Killers as soon as they put out their debut LP, Hot Fuss. Merrick says the Killers’ 2003 contract labeled him as the band’s sole personal manager, but that agreement was terminated by the band (through Reynolds) in May 2005. … Shakira and Daddy Yankee will heat up the stage for the 18th annual Premio Lo Nuestro awards, airing Thursday on Univision. The gyrating songstress and reggaetón king will join fellow performers Juanes, Laura Pausini and others at the ceremony honoring Latin-American music. …

“Blood of a Champion,” a gritty urban drama produced by Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA and starring Bokeem Woodbine (“Dead Presidents”) and R&B singer/actress Deborah Cox, will hit stores March 7. The film, which also includes original music composed by RZA, follows an ex-con just released from prison who enters the world of underground street fighting. … Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Harper and Gomez will headline A Sounds Eclectic Evening, the annual benefit concert for influential Los Angeles public-radio station KCRW. This year’s show, scheduled for March 25 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, will also include Lewis Taylor, Feist, Goldspot and more artists to be announced. … Three months after Sony BMG Music came under fire for rootkit software that left millions of PCs vulnerable to hackers and viruses, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to introduce legislation that would make it illegal for companies to sell products that install susceptible software on a computer without the owner’s knowledge. “The recent Sony experience shows us that we need to be thinking about how we ensure that consumers are not surprised by what their software programs can do,” said Jonathan Frenkel, director of law enforcement policy for Homeland Security. Sony recalled the discs in November but still faces lawsuits and criticism — which should be a warning to other companies putting out similar software, Frenkel added. … Voivod have settled on Katorz as the title of their forthcoming 13th album, which will hit stores this spring. The band recently finished mixing the effort with producer Glen Robinson (Annihilator, Gwar) and are now mastering the album in New York. Katorz will be Voivod’s first record that the band did not record alongside Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, who died in late August from complications of advanced colon cancer. … (Hed) p.e. will issue their sixth album, Back to Base X, May 16. The album will include 13 tracks, including “Lock and Load,” “White Collars” and “Bewaredowego.”

Blondie are getting mashed up with the Doors for the upcoming career retrospective Blondie: Greatest Hits — Sound & Vision. The collection includes 20 tracks and 16 video clips, including classics “Heart of Glass,” “Atomic” and “Call Me,” and previously unreleased remixes of “In the Flesh” and “Good Boys.” The set also features “Rapture Riders,” a mash up of “Rapture” with the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” — with a video to match. “This is a tremendous honor for us,” frontwoman Debbie Harry said. “Ain’t technology great?” Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek asked. “I’ve always had salacious dreams about Debbie Harry, and now it’s a reality: the Doors and Blondie in a deep passionate embrace.” Blondie will be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13. … “New York Doll,” the 2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee chronicling the recent reunion of influential glam-rock pioneers the New York Dolls — and bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane‘s Mormon lifestyle — will be released on DVD April 4. Bonus features include a 20-minute interview with Morrissey and video of David Johansen singing a Mormon hymn. … Belle and Sebastian‘s Isobel Campbell will release Ballad of the Broken Seas with Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age, Screaming Trees) on March 7, with a second album to follow later this year. Campbell is also hitting the road for her first-ever tour as a solo artist; the North American leg kicks off March 4 in Toronto and wraps March 15 in Brooklyn, New York. …