Quick Hits: Bon Jovi, 3OH!3, David Bowie, The-Dream, Jim James, Kanrocksas Festival, Alter Bridge, Passion Pit
March 1, 2013

Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi will live stream the first half hour of their Because We Can – The Tour from the the Tampa Bay Times Forum tonight (3/1) at 8 p.m. EST on CBSRadio.com. In addition, a 30-minute feature on the band will preface the webcast at 7:30 p.m., where fans will learn about the history of Bon Jovi and the making of their imminent album, What About Now. Both segments will air live as well as on-demand at Radio.com.

3OH!3 has unveiled a slate of activity celebrating the release of Omens, which is due on June 18. Pre-orders for the album will officially get underway on "3OH!3 Day" – that is, March 3, or 3/03/13 – via the duo's own www.3oh3music.com. The new single "Back To Life" will also premiere as soon as fans accomplish a list of 303 tasks compiled from the band. The track will then impact multi-format radio outlets nationwide throughout the month. In addition, the "Back To Life" video is slated to debut on March 5 via The Warner Sound YouTube page. 3OH!3 also will co-headline this summer's Vans Warped Tour, with dates kicking off on June 30 in Denver.

David Bowie's new album, The Next Day, is now streaming in its entirety via the iTunes Music Store. The stream will be up until the album's official release on March 12. Bowie will also release his latest single, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," along with "Where Are We Now?," as a special white vinyl seven-inch for Record Store Day on April 20.

The-Dream promises that his next single is so good that it forced him to change the title of his upcoming album from Love IV to IV Play. "It's that good of a song it made me change it. It was really that good," he told MTV News' Sway Calloway on RapFix Live. "It may be my best song ever as an artist." The-Dream's new album is set to drop on May 7.

Jim James of My Morning Jacket is set to headline MTV/VH1/CMT Present: Live in Austin, at its inaugural artist platform SXSW showcase on Tuesday, March 12 at The Control Room in Austin, TX. The full lineup for the showcase includes Guards, Youngblood Hawke, ZZ Ward, Elle King, Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies and Striking Matches. MTV/VH1/CMT will be filming select performances and then exclusively premiering the footage along with interviews on each band's artist page. "SXSW is a beautiful place of discovery and opportunity for the world of art," said Jim James. "I'm excited to be part of such an incredible showcase that’s spans so many different types of genres and musical styles, and I'm proud to help bring the mission of this amazing platform to life."

The Kanrocksas Music Festival returns this year on June 28 and 29 with an artist roster featuring fun., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar, Tiësto, The Avett Brothers, Imagine Dragons, Miguel, T-Pain, She & Him, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Pretty Lights, Grouplove and more. The two-day festival will take place at Kansas City's Kansas Speedway. The event, which launched in 2011 with Eminem and Muse, took a break last year as its venue underwent remodeling.

Creed songwriter/guitarist Mark Tremonti is spending plenty of time on the road right now promoting his first-ever solo album, All I Was, but he's also ready to get down to business with his other band, Alter Bridge. The guitarist told Billboard that Alter Bridge has "about five songs outlined" for a new album, and he reports that "all of them are kind of real high-energy, just real fun rock/metal. We want to not be predictable; we want to make it a little surprising, and we're having fun with it." Tremonti added that Alter Bridge plans to return to the studio in late April and record throughout the summer, and then hit the road in September.

Taco Bell customers will take part in filming a "Rockumentary" starring Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat! that will culminate with their live performances at a Feed the Beat event at this year's SXSW. Through Taco Bell's social media fan base and a partnership with Twitter, the brand will support the creation of an experimental film, tentatively titled Feed the Beat: SXSW 2013, under the direction of acclaimed documentarian Sam Jones, using footage captured and shared by fans. Fans online and at SXSW will have the chance for their own social media content to be featured in this Rockumentary, slated to debut in summer 2013. To be involved, fans can tweet and post images, videos and Vine videos using #FeedtheBeat now through March 11, when Passion Pit and Wildcat! Wildcat! will play in Austin, TX. Taco Bell will be bringing the experience to fans at home with a customized live stream and various camera angles.

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