On Monday, the Recording Industry Association of America filed copyright-infringement lawsuits against 261 people for sharing electronic music files over the Internet.

The association, or RIAA, has cited electronic piracy as a major cause of plummeting CD sales.

Rupi's Dance, Ian Anderson's fourth solo album, is an exuberant, intelligent work. Anderson's flute playing is lively and melodic, and his voice seems to have shed 20 years. Although the music is complex, it seamlessly combines elements of Irish, Indian, jazz, and classical music.

• This Tuesday brings the anticipated release of Go Tell It on the Mountain, the first holiday- themed album from the acclaimed Blind Boys of Alabama. The Real Word Records release boasts a wide range of guests, with highlights including Aaron Neville on "Joy To the World," Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention on "In the Bleak Midwinter," Funkadelic's George Clinton on "Away In a Manger," and Tom Waits on the title track.

The Pimps, Chett, and Skintight at Lumpy’s, Friday, August 15
Soundchecking with a hysterical snippet of Skid Row, post-metal fusion quartet Skintight is unabashedly headbanging in its stance and stride.

• My pick of the week is this coming Tuesday's release of Estranged, by Bauhaus and Love & Rockets founding member David J. The new solo album is his fifth, and is welcome to my ears like warm sunshine, filled with lazy songs that glide along in his comfortable style of acoustic guitars and haunted, swelling backdrops.

• This Tuesday brings the anticipated soundtrack to Underworld, the upcoming film in which vampire sophisticates battle street-thug werewolves in Budapest. The Lakeshore Records release features the return of former Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, joining Nine Inch Nails guitarist Danny Lohner, Richard Patrick of Filter, and Josh Freese of A Perfect Circle under the name The Damning Well.

The focus at the River Rockin' Ribfest is obviously great food, but organizers have also assembled a strong musical lineup to fill your ears while you stuff your face.

The festival in Davenport's LeClaire Park features country music on Friday and oldies on Sunday (see the Live Music section for details), but the highlights are likely to come from a pair of artists on Saturday's blues card: James Solberg at 7 p.

• This Tuesday brings the long-anticipated Earthquake Glue album from Guided by Voices, and the band is beautifully riffing the "behind-the-scenes sweepstakes" concept à la Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Not only is the album a sweet stunner, but also hidden inside a handful of the Matador Records release are "golden tickets" that will give the lucky buyer a free advance copy of the group's forthcoming six-disc box set.

• Cover fever is the diagnosis this coming Tuesday, with three new releases boasting nifty interpretations that leave me stroking my chin in curiosity. Wynonna Judd's new album, What the World Needs Now Is Love on the Curb imprint, features covers of Elvis Presley's hit "Burning Love" and - dig this - guest guitarist Jeff Beck on her take on Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is.

• My pick of the week is worth searching for in the import bins, lest no American label grabs the hypnotic trip-jazz masterpiece by the Broadway Project entitled The Vessel (which will be released this Tuesday).