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It seems the rigors of non-stop touring and promotion have taken their toll on the vocal chords of Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. BP had to cancel last night's show in San Francisco due to Kele losing his voice. With some rest I'm sure he'll be back to full strength soon.

More Bloc Party: download "She's Hearing Voices" (MP3), live from SXSW 2005.

While I was at home watching my Arizona Wildcats pull out a last second win over Oklahoma State, the Flaming Lips played a private FDNY benefit last night at Gotham Hall. Brooklyn Vegan and Daily Refill were lucky enough to be in the hall and posted these reports.

Casting for Ring of Fire, a Broadway musical celebrating the lives of Johnny and June Carter Cash has started. The show will open in New York next fall.

A band that's certain to get a good deal of hype once they hit these shores, Art Brut have announced the particulars of their debut album, due in May. Entitled Bang Bang Rock And Roll, the album includes 12 tracks and will be released on May 23 in the UK. Here's the tracklist:

Formed a Band / My Little Brother / Emily Kane / Rusted Guns of Milan / Modern Art / Good Weekend / Bang Bang Rock and Roll / Fight / Moving to LA / Bad Weekend / Stand Down / 18,000 Lira

MMM enjoyed Queens of the Stone Age at Webster Hall last night.

Looking for something to do tonight? Check out Other Passengers live at Trash, 256 Grand Ave. in Williamsburg. OP are due to hit the stage at around 10 PM, following a set by Black Lights, the side project of Kyp from TV on the Radio. Get there early for the open bar between 9-10 PM. Also on the bill after OP: Print (11 PM) and Talibam (Midnight).

And once again, if you missed it earlier, New Order is playing the Hammerstein Ballroom on May 5th. Tickets go on sale next Friday, at 11 AM, EST.