· Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, is hitting the road in support of his Feed the Animals album. His latest round of U.S. dates kicks off at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, on July 11 with opening acts Hearts of Darknesses, Grand Buffet, Cx Kidtronik and the Death Set.
· Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore is in fair condition after being seriously injured in an ATV accident on his Charlottesville, Virginia, farm.
· First the good news: You will soon hear some new music from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. The bad news for hard-core Rage fans? It’s not from the band but from Morello’s side project, the Nightwatchman. The guitarist is prepping his second solo album, The Fabled City, for a September 30 release.
· In other Rage news, singer Zack de la Rocha is about to break his silence by releasing his first album in eight years under the name One Day as a Lion. The five-song EP with drummer Jon Theodore will be released July 22 and is described as a “sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask.” Exactly.
· Rock the Vote and MySpace have teamed up for the DemROCKracy Band Competition, in which bands are being encouraged to sign up as many of their fans as possible to vote. The winning acts will receive music gear and a chance to open Rock the Vote’s Ballot Bash concert at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on August 25.
· As part of her ongoing efforts to get her personal life in order, Britney Spears is house-hunting for a quieter home with a bigger backyard that is close to parks for her children to play in, according to court records released Monday.
· Though he’s written and produced songs for Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Chris Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson, former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody has mostly been living outside of the spotlight since leaving the goth rock band in 2003. Now he’s re-emerging with a new label called FNR Records, whose first artist is Montana rocker Hana Pestle.