Ben Harper / Nov. 1, 2007 / Jacksonville, Fla. (Florida Theatre)

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals shaped their new record, “Lifeline,” during several months’ worth of soundchecks and knocked it out during one busy week in a Paris studio. So it couldn’t be less surprising to see that it migrates back to the stage with an assured, groovy ease.

Van Halen / Nov. 13, 2007 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

It’s all so unlikely, or is it? I’m talking about the fact that David Lee Roth, at 53, has a lustrous, full head of hair, a mind-bogglingly ripped physique and enough command over his voice to lead Van Halen through a truly incredible, triumphant return to New York’s sold-out Madison Square Garden in the year 2007.

Jones Hits The Big Screen With Law, Portman

Norah Jones will make her crossover to film in 2008 as the star of Chinese director Wong Kar Wai’s new film, “My Blueberry Nights.”

T.I. Writing Songs While Awaiting Trial

T.I., who is under house arrest in Atlanta while awaiting trial on federal weapons charges, has begun writing material for his next album.

Xzibit Going To War For Oliver Stone

Rapper and “Pimp My Ride” star Xzibit has joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s “Pinkville.”

matchbox twenty Returning To The Road

For the first time in four years, matchbox twenty will hit the road for two months this winter.

Uncle Kracker Still Tweaking ‘Happy Hour’

A “more than frustrated” Uncle Kracker has been doing some more recording for his long-delayed fourth album, “Happy Hour,” which he turned in a full year ago but likely won’t come out before the middle of 2008.

Blunt, Bareilles Teaming For VH1 Trek

James Blunt and Sara Bareilles will headline the next edition of VH1’s You Oughta Know tour, which will begin Feb. 4 in Seattle. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Nov. 17) via Ticketmaster. Blunt will be out behind his new Atlantic album, “All the Lost Souls.”

Marah Feeling Complete With ‘Angels’

After numerous shifting lineups, Marah has finally settled into a groove with its current incarnation as a six-piece for its sixth record, “Angels of Destruction!”

Dando Readies New Lemonheads Album, ‘Ray’ Reissue

A year after he resurrected his beloved ’90s rock outfit the Lemonheads, singer/songwriter Evan Dando tells he’s planning on recording and releasing another band effort in April 2008.

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