For The Record: Quick News On Kanye West, Hawthorne Heights, Fred Durst, Korn, Dilated Peoples, Jermaine Dupri & More

Kanye, Hawthorne playing Bumbershoot; Durst directing indie drama; Korn mashing it up with Dem Franchize Boyz.

Kanye West, Hawthorne Heights, AFI and A Tribe Called Quest have been tapped to perform at the 36th annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, to be held Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, at the Seattle Center in, um, Seattle. Yellowcard, Feist and Mates of State are also on the bill. A full lineup is expected to be announced July 11, and tickets will go on sale July 15. For more information, check out Bumbershoot.org. …

He’s been attached to several movies in development over the years, but finally Fred Durst seems headed for the director’s chair. The Limp Bizkit rocker has signed on to helm “The Education of Charlie Banks,” an indie drama starring “The Squid and the Whale” actor Jesse Eisenberg in the title role and “Happy Endings” star Jason Ritter, according to Variety. The movie — which starts shooting in June in Providence, Rhode Island — is about a Vassar College student who gets paid a surprise visit by a kid from his old New York neighborhood. …

Following the path of Linkin Park and Jay-Z — who won a Grammy for their 2004 mash-up album, Collision Course — Atlanta’s Dem Franchize Boyz and Korn will join forces in a Los Angeles studio Wednesday (April 12) for a collabo of their own. The plan is to combine DFB’s “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It” with Korn’s “Coming Undone,” though a spokesperson for Korn said it’s not clear just what will happen with the tune once it’s recorded. … Dilated Peoples, DJ Shadow, Jurassic 5, Cut Chemist, Money Mark and Madlib are all slated to perform at a three-day benefit concert and art auction in Los Angeles May 24-26. The performers are friends of Keith Tamashiro, a graphic designer who recently suffered a brain aneurysm. Tamashiro has worked on album covers for those artists as well as Damian Marley, Herbie Hancock and Jay Dee. …

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame has unveiled the inductees that will be honored at its 28th annual awards banquet, set for September 16 in Atlanta. R.E.M. score the group prize, Jermaine Dupri is this year’s songwriter inductee, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers will be recognized in the performer category, and Dallas Austin will be honored in the non-performer group for his work as a producer. The museum, located in Macon, has previously inducted artists including TLC, Ray Charles, James Brown and the B-52′s. … Head Automatica‘s forthcoming Howard Benson (All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance)-produced LP, Popaganda, has been set for a June 6 release. The band recently shot a video for the disc’s first single, “Graduation Day,” at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. The track features backing vocals from MCR’s Gerard Way. …

Guster and the Barenaked Ladies are teaming up for a four-day cruise that will include group and solo performances, karaoke and jam sessions. The Ships and Dip Cruise through the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean will leave from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 15 and return on the 19th. Other acts will also be announced. … After garnering much buzz in the past year, Jamie Lidell is re-releasing last year’s Multiply as Multiply Editions May 30. The new set will have remixes by the likes of Feist collaborator Gonzales labelmate Luke Vibert, as well as live songs recorded in London and Paris. Lidell will also go out for an April tour with another labelmate, Jimmy Edgar, hitting New York, Los Angeles and Toronto along the way. Lidell will cap off the tour at Coachella. …

Two years after canceling a Glastonbury performance because of a breast-cancer diagnosis, Kylie Minogue may perform at the legendary English summer concert event. According to The Associated Press, organizers have invited the Australian singer back for the 2007 edition of the concert. Minogue has not yet announced whether she will accept the invitation. The festival, held on fields surrounding a working farm, is taking a scheduled break this year so that cows may graze through the summer. … Things have gone from bad to worse for former Village People “cop” Victor Willis. The 54-year-old singer from the disco group was in court Monday in San Francisco where a judge said there’s enough evidence for Willis to face trial on drug-related charges, according to The Associated Press. Willis is being held without bail in connection with three cases, the first involving two felony charges, a probation violation and possession of cocaine, the second also involving cocaine possession as well as a charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. The third case stems from a March 26 stop by police for a traffic violation. In that arrest, Willis and his passenger, a prostitute, were both arrested for possession of narcotics. Willis was hit with an additional charge for providing false information. …

