COOL SUMMER MUSIC: SIRENS OF THE ROAD

IN A BREAK FROM YEARS PAST, THE SOUND OF THIS SEASON'S TOP ROCK-MUSIC FESTIVALS HAS A DISTINCTIVELY FEMALE PITCH

Men are releasing some big albums this season, including The Carnival, the first solo release from Wyclef Jean of the Fugees, and Wu-Tang Forever, from the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. But when it comes to this summer's live performances, women are out in front.

One of the most exciting musical events is the Lilith Fair. Started by singer Sarah McLachlan, it features only female performers. Last year Lilith had what McLachlan calls "a test run"--four dates. Starting July 5, it will include more than 35 shows, with such acts as Jewel, Paula Cole and Tracy Chapman, all of whom have agreed...

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