News Roundup: Jay Z, Pearl Jam, Ryan Adams
--Jay Z, who released a new track with Drake yesterday, is expected to announce today that he will play Madison Square Garden on September 11th, the day Blueprint 3 is scheduled to come out. The show will benefit the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, created in 1985 to "support families of firefighters and police officers who have died in the line of duty," the New York Times reports. Jay's one of the best massive live acts out there at the moment: his last-minute addition to All Points West last month provided the highlight of the muddy festival. We don't recommend missing this.
-- The Cameron Crowe-directed video for Pearl Jam's "The Fixer" has surfaced. The busy video, originally filmed for a Target ad, has that certain artificial, fast-paced commercial look to it with plenty of posing and fake crowd noise. We'll take the song, though. To echo what we heard a Maine disc jockey say this morning while on vacation: "When was the last time you heard a Pearl Jam sing-along?"
--Ryan Adams will become the (for-sale) Morrison Hotel's "first artist in residence." He'll debut a collection of his own paintings at the former CBGB location on the Bowery on September 23rd. Two weeks before the opening, Adams will create canvases to be put on display in front of the gallery and auctioned off at the opening. Proceeds will go to the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.