Sound Check: Janet, Michael, More

BALLARD'S BLISS: Alanis Morissette producer Glen Ballard, who made headlines recently for redirecting the sound of the Dave Matthews Band, also recently put together the debut album from Detroit rock act Bliss 66. Trip to the 13th is due out May 29 from Epic Records, with first single "Sooner or Later" hitting radio earlier that month.

POWERMAN'S PICKS: Halfcocked, the first signing to Powerman 5000 label Megatronic (a DreamWorks Records imprint), will release The Last Star June 12. The Boston-based hard rock act has previously released Sell Out and Occupation: Rock Star.

THEY DID: Los Angeles-based acoustic duo The Red recorded its first album, Let's Not and Say We Did, which will be released April 10 through Ozone Recording Company. Guitarist Marco Aiello and upright bassist Victor Langhaar both take vocal parts on the 14 song collection of folky rock songs.

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