More than just a J-Kwon music video got shot Tuesday in St. Louis — so did a police van parked near the set. The rapper was filming a video for his next single, "Hood Hop," in his hometown when shots were fired from a passing vehicle blocks away. No one was hurt. Police had been brought into the area to control the crowd of fans who had gathered at the shoot. A spokesperson for the rapper had no comment. ...

The recording industry took legal action against another 477 file-sharers Tuesday. Sixty-nine of those suspected of copyright infringement come from 14 different universities in 11 states, including Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology, Gonzaga, Princeton, Texas A&M, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. ... The video for the Beastie Boys' new single, "Ch-Check It Out," was directed by MCA's alter ego, Nathaniel Hornblower. The single hits the airwaves Wednesday (April 28), while the clip is expected to surface on Friday. ...

Kanye West will appear on "Selfish," the first single off Detroit Deli: A Taste of Detroit, the new album by Slum Village. The group's follow-up to 2002's Trinity (Past, Present and Future) is due June 1 and also features an appearance by Ol' Dirty Bastard on the cut "Dirty." ... Following his foray into the world of fish tacos, Blink-182's Travis Barker will launch his label, LaSalle Records, next month with the release of What Are You Listening To?, the debut album by the Kinison. The second band signed to the imprint, the Nervous Return, have just finished recording their debut and can be seen on the side stage of the upcoming Blink-182/ No Doubt summer tour. Barker's other band, the Transplants, who'll start work on their second album next month, will release their LP on LaSalle. ...

Cat Power, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, J Mascis, Chavez and Har Mar Superstar are joining forces to curse out cancer. They're all set for the F--- Cancer Benefit, taking place May 11 at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Proceeds from the show will benefit Jackie Farry, a staple of the New York indie-rock scene who has worked with the Breeders, Hole, Stereolab, the Lemonheads and Elliott Smith. ... The fourth annual Siren Music Festival is set for July 17 at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The lineup of Death Cab for Cutie, Blonde Redhead, Har Mar Superstar, TV on the Radio, the Fever, the Constantines, and the Fiery Furnaces is expected to draw a crowd of over 150,000. ...

After a quick break following the end of their U.S. tour on May 8 in Baltimore, the Raveonettes will start work on their follow-up to last year's Chain Gang of Love. The Danish band plans to hit the studio in late summer and have the album out by early next year. ... Judas Priest have announced three summer non-Ozzfest shows in North America: July 26 in Nampa, Idaho; August 4 in El Paso, Texas; and August 18 in Toronto. Venues have not yet been announced. Last week, Hatebreed announced they would open at least two shows with Slayer and Priest. ...

The ex-bassist for Soilent Green, Scott Williams, was the victim of a murder/suicide on Monday in Gretna, Louisiana. According to TV news reports, neighbors heard shots, then called police, who arrived to find two dead men, one man with a gunshot wound to the head and the other to the chest. ...

Testament have hired Painmuseum guitarist Mike Chlasciak (ex-Halford) as a temporary  tour replacement for Steve Smyth, who quit earlier this month to join Nevermore. Testament continue to work on the follow-up to their last album of new material, 1999's The Gathering. ... There's no question that the cover art for the upcoming Great White compilation album, Double Dose — a shark in flames — is in horrible taste. But don't blame the band, whose stage pyrotechnics burned down the Station nightclub in Rhode Island last year, killing 100. "Great White is disgusted by the cover and certainly did not approve it or the album's release," the group said in a statement. "We are demanding the immediate cancellation of this release and are taking all legal avenues available to stop it." Double Dose is scheduled for a May 11 release. ...

04.27.2004

The man who tells everyone to move like he does may soon have to "Stand Up" for himself in court. Aspiring rap group I.O.F. have recently filed a lawsuit in United States District Court Southern District of New York alleging that Ludacris and Kanye West stole the hook for "Stand Up." The group members say that they passed off four demo tapes to Cris and West on separate occasions, and that one of the records featured, "Straight Like That," was recorded in 2000 and has a chorus similar to that of "Stand Up." Ludacris' label, Def Jam, had no comment on the suit. ... Meanwhile, Luda is taking a page out of Funkmaster Flex's book and will host his own Urban Car & Bike Show this summer. The event, showcasing tricked-out and souped-up cars, trucks and lowrider bikes, takes place at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta on June 19 and 20. ...

Radiohead canceled a show in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday (April 27) because frontman Thom Yorke was suffering voice and throat problems. A doctor diagnosed Yorke with hoarseness of voice, a significant upper-airway infection and associated heavy inflammation of his vocal cords, and told the singer that he could suffer irreparable damage to his voice if he played the show. Yorke is currently on antibiotics, and Radiohead are still expected to perform this weekend at the Coachella festival in Indio, California. ... A fan was shot outside the Bell Center in Montreal over the weekend after leaving a 50 Cent concert. Apparently following 50's M.O., the man wore a bulletproof vest to the show, and hence he survived. Police apprehended two suspects shortly after the shooting. ...

Halle Berry has filed for divorce from her husband, R&B singer Eric Benet. The couple was married for about three years and separated in October. This is Berry's second divorce; she was previously married to baseball player David Justice. ... The youngest member of the Pointer Sisters has been charged with cocaine possession. June Pointer Whitmore was arrested last week outside the Hollywood apartment of her older sister Bonnie, who was not charged in the case. Whitmore has not performed with the Pointer Sisters in more than three years. ...

While many musicians have already banded together to fight AIDS in Africa, some are now grouping to combat the emerging crisis in India as well (India is second only to South Africa in terms of the overall number of people living with AIDS). Perry Farrell, Michelle Branch, Damien Rice and Macy Gray are performing June 8 at UCLA in a benefit for the Global Fund and the American India Foundation. The performance will be filmed for television broadcast and will be released on DVD. ... Dave Matthews has canceled plans to throw a July 4 weekend festival in New York because of "logistical issues," he said in a statement. "We assure you that we will continue to look for suitable opportunities and locations for DMB festivals in the future," he added. The Dave Matthews Band is currently working on a new studio album, but no release date has been announced. The band will launch a summer tour June 17 in Maryland Heights, Missouri, and will remain on the road through September 8 in West Valley City, Utah. ...

The Darkness, who just completed a tour of North America, will return in late May for another 14 shows. The first date is in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on May 30 at that WBCN River Rave; shows run through June 25 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... 311 have recorded two new tracks, "How Do You Feel?" and "First Straw," for their Greatest Hits '93 - '03, due June 6. The compilation will also feature the band's hit cover of the Cure's "Love Song," along with "Down," "All Mixed Up," "Beautiful Disaster," "Do You Right" and more. 311 will promote the album with a summer tour with the Roots. The outing begins June 20 in San Francisco and wraps August 1 in Tampa, Florida. Midway through the tour, 311 will play a free show in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, on July 16. ...

Thrice shot a video for their single "The Artist in the Ambulance" on Friday in Los Angeles with director Brett Simon and Refused TV, and now they're asking fans to send in photos to be used in a collage in the video. More information can be found at www.thrice.net. ... Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison makes an appearance on House of Secrets, the second album from female-fronted L.A. metalheads Otep. The LP, due July 27, follows Otep's 2002 debut, Sevas Tra. A reunion of sorts will take place this summer, as both Otep and Slipknot are slated for this year's Ozzfest. ...