UNKLE Revs Up With Homme, Dalle, Astbury
January 31, 2006, 10:45 AM ET
Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
James Lavelle's UNKLE project is progressing on its third studio album, which is presently being mixed in London and expected for a summer release.

The as-yet-untitled album will feature guest appearances from Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme and his fiancee, Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle, plus longtime QOTSA collaborator Chris Goss.

The Cult lead singer Ian Astbury has recorded vocals for three songs. "I have a great admiration for James Lavelle as an artist," he tells Billboard.com. Astbury also raves about the contribution from Los Angeles rock act Autolux: "Their track is amazing," he says.

The new effort is the follow-up to 2003's "Never, Never, Land," which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. It featured guest turns from Brian Eno, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Massive Attack's 3D and former Stone Roses principals Ian Brown and Mani.

Fall Out Boy has postponed the start of its stint on the Honda Civic Tour due to undisclosed "personal issues." The trek was to begin April 18 in Charlotte, N.C., but has now been pushed back to May 11 in Denver. The lone date that has been canceled is May 1 in Sacramento, Calif.; refunds are available at points of purchase. More...

Twenty artists paid tribute to the music of Bruce Springsteen at New York's Carnegie Hall last night (April 5), but it was the man himself who stole the show with a surprise performance. The lineup for the third in a continuing series of fundraisers for Music For Youth featured Odetta, Steve Earle, Ronnie Spector, Joseph Arthur and Patti Smith. More...
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