Rock Beat: John Mellencamp, Michael Stipe, David Byrne

Heartland rocker to receive honorary doctor of musical arts degree from Indiana University.

Rock singer/songwriter John Mellencamp will receive an honorary doctor of musical arts degree May 6 when he delivers the commencement address at Indiana University, according to the school. The singer is a longtime supporter of the college, which has an athletic practice facility dubbed the Mellencamp Pavilion. ...

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, who produced last year's "Being John Malkovich" and "American Movie," has signed an agreement with digital-entertainment company RSUB. An affiliate of Web design company Razorfish, RSUB specializes in management and distribution of multimedia entertainment. ...

Ex–Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, former Pixies leader Frank Black, Apples in Stereo, Shonen Knife, Bis and others will appear on Heroes & Villains (July 18), an album of original music inspired by the "Powerpuff Girls" cartoon series. ...

Artwork and letters of the "fifth Beatle," Stuart Sutcliffe, will be on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England, the Associated Press reports. Sutcliffe played bass for the band when it began using the name "the Beatles" at a series of shows in West Germany in 1960. ...

Rolling Stones renaissance man Mick Jagger, whose company Jagged Films is in the midst of shooting "Enigma," starring Kate Winslet, is already at work on his next feature. Renowned director Martin Scorsese is collaborating with the singer on a script about the inside dealings of the pop-rock world. ...

Primus bassist Les Claypool, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland are teaming up and calling themselves Oysterhead. The trio, which performed for the first time at a Feb. 21 Primus show in Burlington, Vt., will play May 4 in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. ...

An acoustic Martin DMX guitar, autographed by Neil Young, is being auctioned by Canadian online music and bookstore Chapter 1 Club (www.chapters.ca). Proceeds from the auction, which closes May 3, will be donated to charity. ...

Grammy-winning Latin-rockers the Chris Perez Band and singer/songwriters Beth Hart and Sophie B. Hawkins will perform Saturday at EarthFaire 2000 in Los Angeles' Exposition Park. ...

Rockers Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Filter, Third Eye Blind and Godsmack are scheduled to perform May 28 at the annual HFStival concert to be held by the Washington, D.C., station WHFS-FM. Also set for the event at the Fed-Ex Field in Landover, Md., are Cypress Hill, the Deftones, Bloodhound Gang, Staind, Vertical Horizon, Eve 6 and Nine Days.

Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie and ex–Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor will perform at the monthly Los Angeles glam-rock party Club Makeup on May 6 at the El Rey Theatre. Currie will perform the Runaways staple "Cherry Bomb" with glam-rock tribute band Glamnation, while Taylor will cap the night by singing Duran Duran hits with his own band. A silent auction to be held before the show will benefit the RAINN Foundation, an organization founded by singer/songwriter Tori Amos that helps survivors of sexual assault. ...

No Doubt have announced six new dates for their summer tour in support of Return of Saturn, their first album since the 1995 smash Tragic Kingdom. Cities include New Orleans (June 8); Boston (June 22); Detroit (July 3); Antioch, Tenn. (July 5); Kansas City, Kan. (July 13); and Salt Lake City (July 17). ... Korn drummer David Silveria had to cancel an online chat scheduled for Tuesday (April 18) because of a family emergency, the band said in an email. Silveria is sitting out the hard-rock band's current tour because of a wrist injury.

— sonicnet.com staff report