In Stores March 6
Aerosmith, Just Push Play (Columbia) This latest (with fiftysomething vets Steven Tyler and Joe Perry producing for the first time) aims to reassert the band’s relevance in advance of their March 19 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Amy Ray, Stag (Daemon) The Indigo Girl may be without bandmate Emily Saliers, but she’s invited an all-star roster of women rockers (Joan Jett, Luscious Jackson’s Kate Shellenbach, and the Breeders’ Josephine Wiggs) to join in on ”Hey Castrator.”
Eve, Scorpion (Ruff Ryder/Interscope) Da Brat, DMX, and Gwen Stefani join the first lady of hip-hop on her second disc, featuring production by Swizz Beats and Dr. Dre.
Oleander, Unwind (Republic/Universal) Building on the success of their 1999 gold-certified debut, February Son, the first single from the Sacramento rockers’ second effort is already in heavy rotation at modern rock stations nationwide.
3 Doors Down The quintet promises new songs and a two-man drum jam (with Richard Liles and lead singer-former drummer Brad Arnold) on their tour, opening Feb. 28 in Spartansburg, S.C. Fuel, Oleander, and Shades Apart rotate as openers.
Xzibit Currently entertaining Europe with Eminem, the Dre protégé joins D12 and his ex-posse Tha Liks (formerly Tha Alkaholiks) on a two-month U.S. outing, which launches Feb. 27 in Chicago. On four dates they’ll share the bill with the Stanklove Tour, featuring OutKast and Ludacris.
98[degrees] The once-hot boy band — cooling amidst a recent avalanche of similar-sounding pop ensembles — hope to fan fans’ flames on a 25-stop tour with Puff project Dream, kicking off in Lexington, Ky., on March 22.