Weekly music agenda: 'Hendrix in Britain' at the Handel House

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An exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death runs through November 7 at London's Handel House. Now is the time to book tickets to the Hendrix Flat Visits: tours of the musician's former apartment at 23 Brook Street, now the Handel House offices, begin in mid-September.

'Hendrix in Britain' at the Handel House
August 25 - November 7
Flat visits September 15-17, 21-26
London, England

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's death on September 18, London's Handel House Museum is presenting an exposition of memorabilia and a tour of the musician's former flat at 23 Brook Street, now Handel House's administrative offices. Among items on display will be handwritten lyrics, a jacket and hat worn by Hendrix in performance, Hendrix's scrawled travel directions to his August 1970 performance at the Isle of Wight Festival, and UK concert memorabilia. The exhibition runs from August through November, while the flat visits are all scheduled for September. Tickets for the flat visits are £8 (€9.50) each; a few free open houses planned for September 18 and 19 have already filled up.

September 9-12
Isle of Wight, UK

Bestival, an annual event since 2004, remains one of the best-known UK festivals despite its smaller size - about 43,000 people in 2009. The gathering is called a "boutique" festival for its alternative acts and notably non-corporate feel. Headlining in 2010 are Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip, The Flaming Lips, Roxy Music, and Prodigy, while other acts set to play include The xx, LCD Soundsystem, and Fever Ray. Tickets for the four-day event are sold out, although earlybird tickets for 2011 can be purchased beginning August 6.

MTV Video Music Awards
September 12
Los Angeles, CA

The MTV VMAs, the world's leading music video awards show, is broadcast in more than 150 countries worldwide. Lady Gaga dominates the 2010 nominations with 13 nods, including two - for "Bad Romance" and "Telephone" - for Best Video of the Year. Eminem follows with eight nods, including a Video of the Year nomination for "Not Afraid." Other nominees include Florence and The Machine for "Dog Days Are Over", 30 Seconds to Mars with "Kings and Queens," and "Airplanes" by B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams. Through September 12, fans can vote online to select winners in general categories. The award ceremony will be aired live on global MTV channels on September 12 at 9:00pm ET.

Linkin Park returns with 'A Thousand Suns'

September 13/14

Grammy-winning American rock band Linkin Park is set to release the follow-up to 2007 album Minutes to Midnight, which debuted at number one on album charts in 16 countries. A Thousand Suns is co-produced by Rick Rubin and band frontman Mike Shinoda. "The Catalyst," the album's first single, will begin hitting airwaves in August. Linkin Park has released three studio albums, which have sold 50 million copies worldwide, as well as collaborative albums including the mashup EP Collision Course with rapper Jay-Z. The band is scheduled to make a European tour in the fall, showcasing material from A Thousand Suns for the first time.

Robert Plant's 'Band of Joy'

September 13/14

Robert Plant's forthcoming album Band of Joy, called a "timeless plunge into authentic Americana," will be the Led Zeppelin frontman's first since 2007's six-time Grammy-winner Raising Sand with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss, which hit number two on the US Billboard 200 and the fifth spot on the UK albums chart. Recorded in Nashville, Band of Joy was co-produced by Plant and legendary Nashville guitarist Buddy Miller. According to Plant, it includes "a lot of reflections going back into mid-fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis."

Roger Waters's 30th anniversary 'The Wall' tour

September 15
North America

Roger Waters's The Wall tour, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the band's classic album and tour, is so far a 94-date outing, beginning September 15 and running through June 2011, and one of the top-selling tours of the summer. The tour begins in Toronto and continues with shows in several dozen North American cities before moving on to Europe. Pink Floyd's 1979 album The Wall includes the songs "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2," "Comfortably Numb," "Mother," and "Run Like Hell," and is among the band's best-selling albums. In 1980 and 1981, the band toured in support of The Wall, each time presenting the full double album alongside large-scale theatrics.

John Lennon time capsule project accepting fan submissions

Through September 15

What would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday is being marked with a time capsule project that will preserve Lennon's post-Beatles recordings until 2040, when Lennon would have turned 100. The three capsules, to be stored at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and at "two additional world locations that have significance to John Lennon's legacy," will hold recordings, prints of Lennon's LP artwork, and a newly commissioned essay. In addition, fans are invited to submit birthday wishes, commentary, memorabilia, and more via the project's website. Fans can also make recommendations about what the time capsules should include. The time capsule project is one of many endeavors being planned in honor of Lennon's 70th birth anniversary.

Lil Wayne: ‘I'm Not a Human Being'

September 27

An EP of new music by Lil Wayne is due out on the rapper's birthday. I'm Not a Human Being is being called a "prelude" to the highly anticipated album Tha Carter IV, which was originally set for 2009 release but is now postponed until after November 2010, when the rapper completes an eight-month prison sentence. Lil Wayne's 2008 album Tha Carter III, which won a Grammy for Best Rap Album, debuted at number one on the US Billboard chart and has sold 3.2 million copies worldwide. The EP is expected to come out digitally, followed by a possible physical release before Christmas.