Britney Spears 'Circus' Too Freak-Nasty For Kids?; Springsteen's 'Working' Set Heavy on New Stuff


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Headlines: Britney Spears "Circus" tour might be too sexy for kids, what with its stripper poles, bustiers, whips, cage dances and such. So posits MTV. The network also wonders why men would go to a Britney show. Really, MTV? Really? Key quote: "She's so hot! She's every man's fantasy!" ... Brace yourself, "Working on a Dream" haters: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be playing a bunch of songs from the album on the tour that begins tonight in San Jose. Key quote from Little Steven Van Zandt: "We usually play more of our new record than most groups do, and our audiences are used to it and they really like it, which is a wonderful thing. So we'll probably go out and do half the record, like we usually do." ... Jay-Z wants in on the new Amy Winehouse album. ... Billy Bragg says he has to hit the streets (guitar in hand) for a G20 protest. ... The Country Music Association Awards take place in Las Vegas on Sunday, and Brad Paisley and Keith Urban are already winners. ... Kanye West wants to be in pictures -- and "Where the Wild Things Are" director Spike Jonze is going to help him. ... Serena Williams can't sing. But, says the tennis star, "I'm a really good rapper." ... Carlos Santana is starting a Sin City residency next month, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Key quote from the guitarist/bandleader: "Santana is going to bring a lot of joy, light, peace and happiness into a place that is basically based on illusion. We have to triumph, because we're bringing the opposite of what Las Vegas is built on." ... Keyshia Cole's mother isn't actually dead. ... Elizabeth Cook has joined the cast of "Conway Twitty, The Man, The Music, The Legend, The Musical." The alt-country goddess will play one of Twitty's daughters, Joni. ... Amanda Palmer isn't pleased with her label, Roadrunner Records, and she tells 'em as much in song. Meanwhile, Palmer has been working on a high school play based on Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." ... Rihanna is cooperating with prosecutors in their case against Chris Brown. Meanwhile, Soulja Boy tells 'em, saying that Brown "needs to be focused on fixing himself right now." ... Josh Groban, Wynton Marsalis and Linda Ronstadt want Congress to cough up the bucks and help arts programs survive the recession. ... Lady Gaga's two sold-out shows at the 9:30 club tomorrow night have been postponed. (BrightestYoungThings broke the news yesterday; an Interscope publicist confirmed last night.) ... Rufus Wainwright's opera will premiere in Toronto. ... Bad Company is back.

Say What?
"Blender was trivial and deeply into lists and really liked artists who had pretty breasts." -- Blender contributing editor Robert Christgau on the newly 86d music mag. The dean of cranky rock critics actually liked Blender, the above-quoted quote notwithstanding: "It was a good magazine--intelligent and irreverent and lots of laughs." And: "I was happy there, and I'll miss it as a writer, a reader, and a rock critic elder."

Video of the Day
In which the Black Lips celebrate Christmas and birthdays and such with the sound of a sock hop. (Albeit a pretty warped sock hop.)

List of the Day
Idolator has posted a straw-stirring list featuring Five Reasons Why Jam Band Fans Are Better Than Indie Rock Fans. 1. Jam band fans don't care about pesky [expletive] like aesthetics. 2. Jam band fans are loyal. 3. Jam band fans have better drugs. 4. Jam band fans support music from other countries. 5. 5. Jam band fans waste their days away following bands and doing drugs and making arepas on the engine blocks of old VW vans instead of writing snarky blog posts all day.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 1, 2009; 7:58 AM ET Morning Mix
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