· This coming Tuesday Rhino Records offers an open microphone for a wild list of celebrities to show off their vocal chops. Opening with Scarlett Johansson's take on the George Gershwin classic "Summertime," Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars also promises John C. Reilly, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Garner, Lucy Lawless, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Highlight include Jeremy Irons covering Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love," and Nia Vardalos slipping into the Beatles' "Golden Slumbers."

· More cover craziness comes from two cool new tribute CDs released in the past few weeks. Radiohead gets the trip-hop treatment in BBE/Rapster Records' terrific Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads, with 10 re-grooved reinterpretations of songs including "No Surprises" and "High & Dry" executed in the funky headspace of Rjd2, The Bad Plus, Sa-Ra & the Sa-Ra All Stars, and The Randy Watson Experience.

· Reignition Records plunges back into the pit with its new expanded CD reissue of Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag, taking the 2003 original release on Initial Records and pumping it up with six new interpretations from Most Precious Blood, Bleeding Through, Black Dahlia Murder, Remembering Never, Drowningman, and Zao.

· Strolling down memory lane to the golden age of rock radio on the FM dial, weekend nights often meant a killer live concert from the vaults of the King Biscuit Flower Hour. Next week Sony/BMG's Legacy Records imprint is debuting a new King Biscuit series with five CDs remastered from those original recordings. First up are Humble Pie from 1973, the Steve Miller Band from 1976, Pat Benatar from 1981, Ringo Starr & his All-Starr Band from 2001, and Teddy Pendergrass from 2002.

· A new DVD due next week raises money for the Red Hot + Blue foundation, funding AIDS research and relief. Collecting videos from the Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter sessions, the Shout Factory Records project also features a remastered edition of the CD, with music by U2, Sinead O'Connor, Tom Waits, the Neville Brothers, and more. With bonus footage of Annie Lennox with Herbie Hancock from the 1995 VH1 Honors awards, the list of directors behind the videos includes David Byrne, Jim Jarmusch, Neil Jordan, Wim Wenders, and Jonathan Demme.

Television Alert:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno hosts David Gilmour on Thursday evening; Late Night with Conan O'Brien boasts Ric Ocasek on Thursday overnight, Neil Young on Friday overnight, and Secret Machines on Tuesday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson presents The New Cars on Friday overnight and The Wiggles on Monday overnight; Jimmy Kimmel Live features The Dresden Dolls this evening overnight and LL Cool J on Tuesday overnight; and Last Call with Carson Daly opens the door to The Cloud Room on Tuesday overnight.

New Releases Coming Tuesday, April 25:

... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change.


Natacha Atlas - Mish Ma'oul (Beggars Banquet) new Middle Eastern pop from this mesmerizing Moroccan singer

Ivano Bellini - The Gryphon Sessions (SFP) live recording of the DJ holding court at the trendy Hollywood, Florida, club

Black Tie Dynasty - Movements (Idol Records) look for limited-edition packaging to feature a bonus CD of "Tender" remixes

Clan of Xymox - Breaking Point (Metropolis) featuring the single "Weak In My Knees"

The Coup - Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph) with guests Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys, Black Thought of The Roots, and Tom Morello of Audioslave

Eleventh Dream Day - Zeroes & Ones (Thrill Jockey) the band's 10th album

Elf Power - Back to the Web (Rykodisc) also available as a 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP

Keith Emerson - Off the Shelf (Castle/Sanctuary) with guests Carl Palmer, Levon Helm, and Pat Travers, and featuring his covers of Frank Zappa's "Lumpy Gravy," Ian Dury's "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," and Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel"

Fields of the Nephilim - Mourning Sun (SPV) all new from the goth favorites

David Ford - I Sincerely Apologize for All the Trouble I've Caused (Independiente) recently opening for Gomez and Richard Ashcroft

Genesis - The Gabriel Era (49 North) two-disc DVD box set

The Golden Gods - The Thorny Crown of Rock & Roll (Control Group) righteous, bad-ass, buzzspeed power squawk that blends The Darkness, Grand Funk Railroad, and early Queen

Goo Goo Dolls - Let Love in (Warner Bros.)

Danielle Howle - Thank You Mark (Valley) solo album from the former voice of Lay Quiet Awhile, featuring her cover of Etta James' "If I Can't Have You"

Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - All the Roadrunning (Warner Bros.) touring next month in support of this album of duets

k.d. lang - Reintarnation (Warner Bros.) 20-track collection of hits and rarities including her 1983 seven-inch single, "Friday Dance Promenade," and a song written with Ben Mink 20 years ago but not recorded until now

Johannes Linstead - Café Tropical (Gemini Sun) with an international backing band, this is an ocean-breeze fantasy of classical guitar

Little Annie - Songs from the Coalmine Canary (Durtro) sessions from 2003 from Annie Anxiety, featuring guest Antony of Antony & the Johnsons on piano and vocals

Kalas - Kalas (Tee Pee) with Matt Pike of High on Fire and former members of Cruevo

LL Cool J - Todd Smith (Def Jam) with guest Mary J. Blige and production by Timbaland and Pharrell Williams

Christina Milian - So Amazin' (Def Jam) with guests Young Jeezy and Lil Wayne

Moonspell - Memorial (SPV) Portuguese goth metal

Mr. Nogatco - Nogatco Rd. (Insomniac) a new alias from Kool Keith, with guests Sole of Anticon and Sage Francis, and enhanced with a CD-ROM mini-movie in the style of 1950s sci-fi horror flicks

Plasticland - Make Yourself a Happening Machine (Rykodisc) 30-track retrospective of fuzzbox psychedelica

The Rakes - Capture/Release (Dim Mak/V2 Records) domestic release of this UK hit from last year

Riverboat Gamblers - To the Confusion of Our Enemies (Volcom) recently tearing it up at Emo's at SXSW

Saint Dog - Uncomformable Social Amputees (Suburban Noize) new from the founding member of the Kottonmouth Kings, with guests Big Hoss and Daddy X

Secret Machines - Ten Silver Drops (Reprise)

Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (Columbia) collection of Pete Seeger songs, also released in a DualDisc edition

Streets - The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (Vice)

Survivor - Reach (Frontiers) the group's first new music in 17 years

Irma Thomas - After the Rain (Rounder) new from the unstoppable soul queen of New Orleans, featuring her cover of Arthur Alexander's "In the Middle of It All" and guest guitarists Sonny Landreth and Corey Harris

Time Again - The Stories Are True (Hellcat)

The Vacation - The Vacation (American) produced by Rick Rubin

Tom Verlaine - Around (Thrill Jockey) new instrumental album with former Television drummer Billy Ficca

Tom Verlaine - Songs & Other Things (Thrill Jockey) new with former Television bandmate Fred Smith

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - You're So Beautiful (Collectables) funky reissue from 1971

Bill Wyman - A Stone Alone: The Solo Anthology 1974-2002 (Sanctuary) two-CD set from the Rolling Stones' bassist with many guest stars

various artists - Invaders (Kemado) 18-track collection of rarities from Witch, Black Mountain, Comets on Fire, Wolfmother, and more

various artists - Voices from the Frontline (Crosscheck) original music and raps from active U.S. military personal stationed in Iraq, raising money to buy non-combat items for our troops via Operation AC

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