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Mandy Moore, like any actress, has kissed plenty of frogs in her career — but she tells Cosmopolitan in the magazine’s May cover story that one of her top screen kisses so far has come from “Scrubs” star Sarah Chalke. “I’m not going to lie,” Moore told the mag. “I’ve never kissed a girl before, so that was a lot more awkward. But she was maybe one of the best kissers.” Also making Moore’s top makeout list (at least onscreen) are boyfriend Zach Braff (also for “Scrubs”) and Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”). “It’s awkward kissing a guy who’s not your boyfriend. But I guess kissing handsome men isn’t the most awful gig on earth.” …

No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont and his wife, Mieke, became first-time parents Thursday. According to a spokesperson for the band’s label, the Dumonts are “happy, excited and having a blast with their new little one,” son Ace. … Carrie Underwood was a big winner at Monday night’s fan-voted CMT Awards, scoring two trophies. The “American Idol” season-four champ took breakthrough video and female video prizes for “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Bon Jovi also scored, winning in the collaborative video category for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” which teamed the band with Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles. … No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont and his wife, Mieke, became first-time parents Thursday. According to a spokesperson for the band’s label, the Dumonts are “happy, excited and having a blast with their new little one,” son Ace. … Maggie Gyllenhaal, 28, and Peter Sarsgaard, 35, are engaged and expecting a baby, The Associated Press reports. The acting duo have been dating for four years. …

The Latin Grammys will be held in New York for the first time ever, it was announced Tuesday. The 7th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast live Thursday, November 2, at Madison Square Garden. … The Raconteurs don’t even have a record out, but they’re already being forced to change their name — at least in Australia. From now on, Jack White‘s new foursome will go by the Saboteurs Down Under, after it was discovered that an Aussie jazz band had already laid claim to the Raconteur handle. Reps for White confirmed the name change, and in a statement, the White Stripes frontman said the decision was made “in the spirit of espionage and subversion.” Whatever you call the band, its debut album, Broken Boy Soldiers, will hit stores May 16. …

Columbia Records will release WWE: Wreckless Intent, a compilation featuring the entrance themes of World Wrestling Entertainment’s biggest names, May 23. The disc features Saliva‘s “I Walk Alone,” which ushers in Batista; Brand New Sin doing “Crank It Up,” which signals the Big Show‘s trip to the square circle; and Rey Mysterio‘s entrance song, “Booyaka 619,” performed by P.O.D. Others on the disc include Three 6 Mafia, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Theory of a Deadman and Motörhead. …

Trapt and Shinedown will launch a 28-date co-headlining run April 19 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, with Mercy Fall, Halestorm and Evans Blue sharing opening duties. Dates run through May 27 in Anthony, Texas, with more gigs to be added in the coming weeks. Trapt’s Chris Brown said the band plans to start writing new material this fall, then return to the road again for another spate of dates before heading into the studio toward the end of this year to track its third album. Trapt’s sophomore disc, Someone in Control, was released in September. …

Scottish group Arab Strap lost approximately $6,000 Sunday night in Philadelphia when cash was allegedly stolen from their tour manager’s purse at Nick’s Roast Beef restaurant. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact Philadelphia police at (215) 686-3093 or 3094. This is the second incident to hit the Arab Strap tour. Last month supporting act A Whisper in the Noise were attacked in Seattle during an attempted robbery. …

Fefe Dobson has set a new release date (June 20) for her second record, Sunday Love, which was previously primed for release last fall. The first single, “This Is My Life,” was co-written by Billy Steinberg (the Veronicas, Celine Dion) and produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, P.O.D.). … Eels will launch their Live and in Person! No Strings Attached 2006 tour — apparently a reference to the band’s last jaunt, which featured a strings session — May 25 at Los Angeles’ Roxy Theatre. The trek, with Smoosh opening, ends with Lollapalooza in Chicago in early August and includes a free show at the World Financial Plaza in New York June 13. The latter gig will be a thank-you to the Big Apple fans who appear on the recent live CD/DVD Live at Town Hall.

Toad the Wet Sprocket will play their first shows together in several years this summer, including some dates with Big Head Todd & the Monsters billed as Todd and Toad. Toad singer Glen Phillips will play a solo set at all the shows and will also play several dates without his band, beginning May 4 in Burlington, Vermont. Phillips’ fourth solo album, Mr. Lemons, is due May 2. … Former Meat Puppets singer Curt Kirkwood, Son Volt and Drive-By Truckers are teaming for a spring tour that kicks off April 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trek ends May 9 in Seattle. …